Whether it’s achar, or kimchi, we’ve all devoured some sort of fermented food item and loved it. And then we’re told that eating fermented products can actually be good for your gut health? We’re sold. Like our gut, our skin loves natural food sources. Fermented skincare, like fermented foods, means that bacteria have been added into the mix, releasing enzymes that break down ingredients to create products that our skin — and bellies — love. Think sauerkraut, yogurt, beer, kombucha and more.
When it comes to skincare fermentation, it means that the bacteria breaks down the substance into smaller parties for easier absorption, and it neutralises irritants to create a final product is gentle enough for sensitive skin types. Plus, the process of fermentation produces antioxidants, peptides, and amino acids that weren’t found in the ingredient in the first place! Above, our favourites.