Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need probiotics in my skin care?
Similar to probiotics for the gut, our skin needs the beneficial bacteria that sits on the surface of the skin. Without these skin-friendly microflora, the skin becomes more susceptible to invading pathogens, environmental aggressors and premature aging. Using the topical probiotics in the GLOWBIOTICS products increases skin barrier integrity and decreases inflammation. They call upon the skin's immune cells to stimulate reparative molecules producing key structural proteins like collagen.
What are Probiotic Derived Bioactives?
Live bacterial strains have not proven to be as beneficial when applied topically due to their inherent limitations in regard to stability and molecular weight. Studies have shown that it is NOT the whole living probiotic bacterial cell that is needed for the probiotic activity. Probiotic Derived Bioactives or PDBs are what is produced when the live strains are put through a special fermentation process. This allows a natural secretion of a secondary molecule. It is these molecules have been shown to improve the skin's renewal process.
Don't probiotics have to be refrigerated?
GLOWBIOTICS utilizes the specialized Probiotic Derived Bioactives (PDBs) which are the non-living, therefore, do not need to be refrigerated.
I take oral probiotics; do I still need GLOWBIOTICS products for my skin?
While oral probiotics and topical probiotics work in a very similar way, you will still need topical probiotics to stimulate the desired repair and renewal process on the skin.
What are prebiotics and why are they important for skin health?
Prebiotics are basically the "food" for the probiotics, helping to maintain a better balance of the beneficial microflora on the skin. They are used synergistically with probiotics to enhance results.
How do I incorporate the GLOWBIOTICS probiotic and prebiotic products into my daily skincare regimen?
GLOWBIOTICS has six different probiotic hydrators to meet the need of all skin types. Your GLOWBIOTICS hydrators can be used for day or night hydration and layered over your treatment serums. The GLOWBIOTICS cleansers contain the prebiotics to best prepare the skin for the probiotic activity.
Do I still need GLOWBIOTICS probiotic products if I am already using an antioxidant and a growth factor?
Antioxidants and growth factors have their own unique function in regard to anti-aging and skin health. The GLOWBIOTICS probiotic products provide the additional benefit of continual skin repair and renewal and can be used in conjunction with other skincare ingredients.
Are GLOWBIOTICS products tested on animals?
The GLOWBIOTICS products are not tested on animals.
What does it mean that GLOWBIOTICS is a "clean" line?
At GLOWBIOTICS we understand the importance of avoiding ingredients that can cause harm. This includes the use of xenoestrogens that are known to disrupt our important endocrine and reproductive processes within the body. To this end, the GLOWBIOTICS products have been formulated without the key xenoestrogens often found in other skin care products. These include parabens, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil and artificial dyes.
What are parabens?
Parabens are defined as chemicals used as preservatives to fight bacteria and fungus in foods, cosmetics, toiletries and pharmaceuticals. We have a higher exposure to parabens with cosmetics/toiletries as they bypass the GI tract where they might be broken down. Studies show they may be linked to cancer and have been found in breast tumors. Most products sold in the mass market will contain parabens and many contain 3-5 different parabens.
Do GLOWBIOTICS products contain parabens?
GLOWBIOTICS products are formulated paraben free.
What are phthalates?
Phthalates are defined as esters of phthalic acid and used mainly as plasticizers (substances that add flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity). Most countries in Europe have banned phthalates in their products but the FDA is still allowing the use of phthalates in many products in the US. As plastics age and beak down, the release of phthalates accelerates. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors - linked to breast cancer and birth defects. There is also new information that links phthalates and the early on-set menopause.
What are sulfates?
Sulfates (SLS) are surfactants and found in almost all products that foam. They dissolve skin oils and damage the skin's protective layer. SLS denature proteins and cause irritation and allow environmental contaminants easier access to the lower, sensitive layers of the skin. SLS can be very irritating and have been used to create skin irritations in the labs to measure the healing characteristics of anti-inflammatory drugs. SLS can cause eye irritation which can be acute corneal damage or damage through absorption in a non-eye area. As mutagenicity, SLS has been strongly linked to cancer.
Why is it important to avoid artificial dyes?
