Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

Esse Skincare were one of the first brands to put probiotics in skincare, here’s why it makes a difference

 

The value of consuming probiotics has long been documented. Probiotics, found in supplements, yogurt, kombucha and other fermented foods are essentially bacteria, which are good for your gut health and digestion. They’re the bacteria your microbiome needs to be healthy. But your gut isn’t the only part of you with a microbiome. Thanks to discoveries made by the Human Microbiome project, we now know that our skin has its very own microbiome, home to trillions of microbes. These microbes permeate deep into the skin structure and work with your own cells to perform the complex chemistry that keeps your skin radiant. Much like your gut microbiome, your skin microbiome is passed down from your mother; and your environment as well as the products you use, continuously shape it.

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

The skin biome is the ecosystem of microorganisms that live on the skin. Yes, your skin is teeming with millions of bacteria, fungi and viruses, which much like the microbes in your gut, impact the way your skin feels and looks. Using products with harsh chemicals on your face can destroy the good bacteria along with bad, leading to a microbe imbalance which according to studies is the cause of skin conditions acne, rosacea and psoriasis.

 

The thinking behind putting probiotics in skincare is simple. If eating probiotics can heal our guts, which can lead to better skin; can applying probiotics on our skin improve its health directly? Esse Skincare believes the answer is yes.

 

Trevor Steyn, founder of Esse Skincare is emphatic about the impact of probiotics.

 

“Genetic sequencing techniques have allowed us to view skin through a new lens. It’s now clear that skin is an ecology, an intricate interplay between human cells and microbes. Trying to optimise skin health without considering microbes is archaic. We consider the skin microbiome in every product that we formulate.”

 

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

 

There are 4 possible ways for probiotics to be included in skincare, Dee Steyn of Esse, explained to me. Level 1 products use “broth” from a microbial soup as an ingredient, Level 2 products utilise probiotic extracts, Level 3 products use whole microbes and Level 4, uses live whole probiotic microbes. Dee explained that Esse does not refer to level 1 technology as probiotic. Esse makes use of Level 2, 3 and 4 for their products.

 

The majority of the Esse skincare range is made using level 2 technology, utilising probiotic extracts.

 

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

 

These probiotic extracts are called lysates because the probiotic cells are ruptured, killing them in the process. In this technique, the probiotics are again cultured in a nutrient-rich substrate but instead of filtering them off, the cells are broken so that their cell contents leak out before the mixture is filtered. This method results in an “extract” that contains the cytoplasm (cell contents) of probiotic microbes.

 

With Level 3, the microbes are kept whole but they are killed with heat. This process is called tyndallisation and here the culture of probiotics is heated to 60 °C and cooled again over three days. These probiotics can still dock onto skin cells but obviously can’t grow and divide to significantly alter the skin’s microbiome. Esse uses this technology in their ground breaking, world first Probiotic Serum and the Toner Plus.

 

For the past month I have been exclusively using 4 Esse Skincare products as my daily skincare routine. Esse Sensitive Cleanser, Esse Toner Plus, Esse Nourish Moisturiser and the star, Esse Probiotic Serum. To say I love them is an understatement, but to be honest I’m not surprised. I’ve used their gel cleanser before and loved it, and as I found out, the rest of their range is just as good, if not better.

 

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

 

One of my favourite things about the range, is how good each product smells. Four steps may seem like a lot, but I love the ritual of it and how each product gives me something new. I do my full skincare routine at night and it signals to me that my day is over. As someone who wears little, if any makeup, the way my skin looks naturally is important. I’m happier to spend more time and money on my skincare than time and money on makeup to cover up my skin. Appearance wise, there hasn’t been a huge change. The biggest difference I am finding is that my skin is noticeably softer, I haven’t experienced any winter dryness. Midway through the month I had a small breakout which seemed to be a pesky hormonal/cycle breakout. It cleared within a week and other than that, my skin has remained clear.

 

Here’s my thought on every product I’ve used.

 

Esse Sensitive Cleanser

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

The Esse sensitive cleanser has prebiotics and level 2 probiotics. The active ingredients in it are a probiotic extract of Lactobacillus and organic aloe vera gel to soothe and calm the skin. It also has Marula Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. Out of the 4 products, I love the way this smells the best, despite the fact that it’s 100% natural and fragrance levels are below 0.03%. It’s a creamy cleanser, does not irritate and removes makeup. It’s incredibly gentle and soothing. I tested the makeup removal claim by using it to wash away eye shadow and mascara and it worked, without irritating my eyes.

 

Esse Toner Plus

The Esse Toner Plus is a probiotic defence spritz with level 3 probiotics. Using Biome+ technology it packs in a cocktail of prebiotics and probiotics which stimulate the secretion of antimicrobial peptides, increases the diversity and number of beneficial microbes on the skin, and stimulates the skin’s immune defenses. It’s the first spritz Toner I’ve used and I wonder why more companies aren’t using this method. You spritz it and then pat your face dry. It’s also a lot gentler than most toners and doesn’t leave your skin stinging afterwards.

