Probiotics are a hot topic in the health and wellness space, and with their popularity also comes some common questions: What are they? What do they do? Do the claims live up to the hype? Should you take a probiotic supplement? Should you not? Is it a good idea for everyone to take a probiotic supplement? Which one should you take with all the many options on the market? Should you use skincare and haircare products with probiotics? And on and on and on.
But before we get into why you’d want to use haircare products that contain probiotics, let’s first talk about probiotics: What they are and what they can do.
What Are Probiotics?
Your body is full of bacteria—both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria, including yeasts, that fall into the “good bacteria” category, and they are especially helpful for keeping your digestive system running efficiently while fighting off bad bacteria. Your digestive system—also known as your gut—is often called your “second brain” since your digestive system is connected to your brain in some important ways and because if it’s not working properly, it can also affect brain health. Likewise, when you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, depression, and so on, that can affect your digestive system. So, having a healthy digestive system, which can be assisted through probiotics, is a key to overall healthy digestive system and brain function.
Probiotics are commonly found in supplements, in some skincare and haircare products, and in yogurt, as well as in some other foods. They help keep a much-needed balance between good and bad bacteria, and in addition to being gut-friendly, probiotics can also help with the following:
- Oral health
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Allergy and cold prevention
- Some skin conditions (more about this in a bit)
If you previously thought that probiotics are only something you can get from your yogurt or your daily supplement regimen, think again!
Our Nature Sustained products contain these beneficial probiotics, and here’s how we create them in our manufacturing process:
- Step 1: We put the product ingredients into a tub.
- Step 2: We add some of nature's powerful micro-organisms and mix well.
- Step 3: This mixture ferments for 3 months, which promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria—those important probiotics.
Our probiotic-containing haircare products are basically kombucha for your hair, helping keep your skin healthy, reduce dandruff, promote hair growth while decreasing hair loss, and boost skin elasticity.
Probioitics Keep Skin (and Scalp) Healthy
Your skin, which is the largest organ in your body, is also an immune system, and it can protect your entire body from germs—including bad bacteria, moisture, cold temperatures, sun damage, and other contaminants that can cause issues. When it comes to your scalp, which houses between 100,000 – 150,000 hairs/hair follicles, keeping this congested area of skin healthy is crucial to allow the scalp to protect your body as it’s intended to do. Using a haircare product that contains probiotics can go a long way to ensuring your scalp stays as healthy as possible while protecting your body against unwanted bacterial and other potentially harmful invaders.
Probiotics Help Reduce Dandruff
Dandruff can be caused by oily skin, fungus that feeds on the oils on your skin, dry skin, as well as other causes. Studies have shown that dandruff affects 50% of people, and if you’re one of the 1-in-2 that suffers from this annoying and sometimes embarrassing skin condition, haircare products that contain probiotics could be an important tool to add to your dandruff-prevention toolbox. One small study showed that taking a probiotic for 56 days helped decrease the severity of dandruff in 60 people, so it would make sense that using a probiotic-containing haircare product could also help with dandruff issues since probiotics can keep the skin healthier overall. And since an itchy scalp can literally be an irritating side effect of dandruff, using a haircare product that contains probiotics can help alleviate that itchy scalp too.
Promote Hair Growth + Reduces Hair Loss
It is estimated that around 35 million men and 21 million women suffer from hair loss of some form, and for both men and women, hair loss can be both a sensitive and frustrating issue to deal with. So, how can a haircare product with probiotics help promote hair growth and decrease hair loss? Probiotics can provide nourishment to hair follicles and the surrounding blood vessels, as well as protecting the skin around these follicles from damaging bacteria, protecting current hair follicles while also encouraging the growth of new hair. And since you have to shampoo your hair anyway, why not get the bonus of hair growth from a probiotic-containing haircare product!
Boost Skin Elasticity
We’re often concerned about the elasticity of our skin because we want to prevent wrinkles and signs of aging. However, the elasticity of the skin on our scalps is just as important, as our scalps are not stationary—they need to move and flex just like the rest of our skin, and without proper care, that skin can age and tighten also. Probiotics in haircare products can help maintain and boost the elasticity of this area of skin, keeping the skin that supports our hair as healthy—and as flexible—as possible.
The addition of probiotics to your nutrition plan, either through supplements or food—or a combination of the two—can offer many benefits like we listed above. When you also add haircare products that contain probiotics to your haircare regimen, you’ll be optimizing the benefits of probiotics even more.
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