Probiotics for your face!

by Olivia Cartwright,

Generally, our knowledge about gut health, and our microbiome, is on the increase. People are now savvier about making it a health priority. But your gut isn’t the only organ that requires some attention.

In 2008, the Human Microbiome Project confirmed that our skin also has it’s own ecology and set about learning how to care for it. They found that feeding and nurturing your skin's microbes is essential in achieving optimal skin health, as they protect our skin, help it perform its basic functions and prevent premature ageing. Stripping and abrasive antibacterial products commonly used today as part of our daily skincare regimens can damage this ecology by killing both the good and the bad bacteria. When, in actuality, we really need to preserve the good. Oddly enough it seems that there is such a thing as being too clean! A quick and easy way to help the ecology of your skin would be to only cleanse your face once a day, I like to do so in the evening but that is a personal choice.

I like to think of microbes as your skin’s built-in army, on the front line of your defence system. These microbes support the structure of your skin, block invading pathogens, and keep moisture locked in. They do this through several functions. One of the ways is through competitive exclusion, the good microbes form a shield on the surface of the skin and eat all the nourishment available. This is to build up strength so there is no space, or food, for the bad bacteria to grow.

Probiotics are the live bacteria or microorganisms that benefit our body when consumed or applied. In terms of your skin, probiotics help to increase the bonds between the skin’s individual cells, thus strengthening its barrier and keeping moisture locked in. When you strengthen these bindings it also helps to alter, and improve, the look and feel of the skin, making it appear more hydrated and plump.

Hydration is not the only benefit you may see from protecting and feeding your microbiome. It really helps to improve your skin’s barrier function by lessening its immune response. An impaired skin barrier is more inflammatory and easily stimulated but this combats that. When your skin is really strong and happy it’s less reactive and more resilient.

Similarly, to your gut, microbial diversity is achievable through the use of pre and probiotics but rather than taking a morning supplement, we can use these topically. There are only a few brands worldwide that use live probiotics in their products. Doing a course using these products can feed the good bacteria and strengthen your own microbiome. To avoid your skin becoming reliant on these products instead of creating its own defence system, we would suggest using a live probiotic serum for a couple of months once or twice a year. It is really helpful to provide food for those good bacteria soldiers! 

Vegan Sugar Free Ice Cream

by Olivia Cartwright, , link


  • 2 cans coconut cream OR full- fat coconut milk (chilled overnight in the fridge)
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder powder
  • 14-16 ounces pitted dates (if not sticky and moist, soak in warm water for 10 minutes then drain)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk


  • 30ml espresso (cooled)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Cacao nibs


  • Place a large mixing bowl in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
  • In the meantime, add moist, pitted dates to a food processor and process until small bits remain. Then add hot water a little at a time until it forms a thick paste. Set aside.
  • Without tipping the cans, scoop out the coconut cream from the cans of coconut cream OR coconut milk, reserving the clear liquid for other uses. Place in chilled mixing bowl.
  • NOTE: If you're using coconut milk, you'll likely use less sweetener because there's less volume.
  • Using a mixer, whip until creamy and smooth. Then add cocoa powder, vanilla, almond milk, and half of the date paste. Whip until fully incorporated.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as needed. I ended up adding most of the date paste and a little more cocoa powder.
  • Transfer to a parchment-lined freezer-safe container and cover loosely with plastic wrap, then foil to help freeze.
  • You can take this out in a couple of hours for a chilled mousse-like ice cream. Freeze overnight for a firmer ice cream.
  • Set out for at least 20 minutes prior to scooping, and use a scoop warmed under hot water for a proper scoop.
  • Will keep in the freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.


by Olivia Cartwright, , link


Olivia, one of the Radiance team, gives a personal review of The Nue Co. products, she bought and paid for all of these products herself, they were not gifted. Having struggled with IBS for almost a decade, here's how she got on...  

You may not have heard the hype but Nue Co has certainly been making waves in the Health/Supplement industry since their conception in 2017. Bridging the gap between beauty and health, their ever-expanding range of supplements cover every millennial complaint. It’s hard to know what to combat first, from sleep drops to skin to debloat powder they have all bases covered for the modern day audience. Gone are the days of clinical packaging and confusing names, Nue Co is strikingly beautifully packaged, impeccably designed and is marketed so perfectly that everyone wants a piece of the pie. 

But beyond the gorgeous visual, how effective are the products? Similar to the founder Jules Miller, I have struggled with IBS for almost 10 years. It’s a hugely frustrating diagnosis as there is such a broad spectrum of symptoms that it just seems to be an umbrella term for anyone with gut health problems. Long story short there is no concise treatment is largely considered something to be managed not cured. Jules experienced this first hand and got to work, collaborating with her pharmacist grandfather and so was their first product born, Prebiotic + Probiotic.

This was the first product in my basket and I can assure you I felt instant relief from the first use. I also purchased the Debloat +, Regularity Relief (too much information I know but it’s amazing) and Digest Start. 

The Pre + Probiotic and Regularity Relief will certainly be remaining a staple in my routine for time to come, they are both AMAZING. I was sadly slightly less impressed by the Debloat + although I do believe that everyone is different and I’ve heard wonderful things from others, I just didn’t notice any change in my own symptoms from this product. Finally the Digest Start I introduced as I have been using digestive bitters for a while and these also included Apple Cider Vinegar which is meant to be incredible for digestion. I will continue with these but I had less of a resounding success, it may too soon to tell so I will persist. 

In short, having used a lot of supplements religiously for many years I can honestly tell you I have never experienced such instantaneous success from the introduction of a supplement as I have with Prebiotic and Probiotic and Regularity Relief. I am hugely impressed and would recommend them to anyone. I am slowly working my way through the range but I would love to know if have you tried any of their products and what did you think?

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