By now, the trend of drinking kombucha has seriously increased and more people are becoming aware of all the glorious health benefits from consuming the probiotic-rich beverage. So, is it time to take the drink to the next level? We know that we absorb the lively cultures when we consume kombucha internally but can we get the same benefits using it externally? After doing some research, it seems that people have been testing kombucha out as part of their skin care regimen. Kombucha is being used at cleansers, toners, moisturizers, face masks, and even being incorporated into soap and hair rinses. If #NewYearNewMe was one of your New Year mantras or you just want to change things up, here’s how to beautify with kombucha.
Cleanser: To start off, of course we would need to first wash and cleanse our faces. Skip the typical chemically filled cleansers and reach for the closest bottle of kombucha. Simply take the kombucha and wash it over your face like you would with your everyday cleanser . Literally. That’s it. It may take some getting used to and after reading other people’s experiences, your skin may freak out a bit but stick with it and see how your skin changes over time.
Read Courtney’s skin story here. (Photo credit to Courtney Leiva) Toner: The next step after washing your face is toning. To make your own kombucha toner, take a kombucha of your choice and add in a couple drops of your favourite essential oil, and give a quick mix. Dab the mixture onto a cotton pad and gently wipe over the face. Or if you prefer spritzing it onto your face, transfer the concoction into a spray bottle.
Face Mask: This one’s for those days where you need some extra TLC and what better than to relax with a giant SCOBY on your face. That’s right, just take a SCOBY and place it nicely on your face. Make sure you get comfy for this one. Leave the SCOBY on your face for about 10-15 minutes or until you feel is good. Also make sure you have a towel handy in case some liquid starts to drip down your face. The SCOBY mask is supposed to act like a peel mask, leaving your skin looking renewed and glowing. If you’re curious how others felt while having a giant gelatinous disc of goodness on their face, read Trace’s experience. (Photo credit to Trace Barnhill)
Moisturizer: After all that washing, toning, and masking, it's time to keep the moisture in. Beware that this kombucha moisturizer does require a bit of DIY-ing. Unlike traditional moisturizers that will absorb into the skin when rubbed in, this one is doesn't do that. It acts more like an uber hydrating daily face mask. To make the moisturizer, you'll need:
- 1 SCOBY
- ½ cup coconut oil/jojoba oil/olive oil⅛-¼ cup kombucha
- 2 drops peppermint oil
- 4 drops frankincense essential oils
- 4 drops lavender oil
Blend all the ingredients in a blender until you reach a smooth consistency. Once blended, apply the product to your face, leave it on for a few minutes, then rinse it off with water. If you have drier skin, apply the moisturizer daily at night. Those with oily skin should use this every other day or couple days. (Photo credit to Mama's Kitchen)
Hair Rinse/Tonic: For something a little extra, try using kombucha for your hair as well! Mix 1 part kombucha with 3 parts waters. Shake the ingredients together in a bottle and apply to your hair but avoiding your scalp, and then rinse with water. For this one, it’s best if you can get or brew a fairly vingeary/sour kombucha but if not, skip the water if your brew isn’t as vinegary. For full instructions, check out Humblebee and Me’s post! (Photo credit to Humblebee and Me) But of course, if you prefer to purchase beauty products already infused with kombucha instead of making your own, some big companies are starting to pick up the trend and make it a part of their ingredients. Brands such as Andalou has a wide range of kombucha infused skin care products that can be purchased either online or at Qi Natural Foods for all your beautification needs. Now, go treat yo'self to some well deserved you-time and let us know how these products worked for you! Happy washing! Sources: https://intothegloss.com/2014/11/kombucha-beauty-mask/ http://www.self.com/story/kombucha-skin-care-scoby-mask http://www.food.com/recipe/kombucha-coconut-oil-face-cream-515544 http://www.humblebeeandme.com/kombucha-hair-rinse/