Yogurt is a dairy product that is cultured from milk through a process of souring and thickening. It’s one of the oldest and most popular fermented foods that is enjoyed by people of all cultures, and it’s made through the addition of friendly bacteria to fresh milk. This bacteria causes the milk to thicken and produces lactic acid, which further coagulates the milk and adds that familiar sour flavor.
While it might be a bit off-putting to know that yogurt is made by bacteria, they’re actually incredibly beneficial strains of probiotics (also known as starter cultures) called Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These probiotics are necessary for maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the digestive system, as well as giving the immune system a boost, shortening length and severity of cold and flu and even reduce eczema in infants.
Yogurt contains a rich amount of protein, healthy fats, carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals like vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorus and riboflavin. Yogurt is also very effective as a skin care ingredient as it contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, which means it can help dissolve dead skin cells and provide gentle exfoliation while working to tighten pores and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Yogurt can also provide moisture, fight acne breakouts and prevent premature signs of aging.
Make your own yogurt face mask by mixing three or four tablespoons of yogurt with a tablespoon of olive oil and applying it to your face for around 30 minutes. Enjoy this treatment at least three times a week to uncover a smooth, youthful complexion.