My great grandmother put yogurt on her face daily and she barely had a wrinkle by the age of 85. She couldn’t read or write very well so she was never able to explain to me the science behind it, just something women in my country did for good skin. Turns out grandma was right and there is plenty of science behind it! Just make sure to use plain yogurt.
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.
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.
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 skin care products. Reasons why it is great for skin include the facts 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.
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!