Each week when I make a new batch of kombucha (a delicious and effervescent fermented tea drink), I have yet another scoby baby that I don’t know what to do with. Typically I throw them in to be blended up with my morning smoothie. I’ve wondered what else they could be good for though, so I started looking through lists of what to do with kombucha scobys.
I kept coming across articles discussing scobys for skincare and even found commercial products where kombucha is an ingredient. We’ve discussed before the potential health benefits of kombucha as a drink, but is it possible that it’s also beneficial to apply topically? I decided to blend up a simple kombucha scoby face mask to see for myself. Here’s how you can try it at home too.
Kombucha Scoby Face Mask
1 tbsp kombucha
approx 1/8 c water
Combine ingredients in a blender.
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.
Applying this kombucha scoby face mask felt pretty weird. It’s sort of got an applesauce consistency. After rinsing it off, my skin looked red and felt tight. I’m not sure if the redness was a sensitivity to the mask or just from the bit of scrubbing it took to rinse it off. Regardless, my face was incredibly soft! It makes sense to me that the acidity of the kombucha would act similarly to a chemical peel for my skin. The redness didn’t stick around for long, and even the following day when I woke up, I noticed again how smooth my face was. Overall I’d say it was a success!
What do you use extra baby scobys for? Have you ever tried putting them or kombucha on your skin?
On Wednesday Brad and I are leaving for Victoria. Unfortunately this is not a vacation trip, we’re actually going down for Brad to have a procedure done in their hospital (though we’re thankful that it’s getting done). For this reason, there won’t be a new post up on Thursday, but I intend to be back next Tuesday. Have a great week!