What you put into your own personal ecosystem has a definite effect on what you get out of it.
Kefir does not only keep you healthy on the inside but has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties that help keep you looking young and radiant.
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, in the form of lactic acid.
Lactic 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 in new radiance. And now you have AHA as close as your fridge! Kefir contains all the good AHA without all the negative artificial colorants, dyes and synthetic perfumes that may cause allergic reactions.
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Kefir Skin Care Products
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.
Add three flower heads of marigold to one cup of boiling water. Allow cooling, then remove 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