The Stinky Fermented Food That Works Wonders On Dry Skin

Your palate may not love natto but your dry skin will slurp it right up.
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Your palate may not love natto but your dry skin will slurp it right up.

Shopping online for new sheet masks (as I'm often wont to do) always results in running across another new "it" ingredient. Snail mucinBee venom? Bird’s nest? Check, check, and check. The Asian skin care market keeps turning out weird-sounding ingredients with amazing benefits, and natto is no exception.

natto bean

Natto is most popular in East Japan--kids love it. 

You may know natto as the stringy, sticky Japanese dish made from fermented soy beans. Like other fermented skin care ingredients, it boasts tons of antioxidants with increased ability to absorb into the skin. Natto also promises to impart an even-toned glow.

I tried it in the form of Whamisa Organic Flowers Water Cream ($35) with natto gum, which was sent my way by

natto bean skin care

Such cute packaging, right? 

Unlike the pungent natto dish, this moisturizer smells incredibly light and slightly floral. It has a whipped mousse texture, which despite packing some seriously occlusive ingredients like camellia oil, avocado oil, and shea butter, goes on light as a feather.

natto bean skin care

Check that airy texture

I loved how quickly it disappeared into my skin, locking plenty of moisture in with it. I’ve already finished the jar, but while using it, I noticed that my skin stayed more hydrated over the course of the day. 

Anything that helps me avoid 5 p.m. flakiness is a win in my book. I even used it layered on thick as a moisturizing mask, which is an awesome way to get glow-y before being photographed.

Another more affordable way to try natto in skin care is through My Beauty Diary's Natto Sheet Masks. They're like a budget version of those swishy SKII treatment masks; they'll leave you with a one-day boost of hydration and glow.

  • Have you ever tried natto--as a snack or a skin care ingredient? 
  • What other Asian skin care ingredients are you curious to try?