You probably know probiotics as the "good bacteria" which is essential to the health of your digestive system, immune system and overall well being. These live microorganisms aid in digestion, improve colon health and can even reduce the severity of illnesses like the cold and flu.A plentiful amount of probiotics in your body will help to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, probiotics might be the next big beauty breakthrough in helping to promote clearer skin and decrease skin sensitivity, redness and inflammation.
Columbia Skincare est. 1871 has the distinction of being the oldest skincare company in the US and they have developed their Probiotic Concentrate and Probiotic Complex as the first skincare solutions to harness the wellness benefits of probiotics with topical specific bacteria that have been specifically formulated to enhance the skin's natural ability to renew itself. The science behind this range actually came about six years ago when the company was testing combinations of natural ingredients that could give burned skin the ability to rejuvenate itself. This led to a discovery that did just that with an added benefit of also reducing the signs of aging on healthy skin. Probiotic Concentrate and Complex both contain a proprietary formula comprised of probiotics, plant stem cells and peptides (amino acids) which all uniquely combine to work with body’s natural ability to regenerate healthy skin cells and accelerate skin barrier recovery.
Columbia Skincare Probiotic Concentrate
Columbia Skincare Probiotic Concentrate ($190) is a concentrated serum that effectively accelerates and improves the skin renewal process. The product is house in a heavyweight glass bottle with a glass dropper for hygienic dispensing. This serum has a silky, viscous texture and a barely discernible plant-like scent. It feel slightly tacky and cooling upon application. Once absorbed, it virtually disappears. I mean it feels like nothing which is a little odd but pleasant at the same time. Because of this, it works well under makeup.
Columbia Skincare Probiotic Complex
Columbia Skincare Probiotic Complex ($165) is an innovative probiotic cream that works to accelerate the skin renewal process to enhance luminosity and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. the product comes in a jar with a screw off top. Note the spatula in the photo is my own as one was not included but should be. This is a fairly thick cream with a velvety texture. It absorbs almost instantly upon application with a silky weightless finish. The hydration properties of this cream definitely feel more watery than emollient. While it does moisturize, this is not one of those moisturizers that can be used an occlusive barrier. I've been using this duo during the daytime exclusively for a few weeks because I have another routine going in the evenings. These two products work best when used in conjunction. My only issue is that they don't feel rich enough for my dry skin so I do layer on a propolis ampoule and another moisturizer when I use them to avoid potential dryness. I haven't had any reactions or sensitivity when using these products and I haven't broken out once. Because it is so lightweight, I also had my husband try the duo to see how it would address his rosacea and I will say that we've seen more visible results on his skin than mine and it's also easier to attribute the changes to these products. Alot of serums and moisturizers tend to be too heavy for his skin but that wasn't an issue with these. Since incorporating then into his skincare routine, there has been a clear improvement in the clarity and texture of his skin and it appears smoother. These products have also helped with the redness that often occurs with rosacea. This has all ben encouraging to say to say the least.
I'm definitely big on probiotics in my daily diet (fermented foods yeah!) because I believe that good digestive health is a major contributing factor to overall wellness. And I'm excited to see the benefits of probiotics expanding into skincare. This range takes an approach to skincare that focuses on health over cosmetics which is refreshing and forward thinking in terms of the shifting paradigm that healthy skin is beautiful skin.
Columbia Skincare Probiotics products are available through Columbia Skincare. Purchase either probiotic product and receive a FREE moisturizing cream, a $38 value when you use code: ProbioticGift at checkout.
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