Is kombucha a superfood or super skincare ingredient?





They say it's best to apply to your skin what you can put in your stomach, and we've found that to be the case with some ingredients like cottage cheese, eggs, coffee, and some fruit extracts. It's time for kombucha (a fermented black tea made by dissolving sugar in boiling water) to join the list of edible (and drinkable) skin care ingredients. 

A few days ago I saw a video on Instagram of a girl rubbing kombucha on her face and claiming it was a game changer. Since then, I've seen several videos showing skin care products containing kombucha. While it is used by many international brands like SkinCeuticals, Fresh and Murad, this trend is slowly but surely making its way into the Indian skincare space. 


Kombucha Benefits in Skin Care. The fermentation process produces bacteria, acid and a small amount of alcohol. These bacteria are probiotics in nature and therefore have a variety of health benefits. Consuming kombucha is an immune booster rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, and antioxidants. It aids in digestion and detoxification of the body. 


It also boosts metabolism, thereby aiding in weight loss. Perhaps because gut health is so closely linked to healthy skin, kombucha is considered a great skin care ingredient. 


In speaking with Dr. Sravya, she said: “There is evidence that kombucha may have positive effects on the skin. For example, one study found that its extract may help reduce inflammation and improve skin barrier function. Another study It has been found to help kill acne-causing bacteria." 


The acid produced by the fermentation process mentioned above can help regulate the pH of the skin. Its probiotic and antioxidant content is also said to increase skin hydration, reduce inflammation and protect it from environmental stressors. Therefore, it can help regulate acne-causing bacteria and reduce the onset of eczema or rosacea. 


"As a dermatologist, I recommend that people with sensitive or allergic skin be careful when using kombucha skin care products. It's also important to choose products that are made with high-quality ingredients and are formulated correctly," advises Dr. Slavia. She believes that, overall, research on kombucha as a skin care ingredient is promising. However, as it is not currently FDA approved, more research is needed to confirm its effectiveness and safety as a skin care ingredient. 

So, as always, it's a good idea to consult a dermatologist before using anything on your skin. We also recommend patch testing to see if the ingredient is suitable for your skin. With that in mind, here is a list of some skin care products containing this exciting ingredient: 

Earth Rhythm Kombucha + Fermented Rice Water Foaming Cleanser: Enriched with kombucha, fermented tomato fruit extract, aloe vera juice and fermented rice extract, this cleanser improves the skin barrier, leaving skin hydrated and even-toned. The kombucha in the blend contains organic acids that help maintain skin's natural balance, combat common breakouts, and improve skin tone, elasticity, texture, and clarity. Basically, this one ingredient does it all! 


Earth Daughter Kombucha Essence + Plant Stem Cell Blue Light Mist: This daughter's earth multivitamin spray contains kombucha extract to firm and smooth skin. Its content of vitamin E, provitamin B5, and niacinamide also supports skin’s moisture barrier and fights free radical damage. Overall, this spray should be used as the last step in your skincare routine to further hydrate. 


Fresh Antioxidant Facial Serum from Kombucha: Fresh Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Serum contains double fermented kombucha, which contains small antioxidant molecules that easily penetrate the skin and provide 24-hour antioxidant protection. It also contains powerful skin-care ingredients like hyaluronic acid to plump skin and mugwort flower to ensure even skin tone. 


Overall, this serum is designed to provide a healthy glow while enhancing the effectiveness of your skin care routine. 


This Targeted Dark Spot Serum from the Sephora Collection contains kombucha and papaya extract to reduce the appearance of dark spots and reduce hyperpigmentation. The former ingredient visibly brightens and evens skin tone, while the latter gently exfoliates. This fragrance-free serum is suitable for all skin types 


Murad Anti-Aging Moisturizer is great for mature, dry skin as it is a moisturizer that minimizes the signs of aging. It also offers strong UVA/UVB protection with SPF 30 PA+++. Enriched with kombucha, it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a youthful-looking complexion. 


Made from 100% biodegradable eucalyptus fiber and a unique cold brew squeeze method, the Innisfree Squeeze Energy Mask is available in three moisture levels - Water, Essence and Cream. The kombucha variant is a water-based mask that purifies and brightens dull skin.
This remodeling activator helps exfoliate and replenish the skin barrier for healthier skin. The oil-free formula is suitable for all skin types and helps fight skin problems such as dehydration, acne, anti-aging and discoloration. It contains naturally derived kombucha to promote skin radiance, and hyaluronic acid to help improve skin texture.

Mario Badescu is known for the acne-treating properties in his skin care products. This hydrating, gentle cleanser is designed to remove light makeup and impurities without leaving your face feeling dehydrated. It's enriched with regenerating glycerin, soothing chamomile extract, regenerating evening primrose extract, and antioxidant-rich fermented black tea (also known as our star ingredient, kombucha).
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