Fermented skin care is gaining popularity in the beauty market, boasting that fermentation may make products absorb better and be more effective. Fermented tea, plant products, and natural ingredients can be found in many products, and you can get these ingredients and create your own beauty routine. Not all beauty products are right for everyone, but if you want to explore whether fermented skin care is right for you, there are plenty of ways to try. Learn to recognize fermented ingredients in skin care products, find a quality brand, or try making your own at home.
Method 1 of 2:Purchasing Fermented Skin Care Products
1Recognize fermented ingredients. The first step to getting the product you want is to know what ingredients to look for. Common fermented ingredients include kombucha and yeast. Look for other ingredients like fermented black soy, sea kelp, ginseng, aloe, dandelion, chrysanthemum, rice, pyrus malus extract, chlorella vulgaris, and fermented hyaluronic acid.
2Look for the right type of products. Fermented ingredients can be found in many different types of skin care products, including serums, creams, lotions, and gels. Even toners and essences are sporting fermented ingredients. Many products are “leave-in” products – those you apply and do not wash off – rather than cleansers.
3Search out brands that use fermentation. As the popularity of fermented skin care increases, you are more likely to find products containing fermented ingredients. However, some brands may be easier to find than others, and prices will vary. Look for some of these popular products at your local drug store, beauty supply store, or online:
Avalon Organic, such as their Revitalizing Eye Gel
Marie Veronique Organics
Phillip B, such as the Chai Tea Latte Soul & Body Wash
EmerginC Kombucha Cleanser
Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask
Juara Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer
Organic Sea Kelp Facial Sheet Mask
Snowise EX Brightening Mask
SU:M37 Gel Lotion
4Do your research. If you have a specific product in mind, read product reviews online – hearing what others have to say about the product can help you choose one that's right for you.
If you have any allergies, be sure to research your desired product to make sure it doesn't contain something that will make you break out.
5Ask for advice. If you have a friend who uses fermented products, ask which are their favorites and where you can get them. Check in with a beauty professional who you trust, such as someone who works in your favorite salon, spa, or makeup store – they may have personal or professional experience with these products.
Check with your doctor or dermatologist before starting a new skin care regimen, especially if you have sensitive skin or any allergies.
6Try samples. Visit your beauty supply store and ask if they carry fermented skin care products. If they do, tell them you've never tried these products before and you'd like to test out a sample. Most stores should be happy to let you use a tester in the store, or give you a small sample to take home.
7Note the product's shelf-life. Because more natural ingredients are being used in these products, some products may contain fewer preservatives. That means they might not last as long as other products. Unopened products will usually last 24 to 36 months, but once you open your beauty product you should use it within 6 to 12 months.
Check each individual product for its shelf-life or expiration date, and throw away expired products.
Method 2 of 2:Creating DIY Products at Home
1Use a kombucha tea facewash. You can purchase kombucha tea from the grocery store – the kind you would usually drink – or try brewing your own at home. Either way, try using kombucha tea as a facewash twice a day instead of a store-bought cleanser. Simply splash it onto your face, over the sink, like you would when washing with water. This may be an inexpensive alternative to pricey fermented skin care products.
You can also try using the SCOBY as a facemask (the kombucha “mother,” or Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast – that slimy-looking glob in the tea). Apply it evenly to your skin, let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and rinse it off with cool or lukewarm water. It'll feel sticky and slimy while on, but not afterwards. Keep a towel handy – this can be messy!
2Obtain some Sea Kelp Ferment. Sea kelp ferment, or sea kelp BioFerment, is a fermented kelp extract. Visit your local health food store to see if they have any available. If not, shop online at a reputable site to obtain some. Use this ingredient as a base for moisturizing lotion or a skin serum that you make at home, or mix it into a product you already have.
Look for whatever fermented ingredient you want to use – botanicals like fermented aloe and dandelion can be found in health food stores or online, as can other natural products like fermented soy and ginseng.
3Make a fermented yogurt facemask. Add your product – sea kelp ferment, for instance – to some plain yogurt (the probiotic kind with live cultures). Apply this as a facemask and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash it off with cool water, and moisturize afterwards with your regular moisturizing lotion. You can also blend the ingredients in a blender for a smoother consistency.
To make your mask more hydrating, add 2 teaspoons of a high-quality olive oil for every 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt. Massage this onto your skin then wipe it off with a warm, damp washcloth right away. This is especially good for dry skin.
4Try a honey and sour cream mask. Mix 2 parts sour cream to 2 parts honey and 1 part apply cider vinegar or lemon juice, plus your special fermented ingredient. Wash your face with your regular face wash then apply this mask, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water.
You can do this twice a week to possibly brighten, tighten, exfoliate, and moisturize your skin.
5Create a moisturizing lotion. Gather ½ cup of shea butter and 2 tablespoons (29.6 ml) olive oil, jojoba oil, or almond oil. Heat the shea butter on the stove on medium heat until it melts, and add the oil. Place it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to cool (don't let it freeze). Once it's solid, take it out and add your fermented ingredient. Whisk everything together until it has the texture of whipped cream. You can use this on your hands, body, or face!
You may need to chop or puree your ingredient so that it can be blended into the shea and oil mixture.