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- 107 Beauty is a skincare company rooted in both age-old beauty secrets and modern skincare technology.
- The brand’s core ingredient is handcrafted, aged vinegar derived from Asian medicine remedies.
- I tested the brand’s products for two weeks and it helped clear up my acne.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with wild acne flare-ups and trying everything to clear away the painful blemishes and irritated flush. But when my trusted products weren’t offering results, nor the prescription medication from my dermatologist, I started to look elsewhere — that’s when I discovered 107 Beauty, a Korean skincare brand with vinegar as its key ingredient.
107 Beauty was co-founded by Chloe Kwak, a certified national aesthetician in Korea, and Seyong Shin, CEO of one of the oldest and largest aged vinegar breweries in the country. Kwak was struggling with painful, “soul-crushing” eczema when she met Shin, who introduced her to Hanega vinegar, an exclusive fermented formula curated by his mother, a pharmacist with a background in Asian medicine. Together they created a skincare brand based on artisanal heritage and modern innovation, with products formulated for all skin types and a host of different traumas like acne and eczema.
Fermented vinegar is beneficial for the gut, but it’s also a superfood for your skin. “People with eczema may benefit from aged vinegar [in their skincare] because it rebalances proper pH levels of the skin, which allows the skin to maintain natural oils and moisturizers and improve the skin barrier,” Dr. Stacy Chimento, Miami-based board-certified dermatologist of Riverchase Dermatology tells Insider. The ingredient is also rich in amino acids and has anti-inflammatory properties that, together, can unclog pores, exfoliate the skin, and absorb excess oils, therefore preventing acne breakouts, says Chimento.
107 Beauty‘s vinegar is made from ingredients harvested from either the artisan’s farm or exclusive sources in Korea, such as bedrock water from the aquifers of Ganghwa Island and local Asian herbs like lilyturf root, balloon flower, and Korean red pine needles. It is then fermented and aged by hand for up to 30 years, with artisans using special handcrafted tools to perfect each batch, including earthenware urns made from pure soil and stirring rods carved from lightning-struck trees. In other words, there’s nothing like it on the market.
With nothing left to lose, I decided to give 107 Beauty a try myself and I am thrilled to report that aged vinegar might just be the magic potion we’ve all been waiting for. Below, I share my experience using each product, including which products are a must-buy, and which ones I probably won’t be restocking.
Chaga Jelly Low pH Cleanser
The Chaga Jelly Cleanser is a must-have for sensitive skin. The gentle wash is formulated with the brand’s exclusive 7-year aged vinegar, Chaga mushroom (a superfood filled with skin-loving minerals like calcium and
, among others), and a botanical extract complex that includes German chamomile flower, Japanese camellia leaf, and sacred lotus. While I typically gravitate towards heavier formulas, I love what this lightweight gel does for my skin. My complexion is noticeably softer after I wash the day or night away.
Micro Drizzle Hydro Toner
The Micro Drizzle Hydro Toner is my favorite of the bunch by far. Post-cleanse, I douse a cotton ball with the hydrating tonic, which consists of 7-year aged vinegar, three types of hyaluronic acid to plump and smooth the skin, and antioxidant-rich Japanese camellia leaf extract that’s swarming with protective vitamin C. It provides my skin with the quick-drying burst of hydration it’s been craving, and I make sure to apply it day and night.
Everyday Plump Hydro Cream
Face creams are hit or miss for me, but the Everyday Plump Hydro Cream completes 107 Beauty’s skincare trio seamlessly. What sold me on this buttery formula was its texture; the cream is lightweight, silky to the touch, and my skin just drinks it in. It’s also highly nourishing, packed with vitamins and amino acids, squalane, and lactobacillus filtrates/extracts from fermented soymilk to strengthen skin’s barrier, as well as the brand’s exclusive 7-year aged vinegar. My only complaint is that it doesn’t contain SPF.
Dewy Glow Serum Mist
The Dewy Glow Serum Mist is the one product in 107’s collection that I reach for the least. It’s essentially a moisturizing spray that serves as a kind of pick-me-up for your skin and senses. The scent is bright and fruity, and it brightens your complexion while warding off harmful free radicals and nutrients like probiotic ferments and safflower extract. I like that you can use it as a setting spray to lock in your makeup, and it does calm my skin on days when it feels really irritated, but it’s not a product I consider necessary for my personal routine.
Before (left) and after (right) using 107 Beauty for two weeks. My blemishes have started to fade and the redness is visibly reduced.
Two weeks after switching from my regular routine to 107’s trio of skincare products, I saw a drastic difference in my acne. The Micro Drizzle Hydro Toner offered a ton of hydration for my skin and reduced redness and irritation after only a few seconds. The three-step regimen definitely delivered on its promise; my acne continues to reduce the more I use the products, and my skin looks and feels better than it has in months. For anyone struggling with breakouts or sensitive, irritated skin, I would highly recommend giving 107 a try.
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