Yogurt for skincare has been used in ancient cultures for supple skin. In India, people still apply a mix of yogurt and turmeric for a beautiful glow. Studies indicate that both consuming yogurt and applying it on the skin is beneficial.
A recent study evaluated the effects of fermented milk containing the bacteria Lactococcus lactis on the skin of young women. After consuming fermented milk for four weeks, the skin was significantly better hydrated and cheek rose smoother.
The gut-skin connection
One of the most amazing recent discoveries is how microbes in the body communicate. Each species uses its own “language” that can only be understood by that specific bacteria. But there is also a “general language” understood by all species.
This way both the good and bad bacteria can coordinate their activities. The body is literary covered in bacteria. For example…
- on the inner elbows, over 2000 bacteria species
- behind the ears, over 2300 bacteria species
- in the large intestine over 33,000 bacteria species
There seems to be a strong link between gut bacteria and skin quality. That would explain why poor digestion and harmful gut microorganisms cause skin rashes, inflammations, eczema, acne, seborrhea, and dry skin.
However, consuming fermented food like yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables and sauerkraut can improve imbalances.
The gut-skin connection is strong due to the bacteria cross-talking. So when consuming yogurt, bacteria residing on the skin respond to improve skin quality.
Which yogurt to use for skin
Most commercial yogurt is packed with sugar and artificial additives. A good yogurt should contain active bacteria that produce a number of compounds for a smooth and supple skin.
Making yogurt or kefir at home is simple. In the grocery store, look for Greek yogurt or regular unsweetened, organic yogurt.
A good yogurt contains:
- Live bacteria
- Healthy yeast
- Amino acids
Yogurt skincare recipes
Lactic acid in yogurt works well on dry skin and can have a mild bleaching effect to remove skin discoloration.
Yogurt and honey
This is a moisturizing yogurt mask for dry skin.
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal (and cooled)
Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste, apply to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with a warm washcloth.
Yogurt face mask
- ½ cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel or juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- ½ peeled cucumber
- a few drops of chamomile oil
Mix everything in a blender. Apply for 15 minutes. Rinse.
Yogurt for skincare is simple and cheap.