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When I first heard about probiotic face masks I was excited! I love trying different face mask recipes to improve my skin, prevent breakouts, and even prevent wrinkles (yea, it’s never too early!). I’ll try any new DIY natural face mask if I like the ingredients and this DIY probiotic face mask is great because the main ingredient is probiotics!
This was my first time using a DIY probiotic face mask and after one use, I found it to be great! I’ve tried everything from using honey masks and clay masks to applying foods such as lemon juice. Each face mask I tried had benefits and this DIY Probiotic Face Mask is no exception. I love face masks because you usually can see instant results! After I used this probiotic mask, I loved the results, my skin had a glow afterwords, felt really soft and super clean!
There are many benefits to using a probiotic face mask. Probiotics applied topically have been found to help clear skin, reduce inflammation and redness, improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines and even help some skin conditions. You can use the face mask to exfoliate your skin, too.
Who knew that little probiotics, which are internally good for you, could benefit your skin when applied topically! For a few years, I have been taking a probiotic supplement once a day, before meals, for overall health. Probiotics contain good bacteria that help balance the gut bacteria in your intestines so that you don’t have an overload of bad bacteria. It’s been known that taking probiotic supplements internally can improve your skin immensely by reducing redness and irritation and calming inflammation. But this new way to use probiotics is another option to help your skin. Who doesn’t want to use probiotics in both ways?
How do Probiotics Work Topically?
The skin is the largest organ of the body and many good flora live there. These organisms protect it, keep inflammation in check and guard the skin from pathogens. When we wash our face with soaps and chemicals these helpful bacteria get wiped out. One way to replace some is by topically applying probiotics.
Probiotic Mask Can Help Acne and Rosacea.
When you have acne or skin conditions such as rosacea, the body tries to attack the bad microorganisms thinking this is a foreign invader causing inflammation. Research is showing that topically using probiotics helps these conditions. What happens is the probiotics which are put on the skin, make it difficult for the skin cells to see the parasites and bad bacteria or sometimes they help calm the cells that react to the bad bacteria, thus offering the skin protection. In addition, more research is being done to find out more about the strains of probiotics that are effective in killing the bad bacteria.
How Does this DIY probiotic Face Mask Feel?
When I first thought about applying a probiotic to my face, I wondered how it would feel and what to mix it with, because probiotics are a rough powdery consistency. I didn’t want to clog my pores as that is always a concern for me. This is why I decided to use jojoba oil because it is ranked “0” on the comedogenic scale, meaning that it does not clog pores at all!
Well, the mask was very easy to make. I emptied the probiotic capsule, mixed it with the oil and applied it directly to my skin. It seemed a little bit gritty, but it also went on smoothly. After a few times I found that I like to leave it on for 15 minutes, then massage my skin with it as I rinse it off. It’s great because it helps to exfoliate my skin and remove any dead skin leaving my skin glowing and looking refreshed!
Other Options to Get the Benefits of a Probiotic Mask
You can make a mask with fermented foods such as plain Greek yogurt or even kefir. Yogurt primarily uses lactobacillus bacteria and kefir uses yeast and bacteria. Many like using yogurt because it is semi-solid as compared to kefir which is pretty much liquid. These are both cool and soothing and have the beneficial probiotics. One option is to make a mask with yogurt, manuka honey and turmeric!
How to Make a DIY Probiotic Face Mask
What you need:
- 2 to 3 capsules probiotic (I use this kind)
- 1/2 teaspoon jojoba oil (or any kind of oil should work, such as coconut, grapeseed or flax) Make sure it’s organic!
1. Pour the oil in a container.
2. Break apart capsules and mix with the oil making a paste.
3. Apply to skin while massaging.
4. Leave on for at least 15 minutes to an hour.
5. Rinse off, moisturize (with jojoba oil or coconut oil!) and see your nicely refreshed complexion!