Fermented Skincare 101
If you’re curious, here’s the fermented skincare 101 for what to know before diving into this K-Beauty trend.
With a history stretching back to the Joseon Dynasty (i.e old school Korea), this current craze is more than just a passing fad. In fact, fermented ingredients have been used in Korean skincare for hundreds of years.
Known for their ability to target everything from inflammation to a weak skin barrier, fermented ingredients are in some of K-Beauty’s best loved products.
Fermentation is a process during which ingredients are broken down into smaller molecules. Think of it as a series of reactions that convert sugars to other substances (i.e. grapes to wine, one of our favs!) Fermentation is also the process behind Korea’s staple food, kimchi (which is a type of fermented cabbage).
Because fermentation breaks ingredients into smaller molecules, the skin is able to more easily and effectively absorb them. Popular K-Beauty ferments include fruits, herbs, rose flowers and yeast.
Fermented skincare offers several benefits:
Korean Beauty products are packed full of ferments.
We’ve tried everything from galactomyces ferment filtrate to rose petals and lactobacillus! Our top picks?
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream – Packed full of skin-friendly fermented ingredients and ceramides, this cream gently cares for the delicate under-eye skin while also realising anti-aging benefits.
Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence – contains 90% fermented yeast concentrate, which absorbs into skin to energize, sooth, smooth, balance and revitalize it.
Missha Borabit Ampoule – contains bifida ferment lysate, the same probiotic as found in Estee Lauder’s much pricier Advanced Night Repair Serum. Bifida ferment lysate is a bacteria that reduces sensitivity and helps the skin repair itself.
Have you tried fermented skincare products? Let us know your favourites in the comments!
Fermented products are loaded with natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. This can assist in increasing the natural turnover rate of skin cells, which in turn aids to slow the ageing process.- STYLE STORY
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