Beauty, makeup, and colour are like the finishing touches on everything.
Beauty in the modern era is so often portrayed through what we apply to our bodies and skin. There are an increasing number of beauty companies and natural skin care brands that are moving from the latest, trendy laboratory manufactured ingredients to natural, organic and probiotic products. The fermentation process which creates probiotic products helps to slow the aging process of the skin. To foster ageless beauty we need to make sure that everything that touches our skin is natural and free from nasty ingredients and organic.
From around the age of 30, our skin begins to lose elasticity. This process can be slowed by the way we live our lives. Think in terms of having more nutritionally dense food, taking probiotics, exercising and reducing stress. A better quality of life will increase your inner and outer beauty as well as increasing your longevity. I often say in classes that we want to live longer, not die for longer.
The natural aging process, the harshness of sunburn, environmental pollutants, malnutrition and alcohol all contribute to premature skin aging, wrinkles, and blemishes. Nutrition is key if you want to repair the damage and retain an outer glow. Several studies have confirmed the connection between gut and skin health with many dermatologists witnessing gut and skin issues occurring together. So, it’s crucial to focus on what’s happening internally to glow externally.
Consuming even small amounts of fermented foods in your everyday diet can play a crucial role in a well-rounded beauty routine. If you are already eating well, you don't have to make drastic changes to your eating habits to start seeing a younger you with clearer skin, better health and an overall improved sense of wellbeing. Substitute your daily diet soft drink for Kombucha, choose kefir instead of store bought yoghurt and eat more greens. Try spicing up your meals with small amounts of kimchi or sauerkraut regularly to inoculate your gut with probiotics.
As an easily available drink, Kombucha is not just a detoxifying beverage. For your beauty toolbox the SCOBY, which is the culture or mother that makes the fermented beverage, can be used either pureed to use as a food scrub or whole as a **facemask among others.
When making your own Kombucha, an over fermented batch or one that actually just tastes like vinegar can be used to condition your hair. It’s a great way to use a batch that you find is too sour to drink. Otherwise, go with the sourness and use it as a salad dressing.
Kefir is a fermented milk tonic or drinking yoghurt that is easy and inexpensive to make at home. It’s extremely high in probiotics, containing many strains of bacteria and beneficial yeasts. Many people claim that applying a **facemask of kefir is very soothing to skin afflicted by rosacea. Kefir has the additional benefit of containing lactic acid which is a known anti-ageing ingredient.
Use your abundance of ferments to promote your external beauty, while consuming the probiotic benefits to boost your inner beauty and health.
** Apply a small amount to the side of your neck to check for sensitivity. If you feel itchy or uncomfortable clean with water immediately. Don’t proceed.