The recent revival of fermented foods has been welcomed by nutritionists and dieticians alike, and for good reason. Experts understand the vital role fermented foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha play in promoting health throughout the body.
Fermentation is the oldest form of food preservation where the sugars and carbohydrates in vegetables or meat are broken down by ‘good’ bacteria transforming them into more flavorful, nutrient packed superfoods. These good bacteria, or probiotics, won’t make you sick, but actually promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria that aid in digestion, while strengthening the digestive lining—all in addition to providing extra vitamins and nutrients that weren’t present in the food in its unfermented state. The benefits to your digestion are remarkable, but recent studies have also shown that probiotics can improve your skin too.
Fight ‘Bad’ Bacteria
There’s a war between good vs bad bacteria throughout your body, and when the bad take over your health suffers. This is true for your GI tract as well as your skin, as you can experience issues like acne as the result of harmful bacteria. Introducing probiotics into your diet and skin care regimen can balance your system by fighting off the “bad” bacteria and encouraging the growth of “good” bacteria. A gentle, pH balanced cleanser like the COSRx Low pH Good Morning Cleanser can help preserve your body’s natural “bad” bacteria fighting abilities.
Strengthens & Protects
When your stomach’s lining is compromised, it cannot protect against harmful pathogens and toxins, but ingesting probiotics helps strengthen the lining by fighting the harmful, “bad” bacteria that can cause infections. Similarly, probiotics also help protect the skin’s natural barrier against environmental impurities by promoting cell turnover, which brings new healthy cells to the skin’s surface. The Missha Time Revolution Night Repair Science Activator Ampoule is packed with probiotics like bifida ferment lysate and lactobacillus, which will keep the “bad,” acne causing bacteria out.
Inflammation is your body’s response to fighting infection, but chronic inflammation can result in swelling, pain, and tissue damage. It is the root cause of many body ailments like arthritis and colitis, and can be to blame for a lot of skin issues like acne and rosacea. Probiotics have been shown to greatly reduce inflammation both when ingested and applied topically. If your skin is currently showing signs of irritation, a soothing sheet mask can do wonders. We like the Tosowoong Pure Aloe Mask which contains adenosine, an ingredient derived from yeast, which has anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Raw foods are rich in nutrients, but the fermentation process helps retain their concentration vs cooking and can even help unlock additional nutrients. For example, significantly higher amounts of vitamin C are present in sauerkraut compared to fresh cabbage. This is because vitamin C is woven into tough cellulars walls, which cannot be broken down and digested when eaten raw. However, the fermentation process helps breaks down plant material, increasing the amount of vitamin C that the body can absorb. Similarly, probiotics help the skin absorb active ingredients, increasing their efficacy. The Missha First Treatment Essence Mist is designed to be used after cleansing but before serums or creams to prep the skin by increasing your skin’s ability to absorb ingredients found in your other products.
Radiant skin starts from the inside out so incorporating probiotics into your diet as well as your skincare regimen can be great holistic approach to improving the health of your skin. Let us know your favorite fermented foods in the comments below!