Taking yeast out of the kitchen and into skincare

Understanding what we use on our skin is from my point of view important, even when we talk about natural ingredients. The how, why and what for’s are important in building a bullet proof skincare that will transform your complexion and become your best friend throughout time. I heard, not so long ago, that yeast is used in many skincare products, and while my pizza making skills are not the greatest (not yet), this I can work with. While you might think that using yeast in skincare is new, well it isn’t. Yeast is a very good antioxidant for the skin and it’s been actually used for ages. So, let me tell you what I discovered yeast can do for your skin:

What is it?

Yeast extract is actually a microscopic mushroom containing 17 vitamins: whole complex B, vitamins D, H, E, 16 amino acids, 14 mineral salts and almost 50% protein. Its composition also contains folic acid, potassium, chromium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and selenium. Primarily is being used in fermentation because of its ability to convert carbohydrates into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

What it is used for?

Yeast is being used in the production of bread, beer, kombucha, kefir, and other fermented foods. This unique derivative of fungi contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which we already know are capable of neutralizing free radicals while keeping us young and beautiful. This protective mechanism not only helps to maintain the skin’s overall quality and appearance but also increased moisturizing and soothing properties.

What are the benefits for the skin?

  • Brightens

Yeast extract brightens the skin by regulating the production of melanin and boosts collagen production which contributes to an even skin tone.

  • Smoothes and improves skin texture

Its cell renewal properties have the ability to improve skin smoothness and texture, also helps to reduce the amount of oxidative stress that occurs on the skin, inducing a calming effect.

  • Treats Acne

Yeast heals acne by killing excess bacteria and enhancing the production of white blood cells which help to clear problematic skin and to keep it healthy.

  • Anti-aging

Yeast contains beta-glucans, which increase the collagen production and have qualities that make it a must-have anti-aging ingredient.

  • Anti-inflammatory

The B vitamins from yeast extract refresh and tone the skin, increase blood circulation in cells and normalize metabolic processes, thus helping to balance and calm the skin.

Does yeast cause side effects?

The main side effect surrounding the use of yeast in skincare is the relative lack of scientific research into its effects on our entire body, however, is suitable for every skin tone, even very sensitive one.

Which product can I find it in?

If you want to incorporate yeast in your skincare regime try Precision Lifting & Pore-Tightening Concentrate by Kiehl’s, or for a more affordable option try Cosrx, Galactomyces Alcohol-Free Toner.

Let me know in the comments section below if you tried any products with yeast and how was your experience with them. Or if you have any pizza tips, they are more than welcome. ‘Till next time, stay brave and confident! XO


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