How the The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner Actually Works!
The Beauty Chef creations never fail to blow me away! This Probiotic skin refiner really does it all! It exfoliates, balances, hydrates and help refine fine lines, all with one sweep over the skin! Read on to see how it actually works.
The latest addition to The Beauty Chef range is this bottle of probiotic potion that they call the Probiotic Skin Refiner! It is part AHA exfoliator, part intense moisturiser, part pore refiner and overall incredibly beneficial for your skin! It's a liquid based (like a water) but full of natural probiotics that work to alleviate roughness, smooth out the surface of your skin and leave you looking more youthful than ever! This is how it works:
How is the Probiotic Skin Refiner made?
This is a bio-active whole food extract made from the lacto-fermentation of powders from grasses, greens, algaes, fruits, vegetables, spices, seeds and herbs which works to exfoliate and hydrate the skin as well as stimulate new collagen, helping to make the skin firmer and more radiant.
When the ingredients are being fermented, The Beauty Chef's unique mother culture made up of a variety of lactic acid producing bacteria (part of their exclusive Flora Culture™ fermentation process) is added. Then purified water is blended in to create a mixture that is set to ferment for six weeks. After this process has finished, they separate, dry and mill the solid matter which is used for the Beauty Chef Probiotic Powders and the remaining liquid is drained from the solids to become this Probiotic Skin Refiner! So it's naturally rich in lactic acid and lactobacillus - beneficial bacteria - from the fermentation process, which makes it the purest of forms.
So how does it work?
Lactic acid is an AHA known to help synthesise collagen and increase cell turnover. It also works to naturally moisturise, exfoliate, refine and thicken the skin that thins as we age.*
Lactic acid occurs naturally in the skin and is part of the skin's natural moisturising mechanism. It also helps to draw moisture to the skin, which assists in hydration* Lactobacillus bacteria helps to balance the skin's natural flora as well as strengthen the skin's protective barrier.* Studies are showing that the bacteria on the surface of the skin can influence our immune system - so it's important to nourish the good bacteria on the outside as well as the inside!
How does the Probiotic Skin Refiner help with UV damage?
Lactic acid helps to break down the intercellular glue that holds dead skin cells together.** This in turn helps to shed dry, damaged skin cells as well as unclog pores (which is great for acne prone skin!). Lactic acid also stimulates cell turnover to produce new, smoother, healthier skin.**
Lactic acid is super hydrating, so also helps with dehydration caused by UV exposure. UV rays damage collagen and lactic acid stimulates new collagen, helping to make the skin firmer and more radiant.**
Can it help with pigmentation?
AHA's can speed up the elimination of the excess melanin that's sitting at the bottom of the epidermis. The Probiotic Skin Refiner's formula is effective, but quite gentle compared to some of the harsher peels where AHA's are added in a high concentration (which is why it can be used daily). It isn't as effective as a high strength AHA peel at eliminating pigmentation, but it also won't damage the skin!** It's brilliant for helping to lighten spots and bring an overall smooth texture and glow to the skin. Although, if you do wear the refiner during the day always remember to wear a natural sunscreen as any product containing AHA will increase photo sensitivity.
The Beauty Chef discovered this by accident!
In their Carla Oates own words "It seemed so wasteful to dispose of the bio-active liquid separated from the solids after the fermentation process. So I studied it to see how we could use it in the range. I used it on my skin as I knew it would be rich in goodness from the fermentation of all the beautiful, nutrient dense whole foods plus I knew it would have to contain lactic acid from the lacto-fermentation process. I tested it to find that it contained a significant % of lactic acid and when I used it topically, my skin felt incredible, soft and rejuvenated. I tested the pH which is 3.5 every time - perfect for gently refining the skin. At this pH it also self-preserves, so there is no additives in it, only the goodness. I gave it to friends and family who became obsessed with the amazing benefits for the skin. So then we put it out on the market and we have had such a positive response. Our customers love it because it works!"
Sources and references: *Carla Oates, *the-scientist.com, **ncbi.nlm.nih.gov