Since I’m seeing a lot of fermented and centella skin care products these days, I decided to try one containing fermented centella: ZYMOGEN’s bestselling Centella Ferment Cream. I’ve already talked about the benefits of fermented ingredients, and centella is famous for reducing blemishes. Let’s see how it works on my acne-prone skin!
In China, centella is made into a herbal tea to ease menstrual pain, drive away heat and detoxify the body, as well as nurture the liver and kidneys. The herb is also used in South Asian cuisine, and is known by a large variety of names in different countries.
ZYMOGEN is new on YesStyle. In case you haven’t heard the name yet, it’s a Korean skin care brand focusing on the use of enzymes and fermented ingredients. The Centella Ferment Cream, for instance, contains Centella asiatica (Asiatic pennywort) ferment to reduce sebum and blemishes, fade scars, repair damaged skin, improve elasticity and prevent loss of moisture. The cream is also packed with Scutellaria baicalensis (Chinese skullcap) root ferment and willow bark extract for anti-inflammatory benefits. Due the color-changing abilities of these extracts, the cream turns from a buttermilk color to ivory over time but is still safe for use.
The cream comes in a tinted glass jar labeled with a detailed description of its efficacy (similar to Benton’s packaging). It goes on smoothly and has an aqueous texture. However, my skin found it difficult to absorb. In fact, when I first used it as a day cream during the hot and humid summer, it stayed on for half an hour before being melted away by my sweat. Instead, I switched to using it at night before sleeping. I suggest applying it before bedtime in air-conditioned rooms or drier climates. It is also slightly scented, which could be a bummer to some.
After using it for a month, I feel it isn’t as effective at fading scars as By Wishtrend’s Pure Vitamin C21.5 Advanced Serum, nor is it as capable at easing inflammation as as tea tree oil or my favorite Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner. The good thing is that it keeps your skin hydrated by forming a moisturizing layer. If you prefer a mild product to reduce blemishes without drying out your skin, this might be exactly what you need.