If you are a DIY enthusiast, you may have come across several face mask and face scrub recipes that recommend using yoghurt. Ever wondered why? Well, because apart from regulating your gut health, yoghurt also possesses immense skin benefits. It’s one ingredient that’s super gentle on the skin and can be used by just about anyone, irrespective of their skin type.

Here are five benefits of using yoghurt for the skin.

 

01. Brightens your complexion

01. Brightens your complexion

Environmental aggressors like pollution, UV rays and dirt make the skin appear dull and lifeless. The lactic acid in yoghurt mildly exfoliates the skin and removes the layer of dead skin cells to reveal brighter-looking skin underneath. However, do not use it more than twice a week.

 

02. Protects the skin from harmful UV rays

02. Protects the skin from harmful UV rays

Regular use of yoghurt on the skin is known to minimize the effects of ultraviolet rays such as dark spots and uneven skin tone. One study also confirms that yoghurt helps create a barrier that protects and reduces the risk of sun damage.

 

03. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

03. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

As we age, the skin loses its natural collagen and elasticity; this causes premature ageing and makes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles more prominent. Yoghurt contains a collagen-producing protein that improves skin elasticity and fends off premature signs of ageing.

 

04. Fights acne

04. Fights acne

Rich in probiotics, yoghurt can also help tackle acne and breakouts. The probiotics in yoghurt have the ability to kill acne-causing bacteria, thereby preventing the formation of new acne as well as reducing the inflammation around the existing acne. It soothes active acne and helps accelerate the healing period.

 

05. Soothes skin infections

05. Soothes skin infections

The anti-inflammatory and microbial properties of yoghurt may also treat skin irritation by soothing the inflamed area. Having said that, do not apply yoghurt to infected or broken skin. Always consult your dermatologist for such skin problems.