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What is the Difference Between Prebiotic Skincare and Traditional Skincare?

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During the skincare roundtable expo held at this year’s Lemongrass Spa Products Convention we addressed a myriad of questions. One of the most popular discussions centered around the use of Prebiotics versus Traditional skincare; both of which Lemongrass Spa offers to customers. The difference between the two is significant and boils down to the philosophy and approach in how skin is treated. This article details those philosophies and who benefits the most from each one.

The traditional three-step skincare regime has been around for a long time. Cleanse, tone and moisturize was and still is taught as the best way to take care of your skin. Alkaline cleansers would remove the dirt and oil from the skin, acidic toners would bring the skin back to its normal pH and moisturizers would replenish all the hydration that was lost during the cleansing and toning process. Since skincare is ever evolving, most companies have replaced their harsh cleansers with pH balanced ones, eliminating the need for toners and replacing them with facial mists followed by serums, concentrates and anti-aging moisturizers. I know women who perform an elaborate seven-step skin care routine every night before bed and swear by it. The results they receive are beautiful healthy skin, so it would be hard to convince them to change their routine. Since the three-step skincare routine is the most widely excepted way skincare has been taught, most women are equipped with this basic knowledge. It might be a little hard to for some to feel their skincare needs are being met with only using two facial products that feed the good bacteria on the skin, and that is ok. I always asked my clients two questions: what is your current skincare routine, and what are your skincare goals. If their answer to the first question is anything with a three-step skincare regime or higher I would introduce them to our traditional skincare line and then look at their skincare goals to chose the specific products. Unless you are wanting to reduce skincare steps, time or ingredients, I would recommend the traditional method. I would also recommend this method to women that are highly into anti-aging products and ingredients.

Prebiotics are fairly new in skincare, but as we learn more about the skin biome, prebiotics are becoming more popular and are starting to show up in mainstream products. Most people are aware of the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria that you take to help aid in digestion and keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. Since probiotics put good bacteria into the body it can also help clear certain skin conditions that are caused by an imbalanced diet. You want to keep the good bacteria healthy in your body in order to help fight off certain digestive and skin issues and that is where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are food for the good bacteria. When you are providing good bacteria the proper nutrients, it thrives and keeps the bad bacteria in check. So when you incorporate ingredients like sea kelp and coconut oil (used in our prebiotic line) they feed the good bacteria on the skin. When you use any of our prebiotic cleansers (Prebiotic Facial Wash and Prebiotic Body Wash) you are not cleansing away both good and bad bacteria, but simply feeding the good bacteria. This method can help with so many skin conditions that are caused by a bacterial imbalance. Acne, rosacea, eczema, sensitive are just a few of the skin conditions that really benefit from prebiotics. If you are looking to heal these certain skin conditions and are willing to try something new, then the prebiotic line would be the way to go. The prebiotic line is also great for people who do not have a skincare routine and want something simple to start with, looking to save money (there are only two products to buy), looking for a minimal ingredient list (there are only 6 or 7 ingredients in both washes) and simply someone who does not have a lot of time to spend on a skincare routine.           

With the knowledge of how both types are skincare work, you are able to decide which way is best for. As more innovated methods are developed education is key to helping you meet your skincare needs.

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Lauren Wilkerson is a licensed esthetician and skincare guru.  Being part of a company that offers natural skincare has always been a dream of hers and it came to fruition two years ago. Lauren enjoys educating clients on proper techniques, avoiding skincare pitfalls and finding natural solutions that are healthy and affordable.

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