The humble yogurt, also called as curd, is a nutritious food that aids in digestion and offers minerals such as calcium and zinc for strong bones, teeth and immune system.
However, most people are unaware about benefits of yogurt on face. When topically applied to the skin, yogurt has wide-ranging skin benefits.
In fact you can use plain yogurt on your skin several times a week for healthy, glowing skin. If you like to know more, keep reading!
Why Yogurt Is Good For Skin?
Yogurt contains some incredible skin-friendly nutrients, which bestow a youthful glow to the skin. Here are the 4 key nutrients in yogurt that help rejuvenate skin and make it look healthy and flawless.
(i) Zinc: One hundred grams of yogurt contains approximately 1 mg of zinc. This mineral is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It acts as an astringent, promotes cell reproduction and facilitates tissue growth. Zinc also regulates sebum production, so yogurt can be used in home remedies for treating acne and pimples.
(ii) Calcium: Our epidermis significantly consists of calcium. Yogurt is chockfull of calcium; so applying yogurt on skin helps supplement calcium – which in turn will promote efficient skin cell regeneration and stopping the skin from getting dry and dehydrated.
(iii) B Vitamins: Yogurt is rich in vitamins B2, B5 and B12. It is the vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, that makes your skin glow and look healthy. This helps maintain your skin hydrated, shields the skin cells from damage caused by free radicals, helps in cellular renovation and growth and contributes in the creation of healthy cellular fats.
(iv) Lactic Acid: This is another main nutrient in yogurt that you can find in several skin care products. Lactic acid serves dual purpose; as effective exfoliant as well as skin moisturizer. It also acts as an anti-aging agent, so helps in fading away wrinkles and preventing new wrinkles and fine lines from forming.
What Yogurt Does And How It’s Beneficial To Your Skin?
Now that I have told you all about the key nutrients that make yogurt so good for skin, let’s have a look on the benefits of yogurt for skin.
Note: Make sure to use plain, unsweetened and unflavored yogurt.
Moisturizes And Hydrates Skin
If you feel your face skin is looking dried out and dull, gently apply natural plain yogurt on your face with your fingertips in small circular motions. The lactic acid present in the yogurt will help hydrate the skin, thereby freshening up the dull looking skin.
To indulge in a yogurt facial, follow these steps: First, wash your face. When you’re finished with slathering and splashing, smooth some creamy, natural yogurt over your face and neck. The yogurt will lock in the moisture from washing your face. Let the mixture refresh your skin for about ten minutes, and then rinse it off.
The lactic acid present in yogurt obstructs the production of an enzyme called tyrosinase, which is responsible for the production of melanin and causing the skin tone to turn darkened. When melanin production is constrained, your skin turns to a brighter tone over time.
Yogurt is an amazing natural skin exfoliant. The lactic acid present in yogurt, a natural alpha hydroxyl acid, helps buff away dead skin cells – which in turn stimulates the cells to renew faster. The best part is that lactic acid while removing dead skin cells does not irritate your skin.
Blemish-Free And Flawless Skin
Yogurt has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, which help exterminate bacteria that cause acne and pimples. It is also rich in zinc, which is commonly known to reduce skin inflammation, decrease the amount of oil produced by the sebaceous glands and helps in healing of acne blemishes. The probiotics in yogurt destroy bacteria. These all properties of yogurt work together to ensure you enjoy a blemish-free skin.
For blemish free and flawless skin, rub plain, skim milk yogurt thoroughly into blemishes and blemish-prone areas everyday. Leave on your face for 30 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Prevents Premature Aging
Yogurt contains powerful antioxidants, which can inhibit free radicals from damaging your skin. In addition the presence of lactic acid in yogurt, an alpha hydroxy acid further helps to smooth rough, dry skin and prevent premature aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. So you can delay the onset of wrinkles and fine lines by using a yogurt mask regularly.
Crush 6-7 fresh rose petals in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of rosewater, 1 tablespoon of plain yogurt, and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix well. Apply to the skin and leave it for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
The presence of zinc in yogurt makes it a good natural product to sooth sunburns. Yogurt can help ease the burning and itching sensations that sunburns cause.
The zinc is also known for its abilities to reduce the redness and inflammation. Another good thing is that yogurt is also said to restrain the UVB-induced production of melanin.
If your face is sunburnt, you don’t need to add anything to yogurt. Just apply some natural yogurt as a facemask regularly by rubbing a thin layer of plain yogurt into the skin. Leave on for 40 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water.
Mixing Yogurt With Other Ingredients
You have the option of using natural, plain yogurt all alone or in combination with other skin-friendly natural ingredients. Some of the ingredients that you can use to boost the beneficial effects of yogurt on your skin are as follows:
If your skin is dry type and you want it to look healthy, soft and moisturized, mix some grated carrot with plain yogurt and apply it on your face. It will revitalize your skin and provide a natural glow to make it look attractive.
And if your skin is oily or dull type, add freshly squeezed lemon juice to plain yogurt. It will help clear clogged pores and exfoliate your skin. The lemon juice helps to even out skin tone and make it brighter.
If you want to have softer and supple skin, add some organic honey to plain yogurt and apply on your face. According to the National Honey Board, honey is a natural humectant. It locks the moisture within your skin and protects it from getting dry. This cut back the chances of fine lines and wrinkle formation. Moreover, honey possesses antibacterial properties, which help to combat pimples and acne.
Have you ever used yogurt in your skin care routine? You may please write about your experience under the comments section below.