Probiotics - what are those living microorganisms exactly, and is it only for our gut health or do they have other benefits as well?
Our Aesthetician Amy shares some interesting articles with us and sheds light on the secrets of probiotics.
How did you become interested in probiotics in the first place?
I started looking more into it because K-beauty (Korean skincare) is all the rage, but Korean people have amazing skin to begin with. Many studies have shown it's because of their diet of kimchi and other fermented foods. Fermented foods are rich in probiotics which keep the gut healthy.
So...why would an aesthetician be interested in gut health?
The gut is what balances your whole body, and the health of it determines how well nutrients are absorbed into the body as well. Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies and it's telling us so much about whats going on inside, and whats regulating it all is our gut.
Indeed, the skin is for aestheticians an indicator of overall health and wellbeing. The term probiotics sounds much more appealing than "living microorganisms", but that's actually what they are.
"Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that are beneficial to health, especially the digestive system. Bacteria is often thought of as something that causes disease. However, bodies are full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often referred to as "good" or "helpful" bacteria, because they help keep the gut healthy. They contribute to total wellness, including skin health."
If you want to learn more about how probiotics can contribute distinctive advantages for skin disorders, promote healthy skin, moisturize, strengthen the skin barrier and so much more - we highly encourage you to check out this in-depth article from worldhealth.net.
That being said, probiotics sound pretty amazing - however - don't stock up on dietary probiotic supplements just yet! As mentioned earlier, fermented foods are extremely rich in probiotics. It is therefore not necessary to purchase supplements, but much better (and healthier!) to simply add fermented foods to your diet.
This article about Korean Diet - which is rich in fermented foods - explains well the benefits and the importance of probiotics in our skincare routine. Now, grab some Kimchi, Sauerkraut, pickled vegetables or other fermented foods from your supermarket or simply easily make them at home!
Try to integrate those foods into your diet for at least 28 days - that's how long the cells take to renew - and let us know if you experience any difference in your skin.
AMY is aesthetician and lash lift artist at Llumier Wellness. She loves to educate herself continuously and is amazed by everything skin-food-related. Trained by our Master Aesthetician Rachel Lao, she is today a high-demanded aesthetician and invaluable part of our team.