Ingredient Spotlight: Bifida Ferment Lysate

One of my college roommates was obsessed with drinking kombucha, a rather expensive habit for a college student, so she made her own. At any given time, there were two jumbo sized mason jars that sat on our bookshelf in which resided a pancake sized and shaped SCOBY that would scare many an unsuspecting visitor.

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Not my image, but I assure you the SCOBY on my bookshelf looked equally gross. Source

The thing with kombucha is that so many variables go into the process – the substrate, time, temp, light, presence (or absence) of oxygen – all impact the taste and composition of the end product. I can only presume Bifida Ferment Lysate is just as complicated and one of the things that makes Bifida Ferment Lysate so intriguing to me is that every product I’ve tried that featured it has performed quite differently on my skin.


Disclaimer: The two bottles of Swanicoco 1st Essence were provided to to me at no cost by Swanicoco (1st bottle) and Beauty Tap (2nd bottle). Other products were purchased by me. All opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing an item through an affiliate link does not add any cost to the customer but does help support this site’s upkeep.


What does Bifida Ferment Lysate do?

The most specific research on Bifida Ferment Lysate’s effects on skin was published by L’Oreal (who manufactures Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, which features Bifida Ferment Lysate) in 2009. In it, they conducted the following:

    • randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial
    • 66 female volunteers with reactive skin were selected who were selected based on answers to a questionnaire for sensitive skin, skin leg dryness and face roughness
    • Test Group:33 volunteers were given a cream containing 10% bacterial extract
    • Control Group:33 other volunteers were given a control cream with no bacterial extract
    • Control cream and test cream were randomly assigned and volunteers were instructed to apply the creams twice daily to face, arm and leg skin for 2 months

The results showed volunteers who used the cream containing 10% bacterial extract experienced a significant decrease in skin sensitivity, increase in skin resistance to physical aggression (but with no significant difference in recovery speed of the skin barrier function), and a significant reduction of facial skin roughness and leg skin dryness after 29 days.

My experience with Bifida Ferment Lysate

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I just popped open my second bottle of Swanicoco’s bifida ferment lysate heavy 1st Essence and wanted to share some thoughts:

Swanicoco 1st Essence

Country of Origin
South Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a first essence. I use this as my first watery step (ie after cleansing).

Size and Price
100ml for ~$50. Available on Koreadepart and Beautytap.

Packaging
Gorgeous ruby red tinted glass bottle. Very hefty. Probably liable to shatter if dropped. Essence is dispersed through a small hole on the top.

Fragrance
No distinct or added fragrance.

Color and texture
Slightly thicker-than-water texture. No color.

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Ingredients

Bifida Ferment Lysate (99%), Butylene Glycol, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum

Performance

My experience with first essences so far has been that they hydrate and boost glow. While this does indeed hydrate, I was disappointed to see the lack of skin brightness I get from using my usual first essence of choice, From Nature Age Treatment Essence.
However, what this lacks in brightening effects, it makes up for in increased skin elasticity. When I use this, my skin feels and looks more elastic. Furthermore, I notice a cumulative effect with this product that I don’t from most skincare products. The more I use this, the more elastic and resilient my skin seems to be.


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In addition, here is a quick rundown of some other products I have used that feature Bifida Ferment Lysate.

Manyo Factory Lactobacillus Bifida Mist

Country of Origin
South Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
Mists are versatile! I sometimes use this as a first essence after cleansing. I oftentimes will spritz inbetween serum, lotion, and/or cream steps for a hydration boost. And of course, I enjoy using this to mist throughout the day.

Size and Price
$20 for 150 ml on Koreadepart, where I purchased it.

Packaging
Plastic but sturdy mist bottle. Mist is find and disperses evenly.

Fragrance
No distinct or added fragrance. Light, generic, fermented scent.

Color and texture
Watery texture and colorless so far as I can tell.

Ingredients

Peony extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate (20%), Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate (10%), Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Bacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Phellinus Linteus Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Aureobasidium Pullulans Ferment Filtrate, Palmitoyl Dipeptide, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Shiitake Mushroom Extract, Coriolus Versicolor Mushroom extract, Copper Tripeptide-1, Allantoin, Panthenol, Glycerin, Physalis Alkekengi Extract, Black Tea Extract, Fermented Puer Tea, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginseng extract, Algin, Forsythia extract, Dioscorea Opposita (Wild Yam) Root Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Caffeine, Zanthoxylum Piperitum Fruit Extract, Pasqueflower extract, Usnea extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Scutellaria Baicalensis, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Adenosine

Performance

Of these products, this mist has the best glow-boosting effects. My skin appears less dull with a quick spritz. I don’t think the bifida is responsible for this effect, but I do appreciate it. However, this mist is more prone to stickiness than I like my mists to be as it limits how many layers I can apply. I also have not noticed any effect on my skin texture.

2Sol Bifida Power Ampoule

Country of Origin
South Korea

Where does it fit in your routine?
To me, ampoules are concentrated, treatment type product to be used sparingly (a la serum) whereas essences and toners are watery, hydration vehicles meant to be slathered generously on my face. This is a first essence. This walks like an essence and quacks like an essence, so I am deeming it an essence, despite its name. Use after cleansing as you would a first essence or toner.

Size and Price
50ML for ~$13. Cheaper, if you can purchase from Korea. Available on EBay and Sweet Corea.

Packaging
Functional, sturdy white plastic bottle. Product dispensed through the hole on the top.

Fragrance
None.

Color and texture
Like water.

Ingredients
Bifida Ferment Lysate

Performance

I appreciate the brief ingredients list and that I can apply as many layers of this essence as I want to without any stickiness. For that reason, it’s great for hydration and it does make my skin feel more hydrated. Strangely however, it does not seem to plump or soften my skin at all.

Overall rating:

Swanicoco 1st Essence: 4/5
Manyo Factory Lactobacillus Bifida Mist: 3.5/5
2Sol Bifida Power Ampoule: 3.2/5

Have you guys tried any products with bifida ferment lysate? What has your experi nice been?

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