Kombucha Isn’t Just Good for Your Gut—It’s Great for Your Skin, Too

I’m a big fan of wellness trends. Adaptogens? I have tons of ’em in jars, sachets, and tinctures. Hangover patches? I’ve been talking about them for the better part of a year now. And kombucha, well, I’ve been drinking the probiotic-heavy beverage for a while in the ever hope of improving my health.

The fermented tea is rich with probiotics, and research has found consuming probiotics can help alleviate digestive issues including diarrhea, IBD, and IBS.

But it turns out kombucha isn’t just good for your gut: Recently, there’s been a spike in kombucha-laden skin-care products. Similar to how probiotics improve gut health, they can also improve skin health by balancing out the more harmful bacteria and restoring barrier function, explains Shasa Hu, M.D., a dermatologist and co-founder of BIA Life. “Multiple studies support the benefits of probiotics in inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and acne,” Dr. Hu says. (Related: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Probiotics)

Specifically, some early lab research suggests that probiotics, when applied topically, can help regulate the skin’s microbiome, which could help the skin appear more moisturized, says Hadley King, M.D., a dermatologist based in New York City.

“Theoretically, topical probiotics will help strengthen the skin’s natural ability to defend itself by forming a type of protective shield on the skin’s surface, which in turn makes the skin more resistant to damage from environmental stressors, helps maintain moisture, and even helps fight off UV damage,” Dr. King says.

And kombucha’s got more than probiotics to feed your face. “Kombucha also has vitamins B1, B6, B12, and vitamin C,” says Hu. “Vitamins B and C are vital antioxidants that support cellular function and oxidative damage repair, helping to maintain skin elasticity and barrier function.” (Related: Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C Skin Care)

Of course, you shouldn’t apply kombucha in its drinkable form directly to your face. “In its regular form, kombucha is a weak acid—its pH around 3—so this may be irritating to the skin if it is not diluted,” says Dr. King, who notes that skin maintains its barrier best at a pH of around 5.5. (Related: 4 Sneaky Things Throwing Your Skin Off Balance)

Instead, reach for products specifically formulated for the skin but made with the fermented tea. For example, Glow Recipe sister brand Sweet Chef just launched its Ginger Kombucha + Vitamin D Chill Mist (Buy It, $17, target.com). According to GR co-founder and co-CEO Christine Chang, the face mist is “a great way to both refresh skin and fortify the skin barrier throughout the day.”

At night, try Youth to the People Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner (Buy It, $38, sephora.com). Here, two chemical exfoliants—lactic acid and glycolic acid—work to refine pore size and texture while the kombucha helps to maintain the skin’s otherwise delicate barrier. Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Antioxidant Essence (Buy It, $68, sephora.com) also provides a protective layer of vitamins morning or night.

And if nothing else, keep drinking your favorite kombucha blend.

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Can Drinking Kombucha Help Acne?

I’ll be the first to admit it, I’m addicted to Kombucha. Straight up, A-D-D-I-C-T-E-D. I buy it at my local grocery, brew my own,andscavenge for it at the farmers market.So, as you can imagine, when I heard there was a tap room for my favorite localKombucha,Fab Ferments, I knew I had to make the trip out there.Let me just say the drivewas 100% worth it, but now thatI’ve had Kombuchaon tapI’m not sure ifI can EVERgo back to drinkingbottles.It was nothing short of a fizzy filled dream.For those of you whoare like what heck is abooch;Kombucha isbasically a flavoredfermented tea drink thatcarries a range of health benefits andpacks abubbly punch.The taste has been compared toasaneffervescentapple cider vinegar like concoction, weirdlydelicious.

The lovely owners ofFab Ferments, Jordan andJennifer, have apassion forresourcinglocal,organic, andfresh produce in everything they use. They don’t believe in using anyartificial dyes, food coloring, orpreservativesin their Kombuchabrewing process,but would rather use the cleanest and most delicious ingredients possible to promote the highest level ofhealing. You can not only taste the difference in theirtea, but you can feel it down to your core.They aim to beapart of a little something they call,the real foodrevolution.Health is at the forefront of everything they do, and for good reason.
This trip was especially eye opening for me because it got me thinkingabout the variety of positive health benefitsKombucha has tooffer, from your heart and brain all the way to yourgut.That’s right, dagut.From now on whenever you hear the word gut or gut health I want you to think acne, becausethey are both SO closely tied together. As soon as I found Kombucha can aid in repairing thegut, I wondered if it could help to clearskin as well, here’s why:

Does Great Skin Start in theGut?

