Fermented or probiotic skincare products seem to be everywhere these days, both in Asian beauty circles and in the mainstream skincare world of the West. Since I love all things fermented, from kefir, which is said to improve gut health to cabernet sauvignon, which certainly does not, I was intrigued about the suggestion that fermentation could improve the functioning of the skin.
1. Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
Squalane is one of the best skin-moisturizing oils, so combining it with probiotics is one of the best ways to make super moisturizing skin care that doesn’t feel heavy on the skin. This gel formula sinks in quickly and restores softness and luster in the skin while helping to reduce redness and sensitivity. It is available for sale at Sephora.
2. CosRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence
This liquid formula enriches the skin with galactomyces ferment (lovingly referred to as a “galactic mice” by some, although it’s actually a type of yeast), which helps to balance the skin’s microbiome thereby fortifying it. It also includes skin-brightening niacinamide, and hydrating hyaluronic acid. You can buy it from Ulta.
3. La Roche Posay Lipikar Balm AP+ Intense Repair Moisturizing Cream
This ultra-rich cream is fabulous for severely dry and dehydrated skin, as it has a luxurious texture, a few nourishing botanical oils, niacinamide, and just a hint of good bacteria. If you’re a little nervous about going full force with probiotic skin care, this is a great choice, since it has just a small amount. It is available for sale online at Dermstore.
4. Primary Raw DoYou Soy Milk Ferment Essence Toner
Fermented soy milk is proven to increase humectant hyaluronic acid in the skin, which means that its presence in this formula makes it a fantastic hydrating and anti-aging toner. It’s a great choice for all skin types, since it has a thin, non-greasy formula. This essence comes with a dry sheet mask, so you can combine the two for a lovely facial. You can pick it up at Sephora.
5. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
This powerful Drunk Elephant exfoliant combines the skin-revitalizing effect of alpha-hydroxy acids with the reparative effects of a variety of fermented natural extracts, making for one of the most popular not to mention the best probiotic skincare products. It’s a great choice for all skin types except for the most sensitive. It can be purchased from Sephora.
6. La Mer The Treatment Lotion
Crafted both for body and face, this thin lotion hydrates like no other. The probiotics in it come from a yeast extract, and it also contains a variety of anti-aging plant extracts and repairing minerals to rejuvenate the skin. It is best applied before a moisturizer, and is ideal for dry and normal skin types. It is available for sale at Nordstrom.
7. Estee Lauder Micro Essence Aquaceutical Mist
This ultra-moisturizing essence is a great choice for those who want powerful anti-aging actives like peptides and hyaluronic acid, along with the balancing benefits of probiotic skin care. This formula should work for all skin types, but it’s especially cherished by those whose skin is dehydrated. You can pick up this amazing formula from Sephora.
8. Tata Harper Purifying Mask
This probiotic skincare product is a powerful cleansing treatment, perfect for all skin types. It not only deeply cleanses and refreshes your skin, but also fights aging caused by environmental factors. Apply a thick layer, leave on for some 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water to see the amazing results. Pick it up from Sephora!
9. SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
This mask is one of the best probiotic skincare products, made with pitera, which is also known as Saccharomycopsis Ferment Filtrate. It is basically the holy grail of skin-hydrating masks, and it is an excellent choice for those who want to experiment with fermented skin care as a one-off rather than as a regular product. If you’d like to try it, you can find it at Sephora.
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