Yogurt is full of nutrients and serves the body with numerous benefits not only when eaten but also when it is applied topically.
Yoghurt, when applied to the face, gives a glowing and youthful skin. All this is because of the wonderful nutrients present in yogurt which are skin-friendly.
4 main nutrients present in yogurt are:
Zinc: Yogurt contains zinc, a mineral that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It facilitates cell reproduction and tissue growth. Zinc also regulates sebum which is produced by the sebaceous glands, curing acne and pimple.
Calcium: The calcium content of yogurt prevents the skin from getting dry and dehydrated.
The majority of the epidermis contains calcium; therefore, supplementing calcium helps in healthy skin renewal.
B Vitamins: Yogurt contains vitamin B2, B5, and B12. Vitamin B2 or riboflavin keeps the skin glowing. It helps to keep the skin hydrated, protects against the damage caused by the free radicals, aids cellular regeneration and plays a role in the manufacture of healthy fats.
Lactic Acid: This is the main ingredient in yogurt, which is a key ingredient in several skincare products. Lactic acids have great moisturizing and exfoliate properties (1).
The anti-aging properties reduce the appearance of wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Benefits of Yogurt Face Mask
The benefits of applying yogurt face mask are as follows:
- For those who have a dull and tired face, applying yogurt helps get rid of the dull and dehydrated skin.
- The lactic acid present in it hydrate the skin.
- Few studies from 2011 back up such effects of yogurt mask.
Benefits of Yoghurt Face Mask in Brightening the Skin
Melanin causes the skin to darken and an enzyme known as tyrosinase is responsible for the production of melanin.
Lactic acid inhibits the formation of tyrosinase which in turn ends up in brighter skin.
Helps Give An Even Tone To The Skin
Acne scars, age spots, and tanning give the skin an uneven skin tone. Yogurt helps to even out the skin tone with the help of its naturally occurring prebiotic effects (2)
Increases The Elasticity Of The Skin
Yogurt is beneficial in increasing skin elasticity (3).
As a person age, the skin loses collagen, a protein that promotes elasticity of the skin. Yogurt face mask restores the elasticity improving skin appearance.
Reduces Fine Lines and Wrinkles
As the elasticity increase, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles also reduce.
A research done in 2015 suggests that probiotics present in yogurt help protect the skin from aging (4).
The probiotics present in yogurt fight against P.acnes bacteria, which is the main cause of acne.
Probiotics reduce overall inflammation and soothe acne and prevent further breakouts.
Benefits of Yoghurt in Treating Inflammatory Skin Conditions
How To Make A Yogurt Face Mask?
There are few ways to make yogurt face mask depending on skin type and issues.
For Dry Skin
Take two tablespoons of full-fat yogurt, one tablespoon of organic honey, one tablespoon of mashed avocado, one tablespoon of cooked oatmeal and blend them into a smooth paste. Apply the mask on the face and let it stay for 10-15 minutes.
Remove it from the face with a soft washcloth and see the difference.
It is a moisturizing and hydrating mask and perfect for those with dry skin. It leaves the skin, smooth, soft and supple.
One-fourth cup of full-fat yogurt, one-fourth cup of chopped cucumber, one tablespoon of Aloe Vera gel, one tablespoon of honey, and a couple of drops of chamomile oil.
Blend all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Apply it on the face and let it stay for 10-15 minutes. Wash it off with cool tap water.
Irritated skin is red and inflamed due to infection or sunburn. Yogurt becomes a perfect mask for soothing the skin.
For Blemished And Acne-Prone Skin
One tablespoon of yogurt, one tablespoon honey, one teaspoon lemon juice, and one teaspoon turmeric powder are combined and mixed well to form a paste. Apply the paste on face and keep it for 10-15 minutes. Remove the mask with water and pat dry.
Breakouts on the skin are due to excess sebum production. This causes the acne bacteria to flourish. The aim of the yogurt face mask is to reduce the amount of sebum production and get rid of the bacteria.
For Skin Glow
Grind lentils and orange zest in a grinder and add yogurt to it. Blend into a smooth paste. Apply the mask on the face evenly and let it stay for 15 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water.
You get a softer and fresher skin after using this face mask.
Yogurt is one of the many natural ingredients used for face masks. It moisturizes the skin and offers many benefits, not just to the skin but to the whole body.