So, what’s for breakfast? Decisions. Decisions. Hmmm, oatmeal or yogurt? Both will give your body healthy nutritious goodness, but if you want some seriously sumptuous skin, I’d eat the oatmeal and save that creamy yogurt to add to your collection of homemade beauty products for a super moisturizing yogurt face mask (not that oatmeal doesn’t have a place in skincare, too!).Chock full of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics (the healthy bacteria that aid digestion), there’s no doubt yogurt provides delicious benefits for your insides. But it can also do beauty wonders for your outsides as well, namely for your skin.Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation not only helps to create a natural glow and prevent breakouts, but works to diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.When topically applied to the skin, a velvety yogurt face mask will help moisturize, fight acne, prevent premature aging, relieve sunburn, and reduce discoloration. It’s an all-around beauty multi-tasker.
Experts agree. Dr. Judith Hellman, NYC Dermatologist and Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital, says yogurt helps to rejuvenate and soften the skin. Dr. Hellman recommends applying a yogurt face mask often and liberally after excessive sun exposure to calm skin. It is also an effective treatment for Keratosis pilaris, and may be mixed with honey for more intensive exfoliation.
Licensed Esthetician, Amanda Holdredge of Island Medical Spa SunGate Medical Group, suggests adding a few drops of melaleuca oil to a handful of yogurt to treat sunburn or acne. Take care to avoid eyes, mouth, and other sensitive skin areas when using essential oils. The dairy staple can also help to ward off skin discoloration and premature aging. Holdredge combines the juice of half a lemon with a couple tablespoons of yogurt for a lightening/brightening mask that may be used 2-3 times per week.
Skincando creator and eco-facialist, Sara Damelio, uses local yogurt in her facials for a mildly exfoliating, anti-bacterial, hydrating skin treatment. Sara has shared her fabulous recipe with us.Crush rose petals in a bowl and add rosewater, yogurt, and honey and mix well. Apply to the skin and leave it for 10 minutes, then rinse.Just be sure to use a plain, organic variety. You don’t want unnecessary additives and sugar anywhere near your body.