In recent times, a whole lot of new beauty trends have sprung up, but the latest and yet-to-be-known in Nigeria is Probiotic skincare. As a skincare therapist, this is one new beauty trend that I’d definitely be sticking to after trying it out. So for those who do not know what I’m talking about, let us look into what this new beauty trend is.
Firstly, what is a probiotic? A probiotic is a colony of live bacteria and yeasts that have advantageous health benefits to the overall body system starting with the digestive system. Our bodies are generally full of bacteria, both good and bad, but the good or ‘helpful’ bacteria is known as probiotic bacteria. These probiotics help to keep our gut (digestive system) healthy, thereby improving on the health of the immune system of the body. When there is an excess of bad bacteria, we experience negative symptoms such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, fatigue, acne, eczema, rashes, dermatitis, autoimmune diseases, etc. This is where consuming probiotics come in as it helps to eradicate excess bad bacteria and keep a good bacterial balance in the gut flora. This is why most people who suffer from acne breakouts or congested skin are advised to watch what they eat and consume probiotics to help increase good bacteria in their gut. So with the numerous benefits you get from consuming probiotics does it make any sense to apply on the skin?
It sure does as our skin is also chock full of good bacteria that do the work of maintaining a healthy skin cell structure. They do this by calming inflammation in people with mild or severe skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis, eczema and congestion in form of rashes. Probiotics also ‘eat up’ accumulated dead skin cells on the skin, due to the lactic acid it contains, resulting in a smooth and soft skin.
So how do we use probiotics on the skin? Do you just go to the pharmacy, get some probiotics and slather on our face? NO!!! There are various skincare brands offering probiotic benefits to the skin, but often, these brands could be quite expensive to the average Nigerian. This is where learning how to make your own healthy probiotic for consumption and skin usage comes to play.
A typical and most beneficial naturally homemade probiotic is fermented cabbage juice. Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable with loads of health benefits, especially containing vitamin U, which is a powerful healing nutrient. Fermented cabbage juice on the other hand, is not only packed full with cabbage vitamins and nutrients but also with lots of good bacteria that break down the cabbage for the body to easily absorb its nutrients. Cabbage also contains a high amount of vitamin C and vitamin C is an essential ingredient for boosting skin collagen, fighting free radical damage and maintaining a healthy skin cell barrier structure.
Making fermented cabbage juice is so easy and takes a couple of days to ferment before consumption or usage on the skin. All you need are:
– 3 cups of coarsely chopped cabbage.
– 1 (3/4) cup of filtered or distilled water.
– 1 teaspoon of sea salt (Himalayan, celtic or kosher).
Fill the blender with all ingredients, starting first with the cabbage, then water and sea salt. Pulse your blender for about 10 seconds just enough to make the cabbage into small pieces and not to make a puree. Pour mixture into a mason jar, making sure to leave space between the cabbage mixture and the cover to allow for gas to diffuse off while fermenting. Let mixture sit at room temperature for 3 days, (best to keep on kitchen counter and not in a hot environment). After 3 days, separate the juice from the pulp and keep fermented juice refrigerated. You could drink up or use as a facial toner after cleansing the skin right away after fermenting or you could save up till when cold. Endeavor to use or drink up within a week and make a new batch.
The result of consuming and using on your skin the fermented cabbage juice is remarkable as it leaves you feeling energetic, lightweight, and alert and it brightens up your skin and makes it smooth.
Try it out today and experience the awesomeness of the new millennial beauty fad!!!