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.
Elizavecca Galactomyces 97% Serum – contains star ferment galactomyces, to help reduce dead skin and sebum, blackheads and blemishes, whilst also brightening the skin.
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.
Belif The True Cream Moisturising Bomb – a cult Korean beauty moisturiser that is literally jam-packed full of ferments, including mistletoe, lactobacillus, soybean, saccharomyces and more.
Have you tried fermented skincare products? Let us know your favourites in the comments!
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