Galactomyces was first discovered when someone realised that the hands yeast brewers were bright and elastic for their age. After years of research about what in the yeast could be responsible for this exciting phenomenon, Galatomyces was discovered.
Firstly, yeast consists of 50% or more protein, and plenty of essential amino acids. It is also high in Vitamins B, C, K and Beta Glucan. All of these are ideal for keeping the skin in its healthiest condition.Want to learn more about K-Beauty? Tune into the Korean Beauty Show podcast:
Missha's best-selling essence, Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence (Extreme Ferment) has long been touted as a great swap for SK-II. Now in it's fifth generation it not only helps to brighten and improve skin tone but also provides anti-aging care.
The formula uses a Hot & Cold Double Fermentation Process to activate the yeast to offer maximum skincare benefits.
Missha's iconic essence has been a staple in many Korean skincare collections for years. It's a great alternative to SK-II because it provides 8 benefits – soothing, smoothing, balancing sebum levels, moisturising, improving skin tone, firming, fine line repair and boosting. In addition, it's been certified by the KFDA!
If you're after an ultra-budget friendly alternative to SK-II then try COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence. This first treatment essence also contains 95% of star ingredient galactomyces ferment extract.
While the formula is more watery, this product is also designed to be the first step in skincare after cleansing. It hydrates and brightens while protecting skin from visible signs of aging.
COSRX is also a cult-favourite Korean essence in its own right. That's because it enhances the skin's natural renewal process, leaves skin suppler and more hydrated. In addition, it brightens a dull complexion.
Another popular K-Beauty swap for SKII is Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence. This dual function essence that targets the signs of aging while improving the skin's radiance. It is made on a base of Galactomyces ferment filtrate,the same as SK-II.
Most effective when used immediately after cleansing, Secret Key's first treatment essence targets the key signs of aging. It provides 7 benefits, including improving skin tone and texture, providing the skin with ample moisture and nutrition, leaving it looking hydrated, radiant and glowy.
After using this essence, 77.96% respondents said they noticed an improvement in their moisture barrier within 4 weeks.
If you love SKII First Treatment Essence but don't love the price tag, try this instead!
The final product on our list is One Thing Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate. This is one of the most popular products in Korea at the moment. That's because it is packed with galactomyces (aka the star ingredient behind SKII's Essence).
Not only does it brighten skin, it also reduces the signs of aging and strengthens your barrier. If you're an animal lover you will love this because it is 100% vegan, and cruelty free.
One Thing's range of single extract toners are ideal for those looking for clean beauty products. This toner is also free from fragrance and essential oils, meaning people with allergies can use it.
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“Yeast consists of 50% or more protein, and plenty of essential amino acids. It is also high in Vitamins B, C, K and Beta Glucan. All of these are ideal for keeping the skin in its healthiest condition”- STYLE STORY
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