We all know the benefits of live probiotics for our gut health and digestion, but what about for our skin? It turns out that live microbes can work wonders for our skin health too; slowing the ageing process, soothing problematic skin conditions and even helping with irregular pigmentation. Leading the way in the field is South African beauty company, Esse (meaning to be in Latin) whose products have just arrived in the UK, available online and at a handful of top spas – including the new APOGII Clinic in Westbourne Grove where you can get an ESSE Live probiotic facial (75 mins).
The company was founded by a scientist – and a specialist in organic chemistry – and the whole feel of the brand verges on the medical with the focus firmly is on skin health, rather than cosmetic appearance or fancy packaging. The scientific credentials are the selling point, and there are are no scary no chemicals to be found; the products are organic, vegan, fair-trade and cruelty-free. That said, the bottles are attractive and the products feel luxurious too.
We tried out the Gel Cleanser which gave a lovely light foaming clean, removing all traces of make-up and followed it with their big-hitter, the Probiotic Serum that is consistently given 5-star reviews. As soon as it touches your face, 1 million live probiotics are activated by the moisture on your skin – not that you can particularly feel anything, it goes on like a smooth and rich serum with a lovely smell. But the benefits are clear; skin feels moisturised and soothed and it’s visibly brighter and more perky. At £100 for 30ml, it’s expensive but highly recommended.