Fermented foods and drinks are the norm, yourself or someone you know is likely to be drinking kombucha or wine, or even eating kimchi or sauerkraut, but have you ever thought about ferments in your skincare? Read on to see how fermented ingredients could be the key to your glowiest self!
What is fermented skincare?
Fermentation has been around for while especially in the food industry, but beauty brands are continuously showing interest in the microbiome trend. Fermented skincare is basically products containing ingredients that went through a fermentation process that enhances the bioavailability of active ingredients, which can be more readily absorbed by the skin. Ingredients derived from plants, herbs, yeast, algae and fruits are commonly used for fermentation which are known to help improve your skin health.
What are the skincare benefits of fermented ingredients?
Fermented ingredients provide the benefits for skin health by maintaining healthy bacteria on your skin. Fermentation has the ability to inhibit the growth of most pathogenic bacteria and formation of bacterial toxins while holding onto the good bacteria, promoting healthy skin microbiome. Recent studies have shown that probiotics from fermented ingredients benefits the surface of skin by helping to retain skin moisture, improve skin barrier function, and improve overall skin complexion.1 Certain ingredients such as rice bran ferment have been tested for its increased functional properties in comparison to non-fermented material.2 Ferments are often richer in vitamins, amino acids, peptides, and antioxidants while the content can vary between different ingredient derivatives.3
The process of ferments in skincare
There are several types of fermentation process. Few commonly used in skincare are lactic acid fermentation and alcohol fermentation. The process involves breakdown of complex compounds into smaller and simpler form of compounds through enzymatic reaction. When a skincare ingredient is processed through this enzymatic breakdown, it potentially allows the active to be more potent with essential nutrients and be more readily absorbed by the skin. Due to this benefit, the demand is higher than ever for many skincare brands to include fermented ingredients in their products.
Lemon Peel Ferment
- A natural source of Alpha-Hydroxy Acid used to help minimize skin imperfections
- Provides antioxidant benefits by helping to brighten and balance skin tone
Tonka Bean Ferment
- Rich in polyphenols that provide antioxidant benefits against environmental aging
- Increases the skin’s luminescence to reveal a healthier glow
With potent benefits and the ability to amplify absorption, why wouldn’t you want to try fermented skincare?