There is a harmony of good and bad bacteria that live within your gut andwhen this balance is disturbed it can wreakabsolutehavoc on your skin.Who would’ve thought that an organso far away from your face has the ability toaffect the quality of your skin?This balanceis extremely sensitiveandcan easily get thrown off bythe slightestthings like stress,lack ofsleep,poordiet, and antibiotics.

Kind of ironic that the thingwe are most often prescribed for acne, antibiotics, canactually cause acne in the long run- but we will dig deeper into that another time.Overusing antibiotics can throw off the balance in your gut because it tends to kill off all of the good bacteria, leaving you with only bad bacteria which makes your immune system moresusceptible to things likedisease and inflammation.When bad bacteriabeginto takeover it canalsocause digestion issues and abuildup of toxins which, of course,eventuallyfind their way outof your bodyby purging through the skin.

Kombucha and The Gut

Kombucha is packed full of probiotics,lactic acid, anddigestive enzymes that help to restoreorderin your intestinal trackby puttinggoodbacteria back into your gut. Italso works toprotect your gutand prevent harmful bacteria from taking over.According to theJournal of Food Microbiology, the specific strains of probiotics usually found in Kombuchaare Acetobacter, Lactobacillus, Saccharomyces,Gluconacetobacter,andZygozaccharomyces.The amount and type of good bacteria can differ depending on the batch due to variances in the brewing process.So not only does it taste delicious butit’s got the total ability to restore the balance of bacteria in your system and reduce inflammation, which is prettyfreakin cool if you ask me.

So How Does Kombucha Affect Acne?

Okay, so now that weare aware of the connection betweengut health and skin, can drinking kombucha, a probiotic filled beverage, help with the treatmentofacne? From personal experience I can tell you that it 100% improves the clarity of my skin, and if I go without itevenfor a few weeks I start breaking out in spots again.For me, this is regardless of regularprobiotic and digestive enzyme consumption. Of course,I’mbiased because I amcrazy hookedonboochaBUTIreally just thinkthere’s something special aboutit.Tobe honest, I havebecomesodependent on it that I actually brew my own at home,it’sa great dealcheaper and the probiotic count is usually higher than store bought Kombucha (ifyou’re interested inbeing a crazy kombucha lady like me you canpurchase your own kithere.)

TheKombucha-Gut- AcneLink

That’s just one (lovely)person’sopinion, so what do the facts say? According toone Korean study,patients who drank a lactobacillus fermented beverage experiencedinflammatory acne reduction by 40% and total pimple count by 23%. Not to mention,anothercontrolled study found that 54% of acnesufferers suffer from bad bacteria overgrowth in their small intestine. 54%. The reason this number is so important is because having an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut doesn’t show itself in noticeable symptoms. You could be a little more tired,achy, have gas, or be breaking out but not know that you have an imbalance and pin these symptoms on something that you ate or other stressful events going on in your life.

So, half of us acne sufferers are ritualistically using creams, lotions, and potions in attempt to treat our acne but we’re not targeting the source to prevent it from happening in the first place. Seems crazy but I feel like we’ve been conditioned in this day and age to put our faith in prescription creams and medicine, and anything that is natural is considered weird or out of the ordinary. Take aminute to soak that in, it’s fine to rely on synthetic manmade treatments for clear skin, but taboo to treat them naturally and holistically?If you think about it, that’s pretty backwards.

Why not give Kombucha a try?

If you take anything away from this article have it be that your whole bodyis connected, think of it as awell-oiled machine,and if one thing is out of whack it can throw your whole system off.You can’t just focus on healing externally, you have to heal internally as well for your body to function properly.Kombucha hasvarious health benefits andnumerous claims (such as mine) from helping acne all the way to preventing cancer. Itboosts yourmood,energy, and metabolism, improves digestion, detoxifies thebody, and boosts immunity all by increasing thenumber of good bacteria in your gut.PLUSITS DELICIOUS, so what do you have to lose? Grab a bottle ofbooch and start chugging away!

