“The skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside. “We have often heard it said, but today it is proven. And it is no longer enough to take care of it with suitable products so that it remains luminous, fresh and ages well. Their composition must also respect and protect the skin microbiota, which – studies have shown – is directly linked to the intestinal microbiota. The state of the first directly influencing the second, one does not go without the other. This is why it is important to pamper your belly to display a divine complexion!
Pre, pro or postbiotics, real allies
Every centimeter of skin is covered with millions of living microorganisms, probiotics (yeasts, viruses, bacteria), which make up the microbiota, coexist and interact with our cells. These sentinels strengthen the skin barrier, boost skin immunity and prevent bad bacteria from taking hold. The slightest imbalance leads to inconvenience (dry skin, redness), or even pathology (acne, eczema, rosacea, etc.). It is also through this that some brands have begun to take an interest in the benefits of probiotics. Avène and La Roche-Posay have thus developed treatments to fight against atopic dermatitis, acne or psoriasis and promote good healing by rebalancing this famous microbiota. These formulas all contain prebiotics (which the probiotics feed on), probiotic extracts (but not live like in our yogurts!) and postbiotics (produced by the probiotics) to restore a virtuous circle within the flora. And since nothing can unbalance the microbiota – too aggressive soap, unsuitable product – it is essential to protect it. That’s why, from moisturizer to cleansing milk, pre, pro or postbiotics are everywhere. Especially since they also have an interesting antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action. And even when they do not contain any, some products indicate that they preserve the microbiota, with supporting tests, thanks to a respectful formulation, guaranteeing, in the long term, a nice complexion, more supple skin. and looks younger.
“The skin reflects the state of the large intestine, recalls Nathalie Sacreste, naturopath. The slightest imbalance in the intestinal microbiota can lead to skin problems.” Indeed, intestinal bacteria secrete substances that pass into the bloodstream and reach the epidermis, where they influence the skin microbiota. Stress, pollution, a diet that is not very varied or too rich can alter the intestinal flora, which affects digestion, as well as immune defense mechanisms and the condition of the skin. It is therefore essential to maintain a good balance by consuming enough prebiotics, contained in the fibers of fruits and vegetables, and foods rich in probiotics, in particular anything that is fermented: yogurts, kefir, sauerkraut… You can also make cures of food supplements, which act indirectly: by protecting the wall of the intestine and by reinforcing the natural defenses, they support the cutaneous balance.
Detox herbal teas
When all is well, the body eliminates toxins via the emunctory organs. But the accumulation is sometimes such that the liver finds itself overwhelmed. The waste then seeks another way out, the skin, resulting in a blurred complexion, pimples and other skin problems. Here again, supporting the digestive system helps to act on the skin. An option that several beauty brands have recently offered, with purifying and detoxifying infusions. Herbal teas cleanse the cells by their diuretic action, but also thanks to their carefully selected herbal composition. Example: verbena, peppermint or star anise reduce digestive discomfort; rosemary, dandelion and nettle promote detoxification; turmeric and burdock bring their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties… Drinking it reinforces the hydration and cleansing necessary for beautiful skin.
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