We all know the act of fermentation can make some dang good food–bread, yogurt, balsamic vinegar, sauerkraut, cheese, etc. However, it could also help to improve our skin. Fermentation is the process by which yeast secretes enzymes that are good for the body, internally. Yogurt, for example, is known for developing natural probiotics which feed the good bacteria in our gut. However, it has also shown to benefit our bodies externally as well.
Some argue that this is false, due to our skin’s response vs. our stomach’s breakdown process of fermented ingredients. Nonetheless, the process of fermentation only increases the amount of amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. Which, last I studied, can only benefit our skin. You can believe what you want. I personally have seen the benefits of fermented ingredients in my skincare routine, and I would like to share a few of them with you.
Ever heard of SK-II Facial Essence? It’s been said that this is the product that started it all with fermented skincare products, but I’m not so sure about that. This Japanese-based skincare company exploded across the world when celebrities like Cate Blanchett, loyal user of SK-II for more than 13 years, and Kate Bosworth, the “face” of the company, started spreading the word on what fermented rice water can really do for your skin. Through the fermentation process of rice, multiple types of yeast are produced, but SK-II claims that there is one specifically that benefits your skin the most: Pitera (AKA Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate). Pitera is one of the most concentrated yeasts, full of vitamins, amino acids, and organic acids that peak the skin’s rejuvenation process.
There are a few dupes, I’ve discovered, that are a fraction of the price of SK-II Essence. However, they do not contain as high of a concentration of Pitera that SK-II does. The best one recommended thus far is the MISSHA Time Revolution Essence. But, I will also be sharing a DIY Rice toner soon. So, keep following Fairest of Them All Site on Facebook and Instagram. 😉
There have been a lot of health benefits linked to green tea. Topically, it has been known to help reduce acne, inflammation & redness, puffiness, and dark circles. For someone with extremely fair skin [hence, the title of this blog], it helps to have such a good ingredient in my skincare routine to reduce any redness on my face when a pimple arrives or my skin has gotten irritated by natural elements.
I really enjoy Neogen’s Green Tea Cleanser with fermented green tea leaves in the bottom of the bottle. I used this shortly after delivering my daughter, and saw a noticeable reduction in the redness and dullness of my complexion. This green tea Innisfree Sheet Mask smells divine and really helps to moisturize and calm your skin. Perfect for an at-home spa night. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll be surprised how many local products contain green tea in them–even cheap bars of organic soap, like The South of France and Nubian Heritage African Bar Soap.
Some people might feel that roses in skincare are a gimmick–like coconut oil–and that they’re far overrated. However, they have some pretty powerful advantages. For one, rose can be used on all skin types because it is so delicate and gentle, but it is known for helping dry, mature, sensitive skin types. Because rose oil contains such a complex blend of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants (which fight off free radicals that we come in contact with during day-t0-day life), it is one of the more pricier essential oils. Not only is rose soothing and smells nice, but it is an emollient to help retain moisture, antibacterial for acne, lowers stress levels in the body, and has proven to help heal wounds.
Rose definitely deserves as much credit for it’s interior capabilities. It’s obviously more than just a pretty flower, and you can find it all around you in skincare! I really started looking into more rose products when I heard about the SU:M37 Miracle Rose Cleansing stick which has one of the highest ratings for a Korean cleanser. It has bits of fermented rose petals in it that help to exfoliate, while the other 90% of natural ingredients gently cleanse your skin. Another awesome rose cleanser is the Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam, made from mostly rose water and Alpine Rose Stem Cells. I used this during my pregnancy, and every cleanse was like a spa treatment: so soothing, relaxing, and smelled amazing. Another really cool rose product is the Petal Multi-Use Oil that is a blend of natural oils with real fermented, rose bulbs inside the bottle!
What are Soybeans? Where do they come from? To be honest, I’m learning this right alongside you guys, because before now, all I knew is that Soybeans looked very similar to Chickpea/Garbanzo beans. Technically, they are part of the same family though. Soybeans are a legume, like garbanzo beans, but “soy,” itself, is a protein extract from the soybean. Soybeans originated from Northern China and have shown to lower cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Externally, they are moisturizing, reduces signs of aging, and regenerates skin cells.
Although fermented soybean products aren’t very common in the States, you can find reasonable Korean products with fermented Soybeans in the ingredient list. One I’m looking forward to trying is this sunscreen by Kicho, and this beautifully packaged Soy Milk Essence Toner (which one reviewer said worked better than SK-II essence for her!)
I guess I could just say grapes…but wine just sounds more luxurious and sophisticated 🙂 Most people know that the antioxidant level of sharing in a little bit of wine each evening has benefited people in the Mediterranean. The antioxidants in wine help to fight of signs of aging, as well as restore collagen and elastic fibers in the skin. Red wine also has a high level of AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), which prevent acne. My favorite fact to note is that the polyphenols (found in grapes) prevent cell oxidation, restoring dull skin to a brighter, refreshed complexion.
Mathilde Thomas, founder of the skincare company Caudalìe (where every product is derived from grapes) , and author of the book The French Beauty Solution, discovered from the head professor of the Pharmacognosy Lab at Bordeaux University:
” …grape polyphenols [are] the most potent natural antioxidants produced by nature, especially resveratrol, the polyphenol found in grape skins, seeds, and stalks. …resveratrol could enhance the life span of cells and help people live longer, healthier lives.”
I have been using Innisfree’s Wine Jelly Sleeping Pack for a month now, and every morning, I wake up with significantly improved skin. Not only is my skin plump and moisturized, but it is brighter, and clearer. A couple of Caudalìe’s best selling products are their eye cream and their serums. They’re way out of my budget, but they both have some of the highest ratings I’ve ever seen, and there’s a reason why: they work. Some cheaper products are the Neogen Bio-peel Gauze Peeling Wine and these adorable packaged Wine Sleeping Masks by Holika Holika.
If your looking to try something new, I hope that this information and suggested products help you. What else would you like to know more about? Pleas, comment below! 🙂