 

Esse Nourish Moisturiser

 

The Esse Nourish Moisturiser was designed to boost barrier function in dry, sensitive skin. Skin that has a good barrier function prevents moisture from leaving too rapidly and keeps toxins and opportunistic microbes out. It has prebiotics as well as level 3 probiotics and Low Molecular Mass Hyaluronic Acid. The combination of the above boosts hydration has an anti-ageing effects and boosts the skin condition and plumps the skin. It’s a super light moisturiser and spreads well which I love as it doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. Best of all every morning I wake up to super soft skin.

 

Esse Probiotic Serum

 

The Esse probiotic serum is the premium Esse product and a world first. It contains level 4 probiotics. It contains one billion live probiotics which are activated as you rub it into your skin, complementing your natural microbial diversity and helping to create the ideal microbiome to slow the ageing process and firm your skin. It’s applied before the moisturizer and much like the moisturizer is an incredibly light product. It’s one of the most expensive products, but you need just a little for one application, so it’ll last a long time. My skin is noticeably softer, but people have also reported it helping with acne and eczema. It’s won numerous awards and I believe lives up to the hype.

 

My month testing this Esse Skincare range may be up, but my use of Esse is only just beginning.

 

WIN an Esse Skincare Set worth R2680

update: This competition is now closed. Congrats to Bianca for winning!

Why Probiotics Belong in Your Skincare [+ WIN Esse Skincare worth R2680]

Stand a chance to win my 4 step Esse routine consisting of the Esse senstive cleanser, Toner Plus, Nourish Moisturiser and Probiotic Serum worth R2680.

To win, comment below and tell us which product you are most excited to win and why. For additional entries go to this Instagram post and follow the instructions there.

 

By entering this competition, you accept our t’s&c’s. Competition ends Saturday, 30 June 2018. Only valid for South African residents.

 

Esse Skincare is available from these retailers or online at Faithful to Nature. 

 

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Photography by Feige Lewin

This competition is sponsored by Esse Skincare, opinions are our own. 

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40 Comments
  1. Most excited to try the Toner Plus as I have not found a Toner I really like yet but absolutely LOVE the Esse brand. I have used the Deep Moisturiser twice before and so I know they are a fantastic brand. Also special love for Esse as they are from where I am from, Richmond, KZN 😀

  2. Definititely excited about the Probiotic serum. About 90% of my skincare is made up of Esse products, and I’m a big fan. I’ve incorporated the R6 serum into my routine. It would be such a treat to try the premium serum in the range!

  3. Would love to try the moisturiser and probiotic serum! The other products have been fantastic and would like to add to my small collection!

  4. I am dying to try the sensitive cleanser… actually I’m lying, I would LOVE to try all 4. I have battled with my skin over the past couple of years as my skin is so sensitive and is irritated by almost everything – I can’t use toners and even the majority of cleansers start burning my face and leave me irrated, uncomfortable and red! I have also developed an eczema type race around my eyes which I battle to control – I have now reverted to using baby bum cream! I am so excited about the competition as I have been looking for the Esse products since I moved to Durban and started working – I decided it was the perfect way to spoil myself with my first pay check! I am dying to try something that leaves my skin happy and looking radiant, especially as I hardly wear any makeup!

  5. I am dying to try the sensitive cleanser… actually I’m lying, I would LOVE to try all 4. I have battled with my skin over the past couple of years as my skin is so sensitive and is irritated by almost everything – I can’t use toners and even the majorit of cleansers start burning my face and leave me irrated, uncomfortable and red! I have also developed an eczema type race around my eyes which I battle to control – I have now reverted to using baby bum cream! I am so excited about the competition as I have been looking for the Esse products since I moved to Durban and started working – I decided it was the perfect way to spoil myself with my first pay check! I am dying to try something that leaves my skin happy and looking radiant, especially as I hardly wear any makeup!

  6. I am dying with excitement about this competition – I would love Love Love to try the sensitive cleanser! Actually I’m lying, I would love to try ALL FOUR of the products from the Esse range. I have started battling with my skin over the last few years as it’s becoming more and more sensitive – my skin seems to find fault in almost anything I try – I can’t use the majority of cleansers/ toners I try as I end up with burning, painful, red skin! Lately I have developed eczema around my eyes so I have as a last resort started using baby bum cream as a moisturizer haha! I promised myself that after many years as a medical student, as soon as I started working I would spoil myself with this beautiful skincare range with my first paycheck! This competition is just the cherry on the top!

  7. I am dying with excitement about this competition – I would love Love Love to try the sensitive cleanser! Actually I’m lying, I would love to try ALL FOUR of the products from the Esse range. I have started battling with my skin over the last few years as it’s becoming more and more sensitive – my skin seems to find fault in almost anything I try – I can’t use the majority of cleansers/ toners I try as I end up with burning, painful, red skin! Lately I have developed eczema around my eyes so I have as a last resort started using baby bum cream as a moisturizer haha! I promised myself that after many years as a medical student, as soon as I started working I would spoil myself with this beautiful skincare range with my first paycheck! This competition is just the cherry on the top!

