Probiotic skincare, well this is new. I know all about taking a supplement including a pro or prebiotic orally, but using a skincare with a similar concept, this was new and exciting territory. As you probably know if you’re a regular reader, I suffer from rosacea on my cheeks, chin and nose and have done since I can remember. What I don’t mention as much, is I also have keratosis pilaris on my upper arms, which is similar to rosacea in the idea it’s a bumpy red rash but even though I’ve tried fantastic skincare over the years, I’ve never used anything that has actively assisted in either of these issues. The redness on my cheeks especially is visible 24/7 and a personal insecurity of mine, and when I noticed after the first cleanse with a new product that landed on my desk that my redness was dramatically reduced, I was in shock. This never happens, and even the burning sensation from the redness had also subsided – the heat was gone.
Each time I used either a product from the AMPERNA® range the same thing occurred, in less redness and also a less visible texture to my cheeks and chin areas. It occurred to me the other day while I was applying the cleanser to my skin that maybe the reason this product was working for me was due to the fact AMPERNA® is actually an active probiotic skincare range, and then I realised it was high time I learnt what this actually meant. I now want to share this with you.
Put simply, probiotics in skincare act as a protective layer on the skin, boosting healthy looking skin by fighting bad bacteria with ‘good bacteria’. Skincare products with probiotics can help to:
- Calm and soothe inflamed, irritated skin
- Improve your skin’s appearance by reducing redness and locking in moisture
- Reduce the signs of ageing
- Help to reduce the symptoms and appearance of acne and other inflammatory skin conditions
AMPERNA® is an Australian skincare brand committed to creating simple, active products specifically formulated for sensitive skin. This means the range is non-comedogenic, contains no sulfates, parabens, aluminium, synthetic fragrance, synthetic colours or bleaches, and their unique probiotic complex is shelf stable for up to 12 months. The brand was created after Kiri Yanchenko, founder & holistic skin health advocate, found herself struggling with acne for the first time in her adult life. So began Kiri’s search for a solution that worked. She sought an ultra gentle skincare range that contained key active ingredients; however, the brand she was seeking didn’t exist. So she created it, driven by a deep understanding of what women really need from their skincare range, based on a holistic approach.
Inspired by the AMPERNA® philosophy and the results I was seeing first hand on my skin, I reached out to Kiri to share my experience but in turn, realised this was something I needed to share with everyone. I wanted to share the importance of quality skincare of course, but also stress why we should be focused on skin health first and foremost. I asked Kiri to explain why skin health is so important and she said, “Skin health is so important to your overall wellbeing. When my skin is happy, healthy and pimple & rash free (as I am sensitive to many things) I am much more confident and able to face the day; so we are in business to help people feel comfortable. I feel much more comfortable now than when I did when I suffered from pustular acne and perioral dermatitis. Using the wrong products with nasties in them, too many products and inferior formulations without good ingredients can really make matters worse. You can actually be doing your skin more harm than good and can also make yourself sensitized. People can be sensitive to certain things, like me; I am allergic to latex, fluoride, shea butter and plane trees for example. They can also become sensitized. Sensitized skin is a skin condition brought on by certain environmental, biological and physiological stressors; including excessive sun exposure, dry cold weather, alcohol and cigarette smoking, diet high in sugar and processed carbohydrates, a hormonal imbalance or thinning of the skin’s lipid layer due to normal aging, and the ongoing use of aggressive skin care products.”
AMPERNA’s LIGHTWEIGHT SOOTHING+ EMULSION has been awarded Best Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin in the Byrdie Curated Beauty Awards 2018
She also explains the much-discussed ‘holistic approach to skincare’ is based on treating your whole body well – including your mind. “Our skin is our bodies largest organ and it is often the first thing to show when we are not quite right/when our bodies aren’t at their best. It keeps our body temperature regulated, helps to prevent dehydration and infections and protects us from the elements. It’s so important to our wellbeing, yet sometimes we forget to give it the respect it deserves. Our skin is deeply connected to the rest of our body. So, it makes sense that it will be affected by what’s happening throughout our bodies, not just on the surface”, says Kiri. Some of the ways that you can take a holistic approach to your skincare (and overall wellbeing) include regular exercise, practicing mindfulness, keeping up your h20 levels, as well as ensuring a good diet, combined with the right regime of skincare products with the right ingredients.
I asked Kiri, with skin health a priority, can you advise which foods we should be consuming and those we should avoid? Do you also suggest individuals take an oral supplements, in conjunction with their skincare? “For diet; I found lots of water and green tea helped my skin (and still does) as well as really limiting the bad fats and sugars. I still use an anti-inflammatory diet to this day and I don’t drink coffee. Sure, I fall off the wagon to celebrate a business milestone with a gin and tonic but even that is a smart clean spirit choice. I find trying to make smart choices every day and turning it into a lifestyle is what helps me stay focused diet wise. An anti-inflammatory diet includes foods like green leafy vegies including bok choy, celery and brocolli, fruits including blueberries and pineapple, salmon, bone broth, walnuts, coconut oil, chair seed, flaxseeds, tumeric and ginger. There is also a long list of things to avoid which include alcohol, saturated and trans fatty acids. Simple, refined sugars and carbohydrates are more inflammation-causing culprits. Limiting refined grains is an important factor in an anti-inflammatory diet as well. Whole grains should replace the refined carbohydrates, as truly whole grains are important sources of nutrition. If you’re interested in embracing this lifestyle, I would really recommend examining your diet and employing a lifestyle diet change to include good skin foods, and then maybe going to see a specialist and looking at the things your body lacks.”
Here’s to better skin days, and embracing a lifestyle that supports you inside and out!
* This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. If symptoms persist, we recommend that you see your GP or dermatologist. *