Probiotic Skin Care
Probiotic Skin Care
Craft & Culture started formulating fermented skin care products after a long period of R&D! In line with our slogan “Health by Design”, we want to spread the message that health starts from within through what we consume and extends externally to what we apply on our bodies.
Do you know that our skin is the largest organ in our body?
and yet, we expose it to more than 150 kinds of synthetic chemicals every day which it readily absorbs like a sponge.
Artificial compounds in the products we normally use are applied onto, then absorbed into the skin. They then pass through the bloodstream, to the organs. A small amount is dispelled as waste. When we add up all the skincare and cosmetic applications we use, it can amount to a lot of build up in the body.
Probiotic Skin Care…Harness the powerful effects of Kombucha & Milk Kefir today!
Frequently asked Questions
Probiotics like Kombucha contain B-vitamins and enzymes, and a high concentration of gluconic, acetic and lactic acids, as well as a number of other metabolites like glucosamine. Probiotic bacteria are meant to stabilize skin’s defense system by allowing our skin to regain its natural balance, much like probiotics do for our gut. In fact, skin is at its healthiest when coupled with good balance of bacteria internally and externally.
We specialize in probiotic based skin care products. Our goods are handcrafted in Singapore with mostly organic, raw, unprocessed and/or unrefined key ingredients and are made with no synthetic preservatives. Each and every product has been lovingly tested and used. We often revisit formulations and products to improve on them. As our products are handmade, small variations in colour and smell are common from batch to batch.
We’ve been using homemade skincare using our drinkables for several years now. In fact, when our customers order drinks from us, they sometimes ask us if they can incorporate our Kombucha and Milk Kefir drinks into DIY skin care products. What began as simple suggestions, grew into a significant direction for us in terms of how we wanted to evolve the company…Skin Care!
What we’ve noticed was that short 15 minute facial masks involving Kombucha and Milk Kefir caused our skin to appear brighter and tighter in one use. Even red, inflamed skin from a sun burn or eczema flare was greatly reduced with a simple spray of liquid. By including a proprietary blend of powerful botanicals and essential oils, the efficacy of natural skincare products are further enhanced. We couldn’t be more excited because our products are getting encouraging feedback!
Common Benefits of using Kombucha and Milk Kefir on skin: Increased skin health, soothe inflammation and itch, treat acne etc.
Although the research done using probiotic skin care is not extensive and conclusive, we managed to find a cool scientifically-backed article from Dermatology Times asking “Are skincare products with probiotics worth the hype?“ (Short Answer is Yes!)
Active Ingredient Glossary and Uses
- Kombucha – Gluconic acid, lactic acid, acetic acid, vitamins (particularly B vitamins and vitamin C), amino acids, enzymes.. The acids reduce acne breakouts, appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Vitamin C reduces photo damage from the sun and helps with wound healing.
- Milk Kefir – Probiotics, lactic acid bacteria, proteins, lipids. Reduces acne breakouts, appearance of wrinkles and other signs of ageing.
- Calendula – Moisturizer for dry skin, rashes and for severely chapped or split skin, soothes the area and reduces the pain. Anti-inflammatory action helps lessen swelling from injury. Antiseptic and antimicrobial action helps to speed up healing of wounds and minor cuts, relieve insect bites, acne and bed sores. Treat eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and other skin problems.
- Lavender – Used to treat various skin disorders such as acne, wrinkles, psoriasis, and other inflammatory conditions. Speeds up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Combines with Chamomile to treat eczema.
- Tea Tree – Anti-viral and anti-fungal properties used to treat cuts, wounds, burns, boils and other skin disorders, like eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions. Reduces acne, chapped lips. Hydrates dry skin.
- Citronella – Naturally repels insects, fights free radical damage, anti-fungal, reduces inflammation, fights respiratory infections, relieves muscle pain.
