The good news is that you don’t need to hand over a lot of money for well marketed beauty products to keep you looking your best. These products are expensive and can also have questionable ingredients. The good news is that you may already have the secret weapon in your fridge- Greek yogurt (preferably organic).
Yogurt works as to improve the look of skin because it contains lactic acid, which is found in many beauty products. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate by removing dead skin, which smooths rough, dry skin. A yogurt mask also helps to clean out pores by this gentle exfoliation, and helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- If you have long hair, you might want to pull your hair back off your face so you don’t get any yogurt in your hair.
- Use a natural, preferably organic yogurt that doesn’t have any added flavour or sweeteners because they can irritate the skin. I’ve used Greek as well as regular yogurt before. Apply a thick layer of yogurt all over the surface of the face.
- Allow the yogurt mask to remain on your face for 10-30 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.
- Splash with cold water to close up your pores again.
Tip: Prior to doing the mask you can do a facial steam to open up your pores to allow the mask to penetrate deeper into your skin.
A yogurt mask is a gentle and natural way to exfoliate your skin and it should be an okay mask to repeat twice a week, depending on your skin. Some people are sensitive to it and may find they get irritate with the yogurt mask and may not want to continue it. Also, a yogurt mask should be helpful for acne prone skin, but just like with any skincare routine changes, you might get a breakout from trying this.
I personally love doing a yogurt mask once a week. I notice that my skin feels and looks better and I find it refreshing. This is part of my “food face” routine.