Have you wondered how many ways we can use plain, active-culture yogurt?
Everyone knows yogurt makes delicious raitas, dips and currys. It is diet friendly and has super health benefits. Yogurt enhances your immune system, prevent diarrhea and yeast infections, sooth and help prevent stomach ulcers.
But, it is less known that Yogurt can also make you look great.
Here are some good beauty recipes for glowing and attractive skin/hair using Yogurt.
Simple Yogurt Mask: To cleanse, moisturize and tighten. Simply apply a generous coating of plain, active-culture yogurt to your face, close your eyes and relax for 20 minutes then rinse well with cool clear water.
Cucumber Yogurt Facial Mask: Make a puree of ½ a cucumber and 1 tbsp yogurt in a blender and apply it on the face evenly. Leave it on the face for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. This is effective in treating sunburn.
Yogurt contains natural alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves the dead cells on the surface of the skin and helps to regenerate new skin cells. Yogurt has the ability to improve the texture of the skin and hydrate the skin.
Face Mask for Dry Skin: Egg Yolk Honey Yogurt Mask: Take 1 tbsp honey, 1 egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon almond oil and 1 tbsp yogurt. Mix and apply on face. Honey smoothes the skin, egg and almond oil moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores. Leave for 20 mins to half an hour.
Face Masks for Oily Skin: Lemon Face Mask: Mix 1 tbsp. lemon juice with 1/4 cup ground oatmeal and 1 tbsp. yogurt. Apply on face and leave for 20 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
Face Mask for Sensitive Skin: Oatmeal Face Mask: 6 or 8 oz plain yogurt, ¼ or ½ cup oatmeal 2 tsp honey. Combine all ingredients. Apply a thin layer to face. The honey will help the mask stay on the face long enough for the oatmeal to do its magic. For optimum results, keep the mask on for at least 20 minutes.
Cure black heads with Yogurt and banana: Mix one or two bananas in almost 200ml yogurt and mash it until it begins to look like a paste. Apply this paste before sleeping, after washing face. After one or two weeks, this paste has a magical effect not only in removing blackheads but also gives a glowing touch to your skin.
Yogurt Walnut Scrub: Take 1/4 cup palm yogurt and 1/4 cup walnuts (very finely grounded). Mix ingredients together. Wet your face then gently work the scrub into your skin. Rinse off with warm water. Try this once a week and watch your face glow.
Cleansing Scrub for Dry Skin: 2 teaspoons quick-cooking oats, 1/4 teaspoon almond powder, 1/4 teaspoon orange peel powder, 1/4 teaspoon lavender flower powder, 2 tablespoons yogurt. Stir together all the ingredients and apply very gently on face with fingertips. Let the scrub set on skin, then using very slight pressure, flake the mask off into the basin. If the mask feels too sticky, use warm water to rinse. Dab face with a soft towel, and apply a good moisturizer.
Instant oatmeal is excellent for exfoliating the skin. Oats counter daily sun damage and replenish the skin with vitamins B & E. Orange peel balances the Ph levels of the skin and softens it. Almond powder is a protein-packed exfoliant.
Egg Yogurt hair mask: For dry, frizzed out hair, this recipe will bring back the moisture, leaving your hair silky and manageable.1 egg white 1/4 cup plain organic yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise. Beat egg white until frothy. Mix with yogurt and mayonnaise. Massage into wet hair. Cover with plastic shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave in for 30 minutes, then wash out with a mild shampoo. Rinse with very cold water.
Lemon Cofee Coconut Henna hair mask: Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice, one teaspoon of coffee, two eggs, two teaspoon of coconut oil and enough curd to henna powder. Make a paste out of it and apply thoroughly on the hair. Keep it for an hour or two and then wash your hair with normal water.