Can a yogurt face mask give your skin a lit-from-within glow? Benjamin Knight Fuchs, R. Ph., a compound pharmacist, skincare expert and founder of Truth Skin Health, says yes! He explains, “Yogurt is as beneficial outside of our bodies as it is on the inside. When applied topically as a mask, it can nourish the skin, helping to improve the tone, texture and overall health of the body’s largest organ.”
We rely on yogurt for healthy treats like these, but we’re happy to hear it can be just as useful to take care of our skin.
What Yogurt Is Best for a Face Mask?
When you’re shopping for yogurt for your face mask, any plain yogurt will do!
“Whether the yogurt originates from the milk of goats, sheep, or cows is irrelevant as all yogurts are packed with complexion-brightening B-vitamins, tissue-building Vitamin D and collagen-boosting Vitamin A,” says Knight Fuchs.
“Yogurt also contains a good deal of moisturizing good-for-you fats, calcium and magnesium, to help soothe and speed the healing of broken or burnt skin. It’s is a rich source of anti-aging and skin-softening alpha hydroxy acids.”
How Do You Make a Yogurt Face Mask?
Preparing the mask takes only a minute and your skin will reap the rewards long after.
Here’s What You Need:
- 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
Step 1: Blend
In a glass bowl, mix the plain Greek yogurt and Manuka honey. According to Tsippora Shainhouse, MD, FAAD, board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles, Manuka honey has humectant properties (it draws water into the skin), as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Step 2: Apply
Apply the yogurt face mask not only on your face, but your neck and décolletage as well, using gentle circular motions to help the nutrients penetrate the skin. Use all the mixture. It has such a soft, velvety cooling feel to it…so soothing! Leave the mixture on your skin for about 15-20 minutes.
Step 3: Rinse
Rinse off the yogurt face mask with warm water and follow with your normal skincare routine: moisturizer and sunscreen.
Want to skip the mixing—but still have a soothing yogurt mask on hand? Try FarmHouse Fresh Pajama Paste Soothing Active Yogurt Mask. It’s a blend of active yogurt, bentonite clay, wild honey and oats.
Can Yogurt Help With Acne?
Yes—yogurt is packed with acne-fighting zinc and enzymes, which have important blemish-busting benefits that can improve the appearance of pimple-prone skin, says Knight Fuchs.
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