What's in your face? Our body has a variety of microbes whether it be in the digestive tract, respiratory system or skin that are responsible for fighting off foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and fungus. In fact there are 10 times the amount of microorganisms in our body than cells. Mind blown! I have always taken a probiotic and been hyper-focused on healing my gut, but in the past year, I have noticed a lot of congestion in my skin. As I have researched the microbiome more and more, I came to understand that the lack of good bacteria in my gut could be what my skin is reflecting and also be depleted of. I started to question, 'Why am I not putting probiotics on my face too?!' The first solution I discovered is a probiotic face wash which I came across by one of my favorite holistic doctors to follow, Dr. Josh Axe. See the face wash and recipe in the image below.
The second solution I came to was a probiotic face mask. I found a couple recipes but decidedly came up with my own based on the ingredients I knew were in my kitchen. I have been placing this on my skin for no more than 30 minutes each night. I combined 1 cup of Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons of raw local honey and the contents in 3 probiotic capsules. This made quite a bit so I have kept it refrigerated as I am continuing on week 2.
I personally see improvement in my skin and I am excited to continue some trials of probiotics directly on the problem. A little research and what you have in your refrigerator can go a long way, so don't be afraid to test out your own natural theories!