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Kefir as Beauty Product
As the saying goes, “You are what you eat.” If there are a lot of toxins accumulated in the intestines, this will be reflected through our skin, looking greasy and acne prone. No one wants to look ugly and old. So the first step in a glowing and radiant skin is to clean the gut. You don’t even need to spend too much on cosmetics in order to be beautiful. Natural is beauty. But how?
Kefir can be used both internally and externally. To learn more about Kefir, click here. Not only is kefir can be taken orally, this can also be applied topically. With the many beneficial bacteria contained in kefir mentioned earlier, lactobacilli will help regulate and recover the ph balance in the skin cells of the face. They also cleanse the skin from harmful substances and pollution. Not only that, kefir also contains a form of lactic acid which also helps in balancing ph levels in our body thus reducing the occurrence of wrinkles and slowing the process of aging… YES! You got it right! The latest finding in the cosmetics and beauty and health care industry is Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA), also known as α-hydroxy acids. These fruit acids are found as a citric acid in citus fruits, malic acid in apples and tartaric acid in grapes. Fruit acids naturally balance with the slightly acidity of our skin and hair. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are often found in cosmetics claiming to reduce wrinkles, freckles, dark spots, scar tissue and signs of aging which improve the overall appearance and feel of the skin. They are often used as chemical peels by dissolving the lipids that hold old, dry skin cells together thus removing and exfoliating the layer of dead skin, exposing and revealing the new and baby skin beneath giving a new radiance look. You will always find these incorporated in night creams, moisturizers in beauty and health stores, or used as chemical peels in dermatological’s clinic and beauty spas. Lastly, kefir contains amino acids which are very important and integral component for hydration of the skin. Amino acids are also antioxidants and do not allow skin to fade. Overall, kefir can make our skin glow, blooming, fresh and looks and feels younger.
With all these great and amazing skin care effects, it is not surprising to see that AHA’s are marketed in an expensive price. But why worry? Now you have AHA’s as close as your kitchen! Kefir contains all the AHA’s without the negative artificial colorings, dyes, perfumes, detergents, preservatives and many more other strange and unknown ingredients that cause skin irritation, allergies and rashes. However, if you really have a very sensitive skin, I suggest you to do a patch test with kefir cream before actually using it. Simply put a dab on an area of skin and leave it for 12 hours. If no reaction occurs, it is safe for you to use.
Kefir facial mask is generally suitable for any type of skin. You can add berries, honey, healing herbs, egg yolk, egg white, yogurt and other products in combination with kefir.
Below are some kefir recipes in making skin care products I wanted to share:
- In a cup of boiling water, place 2 tsp of dried elder flower tea bag and let it stand for five minutes.
- Add 2 ½ tbsp of liquid honey and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Add kefir to the cooled mixture.
- Whip the kefir tea mixture for several minutes until smooth cream forms.
- To use, apply generously over face and neck and clean off with damp cotton swab.
This is suitable for all skin type.
- Mix 3 tbsp ground almonds with 1/3 cup of kefir.
- Apply on skin and leave for 15 minutes.
- Gently wash off with warm water.
This is great for exfoliating face and body. This can be used by sensitive skin. Use this once a week.
- In a cup of boiling water, add three flower heads of marigold.
- Allow to cool then remove the flower heads.
- Add 2 tsp of kefir, 2 tsp apricot oil, ½ tsp almond oil and 2 tbsp thick cream to the marigold water and mix.
- Apply into skin and rub until well absorbed.
This moisturizer can be used twice daily and is great for balancing the skin’s acid mantle.
- Mix 1 tbsp of almond oil and 1 cup of kefir.
- Massage into hands at bedtime.
- Protect them by wearing cotton gloves.
This can be used once a week.
- Mix 2 tbsp melted butter with 2 tbsp olive oil.
- Let it stand for an hour.
- Add 1 tsp apple cidar vinegar, 2 tbsp witch hazel, apricot juice (about 3 apricots), and ½ cup of milk kefir. Stir well.
- Add in 2 beaten eggs and 2/3 cups of milk.
Only a cupful is needed for each bath. This recipe is good for 6 baths. Store the remaining in a sealed bottle in the fridge. You may use any kind of kefir such as goat kefir, coconut kefir, soya kefir and etc.
Kefir Hair Conditioner
- Add 1 beaten egg yolk in ½ cup of kefir.
- Mix in 2 tsp of grated lemon rind and ½ tsp kelp powder.
- Massage this mixture into hair and scalp and leave on for 30 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water (add a little bit of lemon juice) and shampoo normally.
Kefir Make-Up Remover
- Mix 1 tbsp kefir and 1 tsp almond. Mix thoroughly.
- Dip cotton pads into the lotion and cleanse the skin.
This lotion is suitable to all skin type.
Kefir Face Mask
Plain Kefir Face Mask
- Put on your face a layer of gauze and top it with a layer of kefir.
- Leave the mask on your face for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly.
You can do this everyday since it is natural and no side effects.
Honey Kefir Face Mask
Note – For Oily and Acne Prone Skin
- Mix 2 tbsp of kefir, 1 tbsp of honey and egg white in a clean bowl.
- Thoroughly mix all ingredients until well blended
- Apply onto face and leave on for 15-20 minutes.
- Rinse with cool water then apply moisturizer.
This mask is perfect for oily skin. It helps get rid of the greasy shine and also protects the skin from the harmful influence of the environment. However, you should be careful on what you eat. What you eat will be reflected in your skin. As I have mentioned earlier, kefir normalizes gut microflora and cures digestive processes. Cleansing the gut will automatically cut your problem into half. Drinking kefir together with applying kefir topically greatly speeds up in solving this problem.
Olive Oil Kefir Face Mask
Note – For Dry Skin
- Mix 2 tbsp of kefir with 1 tsp of olive oil and 1 egg yolk.
- Mix thoroughly and apply onto skin for 15-20 minutes.
- Wash off the mask first with lukewarm water, then cold.
Avocado Moisturizing Face Mask
- Get ½ ripe organic avocado and mash it with a fork until creamy.
- Add 1 tbsp honey to the mashed avocado.
- Stir in 1 tbsp kefir.
- Apply a thin layer of the mixture to the face and neck. Place cucumber slices over eyes and relax.
- Allow the mask to set for around 15 minutes.
- Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry.