Fermented Face: Probiotic Skin Care (Plus a DIY Recipe!)
We’ve gone over the benefits of probiotics in your diet but we’re here to tell you that the pros of probiotics don’t stop there! Fermented facial skin care products and treatments are popping up all over and for good reason. Just as ingesting “good bacteria” can help with digestion and over-all gut health, adding good bacterias to your skin care routine can help reduce inflammation and fight acne as well as other common skin conditions. Interested in including probiotics in your skin care regimen, or perhaps taking a treatment for a whirl? Check out our picks below:
Sense at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Virgin Gorda, BVI, has been embracing the growing trend by incorporating goat’s milk into its treatments, including its signature face and body treatment the Goat Milk and Honey Wrap (60-minutes; $145). Featuring naturally sourced milk by the area’s native sheep, the treatment works to soften and soothe skin while sealing in hydration.
Park Centre Spa, Raleigh, NC, features a 30-minute non-invasive peel called ProBiotic Youthboost Clinical Volumizing Treatment which boosts collagen using probiotic bio-actives. Applied by medically-trained staff, the facial and neck peel delivers visible results with zero-to-little downtime.
Eminence Organics Clear Skin Starter Set – Specifically formulated for oily and problem skin types, the Clear Skin Starter Set includes travel-friendly sizes of the Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser,Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer, Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, and the Clear Skin Willow Bark Booster-Serum. The probiotics in these power products comes from yogurt, which helps to gently exfoliate skin with lactic acid while still nourishing and adding moisture.
If you’d rather try out the Clear Skin Set products in a spa treatment, definitely try the Clear Skin Probiotic Facial at Sound Stone Massage Spa (60-minutes; $65), St. Louis, MO. The facial includes a deep cleansing, exfoliation, steam towels, toner, a treatment mask, concentrated serum, moisturizer, and eye cream. The facial is also featured at Inner Peace Holistic Center, Cincinnati, OH (60-minutes; $70)
Coola’s ER+ Radical Recovery After Sun Lotion ($32) is a must for those of us who have experienced the consequences of spending a little too much time outdoors sans SPF. Using Saccharomyces/Agave Americana Leaf Ferment Filtrate, a vitamin- antimicrobial-rich skin soother, along with aloe vera, lavender and sunflower oil, and rosemary extract this product has been my saving grace on many sunny getaways!
Natura Bisse’s NB Ceutical Eye Recovery Balm ($95) uses sugar extract from bio-fermented Zea Mays which helps to make the eyes look youthful and well-rested as well as Vitamin PP (Vitamin B3, Niacin or Nicotinic Acid) obtained from Brewer’s Yeast to help stimulate micro-circulation and lighten dark circles.
Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial ($45) This new product from Korres is bound to sell out fast! Using the soothing and nourishing power of Greek yogurt – this overnight mask penetrates the skin as you sleep so you wake up with ultra-hydrated, supple skin.
FarmHouse Fresh Pajama Paste ($20) This tingling active yogurt, bentonite clay, oat, and wild honey face mask tightens and shrinks pores, hydrates skin, and soothes redness.
Make Your Own! DIY Probiotic Face Mask
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon organic raw honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Mix together, massage onto face and leave on for 15 minutes to allow probiotics to penetrate the skin. Rinse off with lukewarm water and tone and moisturize as usual!
What are your favorite probiotic skin care products? Share them below!