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.

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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