A new year calls for new members to your routine. Though you might think that your current skincare list is complicated as it is, we have one ingredient that you will not regret adding to it—a ferment filtrate ingredient called galactomyces. It's quite a mouthful, but this star ingredient popularized in Asia might just be your new staple. Why? Here's a quick rundown: It's acne- and bacteria-fighting, pore-minimizing, texture-refining, and anti-aging. Read all about it below!
What is Galactomyces?
Galactomyces is a genus of fungi that was discovered by accident in a sake brewery in Japan, where it made elderly brewers' hands smooth and wrinkle-free. It is a nutrient dense yeast and a byproduct of fermented sake, and it is now being used in skincare to add antioxidant benefits, provide hydration, and dramatically delay signs of aging on the skin. You'll often find it in essences, where it benefits the skin at a cellular level by improving absorption of other skincare products.
What does it do?
Like other fermented yeasts like saccharomyces, galactomyces is amazing in skincare because of its ability to improve moisture absorption. In fact, in a 2014 study by the Asian Journal of Beauty and Cosmetology, subjects who used skincare products that contain galactomyces experienced a visible improvement in overall skin appearance. Its frequent use showed reduction of enlarged pores, blackheads, and excess sebum production. It also made the complexion appear brighter and more even. The ingredient is also lauded for refining the texture of the skin and giving it a natural glow as it protects it from the effect of environmental stressors. Overall, it's a popular ingredient for improving the look of skin overtime and preventing signs of aging.
Skincare Products with Galactomyces
1. Tinkerskin Galactomyces + Niacinamide + Vitamin C Night Recovery Cream
This restorative cream and serum hybrid will renew skin after a long, stressful day. It is formulated with galactomyces that helps skin recovery, repair dullness, minimize pores, and smoothen rough texture. To add to that, this also has niacinamide that can even out skin tone; and vitamin C, a strong antioxidant, that can leave skin glowing. When used at night, this gives full hydration and also helps boost collagen production.
TINKERSKIN Galactomyces + Niacinamide + Vitamin C Night Recovery Cream, P450, Beautymnl
2. Benton Fermentation Eye Cream
This anti-aging eye cream that is infused with high concentration of galactomyces can diminish the appearance of wrinkles, crow's feet, and other premature signs of aging. It gently nourishes and moisturizes the delicate skin around the eyes, softens and smoothens lines, and leaves the eye area looking awake with the help of other ingredients too like ceramide, EGF, and hyaluronic acid.
BENTON Fermentation Eye Cream, P1399, Beautymnl
3. SK-II Treatment Essence
This essence has long reached cult-fave status in skincare. Its main ingredient, Pitera, is a natural byproduct of yeast fermentation and is also known as galactomyces. This moisturizing treatment contains more than 90% of it to maintain the skin's natural renewal cycle and keep it in the best condition for skin nourishment. It also helps balance the skin's pH in such a way that it lessens sebum production in oily areas while adding moisture on dry areas. As an essence, this will also help improve the absorption of other skincare products in your routine.
SK-II Treatment Essence, P9290, Sephora.ph
4. Some By Mi Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum
This serum is packed with nourishing ingredients that can brighten, hydrate and plump skin. With 75% glactomyces and 3% pure ascorbic acid (a.k.a. vitamin C), this can refine skin texture, moisturize, boost elasticity, and protect skin from ultraviolet rays exposure.
SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum, P2100, Beautymnl
5. Cosrx Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
This powerhouse essence that contains 95% concentration of galactomyces can brighten, tighten, and moisturize all at once. While it mainly claims to balance the tone of your skin, it will equally be as effective in protecting you from early signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence, P1000, Beauty Bar
6. The Saem The Essential Galactomyces Hydra Cream
This face cream has 67% galactomyces fermented filtrate that won't only boost your skin's radiance; it's also fast-penetrating, leaving skin hydrated without feeling too heavy.
THE SAEM The Essential Galactomyces Hydra Cream, P2250, SM Aura
7. Iunik Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner
This multi-tasking toner from K-beauty brand Iunik cleanses, hydrates, and deeply moisturizes. It is formulated with 70% rosa damascena flower water and 10% galactomyces fermented filtrate, both of which help balance the skin's pH level. It can remove dirt and grime residue after cleansing without overly drying skin, and with the nourishment it provides, it leaves your face softer, controls sebum production, and gives you a healthy-looking glow.
IUNIK Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner, P1209, Beautymnl