If you're thinking of venturing into a new skincare ingredient besides the mainstays like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, or witch hazel, then you need to try out galactomyces. It is a ferment filtrate ingredient that is found in many Japanese and Korean anti-aging products. It helps with brightening dull, tired-looking skin, minimizes the appearance of pores, and controls sebum production. Sounds like our new BFF, right? Keep on scrolling to know more about this star ingredient:
What is galactomyces?
Galactomyces, which first gained popularity in Japan, is actually a type of fungus! Now, don't get too ~weirded~ out yet. (We do apply snail mucus to our face, okay?) It was first detected in sake breweries when they found the elderly brewers posessed smooth, wrinkle-free hands. Eventual research of the fermented sake led to the discovery of galactomyces, and since then, it has been a staple in many Japanese and Korean toners and essences.
What are the benefits of galactomyces for the skin?
It strengthens your moisture barrier.
The vitamins and antioxidants from the fermentation process of sake make your skin's moisture barrier resilient. This phenomen then keeps your complexion hydrated and gives you protection from environmental stressors such as UV light and pollution.
It minimizes the appearance of pores.
According to a study in the Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology, using an essence that contains 97 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate drastically minimizes the appearance of pores. Wow!
It controls sebum production.
In the same study, researchers found that treating blemish-prone skin with an essence that is infused with 97 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate decreased sebum production by 64 percent. Great news for those who worry about their shiny T-zones!
It improves the appearance of acne.
In the same study above, researchers found that using a galactomyces-infused essence decreased acne lesions by at least nine percent.Continue reading below ↓
It evens out dark spots.
This study discovered that using a galactomyces-infused essence with a ten percent concentration helped in decreasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation in the skin.
It slows down signs of aging.
As seen in the hands of the elderly brewers in sake distilleries, frequent exposure and usage of galactomyces can greatly slow down the signs of aging, thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants.
Sounds interesting! What are some galactomyces-infused skincare products I can use?
Best Galactomyces-Infused Product: COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
If you've been meaning to incorporate galactomyces to your skincare routine but don't know where to start, the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence is a good product to get. Its high concentration (95 percent!) of galactomyces can effectively nourish and moisturize your skin. It also improves your skin's elasticity.
COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence, P1,000, LazadaContinue reading below ↓
Best Galactomyces-Infused Product: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
This essence from Japanese luxury brand SK-II is a cult-favorite for good reason. Despite its hefty price tag, people still purchase it due to its ability to increase cell turnover rate, reverse signs of aging, refine the rough skin texture, and balance sebum secretion. It is also rich in vitamins and amino acids that can help you score clear and glowing skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, P4,560, Sephora.phContinue reading below ↓
Best Galactomyces-Infused Product: Benton Fermentation Essence
Formulated with a high concentration of galactomyces ferment filtrate, the Benton Fermantation Essence is an anti-aging product that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, helps maintain the skin's moisture levels, and boosts its elasticity. It's also infused with hyaluronic acid and ceramide to hydrate your complexion.
Benton Fermentation Essence, P1,299, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
Best Galactomyces-Infused Product: PURITO Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence
This premium essence from Korean skincare brand PURITO contains 92 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate and five percent niacinamide which both work to brighten and tighten your skin. This product alsp promises to improve your complexion's overall tone and texture.
PURITO Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence, P890, AltheaContinue reading below ↓
Best Galactomyces-Infused Product: SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Serum
Formulated with 75 percent galactomyces ferment filtrate and three percent ascorbic acid, this serum hits two birds with one stone. Not only can it smoothen out your skin texture, but it can also brighten dark spots caused by sun exposure and acne scarring.
SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Serum, P2,100, BeautyMNLContinue reading below ↓
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