The probiotic trend spurred countless bottles of kombucha flying off the supermarket shelves. But it also proved to be the turning point in the way we are treating our bodies and skin. Instead of lying in wait for problems to surface, the more intuitive modern day woman wants to proactively take charge of her health.

Over the past few years, fraternizing with the bacteria that lives in our microbiome (yes, all 100 trillion of them) has become relatively normal. So much so, in fact, that it’s inspiring health-minded individuals to infuse not only their diets but also their skin care with more “good” bacteria.

Here are 5 reasons why you should be incorporating probiotics into your list of vital skincare ingredients.

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Probiotic skincare such as Blue Orchid are making waves all around the world

#1 They boost microbiome health

Probiotics for skin work in a similar way as they do for the digestive system. They help your skin to remain in a balanced state. And the results do speak for themselves. Surface-level, this translates to a complexion that’s not too dry nor too oily, and skin that can effectively repel the environmental conditions that cause inflammation.

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#2 They boost skin glow

Minimizing skin inflammation has its perks. Instead of battling a host of temperamental, angry problems cropping up on your skin time and time again, your skin will look calmer and more radiant. Glowing skin is a result of many factors—skin clarity, good skin health and balanced moisture levels, all factors determined by a healthy skin microbiome (bacterial flora on your skin).

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#3 They reduce outbreaks

Maintaining a healthy bacterial flora not only helps to reduce the number and severity of acne outbreaks, they can also combat problems on your skin caused by overuse of antibiotics, both oral and topical. Long term use of antibiotics can harm the good bacterial flora on your skin leading to a host of sensitivity issues. Using skincare with probiotics not only soothe outbreaks, they also help reduce the side effects of some of the anti-acne treatments.

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#4 Goodbye to sensitivity

Skin issues such as eczema seems to show a reduced reccurence when skin microbiome is balanced with probiotics. When your skin is healthier, it is better able to fight against these sensitivity skin issues on its own.

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#5 They reduce premature aging

Probiotics benefit the skin in three key ways. First, they act as a protective shield by preventing bad microorganisms from provoking an immune reaction. This creates a more calming environment for the skin. Second, they produce natural antibiotics called antimicrobial peptides that combat bad bacteria. And lastly, they boost the skin’s functionality in dealing with external damaging factors including free radicals, sun, and pollution. All of these benefits help to reduce inflammation. This helps reduce flare-ups and prevent premature aging.

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