Bacteria Could Be The Answer to Perfect Skin

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While it may sound gross, bacteria actually offers a whole host of beauty benefits. We know that bacteria in the form of probiotics is beneficial to the body—it levels out bad bacteria in the gut with good bacteria to create a healthy balance—but could it be the answer to perfect skin once and for all?

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Our sources say yes. According to aesthetician Cecilia Wong, studies have shown that good bacteria can have a significant effect on the skin, especially when it comes to things like aging, acne, eczema and dryness. “Good bacteria is key for maintaining healthy skin as it can strengthen the skin’s barrier function and enhance its ability to retain moisture,” she says. Plus, the right type of bacteria can protect against chemicals and anything else that may disrupt the skin’s barrier function.

The best way to get your dose of good-for-your-skin bacteria is with beauty products that contain probiotics. “They usually come in the form of fermented cultures like radish root, sea kelp or lactic acid,” says Wong.

Our favorites: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser ($62), Cecilia Wong Rose Toner ($40) and Eminence Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser ($38).

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