Eating better is one way to clear up skin problems. Drinking Kombucha can help with that. But there’s another way Kombucha is good for your skin, and that’s topically. In fact, you can use Kombucha skin care right on your face, or even a SCOBY!
Can Kombucha help acne?
As with most Kombucha Benefits, a combination of anecdotal evidence and newly emerging research is all that is available right now. But there are good reasons to believe that Kombucha is good for your face or any skin on your body.
If it’s good enough to heal those kinds of injuries, it’s no wonder the cosmetic industry is responding.
But rather than pay top dollar for commercial Kombucha skin care products, make your own at home and have a Kombucha Spa Day with family, friends, or just to spoil yourself!
Here are 5 easy recipes you can try at home.
**Note: If you have sensitive skin, test on a small section of skin before applying to your face.
Kombucha Skin Care Recipes
Simple SCOBY Face Mask
- 1 SCOBY culture
- some fermented KT
Place SCOBY and just enough KT to create a paste (about 1/4-1/2 cup depending on the size of your culture) in the blender and pulse until smooth. A raw egg or almond oil may be added to act as a binder.
Apply to face – it will have a chunky, applesauce type texture to it so it may not go on evenly – that’s OK. Allow it to remain on the face 5-15 minutes. Then wash off. I find its best when I can lay down and relax for these few minutes while the masque is on my face.
If you like, you may also add Aloe Vera, Vitamin E oil and essential oil (just a few drops for fragrance) for added benefits. Experiment until you find your perfect recipe.
Kombucha Clay Masque
- 1 tablespoon kaolin clay
- 2 teaspoons Kombucha Vinegar (KV)
- *variation 1 teaspoon KV, 1 teaspoon rosewater
Mix together the clay and KV until you’ve formed a paste. Apply to the face and allow to dry. Rinse & pat dry. *Substitute 1 teaspoon of KV for rosewater if additional anti-aging benefits are desired
Place an entire culture directly on your face (no it will not suck your brains out!). It will pull circulation to the face which regenerates skin cells.
The pH will create a mild acid peel which sloughs away dead skin and the cellulose structure creates nano-structures which help to fill in fine lines and wrinkles.
Keep a towel handy to catch the drips. Laying prone will prevent the culture from slipping off.
You could store this same culture in a separate jar just for your facial regimen, otherwise compost after use – do NOT use cultures that have been on your face to brew Kombucha.
- 2oz Kombucha Vinegar (KV)
- 2-4 drops essential oils*
Combine fermented KT & a few drops of essential oil in a glass jar. Apply with a cotton ball. Store in a cool, dark location.
For best results, make small batches. Tightens skin and shrinks pores.
*suggested oils for beauty – lavender, geranium, frankincense, ylang ylang, clary sage, chamomile, neroli
- 8 oz Kombucha Vinegar (KV)
- 1 handful fresh herbs – rosemary, mint, lavender (see chart on this page for options – or see the chart in The Big Book of Kombucha on page 318 for more suggestions)
*OPTIONAL To help control dandruff, add 1- 2 drops of tea tree oil
Add fresh herbs to a bottle or jar. Cover with well fermented KT (don’t want any sugar residue in your hair). Allow to sit for 3-5 days. Strain out herbs and store tightly capped in cool, dark location.
Use as the last rinse before leaving the shower. Squeeze excess from hair but allow it to remain in the hair.
The smell will quickly fade when it dries. Comb hair through to remove tangles. Leaves hair soft and shiny and prevents excess oil.
My Daily Kombucha Skin Care Routine:
Ever since I found out about Kombucha soap, I’ve been hooked. Check out this post about it plus a Kombucha Soap Recipe here.
It is the only soap that I use because it gets me squeaky clean with no soap scum.
Plus it contains active Kombucha culture which leaves my skin soft and smooth without drying it out.
We don’t actually make the soap as it is a bit complex. But we have a great partner that does, so we get to use it all the time! 🙂