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You probably know that oral probiotics (found in supplements and foods like plain unflavored yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, pickles, and kimchi) can help rebalance your gut, reduce inflammation throughout your body, and boost your immune system, but did you also know that probiotics are beneficial for the skin when applied topically? Just like your gut, there’s good and bad bacteria present on your skin and when the ratio is out-of-whack, skin can act up in the form of acne, rosacea, eczema, and other skin conditions.
Topical probiotic skincare is the means to clearer, less sensitive, younger looking skin. It helps rebalance everything out and protect, revitalize, and nourish. Though a weekly facial mask with probiotic rich plain yogurt can be helpful, there are also some great skincare products that are rich in probiotics.
TULA ($25-$75), which means ‘balance’ in Sanskrit, is specially formulated with beneficial probiotics and nutrients to nourish, brighten, and smooth the skin while reducing fine lines. First-time users might want to sample TULA Probiotic Skincare Discovery Collection ($49), containing travel size samples of the Purifying Face Cleanser, Illuminating Face Serum, Hydrating Day and Night Cream, and Revitalizing Eye Cream.
Nude Skincare ($28-$88) is rich in omegas, probiotics, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins to boost skin’s moisture barrier, protect it from aging and stress, and help it restore its natural balance. You’ll like the Radiant Day Moisturizer ($52) for silky smooth, younger looking skin.
Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream with Probiotic Technology ($47), an oil-free moisturizer that calms instantly and helps prevent future rosacea flare-ups.
Talika Bio Enzymes Mask ($15 per mask) is a facial mask that acts likes a “second skin” for your face as it goes on cool on the skin and its ingredients work actively to: rehydrate (Hydrating Bio Enzymes Mask), smoothes wrinkles and brightens tone (Anti-age Bio Enzymes Mask), and mattifying oily skin and tightening pores (Purifying Bio Enzymes Mask). According to the beauty brand, its masks uses bio-cellulose, a natural nano fiber that is 1,000 times thinner than human hair, and this is the thinnest fiber of the living world, which means the mask can sit on skin comfortably without weighing it down.
The Hydrating Mask contains hydrophilic sugars that rehydrate and acts as an antioxidant, alpine flowers to heal and protect, and hyaluronic acid to soften skin an give off radiance. After wearing the mask for 15-30 minutes, the difference is immediate, and my skin felt baby-skin soft after just one use. In terms of luminosity, this mask is excellent. The Anti-age Mask helps reduce wrinkles and replump skin, and it includes ingredients like moisturizing collagen, watermelon from the Kalahari desert, which is rich in silicium, and resulting in an increase in the skin’s collagen. Purifying Mask minimizes imperfections like blackheads, spots, and redness and also tightens pores using argon oil, alpine herbs, and cinnamon. Purifying Mask would be great for use before a date or a black-tie event.
The Erno Laszlo Institute‘s Pure Pulsation and Pure Oxygen are two oxygen-rich treatments developed by Pure Flow founder and owner Andrew Barile, and each one accomplishes different things. Pure Pulsation offers synchronized compression of your blood vessels through an intense 40-minute treatment to increase circulation and pump oxygen into your body for detoxification, creation of new blood cells, and to strengthen the cardiovascular system. Pure Oxygen involves a hyperbaric oxygen tank.
“Pure Flow is a compression therapy,” says Barile. “What we’re doing is to monitor your heart rate, similar to a Polaris heart monitor. So we know when your heart is resting. It is mechanical and super precise, and massaging doesn’t give you that same increased pressure as this does,” he adds. Bottom line: you want the blood flow to go back to your heart. The idea here is to reduce your heart rate to promote efficiency. For example, many athletes, after years of conditioning their body, have a heart rate of 40 or 50 beats per minute. However, most people’s efficiencies are far lower, which is why this treatment would be most beneficial to them.
I received the Pure Pulsation treatment and it involved my slipping into a quilted garment and having cuffs around my arms and legs. My aesthetician hooked up a machine to the garment to enable it to pump oxygen into my legs. I’m not going to lie, this wasn’t a bed of roses: you feel the pressure. But after the 40-minute treatment, I felt noticeably more rested, as though I had taken some Concorde trip to St. Barths and back.
Now, what does this all have to do with beauty? Plenty. If we start at the source, good skin starts with a good heartbeat, since healthy heart function helps with practically everything — from cell turnover to stem-cell creation. These treatments also help with improving sleep, lessen jet lag, draining the lymphatic system, which helps remove waste and toxins from the body.
For a limited time, Pure Oxygen and Pure Pulsation are available as a single session for $100, or a pack of six for $480.