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August 26, 2011

Yogurt for your skin

Preface: I was offered a sponsorship on cosmetics by Korea Cosmetics recently. Thus from now onward I will make regular make-up tips once a week along with the sponsorship schedule. Babes please stay tune as there will be new released cosmetic products review from time to time. Perhaps... free giveaways for the readers too.

Yogurt... lassi, yogurt ice-cream, yogurt bar, yogurt drink, yogurt cheese cake....everything that goes with yogurt is irresistable! And oh...I lost 5kg last time with just a daily dose of 2 cups of yogurt in 2 months without exercise.... I tell you Yogurt is pretty kick-ass!

So why yogurt? Because it is natural, because it is easy to get, and the most important thing - because it is budget-friendly! Yogurt is good as a natural remedy for skin problems such as acne , dry skin, dullness or excessive oiliness. It cleanses and moisturizes at the same time, and also prevents premature aging.

When it comes to selection for your face mask ingredients, always choose plain-flavored yogurt. The flavored yogurts have too much of sugar and other ingredients which are not beneficial to the skin. If your skin is dry skin, you can go for full-fat yogurt, while oily skin can go for low-fat yogurt.

You can use plain yogurt to calm your face by spreading it over like wiping butter after you are done with the cleanser. Pat dry before applying the yogurt. 2 tablespoons of yogurt is good enough for the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes then wipe off with tissue/facial cotton before rinse off with warm water. And because yogurt is mild, you can repeat the process daily or weekly.

Yogurt can be used alone or combined with other ingredients which can further boost the benefits to the skin. A few examples are:
1. Honey + yogurt for nourishing dry, flaky face
2. Lemon juice + yogurt for removing dead cells, clarifying pores and lighten skin tone
3. Banana + honey + yogurt for soothing and refreshing the skin
4. Egg yolk + olive oil + yogurt for preventing premature aging

Now you see how natural ingredients benefits can do miracle to your skin!

As read in other articles, yogurt can be used topically for dry skin treatment, all you need to do is just slather it on your face every morning, then wash it off with cold water. I've tried that a few times for the last minute make up S.O.S before attending a ball or dinner. If my skin is too dry or flaky to apply the foundation, I usually do yogurt mask 1 or 2 hours before I start applying my make up base. After rinse off the mask, make sure you apply your moisturizer/emulsion as per normal routine to keep the moisture locked in, and also to prevent the make up elements from clogging your pores.

If you think making your own yogurt mask is causing a lot of hustle and bustle, there are a wide varieties of ready made yogurt mask or yogurt pack available in the market now. These are among the products that I've tried and am using at the moment. (some pictures are taken from the original website)

Etude House I Need You Yogurt Wash-off Pack

Ettude House 04

Skin Food Papaya Yogurt Mask, Kiwi Yogurt Mask, and Banana Yogurt Mask

Purederm Strawberry Yogurt Pack, Kiwi Yogurt Pack, Mango Yogurt Pack, Grape Yogurt Pack, and Tomato Yogurt Pack.

TheFaceShop Grapefruit Yogurt Mask Pack and Strawberry Yogurt Mask Pack (not available in Malaysia TFS outlets anymore)

Whenever I go travel, my travel suitcase is never complete without a pack of yogurt mask! I need it just as common as I need to spare a plaster.

Disclaimer: This post is meant for sharing purpose. If you have severe skin issues, please discuss with your dermatologist.

published in KoreaCosmetics.kr as "Do you eat yogurt? I use yogurt for my skin!"


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