#1 GMO-Free, Gluten-Free and Probiotic-Packed
Chances are you’ve seen GMO-free and gluten-free labels popping up on food packages, but did you know that skincare is now taking advantage of GMO-free and gluten-free alternatives? GMO-free makes obvious sense—you don’t want those genetically modified chemicals seeping through your skin any more than you want to ingest them. Gluten-free, on the other hand, may need some clarification.
Gluten is a protein that causes digestive upset in intolerant individuals—some experts say that the majority of the population is gluten-intolerant! It stands to reason that when applied topically, gluten seeps through your pores and can also cause adverse reactions in the skin. The skin care industry has responded by marketing new gluten-free cleansers, masks and creams…so take advantage of the latest trend and let us know how your skin reacts!
Skin care manufacturers may be taking out the GMO and gluten, but they are adding probiotics to skin care to make up the difference. Probiotics are healthy microorganisms—you know, the ones that live in your gut and strengthen your digestive and immune systems. Turns out, they play just as significant a role in skin health as they do in gut health! When you apply a topical cream, it nourishes the beneficial bacteria living on your skin. Now, bacteria on your skin don’t sound very appealing, but the more good organisms you have, the more they protect you from the bad ones!
If you have acne-prone skin, suffer from dryness or eczema, or simply want more of an anti-aging boost, then invest in skin care that features probiotics.
BB All the Way
BB creams are all-in-one- beauty balms that offer UV protection, moisturize, even out skin tone, smooth wrinkles and heal with antioxidants. Originally developed by a German dermatologist looking for a cream that would both protect and cover laser-treated skin, BB cream contains antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, moisturizers like hyaluronic acid and glycerin, fancy ingredients like licorice and arbutin, and silicone-based ingredients so that the cream doubles—or should we say triples—as a foundation primer. No more applying five different jars of skin creams. All it takes is one BB!
Take It from the Ancients
An ancient herb is making a comeback in 2015. The Chinese list gotu kola as one of the “miracle elixirs of life,” and Ayruvedic medicine uses the herb to heal wounds, eczema and psoriasis, among other skin conditions. Packed with phytochemicals, amino acids, beta-carotene and fatty acids, gotu kola directs the blood supply to the wounded area, thereby strengthening the skin. Recent research shows that the herb calms inflammation, activates new skin cell growth, stimulates collagen production and even helps repair veins! Look for gotu kola listed in the ingredients of skincare products in 2015. It’s sure to make an appearance!
Pictured: KeraCell Eyelash & Brow Boosting Serum - with SymPeptide XLash and Super fruit antioxidants, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5)