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Kombucha in Skin Care: A Scientific Link?

KOMBUCHA also called “long-life fungus” is a product of the fermentation of sweet black tea by the symbiosis of two micro-organisms. Rich in organic acids and vitamins, Kombucha is well known as a beverage in Russia and China and is believed to confer longevity.

Fermented Kombucha

Kombucha

So what does Kombucha do, if anything, when used in skin care?   According to Sederma, a company that has a patent on a form of Kombucha used in skin care and has conducted clinical studies on the active ingredient, it “possesses anti-glycation activity and a re-densifying effect on the adipocyte population.”  In other words, “Kombucha improves the skin’s overall quality by enhancing the skin’s radiance, density, and color.”

Anti-Glycation and Increased Adipocyte Population:

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Glycation is a process by which proteins, certain fats, and glucose tangle together. It affects all body tissues, and tends to make them stiff and inflexible. Glycation causes most problems for organs where flexibility is most important, such as the heart, kidneys, skin and eyes.

Once it has become glycated, the tissues start to produce ‘glycotoxins’, such as Advanced Glycation End-products – or AGEs, which are damaging to our cells. AGEs do this in two ways, both of which promote aging: they produce free radicals, and increase inflammation.   Kombucha inhibits glycation (in the above study by 79%) and also increases the adipocyte population  (a cell specialized for the storage of fat, found in connective tissue) in the above study by 136%, thus restoring volume in the skin.

Radiance and Smoothness:

Sederma’s research also demonstrated that Kombucha smoothed the skin and increased luminosity as perceived by 75% of volunteers as well as clarity for 81.3% of volunteers.

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My synopsis based on the research and my experience with clients/patients who have mature skin and use products with effective levels of quality Kombucha is that it does indeed improve the volume of the skin and add brilliance to the skin.  It is an efficacious natural element that works synergistically with advanced clinical active ingredients.

The Semi-Precious Stone Zincite and Summer Skin

Laura Hunnewell-croppedby Laura Hunnewell, LE, Contributing Writer, SkinPhD Trainer

 

 

Platinum Flawless Day

SkinPhD® Flawless Day Cream has been a staple in the winter months when I am treating dry and flaky patches on skin. I was looking for a nice light moisturizer for a client who spends a lot of time in the hot sun working outside- and his skin is dry. I really believe this cream is just about perfect for any season-including summer. With ingredients like firming Hexapeptide-10 and the semi-precious stone Zincite, Flawless Day combines the powers of a cosmeceutical product with the soothing benefits of natural ingredients such as rosemary leaf and lemon root which collectively stimulate cell growth, brighten and even help calm a breakout. Clinical studies on the active ingredients have shown a significant reduction of fine lines and wrinkles in 3 months.

Zincite

Zincite

Some facts about Zincite: historically known for its power to reduce scarring, today we know it plays a role in growth and development of skin. The Zincite used in the flawless day product is derived from the blue green Smithsonite stone which embodies energy. One role of Zinc is that it helps to incorporate amino acids into proteins, resulting in increased elastin production. As we age, our bodies lose the ability to produce elastin. Applying regularly to the face and neck helps ours bodies to produce more elastin resulting in firmer skin.

 

benefits-of-black-tea1-300x230The Kombucha black tea in this product helps to create a natural looking radiance and even tone to the skin. Try applying a layer of the SkinPhD’s® Liposome C & E Serum first, then Flawless Day on top. You will be providing sufficient hydration to your antioxidant without a heavy feeling on the skin. When used daily it helps to fight against the damaging effects of harmful pollutants and even provides some natural sun protection.

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