With as much as I love Kombucha, I haven’t written enough about it. As some of you might know, I regularly brew Kombucha at home. What is Kombucha, you ask? It is a fermented probiotic tea that packs vitamins and antioxidants. Basically a superfood for your gut. With many benefits for your health, this super tea can also do wonders for the skin. In this post, you will learn how to make a DIY Kombucha and Coffee Face Mask.
Kombucha (Boocha) for Self-Care
I drink Kombucha daily, sometimes even twice a day. It gives me a boost on energy, helps me feel resilient, and is super refreshing. Now granted, I like sour flavors, though for some, it might be an acquired taste. Making Kombucha at home is easy and super cheap. Plus, you can get creative and make your own flavors with herbs, fruits, and spices. It’s a tasty way to take care of your body and gut health, which in turn affects your mood. If you want to read more about probiotics and mood, check out this article here.
Kombucha can thus become a regular part of your healthy self-care routine. I highly recommend trying your hand at homebrewing this stuff, if you aren’t already. I previously wrote articles you can read, How to Brew Your Own Kombucha and how to complete Secondary Fermentation & Bottling for homebrewing to get you started.
Kombucha and Coffee Face Mask
While drinking Kombucha is gaining popularity, it can be used for many other purposes, such as a Kombucha and coffee face mask. I came across the book The Big Book of Kombucha, by Crum & LaGory, I found a ton a new uses for both the liquid and the SCOBY. SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Basically, a firm but squishy glob of living organisms made almost entirely of cellulose. Once you have a routine of brewing your own, you will begin to accumulate quite a few SCOBYs.
Probiotics, like those found in Kombucha, can help improve the skin. They have an anti-microbial effect, which is great for acne (1). Kombucha also contains various enzymes and amino acids, which can help with the production of collagen in the skin (2). Bottom line the same nutrients in Kombucha that nourish your body can nourish your skin as well.
Coffee is great for skin care for a few reasons. First, it contains caffeine which helps to reduce inflammation and tighten the skin (3). Secondly, coffee contains high levels of antioxidants which helps to fight skin damage (3). Lastly, ground coffee is great as a natural exfoliant.
I made up this recipe in order to create a tightening, smoothing, and nourishing face mask. But I also wanted it to double as a scrub. I am also a believer in simplicity. And with only 3 ingredients, this face mask (which doubles as a scrub) is easy and basically free to make (once you brew your own Booch).
Fair warning, it is the not the most aesthetically pleasing or nice smelling face mask. I thought about adding essential oils, but I think it would have just made it worse. Keep in mind that Kombucha smells like vinegar. And coffee smells like, well, coffee. The two together smell a bit funky, but the results are worth it, I swear! Here’s the recipe below:
- 1 thin SCOBY
- 2 Tsp plain Kombucha
- 1 tsp ground coffee
- In a blender or food processor, add all ingredients and blend until it becomes a think paste. May still have small pieces of the SCOBY, which is ok.
- For use, apply the mask evenly to your face. It can be a little messy. Allow to sit on face for 10-15 minutes where it will dry up just slightly. Then, using finger tips, gently massage around your face for 20 seconds to scrub face clean. Begin rinsing face, continuing to massage into skin. Rinse clean and pat dry.
Yield: 2-3 applications. May store extra in a container with a lid for 6 or 7 days on the counter or up to 3 weeks in the fridge.
The final result of this Kombucha and Coffee Face Mask is a smooth, brighter, tighter looking complexion. It even helped with my redness around my acne. I finished by following with a natural face oil that helps to restore moisture and nourish skin. Natural DIY skin care for the win!
What do you think of this recipe? Any Kombucha homebrewers excited to make use of their SCOBYs? Thanks for reading, friends! And feel free to leave your questions, comments, or feedback below!