With all this buzz about fermented skincare, you may be wondering what makes it stand out when it comes to other forms of skincare ingredients.
Our bodies have a protective layer of bacteria (both “good” and “bad”) which are all a part of our skin’s microbiome. This means that any product we put on our bodies has to go through our microbiome first – and fermented skincare products have ingredients that have been broken down through the fermentation process, making them smaller and more easily absorbed than other products.
On top of being more absorbent, fermented ingredients are also able to penetrate deeper than non-fermented ingredients thanks to their smaller molecules. Because of this, fermented skincare products treat more than the surface layer – they work to support your skin barrier at all levels. After all, our skin is our second largest organ, and when it comes to self care, caring our bodies is more than just skin-deep.
Dermatologists have found that the fermentation process can also create probiotics or postbiotics which can be really helpful for sensitive skin. This means that you don’t have to worry about using skincare products that can have harsh side effects and lead to inflamed skin. For those of us who already struggle with acne-prone skin types, this is also something to keep in mind when looking for skincare products.
For example, the Urban Calm Soft Essence with Fermented Seaweed and 5% Panthenol is great for those with sensitive skin. It's formulated to be lightweight and not harsh, allowing the product to seep into the skin quickly so it doesn't leave you with a tacky feeling. The product is best for hydrating and plumping the skin while protecting the skin cells from any environmental damage.
Now we hope you have a better understanding of why we think fermented ingredients work so in our skincare routines. Stay tuned for more informed skincare tips!
The FaceTory Team