Artificial dyes cause an increased risk of allergies, asthma, hyperactivity, behavior problems in children, increased risk of developing Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma and lymphoma. When we see hyperactive children and adults, it is suggested that by simply removing all the artificial colors from their diets often times their symptoms decrease.
Can I use GLOWBIOTICS products if I am pregnant or lactating?
GLOWBIOTICS recommends that you always consult your OB/GYN or other medical provider for questions when you are pregnant or lactating. You can let your medical provider know that the GLOWBIOTICS is committed to women's health especially during pregnancy. We have invested heavily in ingredient research and development that utilizes sophisticated testing methods. We do careful research to ensure that products are developed with safe, clinical-grade ingredients. The GLOWBIOTICS products are free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sulfates, Isopropyl Myristate, harmful dyes, DEA, MEA and TEA, Mineral Oil, Propyl or Ethyl Alcohol, Diazolidnyl Urea, Parabens, Phthalates and other known Xenoestrogens. The GLOWBIOTICS products containing retinol are contraindicated during pregnancy and lactation.
Can I use GLOWBIOTICS products while I am undergoing cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy?
GLOWBIOTICS recommends that you always consult your physician for questions during your cancer treatments. At GLOWBIOTICS we understand that patients undergoing oncology therapy need a preventative regimen of gentle skincare products that help avoid or minimize the side-effects of their treatments, as well as rebuild and protect the compromised skin barrier. You can let your medical provider know that the GLOWBIOTICS is committed to providing gentle, soothing, hydrating and protecting products. We have invested heavily in ingredient research and development that utilizes sophisticated testing methods. We do careful research to ensure that products are developed with safe, clinical-grade ingredients. The GLOWBIOTICS products are free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sulfates, Isopropyl Myristate, harmful dyes, DEA, MEA and TEA, Mineral Oil, Propyl or Ethyl Alcohol, Diazolidnyl Urea, Parabens, Phthalates and other known Xenoestrogens, human or animal growth factors and VEGF.
Do GLOWBIOTICS products contain fragrances?
GLOWBIOTICS uses what's known as bio-identical fragrances. Some of the most effective raw ingredients can have an unpleasant smell and odor. In order to create a more pleasing experience, these odors need to be masked. Many "natural" and "organic" ingredients utilized in skincare contain plant-based essential oils, that can cause allergenic and irritancy response on the skin, including an increase in photo-sensitivity. Bio-identical fragrances mitigate this. They are synthetic molecules that are biologically identical to their botanical counterparts. With this method, GLOWBIOTICS is able to remove the irritant and allergenic part of the molecule that still offers cosmetically elegant products.
What skin types are suitable for GLOWBIOTICS products?
GLOWBIOTICS products are suitable for all skin types. Consult your medical skin care provider to find a regimen that is right for your skin type.
Are GLOWBIOTICS products non-comedogenic, will they clog my pores?
The GLOWBIOTICS products are non-comedogenic formulations and are an excellent choice for patient concerned about clogged pores and congested skin. GLOWBIOTICS "Clarify" Segment provides a complete regimen for oily and acne prone skin and can be further customized by your medical skincare professional to meet your specific skin concerns.
Are GLOWBIOTICS products suitable for someone with sensitive skin?
The GLOWBIOTICS products were developed to provide the highest level of efficacy even for the most sensitive skin types. The GLOWBIOTICS "Soothing" Segment provides a complete regimen even for the most sensitive skin. Your medical skincare professional can help you customize your product selection to best meet your needs.
Are GLOWBIOTICS products recommended for skin of color?
The probiotic activity and anti-inflammatory nature of the GLOWBIOTICS products make them uniquely suitable for skin of color. Your medical skincare provider can help customize an appropriate regimen for all skin types.
How long do the GLOWBIOTICS products last?
While everyone uses products at a different rate, the GLOWBIOTICS products are intended to be a 2-3 month supply.
Why is a medical recommendation or guidance suggested for the GLOWBIOTICS products?
The GLOWBIOTICS were developed to be a part of a complete skin health plan. Your medical skincare provider understands the changing needs of your skin and is able to ensure you are using the most appropriate product for your skin concerns. Ultimately this will provide you with the best results from your GLOWBIOTICS products.