Most of us have heard of the health benefits that probiotics and antioxidants have to offer and many of us regularly consume them as part of our diet. What is less known is their use in skincare and the benefits they can have when applied topically for people suffering various skin conditions and for general skin health.
What are Probiotics and Antioxidants?
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria naturally occurring in the gut and are known to support digestive health and keep the immune system strong. These “good bacteria” can also be purchased in foods, drinks and supplements.
Antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E can help to neutralise free radicals in the body (produced by oxidation) and prevent some of the damage caused when there is a free radical overload. They can be found in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts as well as some meats and fish. Just like probiotics, they can also be consumed as a supplement.
How are Probiotics and Antibiotics Used in Skincare?
The skin has billions of micro-flora (made up of both good and bad bacteria) living on its surface. This is what’s referred to as our ‘microbiome’. When these bacteria are out of balance, they can contribute to chronic skin problems. This is where probiotics can help.
When probiotics (good bacteria) are applied topically to the skin they have the ability to calm inflammation and help cells to flourish. In more scientific speak the bacteria cells interact with receptors to control an immune response.
Kiri, founder of AMPERNA® discovered that in Europe, the use of good bacteria in skin care such as cleansers, moisturisers and serums is growing in popularity, but in the Australian market, it is relativity underdeveloped. Kiri set about developing active skin care, using probiotics and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. She pioneered for 5 years to develop the AMPERNA® range, working in conjunction with one of Australia’s most experienced skincare chemists and testing with people suffering relevant skin conditions.
Using a combination of natural active ingredients, along with tried and tested ingredients of modern science, she developed formulas that help promote an optimal healthy holistic skin balance.
The hero ingredient in the AMPERNA® range is the active probiotic complex, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate. This probiotic complex helps support the skin barrier; helping to protect you from aggressions such as environmental pollutants, helps keep your immune system in check and helps reduce inflammation. In short, it acts as a protective layer on the skin, helps boost healthy looking skin and helps calm & soothe skin.
AMPERNA® is in fact the first Australian brand to bring you a full range of probiotic skincare products, and the first to use this probiotic strain in any Australian skincare product.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that can cause damage to your skin. They have the power to not only protect your skin from damage, but some antioxidants can also:
- Brighten your skin
- Reduce inflammation
- Firm skin
- Be useful in treating scars
- Help to repair sun damage
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
Look out for the following antioxidants that can be applied topically to help benefit your skin in several ways:
Sometimes referred to as L-ascorbic acid, this antioxidant has a load of superpowers. It can boost collagen production to tighten fine lines, smooth uneven skin and is powerful in hydrating, brightening and calming your skin. You can find the powers of this antioxidant in AMPERNA® Pro+ Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serum
People suffering with rosacea, psoriasis, sensitive skin, and even acne may find the polyphenols found in green tea help to reduce inflammation and accelerate healing.
Whilst it is well known that drinking green tea is packed full of antioxidants and is a key component to an anti-inflammatory diet, it is not the only source. You can also find green tea in moisturisers and serums that you can topically apply as part of your skin care routine. It is often described as camellia sinensis leaf extract in the list of ingredients.
Niacinamide, a form of vitamin B-3, is an essential nutrient. When applied topically, niacinamide may help skin conditions such as acne and eczema. It features in the AMPERNA® range and the key benefits of this nutrient are helping to regulate the amount of oil the sebaceous glands produce, building proteins, locking in moisture, minimising the appearance of pores and dark spots.
Often referred to as retinol, which is concentrated vitamin A, this antioxidant is well known for its ability to smooth fine lines, brighten skin, help to reduce the appearance of scars and dark marks, and help to reduce acne.
For people with sensitive skin, it is recommended that vitamin C is avoided when using retinol as the combination can cause irritation.