Think probiotics are only for your gut? Think again! This easy DIY face mask with yogurt will be your skin’s new best friend.
Sometimes I think I must be the only person that doesn’t like eating yogurt. I mean, I’m sure that in this whole wide world, someone else has to dislike it, but the way I see it talked about, it sure makes me feel like I’m the only one.
I had to be on antibiotics a lot as a kid, and every time, my Granny would insist I eat yogurt for the probiotics. She swore by it in the same way she swore by ginger beer for an upset tummy and echinacea for a cold.
She wasn’t wrong, either. Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which can help nourish your gut’s microbiome – something that’s especially important when you’re on antibiotics.
Still, it just became something I associated with being sick, and to this day, I just can’t eat it.
I do keep it in my fridge regularly, though, because as it turns out, your gut isn’t the only part of your body that loves probiotics.
Why Yogurt is Good for Your Skin
We’ve known forever that yogurt is a great addition to any diet. It’s a great source of protein and calcium, but beyond that, it contains good bacteria (or probiotics) that are a powerhouse when it comes to your health. Just take a look at any yogurt container in the store, and you’re likely to see on the label that it “contains live cultures.” That’s the good stuff.
In your body, the probiotics help fight inflammation and block the “bad” bacteria, helping maintain a healthy environment (or microbiome).
As it turns out, though, the same probiotics that do so much good in your gut are also great for your skin! Yep. Your skin has a microbiome, too, and with what we put it through, it can use all the help it can get.
By applying yogurt to the skin, we can help slow down the aging process, fight inflammation, and even help with chronic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema. (extra reading here)
So, with all that said, what are we waiting for, right?
DIY Face Mask with Yogurt
Not only is a face mask with yogurt incredibly beneficial to your skin, it is also incredibly easy to make. In fact, I feel a little guilty that I haven’t shared this DIY beauty tip before now!
All you’ll need for the most basic form of this mask is 1/4 c of plain, full fat greek yogurt, and roughly 1 tablespoon of raw honey.
Mix those together and apply liberally to your face for about 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Optional Add Ins:
The mask is pretty great on it’s own. It can reduce redness and inflammation, nourish your skin, and fight fine lines and wrinkles without feeling harsh or abrasive at all.
But of course, sometimes, we want some really targeted skin treatments, and if that’s the case, feel free to add in an option or two for some added oomf.
- exfoliating: add 1 tbs of coffee grounds. (This is a double whammy because it works as a physical exfoliant as well as a chemical exfoliant).
- fine lines & wrinkles: add 1 tsp of rosehip oil
- acne: add a teaspoon of nutmeg or honey (note: I mean the spice, not the essential oil!)
- glowing skin: add 2 tsp lemon juice.
- dry skin: add in 1 tbs mashed avocado.
Of course, if you want to add some essential oils for added skin benefits, you can always add in 1-2 drops, but be careful not to overdo it, because too much can irritate your skin!
This Face Mask with Yogurt Will Be Your Skin’s New Best Friend!
We’ve always known that eating yogurt is good for us (as much as we may hate it). But, who knew that slathering it on our skin had so many benefits!
Next time you find yourself with a tub of plain greek yogurt, give this recipe a try. This face mask with yogurt might just become your skin’s new best friend.