Fermented ingredients are very popular in Korean skincare. Most essences and sometimes toners are packed with an ingredient that has undergone the fermentation process. This article will provide you an insight as to what fermentation is in skincare and what it does to our skin using the Benton Fermentation Essence as the basis of the review.
What is Fermentation in skincare?
Fermentation is a traditional technique of food preservation which is still used at present because of its long standing benefits making its way into cosmetics and skincare. It produces chemical changes through enzymes. The metabolic process present in fermentation activates and boosts the efficacy of the phytochemicals present in the raw ingredient allowing for the potency and absorption efficacy of the product since the molecules are broken down during the process. Moreover, the fermentation process creates additional beneficial enzymes, fatty acids, probiotics, and vitamins all essential for our overall skin health.
Fermentation provides for bioavailability, meaning, our skin can easily recognize and process the ingredient. It is also skin symbiotic and does not tend to disrupt natural processes in our skin making it truly skincare beneficial. Below is an image of the results that were found by a team of researchers in Thailand who studied the efficacy and functionality of fermented ingredients. The said study was reviewed and published at the International Journal of Applied Pharmaceutics.
The BENTON Fermentation Essence
This fermentation essence contains Galactomyces Ferment-filtrate, Bifida Ferment Lysate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, and Ceramides which help achieve smooth and youthful skin. The formulation excludes the 20 harmful and controversial ingredients in skincare, volatile alcohols, PEGs, and silicones. It comes in a 100 ml/3.38 fl. oz. bottle and is intended for all skin types. The product’s ph level is slightly acidic and the viscosity is liquid type with a white translucent color. It is unscented and is free from chemical coloring. The star ingredient which is the Galactomyces Ferment-filtrate is the first ingredient, so we know that it contains the highest percentage. It is also good to note that the box of the product is made from 100% sugar cane. It is also free from bleaching chemicals and is printed using soy ink.
- GALATOMYCES FERMENT FILTRATE
- BIFIDA FERMENT LYSATE
Complete Ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Ceramide NP, Althaea Rosea Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Betaine, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate, sh-Oligopeptide-1, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pulsatilla Koreana Extract, Usnea Barbata (Lichen) Extract, Adenosine, Arginine, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Lecithin
I started using fermented ingredients in skincare with COSRX’s Galactomyces Alcohol-free toner and the Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence and I enjoyed it. Because of these two, I explored on other products with fermented ingredients and it brought me to the Benton Fermentation Essence. I started using this product last October and I incorporated this in my evening routine right after my Purito First Essence. This essence is very hydrating and nourishing. You can instantly feel the plumpness of your face right after the application.
The two fermented ingredients in this essence really helped brightened my skin, clearing away the dark spots that I get from pimples. The peptides and ceramides present in this product also contributed to the healthy micro biome of my skin. My skin feels fresh and not dull. When I wake up the next day, my skin looks and feels healthy, plump, and glossy- signs that the product you used the night before are working their magic. My relationship with this essence has truly been smooth and I did not encounter any adverse reaction or any form of irritation. This is deserving of a 5 star for me.
May this information help you in adding fermented ingredients in your skincare routine soon!