Yogurt tends to be one of the most versatile foods that I consume on a daily basis. I will have it with granola and fruits for breakfast, as a post workout snack with a few almonds, in a shake or on its own. For me it’s easy, fast, nutritious, healthy and filling. After all, it is considered a super food, especially if you consume plain unsweetened yogurt. Yogurt also has some amazing skin benefits when used topically.
Yogurt contains nutrients such as Lactic Acid, Zinc B Vitamins and Calcium. Lactic Acid smoothes and exfoliates skin, moisturizes dry skin and is beneficial in preventing wrinkles and reducing existing wrinkles. Zinc contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammation caused by acne. It also helps to tighten tissue and reduces the size of acne and pimples. Zinc also regulates oil production and prevents oily skin and breakouts. B Vitamins are essential for cell growth and regeneration. They also protect skin cells from free radical damage. Calcium is an amazing anti-oxidant that helps to heal skin and also facilitates skin renewal.
Plain yogurt can be used in DIY Facials in a variety of ways. It can be applied on its own to your face to help even out skin tone, fade dark spots over time and tighten the skin around pores therefore minimizing their appearance (you can never truly shrink pores.) Just apply plain yogurt to your face and décolleté, leave on for about 20 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Yogurt can also be combined with honey and oatmeal for a soothing face mask. The honey is rich in antioxidants which prevent free radical damage, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while softening and moisturizing skin. The oatmeal exfoliates skin and removes excess sebum and dirt from deep within skin pores. Just combine equal parts plain yogurt, raw honey and oatmeal and mix to form a paste, then apply to skin and leave on for about 20-30 minutes then rinse with cool water.
Another amazing DIY face mask can be created by combining yogurt with honey and lemons. This mask is especially great for acne prone skin because of the antibacterial and antifungal properties found in yogurt. Combined with the lemons, it also helps to fade dark spots and acne scars and the honey soothes your skin. If your skin has been a bit dry and irritated due to the severe weather most of the nation has been experiencing, just combine plain yogurt with raw honey in equal parts and apply to your face. Honey is a natural humectant that retains water to help keep skin soft and moisturized. It is also an antimicrobial agent and is gentle enough for use on sensitive skin.
Plain yogurt can be combined with a ton of other ingredients to create different face masks customized for whatever skin conditions you may be experiencing. It truly is an amazing and versatile skin and body super food!
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