Aurelia probiotic skincare hit our shelves in 2013 and ever since, the popularity of probiotics has skyrocketed. You can find them in your yogurt, in specially made morning drinks, down the supplement aisle and now… in your skincare. Probiotics are staging a revolution – the question is, should you sign-up? They’re great for your gut, are they great for your skin?
Let’s delve in my friend…
What Is a Probiotic?
First up, let’s get sorted on the small-stuff, probiotic sounds great in theory, but what actually is it? What does it do? Probiotic, you may have noticed has a lot in common with the word antibiotic and as is the situation with most related people, they couldn’t be more similar and more opposite – contradictions ‘eh.
Biotics are things that live i.e. they are living or they once were. Plants, trees, bacteria, cats, dogs… humans. When we talk about probiotics, we talk about something that benefits a certain living being, positively. When we talk about anti-biotics, we talk about something that goes to war against a certain kind of living thing e.g. a bacteria causing a skin infection. This usually also includes a smidgen of home-turf collateral damage, which is why very often strong antibiotics will give you a bad tummy.
Probiotics on the other hand, well they’re here to help and heal. Probiotics are living bacteria, which help your body to be healthier. Pretty much every area of your body is covered with an invisible film of bacteria. Some are good, some are bad and some just like to hang-out. The magic of your skin, gut or even *cough* down there health, is made in the balance of these bacteria. When certain bacteria’s grow out of control, conditions like acne and dandruff strike. The theory of probiotics is to say no to this – to stop certain bacteria’s growing out of control and to replenish the good guys.
What Is Skin’s Microflora?
In case you needed reminding, you my friend are a complex creature, emotionally and physically. Men, they have no chance ‘eh. Physically, your skin is even more complex than scientists once believed. Not only does it have several layers each having their own unique biology, it also has a microflora aka your skins microbiome.
Microflora is the name scientists use to describe destination – bacteria city. It’s a community, it’s a partnership and it’s most recently, the place to be. You my friend, have your very own microflora, as do I, as does your best bud. It’s a complex balance of many different bacteria… and it’s a place where the line between good and bad can become blurry. For example, we all naturally have a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes living on our skin, however when specific strains of this guy grow out of control, acne springs. Interesting ‘eh.
Why Is Your Skin’s Microflora Important?
Imagine a worldwide infection taking hold, one where all women could only give birth to men. Drastic I know, perhaps we should reverse that around the right way – imagine what would happen if women could only ever give birth to women. We’d probably run the world pretty damn awesomely for a couple of decades, but then we’d soon realise – men are also pretty vital to our long-term survival.
The best things in life are diverse. We can be awesome alone. We can be more awesome together.
This is the story of your microflora. It’s a complex community of bacteria and it needs to be kept complex to stay healthy. Balance is key.
— Cheryl Woodman (@HonestyForSkin) 22 May 2017
The health of your skin, is linked to your skin’s immune system which in turn is linked to your skin’s microflora.
When your populations of Propionibacterium acnes are healthy, your skin is clear. When populations of Propionibacterium acnes become unbalanced, your skin’s immune system is activated and you develop acne.
When populations of a yeast called Malassezia are normal, your skin is moisturised and conditioned. When populations of Malassezia become unbalanced, your skin’s immune system is activated and dandruff strikes.
This is why your skin’s microflora is very important… and interesting for new skincare innovations. Keeping it healthy, keeps your skin’s immune system in check, which leads to happy glowing skin.
Why Does Your Skin’s Microflora Need Assistance?
From the day you are born, your skin has a diverse population of bacteria. A population that outnumbers your own cells 10 to 1. It’s huge. Naturally, the populations of different bacteria change with age, however, these days, your skin’s microflora has a lot more to contend with.
How many times a day do you wash? How many times a day do you use shower gel, face wash, soap?
Your skin’s microflora is upset by washing.
When your skin’s pH is raised above healthy, normally resident microflora find it harder to stick around. Your skin’s microbiome changes and pathogenic bacteria (the kind belonging to team bad) have a chance to take hold.
So what can you do to reverse a skin microflora upset by washing? Can probiotic skincare help to reverse cleansing damage?
How Does Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Work?
To answer these questions, I introduce the only current line of skincare based solely on probiotic benefits – Aurelia probiotic skincare.
Taking a dive into the ingredients lists, there are 3 actives with pro-biotic potential;
- Lactose (probiotic bifidoculture milk extract)
- Lactis proteinum/Milk protein (probiotic protein)
- Bifida ferment lysate (probiotic culture)
These 3 active ingredients are used in different amounts throughout the Aurelia probiotic skincare range… and the research is very interesting.
