WHAT IS GALACTOMYCES AND WHY DOES SKIN LOVE IT?
It’s the star ingredient in many Asian beauty products, touted for its ability to do everything from balancing uneven skin tone to fighting bacteria.
But what is galactomyces and why does skin love it? We’re putting it under the microscope to see how it works and who should be using it.
WHAT IS GALACTOMYCES?
Galactomyces is a type of yeast, a byproduct of the sake fermentation process. If you buy into the marketing hype, legend has it that the effects of galactomyces were first discovered by sake brewers, who noticed that their hands stayed young even though the rest of their bodies aged. Galactomyces was supposedly the secret ingredient behind their younger, smoother, brighter hands.
WHAT DOES GALACTOMYCES DO IN SKINCARE?
It turns out that many of the claims made about galactomyces in marketing are actually true. In skincare products, galactomyces has the ability to increase product absorption and also has known antioxidant effects. It has been shown to improve sebum levels in oily skin, as well as brighten and tackle acne. Studies have also show that galactomyce causes epidermal cells to produce hyaluronic acid, meaning it has great moisturising properties.
WHO SHOULD USE GALACTOMYCES?
Pretty much every skin type can benefit from using galactomyces, hence the reason it is so popular in Korean skincare products. The following skin types and issues will particularly benefit from galactomyces:
- Enlarged and clogged pores and blackheads
- People with oily skin
- Dull skin
- Closed comedones
- People whose skin is easily affected by the external environment
OUR FAVOURITE K-BEAUTY PRODUCTS CONTAINING GALACTOMYCES
You’ll find galactomyces in everything from toners, to essences, serum and more. Some of our favourites include:
iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Synergy Serum – This ultra hydrating serum comprehensively nourishes and cares for the skin with 50% galactomyces fermentation water, combined with pore-refining rose extract and brightening niacinamide and adenosine.
Elizavecca Milky Piggy Galactomyces 97% Serum – this great-value serum transforms skin with 97% galactomyces.
COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence – made with 95% galactomyces ferment extract, this essence is used as the first step in skincare after cleansing. It hydrates and brightens while protecting skin from visible signs of aging.
iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner – this multi-functional toner is perfect for cleansing, moisturising and as a water pack. It contains 70% galactomyces with rose water to tone, hydrate and nourish.
If you’re suffering from dull, tired skin, over-active oil glands, acne or poor skin tone, then Asian beauty favourite galactomyces is an excellent ingredient choice. In addition to giving the skin a healthier look, it helps balance oily and combination skin types, brighten pigmentation, minimise dark spots and enhances the absorption of the skincare products you apply after.