- Rosemary – Cell regeneration properties are effective in dehydrating and toning skin. Treats visible skin conditions and replaces the damaged tissue, thus reducing the appearance of scars and spots. Anti-inflammatory properties useful in treating chronic skin conditions such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis.
- Roman Chamomile -Antimicrobial and antioxidant properties used to treat swelling and skin conditions that are associated with allergy symptoms. Anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties effective in treating eczema, wounds, ulcers, gout, skin irritations, bruises, burns and even skin conditions like cracked nipples and diaper rash.
- Peppermint – Brightens dull skin, controls acne and useful as insect repellent. Anti-viral properties effective in cuts, wounds, burns, boils and other skin disorders, like eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions.
- Grapeseed Oil – High concentration of essential fatty acids like palmitic, stearic, and linoleic acid which are effective at minimizing the prominence and size of scars. Rich in polyphenols (anti-inflammatory antioxidants) retard the aging process and prevent acne outbreaks. Effectively moisturizes the skin,balancing both dry and oily patches.
- Coconut Oil – Retains moisture content of skin. Strong antimicrobial protects against infection that can enter the body through wounds. Vitamin E is essential for healthy skin growth, repair of wear & tear on the skin, keeping skin smooth and protecting against cracking. Good antioxidant properties prevents premature aging and wrinkling of skin. Rich in proteins that contribute to cellular health and tissue repair.
Absolutely not! We test only on humans (ourselves, family and friends) and so far our expert reviewers range from a bubbly 4-year old toddler with food allergies and eczema to an active retiree with dry, sensitive skin. As we use natural ingredients and food grade materials with no parabens, phthalates and no harmful synthetic preservatives, we do not feel guilty using humans as our test subjects. You can sign up to be our reviewer anytime using our email or facebook page to give us a heads up.
Our products have no fillers or crazy synthetic preservatives so they are not made to last. We advise for you to store products in a cool and dry place or in the fridge. Discard any unused/unopened products within the advised use by date on the product page.
The immune system works in different ways and what works for some will not for others. Some people have allergies to natural ingredients but not synthetic ingredients. That being said, at Craft & Culture, we believe for most people, natural products are better.
As with all skin care products, we suggest you patch test first and wait for 24 hours to monitor before resuming with liberal application.
Eczema can be thought of as an allergy that breaks out on the skin, often starting with small red bumps and spreading with an itch. There is more information on our website under “Eczema”. Your doctor will provide information and often prescribe a cortisone based anti-inflammatory cream. This can be very effective at bringing an acute breakout under control, but there are limitations for longer term use as discussed with your health care professional, for example liver complications and steroid withdrawal symptoms…Yikes! Our Eczema Restorative Balm is also anti-inflammatory and has helped to get this condition under control for our customers. It can be used as often and for as long as needed.
Managing eczema also involves minimizing triggers, on top of topical applications. For example, for food allergy-triggered eczema, care should be taken one’s diet to minimize a particular food.
Although the Eczema Balm has some moisturizing oils, it is not specifically a moisturizer. The Eczema Balm is a topical treatment to be applied to affected areas. As Eczema and Psoriasis are both dry skin conditions the balm works great in conjunction with a moisturizer.
Like all natural remedies, it may take some time before you see an improvement. Everybody is different and while the balm works for many, it may not work for some. It is not a medicine like steroid creams, but a non-medical alternative to managing eczema conditions.
With patience, trial and error, you will find a combination that works best for you. We are fellow eczema-sufferers and we've found the balms to work for us.
The balm acts as an anti-inflammatory (Eczema is an inflammation of the skin) as well as controlling Seborrheic Dermatitis. As always, we suggest you patch test first.
*Do note that information provided by Craft & Culture is not intended to treat or diagnose physical medical conditions. In the event that any adverse reactions occur, please exercise good judgement and decide if medical attention is required.
Disclaimer: All experimental benefits listed can vary from person to person. Our products are helpful for many but may have no effect on some.