Bifda ferment lysate, for example, has been shown through research by L’Oreal to improve sensitive skin. A condition usually caused by a reduced barrier function and over activated skin immune system. Lab and human studies show inflammation is reduced, sensitivity is downregulated and dryness is reversed.
The ingredient manufactures show Bifida ferment lysate probiotic skincare culture is an active immune-suppressive. This is really useful when skin is having a tantrum, whether that’s because of UV light exposure, heightened sensitivity or pollution damage. In these situations, skin can become its own worst enemy. Your immune system is helpful in small activated doses, however, when it’s chronically switched on, skin becomes overly sensitive and overly reactive. In these conditions, skin begins to cause itself more stress than the initial trigger. A consequence which prematurely ages your skin. Research shows Bifida ferment lysate probiotic skincare culture can help to defend against this.
Milk protein is another interesting probiotic skincare culture. Extracted from cow’s milk, several industry-led studies show it can help support and renew ageing skin. Milk proteins contain peptides and it’s these peptides that are thought to be responsible for the noted increases in skin’s hyaluronic acid content (Aurelia note up to a 900% increase) and collagen production (140% increase). Not bad ‘eh.
I should also point out that probiotic skincare is a very new area of research. Because of this, many of the studies available are industry-led. Although the research is still valid, it’s like a chef self-proclaiming their roast dinner as worthy of a Michelin star. It might well be, but it’s also handy to have an independent taste-tester to confirm.
Does Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Still Work If the Probiotic Culture Isn’t Live?
The probiotic culture used in the Aurelia probiotic skincare range fits into a new ‘grey’ area of probiotics. See, usually, probiotic cultures are live beasts. They use live bacteria to replenish your already existing live bacteria eco-system.
However, the probiotics used in Aurelia probiotic skincare are not alive. They’ve been bombarded with sound waves to deem them inactive and non-replicating.
Now if you’re a user of probiotics you take by mouth, you’ll know that it’s very important to ensure the cultures you’re purchasing are live.
So, why are Aurelia’s probiotic cultures inactive? Can they still improve the quality of your skin when dead? Can they help rebalance your skin’s microflora, to benefit your skins immune system to give your great skin?
You are so savvy my friend.
The key here is in understanding the target of Aurelia probiotic skincare, instead of providing live bacteria to your skin’s microflora, it’s providing a helpful benefit to your skin’s immune system.
Remember our domino train?
Your skin’s microflora > Your skin’s immune system > Your skin’s health.
Instead of directly tackling your skin’s microflora, Aurelia probiotic skincare is tackling step 2 – your skin’s immune system.
It acts to establish the healthy skin a healthy microflora would create.
You can think of it as a teacher. A pre-recorded, holographic one. In the same way a flu vaccine uses dead bacteria to teach your immune system to build resilience, dead-probiotic cultures also directly teach your skin’s immune system to be healthier.
Which Skin Types would Benefit from Using Probiotic Skincare?
Probiotic skincare isn’t sounding too shabby ‘eh. While there certainly is much more research to be done, probiotics look promising to;
- Reduced sensitivity
- Increased skin resilience
- UV defence
- Improved barrier function
Perfect benefits for skin that is;
If these are skin concerns you’re looking to correct, it may be worth your while to invest in some probiotic skincare of your own, so just where to do you go to do that? What should you use? Which products are the best for your buck?
Aurelia Skincare Stockists
Well, dear friend, if you are looking to test out the skin benefits of probiotic skincare I’d recommend leave-on products as your first point of call, products such as;
- Aurelia probiotic skincare – Revitalize and Glow Serum ( £64/30ml)
- Aurelia – Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser (£58/60ml)
These leave-on products have the highest dose of the beneficial Bifida ferment lysate probiotic culture, so if this form of probiotic skincare can improve the quality of your skin, these are the products you’re going to see it happen with.
Have you already begun using probiotic skincare? Wanting to try out Aurelia skincare but not sure if it’ll mix well into your existing routine? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to get back to you my friend…
Cheryl Woodman is a scientist & award winning skincare formulator who’s more friend next door than bow tie wearing professor. As creator of Honesty For Your Skin her aim is to help you care for your skin in the best ways possible. She’s founder of the natural & fragrance free skincare brand Honesty while also hosting 1 to 1 skincare coaching to help you get your best skin yet. Find out more here.