Ingredient Spotlight: Galactomyces

When branching into the world of skin brightening and residence we commonly associate these with you hardcore vitamin A’s and C’s as this is all when have had in main stream retail cosmetics since the beginning of time. Well … Not strong or active ones but the idea remains the same. However, over the past hundred years, there have been remedies and cultural explorations of the power of nature and how it affects the body that we are now accepting as a normal trait within the industry.

Galactomyces or Galactomyces Ferment is an enzyme generated during the fermentation process of rice wine. The South Korean market have been using ingredients such as this for many years however the secret has only become more accessible through the popularity of the brand SKII and their Pitera complex. Decades before the advance machinery of modern age, Workers would spend days hand pressing rice and countless other ingredients to produce sake. They found these workers showed considerable less ageing in their hands than their face. Having glowing, healthy, hydrated hands when after years of hardship and toil working in the brewery should be showing the mostly wear and tear.

This funny enough is commonly how many ingredients we know today were discovered. Founded by the workers on oil drills. The residue that was created from the machinery was protecting and healing. Refined we today call it Petroleum Jelly or Vaseline.


How does it work?

The enzymatic properties of Galactomyces naturally soften the skin. As do many other fermented plant extracts its packed full of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals giving the skin hydration, plum and radiance. The natural amino acids found also help to brighten and rejuvenate the epidermis. Giving the skin a brighter, smoother complexion.

What would it be good for?

Brightening!  Depending on the product and level of ingredient percentage, you can rely that this ingredient will help your skins natural ability to protect from pollutant as well as restore your lipid barrier to lock in moisture. Amino acids will work on revitalising your skin as the nature enzymes we produce slow down over the years, this will keep a healthy flow of vitamins and minerals to boost skin elasticity and bounce.

Where can I get it?

Apart from SKII’s Pitera it is not commonly in the retail market here in Australia. I have found majority of Korean skin care brands are running with the product and have exclusive ranges dedicated to them. Keeping it cheap and the percentage high they are amazing products and defiantly worth a try.

I have access to Pure Heal’s by Nature Village. A brand sold within the Sephora Australia stores. I have purchased 3 items I have been using for roughly a month now and even with the constant trailing of other products I have still be reaching for them. A routine that cost under $100 Aus.

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