From snail slime to bee venom, there are a lot of newfound ingredients for skin health care that have never been thought of years ago .
In this article, we’re going to explore fermented skincare ingredients that has been used for a while now in the beauty industry. One of the source of this is fermented fungus, which contains galactomyces, one of the popular ingredients used in skincare products.
What is galactomyces? It is a type of fungus that has been processed through fermentation and filtration, which makes it rich in vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes for your skin. This fermentation also makes it more absorbable by the skin. Therefore, galactomyces is also effective as moisturizer and can strengthen your skin protection against free radicals and UV rays, the main causes of premature aging.
The Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology’s research concluded that galactomyces essence can reduce large pores and black heads on the face drastically (up to 15.66% and 21.84%). Another study mentioned that galactomyces can help reduce sebum by up to 64.17%, brighten up skin face up to 2.49%, and reduce acne by 9.59%.
As stated above, there are a lot of beauty cosmetic products containing galactomyces, one of which is SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, however, this product is known for being on the expensive side.
Here are some cheaper alternatives for you
- COSRX Galactomyces 95 Whitening Power Essence
- Benton Fermentation Essence
- Benton Fermentation Eye CreamP
- PureHeals Galactomyces 90 Ampoule
Keep in mind that galactomyces works by activating AhR, which in turn can trigger a breakout or inflammation in the skin with some special conditions such as acne fungal, rosacea, psoariasis, dermatitis, and eczema. If you have these skin conditions, you should avoid using galactomyces, or use patch test before trying your products for safety measure.