We love our buttermilk, our home-made cream, our dahi batata puris and even our curd rice. But did you know that apart from being an integral part of Indian cuisine, curd is also great for your skin and hair? Here’s why you need to add it to your regular diet as well as to your beauty and skincare routine…
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Curd for tired skin
Curd, a rich source of lactic acid, which is a natural hydroxyl-acid can help soothe tired skin and serve as an instant pick-me-up. The fact that it’s so widely available and can be used on all skin types makes it a popular remedy.

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Curd as an instant pick-me-up
A face mask made with 4 portions yogurt, 1 portion of cocoa and 1 portion of honey can be left on the skin for about 30 minutes and washed off with lukewarm water can give the skin a much-needed boost. Curd and honey are both well known natural remedies that nourish and moisturise the skin.

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Curd for hydration and exfoliation
Curd is known have excellent hydrating properties, which makes it perfect for all of us working girls who spend way too much time in the air conditioning and not enough time loading up on liquids. When used with a coarse agent, it makes for an excellent natural exfoliator.

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Curd as an exfoliant
To get rid of dead skin cells, mix 2 portions of yogurt with 1 potion of ground oats into a paste. Massage the paste onto your skin in circular motions and rinse off with cold water. You can even replace the oats with rice powder if you’re challenged with stubborn white and black heads.

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Curd for blemishes and scars
Do you know that yogurt is naturally rich in zinc, a mineral that helps to deal with skin tans and lighten blemishes and scars? That probably makes curd, an already recommended food for the summer months, an essential even when it comes to the summer beauty routine.

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Curd as a skin lightening agent
If you’re dealing with discoloured skin or a skin tan, add a few drops of lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of yogurt and make it into a paste. Apply it on your skin and leave it on for about half an hour. Thanks to the mild bleaching abilities of yogurt, your skin should regain its original skin tone after a few applications.

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Curd for your hair
Like we said earlier, curd has both zinc as well as protein, both of which are essential for your hair’s health. While zinc stimulates blood circulation to your scalp, protein (what actually makes up your hair) is essential to give your hair its body and strength.

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Curd as a conditioner
To give your hair some natural conditioning, blend a cup of curd into a smooth paste and apply it all over your hair and scalp. Wrap a towel around it and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Wash it off with regular shampoo. You’ll notice that your hair is shinier and feels much smoother.