A growing body of evidence has suggested that certain dietary changes can influence the skin health and appearance considerably. Hence, the term called “Nutricosmetics” —the use of nutrition or nutritional supplements for skin health and beauty—is gaining popularity and could be the next frontier, which promises improved skin health and beauty from the inside out.
Following are some of the conditions where the concept of nutricosmetics has been promising:
Studies conducted in Italy, Russia and Korea have showed participants who used probiotics of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera as a part of food or supplements in conjunction with standard acne treatments experienced better acne clearance rate and better tolerance of acne treatment with antibiotics (Parodi et al., 2008; Volkova et al., 2001)
Probiotics supplementation to pregnant women (2–4 weeks before giving birth), and post-delivery, if they were breast-feeding or as an infant formula for at least six months, revealed that babies with strong family histories of the itchy skin condition were having decreased incidence of eczema until at least age 2, and possibly longer (Wickens et al., 2008).
It has been understood that as good bacteria helps eliminate the toxins and free radicals from the gut that can damage skin and cause early signs of aging, consumption of probiotics will not only flush out bodily toxins, but repair the harmful damage caused by free radicals, as well—and hence, slow down the visible proof of wrinkles.