Skincare is a big deal and big business, with many millions of people spending money on creams, oils, moisturisers, cleansers, toners, exfoliators and all kinds of other related products. However, many nutritionists will tell you that these products are simply not worth the money if you are not also addressing your diet and particularly your gut health. We've seen a huge increase in the number of nutritionists recommending Live cultures as they may improve skin health.

Image courtesy of Hip & Healthy

We've seen mentions on a number of influential blogs, such as Hip & Healthy who wrote a recent article titled, "How a Healthy Gut Can Give You Glowing Skin". Much of their blog post focused on how 70% of our immune cells are located in our gut and how our gut bacteria may play a vital role in supporting immune function and health. Hip & Healthy recommend taking our 'For every day' as part of a regime to help support good digestion and immune function. They also recommend supporting the skin's very own microbiota with a skincare live culture product called Aurelia Probiotic Skincare.

The trend is continued on Emma Bardwell's blog "Eighty Percent Clean", as well as being featured on Sheerluxe, where she recommends cutting sugar, and adding tons of antioxidant rich foods. Emma says:

"When it comes to your face, you really are what you eat. You can trowel on endless miracle creams, but the appearance of your skin - the body's largest organ - is often a reflection of what's going on internally."

Emma says recommends plenty of nuts and seeds to provide vitamin E, which is great for skin health, as well as good fats that can be found in wild salmon, mackerel, sardines and pilchards. The avocado also gets a spot in Emma's recommended list with a tongue in cheek nod towards the #avotoast instagram images to which we've all become so accustomed. Finally, one of Emma's key recommendations is for live cultures, she says:

"You can have the healthiest, most varied whole food diet in the world but if you're not digesting it properly, you won't be getting the most from the nutrients. Try a supplement form if you suspect your internal ecosystem needs a helping hand. OptiBac are based in the UK and put their products through rigorous clinical trials. Their live cultures 'For every day' will provide your daily needs in a single dose."

Jo Saunders, Nutritional Therapist from 'Cooking Them Healthy', and recently featured on 'Wear and Where' also recommends our range in her 'Top 5 Skin Boosting Supplements'. Earning a place amongst collagen powder, vitamins, omega oils, and coconut oils, are our 'For every day EXTRA Strength' live cultures.

"We are learning more and more about what is known as the 'skin-gut axis', and the role live cultures (beneficial bacteria) play in skin health. It's worth being aware that not all live cultures are created equal so choose a company, such as OptiBac, that uses strains studied for their specific health benefit."
No finished product clinical trials have been conducted on live cultures for skin health thus far, but anecdotal evidence is promising, and in-vivo studies demonstrate a significant link between increased friendly bacteria, and better elimination of toxins causing spots or acne. For more information, see our dedicated FAQ on live cultures for skin.

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  • Nice write up! Amazingly, and very topically - according to the Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology - new research has since found that oral consumption of probiotics can reduce skin aging too. The study took 110 women aged 41-59 with dry skin and wrinkles and divided them into two groups; one took a placebo, the other a probiotic L. plantarum HY7714 for 12 weeks. Results showed significant differences between groups; with the probiotic group having improved skin gloss by 17%, elasticity by 22% and hydration levels were much higher due to a reduced loss of trans-epidermal water. How? Well one idea is that the probiotic may be regulating the expression of genes directly related to skin hydration. Isn’t it amazing to think that your probiotic could be slowing down the years?! I'm amazed! Ref: (Dong Eun Lee et al, 2016)

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