|The latest discovery in the skin care industry is Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA). These fruit acids are found as a citric acid in citrus fruit, tartaric acid in grapes, malic acid in apples, and –you guessed it- in kefir, alpha hydroxy acid is in the form of lactic acid. |
Fruit acids naturally harmonize with the slight acidity of our skin and hair. Lactaid acid creams, by dissolving the lipids that hold old skin cells together, help to remove dead skin particles so that the new skin can emerge into new radiance. This is particularly true if such a cream is used on a regular basis. Other miracles of alpha hydroxy can reportedly perform include reducing the appearance of wrinkles and scar tissue, and fading aging spots and freckles (pigmentations from sun exposure).
Given all these great skin care effects, it’s hardly surprising that AHA’s are so very expensive. Just visit the cosmetics counter of any large department store and you will see what I mean. But now you have AHA as close as your fridge! Kefir contains all the good AHA without all the negative artificial colorants; dyes, synthetic perfumes, detergents or other strange ingredients that cause people to have allergic reactions to commercial skin care products. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may wish to carry out a skin patch test with kefir cream. Put on a dab on an area of skin and leave on for twelve hours. If no reaction occurs, it is safe for you to use.
Here are the basic recipes for making kefir skin care products:
1. Cleanser- Place 2 tsp. of dried elder flower, or 1 elder flower tea bag, in a cup of boiling water and steep for five minutes. Strain. Add 2 ½ tbsp. of liquid honey and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Add kefir to the cooled mixture and whip for several minutes until a smooth cream forms. To use, apply generously over face and neck and clean off with damp cotton swab. Suits all skin types.
2. Facial Scrub- Mix 3 tbsp ground almonds with 1/3 cup of kefir. Apply and leave on for ¼ hour. Gently wash off with warm water. This is excellent for exfoliating face and body. Suitable for sensitive skin.
3. Facial Mask- Take ½ cup uncooked oatmeal, ¾ cup of kefir and 2tbsp. Warm liquid honey. Mix kefir and oatmeal and refrigerate for ten hours. Strain, keeping the liquid and discarding the oatmeal. Add the honey and mix well. Apply the mask and leave on for twenty minutes. Rinse well and apply a moisturizer to the face. This is a great mask for oily skin.
4. Moisturizer- Add three flower heads of marigold to one cup of boiling water. Allow cooling, then removing flower heads. Combine marigold liquid with 2 tsp. Kefir, 2 tsp. apricot oil, ½ tsp. almond oil and 2 tbsp. thick cream and mix well. Rub into skin and until well absorbed. This makes a great day or night lotion for balancing the skin’s acid mantle.
5. Hand cream- Mix 1 tbsp. almond oil and 1 cup of kefir and massage into hands at bedtime. Wear cotton gloves to protect linen. Wash off in the morning. This is a great once a week treat.
6. Kefir Bath- Mix 2 tbsp. melted butter with 2 tbsp. olive oil and let sit for hour. Mix in 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp. witch hazel, juice from 3 apricots (use blender) and ½ cup of kefir. Stir Well. Add 2 beaten eggs and 2/3 cups of milk. This is enough for 6 baths as only a cupful is needed for each bath. You can keep this mix in a sealed bottle in the fridge.
7. Kefir Hair Conditioner- Beat 1 egg yolk. Add ½ cup of kefir. Mix in 2 tsp. grated lemon rind and ½ tsp. kelp powder. Massage this mixture into the hair and scalp and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse and shampoo normally, but add a little bit of lemon juice to the rinse water. (50-52)
Kefir Rediscovered! The Nutritional benefits of an Ancient Healing Food
Copyright 1997 by Klaus Kaufmann