There’s a fermenting fad going on among foodies. Perhaps “fad” is a little unfair; devotees claim that there are beneficial enzyme nutrients in fermented food. But what about beauty products? Do our anti-aging cosmetics benefit from fermenting? According to a beauty company called Innarah, the answer is yes.
I have been testing the Innarah Treatment Solution Daily Solution ($150) and have to say that I really like this unusual but effective potion. It is all natural and has been made with Innarah’s “exclusive” fermenting process. Typically, cosmetic formulations are blended and then heated, but Innarah ferments the ingredients over time with subtle tweaks made to the pressure and quantity of oxygen. Innarah claims that the end result is ingredients that are as potent as if they were raw and completely fresh.
Innarah’s Treatment Solution is also unusual because it hydrates and exfoliates at the same time. It is applied with a cotton pad and has dominant helpings of apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. Do not think the Treatment Solution a toner. It is a brightening serum (but with the consistency of a toner) and can be used on its own – though, those with dryer skin will need to follow with a moisturizer.
Lecithin and glycolic acid ensure that Innarah’s Treatment Solution is a potent skin brightener. I have sensitive skin and find that it tingles on application, but the sensation wears off quickly. I have found my skin looking smoother and more even toned. I have been using it all over my face at night. Sometimes it is all that I use (apart from an eye cream –- I wouldn’t use Treatment Solution on or around my eyes), and other times I follow with whatever my night serum is.
Alpine rose is another brightener as it is a source of arbutin, which works by inhibiting the body’s oxidation of Tyrosine, the culprit behind melanin production. Alpine rose is actually a kind of rhodendron, but there are roses by any other name here, including rose oil and dried Egyptian rose petals. They are not here to make Innarah’s Treatment Solution smell nice. According to researchers in the UK, rose extract demonstrated anti-collagenase, anti-elastase, and antioxidant activities and those antioxidant activities are nearly as high as those of white tea.
There are many other familiar botanicals here, but I will give a call out to a less familiar one: alkanet root. The one here is Alkanna Tinctoria, a herb used for a red dye, that is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, according to research.
With absolutely nothing in the formula to dislike, Innarah has created an unusual and powerful skin brightener. I haven’t tried it for treating dark spots, as I feel that its purpose is overall radiance. That is certainly the result.