How to Use Yogurt in your Beauty Regime


Yesterday I bought home a large tub of plain yogurt with plans to whip up a DIY homemade mask for my skin. My dad actually shot me a look of disgust.

Have you heard of the saying that whatever is good for your body is definitely good for your skin too? So why not take advantage of what nature has unselfishly provided for us all along?

Moving, I'm very sure everyone knows that Yogurt, is chock full of protein, calcium, vitamins, probiotics (the healthy bacteria that helps digestion) and is great for breakfast, can also be eaten as a healthy snack. but did you know that yogurt also has great benefits for your skin when applied topically?

Yogurt has been used on skin for beauty benefits since ancient times. In India, using yogurt for skin is still valued as a great way to clear acne and pimples. Even Cleopatra from ancient Egypt was famous for her daily sour milk baths that kept her skin glowing and youthful. 

Now I know the thought of slathering a thick, sticky layer of yogurt on your face sounds icky but before you are quick to disapprove, I shall talk about the powerful nutrients in yogurt which are responsible for rejuvenating and promoting healthy skin. 

Here are the top four nutrients that make yogurt so healthy for skin:

Zinc

Every 100 g of plain yogurt includes 1 mg of zinc, which:
Contains anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce red swellings caused by acne or rashes.
Is a mild astringent, which means it can help tighten tissues.
Is necessary for cell reproduction and growth of tissues.
Alleviates acne and pimples.
Helps regulate oil production in the sebaceous glands, thereby preventing oily skin and frequent acne breakouts.

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid, one of the key ingredients in yogurt, is used in many skin care products. Reasons why it is great for skin include the facts that it:
Exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin to make it smooth.
Helps prevent wrinkles and reduce the appearance of already-existing wrinkles.


Calcium

Much of the epidermal layer of the skin consists of calcium! Calcium is important for skin because it:
Contains antioxidants that help prevent and heal dry skin.
Facilitates skin renewal.

B Vitamins

Yogurt is rich in vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B12, and B5. A serving (one cup) of yogurt contains 20 to 30 percent of the daily recommended value of riboflavin. Here's a look at what B vitamins do:
Riboflavin keeps skin glowing and hydrated.
Riboflavin is necessary for cell growth and regeneration.
Riboflavin protects skin cells from oxidative damage by free radicals.
Vitamin B5 is responsible for facilitating the manufacture of healthy fats in cells


PS: You need to exercise caution when purchasing yogurt. Remember when using yogurt on the face – choose only plain yogurt, and preferably those with live active cultures or high fat content to fortify your skin’s immunity defenses against blemishes and environmental stresses. The various flavored yogurts available in the market can cause skin irritations, rashes and worsen acne and pimple conditions, so that should be avoided at all costs. Choose something like Paul's plain yogurt, or Greek Yogurt which can be found in any leading supermarkets in Singapore. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup natural plain yogurt (thicker & creamy yogurts are easier to apply and are more hydrating to heal sunburnt skin. Chill the yogurt before use for a nice cooling sensation.)
  • ½ cup plain basic oatmeal to calm red, dry skin
  • 1 tablespoon of honey for added hydration and an anti-inflammation effect on dry, irritated sun burnt skin (optional)

Mix ingredients well and apply this all-natural Yogurt Soothing Mask to clean skin once a week to keep your skin healthy and glowing this summer season. Rinse off mask thoroughly with lukewarm water for 15 minutes.



Besides pampering after-sun or sensitive skin, yogurt is long recognized for its bagful of benefits when topically applied. Depending on your skin condition, you can tweak your beauty recipe using the principles below for best results:

Prevent Premature Aging

Yogurt contains lactic acid, a mild alpha hydroxy acid, which helps to smooth away rough, dry lacklustre surface dead skin cells, promote healthy cellular metabolism and skin renewal, provide a hydration boost for a skin-plumping effect, and reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and sun spots.

Tip: For this anti-aging, replenishing mask, use plain creamy yogurt made with whole milk. Use once a week for 15 minutes.

Fight Acne

Besides providing gentle exfoliation to reduce skin clogs in zit-attacked skin, live probiotic cultures in yogurt also helps to restore the healthy balance of skin flora and control acne-causing bacteria for clear, healthy skin. It is also rich in zinc, an anti-inflammatory which aids in the healing of pesky spots.

Tip: Use plain yogurt made with skim milk for oily, acne-prone skin twice a week. Gently massage the yogurt mask into blemishes and blemish-prone areas. Rinse off with lukewarm water after 20 to 30 minutes.

Banish Dullness

Yogurt has a brightening and gentle lightening effect on the skin when used over time. Hence, a weekly yogurt mask is great for sun-damaged skin or complexions marred by post-acne brown marks to reduce uneven discoloration and restore a youthful glow.

Tip: Depending on how dry or acne-prone your skin is, whole or skim plain yogurt will work equally well for a weekly tone-evening mask. Add 1-2 drops of lemon juice to enhance the brightening effect (resist putting too much, as that can irritate your skin). Rinse off thoroughly after 20 to 30 minutes.

Note: Watch out if your skin starts to break out or itch. Some people are allergic to yogurt. If your skin gets redness or breaks out, stop using the yogurt treatments. Don’t be too sad though. Try another natural beauty basic, such as baking soda, instead.

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