Healthier, brighter, and clear skin is everybody's dream. And to achieve this, we are ready to put in the maximum effort. But when you realize that the skincare products that you are using aren't working on your skin, you eventually look for something better that can produce excellent results. And this often ends up in trying natural home remedies or DIY face masks. But one point to remember while trying natural remedies is; to be sure to use safe ingredients on the skin. One such natural ingredient used in skincare for decades is yogurt. Yes, yogurt is not simply an old wives' tale but can benefit your skin in many ways. Read on to discover the benefits of yogurt for the skin;
To most of us, yogurt is a part of our daily diet, mainly because of its nutritional value and health benefits. The best part is that yogurt is equally beneficial to the skin when consumed or applied topically.
What is Yogurt?
Before moving on to the benefits of yogurt, let us know a bit more about it. In simple words, yogurt is a dairy product prepared from milk through fermentation. When the milk is fermented, the lactose present in it produces lactic acid. The proteins in the milk curdle because of the lactic acid; as a result, yogurt is formed. You can prepare yogurt using whole, skimmed, or low-fat milk. It is rich in nutrients such as vitamins E, A, B2, B12, protein, potassium, zinc, fatty acids, calcium, and magnesium. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which can help balance your skin's pH levels. The nutritional benefits of yogurt make it a popular and most consumed dairy product all around the world.
Yogurt: Skin Benefits
As mentioned, yogurt is not only good for your body but a safe skincare product too. Consuming this superfood will help beautify your skin from within. Applying yogurt to the skin helps improve the texture and revive your skin instantly.
- Minerals in yogurt help in eliminating dead skin cells and regenerating cells.
- Yogurt contains calcium which nourishes and hydrates the skin.
- Zinc present in yogurt helps tighten the skin and soothe inflammation.
Let's take a glance at the beauty benefits of yogurt in detail;
Prevents premature aging of the skin
Maintaining the skin's elasticity is important to protect them from premature aging signs like wrinkles, fine lines, dark spots, etc. The lactic acid in the yogurt helps maintain the skin's elasticity, preventing these early aging signs. Similarly, it contains Vitamin B2, which possesses antioxidant benefits that can prevent oxidative stress on the skin cells, which is one of the primary causes of premature aging of the skin. Besides, the calcium in yogurt boosts the skin's natural repair process. Above all, the zinc content in yogurt has high anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that can keep the skin firm.
How to use?
Take a tablespoon of yogurt; add one egg white and two tablespoons of powdered oats. Mix the ingredients well, apply them to your face and neck, and wash them off after twenty minutes using cold water.
Moisturizes the skin
Rich in B Vitamins such as B5, B12, and B2, yogurt moisturizes the skin and heals dry skin. Furthermore, the lactic acid in yogurt eliminates dead and dry skin, making it soft and smooth.
How to use?
The honey and yogurt combination is something that most of you would have already tried. Yes, it's indeed the best combo that can combat dry skin by hydrating and moisturizing your skin. Take yogurt and honey in equal amounts and blend them well. Smear it on the face and neck; let it stay on the skin for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then you may rinse it off.
It helps prevent acne
The probiotics in yogurt effectively destroy the bacteria that cause pimples and acne on the skin. It's also rich in zinc which has high astringent properties that can shrink the pores and control the oil on the skin, hence reducing the breakouts on the skin. Moreover, applying yogurt keeps the skin moisturized and prevents excess oil production, which is the leading cause of acne.
How to use?
Yogurt and tea tree oil make a perfect remedy to treat acne on the skin.
Brightens the skin
If you are looking for a natural remedy to brighten your skin instantly, there is no better ingredient than yogurt. The lactic acid in yogurt constrains the tyrosinase enzyme production, which is responsible for melanin production. When melanin production increases, it leads to a dark and dull skin tone. On the other hand, when melanin production is inhibited, the skin becomes clearer and bright.
How to use?
To brighten the skin using yogurt, you can apply it directly to the skin without adding other ingredients, or you may even try mixing it with tomato pulp or honey to make a DIY skin brightening face mask.
Reduces dark circles
The anti-inflammatory properties of yogurt help reduce puffiness and dark circles. Besides, it can also lighten your skin tone with its natural bleaching properties.
How to Use:
A combo of yogurt and coffee powder works excellent in lessening dark circles and brightening the under-eye area. To make an easy under-eye pack, mix a teaspoon of yogurt and coffee powder, make it into a fine paste, apply it to the under-eye area and wash it off once it's dry.
If you haven't yet tried yogurt on your skin, do give it a try and feel the difference it brings to your skin. However, if your skin is sensitive or allergic to any ingredients, consult your dermatologist before introducing any new ingredient. Similarly, if you want to try skincare products made with natural ingredients, look at the skincare range by Savarnas Mantra®.