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This Health Craze Actually Helped Clear My Skin

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It’s highly unlikely that you haven’t heard of kombucha. But if you haven’t, where have you been? For the few who don’t know, kombucha is a combination of tea, bacteria, and juice or sugar. It may sound a little off-putting to sip on bacteria, but trust us, it’s loaded with health benefits, including better gut health and digestion. The fermented tea (which has a cider-like or subtle tart taste and fizzy consistency) and the Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast—or SCOBY—is totally worth the hype.

From my own personal experience, I was hesitant to hop on this health trend but I’m glad that I did. Despite the unusual vinegar-like scent, I actually enjoyed kombucha the first time I tried it. My friends recommended Health Ade’s Pink Lady Apple flavor, which is similar to a spiked apple cider. But it wasn’t the flavor or accessibility of the beverage that kept me wanting more. It was the fact that, after about two weeks of sipping the stuff, I noticed some impressive changes in the state of my skin.

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A little background: At the time of my kombucha discovery, I had been suffering from sudden breakouts as a result of travel and climate change. I had always heard that probiotics helped those who suffer from acne, but after years of trying pill versions that did nothing, I finally gave up and turned to medication during my college years. Once I hit my 20s, my acne lessened and I chose to go off any meds and deal with the sporadic breakouts as they came.

However, after just a few days of sipping kombucha, I noticed the probiotics were working their magic in slowly clearing up my face, so I obviously kept on drinking! The results continued to be positive and I noticed after a few weeks my complexion was less inflamed, red and, more importantly, free of new acne. I didn’t expect the kombucha to help my skin condition and I was actually drinking it as a digestion aide, but I ended up getting both effects as a result! I’m not alone in this, some skincare brands have gone so far as to include kombucha in their product formulas, so I’m not alone in my admiration.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate kombucha into your life, consider the following skincare products as a start.

This essence is formulated with kombucha, fermented black tea, to protect against pollution.

This gentle cleanser gives skin a deep cleanse and is loaded with organic acids and vitamins to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.

This oil-free moisturizer is part of the clean beauty movement. The kombucha in this formula balances the skin’s natural bacteria while acai, fruit stem cells and aloe vera work to hydrate.

Yes, you can find kombucha in a drugstore face mist as well. This spray is a combination of rose water and fermented tea to help restore, tone, balance and refresh.

Can Kombucha Spice Up Your Skincare Routine?

You may already drink kombucha, but did you know that it can also be a great ingredient to use in your skincare?

In this post we’re exploring a few methods of utilizing kombucha for pampering skin and hair.

What is kombucha?

Kombucha is fermented tea that’s made using a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, or “SCOBY” for short. The SCOBY is a gelatinous disc that serves as a starter culture, and when combined with tea, sugar, and water, slowly ferments the drink, giving it its tartness and bubbly composition. People all over the world have been enjoying kombucha for its probiotic qualities for thousands of years.

Most, if not all, bottled kombucha you buy at the grocery store has been flavored with the addition of fruit juices. Better suited for your DIY skincare purposes are SCOBYs themselves or kombucha vinegar, which is plain kombucha tea that has fermented for an extended amount of time, giving it a higher acidity. Both can be purchased online or from your local brewer.

What are the benefits of using kombucha ingredients?

Kombucha can be a great aid for skin inflammation such as acne or psoriasis. It has a refreshing astringency, and due to its acidity, it can have the same effect as a mild chemical exfoliant. This can help soften skin and reduce the appearance of scars. Additionally, the beneficial bacteria in kombucha helps kill acne-causing bacteria on the skin.

How can you use it?

One of the simplest ways is to use a SCOBY as a sheet mask. Its thin, round shape gives it a striking resemblance to most store bought sheet masks, and you can even cut out holes for your eyes, nose, and mouth if needed. Simply place over your (clean) face and let sit for 5-15 minutes, then rinse and pat dry.

