Fermentation may sound like something you’d learn about in science class, or else something to do with some suspicious moulding substance you’d rather not know about, let alone slather all over your skin.
But recently we’ve seen the rise of fermented beauty, which calls upon the numerous benefits of the fermentation process to provide some impressive beauty benefits.
Well, one all-natural skincare brand is harnessing the powers of fermentation to replace traditional preservatives.
“Any product that contains water – all foaming shampoos, cleansers, moisturisers and many more – need to be preserved to ensure that bacteria doesn’t spread (bacteria loves water) and that products are safe for human health throughout their shelf life,” explains Sophie Thompson, founder of Sister & Co. Skin Food. “Synthetic preservatives, known as parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben), have been linked to hormonal disruption and, in particular, breast cancer.”
To avoid the issue of including synthetics while retaining the shelf life of their products, the brand uses a natural preservative, Radish Root Ferment, where radishes are fermented with a lactic acid bacteria called Leuconostoc Kimchii for an amazing natural alternative.
Other brands are using fermented ingredients for their superior potency and skincare benefits. Origins’ new Charcoal Honey Mask contains superfood-charged fermented honey to provide superior nourishment.
We can’t wait!