Zymogen Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum & Centella Ferment Cream Review
Holy moly that is a long title- Zymogen's product names are long as is let alone have two in one title! Normally I only review one product but I wanted to do a little spot light on the Zymogen brand because I really, really love their products. This post is in no way affiliated with Zymogen but I want to spread the word about them because they're skincare has worked so well for me. As a result, this is going to be a different type of post but hopefully an informative one!
Zymogen is a Korean skincare brand that is surprisingly hard to find much information about. The main feature of Zymogen is their focus on fermentation and the benefits it has on your skin. As such, all of their products are fermented products and they basically started my obsession with all things fermented (in saying that I might consider using natto on my face but not in my mouth). From my own research, I have found that they retail at very few online stores, these being Wishtrend, RoseRoseShop and Korea Depart. This makes it a little difficult to get your hands on, and they are on the more expensive side but it is well worth it.
Zymogen was actually the very first Korean skincare products I had ever tried and basically sold me on the whole Korean field of skincare. Previously, I had only been using Lush skincare which was great but I had used the same three products for two years and my skin was getting used to it. After pretty extensive researching I found Zymogen through a youtube video by Hanbyul 한별 discussing her acne and pigmentation problems. Dealing with acne scarring had been my main concern so I was looking for something that was going to target that as well as being an all-round player. Enter the Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum and Centella Ferment Cream.
- First things first, let me explain fermentation. Fermentation is a process of de-toxifying plants and enhancing the effect of natural ingredients by preserving the product over a period of time. This preservation process actually builds up nutrients so after a while the product will naturally form amino acids, vitamins, and antioxidants. The active ingredients are also broken down by yeast so that they can be easily absorbed into the skin. The skincare benefits are tenfold- the increase in amino acids help to deal with fine lines, antioxidants help protect your skin and fight free-radicals and also helps lighten and even out your skin tone. (SOKOGLAM). It might sound a little ick at first but these products don't have any funky smell to them so it's not something you even notice!
HOUTTUYNIA CORDATA ferment SERUM:
The Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum comes in a 105ml brown glass bottle with a push down lid. It retails for 41NZD, 29USD.Whilst the glass bottle doesn't make for the best travelling companion, it does give some serious apothecary vibes which I love. Across the front of the bottle is a label that details the benefits of the Houttuynia Cordata Thuburg Ferment in English. It reads:
Houttuynia Cordata Thuburg, which is the extract for the traditional Korean medicine based cosmetic care are contained to mitigate skin and to minimize sebum. Moreover, all types of moisturising substances turn the skin soft, smooth and fresh. They transmit sufficient amount of moisture deep into the skin so that the skin can absorb the nutrition effectively.
The liquid is very light and thin- the consistency is more like water and a cream. This makes it super easy to apply and doesn't feel heavy on your skin. The colour is yellow for reasons I'm not super sure but it does not leave residue on your face. It is non-greasy and absorbs super quickly and you are ready to apply your next step almost straight after.
My experience with this serum has only been positive. It is the only serum I own that I know I can 110% can rely on. It is super hydrating and cooling when applied to the skin. It is also very calming and has definitely had a part in reducing my acne and blackheads. I have sensitive skin so I'm always a little cautious with products but this serum is so gentle and lightweight that I don't think it could hurt a fly. I believe this is largely down to the ingredients which are almost all natural.
- It contains hyaluronic acid to give a boost of hydration to your skin and is a big player as to the hydration qualities of this serum. It also contains chamomile which possesses many powerful properties such as anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-septic which as have a huge part in the serums ability to help defend, recover and protect your skin. One of the most interesting ingredients in this serum is liquorice extract which made for a very tasty snack while taking the main image for this review. Liquorice is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory which helps to heal various skin conditions, such as redness and inflammation (StyleCraze).
Centella Ferment Cream:
The Zymogen Centella Ferment Cream is a holy grail product for me. I haven't found a cream that does anywhere near as good of a job- I love it so much. The also cream is also brown glass but it comes in a 50ml little round tub. It retails for 57NZD, 40USD.The size makes it a little easy for travelling but the tub itself is quite heavy. Across the label it writes:
Centella Ferment Cream gives regeneration to skin with contents that promote skin turnover. The natural ingredient which Bacillus/Centella Asiatica Extract Ferment Filtrate, Lactobacillus/Scullaria Baicalensis Root Extract Ferment Filtrate etc supply moisture and nutrients to calm sensitive skin and helps to maintain the health of the skin.
One of my favourite parts about this cream is the texture and consistency. It is not a heavy cream but is very moisturising. It is rich in texture but absorbs amazingly into your skin. However, the best part is the bouncy texture. The cream is *so* bouncy and gives your face that mochi-like bounce when you touch it. This bounce is providing a moisture barrier to help protect and seal the moisture into your skin. It is nourishing and aids the elasticity in your skin (you can almost feel the aging process in your skin halt).
This cream started my obsession with centella- so much so that I will buy almost anything with centella in the title. Centella is one of the best ingredients for healing your skin and is generally recommended to help fade acne scarring. This cream, in particular, is a wonder for healing your skin both in terms of active blemishes and scarring. Since I have been using the centella cream, my skin has never looked healthier. It really helps create a glow which I imagine is a result of the moisture barrier! I have oily skin but I find that this is the perfect cream for night time use, particularly in summer.
- As mentioned, its main ingredient is centella asiatica but it also contains other great healing ingredients. Like the serum, it also contains hyaluronic acid which aids in hydration. Borage seed extract is used for skin-inflammation and recovering aging cells. Another big ingredient in the creams it the use of ceramides. Ceramides play a big role in increasing moisture retention by promoting the formation of water and preventing the evaporation of moisture- it is likely one of the reasons for the bouncy texture that I love.
I would seriously recommend trying the Zymogen brand no matter what skin type you have, including sensitive skin. Their fermented products do such a great job of really nourishing and protecting your skin while also fighting acne. I rate both the Houttuynia Cordata Ferment Serum and the Centella Ferment Cream so highly and I cannot wait to delve into more of their products. You can expect to see more reviews of Zymogen skincare from me!
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
3/5: It had its effects but there are other products out there that do more for the price.
4/5: Not quite holy grail status but I do really love using it.
5/5: HOLY GRAIL STATUS. This is one of my favourite Korean skincare brands.
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