Here's How Bifidus Extract Can Help Strengthen Your Moisture Barrier
Maintaining your skin’s moisture barrier is key to keeping your skin looking youthful, supple and hydrated, and hydrating it with moisturizers, sprays and serums can help you get there. However, there's another way to replenish this delicate layer using a little-known ingredient called bifidus extract that might allow you to skip out on the extra steps. Ahead, we consulted AVP of Lancôme Learning, Cara Chamberlain, all about the magic of this probiotic ingredient, and here’s what we learned.
What Is Bifidus Extract?
Bifidus extract is a natural probiotic and is used in skin-care because it helps repair signs of damage (redness, irritation, breakouts) to the skin’s moisture barrier. This outer-most layer serves as a shield to keep water inside your body and keeps bacteria, allergens and pollution out. “Bifidus extract has been shown to help strengthen and protect this outermost layer,” says Chamberlain, so incorporating this ingredient into your routine is a game-changer.
Where to Find Bifidus Extract
Bifidus extract can be found in various serums on the skin-care market, but Chamberlain’s preferred formula is the Lancôme Advanced Génifique Serum. “This serum can give you younger-looking skin in as little as seven days,” she says, “and it really should be one of the first steps in every beauty routine — it’s the foundation of all skin-care at Lancôme.”
How to Incorporate Bifidus Extract Into Your Routine
In order to replenish your skin’s barrier with bifidus extract, consistency is key. On clean skin, apply Advanced Génifique morning and night. Chamberlain notes that it plays extremely well with other products, so you can layer it under makeup and other skin-care formulas. For a major boost of hydration, apply the Lancôme Hydrogel Melting Sheet Mask for radiant and smooth skin in about ten minutes. And the best part? This hydrogel mask also contains bifidus extract (the same amount as in a 30 ml bottle of Génifique!), so you’ll not only be giving your skin some extra TLC, but you’ll be strengthening that moisture barrier one mask at a time as well.