SCOBYs can also be mixed into many types of natural emollients like coconut oil or shea butter. This makes them easy to use in DIY skincare recipes such as creams, masks, or body oils.

Kombucha vinegar is a great ingredient to use in toner or hair tonic, diluted with distilled water. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for added benefits and aromas.

Adding a cup or two of kombucha vinegar to your bath or foot soak is another way of garnering its skin-softening benefits. If desired, combine with Epsom salt or your favorite bath oil.

Have you used kombucha in your skincare routine? If not, would you want to try it? Comment below and let us know!

Referenced:

The Big Book of Kombucha: Brewing, Flavoring, and Enjoying the Health Benefits of Fermented Tea, by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory

As with all skincare, it’s a good idea to test new ingredients on a small patch of skin before using to check for sensitivity. Always dilute potent ingredients like vinegars and essential oils before applying.

The information provided on flourish is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat any medical condition. Content is based on personal research and experiences and is meant for entertainment purposes only. We are not licensed nutritionists or medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor.

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Courtesy of Courtney Leiva

When you’re a self-proclaimed holistic goddess who practically lives in Whole Foods, there’s nothing you haven’t tried before. Seriously, I’ve gulped asparagus water, scarfed down tofu muffins, and hoarded kale ice pops like it’s nobody’s business. Go ahead, judge me if you’d like.

But before you write me off as one of those obnoxious foodie types, hear me out. Some of the strangest delicacies double as the best DIY beauty remedies. And right now, kombucha tea is one of the trendiest drinks in the health food aisle and one of the up-and-coming ingredients in the beauty market because it’s high in probiotics. Korean beauty brands, in particular, have spawned a fleet of creams, serums, and face washes filled with topical probiotic benefits.

“We see a lot of people with dry, aging, or sensitive skin really love the results from fermented ingredients,” Alicia Yoon, founder of K-Beauty retailer Peach and Lily, tells SELF. “These products really brighten up the skin, leaving it super hydrated and supple.”

Related: I Tried A 10-Step Korean Skincare Regimen For A Week, And Here Are The Results

Being a big devotee to both K-Beauty trends and fermented kombucha tea, I started to think, ”What if I tested out kombucha tea on my face?” So deciding follow the DIY route, I brewed my own kombucha strictly for skincare purposes. I used my homemade brew as a face wash for an entire week straight, and I even tried the SCOBY mask trend that’s sweeping the Internet.

First, here’s what you need to know about probiotics and fermented skincare.

Probiotics are a key part of digestive health. They are a healthy bacteria found in fermented food and drinks like kombucha, kimchi, and kefir. Regular consumption of these live active cultures helps keep the bad bacteria out of your gut. And while such helpful microorganisms perfect the body from the inside, topical uses of probiotics are starting to become more and more popular.

New research from the American Academy Of Dermatology states that topically applied probiotics can have a positive effect on skin health. And the antimicrobial properties have been effective in treating skin conditions like acne and rosacea. And even though there aren’t enough studies to support the effectiveness of probiotic skincare, there’s no doubt that fermented beauty has gained a newfound momentum.

Taking topical probiotics to a new level, fermented beauty products treat the skin to a nourishing cocktail of amino acids and enzymes. The unique fermentation process breaks down the ingredients, making them more potent. “Botanicals, fruits, and herbs can be fermented and then used in skincare,” says Yoon. “The process of fermentation breaks down the molecular structure of the ingredients, making it more easily absorbed by the skin. The process also packs in the nutrients, making the ingredients more concentrated and potent.”

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve been getting acne all over my face. I’d wake up to head to school, dust on some BareMinerals powder to “cover” my imperfections, then spend the rest of the school day avoiding eye contact with literally everyone.
I spent a lot of time (and money) testing out all the “best” skin care. The girls at Sephora knew me by name, because I’d stop in just about every month to complain that the product they recommended last month didn’t do anything for my acne. I used to get so frustrated when my mom would tell me, “Stop using so much different stuff on your face!” and me responding, “But I’m a beauty writer, mom!”
It finally came to a point about a year ago that I realized that maybe my skin care routine wasn’t the problem. I knew that I was using good products, so why the heck was I still breaking out? I mostly experienced angry, cystic pimples that hid under the skin — usually until an important day — then they’d come out to play (and embarrass the sh*t out of me).
That’s when I came across an article that spoke about how much what you take into your body has to do with the things you see outside your body. I scoffed it off mainly because I knew that I ate like a 12-year-old (and couldn’t even think about having to cut myself off of pizza and macaroni and cheese). In the back of my mind I could help but think, could this really be the issue?
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Apple Cider Vinegar & Kombucha for Skincare: Are They Worth Trying?

