People are 90% bacterial and only 10% human according to science. Gut bacteria has a lead role in health and the immune system, but those friendly bacteria are great for the skin and anti-ageing too.
For years, people worried about germs and catching illnesses. However, it was discovered later on that some germs are good and could help prevent pathogens. Put simply, the ‘friendly’ bacteria consume bad bacteria, reducing the person’s risk of getting sick.
According to John Hopkin’s School of Medicine, a huge proportion of the immune system is located in the gut. Cells in the lining of the gut excrete antibodies in a process not yet fully understood. Bacteria vastly outnumber human cells and are present in the ears, bowels, nose, and skin.
A Yoghurt a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Everyone is aware of the positive effects of natural yoghurt. The live bio-cultures are friendly bacteria that colonise the gut and boost the immune system. A lesser known effect is the boost they give to the skin. Ingesting bio-cultures reduces inflammation, redness of the skin, eczema, dry patches, and psoriasis to benefit the human body inside and out.
The Anti-Aging Effect of Topical Probiotics
As well as eating probiotics, people looking to improve their skin can use them topically. Probiotics in skincare are a match for those in tablets and yoghurt. Ongoing studies show that they can improve the barrier function of the skin against infection, reduce oxidative stress and the effects of ageing, strengthen hair quality, and rebalance PH levels.
It also has some protection against damage from UV light without inhibiting Vitamin D like traditional sunscreens. This protection against UV could also guard the DNA from damage and reduce or prevent the development of lines and wrinkles.
Friendly bacteria are part of the immune system. They’re present largely in the gut, but also on the skin. Who would’ve thought, right?