Thursday, 22 September 2011

Beauty On A Budget - Yogurt

Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than making a DIY beauty recipe, a quick rummage through the fridge can be full of goodies that can easily be used to make a great inexpensive beauty and feel good boost.

Part of my DIY beauty post series I try to put together a few inexpensive beauty recipes that can be used to help with many different beauty related issues. One of my favourite DIY ingredients is yoghurt, you can easily pick up a huge tub of yoghurt for as little as 50p so its perfect for using in an affordable yet luxurious DIY beauty recipe.

Yogurt is still used in natural ayurvedic remedies and many high-end beauty treatments so next time you’re spooning it into a bowl instead of onto your face, think again! Yogurt has lots of beauty benefits :)

For all of these recipe’s I recommend using natural yogurt.

Yogurt is great to use on your face as a Toning cleanser. It promotes the tightening of pores and is a great skin cleanser. If you have oily skin, yogurt is naturally astringent, so it can help to remove the unwanted oils from your face. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) which is milder than other harsh exfoliants but still helps to rejuvenate your skin. Simply massage a couple of teaspoons of natural yoghurt onto your face (avoid the eye area), leave for about 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. For the best results use full fat natural yogurt.

If you love using facemasks you can easily make a yogurty creamy mask. Using yogurt as a facemask is rich and luxuriously moisturising for the skin. All you need to do to prepare the mask is mix 1tbsp of yogurt with 2tsp of runny honey and a mashed up banana. As mentioned in a previous Beauty On A Budget post honey's a natural humectant, which can help your skin to retain water, keeping the skin soft and smooth. When the mix becomes a smooth paste spread the mask over your clean face, avoiding the delicate skin around your eyes and leave on for about10 minutes. Simple wash off with warm water and your skin should feel heavenly!

Yogurt is also great to use in your hair. The enzymes in yogurt are ideal for getting rid of product build-up leaving your hair super shiny. It can even soothe an itchy scalp! Beat an egg white until foamy, add 5-6tbsp of plain yogurt (this will vary depending how long and thick your hair is) also if you have dry hair you can add a bit of olive oil. Apply the smooth mixture onto your hair and leave for around 10 minutes, before washing it out with a gentle shampoo.

A well-known beauty use of yogurt is for after sun. In the times when you may have overdone it in the sunshine yogurt can help take the heat out of painful sunburn. For an added cooling puree or juice half a cucumber and mix it with cold live yogurt until it can be easily spread. All you have to do is apply it gently to the red areas, leave to dry, and then remove with a wet cloth.

Your hands and nails can also benefit from yogurt. To make a yoghurt hand cream combine 8 ounces of plain yogurt with the juice of one lemon. Return the mix to the fridge for several hours and then it can be used to massage into your hands and nails. Rinse and pat your hands dry and you should notice the difference. Your hands should be soft and supple. Another bonus is that you can even keep the mixture in refrigerator and use for up to 2 weeks!
When your feet aren’t looking their usual best yogurt can help to perk them up a bit. You can mix about half a cup of finely ground walnuts into 6-7 tablespoons of yogurt and use this as a scrub to improve the texture of your skin. It will also work in reviving the dry patches on your feet as the yogurt adds moisture back into the skin and the nuts help to exfoliate the rough spots. While you're rubbing it on your feet, you're still treating your hands, too – bonus!

Do you have any other uses for yogurt? Will you be doing any of these DIY recipes? I’d love to know how you found them :)


  1. this is such a great post, going to add natural yoghurt to the shopping list and try some of these! xx

  2. Thanks :) Ooh let me know which one you decided to do! Enjoy :) x


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