Most of us aim to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest trends in skincare, but sometimes it can be difficult to keep up.

Once you hear the buzz about a new product, there are a variety of factors to consider.

What are the actual benefits? How do I know what’s fact or fiction? And most importantly: Is it truly right for me?

So let’s dive right in and talk about two of the latest hot topics in skincare: the wonderful world of apple cider vinegar and kombucha.

We’ll start by tackling the basics — what exactly these products are, where they originated, and how they are made.

Next, we’ll get into the stuff you’re really looking for: the variety of benefits of apple cider vinegar and kombucha, and how to use it to get your best skin ever.

Finally, we’ll wrap it up with a few fun DIY ideas that won’t break the bank. (Homemade and affordable options? Yes, please!)

Feeling intrigued, fellow skincare buffs?

Let’s do this!

Apple Cider Vinegar and…Kom-WHAT-a?

You may have heard of apple cider vinegar, but don’t necessarily know the deets.

Kombucha, on the other hand, might be a little more of a foreign concept.

Don’t worry, lovelies — I’m here to settle the confusion for you!

Apple cider vinegar consists primarily of apple juice, and the addition of yeast turns the fruit sugar into alcohol (the science-savvy will identify this process as fermentation).

Bacteria turns the alcohol into acetic acids, which results in the sour taste and strong smell.

The product has a long history of use as a home remedy — it’s frequently used to soothe pesky sore throats (and is actually my go-to solution when I start to feel a tickle in my throat).

The ancient Greek doctor Hippocrates also used it to treat wounds.

Additional health benefits include aiding in weight loss, reducing dandruff, and even boosting heart health.

An animal study in Japan, for instance, showed that giving rats acetic acid, the main component in vinegar, resulted in reduced levels of blood pressure.

However, recent findings identify a multitude of other benefits that have proven particularly helpful in the beauty world.

We all know that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but can apple cider vinegar keep your skin at bay?

Before getting into the benefits, let’s take a closer look at kombucha.

Kombucha is a fizzy, sweet-and-sour drink made from tea.

Some people hate it; some people love it.

It’s been known to assist with a variety of health issues, such as hair loss, and has served as a remedy for acne, fatigue, hypertension, headaches, and constipation.

It also supports several other body functions, including:

  • Improved pancreas function
  • Liver detoxification
  • Increased energy
  • Better digestion
  • May be beneficial for weight loss

Plus, for all of the Nervous Nellies out there, kombucha may also be an effective stress-buster!

One particular study showed that rats exposed to stress post-tea consumption produced more antioxidants and had less DNA damage than those who went tea-free.

Kombucha even reversed the damaging effects of stress on the rodents’ immune systems.

Talk about powerful!

Although kombucha is often referred to as “mushroom tea,” it’s not a mushroom.

Instead, it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast.

Although the drink may not sound super appetizing right off the bat, stay with me!

Kombucha is made up of three key ingredients: yeast, sugar, and black tea (sometimes green).

After being set aside for a week at minimum, this leads to the formation of bacteria, acids, and a small amount of alcohol (once again, our little friend called fermentation comes into play).

First brewed in China nearly 2,000 years ago, the mix eventually spread to Japan, Russia, and finally Europe in the 20th century.

It’s gained major popularity in the US due to its rep as a health and energy drink.

Kombucha has been linked to a healthier immune system and weight loss, as well as the alleviation of high blood pressure and heart disease.

The health benefits of kombucha can largely be attributed to the “good stuff” it contains.

In addition to its caffeine and B vitamins, it also provides “good bacteria” known as probiotics.

These guys are good for your gut and aid in digestion.

