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Probiotics are ‘the in thing’ nowadays. There is much talk about how they can be used to improve both internal health and external beauty. Mostly discussed in terms of their edibility, probiotics can also be applied topically to treat chronic conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Study’s have shown that probiotics help in preventing skin issues. Right now, you may be wondering how to make your own probiotic skin cream? Well, I have the answer for you below:
What you need to create your own homemade probiotic skin cream is a few simple ingredients including aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, beeswax, coconut water, and shea butter. You will also need some probiotic capsules to break apart and add to the mixture. It is a simple, affordable, and natural way to get great skin. Or, you can simply add the capsules to your favorite store-bought cream.
Now that you know what is needed to make your own probiotic skin cream, let us explore this topic further and in more detail below. We will discuss what probiotics are and why they are good for the skin. We will also explain how to use probiotics topically to treat chronic skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. We will even include a DIY probiotic skin cream recipe and suggest a great store-bought brand for those of you who prefer the convenience of ready-made products.
So, if you are ready to learn more about using probiotics on the skin, then please continue reading…
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are living organisms found in fermented foods and supplements. Mainly used to support digestion, they also help boost the immune system and improve mental health. They even help lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure while increasing heart health. Probiotics, apart from maintaining internal or body wellness, also work wonders externally for the skin.
The old adage that states ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ is not always true when it comes to skin health. Our desire to keep ourselves meticulously clean can sometimes do more harm than good. By over-washing the skin, we in-turn strip the microbiome of the natural beneficial bacteria that protects it from environmental aggressors or free radical damage.
By restoring the layer of ‘good bacteria’ on the skin surface, we can improve both its tone and texture. The key is to cleanse with mild, all-natural soaps (no more than twice a day) and then apply a probiotic cream. This cream can be homemade using natural ingredients or it can be a commercial product you add probiotic capsules to.
What is Probiotic Skin Care?
Probiotic skincare uses living bacteria topically (usually in the form of cleansers, toners, masks, or moisturizers) to treat and heal common skin conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. This is not to be confused with prebiotic skincare, which uses water-soluble, plant-based fibers like glucomannan instead of live bacterial strains.
By restoring the protective shield or microbiome, probiotics help to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier; reduce inflammation; lessen the appearance of bumps or blemishes; calm redness/irritation; and prevent premature aging. In fact, the Journal of Women’s Dermatology states that it can protect your skin against aging and photodamage from the sun.
Which Probiotic is Best for Skin?
When it comes to skin health and beauty, the best probiotic is lactobacillus. It is the most effective strain in relieving dryness, soothing irritation, and balancing moisture levels. It is often considered a ‘lifesaver’ for those with severely sensitive or upset skin.
You can take this probiotic internally (as a daily supplement in tablet form) or you can use it topically added to cream and applied to the skin. The topical application works via ‘bacterial interference’, which stops harmful skin bacteria from provoking an immune reaction such as bumps, redness, itching, scaling, or swelling. Research has also shown the use of topical probiotics showed positive improvement of certain skin conditions.
How to Make Your Own Probiotic Cream?
Probiotic creams work wonder for the skin, especially those prone to chronic conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. To make your own all-natural version – that will help to reduce redness and inflammation while improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – simply follow the steps outlined below:
- 1/3 cup of shea butter
- 1/8 cup of beeswax
- ¼ cup of jojoba oil
- 1/3 cup of coconut water
- ½ cup of aloe vera gel
- 2 – 15 million CFU probiotic capsules
- Melt shea butter and beeswax together in a double boiler – allow the mixture to cool slightly.
- Combine jojoba oil, coconut water, and aloe vera gel together in a pot and then heat up the liquid gently on the stove.
- Blend the shea butter mixture with aloe vera gel mixture using a hand mixer – do this by blending the aloe vera gel mixture first and then slowly stream in the melted shea butter mixture.
- Break open the probiotic capsules and add the contents in with the shea butter and aloe vera gel mixtures.
- Continue to blend until the cream starts to emulsify and the mixture becomes thick and fluffy.
- Take a spatula and transfer the cream into sterilized jars with lids.
- Store the jars in the fridge (for up to one year) and use them once or twice daily.
- Wash the pots in the sink with hot water, dish liquid, and a little vinegar to remove the grease – or place them in the dishwasher and select the ‘steam clean’ option.
Just a word of caution. Before applying oils or any homemade skin formulas, it is important to perform a patch test on your skin. Even if you have never had a prior history of any skin irritation issues you may find that concentrations and different mixtures may cause slight irritation like rashes, swelling, itching, or even burning. To learn how to perform a patch test on your skin CLICK HERE
This homemade probiotic cream works best on pre-cleansed skin that is still slightly damp. Begin by washing your face with a mild, all-natural soap and then rinsing it thoroughly with tepid water. Pat dry gently, leaving a little water behind on the skin. Apply a thin layer of the probiotic cream all over the face (be careful around the delicate eye area) and allow time for it to penetrate completely before putting on makeup or going to bed.
This cream is also safe for those who suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis, or rosacea. Just be sure to use with a gentle soap that is free of synthetic ingredients including dyes, fragrances, parabens, or sulfates which can further aggravate the skin. For further skincare benefits, try spritzing the face with a probiotic spray. Details on how to make your own version can be found in my other article entitled: How to Make Probiotic Skin Spray?
What is the Best Probiotic Face Cream?
If you just don’t have the time to make your own probiotic face cream there are many great probiotic face creams currently on the market, one I have tried myself and liked very much is Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream with Probiotic Technology. This cream is extra-gentle, oil-free, and works to visibly calm skin redness – even that prone to rosacea. It also helps soothe irritated skin associated with eczema.
The probiotic (lactobacillus) contained in the product works to strengthen the skin’s natural moisture barrier and balance its microbiome. Best of all, it is free of sulfates, perfumes, parabens, and phthalates. Great for all skin types including dry, combination, and oily, this cream also helps lessen the appearance of broken capillaries over time. Use with Clinique Redness Solutions Cleanser for even better results.
Available online at Amazon and its highly rated. Check it out today – for great skin tomorrow!
In summation, probiotics are not only good for the body, but they also work wonders on the skin. To make your own probiotic face cream, all you need is a few simple ingredients including aloe vera gel, jojoba oil, beeswax, coconut water, and shea butter.
Breaking apart a few lactobacillus capsules and adding the contents to the cream will give it the probiotic ‘boost’ it needs to treat and heal common skin reactions often associated acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
To make things even easier, you can purchase a store-bought cream with probiotics already included in the product. Either way, applying a probiotic cream twice a day will improve both the tone and texture of the skin over time.