Jennifer and I made face masks using extra SCOBYs from our kombucha brews. I know, it’s weird. We’re fully aware of how crazy we sound, and how freaky we look. But, who cares! It’s fun and it feels awesome.

ingredients for fermented skin care: tumeric and kombucha

We already know that fermented foods do wonders to our gut, and we’ve tried yogurt in skin care and loved it, so we thought we’d give it a try again. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a SCOBY is a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that is necessary for the kombucha and jun brewing process. It is a live culture that converts sweet brewed tea into a tangy fizzy, probiotic beverage. To learn more about the kombucha making process, check out a blog I wrote, last year, about my discovery of the greatest beverage ever, called “Kombucha What?!”.

Emily Somple and Jennifer Harris putting on fermented skin care masks

We decided to make these masks two ways. Jennifer’s mask was made by simply separating thin layers of the SCOBY into face-shaped pieces and laying them on the skin for 10-15 min. We also blended the SCOBY with a little bentonite clay and turmeric powder to make a clay-like mask. To be honest, I wish I had done Jennifer’s mask. The clay-like mask was too chunky and was dripping all over my neck and shirt. Jennifer seemed to really enjoy hers, but I couldn’t leave mine on for the whole 15 min.

Closeup of the fermented skin care mask

To check out more probiotic skin care, watch our Cultured Yogurt Face Mask video!

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