Welcome to the Skincare Guide - Section Three

Welcome to the third installment of the Skincare Guide Series. In this glossary section (G-I) we will introduce some of the best skincare ingredients. The best thing about Korean skincare ingredients is that it has such a long and interesting history. Almost every ingredient has an origin story. This glossary section contains skincare guide entries G-I. Starting with “galactomyces”! We were able to find the common legend behind this extraordinary skin care ingredient from the Modern Vintage Ville blog. This legend comes from Japan. And it demonstrates how galactomyces have penetrated the skincare world.


Galactomyces Japanese Legend

ModernVintageVille blog writes, “According to common legend, benefits of galactomyces were discovered by accident in Japan in a sake brewery. Visitors noted that the elderly brewers’ hands were smooth and wrinkle-free while their faces were old and worn out. This observation led to numerous researches. Eventually, researchers were able to pinpoint Aspergillus Oryzae – a fungus used in Japan to ferment different types of foods. That fungus was responsible for young-looking skin – it dramatically delays signs of aging. And this is how fungi and yeast made their way into skincare. Later researchers discovered galactomyces which is a major ingredient in today’s cosmetics.” 


Skincare Guide - Benefits of Galactomyces

  • Shrink pore size
  • Reduces blackheads 
  • Lightens acne scars and dark spots
  • Reduces sebum (skin oil) production
  • Balance uneven skin tone
  • Hydrates skin
  • Nourishes and revitalize skin
  • Potent anti-aging ingredient
  • Brightens tired and dull skin


Skincare Guide Glossary G-I


Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate - A nutrient-dense yeast, and a byproduct of fermented sake. In cosmetics, we use galactomyces as a moisturizing agent.  Also, it has strong antioxidant effects. Galactomyces ferment filtrate has a variety of skincare benefits. And these skincare benefits include balancing uneven skin tone, fighting acne-causing bacteria, and reducing the appearance of pore size, and refining the skin’s overall texture.

Product Recommendation: Papa Recipe Eggplant Blemish Cream

A natural cream that contains EGF Ceramide and Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate which can help reduce the look of blemishes, revealing brighter and smoother skin. Also, this powerful cream will clear away dead skin cells, eliminate dry patches and improve the skin's elasticity. Lastly, this unique formula delivers antioxidants deep into the skin's layers to tackle those unwanted blemishes.



Guaiazulene - Guaiazulene is an antioxidant derived from chamomile oil. Our friends at the Klog describe guaiazulene as, “a naturally occurring blue pigment." It is known for its skin-soothing properties that calm irritated and sensitive skin.

Product Recommendation: Mustus Blue Cream

With its natural blue color coming from the Tansy Flower, this luxurious moisturizing cream will instantly soothe and heal irritated skin. From the Chamomile family, the Blue Tansy Flower contains natural Blue Azulene which is a hero among skincare ingredients. With its soothing and calming powers, this powerful moisturizing formula will help alleviate redness, burns, rashes, and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Overall, with its natural anti-inflammatory properties, the skin will feel calm and healed.


Glutathione - Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant made in the body's cells. Its levels decrease as a result of aging, stress, and toxin exposure. According to NY Times, it “neutralizes free radicals, boosts the immune system, and detoxifies the body.”

Product Recommendation: Keep Cool Shine Fixence Mist

This setting spray comes in the form of a gentle mist that moisturizes and brightens. First, it provides a natural glow to dull skin and prolongs the wear of makeup. Second, your skin will feel cool and hydrated underneath make-up. And lastly, this setting spray has staying power so your makeup can last all day. Its' skincare ingredients pearl and glutathione, lighten and brighten skin. They come together to increase the skin's luminosity.



Hyaluronic Acid - Hyaluronic acid is a sugar naturally found in our skin that holds water and helps keep it hydrated and plump. It alleviates dry skin and boosts skin elasticity. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Product Recommendation: Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Toner

Isntree's Hyaluronic Acid Toner is a deeply moisturizing toner. It saturates dry, tired skin with moisture. And using its water-lock effect, it locks in moisture. This moisture-bomb-of-a-toner increases water content whilst decreasing evaporation. With Hollyhock and Aloe, your skin will be left feeling hydrated and refreshed, ready for the next stage of your skincare regimen.



Illicium Verum Fruit Extract: Also known as “anise extract”, it is an antiseptic skincare ingredient that fights acne and damaged skin. This fruit extract moisturizes and smoothes the skin.

Product Recommendation: Ecolline Manuka Marula Protective Serum

First, protect your skin from active oxygen with Ecolline Manuka Marula Protective Serum. It will keep your skin healthy and rich. The serum is suitable for skin that is sensitive to external environmental changes. Lastly, apply over your face after using a toner, and gently press the skin with your palms for absorption.