Trust your gut: Why your skin's health is more than skin deep

Trust your gut: Why your skin's health is more than skin deep

TRUST YOUR GUT: WHY YOUR SKIN’S HEALTH IS MORE THAN SKIN DEEP

Time and time again, there is a proven link between gut health and skin issues, including conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema, all associated with skin inflammation. To heal your skin, you’ve got to heal your gut. 

Suffer from IBD (irritable bowel disorder)? You’re likely to experience irritated skin. Have the symptoms of indigestion plagued you? Your skin’s probably been a bit more congested than usual, too. This is because your skin and your gut talk, a lot. There’s even a fancy name for this ongoing conversation – the gut-skin axis. 

What is the gut-skin axis? 

Simply put, your skin’s condition directly reflects what’s going on in your gut because your gut is where 70 per cent of our immune system lies. When your gut happily metabolises hormones and makes nutrients while detoxifying enzymes and neutralising pathogens, your skin will be living its best life – clear, glowing and begging for a makeup-free, filter-free selfie. Conversely, when you’ve been skipping meals, indulging in celebration rather than moderation and forgetting to take the probiotics you bought with the best intentions, your skin’s guaranteed to let you know it does not love what’s been on the menu lately. 

Your microbiome matters for a trillion reasons. 

Your gut contains trillions of strains of bacteria and microbes that form the gut microbiome, which feeds into (excuse the pun) all of the major systems and organs in your body. Because our skin is the body’s largest organ, a problematic microbiome means problematic skin. Think of it this way: neglecting your microbiome is like sleeping with your makeup on. It’ll feel like a good idea at the time, but you will regret it. So, how do you give your microbiome the TLC it deserves to get the glowing, problem-free skin you deserve?

A probiotic a day keeps the eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea and premature ageing away.

One of the best ways to de-stress and rebalance a stressed out and unbalanced microbiome is to add probiotics to your ‘cleanse, serum, moisturise’ skincare routine. You can consume probiotics – live bacteria – through your diet but incorporating enough probiotic-rich foods into your diet isn’t always easy given our busy lifestyles, so a daily probiotic supplement is a win for your skin. 

This being said, you want to take an easily-absorbed, broad-spectrum probiotic that contains lots of different strains – mimicking the range of probiotics you’d get from regularly filling up on fibre-rich fruits and vegetables lean protein and healthy fats. 

Because we’re ‘pro’ probiotics, we’ve got a probiotic for you – and your skin.  

Our online skin shop has a wide range of industry-leading, scientifically-backed probiotic products and supplements, taking the guesswork out of taking care of your gut – and your skin from the inside out. While there’s quite a bit of evidence-based hype around applying probiotics topically as part of your skincare routine to feed and strengthen your skin from the outside. Remember, your immune system will always be your skin’s first line of defence, so chat to us about the perfect probiotic supplement to add to your cart online or when you next visit one of our 18 Skin Renewal branches nationwide. 

Sharon Izak Elaine
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