Probiotics are the latest buzzword in skincare. We round up the best of them to help your skin achieve optimum health.

We are all familiar with the benefit of probiotics on our gut health, but recent research has shown that probiotics can have the same healing effects when added to our skincare routines, too. Applied topically, the ‘good bacteria’ can restore the balance of your skin’s natural ecosystem (called the microbiome), helping regulate flare-ups in blemishes, balance oil production and reduce sensitivity.

By strengthening the skin’s natural barrier it can protect from the damaging effects of environmental aggressors, such as pollution and speed up the skin’s natural repairing process, too. They can also help chronic skin conditions such as eczema, acne or rosacea by protecting against the bad bacteria that cause the inflammation in the first place. A wonder ingredient and the latest buzzword in skincare, we pick the best products to add to your routine this spring…

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Start your daily routine with this probiotic cleanser from award-winning brand, Aurelia. Filled with omega-rich oils and antioxidant-rich hibiscus, it has a super relaxing, spa-like scent of chamomile, eucalyptus, rosemary and bergamot essential oils. Your skin feels brightened and protected – a great foundation to your skincare regime.

Willowberry Eye Cream

Award-winning UK skincare brand, Willowberry has just released a light-weight, hydrating eye cream with an active blend of pomegranate extract, green tea, caffeine and probiotics as part of its capsule range of natural products. Formulated to protect the delicate eye area from environmental aggressors, it helps to target hyperpigmentation for a more even skin tone, too.

REN Perfect Canvas Primer Serum

Before applying your make-up, add in a protective layer of REN’s Perfect Canvas Primer Serum to prep skin. Containing probiotics and blue agave extract, it encourages cell renewal, smoothing skin and blurring dryness, dehydration, large pores, fine lines and wrinkles.

Inkey List Multi-Biotic Moisturiser
The Inkey List is renowned for formulating skincare with the latest buzzword ingredients, minus the over-hyped price tag. Its Multi-Biotic Moisturiser runs the full gamut, offering pre-biotics, pro-biotics and even post-biotics to balance skin’s natural pH levels and give you a healthy, resilient natural barrier – a more even reel will keep sebum levels in check, while plant-derived Squalane will give skin a hydration boost.

Esse Probiotic Serum

South African skincare brand Esse is leading the way with scientific research and testing in the field. It has created the world’s first live probiotic serum, with 50-million live probiotics per drop. A pump a day added to your routine will keep skin balanced, calmed and slow the signs of ageing, too.

Estee Lauder Micro Essence

Inspired by the Korean 10-step Skincare Routine, Estée
Lauder’s Micro Essence is an additional step in our usual cleanse/tone/moisturiser regime. With the texture of a toner, yet the skin-nourishing properties of a serum or moisturiser, an essence is applied after cleansing to lock in moisture and prep the skin for serums and creams, while delivering anti-aging nutrients in the process.

Tata Harper Purifying Mask

If your skin is congested and in need of a detox, Tata Harper’s probiotic infused Purifying Mask cleanses pores of impurities and balances oily skin. It's a powerhouse for protecting and fighting the environmental stressors that cause premature ageing. Used once or twice a week, it will refine and reset troubled skin, naturally.

By Lydia Mansi
March 2020


Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.