Yogurt, also known as hung curd or dahi, has been associated with age old beauty remedies and ancient skin treatments, dating back to the Ancient Greek era, when people would indulge in milk and yogurt baths, and use them as what we call AHA exfoliating peel today.Yogurt is one such miracle product, that contains truckloads of nutrients and good bacteria, that not only possess great benefits for skin, but also is extremely beneficial for healthy hair and gut, known for it to be of great digestion help.Whether applied topically, or consumed along with some other potent and natural ingredients, yogurt is one affordable kitchen ingredient, that can be used to make effective DIYs and beat up face and hair masks, your skin and mane will love. Let’s have a look at some of the greatest benefits of yogurt, that can be reaped to the fullest in achieving a flawless glow and healthy voluminous hair.
#1 Great moisturiser
Yogurt makes for an excellent natural moisturiser for both skin and hair, and can be combined with several other ingredients to prepare a pack, that helps in supplying intense moisture and leaves the hair and skin feeling soft, smooth and supple.
Mix 1-2 tablespoons of yogurt with some honey and almond oil for a power-packed mask, to help seal in the moisture and soak in the goodness of a glistening and glowing body.
#2 Anti-aging properties
It also helps in diminishing wrinkles and fine lines, bringing out a more youthful and lively you. When combined with oatmeal, the mixture can prove to be a great face pack, and helps in mildly exfoliating the dead skin cells away, revealing a bouncy and healthy skin while also improving it’s elasticity.
#3 Antibacterial properties
Rich and potent in minerals like zinc and high content of lactic acid, Yogurt can heal acne and fight pimples when applied topically on skin regularly. Simply dabbing on some with a cotton ball and letting it dry overnight can magically heal your skin with time, giving you that flawless glow you’ve always craved for.
#4 Reduces scars and blemishes
Acne leaves behind stubborn scars and blemishes that might hamper your confidence and take away that spotless beauty you’ve always dreamt of.
Here comes a mixture of yogurt and lemon juice to the rescue! Simply whisk together a tablespoon of curd and a teaspoon of lemon juice, and cover your blemishes for about 25-30 minutes until dry and then wash off with lukewarm water, patting face dry. The goodness of lactic acid in yogurt and vitamin c in lemon will help heal and fade away pigmentation with time.
#5 Bye-bye dark circles
Are there 50 shades of grey under your eyes too? And you wish to erase them all! Well, no worries, we’ve got them covered for you with some fresh yogurt. Simply dab some under your eyes, covering the pigmented area completely and leave it for about 10-15 minutes and then wash off. The lightening properties of lactic acid will reduce darkness around the eyes, while also helping you in getting rid of puffiness.
#6 Soothing properties
Sunburns and heat rashes can be quite painful and occur if one is constantly exposed to sun’s harmful UV rays for long hours. Applying some yogurt topically on the affected area will help calm down irritated skin and soothe it for this magic ingredient’s anti-inflammatory properties.
#7 Natural hair conditioner
As yogurt makes for an excellent moisturizer, it can help reduce frizz and make your mane more luscious and manageable if replaced with your chemical infused hair conditioner. Combining yogurt with other great natural moisturizers like coconut oil, almond oil, aloe vera gel or eggs will also help increase the effectiveness of the hair mask.
#8 Reduces hair fall
When properly moisturized and conditioned, hair becomes stronger and revives it’s volume, also reducing hair fall to a great extent. Yogurt contains vitamins B5, D and lactic acid, that helps heal dry and damaged hair, locking in all the moisture, and preventing breakage. Mixing a spoonful of fenugreek seeds will also help treat brittle hair and efficiently contribute in reducing hair fall.
#9 Anti-dandruff properties
Lactic acid content in yogurt possess antifungal properties and thus, help in exfoliating and deep-cleansing dry and flaky scalp if applied throughout the lengths of dandruff-prone hair. Simply massage some plain yogurt onto your scalp or cover the entire mane and let it sit for about 20-30 minutes, rinsing it off with mild shampoo later.
#10 Brightening properties
Yogurt also helps in improving skin complexion by contributing towards even skin tone and brightening the dull and lifeless skin cells, while also successfully getting rid of stubborn suntan. Applying a spoonful of cold yogurt with some tomato paste and turmeric, will reveal a fresher, brighter and a lively looking skin with time.