Fermentation is at the core of what we do at Food85. Of course, our delicious vegan kimchi is brought to life with fermentation, and we're looking forward to adding more fermented products to our line in the future. But fermented beauty? That's a somewhat new concept for us.
Fermented beauty however isn't a completely recent discovery. Yogurt has been long used for face masks and we love to use diluted apple cider vinegar on our pores. But now Korea has launched their latest beauty trend, fermented food products.
The products have made their way to the west and are causing quite the hype. But is the hype worth it?
Revisiting one of our first ever blog posts, "fermentation is a process that converts carbs and sugars into nutrients with the help of microorganisms that are naturally present in the environment. They break down foods - pre-digest, if you will - so that our bodies don't have to work so hard doing the same thing."
Many of us are now drinking kombucha, eating sauerkraut, and topping up on our probiotics with kefir - but what are the benefits of using fermented beauty products on our skin?
The theory is based on the science of fermentation. Fermentation "creates B-vitamins, probiotics, Omega-3 fatty acids and beneficial enzymes", enhancing the nutritional value of whatever is being fermented. Additionally, the process breaks down the ingredients into much smaller particles, and so the theory is, these beneficial nutrients will be more easily absorbed into the skin.
Because our skin cannot break down nutrients, products need to include molecules of their active ingredients in available forms, and fermentation it seems, is the way to do this.
Another benefit of fermented beauty products, is heightened levels of alpha hydroxy acids or AHA, which helps exfoliate dead skin cells without harsh abrasives - not only brightening the skin, but reportedly allowing nutrients to reach deeper layers.
Whilst we're not about to start a fermented beauty product range, the theory is compelling and we'd like to test it out for ourselves! Yet the beauty industry is still torn - though some studies do show heightened levels of nutrients in these products, experts are calling for continued testing and we agree. We love fermentation, but it's always worth checking something actually works, especially if people are paying good money!
What do you think? Have you tried this latest trend?