Personally, I have mixed feelings towards kombucha. An old housemate of mine used to make his own homebrew in our kitchen and, tbh, the smell of fermenting tea is pretty grim when you’re trying to rustle up some cereal. That said, its health benefits have swept through the wellness sphere and celebrity fans like Hailey Bieber, Kourtney Kardashian and Cameron Diaz are said to be firm fans.
What is kombucha?
It may look like your average iced tea, but the sweet-and-sour concoction is made from black tea, sugar and scoby (that’s “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” fyi). It’s left to ferment, during which time bacteria, acid and a small amount of alcohol form, alongside a gas that makes the drink fizzy. It’s the same process used to make sauerkraut and kimchi.
Where does kombucha come from?
Though it’s nothing new, the tincture has been around for over 2,000 years, starting off in ancient China before making its way round the rest of the world.
What are some health benefits of kombucha?
If you’re wondering what the sell is – alongside the marmite taste (which some love and others hate), it’s said to have hefty probiotic qualities that can soothe our guts, aid digestion, support immune systems and boost energy.
When made from green tea, instead of black, it’s been found to contain bioactive compounds, like polyphenols which offer up antioxidant benefits such as protecting cells from damage.
Is kombucha good for your skin?
Now, kombucha’s infiltrating our skincare products so that our complexions have a chance to drink up all those nutrients. The reason for this is its unique blend of antioxidants and probiotics which together defend against free radicals found in pollution (one of the biggest triggers of premature skin ageing), whilst simultaneously treating the microbiome to the good bacteria it needs to stay healthy.
Our microbiome is the invisible eco-system of organisms and microbes on skin, known as skin flora. It may sound gross, but it works to keep our skin barrier strong and in a healthy condition. That’s why disrupting our complexions with overly harsh products that upset our microbiome can create dry, stripped, blemish prone skin. Another danger to our microbiome? Pollution. That’s why kombucha works full-circle to protect and nourish skin. Mist it on skin whenever you need a boost – it works under or over skincare and makeup.
Here’s four kombucha skincare products to add to your regime…
A cleanser and treatment in one, this no-rinse formula cleanses skin, removes traces of pollution and treats skin’s microbiome to keep your skin barrier healthy with kombucha and prebiotic inulin (extracted from chicory roots). This helps to reduce the appearance of pores and leaves skin feeling more balanced and nourished.
A skin cocktail of fermented sake extract, kombucha, amino acids, ceramides and electrolytes, the ingredients mimic the components that keep your acid mantle (which makes up your skin barrier) strong and balanced. It protects, nourishes and soothes skin whilst leaving it softer and more supple.
This lightweight gel moisturiser mattifies oiliness whilst boosting hydration for up to eight hours to balance skin. It’s formulated with bio-fermented kombucha black tea to rejuvenate skin.
Consider this a glow-up in a bottle. The silicone-free moisturiser primes and hydrates with a little help from kombucha and fermented ginger to nourish and protect the microbiome. Plus illuminating micropearls infused into the formula help to boost skin luminosity.