Yogurt is a delicious and healthy food, filled with the goodness of vital multi-vitamins.

Not just to eat, but this white and creamy wonder food is known for its beneficial properties for healthy skin and strong hair. Yogurt, also known as ‘Dahi‘ in Hindi, ‘Perugu‘ in Telugu, ‘Thayir‘ in Tamil, ‘Thairu‘ in Malayalam, ‘Doyi’ in Bengali and ‘Dahi‘ in Gujarati contains high levels of lactic acid which is beneficial to skin and hair care. Using yogurt for skin and hair dates back to ancient India, when it was used as an effective remedy to get rid of acne and pimples. In fact, Cleopatra from ancient Egypt was known to take yogurt baths to keep her skin youthful.

Skin Benefits Of Yogurt:

The zinc and lactic acid contained in yogurt is responsible for promoting healthy skin. A gentle massage with yogurt into the skin is sure to help remove dead skin cells, smooth out the fine lines, tighten pores, hydrate dry patches, give a much-required shine and glow. When buying yogurt for skin, do not forget to check the label for unsweetened or plain. Various yogurt flavours are available in the market and these can cause irritations, rashes and aggravate acne if present. In addition, yogurt with high levels of fat and live cultures promotes the best result for rejuvenated skin. Check out the following yogurt benefits for skin and various recipes of yogurt masks!

1. Natural Moisturizer And Skin Brightener

  • Revive a tired and dull complexion by gently massaging thick yogurt on damp skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then wash with tepid water. The lactic acid is a natural hydroxyl-acid that helps exfoliate, hydrate and sooth skin.
  • Add natural glow to the skin by making a homemade face pack using yogurt, masoor lentils and orange peel. Grind the ingredients together, apply the pack on the face and leave it on for 15 minutes before washing to reveal a fresher and brighter complexion. If you have dry skin, add some honey to provide the extra moisture required by the skin.
  • Another face pack can be made by blending 4 tbsp. yogurt with 1 tbsp. cocoa powder and 1 tbsp. honey. Apply the mask on the face for 20 minutes before washing with lukewarm water to get rid of dull and tired skin.

2. Hydrating Scrub To Remove Dead Skin Cells

Thanks to the moisturizing properties, yogurt is an excellent hydrating scrub to remove dry dead skin cells. This remedy is excellent for those with dry and sensitive skin.

  • Make a natural scrub at home with 2 tbsp. yogurt and 1 tbsp. oats. Exfoliate the skin by gently massaging the scrub in circular motions.
  • If blackheads and whiteheads are your worry, blend some rice powder and yogurt into a thick coarse paste and rub onto the skin in little circular movements before washing with cold water.
  • Another recipe includes making a mixture of ground dried orange peels and yogurt. This is an excellent scrub and leaves the skin glowing.

3. Fights Pimples And Acne

You can include yogurt in your daily diet or make a nourishing face pack to cure acne. Due to its acidic nature, yogurt destroys various acne-causing bacteria, fungus and germs within the body.

  • Apply some creamy yogurt on the face and wash after 30 minutes with water to deep cleanse the skin and reduce breakouts.
  • Alternatively, you may make a paste of yogurt with some turmeric powder, sugar and sandalwood powder. Massage the paste on the skin and rinse off with cold water after 15 minutes.

4. Reduces Blemishes, Tanning, Under Eye Dark Circles And Skin Discoloration

  • If you have skin blemishes caused by acne or insect bites, apply yogurt that is diluted with water. This will not only cool the area but also lighten the blemish. Yogurt contains zinc, which helps lighten blemishes and scar and prevents redness of the skin.
  • Regular sun exposure leaves a tanned appearance on the face. To get rid of one, make a paste using gram flour, yogurt and lime juice. Apply the paste on the affected area for 15 minutes before washing off with warm water. Alternatively, add few drops of chamomile essential oil to yogurt and apply the mixture over the skin for 15 minutes before rinsing.
  • To get rid of dark circles under the eye area, apply a thin layer of yogurt on the affected area and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Wipe the excess yogurt with a cotton ball and go to bed. Repeat the procedure for a week to notice a considerable difference.
  • To get rid of skin discoloration, mix 2 tbsp. yogurt with few drops of lemon juice and leave it on the skin for 30 minutes before rinsing off. Yogurt contains mild bleaching properties that help smoothen out discoloured skin when applied regularly.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/bhoomidutta/ Bhoomidutta

    I agree with you aparajita! Yogurt is one famous skin care product! and best useful for skin and hair care too! i would always prefer as face packs and for skin care :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aparajitachattopadhyay/ Aparajita Chattopadhyay

      Me too :)…thanks for reading Bhoomi :)

      • aamir khan

        beauty is a gift of God, is some one as natural good looking face its, if some one as not good looking face than worlds every cream and treatment is futile

        • Aparajita

          I wouldn’t agree to that…what might appear beautiful to you could be the most ugly thing to me. God also gave us perception and personal opinion, which are much stronger than you think them to be. Sent from BlackBerry® on Airtel

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/leenachopra/ Leena

    great article aparajita!! i hope i’ll follow this tips ! and really found about yogurt!! :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aparajitachattopadhyay/ Aparajita Chattopadhyay

      thanks leena :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/oindrila/ Oindrila

    Great article! :)

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aparajitachattopadhyay/ Aparajita Chattopadhyay

      Thanks Oindrilla :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/simrin/ Simrin

    Wow. very exhaustive.

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/aparajitachattopadhyay/ Aparajita Chattopadhyay

      I hoped the article helped you in some way Simran

  • Mayank

    i have acute dandruff and i also want to thicken my hair, any suggestion please

  • D

    Amzing article! Specially the hair care.! I did not know yoghurt was so amazing

  • Gauri Singh

    tired of using lots of anti dandruff shampoos,which helped me just in reducing d no. of my hair..hope this will work..

  • Akshara

    Love this! To be very honest, I never really used natural products for hair and skin! But I am glad that i came across your post. I’m really looking forward to trying this. As now i got to know the benefits of going the natural way i will stop wasting money on other products. I’m excited to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.tipsfornaturalbeauty.com/ Dima Al Mahsiri

    Great article!
    I didn’t know that yogurt is good for white teeth. Should I eat it for best results, or scrub my teeth with it?

  • http://www.ezyshine.com Ezyshine

    Wow.. you have nicely covered majority of the health benefits..!!
    Nicely written :)

    Actually, I would rather say that there are numerous beauty benefits of curd that can prove to be a complete package for your skin and hair care treatment…!!
    Curd is a rich source of Vitamin C, Zinc and calcium, which are some major essential nutrients required by body for healthy skin…!!

    Yogurt..!! Is all I prefer for my healthy & glowing Skin :)

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Hi Abhi, yogurt when taken internally is good for the digestive tract and overall well being but it does not help to remove tan and pigmentation. It has to be applied on the skin for it to work.

  • http://www.stylecraze.com/ StyleCraze

    Thank you Stacy, for sharing your valuable tips and remedies with us :-). Epsom salt and apple cidar vinegar are useful for skin and hair in many ways. They both are useful to get rid of dead skin calls, flaky scales and dandruff.