Every day, I wake up wanting to change my skin care routine and products I use so I can get closer and closer to the ‘root of beauty’, a phrase I’ve coined as my way of referring to natural alternatives and mother nature when it comes to the care and cleaning of skin.
Like nut and seed oils, yoghurt and honey are not only delicious to consume but extremely beneficial for the skin. Especially when used as a mask at least twice a week.
Whether you suffer from acne, dry and dull skin, or excessive oiliness, a plain yoghurt mask is an inexpensive natural way to treat your face. These DIY face masks and facials are not only cheap and easy to make at home, but also 100% natural. They’re made up of simple foods you can find in almost any kitchen and the ingredients have been proven to be effective in healing and protecting the skin for centuries. Even without all this, the beauty of knowing these masks are not loaded with the harsh chemicals that are far too often found in high street brands or even very expensive so called ‘natural’ companies products.
Yoghurt is incredibly effective at cleansing and disinfecting pores, preventing acne, moisturising skin and revitalising its texture. Plus, its thick and creamy texture lends a paste-like consistency that’s ideal for any face mask. The differences of using yoghurt can be seen pretty much after a few days of application. Yoghurt contains high amounts of Lactic Acid, which is proven to be successful in refining pores, exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production. Unlike most other exfoliants that are harsh (e.g. those that contain salylic acid), yoghurt gently cleans the skin and is suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.
Honey, often referred to as ‘nature’s beauty milk’, or ‘prophet medicine’, has been used for beauty and medicinal needs for thousands of years. It is an all natural humectants – which mean it retains water to help keep the skin soft and moisturised. Like coconut oil, it also functions as an antimicrobial agent and can even be used to treat minor burns and cuts. Honey is also an anti-irritant, making it incredibly gentle and suitable for sensitive skin.
Honey consumed and applied on the body is a must for me. I would really recommend this to become a staple in your beauty cabinet. It doesn’t matter what type of skin you have, these ingredients together create quite the explosive intense beauty therapy we can all benefit from on a weekly basis.
Here are some ways I use these ingredients. I hope this helps/benefits you in some way.
- Dry Skin
Honey and Yoghurt applied twice a week is wonderful for dry skin. Wash face with warm water (ideally steam it for 5/10mins if you can). Then apply a mixture made from 2 teaspoons of cold yoghurt and 1 teaspoon of organic good quality honey. Mix this and apply on the face. Keep the remaining mixture in a small jar for another day. Leave this on for 15/20 mins and then wash with luke warm water. After removing the mask with water, splash the face with very cold water, pat dry and then moisturise. Do this twice/three times a week in the evenings before bed.
- Sunburn relief
For sunburned and dry skin, a combination of honey and yoghurt is recommended. The zinc present in yoghurt assists in smoothing the skin and also cooling the burn. The natural moisturising effect of yoghurt prevents loss of moisture through locking in the natural hydration of the skin. This is ideal when the skin begins to feel sore, irritated and tight after heavy exposure to the sun.
Let me know how it goes for you 🙂
© 2014 Shroomantics ~ Rahima Begum