Kombucha also offers a lower-calorie option in comparison to other carbonated beverages, such as soft drinks.

With only 30 calories per cup, it’s fat-free too. Win-win!

I also want to make an important note: I’m not a doctor, so please ask yours for official medical advice. And, many articles online will claim that apple cider vinegar and kombucha are cure-alls that will help instantly. This is not so!

Why Should We Use These Products In Our Beauty Routines?

So you’re officially well-versed in the basics of apple cider vinegar and kombucha.

Now it’s time to get into the beauty-centric benefits!

Apple cider vinegar contains several components that make it a go-to beauty boost.

Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Another important note: Perform a patch test before fully committing to using ACV and kombucha on your skin. I don’t want you to have a reaction! Sensitive skin types should be particularly careful.

  • Say “adios” to adult acne!

Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help prevent acne by keeping the skin pores free from bacteria and excess oil.

It also helps restore and balance your skin’s pH, which is crucial to stopping breakouts before they start!

  • Dandruff destruction

There’s nothing worse than those embarrassing white flakes, but apple cider vinegar may be a promising solution due to its natural antifungal properties.

Plus, it can help restore pH balance of the scalp and clean clogged pores and hair follicles.

Here’s a quick dandruff-destroying recipe:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons each of apple cider vinegar and water.
  2. Add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil.
  3. Apply this solution on your scalp and massage for 5 minutes, and then leave on for another 5 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair with water, then shampoo as usual.
  5. Use this natural treatment 2 or 3 times a week.
  • Sayonara, stinky feet!

Nothing quite kills the mood of date night like some major foot odor.

Luckily, apple cider vinegar’s antimicrobial properties can come to the rescue.

Simply mix one cup of apple cider vinegar and four to five cups of warm water, then soak your feet for 10 to 15 minutes.

Use this treatment once a day for a few weeks, and your toe woes will be a scent of the past!

  • Boost hair health and shine

We all long for shinier locks, and apple cider vinegar just might be that fool-proof method to get us there.

Apple cider vinegar works its magic with its clarifying properties that help remove leftover buildup from styling products and shampoos.

Plus, it helps restore the natural pH level of the scalp.

Just mix ¼ cup of ACV with two cups of water, and pour the solution onto your hair post-shampoo sesh.

Massage it into your scalp and let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.

Using this method once a week should do the trick!

  • Brighten yellow nails

So you’re typing away at your cubicle, and can’t help but notice that your fingers have some funky yellow-ish tint going on. What gives?

This can be attributed to a variety of lifestyle factors, but apple cider vinegar offers a quick solution.

The malic and acetic acids in ACV help reduce discoloration of the nails, and can also treat nail infections that cause discoloration.

Here’s how to whiten ‘em on up:

  1. Prepare a nail soak with ½ cup each of ACV and lukewarm water.
  2. Soak fingernails in this solution for 20 to 30 minutes, and then rinse it off.
  3. Massage a small amount of olive oil into each nail bed.
  4. Perform twice daily until color is improved.
  • Treat razor bumps

Shaving may be crucial, but that bumpy road after-effect is enough to make us want to break our razors in two.

Never fear — apple cider vinegar is here!

ACV has anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe the irritated skin and decrease inflammation and itching.

Plus, the acetic acid works to prevent infection and soften skin to help ingrown hairs grow out more easily.

Check out this easy mix to dump the bumps:

Apply a thin layer of honey on the affected area, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

Rinse it off with cold water, and apply ACV to the area using a cotton ball.

Let it air dry, and repeat a few times a day for best results.

  • Reduce age spots

Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which help to rid your skin of dead cells.

Try swapping your usual face wash with apple cider vinegar, and you may notice your age spots starting to fade out — finally!

You can also speed up the process by putting a drop of apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and dabbing the spots.

Wait 30 minutes before rinsing your face, and repeat daily for about six weeks.

  • A wrinkle-fighting wonder

ACV contains vitamin C, which makes it a promising anti-wrinkle solution.

Vitamin C works to effectively stimulate the production of collagen, which helps maintain your skin’s toned and wrinkle-free look.

