Kombucha is a fermented fizzy tea drink with huge benefits for your gut, but can it really do the trick in skincare? If we take a closer look at the fermentation process of Kombucha we will end up with the heart and brain of everything - The SCOBY = symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. The SCOBY is a thick film that layers on top of the kombucha. The film is a mixture of yeast and bacteria that enable probiotics, vitamin C & B and antioxidants into the end product, that will take care of your good bacteria in our stomach but also skin!
When talking about skincare the usual source of kombucha is lactobacillus which is known for calming down skin irritation. You can think of probiotics as a superfood that the good bacteria on your skin enjoys and fuel up with. When the good bacteria is vibrant, it is capable of fighting bad bacteria that causes acne, skin irritation, inflammation and skin conditions. Together kombucha and probiotics strengthen and fix the skin barrier protecting the skin from external stressors.
Lactobacillus Ferment Lysate (inci): Probiotic benefit for the skin! This skin conditioning ingredient has a positive effect on the immune system. Probiotics improves the health and appearance of the skin and helps rebuild damage in a blink of an eye. The chat about probiotics, double calming and anti-inflammatory action is worth trusting! Probiotics calms down your stomach as well your skin - listen to your gut!
Balanced bacteria, healthy skin
To understand good and bad bacteria better, it’s important to know that our skin consists of a microbiome with over 1000 species of bacteria living on it. A similar microbiome system is also located in our gut, keeping our digestion working and healthy (btw - due to several researches there is a massive connection between our gut health and skin - but let’s discuss the more specific another time). This microbiome is equivalent to the flora and fauna in the forest or the ecosystem in coral reefs. Every species is important to keep the balance and the system up and running. If any breed would become extinct it would mess up the whole ecosystem and a bunch of negative things would happen.
Feeding your skin microbiome with probiotics will prevent infections, but also maintain an optimal pH acid balance and moisturize the skin. That’s why people with inflammatory skin conditions get help from products containing kombucha and probiotics. Kombucha and probiotics attack skin problems such as eczema, acne and rosacea but of course people with small skin concerns will benefit from these magical ingredients.
Kombucha - The multitalent
Kombucha is a real quarterback when it comes to increasing skin health and radiance. Because it’s filled with antioxidants it fights efficient free radicals that cause premature aging and even kombucha itself has an antiglycation activity that keeps skin youthful and radiant. Kombucha includes lactic acid bacteria, which might be more familiar as a soothing gastric medicine when traveling to exotic countries. In skincare lactic acid gives the skin a light exfoliation, reduces fine lines, dark spots and even and out the complexion of the skin in general. There are several ways to mark kombucha in the ingredients list, from of which Black Tea Ferment is one of the most popular ones: Kombucha! In cosmetics the kombucha will spark up your day. Thanks to its acidity it can have a similar effect as a mild chemical exfoliant. Benefits are softening the skin and reducing the appearance of scars. Kombucha is loaded with beneficial good bacteria that helps fight bad bacteria causing skin conditions like acne and psoriasis.
Vitamin B - Healthy glow
Lactic acid bacteria - Ligth exfoliation, reduce fine lines, dark spots and even and out the complexion of the skin
Antioxidants - reduce the signs of premature aging
Antiseptic qualities & natural acids - balance the skin’s pH levels for a clearer complexion
Light-sensitive - suitable for both morning or nighttime skin care routine
Exposure time - It takes about a month before visible signs of Kombucha