Anti-Aging & Cosmeceutical Corner
NEW ANti-AGiNG BENEFitS
EMERGE FoR PRoBiotiCS
HOW DOES smearing yogurt all over your face lead to a clearer com- plexion and softer, smoother
skin that’s less prone to breakouts? This
column examines the science surrounding the multibillion-dollar probiotics
market. According to the Health and
Wellness Trends database, global probiotic product sales are expected to soar
from $15.9 billion in 2008 to more than
$32 billion in 2014.
Probiotic means “in favor of life.”
They are defined by the World Health
Organization as living microorganisms or
good bacteria which, when administered
in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.
Oral probiotic supplements are well
recognized for protecting the gut’s microflora and supporting the body’s immune
system. Healthy bacteria in the gut improve overall health and, consequently,
help slow the aging process, enabling skin
to retain its youthful glow much longer.
Yogurt. Good for your figure and your face?
Navin M. Geria
Senior Technical Advisor
Doctors Skin Prescription
Navin Geria, ex-Pfizer Research Fellow, is senior technical advisor and principal of the dermatological research
company, Doctors Skin Prescription (DSP), Boston,
founded by dermatologist David J. Goldberg M.D.J.D.
and plastic surgeon William P. Adams M.D.F.A.C.S. Geria
has more than 30 years of experience in the personal
care industry and was previously with Clairol, Warner-Lambert, Schick, Bristol-Myers and most recently Spa-Dermaceuticals. He has earned nearly 20 US patents,
has been published extensively and has been both a
speaker and a moderator at cosmetic industry events.
Researchers may reason that topical use
of probiotics will confer similar protective balance to the skin, and therefore
help keep skin strong, healthy and age
We all know that skin hosts friendly
bacteria. Probiotics work to protect this
environment by replacing lost bacteria and
preventing further loss with a fully functioning and thriving probiotic environment,
making skin balanced, calmer and more resistant to aging. Given that the good-bad
interaction of bacteria takes place on the
skin’s surface, deep penetration of topical probiotics is not a huge concern. These
topical probiotics need not be absorbed too
deeply into the stratum corneum, but rather would be more effective if they stayed on
the upper layer of the epidermis.
Products and Claims
Consumer magazines, websites and blogs
are rife with details about how applying
yogurt on the face, billed as a “yogurt
facial,” improves the complexion. This
is due to the lactic acid found in yogurt,
which gently soothes, smoothes and exfoliates skin. The good bacteria in yogurt
help to combat pathogenic bacteria that
may be at the root, or at least exacerbating areas of redness and swelling. Some
spas combine yogurt with dried orange
peel powder in their facial preparations,
which is rinsed off the face after leaving
on for 15 minutes.
Probiotics are also incorporated
into cleansers or masks. All these anecdotal probiotic topical treatments have
been around for years because they have