Yogurt is perfect for breakfast or a healthy snack, but did you know that yogurt has some other practical uses as well? Ok, before you click away saying “Josie, you are crazy!” Hear me out! There are a lot of food products that we put in our stomach and on our body.. you just might not think about it because its’ been done for SO long! Yogurt is one of those things that we don’t really experiment with–so, it might seem a little “weird”.
Firstly, I suggest Chobani Greek Yogurt 0% for these recipes. Its just nice and plain without any crazy additives.
Take a look below at 10 uses for yogurt that you can try; sure to make some common health and beauty issues a thing of the past. Here is how you can get started using yogurt in new and creative ways:
10 Uses for Yogurt
1. Make your smile shine.
Yogurt contains calcium, which is a must have for a healthy smile. Apply some plain yogurt to a q-tip and dab onto teeth. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Over time, you will enjoy a calcium rich smile.
2. Make your own skin scrub.
Take a cup of plain yogurt and add two tablespoons of sugar or dried oats. Scrub gently into skin and rinse. It will help hydrate and exfoliate your skin naturally.
3. Condition your hair.
Yogurt can help make your hair shine and feel soft and silky. Take plain yogurt and apply it like a mask to your hair. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes then rinse with cool water. Strengthen your smile.
4. Make edible finger paint.
If you have a child who loves to eat everything, including art supplies, try edible finger paint. Just add food coloring to plain yogurt and let your child get creative. Should the paint be ingested, you have nothing to worry about, it is actually healthy!
5. Soothe a sunburn.
Did you overdo it in the sun? Applying plain yogurt to your skin for 15-20 minutes can help. Just apply, let sit, and rinse with cool water. Your skin will feel soothed and be moisturized in the process.
6. Reduce dark circles.
Often times, dark under eye circles are a result of poorly hydrated skin. Help soothe this sensitive area with a few dabs of plain yogurt under the eye. When done daily you may notice a difference.
7. Make your own face mask.
Plain yogurt is the main ingredient in many face masks. Make your own when you mix one cup of yogurt with 1 tablespoon of plain honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Then just apply, let sit, and rinse after 15 minutes.
8. Moisturize lips.
Add a half teaspoon of coconut oil to a teaspoon of plain yogurt. Mix well and apply to the lips for a moisturizing lip mask. Let the lip mask sit for several minutes and then rinse.
9. Soothe a dry scalp.
Massage some plain yogurt into the scalp to reduce dryness, itching, and inflammation. Just massage in and then shampoo and rinse as usual.
10. Soften up dry elbows.
Or feet, or knees, or any other dry spots you may have. Mix 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt with 1 tablespoon of olive oil to create a moisture rich cream that can’t be beat.
Did you ever think yogurt had so many other uses? Give these creative uses for yogurt a try and you are sure to never look at it the same way again!