Benefits Of Yogurt Face Mask

by Sucharita Mishra

With its numerous benefits, yogurt has always been a popular dish around the world. Apart from its dietary benefits, yogurt is also a great ingredient for your many skincare woes. Want to know what are the skin concerns yogurt may solve? Here, we discuss the many skin benefits of yogurt and how to use it right. Keep reading. 

Benefits Of Yogurt For Skin

1. Brightens Skin Tone

The lactic acid in yogurt inhibits the synthesis of tyrosinase. Tyrosinase is an enzyme responsible for melanin production, a substance that makes your skin tone dark. This way, yogurt may help enhance your skin tone (1).

2. Exfoliates Skin

The lactic acid in yogurt may also help in exfoliating your skin and improving skin cell turnover rate (2). Additionally, lactic acid does not irritate the skin while removing the dead skin cells.

3. May Help Reduce Acne

Yogurt contains zinc. Some research shows that zinc may help treat inflammatory acne (3).

4. Helps Treat Under-Eye Dark Circles

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the zinc in yogurt may help lighten blemishes and scars. Using yogurt under your eyes may help reduce the appearance of dark circles.

5. May Delay The Signs Of Aging

Yogourt contains bioactive peptide fractions that possess antioxidant properties. These properties help fight free radicals that may otherwise accelerate aging (4).

6. Combats Skin Infections

The lactic acid in yogurt possesses antifungal properties (5). These could help combat fungal infections on your skin.

There is a reason yogurt face masks can keep your skin glowing and youthful. They contain powerful nutrients that are skin-friendly and soothing. In the following section, we have briefly covered the most important nutrients present in yogurt.

What Are The Nutrients In Yogurt?

1. Zinc

100 grams of yogurt contain 1 mg of zinc. This mineral is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (6).

2. Calcium

Yogurt is a good source of calcium. Calcium is known to protect the skin from the outside environment (7).

3. B Vitamins

Yogurt is rich in vitamin B2 or riboflavin. Some believe riboflavin may help keep skin hydrated and protect skin from damage caused by free radicals. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

4. Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is the key ingredient of yogurt and a good exfoliant (2).

Are you excited to use yogurt on your face? Let us take a look at how you can use it as a face mask.

How To Use Yogurt On Your Face

1. Honey And Yogurt

Honey contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties that may help your skin achieve a natural glow (8),(9).

What You Will Need

  • ½ a cup of yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of honey 

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix half a cup of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of honey in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mask evenly all over your neck and face.
  3. Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once a week.

2. Strawberry And Yogurt (10).

What You Will Need

  • 2 fresh strawberries
  • ½ a cup of yogurt

What You Have To Do

  1. Blend 2 fresh strawberries and yogurt.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face with a brush.
  3. Leave it to dry and wash with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this once or twice a week. 

3. Turmeric And Yogurt

Turmeric is rich in antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (11). It may help treat acne breakouts when combined with yogurt.

What You Will Need

  • ½ a cup of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and half a cup of yogurt.
  2. Apply the paste evenly all over your face and neck.
  3. Leave the mask on for 20 to 30 minutes and wash with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once a week.

4. Oatmeal And Yogurt

Oatmeal helps exfoliate your skin without causing any irritation (12). Using it with yogurt can keep your skin clear.

What You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of blended oatmeal
  • ½ a tablespoon of honey

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the paste all over your face and neck.
  3. Leave the mask on for 10 to 20 minutes and wash with warm water.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once a week.

5. Avocado and Yogurt

Avocado is considered a natural moisturizer (13)

What You Need

  • ½ a cup of yogurt
  • ½ an avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera

What You Have To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mask evenly all over your face and neck.
  3. Wash it after 20 to 25 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Do it once a week.

While a yogurt face mask can work well on your skin, you must take certain precautions.

Things To Remember

  • Those with sensitive skin may experience a slight tingling sensation when they apply the face mask. Some may even experience a stinging and burning sensation. In such cases, wash the face mask immediately with water and get an allergy test done. You could be allergic to the lactic acid or probiotics present in natural yogurt.
  • If you are allergic to dairy products or alpha- and/or beta-hydroxy acids, avoid yogurt face mask.
  • Purchase yogurt that is plain, organically produced, and replete with fat. Full-fat yogurt ensures your skin gets all the moisturization and nourishment it deserves.

Conclusion

From lactic acid to calcium, yogurt is rich in several important nutrients. Combining it with various other natural ingredients only makes it a better treatment for various skin issues. Yogurt is inexpensive and readily available. Start using it today and reap the many skin benefits it has to offer.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Which type of yogurt is good for a face mask?

Unflavored natural yogurt is always preferable for use in a face mask.

Can I use yogurt face masks every day?

Yes, you can use yogurt face masks every day. However, practice caution if you are allergic to any of the nutrients in yogurt.

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Sucharita Mishra

Sucharita Mishra has a Master’s degree in Biotechnology and specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has worked on determining various heavy metals present in green tea for her Master’s dissertation at CSIR- CFTRI, Mysuru. After completing her degree, Sucharita decided to pursue her passion for writing. She is addicted to all things black and aspires to become a bat one day.
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