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Fermented foods and beverages are a powerhouse of good bacteria that work well with our body needs. This has become essential in our diet to reach optimal health. When it comes to the gut, eating fermented foods regularly can impact our health from the inside out. But have you heard that fermentation is also now applied in the production of skincare products? The ramifications of our skin’s health are incredibly exciting and will amaze you, so read on…
What is fermentation?
By definition, fermentation is “the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms”.
This natural process has been used for centuries, predominantly as a way to preserve food. Soaking vegetables or fruits in salt water forces bacteria to grow. Lactic acid is then produced as a result of these natural bacteria feeding on the starch. This allows the food to be preserved but not only that – the process actually creates vitamin b, omega 3, probiotics and enzymes, so the food is even more nutritious!
Fermentation meets skincare
It has now become one of the biggest ways to boost gut health and thus improve overall wellbeing. But how do kimchi and sauerkraut apply to skincare? Rest assured, they don’t.
However, the same process is applied to the active ingredients in skincare – this breaks them down so that the important molecules are small enough to be readily absorbed into the skin. This process also boosts the nutritional content of the ingredients. They actually become more abundant in amino acids and antioxidants, both of which are exceptionally good for the skin.
Making the ingredients bioavailable (more easily absorbed at a deep level) is also crucial in the use of fermentation in skincare. This enables ingredients to specifically target particular cells and treat individual skin concerns much more readily. The implications are huge!
Biotechnology Fermentation in skincare
Fermentation in skincare isn’t a new phenomenon – in East Asia, this technology has been used in skincare for the past decade and it is only now that Western countries are catching up with the trend.
But, did you know that some skincare brands have been creating products using biotechnology (fermenting process) as its fundamental method to acquire a high concentration of ingredients? In fact, for over 30 years now, the French skincare brand, GERnétic International has been leading the way in using biotechnology to procure a high concentration of active ingredients; Proteins and Amino acids in particular.
GERnétic’s founding father, Dr Albert Laporte created a range of highly rich, and particularly efficient concentrated products. He conceptualised his theory on the body’s ability to restore its health and harmony when its cells receive accurately measured, essential active nutritional molecules. From his studies, he was able to establish that numerous skin conditions are the result of deficiencies at a cellular level. The use of biotechnology (fermentation) in the creation of GERnétic, has allowed these products to become incredibly bioavailable and the results speak for themselves.
GERnétic’s use of biotechnology
So now for the scientific bit!
GERnétic uses a strain of microorganism found in milk, rich in enzymes. This is placed into a culture of marine microalgae (Spirulina and Chlorella) and various plant cells. After days of fermentation, the result is a solution rich in proteins, amino acids, peptides, vitamins, trace minerals and other valuable compounds.
This obtained bio-extract is then filtrated and the suitable molecules are selected to assemble the many creams, lotions and serums in the GERnétic range.
According to the specific skin cells that are targeted, a selection of these molecules is combined with various Phyto-biologically produced plant extracts.
This fermentation process is at the heart of all GERnétic products and is what makes the creams, lotions and serums so bioavailable – the skin is able to absorb the active ingredients that are collected in each formulation in such a way as to nourish targeted areas of the skin, where the nutrients are most needed.
Fermentation in skincare
This is why GERnétic skincare is so effective at treating many varying skin conditions, including severe sensitivity, ageing, pigmentation, acne and burns.
Fermentation in skincare may still just be an upcoming trend for many brands in today’s beauty industry. GERnétic has been proficiently researching and creating biotech based products for over 30-years. With such experience, they have mastered the process and shown that biotechnology can produce a high concentration of nutrients, that will empower the skin in the most effective and natural way.
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Q: What is fermentation in skincare, and how does it benefit the skin?
A: Fermentation in skincare involves the use of beneficial microorganisms to break down natural ingredients, such as plant extracts, into smaller molecules. This process enhances the bioavailability of nutrients, making them more easily absorbed by the skin. The fermentation also produces by-products like amino acids, vitamins, and organic acids, which offer various skincare benefits. Overall, fermented skincare products promote better hydration, improved skin texture, and a balanced complexion.
Q: Does the fermentation process make skincare products more suitable for sensitive skin?
A: Yes, fermented skincare products are generally well-suited for sensitive skin types. The fermentation process helps to remove potentially irritating compounds in natural ingredients while creating new skin-friendly compounds. This results in a milder and less sensitizing product. Additionally, the smaller molecules produced during fermentation allow for better absorption and reduced chances of clogging pores, making it safer for sensitive skin.
Q: What are some specific skincare benefits of using fermented serums or essences?
A: Fermented serums and essences have gained popularity due to their potent skincare benefits. Some specific advantages include:
a. Improved Hydration: Fermented products have a higher concentration of humectants, which attract and retain moisture in the skin, leading to enhanced hydration levels.
b. Brightened Complexion: The fermentation process increases the production of antioxidants and vitamins, promoting a radiant and even skin tone.
c. Enhanced Skin Barrier: Fermented skincare helps strengthen the skin barrier, reducing moisture loss and protecting against external aggressors.
d. Anti-Aging Properties: Fermentation encourages collagen production, leading to firmer, plumper skin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Q: Are there any specific ingredients commonly used in fermented skincare products?
A: Yes, some ingredients are commonly used in fermented skincare products due to their beneficial properties. Some popular ones include:
a. Rice: Rich in amino acids and vitamins, rice fermentation helps brighten the skin and improve its texture.
b. Galactomyces: A type of yeast, galactomyces fermentation offers excellent moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.
c. Soy: Soy fermentation is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, making it suitable for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
d. Red Ginseng: Fermented red ginseng is used to revitalize and energize the skin, promoting a more youthful appearance.
Q: Can fermented skincare products replace other parts of a skincare routine?
A: Fermented skincare products can be beneficial additions to a skincare routine, but they may not necessarily replace all other products. While they provide significant hydration, brightening, and anti-aging benefits, other essential steps like cleansing, sun protection, and exfoliation should not be neglected. Incorporating fermented products alongside a well-rounded skincare regimen can maximize their effectiveness and promote overall skin health.
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