“All disease begins in the gut.”
Hippocrates made this claim nearly 2,500 years ago — and recent studies have shown that the Father of Medicine wasn’t far off. In the last few years, scientists have, thanks to next-generation technologies, found that the gastrointestinal system does more than just digest food; it houses trillions of bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microbes, collectively known as the human microbiome, that also contribute to our overall physical and mental well-being.
This growing appreciation of our thriving diversity of microbiome has led to a new surge in prebiotics, probiotics, and postbiotics products. To put it simply, prebiotics are the “food” that feed probiotics (the microorganisms themselves), which produces postbiotics. Jumping on the bandwagon is local lifestyle conglomerate Spa Esprit, with Two Lips recently launching a prebiotic range that targets the microbiome in the skin.
“When I designed the prebiotic range, I wanted to create bioavailable products with the health of the skin’s delicate microbiome in mind. My aim was to come up with a range of products that was suitable for the vulva and face, one that would restore and rebalance all skin to its healthiest state,” says founder Cynthia Chua.
The new range consists of five products: a cleanser (Rinse), a scrub (Scrubbs), a body balm (Juice), an overnight mask (Sleepover) and a sunscreen (Screen). Each is formulated between pH 4 to 6, the optimal range for overall healthy skin. They also feature a unique prebiotic complex to keep the skin’s microbiome healthy and diverse. As our germaphobic tendencies intensifies, this skin-loving set keeps essential bacteria “well-fed” to better protect our skin against environmental stressors and premature ageing.
Having put all to the test, it’s impossible to pick a hero from the lot — so we’re not going to try. Rinse is a gentle, luxurious cleanser that smells like a spa and leaves skin comfortably smooth and moisturised (read: no tightness). Scrubbs’ marine life-friendly contents — biodegradable Konjac jelly beads and non-GMO Olive stone powder — abolish surface grime and dirt without causing micro-tears to the skin. Plant-derived squalane, trehalose and shea butter in Juice absorbs quickly to condition, tone and smooth skin without enveloping you with stickiness. Going to bed with the Sleepover overnight mask will wrap you up in olive leaf extract and saccharide isomerate, which provide intense moisturisation and deep nourishment while your body rests. Then there’s Screen, a SPF 50 PA++ pore-refining sunscreen with antioxidant properties to hydrate your skin and shield it from harmful UV rays. And they all deserve a spot in your bathroom and nightstand.
Two Lips’ prebiotic range is available online and all Strip outlets.
(All images: Two Lips)