When trying to eat more healthy, yogurt is
an excellent food to add. Yogurt is full of essential protein, calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin
B2, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B5. It also contains healthy bacteria, which assists in digestion.
These are known as probiotics. Besides these health benefits, nutrients in
plain and unsweetened yogurt are also beneficial to your hair and skin. Yogurt contains lactic
acid, zinc and B vitamins, which all offer benefits to your beauty regime. Just be sure to use yogurt that does not have
any additional additives to it. Here are beauty benefits of yogurt for your
skin and your hair: 1. Prevents and Treats Dry and Itchy Skin Yogurt has the ability to moisturize your
skin and keep it hydrated. Yogurt also can remove dead skin and leave your skin looking
healthy and shiny. The lactic acid in the yogurt will get rid of any germs or bacteria
to prevent future itching. Yogurt also prevents swelling and cleanses your body and pores,
which both help to soothe dry and itchy skin. For daily use: – Apply fresh plain yogurt on your hands,
face and legs. – Gently massage your skin using circular
motions. – Leave it on for 10 minutes, then take a
shower. For weekly use, prepare a moisturizing mask: – Add ½ cup of yogurt and 3 to 4 tablespoons
of mashed ripe papaya. (You can also add a little honey and lemon juice.)
– Apply it on your skin and leave it on for 10 minutes.
– Rinse it off with cold water. 2. Lightens a Suntan Because yogurt is high in protein, it helps
to lighten your suntan and calm your sunburn. Because it can moisturize your skin, it will
help to heal your skin that has been damaged by the sun’s UV rays. It will help to calm
your skin after sun exposure. Because yogurt contains zinc, it will reduce swelling and
cool the pain of your sunburn. – Apply plain, unsweetened yogurt all over
the affected area. – Leave on for 15 minutes.
– Remove with a warm, damp washcloth. 3. Fights Dandruff Dandruff on your scalp is caused by dry and
flaky skin. Yogurt can help to relieve the itchy, flaking and dry skin. Yogurt can fight
the fungus and germs that are causing the dandruff. – Apply yogurt on your scalp and massage it
around for 5 to 10 minutes. (You can also add a little lemon to the yogurt before applying
it.) – Allow it to sit for 45 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water.
– Use this remedy a few times a week. 4. Conditions Hair Because of all of it’s nourishing properties,
yogurt makes an excellent conditioner for your hair. It can fight any germs and fungus,
so it keeps your scalp and hair clean from infection. – Apply plain, unsweetened yogurt to your
wet hair. – Allow the mixture to sit and soak in for
15 to 20 minutes, then rinse it out with lukewarm water.
– Use this hair treatment once a week. 5. Reduces Blemishes Since yogurt has the ability to mildly bleach
your skin, it can help with any skin discolorations. It can help to reduce to appearance of any
blemishes and scars that may be on your skin. As yogurt contains lactic acid, it can cleanse
your skin and cause your skin to obtain it’s healthy glow. – Smear some plain yogurt on the darkened
skin areas and massage for a few minutes. – Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse
it off with plain water. – Use this remedy once or twice daily to help
clear blemishes. 6. Tightens Skin Pores When your skin’s pores are large and open,
they can acquire bacteria build up and be susceptible to acne and blackheads. Luckily,
this can all be treated with yogurt. Yogurt can clean out your pores, restore your skin
and rid your skin of blemishes and break-outs. – Simply smear 1 teaspoon of plain yogurt
on your face. – Allow it to sit there for about 15 minutes
to get absorbed. – Rinse it off with cool water.
– Repeat once or twice daily. 7. Fights Acne As we just mentioned, yogurt can fight acne
because it kills germs and fungus that can cause breakouts. It can clean out your bores
and rid them of any bacteria. The zinc levels in the yogurt can help to reduce swelling
caused by the acne. – Dip a cotton ball in plain, unsweetened
yogurt and apply it on the affected areas. – Leave it overnight and wash your face with
cool water the next morning. – Use this remedy daily before going to bed. 8. Reduces Wrinkles and Fine Lines Yogurt is high in lactic acid, which can help
reduce the sight of wrinkles and prevent new wrinkles from forming. It can also remove
dead skin cells and reduce the size of your pores. Yogurt can fight off bacteria and germs
that can take the oxygen molecules off your skin cells, which damages them. For a daily treatment: – Mix together 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin
olive oil and 3 to 4 tablespoons of yogurt. – Apply the mixture to your face for about
30 minutes. – Rinse with lukewarm water. 9. Softens Cracked Heels Yogurt is even effective in softening rough
and cracked feet and heels. Again, that lactic acid works to get rid of any dead skin cells,
softens any cracks and helps your feet heal quicker. Because yogurt is a moisturizer,
it keeps your skin from drying out. Here’s how to keep your feet soft: – Soak your feet in warm water for 15 minutes.
– Using a pumice stone, scrub your feet gently. – Apply plain yogurt on your heels and massage
gently. – Wait 15 minutes, then rinse off, using lukewarm
water. – Pat dry and put on socks.
– Use this remedy once or twice a week. 10. Keeps Hands and Nails Beautiful Since yogurt can keep your skin moisturized,
it can keep your hands from getting dry and calloused. The lactic acid naturally cleans
the skin and removes any dead skin cells. Yogurt can also help treat hangnails, since
it fights inflammation. – Apply some fresh plain yogurt on your hands
and fingers. – Gently massage for 5 minutes using circular
motions. – Leave it on for 10 minutes.
– Rinse off with lukewarm water. – Do this daily or every other day for the
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