Yoghurt, kimchi, kombucha – I love my ferments and how they aid me in my digestion. Plus, they taste so tangy and delicious! Fermentation has taken over the world over the past few years, and seeing how beneficial they are for us, I don’t think this craze will be ending anytime soon.
What is fermentation? Basically, to ferment any sort of organic material, a microorganism (usually, and especially in the context of skin care, bacteria) has to be added to it. The microorganisms release enzymes that break down the molecules in the raw material, which then leads to the creation of new substances that benefit your skin.
You've probably heard of SK-II, well known for their essence made from fermented yeast (check out our favourite dupe - the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence!). You might be surprised but in recent time, ferments in skincare are aplenty, and a lot more inexpensive than you think.
So how do ferments benefit the skin?
Sometimes, certain ingredients in our skincare products are too molecularly large to be absorbed into the skin. Through fermentation, these molecules are broken down so your skin can easily absorb these beneficial ingredients.
Furthermore, some natural raw ingredients contain toxic substances like heavy metals and pesticides that can cause skin irritation. The process of fermentation neutralises these substances, making the product safer, more effective, and suitable even for sensitive skin.
The fermentation process gives rise to new amino acids, organic acids and antioxidants to help hydrate and nourish the skin. In this way, natural ingredients often used in cosmetics—like milk, vegetables, and herbs—can see an increase in nutrients through fermentation. These benefits work synergistically with one another to help your skin become healthier overall.
So, why not try some ferments for your skin? Here are some we recommend!
Contains fermented soy which increases hyaluronic acid production, which helps with skin hydration and fine lines
Made with galactomyces ferment, it moisturises, brightens, decreases acne and controls sebum production
Contains galactomyces ferment as well as bifida ferment lysate. This hydrates, boosts glow and make skin more elastic