PROBIOTICS AND ELBOW SKIN

EMBRACE PROBIOTICS

Pop a daily probiotic, and you’ll not only keep your microbiome happy, you’ll also keep your skin glowing. You can get probiotics from fermented food, but you’d be wise to add a supplement to your daily routine, too, especially if you’re not eating fermented food every day or follow the standard American diet (this diet causes bad, unhealthy bacteria to proliferate). That probiotic feeds your gut bacteria, which runs the show when it comes to your health. With the right bacteria in your gut, your health will thrive, making it easier to age with grace. Building a bigger colony of healthy bacteria can also clear up skin issues like acne. Data even suggests that probiotics can help either prevent or alleviate the consequences of UV-induced skin damage.

Probiotic supplements can be hard to shop for because they’re not customized to your gut’s individual needs. But there are a few guidelines you can follow. Choose one that has a high number of live organisms (so anywhere from five to thirty billion per capsule or teaspoon of powder). Look, too, for strains like Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. And always make sure you’re taking a probiotic if you’re ever put on antibiotics, which can wipe out good gut bacteria in no time.

Another strategy? Look for skincare that contains probiotics, as they could help reduce inflammation from conditions like acne and rosacea.

SOFTEN ELBOW SKIN

The skin on your elbows gets wrinkly and saggy just like the skin on your knees. Your elbows take a beating throughout life, after all. Not only is the skin on your elbows being stretched every time you bend your elbow, it’s also always rubbing against things like clothing. No wonder your skin on your elbow may grow a little thicker—it’s just trying to protect itself. Not to mention, of course, that elbow skin is just naturally dryer than other skin on your body. The appearance of your elbows might bother you less than your knees, though—you can’t see your elbows when you look in the mirror, plus you have less skin on your elbows than your knees, so the wrinkles and crinkles don’t show as much.

Yet that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show those elbows some love. Because elbow skin can also get dry from all the bending and moving you do in a day’s time—not to mention the amount of time you spend propped up on your elbows—you should start giving it a little extra lubricant early, regardless of your age. One tried-and-true strategy? Coconut oil. Dab some on each elbow after you step out of the shower or before you head to bed.

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