  • Remedy oily skin

Excess oil can be more than just a nuisance, especially when it interferes with our desired beauty looks!

The good news: Apple cider vinegar can keep things balanced. Containing a similar pH to the skin’s, the acids help stimulate blood flow and minimize pores for soft and toned skin.

Now that we’ve covered several beauty-focused properties of apple cider vinegar, let’s move right along to kombucha!

While the skin-related benefits of kombucha are less known, there are several to take note of.

According to a representative from Emergen-C:

“Kombucha not only detoxifies but also hydrates the skin as it improves skin elasticity. Kombucha improves skin tone, texture, and clarity as it brightens the skin. Finally, kombucha as an active ingredient also combats the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.”

Plus, the NYU Langone Medical Center points out that advocates of kombucha find it useful for promoting weight loss, clearing up acne, and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Don’t Believe Everything You Read!

While I’ve highlighted various benefits of both apple cider vinegar and kombucha, it’s important to note that some rumors may be too good to be true.

Before going kombucha-crazy, consider these words of caution:

  • If you’re pregnant, a nursing mom, or have a medical condition, be sure to check with a doctor before consuming – as it contains both caffeine, sugar, and levels of alcohol.
  • Kombucha has been known to cause bloating in some people who drink it, which can be largely due to the presence of probiotics and potential changes in gut bacteria. Got a digestive disorder? Consult your doc before gulping it down!
  • If kombucha is made incorrectly, it may contain harmful and dangerous bacteria. Although this is rare, it’s more common with homebrews – so make sure you know before you brew!
  • Make sure you’re prepping correctly and safely. Preparing the drink in a ceramic vessel may be dangerous as the acidic brew can leach any lead from this vessel into the finished drink.

Kombucha has also been linked to potential dental problems, but luckily, we have a few simple tips to avoid this from happening.

Drink it all in one sitting rather than sipping the drink throughout the day, and swish down with clean water (rather than brushing) right after.

Much like with kombucha, don’t dive into all-things apple cider vinegar without getting all of the facts.

Here’s a big one: Many people recommend brushing your teeth with apple cider vinegar, but doing so can actually be hazardous to your enamel.

According to Jack Ringer, DDS, a cosmetic dentist based in Anaheim, CA:

“There’s a lot of good stuff in apple cider vinegar, but it’s also very acidic. And we know in the dental world that when acids touch the teeth for a prolonged time, it can be disastrous— they erode tooth enamel, and we don’t get that enamel back.”

Luckily, this doesn’t mean you need to completely ditch ACV for your pearly whites.

Simply follow these tips to keep your enamel intact:

  • Dilute the apple cider vinegar in another liquid, preferably water.
  • Drink it through a straw so the vinegar doesn’t make contact with your teeth.
  • Don’t swish the vinegar around in your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth out with water after you drink the vinegar.
  • Don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking ACV.
  • Don’t eat or drink other acidic things — like orange juice, grapefruit, or tomatoes — immediately after drinking apple cider vinegar.

DIY

There are a variety of easy ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar and kombucha into your beauty regime — no need for complicated instructions or confusing ingredients!

Why not try out a DIY Apple Cider Vinegar Facial Toner or At-Home Skin Peel?

Looking for more of a full-day affair?

Treat yourself to a kombucha spa day with these DIY beauty recipes to improve your skin’s glow and hair’s shine.

Final Thoughts

Well, beauties, we tackled quite a bit of information on apple cider vinegar and kombucha!

I hope that this article helped navigate some confusion around the two, and gave you some good insight on how to incorporate both into your beauty routine.

Whether these products serve as an all-around skincare boost or a simple tweak, I’m always happy to share the latest tidbits and best practices with you.

Need some high-quality and effective skincare products to add to your routine? Check out my All Skin Types Set!

Care to share your experience with apple cider vinegar or kombucha? I’m all ears! Let me know your results in the comments.

Last updated by Alana at December 16, 2019.

How is kombucha made?

