Yogurt may be one of the humblest of all snacks, but it has many healthful nutrients you and your skin can be thankful for, such as:
- 100g contains about 1mg of zinc that fights inflammation and works as an astringent. Zinc also facilitates tissue and cell growth, while regulating sebum production. These properties can help cure acne.
- Yogurt is rich in calcium which is renowned for its use for our bones. But that’s not all; our epidermis also needs calcium for skin renewal and prevention of dryness and dehydration.
- Yogurt also contains several B vitamins, including B2, B5, and B12 for healthier and more glowing skin.
- Lactic acid is one of the main nutrients found in yogurt and is also found in many skincare products. It is useful as an exfoliant and moisturizer. Lactic acid also works as an anti-aging nutrient that can help reduce the visibility of wrinkles, while preventing new wrinkles from forming.
While eating yogurt is a good way to consume something healthy, you can also use it on your skin to gain the following benefits:
- For moisturizing the skin
- For preventing skin dryness
- For hydrating the skin
- For improving complexion
- For exfoliating or removing dead skin
- For a flawless and blemish-free skin
- For removing dark circles around the eyes
- For preventing premature aging
- For stopping fungal infections
You can make your own yogurt face mask with the following ingredients:
- Six to seven fresh petals of a rose
- Two tablespoons of rosewater (organic if possible)
- One teaspoon of manuka honey
- One tablespoon of yogurt
With the ingredients ready, here are the steps to preparing this simple yogurt mask:
1. Place the rose petals in a bowl and start crushing them.
2. Add yogurt, honey, and rosewater to the crushed petals and mix them all well.
3. Apply on your face.
4. Rinse your face after 10 minutes.
The good thing about yogurt is that you can put it directly on your skin. Aside from the face mask above, you can apply natural yogurt on your face and gently rub in circular motions. This will help rehydrate and moisturize your skin, particularly if you do so regularly or at least two times a week. Additionally, if you have sunburn, you don’t have to apply anything on the affected area of your skin, but just cool yogurt. The zinc in yogurt will help decrease inflammation and redness, while suppressing production of melanin caused by UVB rays.