Fermentation is a food process as old as time. Before the advent of modern refrigerators, ancient civilizations employed the technique to help their food stores last longer as well as to increase their nutritional load. This incredible feat is due to special microorganisms, including Lactobacillus and yeast, that convert the aging carbohydrates and sugars naturally found in foods into moisturizing and anti-aging enzymes and amino acids.
In lay terms, this simply means that fermentation ups the amount of antioxidants and other beneficial goodies in food while, at the same time, removing any harmful bacteria and toxins that may have been lurking in there. On top of it, fermentation also reduces the size of these beneficial compounds so they can penetrate the skin, and therefore performs their anti-aging functions, more effectively.
As you probably already know, Asian civilizations, such as the Koreans, are still as passionate about their fermented foods today as they were a millennia ago, so it is hardly surprising they were the first to apply this metabolic process in the field of skincare. I have a big collection of fermented skincare products at home but one that particularly stands out to me is Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream. The cream is enriched with fermented soybean extract and soybean oil from the pristine island of Jeju, offering your skin the best of both worlds.
Fermented soybean, also affectionately known as “natto”, are rich in vitamins K1 and K2, which are well-known for their multitasking abilities: they can deeply moisturize the skin, provide a gentle exfoliating action that even sensitive skin types can tolerate and fight the appearance of premature wrinkles. In this cream, fermented soybean is part of the Naturally Fermented Collagen Activator, a resilience-enhancing complex developed by Innisfree to boost collagen production and aid in wrinkle prevention.
I apply the cream on my neck every single night before I go to bed because this area is one of the most exposed to ultraviolet radiation and the inclement weather on a regular basis, a fact that explains its tendency to age faster than other areas of your body. Fermented skincare is the perfect antidote to this accelerated aging process, being able to considerably slow it down.
The cream itself has a very lightweight consistency that sinks immediately into my skin without leaving absolutely any oily or sticky residue behind. Its moisturizing effects are obvious to the naked eye already a few minutes after application: my skin looks softer and plumper and the depth of my fine lines has been reduced, too. Used regularly, the fermented soybean complex is also able to firm the skin, further helping to keep premature wrinkles at bay. Who knew that something as ordinary as a soybean could perform such a powerful action for the skin?
Summary: Innisfree Soybean Energy Neck Cream moisturizes, firms and smoothens out skin, keeping premature wrinkles at bay for longer.
Claims: A neck cream made with Jeju fermented soybeans to supplement collagen and keep hydrated without leaving an oily residue.
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cyclohexasiloxane, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Orchid Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Adenosine, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract, Glycerin, Dextrin, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Carbomer, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Triomethamine, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Where to buy: Innisfree