The hero ingredient of AMPERNA® skincare is our active probiotic complex, Lactococcus ferment lysate. Developed in conjunction with one of Australia’s most experienced skincare chemists, AMPERNA® is the first Australian brand to bring you a full range of probiotic skincare products, and the first to use this particular strain in any Australian skincare product.
What are Probiotics?
The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host”1;
You’ve probably heard about the reported health benefits of consuming probiotics in foods or supplements, which include:
- Positive results treating diarrhoea and gastroenteritis
- Improved brain function
- Reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure
- Management of irritable bowel syndrome
- Protection against infection
- Benefits for patients with psoriasis and chronic fatigue syndrome due to boosted immunity
But you may not realise that probiotics can also be of benefit to the skin when applied topically.
How Probiotics can be of Benefit to our Skin Health
Our skin is our body’s largest organ. While you may not realise it, your skin is working around the clock to protect you from microbes and the elements.
There are billions of microflora (made up of both good and bad bacteria) living on the surface or our skin. This is what’s referred to as our ‘microbiome’. When these bacteria are out of balance, they can contribute to chronic skin problems.
That’s where AMPERNA® comes in.
The probiotic complex infused within AMPERNA® products supports the skin barrier, helping to protect you from aggressions such as environmental pollutants, keep your immune system in check and reduce inflammation.
AMPERNA® products deliver good bacteria to your skin gently and effectively.
Our ingredients help promote the appearance of fresh skin, help prevent the signs of premature aging, and help the skin to adapt to negative influences. In short, AMPERNA® products create the perfect conditions for your skin to shine.
Furthermore, as the probiotics break down on skin’s surface, they create amazing new ingredients for skin, such as hyaluronic acid, peptides and vitamins, as well as increasing the presence of ceramides.
How Amperna® Works to Help Your Skin Health
Probiotics and Pollution – a Defence Against the Urban Grind
According to global research agency Mintel, over 40% of facial skincare users believe pollution to have the greatest impact on skin health. Many skincare experts agree, with a recent research study citing traffic-related air pollution as a major cause of facial lentigines (commonly referred to as age spots).
"Pollution particles, sometimes twenty times smaller than pores, can infiltrate deeper layers of the epidermis, causing not only inflammation and dehydration, but also a cellular-level reaction that leads to lost elasticity and firmness," says Dr Sarah Shah.
Probiotics act as a protective layer on the skin, and can help to reduce the impact of external aggressors such as pollution and pathogenic microbes. Our Pro+ Vitamin C Hyaluronic Serum also contains a high percentage of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which is an excellent anti-pollution skin care product to add to your regime.
AMPERNA® products are suitable for even the most sensitive skin. We have tested our products with consumers who have eczema, dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, rosacea and acne prone skin.
While we have tested our products widely amongst sensitive skin sufferers, we cannot guarantee results for individual users. We recommend spot testing prior to use to test for adverse reactions.
Our unique probiotic complex is shelf stable for up to 12 months.
Read about ‘Why experts are recommending probiotics for your skincare routine and how they can benefit you’ on our blog
Find out ‘Why probiotic beauty products are great for your skin’ in this Forbes Magazine article
Get the low down on ‘The latest probiotic science and what it means for your skincare’ in this article for Charlotte’s Book
1. Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization Expert Consultation. Evaluation of health and nutritional properties of powder milk and live lactic acid bacteria.Córdoba, Argentina: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and World Health Organization; 2001. [cited 2005 September 8]. Available from: http://www.fao.org/3/a-a0512e.pdf.