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WHAT IS A PREBIOTIC?

5th February 2019

You may have heard about or even jumped on the Probiotic skincare trend, but did you know that Prebiotics are just as crucial for a healthy, glowing complexion?

Here at ELEMIS, we endeavour to source actives that work in sync with the skin, for the ultimate results. Just one of the many natural, active ingredients found in our NEW Superfood Skincare System, we’re lifting the lid on everything you need to know about Prebiotics, and the benefits they have on your skin’s health. Let’s get stuck into the science!

What is a Prebiotic?

A Prebiotic, when used in skincare, is a food source for the skin’s ‘good’ microflora, more commonly known as bacteria. Just like our fingerprint, we all have our own microflora ecosystem that’s unique to us, made up of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria.

We are literally covered from head to toe in microflora (it’s like an extension of us!), which is why it’s so important to maintain our levels of Prebiotics.

What do Prebiotics do for our skin?

For healthy-looking skin, it’s important to ensure that skin has a good barrier function. Without it, the skin’s ecosystem has less protection, meaning that environmental aggressors like pollution can penetrate more easily and trigger damage and irritation.

Prebiotics protect and maintain the skin’s microbiome by only feeding the ‘good’ microflora, influencing the level of good-to-bad bacteria. This helps balance the skin’s delicate microbiome for optimum barrier function, resulting in healthy-looking skin.

What’s the difference between Probiotics and Prebiotics?

Probiotics are the ‘live’ bacteria most commonly found in the digestive system. They’re essential to good gut, skin and overall health.

Essentially, Prebiotics are ‘food’ for our good bacteria, which means that Probiotics can’t survive without Prebiotics.

What Prebiotic is in the Superfood Skincare System?

The Prebiotic found in our Superfood range is a vegan-friendly, natural, sugar-derived gluco-oligosaccharide. It has been shown in-vitro to stimulate the growth of ‘good’ microflora and is combined with nutrient-dense Superfoods to leave the complexion looking luminous and bright, with an outdoor-fresh glow.

We’re discovering more and more about the importance of Prebiotics in maintaining our ‘good’ microflora, helping it to better absorb food, improve skin barrier function, immune system, and our overall health.

Now you’ve got the low down on all things Prebiotic, it’s time to try it for yourself! Why not explored the nutrient-dense, skin-balancing goodness of the 4 new additions to our Superfood range? Including your new multi-masking heroes, a Blackcurrant jelly scrub (gentle enough to use daily!) and an on-the-go prebiotic mist.



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