You might be including protein, calcium and vitamin D and probiotics rich curd in your diet plan for various health benefits. But did you know that yogurt is also good for your skin and hair? The lactic acid in yogurt gets rid of the dead skin cells and tightens pores. It has anti-bacterial properties, thanks to which you can get rid of acne and it also works as  a great anti-ageing beauty got-to ingredient. It is used as a key ingredient in many home remedies. Here are some of the beauty benefits of curd and how you can include it in your haircare, skincare routine and use it in different ways. (ALSO READ Top 8 ways to include more curd in your diet).Also Read - PCOS And Acne: Here Are Expert-Approved Skincare Tips

Fights dandruff

Curd is the go-to ingredient to get rid of dandruff, as it has natural anti-fungal agent, which helps to fight the fungus that results in flaky scalp. Using yogurt on your scalp relieves the itching and irritation. All you have to do is simply apply a mix of curd and lemon generously all over your scalp and massage it for 10 minutes. Post 45 minutes wash it with lukewarm water. To get better results use this method multiple times a week. (ALSO READ Top 7 beauty benefits of papaya: Rejuvenate your skin and hair with these homemade papaya packs ). Also Read - Easy And Quick DIY Organic Pedicure At Home, Approved by Shahnaz Husain

Another yogurt hair mask that you can use is it with fenugreek. To make it mix half cup of curd with 3 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds paste. Apply it on the scalp and leave it for an hour. Wash it off with a mild shampoo after an hour. Repeat using this hair mask once a week to get rid of dandruff.  Also Read - Skincare Tips by Shahnaz Husain: Ingredients From Your Kitchen Shelf For Spotless Skin

Lightens suntan and soothes sunburn

Curd has moisturizing effect and the zinc in it has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to heal the sun-damaged skin. So if you have suntan and sun-burnt skin after excessive sun exposure, you can use it to soothe your skin. Simply apply yogurt on the affected area and leave it for 20 minutes.

If you want to lighten the suntan, in a bowl mix half cup of curd with juice of one tomato and one cucumber. Apply it on affected area and rinse it off after 20 minutes.

Moisturizes skin

If you have dry facial skin, you can prepare a moisturizing mask using curd to get smooth and soft skin. Mix 4 tablespoon of it with one tablespoon of cocoa and one teaspoon of honey. Apply it evenly all over your face and neck. After 30 minutes rinse it off with cool water and then pat dry with a soft towel. Use this facial mask thrice a week to get better results. (ALSO READ Get radiant skin and shiny hair with these homemade honey packs).

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Hydrates your skin

Yogurt prevents and treats dry and itchy skin. It acts as a natural mild exfoliant and gets rid of the dry skin and the moisturizing properties leave your skin soft and supple. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help soothe dry and itchy skin. Apply it on your face, hands, legs and any other are that is dry and itchy. Massage it into your skin and leave it for 10 minutes. Then take a shower to rinse it off.

Reduces blemishes

Since curd has a mild bleaching effect, you can get rid of blemishes and scars. The lactic acid works as a natural cleanser and exfoliator and lessens the appearance of any blemishes on your skin. Make a yogurt face pack by mixing 3 tablespoons with the juice of 1 lemon. Mix it well and apply it on your skin. After 20 minutes, rinse it off with lukewarm water. Use this every day to get flawless skin.

Fights acne

The natural antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of curd can help fight acne.  Also, the zinc in yogurt has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use acne face masks to prevent acne breakouts and reduce swelling and inflammation caused by acne. To make an anti-acne face mask, mix one tablespoon of yogurt with 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder. Apply this on the affected area and after 20 minutes wash it off with cold water. Use it twice a day to notice the difference in your skin. (ALSO READ How to get rid of acne? 19 tips to get back your acne-free glowing and healthy skin).

Top 8 beauty benefits of yogurt: Use homemade yogurt packs to fight skin and hair problems

Conditions hair

If you want soft and shiny hair, you can use curd as a deep conditioner. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties keep your scalp clean, free from infections and also moisturized. To whip up a hair mask, mix 4 tablespoon of yogurt with 2 tablespoon of aloe vera and 2 tablespoon of coconut oil. Mix this well and apply it on your scalp and hair. Leave it for an hour and then wash it off using a mild shampoo. Use this deep conditioning hair mask once a week to get gorgeous and strong hair. (ALSO READ Top 9 beauty benefits of coconut oil: Get glowing skin and lustrous hair by including coconut oil in your beauty routine).

Reduces wrinkles and fine lines

The lactic acid in curd makes it the best anti-ageing ingredient to be included in your skincare regime. It helps prevent wrinkles and the appearance of fine lines. Also, it tightens your pores and makes your skin radiant. To make an anti-ageing yogurt mask take one fourth cup of yogurt and add a mashed banana to it. Add one teaspoon honey to the banana and yogurt paste. Mix well and apply it on your face and neck. Post 20 minutes rinse it off. Use this mask thrice a week to see noticeable difference.

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