While there are various new types of skincare products available on the market, the rise of the fermented skincare movement is hard to be missed. Fermentation is an ancient custom that has been practised for thousands of years, mostly to preserve food. Even though fermented skincare isn’t new, per se, recently, the beauty industry began to experience heightened interest in skincare products whose formulas include fermented ingredients. There are many reasons why fermented ingredients in skincare products are becoming more and more popular. Not only do the fermented ingredients act as a natural substance that can help soften wrinkles, tighten skin, and improve its overall conditions, but the major advantage of using ingredients derived from fermentation by microorganisms is their biocompatibility.
If you have been wondering for a while now whether fermented skincare products are the right choice for your brand, keep reading our blog and we will provide you with the necessary knowledge to find out why this could be your potential next hit
What is fermentation?
To fully understand what fermented ingredients are and how they can enrich your skincare products it is essential to understand what fermentation itself is. Fermentation is a process of breaking down compounds through a chemical enzyme reaction. For example, during fermentation enzymes break down ingredients like yeast to formulate postbiotics such as acids, peptides, and antioxidants. Fermentation has been used for thousands of years to produce food and drinks such as kimchi, kombucha, and wine. Although fermented ingredients are becoming more and more popular amongst skincare products for a completely different reason than interesting taste.
Fermentation skincare and its origins
The origins of using fermented products in skincare can be traced back to ancient Egypt. According to legends, Cleopatra used to bathe in sour milk (fermented milk). Nowadays it is well known that fermented milk contains lactic acid, a naturally occurring AHA for skin exfoliation. The use of fermented ingredients for skincare has been around for quite some time, even when we were not aware of that. It is not a surprise that fermented skincare products have been championed in South Korea for quite some time now. Some of the benefits of fermented skincare include probiotic properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and calming skin benefits that everyone can benefit from.
Which fermented ingredients are worth it to be in your next skincare products
Lactic Acid - comes from the fermentation of lactose and is formed when bacteria or sugar-riched food goes through fermentation. Lactic Acid can be used to reduce acne, improve skin texture, and reduce inflammation. Lactic Acid is a highly popular ingredient for skincare products that aim to target consumers who are looking for an effective way to reduce signs of ageing, heal blemishes, and smoothen post-acne scars.
Hyaluronic Acid (hyaluronan or hyaluronate) - is a result of the fermentation of certain types of bacteria. It can improve skin stretch and flex and can also be used to smoothen skin wrinkles and lines. It is suitable for more gentle skin that may struggle with eczema or get easily irritated by skincare products.
Amino Acids - Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins, they are created when proteins break down. There are 9 essential amino acids: isoleucine, tryptophan, leucine, methionine, lysine, phenylalanine, histidine, threonine, and valine. And 11 non-essential: alanine, glycine, asparagine, aspartic acid, serine, cysteine, glutamic acid, glutamine, arginine, proline, and tyrosine. Amino acids play an important role in maintaining healthy skin. For instance, Methionine protects the skin from harmful substances and Arginine helps to restore visible skin damage. The key benefits of Amino Acids in skincare include promoting cellular repair, stimulating collagen production, and increasing skin moisture. They also help treat acne, skin dryness, and smoothen fine lines.
It all comes down to the ingredients
Along with the boom in fermented skincare products' popularity in the cosmetic industry in the past few years, our orean experts are dedicated to exploring the best formulas that will succeed your consumer's expectations. Keeping tabs on what your consumers want, and staying up to date with the industry's most significant movement will allow your products to maintain the success of your brand.
If you’re searching for trusted skincare manufacturers, who know the ins and outs of the cosmetic industry, then we’re the one for you. At Orean, we’ve crafted bespoke, premium products at award-winning brands such as Vogue, Harvey Nichols, Sephora, and Boots. Get in touch with our committed team today to see your skincare products range climb to new heights and boost your consumer’s confidence feeling good in their own skin.