Fermentation is a natural process used to preserve without adding preservatives and have been used for thousands of years, long before refrigerators were invented. This does not only apply to cabbage, soy beans and grapes that are used to make kimchi and wine but also skincare. Yes, skincare!!
Fermented foods are rich in beneficial probiotics and enzymes that improves your gut health and digestive system. Fermented foods are also rich in vitamin C, iron and zinc which contributes to a stronger immune system.
Did you know that fermented foods are often more nutritious than their unfermented form?
When it comes to fermented skincare, the molecular structure of active ingredients are broken down making them more gentle on the skin. This process also increases their potency and goodness, making them more rapidly and easily absorbed by the skin. The active ingredient in antioxidants, amino acids, fatty acids and B vitamins become much richer
BENEFITS OF FERMENTED SKINCARE:
“Like wine has a higher antioxidant capacity than grape juice, fermented [ingredients] are often richer in vitamins, peptides, beneficial enzymes, and probiotics,” Dr. Sejal Shah, a dermatologist and founder of SmarterSkin Dermatology, tells The Zoe Report
Intrigued by what fermented food and probiotics can do for our gut health? It can also be highly beneficial for our skin health.
Fermented ingredients can promote the growth of good bacteria by eliminating the bad bacteria that are causing many of our skin concerns. In addition to healthy bacteria, the fermentation process creates ‘lactic acid’ and ‘hyaluronic acid’. Both fabulous for maintaining the skin’s barrier, retaining moisture and stimulating the production of antimicrobial peptides which keeps our skin firm. They are also packed with natural anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories. Both helping with the stimulation of skin metabolism and increased cell turnover.
The fermentation process neutralises toxic substances found in raw ingredients, which can dramatically reduce the risk of irritation from skin care ingredients. Most fermented skincare products omit preservatives making them great for people sensitive skin. Fermented products are also naturally acidic and does not interfere with the skin’s natural barrier. Fermented skincare can improve skin texture, radiance, moisture level, appearance of fine lines, breakouts and skin elasticity.
The Skin Alley - Our Top 3 fermented skincare
Neogen Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence - Our best selling essence!
Formulated with 93% Micro bio fermented complex - great for hydrating, brightening and nourishment. Packed with bifida ferment lysate to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dull or uneven skin tone.
Packed with fermented ingredients such as galacomyces ferment filtrate and bifida ferment lysate to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dull or uneven skin tone. With the added benefits of ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help boost your skin’s elasticity and moisture level.
Benton Fermentation Eye Cream - Our best selling eye cream too!
Anti-wrinkle eye cream that keeps your eye area hydrated, plump and smooth. Formulated with bifida ferment lysate and galactomyces ferment filtrate to help brighten, firm and repair damaged skin. Also, with added hydrating agents like cermides, hyaluronic acid, and aloe to keep your skin highly hydrated and youthful.