*Disclaimer: This is not a paid review. The product was provided by BiomeRenew, though, the review therein is based on the author’s experience and opinion. Aesthetic Appointment reviews are intended to be for information purposes only, nor should they be regarded as a replacement for sound medical advice. Always speak to your doctor or skincare therapist if you have any concerns*
Skincare based on science always has a certain amount of credibility for me, especially if it’s developed by people in the know, such as dermatologists whose speciality is the body’s largest organ: the skin. When products from BiomeRenew landed on my desk I was excited to learn that they have been developed by a team of South African and international dermatologists, surgeons and therapists with the intention of treating a range of skin conditions which include acne, eczema, dry skin and psoriasis.
I’m familiar with the benefits of probiotics, which are live microorganisms found in foods such as yoghurt and are great for good digestion as they promote the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. But these skincare products contain postbiotic lactosporin, so I thought it best to discover what postbiotics are. Simply put, postbiotics is the waste from probiotics and they contain Vitamins B & K, amino acids and peptides that help to slow down any harmful bacteria.
Because postbiotics keep the bad bacteria at bay, healthy bacteria are allowed to flourish, promoting healthy skin. It makes sense, as any flare-up or inflammation of the skin is caused by the aforementioned bad bacteria. Adding to the good mix is one of my favourite skincare ingredients, niacinamide, which reduces pigmentation and inflammation, as well as Hyaluronic acid, a brilliant humectant- therefore very good in retaining moisture and counteracting dryness.
As I have fairly normal, healthy skin, I went in search of skin that would benefit from these products: my mom’s mature, 87-year-old skin, which suffers from extremely dry skin, often described as xerosis. She was almost instantly delighted with the effects of both the BiomeRenew Postbiotic Enriched cream and the Postbiotic Ointment, which helps in the case of cracks or scaly skin. The fact that it’s fragrance free is a plus, apart from the immediate relief of good hydration. A couple of weeks later, her skin has improved and regained some elasticity. The BiomeRenew PostBiotic Scar cream is an ongoing test on a post-surgery scar from last year and so far, so good.
Other products include the BiomeRenew Postbiotic Glycerine Soap– also fragrance-free, lanolin, paraben and colour-free and help sustain healthy bacteria on the skin. It’s very mild and gentle, suitable for dry, sensitive skin.
Postbiotic Moisturiser– My 17-year old son and I have used this for several weeks under sunscreen- it’s an effective moisturizer which absorbs quickly so there is no tacky residue left behind- (really important for boys!) It contains a mix of pre, pro and postbiotics- which all help to support healthy bacteria on the skin. So, I would say it’s suitable for any type of skin of all ages.
These products have been formulated to help those who suffer from challenging skin conditions. Results show that the skin improves in a couple of weeks and starts to regain clarity and a healthy texture. Regular use will maintain the well-being of the skin. Definitely worth a try, but I have to mention that although they are fragrance-free, I personally found the smell unpleasant, although it eventually dissipates.
For more information, visit www.biomerenew.co.za
Paola Chellew is a freelance journalist and regularly writes for a number of publications. A former professional contemporary dancer, she has always loved the arts in all their forms. She has been a freelance writer for many years and has been published in various magazines including Live Out Loud, Private Life and Do It now magazines. Her passion for beauty and skincare started in her teens, when she would read every beauty editor’s picks and reviews. Serious about skincare, she has researched medical-grade products for over ten years, as well as aesthetic treatments to restore and repair skin to look its best. Having turned 60 last year, she has dedicated her blog to the “over 50s and beyond Club”, shining a spotlight on a generation that is seemingly side-lined by the beauty industry. “There is no age limit for when you stop being beautiful – a gorgeous lipstick, a sexy fragrance, radiant skin- these are not synonymous with youth- they are just things that add an extra sparkle to my day”.