We have been hardwired to believe that only the most expensive and branded skincare products can help one achieve bright, beautiful skin. Here to bust these myths is- kombucha, a fermented tea drink that’s been around for centuries. The “Champagne of life” or “immortal health elixir” has been a staple of Chinese medicine as a way to strengthen and replenish the heart, brain and gut. So jump on to this wellness train to drown your skin into a luminous state of dewy gorgeousness.
The gut-skin relationship is no secret. It is important, as an imbalance of good and bad bacteria inside, can affect your skin on the outside. Acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema have all been proved to have connections to digestive health. Kombucha, rich in vitamins B2, B6, B12 and C can encourage glowing skin from the inside out. Probiotics have great potential in preventing and treating skin diseases- eczema, dermatitis or allergic inflammation, skin hypersensitivity and UV induced skin damage. Kombucha is a naturally fermented beverage, containing live bacteria and yeast, which essentially makes it a probiotic drink. Probiotics are the helpful, good guy bacteria that support gut health and thus promote healthy skin. It not only detoxifies but also hydrates the skin and improves its elasticity, skin tone, texture and clarity.
SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeasts) catalyzes the unique fermentation process that helps brew kombucha. It houses the bacteria which is considered the starter culture of kombucha. It helps pack the drink with gut-friendly probiotics and helps restore balance in the digestive tract. Antibiotics, poor sleep schedule, stress and inefficient diet can cause an imbalance to the bacteria in the gut. The fermentation process introduces skin healthy enzymes like lactic acid, an AHA that’s used to treat breakouts and signs of ageing. It is an essential ingredient in several high-end skincare products. Kombucha contains gluconic acid- gentler than other hydroxy acids. It promotes skin renewal and modulates the keratinization process. It helps bind and flush toxins from the body and is a liver detoxifier. Kombucha’s antiseptic quality and organic acids help balance the Ph levels of the skin.
It is advised to drink kombucha daily especially when you’re taking antibiotics as the imbalances triggered by medication causes breakouts and weakens the immune system. As we eat and drink throughout the day making ourselves vulnerable to chemical residues, toxins and artificial hormones we risk our liver and digestive system. Consuming kombucha daily is an easy way to top up on your good bacteria.
A lot of brands have resorted to incorporating kombucha in their skincare products. Toners, serums, facial oils, moisturizers, you name it and there is a product out there with kombucha as its central ingredient. Add unflavored kombucha to your bath water to absorb its skin softening benefits. You can also use the SCOBY used in the fermentation process as a sheet mask. It is thin, perfectly round in shape, bears a close resemblance to the store-bought sheet masks. Cut out holes for your eyes, nose and mouth, place it on your face for 5 to 15 minutes, rinse after and pat yourself dry. It can also be mixed into natural moisturizers- coconut oil and shea butter- to use as DIY creams, masks or body oils.
Promoting and maintaining good gut health and achieving healthy skin is not an overnight process. Instead, you need to stay consistent with a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and kombucha to flush your liver and kidneys of the toxins to achieve visible results. Adding the power of kombucha will help balance the gut-skin axis and will initiate change over time.