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Galactomyces: The Secret Asian Skin Care Ingredient That Does It All

Learn everything about this super ingredient, which is mostly found in Korean and Japanese skin care products
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You may have noticed something called "galactomyces ferment filtrate" — aka "Pitera," or just "galactomyces" for short — in some of your favorite Asian skin care products. But what is it really — and how good is it for your skin? Legend has it, the ingredient — which is a natural byproduct of the sake fermentation process — was discovered after researchers noticed the softening, anti-aging effects it had on sake brewers' hands back in Japan. Long story short, the stuff became the hero ingredient for SK-II, and the rest is history. So, what is it, exactly? It's basically a fermented byproduct of yeast. And like most fermented skin care ingredients, it's known for soothing and softening troubled skin, while adding in hydration and strengthening the skin barrier. It's also thought to have anti-aging benefits, thanks in part to its high concentration of antioxidants. The bottom line? Well, it's an ingredient we tend to enjoy — so, without any further ado, here are some of our favorite galactomyces skin care products.

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Brighten up your dull skin with this toner from Korean cult favorite brand, Cosrx. The galactomyces ferment filtrate in this toner will help revitalize your skin and give you that healthy-looking glow. It's also formulated to be gentle on sensitive skin.

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Then I Met You — the new venture from Soko Glam founder Charlotte Cho — is definitely a brand to watch. We've loved everything we've tried so far and this essence is no exception. Galactomyces ferment filtrate is one of the star ingredients, along with other skin-loving superstars like red algae extract and ellagic acid. This lightweight essence absorbs quickly into your skin, leaving it a little brighter, bouncier and more hydrated than before. If you're looking to jump on the essence bandwagon, this is a great place to start!

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Get that crystal clear skin with this skin care set. It can give you a brighter glow, it helps prevent the formation of dark spots and diminishes wrinkles — which all adds up to suppler, smoother skin. You can always buy the essence alone, but we love this set for a little extra pampering.

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The skin around your eyes can also use some help from galactomyces! This eye cream from Korean beauty brand Benton is designed to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and firm the skin.

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