Greeks have long been in search of the fountain of youth, and it comes as no surprise that for centuries now, they have been boosting their skin care routine with the very same item that we have in our refrigerators: Greek yogurt.
Regarded the world over as a superfood, Greek yogurt boasts two and a half times the amount of protein in regular yogurt. Protein, whether in the skin products we use or in our diet, helps in repairing skin tissues, making it more radiant and young-looking. “By boosting your skin care routine with protein-rich Greek yogurt, you deliver the same benefits to your skin that protein delivers to your body—helping to nourish, strengthen and repair,” says Lena Korres, co-founder of Athens-based natural brand, Korres.
Yogurt, whether the Greek or regular kind, also contains lactic acid, an organic compound that aids in diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines by tightening and shrinking pores. It also has exfoliating properties that transform your skin from being dry and dull to lighter and softer. Rich in vitamin B, yogurt comes packed with 20 to 30 % of the daily-recommended value of riboflavin that keeps skin glowing and hydrated and aids in cell-growth and regeneration.
Stayed too long under the sun? Use plain yogurt to help soothe inflamed skin. The probiotics in yogurt calm the skin by promoting cell-renewal repairing the lipid barrier in dehydrated skin. While essentially good for all skin types, a yogurt-infused skin care routine is particularly beneficial for those with oily skin or those prone to breakouts because its zinc content regulates oil production and works as a mild astringent. It also carries anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
As the old saying goes, “you are what you eat,” and including yogurt in your diet improves your metabolism and balances the good bacteria in your system, preventing breakouts even for those with skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. Meanwhile, adding yogurt to your skin care regimen helps moisturize your skin and delay the signs of aging.
Ready to start on an even more delicious skin care routine? Here are the top yogurt-infused products that Dermstore loves!
This multitasking emulsion from KORRES, the world’s first brand to incorporate edible Greek yogurt into a skin care formula, contains plant extracts to reduce redness, swelling and irritation. It has antioxidants and moisturizing properties, thanks to its rich formula that includes macadamia and sunflower extracts. The Greek yoghurt concentrate provides additional nourishment for the skin.
Aside from probiotics, which is the key ingredient of every single product from this brand, this weightless, milky wonder serum protects the skin from environmental toxins that hasten skin-aging and features retinol to soften deep wrinkles and regain elasticity. The antioxidant-rich blueberries and omega-3 stimulate collagen production, making the skin more youthful-looking.
This organic moisturizer is perfect for oily, combination and acne-prone skin. The salicylic acid found in this moisturizer tightens the pores and breaks up oil that commonly causes breakouts, while the cucumber juice works as a natural astringent. It also features nutrient-rich shea butter and yogurt that nourish and moisturize skin.
Had a long day? Turn up you favorite jam and treat your face with this multitasking facial mask that soothes and smoothens your skin while improving your complexion. Best of all, it has pro-vitamin B5 and allantoin that plump up your skin, making you look younger.
A 100% natural face mask almost good enough to eat. This facial mask contains a blend of active yogurt, wild honey, oats and bentonite clay. These active ingredients do multiple jobs: they hydrate and soften your skin, reduce redness, tighten your pores and leave you with a youthful dewy appearance once you wash it off.
Brighten your skin with this lemon-oil-infused power peel that diminishes age spots and other skin blemishes. Use this power peel not only on your face but also on your elbows, knees and heels. The lactic acid ingredient exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to give you a younger, more glowing skin.
Imagine drinking a tall glass of vanilla milkshake on a hot summer day. This is how rich and refreshed your skin will feel when you apply this cooling gel. The nourishing properties of Greek yogurt, which contains 250% more proteins than regular yogurt, hydrates the skin and provides an instant relief from sunburn. The vitamin E, jojoba and essential oils also aid in the healing process of damaged skin.