By Alexa Santory

In Wednesday’s Beauty School, we traveled deep into the intimidating world of gut health. I purposefully left out kombucha in our first discussion because it really deserves to shine on its own. Kombucha is really good for you, guys. If you’re wondering “what the hell is this girl talking about?,” welcome to Kombucha 101. I’d honestly never heard of Kombucha until about two or three years ago when someone I follow on Instagram kept talking about how much they loved it. Turns out that kombucha is a fermented tea drink that’s been around for centuries. The “immortal health elixir” has been a staple in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda as a way to keep your heart, brain, and gut super strong and healthy. It’s a natural, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to restore balance in your system and reduce inflammation both inside and outside.

In a glass container, black tea and a cocktail of cane and fruit sugars are fermented from anywhere between a week and 30 days. The fermentation process begins by adding distilled vinegar to the tea mixture and something that’s known as a SCOBY, or a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. This is what gives kombucha its signature fizz and flavor. The jar is then tightly secured and left to ferment, out of the sun, at room temp, for up to a month. The longer you ferment it, the less sweet it is. The SCOBY is removed from the jar when the kombucha is ready to drink. If you’re making it at home, you can keep the SCOBY and a little bit of the tea to start another batch of kombucha. I am not gonna lie to you guys, the SCOBY looks, in a word, weird. But it’s essentially a living organism that makes the kombucha rich with probiotics and good, healthy bacteria. In terms of taste, it’s an acquired one. It’s fizzy and tangy — the smell will surprise you a bit. It honestly takes a few sips to get used to. Full disclosure: kombucha is an intimidating beverage that often runs for about $5 a bottle at Whole Foods. I prefer it sweeter, but that’s because I find the taste of vinegar to be kind of awful. Store-bought kombucha comes in a variety of flavors that cut the bitterness of the vinegar.

Wanna make it yourself?

@Bon Appétit

I Googled SCOBY and now I’m a little freaked out. How is this good for my skin?

Okay, I know, SCOBY doesn’t look like anything I’ve ever seen before either (you can make candy out of it), but the bacteria and yeast are what make kombucha, so powerful. Since the drink is so packed with gut-friendly probiotics, it helps restore balance in the digestive tract, which eventually leads to more balanced skin. We learned on Wednesday that good skin most likely starts in the gut. Antibiotics, lack of sleep, stress, and poor diet are all things that throw off the balance of bacteria in the gut. All of these contribute to inflammation under and on the surface. Kombucha falls under the “fermented” category of tummy balancing foods. The fermentation process creates skin healthy enzymes like lactic acid, an AHA that’s used to treat breakouts and signs of aging when applied topically.

So I can drink it to clear my breakouts?

Short answer, yes.

But it probably won’t happen instantly. Instead, stay consistent with a skin routine, drink plenty of water to flush your kidneys and liver, and maintain a healthier diet — these can all help keep your skin clear. Adding the probiotic power of kombucha will balance out the gut-skin axis, and over time you may see a difference in the health of your skin as well as a change in your tummy health. Kombucha is also a great liver detoxifier, an organ that could also play a role in breakouts on the forehead and cheeks.

Here are some other great benefits of kombucha

It’s detoxifying

Kombucha contains gluconic acid, which is found in a bunch of fruits and veggies. This helps bind and flush toxins from the body. It also has glucaric acid, which is a liver detoxifier.

It boosts the immune system

Drinking probiotics have been found to strengthen the immune system by introducing the body to more good bacteria. Kombucha may be a good, holistic alternative to over the counter cold medicines which, let’s face it, keep you sick for longer. The probiotics can also aid in warding off more serious illnesses like tumors.

It’s heart healthy

Kombucha can help reduce high cholesterol. This is beneficial to good circulation and lower blood pressure and may have a hand in reducing the breakouts on the eyebrow and nose areas!

It’s energizing and mood-boosting

Feeling sluggish? Kombucha is packed with vitamin B and iron, two vitamins necessary for energy. It’s a good alternative to coffee, which can cause inflammation. Drinking kombucha on a regular basis is worth a try. It does wonders for digestive health, which, in turn, helps aid in beautiful, healthy skin. Who doesn’t want that?

The Streets Are Talking

This new customizable mask is amazing for clearing acne and controlling excess oil. Pair this with making some dietary changes and you’re on your way to clear skin!

Kombucha good for skin

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