Yogurt for skin care is nothing new. Many ancient cultures have been using yogurt for centuries to make the skin supple and radiant. In India people apply a mix of yogurt and turmeric to give the skin a beautiful glow. Studies indicate that both consuming yogurt and applying yogurt on your skin can indeed improve skin quality.
In a recent study researchers evaluated the effects of fermented milk containing the probiotic bacteria Lactococcus lactis on the skin of young women. After consuming fermented milk for four weeks, the skin was significantly better hydrated and cheek rose smoother. Other studies also confirm that several probiotic bacteria strains improve skin quality, making the skin more supple.
The gut-skin connectionOne of the most amazing recent discoveries is that many microbes in our body communicate. Each species uses its own “language” that can only be understood by that specific bacteria. But there is also a “general language” understood by all bacteria species. This help us to understand why bacteria—both the good and bad—can coordinate their activities so well. It also shows that we need a certain amount of good, beneficial bacteria so they will be able to act in a coordinated manner to protect our bodies. To consume probiotics on a daily basis can have dramatic health benefits.
Your body is literary covered in bacteria. For example…
- on your inner elbows you have over 2000 bacteria species.
- behind your ears you have over 2300 bacteria species.
- in the large intestine you got over 33,000 bacteria species.
Research shows that there is a strong link between the friendly bacteria in your gut and the quality of your skin. Such problems as poor digestion, yeast overgrowth and harmful microorganisms in the gut can cause skin problems like skin rashes, inflammations, eczema, acne, seborrhea and dry skin. People with problematic skin are often suffering imbalances in the digestive tract.
However, consuming fermented food like yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables and sauerkraut can quickly improved imbalances and reduce the number of harmful microorganisms in the gut.
The gut-skin connection is strong due to the bacteria cross-talking. Therefore, when eating yogurt containing certain probiotic bacteria, bacteria on your skin can respond to improve skin quality.
Yogurt with live probiotics best
Most commercial yogurt is packed with sugar, coloring and many other artificial additives. A good quality yogurt should contain several types of live and active probiotic bacteria strains. Probiotic bacteria produce a number of potent compounds that has many health benefits and can make your skin smooth and supple.
Making yogurt or kefir at home is very simple. It is best to use raw milk as it is spacked with enzymes, vitamins and many other nutrients. Add a starter culture and let sit in room temperature for 12-18 hours. After this just enjoy. It could not be simpler!
Greek yogurt or regular unsweetened, organic yogurt would be good additions to a healthy diet. They are full of calcium, good bacteria, and protein while having few calories.
Such yogurt contains:
- Essential amino acids
- Minerals as magnesium
- Vitamins B1, B2, B7, and K
- Complete proteins
- Healthy yeast
Yogurt skin care recipesBecause yogurt contains live, active bacteria, it has many benefits when applied to your skin. The lactic acid in yogurt works wonders on dry skin and prevents premature aging. It can also have a mild bleaching effect. Therefore, some use yogurt to remove skin discoloration.
Yogurt skin care recipes
This is a moisturizing yogurt mask perfect for dry skin:
- 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 2 tablespoons cooked oatmeal (and cooled)
Blend all ingredients to a smooth paste, apply to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with a warm washcloth.
Here’s another nice face mask:
- ½ cup yogurt
- 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel or juice
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- ½ peeled cucumber
- a few drops of chamomile oil
Mix everything in a blender. Apply for 15 minutes.