Kefir – Can It Take Skincare To The Next Level?
If you think of ‘run-of-the-mill’ yogurt – but transformed from merely healthy into what many are calling the latest and greatest Superfood then you might be coming close to Kefir. Kefir is, simply a fermented milk drink. Using both bacteria and yeast it has its origins in the Caucasus region between Europe and Asia. It is usually available with a base of cow’s milk – but the milk of goats and sheep can also be used. The fermentation process gives it a slight carbonation which is extremely pleasant to the tongue. The taste is similar to yogurt and it can be found in most health food stores – but is also making inroads onto the shelves of grocery stores.
Kefir has large amounts of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum, as well as being rich in lactic acid and yeast. The combinations of these compounds have led to the recognition of the foodstuff as one of the most effective macrobiotic foods in the world. Adding to the attraction of Kefir is that it is lactose-free and boasts a lower sugar content than regular yogurt.
The question many people ask is whether using Kefir can have any benefits when it comes to skincare.
In short, the answer appears to be yes. – Anecdotal evidence would suggest that the unique combination of vitamins, fats, organic acids, antioxidants and proteins can help the skin retain moisture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For those who want to enjoy this benefit, Kefir is best applied as a night mask.
The use of Kefir can also reduce inflammation. This is especially useful for those who suffer from facial redness or rosacea. When Kefir is applied to the affected areas the probiotic Lactobacillus and a variety of natural compounds act to calm the skin and reduce the inflammation affecting blood vessels close to the skin’s surface.
It’s no secret that we live in a highly stressed society. Combine this with environmental factors such as pollution and exposure to the elements and you have the perfect recipe for skin that reflects the stress of our everyday lives. The high probiotic content of Kefir can help you get rid of toxins (and free radicals) that can damage stressed skin. By aiding in digestion probiotics also help to boost the body so that vitamins and minerals are absorbed more effectively – helping skin achieve that youthful glow and throw off the effects of stress.
If you are interested in a healthy-looking skin – then investigate the benefits of Kefir. It is not only delicious – it is good for you.