Dr. Whitney’s Picks
LaFlore Probiotic Serum Concentrate
Your skincare routine and product choices all contribute to whether your skin is irritated, inflamed, or prematurely aging on the one hand or glowing, healthy, smooth, and hydrated on the other. At the heart of The Beauty of Dirty Skin is the science that healing and nourishing our skin’s “microbiome” is critical to sustain healthy, glowing skin. There are more than one trillion bacteria in the skin, originating from approximately one thousand different species. Our antiseptic cleansing styles and obsession with antibacterial soaps and cleansers have stripped our skin of its healthy bacteria. If your skin’s healthy microbiome is disrupted by harsh cleansers and other abrasive skincare products, this discontent results in breakouts, rosacea flares, psoriasis, eczema, and even sensitive skin. In sharp contrast, when your good bugs are healthy, your skin is, in turn, healthy and radiant. That’s because these essential bugs fight infections, combat against environmental damage, boost our immune system, and keep our skin hydrated and radiant. Even better, the results are lasting. When your skin flora is restored, its health is sustainable.
LaFlore’s Probiotic Serum Concentrate impressively incorporates sources of prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics to penetrate your skin at the cellular level in order to help strengthen skin’s immune system and restore its healthy balance. Natural oils in the serum serve as the “prebiotics” – which serve as the fertilizer or food to allow your skin’s healthy bugs/bacteria to flourish. LaFlore also incorporates a variety of live strains of bacteria through an encapsulation process which preserves the integrity of the probiotics. They stay in a dormant, “cryo-like” state until they come into contact with the skin. Variety here is key – a diverse microbiome is a healthy microbiome.
Moreover, this serum incorporates “postbiotics” which are metabolic by-products of the natural bacteria function. These postbiotics (enzymes, organic acids, Polysaccharides, peptides) are powerful molecules that further reinforce the skin’s healthy barrier. One of the postbiotics in this product is among the top ingredients on the label, which lets me know that it’s included in a generous and effective concentration. This product would therefore likely benefit anyone suffering from an impaired skin barrier. Signs of an impaired skin barrier could be dry skin, sensitive skin (stinging/burning), or rosacea. This serum is also beneficial for people using retinoids or other anti-aging ingredients that exfoliate the skin (for example, AHAs, BHAs). It is great for POST exfoliation or post retinoid use.
LaFlore also uses aloe rather than water as the main ingredient. Aloe has been clinically studied for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties. At night, when my skin is ready to regenerate and replenish itself, I wash my face and then apply this serum. I often follow it with a hydrating moisturizer.
Many people ask about the price point of serums. This serum is at a higher price point compared to some of the products I have recommended. As I have explained, however, serums are the work horses of your skincare routine and they contain the most potent ingredients in highly concentrated form. For that reason, I often explain to my patients that of all of your skincare products, serums are the ones you should consider splurging on!
FREE OF: Soy, Gluten, Parabens, Sulfates, Propylene Glycol/Butylene, Glycol, Mineral Oil, Formaldehyde, Phthalate, Irritants, Bleach, Fragrance, Silicones,
MADE WITH: Live Probiotics, Aloe, Hemp seed oil, Sea Buckthorn fruit oil, St. John’s oil, Avocado, Jojoba and Squalane, the oils that contain healthy ratio of Omega 3/6 and Beta Carotene, which gives the product it’s distinctive color.
BEST FOR: Skin with a compromised barrier, dry skin, eczema, rosacea, irritated skin, premature aging, uneven skin tone and can be used as a spot treatment for blemishes.