Benefits of yogurt face masks

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Benefits of yogurt face masks
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Whether you suffer from acne, dry skin, skin dullness or excessive oiliness, a plain yoghurt mask is a budget-friendly way to treat your face. Yoghurt is effective at cleansing and disinfecting pores, preventing acne, moisturising skin and revitalising its texture.

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Types

When selecting your face mask ingredients, choose plain-flavoured yoghurt. Fruit varieties have too much sugar and other ingredients that are not beneficial to the skin. If your skin tends to be particularly dry, the lipid content in full-fat, or whole yoghurt, can provide needed moisture. If your skin is on the oily side, stick with low-fat yoghurt.

Consider organic yoghurt--which is available at health food stores--if you would prefer to avoid the residual hormones and pesticides present in nonorganic dairy products. Organic yoghurt also contains more active, live cultures, which improve yoghurt's nutrient bioavailability.

Benefits

While most people have heard about the benefits of eating yoghurt, they may not realise the many benefits it offers their skin. Yoghurt's antibacterial properties make it a useful, degerming cleanser, and its lactic-acid content soothes irritation, clarifies the pores and softens the skin. Finally, yoghurt is known for its probiotics (live, active cultures), which are helpful in naturally treating skin conditions such as acne and eczema.

Application

Wash your face thoroughly with warm water and a mild cleanser. Pat dry, and apply 1 cup of plain yoghurt with your fingers, covering all areas of your face and upper neck. Leave the face mask on for 15 to 20 minutes, then gently wash it away with warm water. Repeat the process daily or weekly.

Optional Ingredients

Yoghurt can be used alone as a face mask, or combined with other ingredients that lend even more benefits to the skin. If you're constantly fighting a dry, flaky face, add two tablespoons of grated carrots or one tablespoon of honey to the yoghurt. Mix thoroughly by hand or in a blender before applying.

If your skin is oily or dull, try adding two teaspoons of lemon juice to the yoghurt mask. Lemon rids the skin of dead cells, clarifies the pores and is known to lighten skin over time.

Experiment with your yoghurt masks, getting creative with other soothing, natural ingredients such as banana, cucumber, aloe and oatmeal. The benefits may surprise you.

Precautions

If you are allergic to yoghurt, dairy products or alpha and beta hydroxy acids, avoid using yoghurt face masks. After application, you may notice a slight tingly feeling. However, if you experience burning or pain of any kind, wash off the mask and consult with your physician before reapplying. These symptoms may indicate an allergy or sensitivity to yoghurt's active ingredients or live cultures.

If your skin feels tight after washing off your yoghurt mask, apply a noncomedogenic moisturiser to hydrate and protect skin cells.

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