The Japanese Art of Fermented Skin Care

Hakko, the Japanese word for fermentation, has been at the heart of traditional Japanese cuisine since Neolithic times. Ingredients like miso, rice hulls, seaweed and sake are deeply engraved in Japan’s rich culinary history. Observing the mentality of mottainai, not wanting to waste something useable, Japanese women would take to using natural ingredients around their daily lives and adopt it into their skincare routine. By using simple, fruitful ingredients – usually fermented – Japanese women would attain ultra-soft plump skin known as mochi had (mochi skin), or rice-cake skin.

How Does Fermentation Work?

To understand fermented skincare, it helps to learn a little about fermentation. Fermentation is a method of food preservation that has been used for centuries. The main ingredient used in Japanese fermentation is a cultured grain known as Koji. When food is allowed to culture, it releases hundreds of enzymes and compounds that change its molecular structure. By fermenting the ingredients, you’re essentially altering the ingredients to increase its nutritional value. Often this makes it richer in vitamins, peptides, and probiotics, taking the original substance to a whole new level.

Fermented Rice Extract – An Ancient Ingredient Used in Skincare Rituals

Fermented rice water is the best Japanese skincare ingredient that has been incorporated into over the generations. Japanese beauty harmoniously combines traditional ingredients with science to create products that can help make mochi skin a reality. One of the reasons that Japanese people love rice fermentation is that it doesn’t choose skin types. It helps to adjust oil production while hydrating your skin, and it’s very gentle and soothing.

The Sake Brewers Secret

Tucked away in a small northern town known as Akita lies Japan’s best-kept beauty secret –located deep in a Sake brewery. Filled with Toji, sake master brewers, whose faces had distinct wrinkle lines, yet hands that were as soft and youthful as the day they were born. Legend has it that their youthful hands come from frequently dipping them into fermented rice during the sake fermentation process. This anti-aging miracle made it possible for their skin to never grow old. They had essentially discovered the secret of turning back time.

Fuelled with this knowledge, products using rice fermentation have spread rapidly across Japan. Japan’s best-kept beauty secret is still the left-over lees that comes from making Sake, known as Sake kasu. Sake kasu is the residue left behind after the fermented rice water is expressed from fermented rice, the mixture of rice and koji mold. The miracle ingredient has properties that have been proven to brighten, hydrate, and increase elasticity in your skin.

Result of applying fermented rice water nightly for 3 months.

 

How This Age-Old Tradition Will Benefit You

You’ll love fermented skincare as much as your Kombucha cocktails because, let’s face it, fermentation gives you a serious boost of nutritional benefits. But what else can it do?

Balance your microbiome

The main draw of fermentation is the production of probiotics. Fermented skincare works by balancing good and bad bacteria on your skin. Did you know that there’s a ton of bacteria on your skin? The collection of bacteria is called microbiome. This may sound scary, but not all bacteria are bad. Some are bad, such as acne-causing bacteria, while others can be essential to maintaining healthy skin. When your skin’s microbiome gets thrown off balance, bad bacteria can fester and cause good bacteria to die off. This can cause issues such as skin irritations, sensitivity, and acne.

Fermented skincare products can help restore your microbiome by increasing the number of good bacteria in your skin. When your skin’s microbiome is balanced, it’s better able to produce natural humectants. This attracts moisture to skin to keep it hydrated, making to appear plump. Probiotics may also help in improving your skin barrier function, dermatitis, eczema, and improve scars.

Deeply nourish your skin

If you’re on the hunt for skincare products you might not realise that while the ingredients in some skincare products are beneficial to your skin, the molecular structure of the ingredients may be too large to penetrate your pores. Fermentation is the holy grail of beauty products because during the culture process complex compounds are broken down into simple compounds. This allows the ingredients to be more readily be absorbed by your skin to amplify the nutritional impact. It’ll feed your skin at a deeper level. The ingredients are then better able to do their job, whether it’s fighting free radicals or acne.

Delivers a pure and potent dose

Fermented skincare delivers a potent dose of four skincare ingredients: lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides. The fermentation process creates lactic and hyaluronic acid. This helps create a moisture barrier on your skin for a plumping effect. Hyaluronic acid has amazing benefits for dehydrated skin. It can make your skin feel smoother, softer, and may reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The dose of ceramides will replenish the natural lipids that are lost from exposure to harsh environmental factors or the aging process. And peptides, which are made from amino acids, will help with the anti-aging process, by helping you produce collagen and signalling your muscles to relax. With fermentation… you get all four ingredients in addition to base ingredients usual benefits. Could you ask for anything more?

Our Alchemy: Ingredients for Luminous Skin

Derived from a natural fermentation process, Hakko combines superfoods with Sake kasu to create a potent serum that promises to hydrate, brighten, and reduce fine lines. Our unique signature ingredients are formulated to dramatically improve your skin’s natural surface rejuvenation process while enhancing collagen and translucency. Each ingredient is fermented to maximize its nutritional impact.

Kakadu Plum is an Australian superfood. It has the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100x the Vitamin C found in an orange. It’s is celebrated for its high level of antioxidants and helps reverse free radicals. Kakadu plums are renounced for their anti-aging benefits and aid in the reduction of fine lines and puffiness under your eyes.

Seaweed is packed with all of your favourite vitamins and minerals. It helps soothe and soften your skin. Seaweed cells are similar to skin cells. Because of this, seaweed extract can help protect and maintain your skin’s natural balance while boosting hydration and protecting it.

Plant-Based Ceramides are waxy lipids usually derived from purified fermented soy lees. It works by reinforcing your skin’s barrier to increase hydration. This results in plumper, smoother skin, firmer-feeling skin with fewer visible lines and wrinkles.

With our innovative formula, the Japanese art of fermented skincare is now yours to keep.