If you start making kombucha on a regular basis, you’ll begin collecting more SCOBYs than you need. The question then becomes, what do I do with all of these SCOBYs? If you’re like me, you’re not going to want to simply throw them in the trash. After all, you’ve been with those adorable, slimy pancakes since day one. You might even have a name for the little guys. How can you just throw them away? Well, luckily for us all there are many uses for kombucha SCOBYs. In this article I’m going to explain just one of those uses … how to turn your SCOBY into a beauty mask. The way I look at it is, if the SCOBY’s got to go, I might as well use his beauty-enhancing qualities to make my face glow, right?
In this article I’m going to explain how the kombucha beauty mask works, why you should try it, and how to make kombucha masks.
How Does It Work?
When you place a kombucha SCOBY or pieces of a SCOBY on your face, two things are happening when it makes contact: the SCOBY pulls circulation to the surface of the skin and your face absorbs the slight acidity of the SCOBY. The increased circulation and exposure to acidity are very beneficial to the skin of the face.
Blood circulation to your face is vital for healthy looking skin. Blood circulation delivers nutrients and oxygen to the cells in your body. For healthy skin cells, your face needs good blood circulation. That’s where the kombucha SCOBY comes in. As it rests on your face, the SCOBY increases blood circulation, delivering face-rejuvenating nutrients and oxygen.
In addition to blood circulation, the slight acidity of the SCOBY is great for your face. Your skin has a thin protective layer known as the acid mantle, which is comprised of amino, lactic, and fatty acids. The acid mantle helps secrete oils that protect your skin. Applying something with a slight acidity to your face is beneficial because it supports the acid mantle, thats why toners are often slightly acidic—to support the acid mantle’s pH balance. The pH of the SCOBY will act similarly to a toner, but for a fraction of the price. The acidity of the SCOBY will remove dead skin cells and leave your face soft, smooth, and healthy.
Why You Should Try It
Making your own kombucha mask has a number of benefits, such as:
How to Make Kombucha Masks
Below is a list of our 5 favorite SCOBY masks:
1. Simple SCOBY Face Mask
1 SCOBY culture
1/4-1/2 C of some fermented Kombucha Tea
Place SCOBY and just enough Kombucha Tea to create a paste (about 1/4-1/2 cup depending on the size of your culture) in the blender and pulse until smooth. A raw egg or almond oil may be added to act as a binder.
Apply to face – it will have a chunky, applesauce type texture to it so it may not go on evenly – that’s ok. Allow it to remain on the face 5-15 minutes. Then wash off. I find its best when I can lay down and relax for these few minutes while the mask is on my face.
If you like, you may also add Aloe Vera, Vitamin E oil and essential oil (just a few drops for fragrance) for added benefits. Experiment until you find your perfect recipe.
2. Probiotic Facial Mask/Toner
8 oz SCOBY culture, fresh
1/8 c kombucha vinegar (loaded with probiotics)
1 tbsp of your favorite oil
Wash your SCOBY with water making sure to remove anything stringy. The "stringy" dark threads are pieces of yeast from the green tea and sugar used to make the probiotic kombucha.
Make sure you wring the SCOBY out well. Add all the ingredients and blend on high speed for 3 minutes or until it comes out creamy and is spreadable.
Store your kombucha mask cream in an 8 oz glass jar.
3. Kombucha Manna Skin Toner
4 oz fermented kombucha tea
1/4 cup aloe vera
1/4 tsp Vitamin C powder(Ascorbic Acid)
a drop or two of Vitamin E oil
Blend the ingredients together.
Once the ingredients are a smooth consistency, store the toner in a glass jar. Keep the lid open to allow carbonation to escape.
The toner will last for a week or so at room temperature. Apply once or twice a day to face or body.
4. Kombucha Coconut Oil Face Cream
1 kombucha SCOBY
1/2 C coconut oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil
1/8-1/4 C kombucha tea
2 drops of peppermint oil
4 drops frankincense essential oils
4 drops lavender oil
If using coconut oil, melt and then allow to cool to the touch, so that you can blend the rest of the ingredients into it.
Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor, until applesauce consistency. Add enough tea to make it the right consistency.
Cover face, avoiding eyes, and leave on for a few minutes.
Wash off with warm water and a washcloth.
Use once a night for drier skin, less often for oily skin.
5. Kombucha SCOBY Face Mask
1 tbsp kombucha
approx 1/8 C water
Combine ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Depending on the size of your scoby, add more or less water as necessary to make a thick paste.
To use, spread onto your face while avoiding your eyes. I found this easiest with my fingers.
Leave on for around 10 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water.
Hopefully by now you’re feeling a little less guilt about the SCOBY you need to toss. Instead of the trash, your SCOBY is now going towards a great cause--keeping your face soft and beautiful. Have fun!