DIY Kombucha Beauty Products
I love making homemade face masks, scrubs and beauty products using ingredients I have in my kitchen, so I’ve been incorporating kombucha and SCOBYs into the mix regularly.
I find that the acidic kombucha has good toning properties for the skin, without being overly drying or astringent. It helps my skin feel fresh and vibrant when it’s feeling dull or congested.
And it's a great way to use extra SCOBYs you rack up as you brew batches of kombucha!
Kombucha SCOBY Face Mask
You could just keep it simple and just pop a whole SCOBY onto your face. Or you could puree a SCOBY in the blender and use that mixture as a mask, but I usually like to add other ingredients into the mix too.
I don’t have a set recipe with specific amounts, since I just eyeball everything. But here are some ingredients I frequently use. I tweak the recipe depending on what I have on hand and what I’m trying to achieve from the mask. I just puree the ingredients together until it’s a smooth and homogenous mix. You can always add more of one or two ingredients to achieve whatever texture and thickness you like. It’s usually a pretty runny mixture, so I like to use it in the tub to contain the spillage. I'll just slather the mask onto my face while I’m soaking in the tub, and let it sit for around 10-15 minutes before I rinse it off. I always follow it with a good moisturizer to make sure my skin is nice and hydrated.
Kombucha SCOBY (it’s OK to add some of the kombucha liquid too)
Honey - helps with gentle cleansing, brightening, anti-inflammation, moisturizing
Orange Blossom or Rose Water - toning, calming (also good for aroma)
Activated Charcoal - detoxifying, deep cleaning
Green tea - calming, anti-inflammation, skin clarity
Granulated sugar/brown sugar - exfoliation
Coffee grounds - brightening, exfoliation
Kombucha SCOBY Body Scrub
To make a SCOBY body scrub, just puree a SCOBY, add a higher ratio of sugar and/or coffee grounds, and eliminate the other liquid ingredients. You can add some coconut oil or cocoa butter to help make the scrub a bit more emollient as well.
Add some unflavored kombucha to a small spray bottle and dilute with rose water and/or orange blossom water. You can spritz it onto your face to use as a toner. Keep it chilled in the fridge to make it even more refreshing!
I’m working on a good SCOBY soap recipe! Stay tuned!
*Everyone’s skin is different, so while these ingredients and methods work well for me personally, use your best judgment to do what’s best for your skin. I can’t guarantee you’ll get the same results I do!