The Probiotics You Need in Your Spa

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It should come as no surprise that something as beneficial to a person’s digestion and internal health as probiotics would also be good for the skin. Probiotics are gaining attention for their many benefits, which is why yogurt is another sought-after ingredient when it comes to skincare.

“Over the last few years, we also started using yogurt extracts, as they provide a high content of vitamins, minerals, calcium, probiotics, and growth factors, which stimulate collagen production,” says Rhonda Allison of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals. “The yogurt extract is also a powerful probiotic—a friendly bacteria—and delivers vital minerals, growth factors, vitamins, and calcium to support healthy skin.” 

Some spas are offering clients the opportunity to experience yogurt-related treatments, such as Kabuki Springs & Spa (San Francisco), which offers the Javanese Lulur (starting at $160, 80 minutes) body treatment. This traditional Indonesian ritual begins with a massage using Jamu. It also pampers skin with an application of yogurt from Mountain High Yoghurt and an exotic flower bath.

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Similarly, fresh yogurt is used in the Hand Crafted Brightening Pumpkin Facial ($150, 60 minutes) at Grace Vanderbilt Spa at Grace Vanderbilt (Newport, RI), which relies on Yon-Ka products and a handcrafted mask that contains a blend of locally sourced sugar pumpkin puree from Aquidneck Island folded with locally sourced yogurt from Narragansett Creamery and then either fresh-pressed simmered cranberry for brightening or crushed rolled oats for their soothing properties.

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