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Yogurt is a delicious vitamin-packed food that is great for breakfast and 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 the skin since ancient times. In India, using yogurt 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.
In this article, we are going to explore yogurt's benefits for skin, the powerful nutrients responsible for these benefits, and easy homemade recipes that use yogurt for healthy, glowing skin.
Nutrients in Yogurt That Make It Great for Skin
Yogurt contains many powerful nutrients, but here we will focus on the nutrients responsible for rejuvenating and promoting healthy skin. Here are the top four nutrients that make yogurt so healthy for skin:
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, one of the key ingredients in yogurt, is used in many skincare products. Reasons why it is great for skin include the fact that it:
- exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin to make it smooth.
- helps prevent wrinkles and reduce the appearance of already-existing wrinkles.
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.
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.
Plain Yogurt for Skin
When buying yogurt to use on your skin, make sure to check that your yogurt is the unsweetened (plain) type. Flavoured yogurts may cause irritations and aggravate any existing pimples or rashes. Buy the yogurt that contains fat and live cultures to see true beautiful results. Yogurt cream and Greek yogurt are options that have a thicker consistency, which is not necessary but can keep your face mask from getting too runny and making a mess.
Once you have bought yogurt with live cultures, it's easy to use it to make your own batch of yogurt.
Skin Care Recipes with Yogurt, Listed by Benefit
1. Lighter, Brighter Skin
Applying yogurt on your face regularly can lessen the visibility of blemishes and moles, make freckles disappear, and lighten suntanned skin. You don't need a lot of yogurt for a nourishing face mask—one or two teaspoons should do.
To add a twist to this mask, add a few drops of lemon or orange juice. These juices are an added bonus because they contain citric acid, which is known for its skin-lightening properties.
Make sure you limit yourself to three to five drops of lemon juice—too much citric acid can burn your skin!
2. Smaller Skin Pores
To shrink and tighten large pores on skin, gently spread a teaspoon of plain yogurt on your face. Wait for about 10-15 minutes for the skin to absorb the mask, then rinse the yogurt off with cool water.
Quick Tip: Immediately after removing the face mask, remember to use a moisturizer (if you want to go natural, you can use olive oil). This is because the yogurt mask can leave your skin feeling a bit stiff and tight.
3. Acne-Free Skin
There are many home remedies to get rid of acne—and fast. Yogurt is a key ingredient used in these many remedies, mostly to create nourishing face masks. What makes yogurt so special is that you can reap the skin benefits by either eating it or using direct facial application. Taking yogurt orally works just as efficiently as putting it on your skin. Yogurt is acidic in nature, which helps it destroy the various acne-causing bacteria and germs from within your body.
4. Wrinkle-Free Face
One of the most valued benefits of yogurt for skin is that it has anti-aging properties that help fight off free radicals. Free radicals are dangerous to the skin because they strip oxygen molecules off of skin cells, thereby damaging them. Free radicals also cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear on skin.
Quick Tip: When waiting for the yogurt mask to dry, ensure that you don’t smile, talk, or move your face muscles. You don't want to stretch your skin as the yogurt is making it taut—doing so may actually form wrinkles on your face!
DIY Yogurt Face Masks
- DIY: Homemade Yogurt Face Mask Recipes for Beautiful Skin
Yogurt is packed with nutritional properties which can highly benefit your skin. You can make your own DIY homemade yogurt face mask recipes with ready made kitchen ingredients.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Bre on July 12, 2019:
I leave the yogurt on about 15-20 minutes and my skin is red after? Is this normal
ruby on May 13, 2019:
tnx for ds article
But i have a question,how often should i use yoghurt for acne?
Linda bartle on August 20, 2018:
I recommend yous going on youtube there is a woman on there called khichi beauty she uses foods from your kitchen to treat the skin shes amazing ..check her out shr looks amazing to ..besutiful blavk woman ..
Haneera on May 15, 2017:
Can i drink home made yogurt drink like blend it with water ad drink it?
syed tutul on April 28, 2017:
very nice post.
preet on April 19, 2017:
Can i use use curd two times a days for blackheads and few scars?
jhezz on February 14, 2017:
Is using yogurt on face everyday safe? Or should i use it just 3 times a week? Thanks for your answer.
Deloris Cindy on January 11, 2017:
I bought some yogurt, blended plain lowfat 1.5% milkfat. Total fat 5%, sat fat 13% sugar 17g would it still be effective? I am Black American. I want to know exactly what to buy don't want to waste precious time. I will repurchase please respond.
sharon on January 10, 2017:
yogurt for skin - what kind of benefits yogurt have?
Ash on January 02, 2017:
Can I use yougurt as an added ingredient in a face moisturizer
Jessica on October 26, 2016:
How long would it take to see results?
firstname.lastname@example.org on October 13, 2016:
thanks for the tips
Lily on September 06, 2016:
Woooo good your gut I burned my face with soap and I got scars but when I used this mask now my face looks good and lighter
BZ on August 15, 2016:
does coconut yogurt have the same effects? Love the artile
shumaila khurram on July 15, 2016:
i just read abt yogurt mask and i applied it i used home made yog my daughter daughter is 12 yrs old now days she is having dark complexion can i used this remedy
Ron Stewart on July 14, 2016:
Hello, I'm a 57 year old man and I just tried the yogurt mask and my face has never felt so good before. I have to admit my dog is looking at me kind of strange but that's ok by me. Thx for the tip.
Vijitha on June 17, 2016:
Hi,can we use citric acid(lemon,potato,orange) daily on skin ?
mysha on June 09, 2016:
Hi I have a pigmentation on my face area I use homemade not so thick yogurt it is effective or not plz answer me
mohammed nadeem on June 07, 2016:
hi, i hope you are very good! i have been using fat free yoghurt which is making my skin more black..i want you to sugget which type of yoghurt shoild i used? i feel great if get reply soon
Rosmary Domingo on May 09, 2016:
I used plain yogurt as facial mask for 2 days now and the effect is so amazing. my dark spots lightened and my face is smooth and glowing! I found the perfect facial mask !