Once Upon a Time, there was a skincare company employee who was relentlessly searching for natural ingredients serving various functions to include in their products. His hunt lead him to a sake brewery in Japan. Over there, he found that the brewers' hands were so smooth and free of any signs of aging but their faces didn't reflect what he saw in their hands. He took this information back to his company and after years of research, the discovery of Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate was made.
Both Galactomyces and Saccharomyces have become very important ingredients in Asian Beauty. What do they do you ask? All you have to do is take a good look at Cate Blanchett!! That face!! In a recent article, we read that she has been using fermented products by SK-II for a very long time, which led us to investigate this ingredient a little further.
So what are galactomyces and saccharomyces exactly? You're not going to like this but they're actually types of fungi aka mold (ewwwwwww). Wait! Don't close this window just yet! There are many food and other types of products we regularly consume that contain mold - from bread and kimchi to miso and medicine. Feeling a little better? If not, here's something else that will help: numerous studies have shown that these ferment filtrates have properties which make them effective in moisturizing, controlling sebum production, reducing acne, brightening and increasing elasticity. (!!!)
One particular study published in 2014 showed that the number of large opened pores and blackhead pores on faces were reduced by more than 21.84% when treated with fermented essences. Also the amount of sebum and keratin in the face were reduced by 64.17 and 16.47% respectively. If that's not enough, get this: we love brightening properties right? Well, the study demonstrated that the levels of skin brightness improved by 2.49% and acne went down by 9.59%!
Wanna know which amazing products contain these oh so awesome ingredients?
On top of our list is the Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence - Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate is the first ingredient in their ingredients list, which means its high in percentage and will be super effective. We have only heard amazing things about this product, which is why we not only use it ourselves but recommend it to almost everyone.
The Secret Key Starting Treatment Essence Rose Edition comes in right after the Missha FTE. Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate is its star ingredient and it is equally effective in brightening, anti-aging, acne reduction, sebum control and reducing pigmentation.
There are two additional note-worthy fermented products, which we don't currently stock but are equally amazing: Benton's Fermentation Essence and the Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence by Cosrx.
The reason most of these essences have the words 'starting' or 'first' is because they are most effective when they go on first. They need to be applied right after cleansing and before your toner to make some real magic.
For people who have skin conditions, such as folliculits, rosacea, psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis, we would not recommend the use of any fermented products whatsoever.
Have you used any of these fermented products? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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