Cream kefir makes a nourishing face cleanser, moisturizer, exfoliating mask and offers a wonderful boost to your overall skincare regimen. Combine it with lavender essential oil, or any other desired oil, and you’ll not only feel pampered you’ll get plenty of beneficial microbes in the process.
What makes dairy kefir so beneficial?
Each one of us carries a unique set of microbes on our skin. An imbalance in this microbial community can lead to all sorts of disorders such as psoriasis, acne, seborrhea. The more we are learning about this hidden garden of living organisms, the more we see the value in nurturing them as opposed to stripping them away with harsh chemicals. For more on this topic, see the website Skin Microbiome.
In addition to the 30 or more strains of probiotics, kefir is loaded with lactic acid, which is one of the alpha hydroxy acids. Many expensive skincare products contain AHAs because these acids, naturally derived from foods, increase blood flow to the skin helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. (see which foods contain AHAs here.)
To make cream kefir blend 1/4 cup homemade dairy kefir with 2 cups raw or store-bought cream (avoid ultra-pasteurized as it will not hold a culture as well.) Allow to ferment for 24-48 hours, stirring several times. (For more specific directions on making dairy kefir see this previous post.)
Directions for skin care:
Apply cream kefir directly to skin. You may wash it off or leave as is. The sour milk will continue to work its magic if you leave it on. Feel free to apply your regular moisturizer after kefir is applied.
No kefir available? Use store-bought or homemade yogurt instead.
Have you tried sour milk on your skin? I’d love to hear!