The Probiotic, Skin-Refining Toner in your Fridge

I’ve been lusting after a very expensive exfoliating toner recently released by one of my favourite brands. One of its claims is that it’s full of Probiotics and Lactic Acid which help refine your skin. I’m trying to cut back a bit on my beauty spending (maybe pregnancy hormones are messing with my head?) so can’t quite justify its hefty price tag.

Surely, like most natural products, I could make my own? I’ve read its ingredients list and it’s pretty doubtful I could replicate this particular product – mainly because it involves fermenting grains, and like, wtf? How am I supposed to do that?

But perhaps I could find a budget alternative? I know apple cider vinegar is pretty great for skin and I have been using my apple-rose toner for a while. The naturally occurring probiotics in ACV could be acting in a similar way. But I wanted a bit of a change, and perhaps something more powerful. Plus ACV is a little bit pongy. So I thought to myself as I sipped a glass of kombucha, “what probiotic liquid could be used as a toner?”

Then it hit me, could I use kombucha as a probiotic, skin-refining toner?

I hit the internet to find out more. I love kombucha as a health elixir, as no doubt you’ve already gathered! It aids digestion and is packed full of probiotic goodness. But did you know it has a tonne of other benefits that could directly support your skin?

  • Kombucha contains naturally fermenting probiotics, which help regulate and support the bacteria naturally found on skin. Keeping good bacteria healthy is essential in protecting your skin.
  • It contains vitamin C. The antioxidant properties of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and its role in collagen synthesis make vitamin C a vital molecule for skin health. Dietary and topical ascorbic acid have beneficial effects on skin cells, and some studies have shown that vitamin C may help prevent and treat ultraviolet (UV)-induced photodamage.
  • Kombucha concentrates the antioxidants found in tea. Antioxidants not only fight the environmental toxins known as free radicals, which contribute to illness and disease, but help slow the aging process.
  • Kombucha is anti-microbial due to it’s acetic and organic acids, proteins, enzymes and bacteriocins. It exerts anti-microbial activity against pathogenic bacteria like E coli and Salmonella. Incidentally, green tea kombucha has a high anti-microbial effect than when made with black tea. It’s also really useful in balancing acne-prone skin, as it removes the bad bacterias (while supporting the good ones).
  • The weak acid gently dissolves the bonds that hold dead skin cells together and creates a mild, completely natural acid peel which exfoliates.

Because Kombucha Vinegar is at a lower concentration than regular vinegar, this toner can be used daily. Its mild antiseptic properties rebalance the skin’s natural pH, preventing an imbalance of bacteria that can lead to acne.

How I made it

After making a batch of kombucha, per my recipe, I reserved a little and poured it into a plastic pump bottle (use either glass or plastic – metal will weaken your kombucha). I used this little pump bottle I picked up from Daiso for <$3.

kombucha tonerPump a little onto a cotton ball or your hands and wipe over your clean face.

Let it dry a little before following up with your favourite serum and/or moisuriser.

Want even more goodness in your toner? Try adding aloe vera (juice or gel) to your kombucha. It’ll help soothe skin and moisturise.

Or mix half and half with rosewater. It’ll dilute some of the kombucha acids making it better for more sensitive skin. I even found this exact product being sold on Amazon! Save some money and do it yourself!

You could even add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oils to help make it smell better (straight kombucha is a little vinegary).


It does tingle a little on your skin – especially where you might have pimples! This could either be the acids or the bubbles naturally occurring in kombucha.

Full disclaimer here, I started using this about half way through my first trimester when my skin was an absolute mess (thanks baby-making hormones!) and have continued to use it now I’m in my second. Because of my circumstances it’s hard to say with certainty if it helped my acne.

My skin is looking great now though and pimples do seem to be healing faster. I do notice a little exfoliating action going on too when I apply it (gentle but definitely happening). From what I can tell, this toner works pretty darn well and is giving my skin a little boost.

This is one homemade beauty product I’m happy to keep on using.

Note: I need a more mature lady to give this a try as I’ve also read that it’s brilliant for anti-aging too. If you fit this description, please share your verdict with us!

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  • Jess

    I too have been lusting after the pricey brand name toner so I’ll definitely give this recipe a try instead, thank you for sharing with us!!