In the last year or so, we’ve seen the boom of fermented skincare: it’s suddenly become all the rage.

Most known for their benefits to the digestive system, fermented foods are products that have undergone controlled microbial growth and fermentation—such as yogurt, wine, beer, kimchi, etc.—making them an excellent addition to a healthy diet.

Recent studies in fermentation and biotechnology continue to find that fermented ingredients enhance the bioavailability of nutrients, leading to healthier, more balanced skin.

While cosmetic companies and researchers are still learning about the powerful effects of fermentation, it’s been proven that fermentation significantly improves the phytochemical content of plants and fermented natural extracts, especially non-animal-based plant extracts which can boost nutrient absorption in your skin and give you that healthy glow.

Ferments in skincare — the science behind it.

Fermented products can have an enormous impact on your skin by increasing the efficacy of the bio-boosting ingredients and enhancing just how effective and accessible the individual nutrients are.

Fermented ingredients in beauty products are richer in vitamins, peptides, enzymes, and probiotics. Plus, they can help your body absorb more nutrients and accept the ingredients in your skincare more efficiently so you can reap their full rewards 

When it comes to the process, yeast breaks down the molecular structure of the active ingredients into smaller molecules—making it far easier for nutrients, minerals, and active ingredients to absorb directly into the skin. The fermentation process generates a higher concentration of amino acids, sugars, proteins, peptides, and even hyaluronic acid, one of the most important cell components that enhances the production of collagen and retains moisture for plump, youthful skin. In fact, the main source of producing hyaluronic acid in the skincare industry is via microbial fermentation.

Probiotics that are formed in the fermentation process are widely used in skincare for a good reason—they decrease any harmful growth on your skin, keeping toxins and bacteria at bay.

And what’s best about all of this is that fermented bioactives actually act as natural preservatives—such as Radish Root Ferment—meaning they protect the formula and serve as a substitute to synthetic alternatives so you can enjoy radiant skin with no worries.

Clean, mindful skincare.

Clean skincare makes a big difference—for the better. Clean formulations work synergistically with your skin’s natural processes and do not cause stress or irritation in the way many chemical-laden formulas do. Gnarly ingredients like preservatives, artificial dyes, or colorants that are toxic to the skin weaken your skin barrier. Pair it with air pollution and blue light emittance from our devices and your skin can get pretty stressed out.

At ORPHEUS, we go above and beyond clean: using only the purest bioactives and proven botanicals while banning over 5,000 known toxic ingredients. We use only natural, naturally derived, organic and bio-identical ingredients that are biologically compatible to work in harmony with your skin.

Our fermented bioactives play a huge role in the skin’s natural absorption and transport of nutrients in the cells.

Our Bioactive Fermented Mineral Complex

Our iconic Bio-Luminous Dewy Essence is formulated with a potent complex of five essential minerals: zinc, iron, silicon, copper, and magnesian. This powerful combination helps support cellular metabolism and nourish, replenish, and restore the skin.

While we don’t want to give you flashbacks to high school chemistry class, let’s dive into some of our favorite ingredients—and how they’ll help give you that elusive glow.

  • Iron

Simply put, your body needs iron to survive—and your skin needs iron to make it glowy and bright. An iron deficiency can have many effects on your health, including extreme fatigue, dark circles under eyes, and pale, sallow skin. Not only is it important for vibrant, dewy skin, it also prevents hair loss and weak nails.

  • Magnesium

This mineral works with your body to help regulate and reduce the excitability of the nerve and muscle, so it’s able to repair itself faster. In the skin, it helps your cells regenerate and repair faster, keeping your face bright and hydrated. The magnesium ion is involved in a large range of biological processes.

  • Zinc

Your skin is your largest organ—and zinc plays an enormous part in maintaining and caring for your body. One of its biggest roles in the body is taking care of your immune system by fighting off harmful cells, making zinc a key player in helping ward off acne.

  • Copper

Copper is a powerful antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial that helps support and protect your skin and body’s health. Our natural levels of copper decrease as we age, so incorporating copper in your skincare can help ward off wrinkles, produce collagen to help healing, and offer the skin elevated levels of elastin, melanin, and more.

  • Silicon

Not to be confused with silica (silicon dioxide), silicon is a natural trace mineral and a prominent element in the earth’s crust. When it’s combined with oxygen, silicon forms silica (silicon dioxide) which is essential for our joint health, strong nails, teeth, bones, and of course, glowing skin. Read more about the differences between silicon, silica, and silicone on our blog here.

In our All-in-one serum, you’ll find a Bulgarian fermented probiotic (Lactobacillus Bulgaricus Ferment Lysate Filtrate), a popular and renowned probiotic known for its extraordinary anti-inflammatory and soothing benefits that help decrease redness and inflammation. When fermented probiotic helps to strengthen and support your skin’s natural defense system to keep your skin healthy and increase its natural resilience.

Wait, what are saccharomyces?

Saccharomyces is a water-like liquid that comes from fermented and filtered yeast, then fermented with the ions of different minerals, like iron and magnesium.

The future of fermentation.

Although we’re still learning about all the wonderful benefits of fermented skincare, one thing is clear: the baseline process of fermentation helps break down complex compounds into

Curious about something you just read? Feel free to reach out with questions! We’d love to hear from you. 

Sources:
Fermentation and germination improve nutritional value of cereals and legumes through activation of endogenous enzymes
Cosmeceutical importance of fermented plant extracts: a short review
Role of magnesium ions on yeast performance during very high gravity fermentation
Why you need Hyaluronic Acid
Know Your Ingredients: Saccharomyces Magnesium Ferment
The Truth About Fermented Skincare: Does It Work?
Fermented beauty: a fad or the future of skincare?
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