Ferment Nation

The newest skincare products are anything but antibacterial.

Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm

Chock-full of skin-repairing proteins and good-for-you germs, this yogurt-based sunblock does double duty.

Korres Yoghurt Nourishing Fluid Veil Face Sunscreen SPF 30, $35,


Probiotics team with antioxidants to strengthen the skin’s lipid barrier, while a lactic-acid derivative gently exfoliates.

MyBody Glowbiotics Probiotic Instant Resurfacing Pads, $49,


Milk protein–derived bacteria help stabilize skin’s natural defense system and encourage a healthy glow.

Aurelia Refine & Polish Miracle Balm, $98,


This potion’s ferments target dark spots and boost circulation.

Shangpree Bitgoa Hue Rich Cream, $85,


Mucor Miehei, a mushroom ferment, helps exfoliate the skin.

Ever Reveal Biomimetic Peel Pads ($70 for 45 pads,


Nutrients that promote the growth of friendly bacteria can be found in this light moisturizing spray that also sets makeup.

SK-II Mid Day Essence, $80,


With an extract of lactobacillus plantarum, a bacteria found in fermented foods, this serum helps maintain skin’s healthy flora.

Darphin Exquisage Beauty Revealing Cream, $155, bluemercury .com.


Hydrating probiotic derivatives work to keep skin soft and supple.

Baszicare Caligo Hydrous Repairing Extreme, $298,