Many people are already aware of the benefits of yogurt for your skin. Yogurt is fantastic to add into your skin care regime, but kefir is even better.
With a far wider range of friendly bacteria and a host of healthy enzymes – kefir also adds natural oils to your skin. It can help to diminish the size of your pores, which some women find a real problem. When used regularly it will improve the overall texture of your skin and give you a really refreshing, healthy glow.
You can use kefir on your face and neck, or any skin on your body, as part of your regular skincare treatment. Loaded with lactic acid and zinc, kefir will help to close those enlarged pores, treat and prevent acne and exfoliate dead skin cells. It does a great job of moisturizing and reducing the appearance of those fine lines.
First, make sure you are eating a serving of kefir each day, to keep your insides working well! The digestive system is where all good health starts and this includes a glowing skin.
The easiest way of using kefir on your skin is just to apply it directly. Pour some fresh kefir into your hand and apply it to the face and neck area. Gently massage it around. You can leave it on for a little while, twenty minutes or so is good, before rinsing it off.
You can use your imagination and mix in a variety of ingredients for a truly beneficial homemade facial treatment. Suggestions of some good ingredients to use – that add their own healing properties – are coconut oil, honey, cucumber, lemon juice ….
Cleanse your skin first. For cleansing, you might like to try the Kefir Coconut Cleanser or the Kefir and Honey cleanser recipes! Then apply a little kefir onto your pimples and any acne-prone areas, massaging it thoroughly into the skin. Leave it on – if possible – for up to twenty minutes before rinsing it off. Kefir is rich in zinc, which greatly helps with clearing up acne and preventing new pimples from forming.
Kefir can help in preventing reoccurring canker sores. Rub some kefir into your lips at least three times a day. The antibacterial properties in kefir will help to keep bad bacteria in check, and prevent canker sores from forming.
Kefir can be very helpful for a range of fungal skin problems including vaginal yeast infections, jock itch, ringworm and even candida type skin infections. To use it, it is simply a matter of making a quick poultice i.e. soaking a cloth or gauze in kefir. Apply it to the area, using medicinal tape or a bandage to hold it in place if necessary. It should be replaced with a fresh kefir poultice a few times each day.
For a vaginal yeast infection, soak a tampon in kefir and insert it. OK, I know – you are going to feel really wierd doing this, but is seriously a godsend with vaginal infections. You should change this regularly, at least three times per day.
Kefir is just as good for your hair, and the skin on your head! If you have dandruff or a dry scalp, put a generous amount of kefir into your hands and massage it in. Leave it there for at least fifteen minutes, then rinse it off. The kefir will help to clear up dandruff and moisturize your scalp, while gently exfoliating any dead skin cells.
Kefir and lemon makes an excellent treatment for the skin on your hands and feet. Combine together a halp cup of kefir with the juice of a lemon. Store it chilled in the refrigerator – when it can be kept for up to five days.
Apply this mixture to your hands and feet, making sure to massage it well into the nail beds. Leave it on for up to twenty minutes, or as long as you can, then rinse it with warm water. This kefir and lemon treatment is fantastic for softening your skin and making your nails strong, shiny and healthy.
After reading this article, you may have lots of different ideas on how you can use kefir for skin care. Remember that it is a really healthy food, just as good for your outsides as your insides and let your imagination run wild. For example, you can add your favorite essential oils for a really pampering and luxurious facial mask.