Understanding Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein

Understanding Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein

By Caitlin Traynor

Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein may not be a household skincare name yet but there’s a good chance you’re already using it. Found in skin and hair-conditioning products alike, we’re taking a deeper dive into the antioxidant ingredient that’s working hard for us behind the scenes.

Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is one of the most dermatologist-approved and powerful antioxidants currently on the market. This skin-transformer comes in many shapes and forms – from prescription and over the counter to being added in products as a step in your routine. We understand the importance of implementing something new, so breaking down the what, why and how behind retinol before incorporating it into your routine is vital.

Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein may not be a household skincare name yet but there’s a good chance you’re already using it. Found in skin and hair-conditioning products alike, we’re taking a deeper dive into the antioxidant ingredient that’s working hard for us behind the scenes.

What IS HYDROLYZED YEAST PROTEIN?

Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, also known as yeast extract, is derived from an acidic or enzymatic hydrolysis process. Simply put, hydrolysis is the method in which a water molecule is added to a substance which ruptures the chemical bond. Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein is created through this method and is then infused into beauty products because it contains a unique mixture of flavonoids, sugars, vitamins, and amino acids which allow it to function as a multi-tasking conditioning agent.

Clinical Exfoliator

Rose Gold Illuminating Eye Mask

Why do we need HYDROLYZED YEAST PROTEIN?

Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein is a true multi-tasker. First, it contains essential amino acids and small peptides which work to brighten the skin by targeting melanocytes. Melanocytes are the cells that produce melanin, the pigment that gives our skin and hair color. But as we age, melanocytes can begin to overproduce pigments which lead to dark spots.

 

Yeast also contain sugars that are naturally converted into acids. These acids work as antioxidants and protect the skin against various forms of environmental damage and are believed to also stimulate collagen production. According to The Derm Review, a yeast sugar named beta glucan has been shown to “stimulate Langerhans cells, which are immune cells just below the skin’s surface that help protect us from environmental skin damage and reactions.”

HOW TO MAKE HYDROLYZED YEAST PROTEIN EFFECTIVE?

Chances are you could be already using Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein in some form or another. In haircare, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein is often found in conditioner and works to make hair overall more manageable to maintain: easier to comb, softer to touch and with more shine and volume. In skincare, the topical application of Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein is known to improve the skin’s condition as it plays a part in maintaining quality and appearance through moisturizing and soothing properties.

WHEN starting out

When starting out, an important step in understanding Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein is knowing where to find it on the ingredients list. Yeast extract often appears listed as Faex Extract and is found in many anti-aging and reparative products.

WHEN APPLYING ...

Due to yeast extract’s softening and conditioning functions, it’s most effective infused into leave on products such as creams, overnight serums, toners or boosters. The ingredient helps to maintain the skin’s overall quality and appearance, contains moisturizing and soothing properties as well as brightening properties that will leave the skin looking and feeling illuminated.