What is Galactomyces & How Does It Help Your Skin Conditions?

Just when you thought Korean skincare couldn’t surprise you with anything new, it hits you with another mighty ingredient that unlocks a whole new skincare regimen for you. This time we’re venturing into an all-star skincare ingredient called galactomyces, which can be found in many Japanese and Korean anti-aging products. Sounds like a perfect match for your skin? Here’s everything you NTK about galactomyces and all the skincare products you should try!


What is galactomyces?

Galactomyces, aka Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, is a type of yeast first discovered as a byproduct from the sake fermentation process. This ingredient first gained popularity in Japan where sake brewery has been a long-time dedicated tradition. People started to notice the effect of galactomyces as they saw all the elderly sake brewers have smooth, wrinkle free hands.

Korean skincare ingredient galactomyces

After years of research and studies, galactomyces has become a staple ingredient in many Japanese and Korean skincare products, especially face toners, essences, and eye creams. For example, Japanese beauty brand SK-II’s signature Facial Treatment Essence (or Pitera Essence) is one of the top-rated galactomyces skincare products loved by many Asian beauty lovers.


What does galactomyces do for skin?

Galactomyces are a great moisturizing agent and a great source of antioxidants, along with many other great skin-loving properties safe and suitable for all skin types. In Korean skincare, galactomyces-infused skincare products are often used for anti-aging, brightening, and more. Here’s a breakdown of all the amazing skincare duties galactomyces have to offer for your skin conditions.

SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner

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Skin Benefits of Galactomyces:

  • Strengthens moisture barrier
  • Combats signs of aging
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Treats hyperpigmentation and dark spots
  • Evens out skin tone
  • Controls sebum production for oily skin


Best Korean Skincare Products Containing Galactomyces

Galactomyces Toner

We love seeing Korean toner + galactomyces join forces together because sometimes we want a hard-hitting face toner to set our face right after the cleansing step. Packed with 70% galactomyces + rose water, iUNIK’s Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner is a multi-tasker to do just that - set your face right as a “7 skins” toner (a K-Beauty trend of applying up to 7 layers of a hydrating toner or watery essence to your skin) to tone, hydrate, and nourish your skin.

iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Essential Toner

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If you’re also dealing with dark spots and hyperpigmentation, we suggest SOME BY MI’s Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner which will deliver additional brightening, thanks to a whopping 88% of galactomyces ferment filtrate + 1% pure ascorbic acid (a form of Vitamin C).

Best Korean Toners to Try with Galactomyces

iUNIK - Rose Galactomyces Essential TonerSOME BY MI - Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner


Galactomyces Essence

COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence

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Make the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence your staple in your daily skincare routine if your mature skin is waiting for a reverse-aging transformation. Formulated with 95% galactomyces ferment extract, the COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence is a great anti-aging skin treatment to help you combat any visible signs of aging, so only wrinkle-free days ahead!

Another skincare product that packs a serious punch is PURITO’s Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence. This PURITO essence is packed with not one but TWO all-star ingredients: galactomyces + niacinamides, which forms a strong protection layer to keep your dry skin hydrated and nourished during fall and winter.

Best Korean Essences to Try with Galactomyces

COSRX Galactomyces 95 Tone Balancing Essence PURITO - Galacto Niacin 97 Power Essence Ma:nyo - Galac Niacin 2.0 Essence


Galactomyces Serum & Ampoule

SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum

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Your dull, lacklustre skin is in need of a boost, and SOME BY MI’s Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum is the booster shot you’re looking for. SOME BY MI Galactomyces serum is one of our team’s favorites as it pairs 75% galactomyces with 3% pure Vitamin C to brighten, moisturize, smooth and refine skin texture.

For our Korean ampoule selection, we highly recommend Elizavecca’s Hell-Pore Galactomyces Pure Ample for the current Maskne season. Pore care treatment has become our top priority, especially for people with oily skin type, so this cute Elizavecca Galactomyces ample will be a great addition to your skincare routine.

Best Korean Serums to Try with Galactomyces

 SOME BY MI Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum  Elizavecca Hell-Pore Galactomyces Pure Ample  RAMOSU Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate 100 iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Synergy Serum


Galactomyces Face Cream

iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Silky Tone Up Cream

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This iUNIK Galactomyces face cream is a great guilt-free vegan option for animal-loving beauties who like a hefty dose of Galactomyces Fermented Fertilizer (5000ppm) to protect their skin throughout the day. It’s a whitening cream with double the hydration, thanks to the enriched Provence Rose Water formulation, to keep your skin bright and dewy. For overnight nourishment, use RiRe’s Galactomyces Sleeping Cream as the last skincare step for your night-time skincare routine. Just let the face cream work its magic to smooth and refine your skin texture during your beauty sleep, and you’ll wake up with clearer, softer skin the next morning.

Best Korean Face Creams to Try with Galactomyces

iUNIK Rose Galactomyces Silky Tone Up CreamRiRe Galactomyces Sleeping Cream


No matter your skin type or skin condition, galactomyces is the next skincare hero we can count on in order to achieve the perfect Korean glass skin complexion. So if you haven’t introduced any galactomyces skincare products to your skincare routine, now’s the perfect time! Spot any favorites you want to add to your fall wish list? Shop over $15 on Elizavecca to get 2 FREE gifts now! Till next time, lovelies!