You may have noticed that ferments in skincare are a rising trend, but how do you know if they work the way you want them to? We here at FaceTory are here to give you the scoop on what makes ferments effective in skincare.
What is Fermentation Really?
Fermentation is defined as a metabolic process that converts carbohydrates into alcohol or an acid. It’s 100 percent natural and occurs in our bodies and the bodies of animals when our muscle cells create lactic acid and our digestive system breaks down sugars. It also occurs when people use starter cultures to ferment everything from drinks and vegetables to skincare products.
Fermentation: A History
Humans have fermented food and alcohol for centuries, long before they understood what fermentation was, scientifically.
This has been especially true in Korea, where foods like Chongkukjang, a fermented soybean-based dish, have been enjoyed for over 2000 years. Fermentation was used as one way to preserve food in Korea, as well as one way to preserve the skin’s outer layer (or microbiome) and keep it from drying out or aging prematurely.
How Does the Fermentation Process Work In Skincare?
Chemically, the fermentation process releases enzymes that break down ingredients and transforms them into new substances. When it comes to skincare, this process can make it easier for your skin to absorb probiotics and natural ingredients that are normally too large for your skin’s microbiome to take in, balancing the bacteria in our microbiome and strengthening our skin.
For example, the Urban Calm Vita Serum with Fermented Mung Bean and 10% Niacinamide will give your skin a powerful dose of hydration to help brighten and smooth out the skin. This serum is also formulated to help protect the skin from free radicals and any UV damage.
Now we hope you understand more about why we think ferment ingredients are so effective in skincare. Stay tuned for more skincare tips!
The FaceTory Team