Yogurt Face Mask? Do tell!
By Victoria Nyaga-Mutai
We had mentioned in a previous blog (Surprising uses for probiotic yogurt you should know) how you can use yogurt to make facials and other beauty treatments. Today, we shall look at a few facial treatments you can make with Aloe Vera.
Yogurt-Turmeric Face Pack
I remember at a Science Congress event I attended while in high school, some students (can’t remember which school exactly. Aga Khan? Shree Kuchi? Not sure, but they were Indian) mentioned that you can mix yogurt and turmeric to make a face mask. I thought, “Really? I should try it sometime.”
Over 10 years later, I finally decided to try it. So, it’s really simple.
• 2 tbsp. Yogurt: The lactic acid in yogurt dissolves dead skin cells, exfoliates skin, and helps to decrease wrinkles, while the zinc takes care of acne. And it’s gentle and smooth enough that it won’t dry out your skin. I used a Tuti unsweetened yogurt sample to make this mask. The Aloe Vera in it adds the extra boost of anti-bad-stuff. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal and it has lignin which allows all the benefits of all the ingredients to go right through your skin and get to work!
• 1 tsp. Honey: Honey is antibacterial, anti-acne, moisturizing, soothing, and anti-aging. It also makes your skin feel softer and smoother. Unfortunately, I forgot this ingredient. So, we shall see how that works next time. (Good thing the Aloe Vera in the yogurt helps)
• 1 tbsp. turmeric: Most of the spice’s benefits come from curcumin, which gives turmeric its bright yellow-orange color. Curcumin is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. Translation? It helps with acne, anti-aging, skin brightening, and inflammation.
You will also need serviettes or a kitchen towel roll near you to avoid staining your clothes. Yogurt tends to thin out and drip as it gets warmer on your skin, so have some tissue on your shirt to avoid drips.
So, I put the two ingredients together (remember I forgot the honey) and this is how I look:
Like a super yellow thing. A bee’s face or something.
I admit I may have overdone it there, but I didn’t want to take chances. If you like, you can eat what’s left over in the bowl. It’s a great little dose of anti-inflammatory medicine (it’s great for managing small pains like headaches).
After about 10-15 minutes I had to rush to wash it off because it was beginning to drip down my throat and I was on my new top. I could not have it get stained. A little did drip in though. But not enough to be noticed by the world.
After washing it off I was still quite tinted, so I washed off the residue with a gentle soap bar and then moisturized. My skin feels noticeably smoother and softer, and it’s a bit brighter (unless the camera is fooling me), so while I am feeling some dots of itchiness that the honey would have dealt with, overall, I guess it does work!
Have you tried any other masks? Let us know in the comments. We would love to hear from you, and maybe even feature them on our subsequent blog posts. So, keep an eye on that.
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