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Fermented products in F&B and health industries are making a wave across Asia because of the benefits they’re associated with. Fermented food is found to be packed with more nutrients compared to its non-fermented state, providing consumers with more health benefits.

The next big thing in fermented technology? Fermented skincare.

The Ferment Essence is the star ingredient in the new L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence.

Already much talked about in advanced beauty markets such as Taiwan, Japan and Korea, fermented skincare is the most sought-after technology for insiders who have been following skincare trends.

Fermentation process allows active ingredients to be more concentrated and be broken down into smaller molecules so that they’re able to be absorbed more quickly and deeply by skin.

The most talked-about skincare technology is infused into Youth Code

You may have already heard about the much raved-about Youth Code from L’Oréal Paris Skincare Expert, which has gained much popularity and is the number 1 essence in the mass skincare market. For the first time since its launch in 2012, this essence has now been upgraded with an improved formula based on the latest fermented skincare technology.

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Renamed the L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence, this product now includes the Ferment Essence (or “酵素”, a term that Taiwanese beauty professionals are more familiar with) extracted at 98% purity.

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence: What does it do?

To put it simply, the Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence is designed to stimulate skin metabolism. This may not mean much to you now if you don’t understand what it really encompasses. Read on to learn about its amazing abilities.

When we talk about “metabolism”, what comes to mind is usually the energy level of our body, which we know, slows down as we age.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, so it should come as no surprise that the metabolism of our skin is one of the most badly affected functions as we age.

Metabolism for youthful skin work at its optimal rate, allowing our skin to repair its damage quickly, self-exfoliate, and produce sufficient collagen to hold up its shape. Healthy skin metabolism helps maintain the look of youth in our skin – skin that’s bouncy, smooth, and radiant.

As our metabolism weakens with age, our skin’s ability to rejuvenate itself weakens. As it gets further affected by aggressors such as UV rays, pollution, and even mental stress, it deteriorates even more.

The Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence promises to target the problem at its roots by stimulating skin metabolism. With the power of the highly concentrated Ferment Essence, Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence accelerates skin’s ability to renew itself so your skin appears bouncier, more radiant and youthful.

L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence review: First impression

Call me superficial, but the first thing that caught my attention when I saw the Ferment Pre-Essence was its sleek packaging. In an oblong bottle that comes with a dropper, this pre-essence sits beautifully on my vanity table and will be easy to pack for travel.

The dropper picks up just the right amount of product that I needed for the entire face – a nice feature that I appreciated.

Most products that promise anti-ageing benefits tend to run the risk of having a rich and greasy texture, but the Ferment Pre-Essence is none of that. It is lightweight, absorbs quickly by skin, and isn’t sticky or oily at all.

As a mid-regime product that’s to be applied after toner, its comfortable texture ensures that I could layer on my skincare and makeup products without overwhelming my skin. Its outstanding texture reminds me of products from high-end brands, and in a blind test, I’ll probably find it hard to believe it’s actually by a more affordable drugstore brand.

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It provided my skin with a sense of freshness upon application, and immediately hydrated it. My skin also felt silky smooth and looked dewy fresh, making it easier for makeup to glide on my skin later for my morning regime.

As part of my evening regime, I find that it helps my skin resist the drying effect of the air-conditioner. My skin doesn’t feel as parched as it usually does when I wake up.

What can I expect if I continue using it?

According to the study that L’Oréal Paris has done, these are the results that women who have tried the product experienced:

  • 85% women agree skin appears smoother and more radiant in one week
  • In one month, skin regains appearance of youthfulness and radiance
  • If you’re in your 20s, look forward to soft, bouncy skin
  • If you’re in your 30s, expect to see clear and radiant skin
  • If you’re in your 40s, it helps you achieve firm and smooth skin

The new L’Oréal Paris Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence retails at SGD41.90 and is available at all leading Watsons, Guardian, Unity stores, and major super/hyper markets.

Just for January!

Save up to 32%! Get two bottles of Youth Code Ferment Pre-Essence for just SGD56.90.