  8. The Esse Toner Plus – Most toners are so drying and leave my skin feeling a bit tight. I would love to try this toner because its gentle on the skin, and such a good idea tohave it in spray form

  9. Definitely the Probiotic Serum. I have a mature skin and battle a lot with adult breakouts, and this product sounds like a dream come true!

  10. I havent yet tried the probiotic serum and would love to add it to my skin care routine! Esse products are amazing and just using the toner and cleanser have done wonders for my skin.

  11. Def the Esse Nourish Moisturiser
    Gorgeous for my skin, super soft and creamy. My face is so dry in winter-this will be awesome, love that it boosts hydration

  12. The Esse probiotic serum looks good this winter. Would love to try it out. Perfect for tired dry winter skin.

  13. I’m most excited for the Probiotic serum as I have eczema and been looking for a serum to assist with that. Also, the magic words, “slow the ageing process and firm your skin”, were mentioned so I’m totally sold.

  14. I am definitely excited about the Esse sensitive cleanser and nourish moisturiser. My skin is very sensitive to extreme temp/weather changes. If office aircon is too warm my cheeks redden or if its cold I get lotsa dry patches. Uriage product I use only helps a bit but way better than any other product I have tried.

  15. I am most excited to win the Esse Toner Plus, as this is a step I have to confess I do not do! I use the Esse range (have not tried this new probiotic range) and love the Cream Cleanser and use the Omega creams at night. However, I skip toner, sometimes to cut costs and also perhaps I’m just lazy and wonder if I really need it. But this one sounds so different being a spritzer and perhaps it is time to bring it back into my routine to treat myself and my skin!

  16. Gosh, I feels like I could have been you! I am also someone who wears very little makeup, and completely agree with the part about spending more time and money on skincare than makeup. I’ve recently made the decision to cut out dairy products from my diet to help with acne control.

    That being said, this Winter has not been kind to me – this is the first year that the winter dryness is this bad. My skin has even started peeling/flaking slightly around my nose and mouth. Crazy. Has never happened before. So I’d love to give that Nourish Moisturiser a go! Sounds like it might even be the cure for cancer, never mind dry skin!

  17. Love to try the Esse Toner plus for my skin
    Toner I use usually leaves a tingling sensation and dryness , this toner will be a absolute delight and pleasure to use as it is gentle and love that its in spray form, the ease of use is absolutely wonderful.

    Loved reading this post was interesting and informative. Thank you

  18. Love to try the Esse Toner for my skin
    Toner I use usually leaves a tingling sensation and dryness , this toner will be a absolute delight and pleasure to use as it is gentle and love that its in spray form, the ease of use is absolutely wonderful.

    Loved reading this post was interesting and informative. Thank you

  19. Esse Probiotic Serum
    My skin needs a boost after lots of late nights and long days ( full time working PLUS night classes 5 or 6 nights a week)
    All the stress has caused havoc on my skin- breakouts and eczema on my face, and hard to hide.
    this product could be the solution to my problems

  20. I am most excited for the serum, and love the sound of the anti-aging properties especially knowing that Esse products contain all the good stuff and none of the bad. I have seen what a difference probiotics make in cleaning a house since I have switched to Mrs Martin Microbes and would love to see the benefits they have on skin.

  21. I am long term esse lover and have been absolutely dying to try the probiotic serum. Winning this would be fantastic!

  22. Esse Probiotic Serum because it will make my skin firmer & slow down the ageing process.. lt would be helpfull for my mature skin. l loved reading this very informative article thanks for taking your time to share with us. Much appreciated.

  23. Leaving this again…My comment didn’t show and I didn’t get a message that it was being reviewed……..I’d most like to try your Serum. Thanks for the giveaway. ✌

  24. The Esse probiotic serum because it slows down the ageing process and firms your skin. I really need this!

  25. A skincare range with probiotics in them sounds amazing! We really don’t get enough probiotics in our normal day to day regime. Would absolutely love to win this!!

  26. I use Esse Refining Cleanser and Esse Eye & Lip Cream and love these products. I am fully aware that a healthy microbiome is very beneficial to one’s health and regularly consume Dr Thom’s Kombucha. I have just learnt of Esse Probiotic Serum through this competition and excited to try this product to not only nourish my skin from the inside with Kombucha but also nourish my skin from the outside with probiotics found in the innovative Esse Probiotic Serum.

  27. The Esse sensitive cleanser because it contains aloe Vera gel and amazing oils like jojoba, and it has vitman e and c in. It’s great because I have sensitive skin. Also the The Esse Nourish Moisturiser would be great too because of the hyaluronic acid and I have dry skin.

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