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What is Fermented Cosmetics?

Fermented Cosmetics are Cosmetics that use natural ingredients that have been in the process of fermentation. In the past, the fermentation process has only been applied to food groups like vegetables and fruits, but recently, fermentation has broadened itself to the skincare industry. Fermented cosmetics use fermented natural ingredients which is beneficial to all skin types, even the sensitive ones.

Fruits, plants, herbs, and yeast are the most common ingredients in skin care that undergo the fermentation process by breaking down the molecular structure of the ingredients and making more concentrated nutrients while easily and rapidly absorbed. Amino acids, probiotics (aka healthy bacteria), lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides can also produce additionally which help to nourish and protect the skin.

Back in the 1900s, the trend in the fermentation process was born and even today, our interest with this process remains. While it began in Korea, the acceptance worldwide is still gaining today.

Benefits of Fermented Skincare

Currently, fermented cosmetics are making waves in the beauty industry. So, what are the benefits of fermented cosmetics on your skin?

1. Helps in absorption

Our skin finds it hard to absorb the molecular size of actives in our skincare products which leads to irritation and sensitivity. Here, fermentation cosmetics are the answer.

The microorganisms break these molecules down to help your skin absorb the goodness of any of the ingredients that are present in the product that you are using during the fermentation process. Your product and your skin should work together to provide superior nourishment.

2. Reduces chances of irritated skin

A variety of chemicals are often included in normal cosmetic products that might irritate your skin into serious skin conditions. Heavy metals or pesticides should be avoided from your skin. When fermentation occurs, these toxic substances get neutralised which become safer to use as a result and will become more effective as well which is a great benefit for your skin. That is why fermented products are proven to be more suited to sensitive skin types. Fermented cosmetics have ingredients which prevent the growth of harmful microorganisms that can cause damaged skin.

3. Products contain more useful substances

Unlike chemical cosmetics, fermentation can give onto creation of a large number of skin-benefiting ingredients in the product such as new amino acids, antioxidants and organic acids which are great benefits for your skin as it hydrates and nourishes your skin. Fermentation makes it a lot easier to use more natural ingredients in products.

4. Skin Protection

Fermented cosmetics help eliminate harmful bacteria which causes acne and irritation.  Fermented products reinforce the skin’s immunity and reduce inflammation and breakouts on the skin as its result. Fermented cosmetics also facilitate the skin and wound healing while helping maintain skin’s elasticity. This process can increase the concentration of antioxidants and flavonoids which are highly effective for treating the skin in any condition.

5. Creates new skin-benefitting substances

The fermentation process releases new amino acids, organic acids and antioxidants helping our skin to be more hydrated and nourished. This is why natural ingredients are often used in cosmetics that can increase its nutrients through fermentation such as milk, vegetables, and herbs.

6. To defy aging

When fermentation occurs, it produces Alpha Hydroxy Acids that enable skin cell regeneration. It allows the skin to become clearer and contain antioxidants which help in removing dead skin cells, fine lines, and keeping our skin firm and smooth. Apart from that, fermented cosmetics are considered to be safer than most anti-aging creams and serums. The nutrients from fermented products are in concentrated form so your skin won’t miss out its age defying properties in its full impact.

7. Last longer than non-fermented products

Fermentation is a natural way of preserving products without using artificial ingredients which makes them last longer generally compared to other beauty products. It is around 12 months is the average lifespan of a basic cosmetic product, while fermentation can extend its usual lifespan for over 6 months depending on the components.

Ready to give fermented cosmetics products a try? We rounded up our four beauty game changers ahead that you can shop right now at Before And After Cosmetics.

So, why not give it a go? Be sure to check the fermentation process as it is natural and free of any nasties to experience the best possible results for your skin’s overall glow. After all, natural is always the best!


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