Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of skin health and that not all microbials are bad for your skin. Quite the contrary, in fact skin microbiota is key for healthy skin, just like healthy bacterial is good for the gut. Skin microbiota is made up of billions of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi and yeasts) that live on the skin surface. It is a natural equilibrium between beneficial (commensal) and detrimental (pathogen) strains of bacteria, fungi and yeasts. Balanced skin microbiota provides healthy, radiant and moisturised skin. Unbalanced skin microbiota leads to dysbiosis, dry, irritated, premature ageing and dull skin. With this in mind, we are seeing a number of product launches within this category as this trend gains momentum. Before listing the wonderful actives we offer for this product category, it is first important to explain the difference between probiotic, prebiotics and postbiotics.
Probiotics are living microorganisms known to provide health benefits when applied to the skin, similar to the probiotic yogurts sold to help with gut health.
Prebiotics are nutrients that induce microorganism growth and can be materials such as carbohydrates, fibres etc. We offer a wide range of ingredients with a prebiotic activity (due to their content in sugars and fibres) to boost the microbiota.
Postbiotics are microorganism-derived ingredients, such as enzymes, peptides, exopolysaccharides etc.
All the actives we offer fall under the Prebiotic category, which means they will help induce growth of the ‘good bacteria’ without having a detrimental effect on preserving your formulation as no ‘live bacteria’ is being added.