Adding probiotic-filled foods or supplements to your daily diet is one way to combat common skin concerns, but there's another effective way that's just starting to catch on. If you had any doubts about applying bacteria to your face, Celeste Hilling, the CEO and founder of Skin Authority, can put those to rest. She explained the many ways topical probiotics can have a positive effect on skin.
"They reduce the physical signs of aging in two ways," she said. "They build collagen to strengthen skin structure and increase smoothness. And they reduce the impact of sun exposure to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles."
Hilling also said they help prevent breakouts and acne while counteracting rosacea and eczema and diminishing scarring. Plus, they're shown to reduce the number of active lesions. Probiotics also strengthen the skin barrier, which reduces sensitivities, dryness, and burning.
That's why Hilling and her fellow team of product formulators decided to add a probiotic to Skin Authority's lineup. The result is the brand's Beauty Infusion Probiotics for Clarifying ($49) booster serum.
"The Infusion can be applied to the skin directly or mixed with other skin care products or makeup," Hilling explained. Just a few drops a day is all it takes to hydrate, clarify, and maintain balance on your skin.
To give your face an extra dose of friendly bacteria, check out skin care brand Tula. The entire line contains probiotics and includes everything from cleansers to serums and masks to gentle exfoliators. I personally love the brand's Overnight Skin Rescue Treatment ($85) because it repairs, moisturizers, and provides skin with balance while you sleep so you can wake up with a gorgeous, healthy glow.