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Fermentation in skincare

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Fermentation is a process which perpetuates the growth of beneficial microbes called probiotics. In humans, this predominantly occurs in our gut. With the number of bacteria in our body significantly outnumbering our human cells, it comes as no surprise that finding a healthy microbial balance is of paramount importance to maintaining optimum health.

Not all of this microbial activity occurs within the body, fermentation is an ancient practice responsible for many of the foods and beverages that are on trend again today such as kimchi, sauerkraut, natto, cheese, kombucha and kefir. Raise your hand if you take a daily probiotic supplement? Whilst there is still much debate on bacterial strains & species and their exact mechanisms of activity, research is proving that consuming these products can reap benefits such as improved digestion, healthier immunity and a reduction of inflammation. The research doesn’t stop at food, it is also making waves in the skincare industry.

When it comes to skincare, there are two main sources of Hyaluronic acid. The first source is obtained from animals (e.g. Roosters Combs) and the second through bacterial fermentation. It should go without saying that Ocinium opts for number two, which involves biofermentation of glucose that is derived from corn, creating a natural product. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the body. It has a high water retention ability which enables it to boost the skin’s moisture content, reduce inflammation, and help prevent moisture loss, resulting in supple looking skin. However, as we age its production naturally decreases and we begin to notice the first signs of ageing such as dryness and wrinkles. Ocinium Serums & Cream contain a boost of hyaluronic acid to support the ageing process.

So when it comes to fermented products there are many benefits to be found - whether you apply them, eat them or drink them! With an ever-growing focus on healthy living and scientific research to support practices such as fermentation, it is an exciting time for those looking for to obtain maximum nutritional benefits from supplements, food and skincare products.

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