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Food for Thought: DIY Yogurt Mask for Problem Skin

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Can yogurt really be the solution to your skin troubles?

DIY Probiotic Yogurt Mask for Problem Skin

A few years ago I was watching a documentary on the body’s microbiome (aka the bacterial colonies covering every square inch of your body – how’s that for a gross out?) and they briefly mentioned something about putting probiotics on your face. They touted it as a means of curing nearly every skin problem you can think of from wrinkles to acne to rosacea.

I immediately ran to the kitchen, popped open a couple probiotic capsules, emptied them into a small bottle of olive oil, and started applying it to my skin religiously. Within a week, my skin was clearer, brighter, and smoother.

Since then I’ve moved on to other forms of probiotics. Mainly the fermented kind like yogurt, goat’s milk kefir, and water kefir. While a lot of cosmetics companies have started adding probiotics to their products, I find that it saves time and money if I just do it myself. And, in an odd way, I really just like the way yogurt makes me skin feel. The zinc and lactic acid in the yogurt are smoothing and nourishing, while the healthy fats are incredibly hydrating. You can even add an extra probiotic capsule or two to give it an extra boost.

DIY Probiotic Yogurt Mask for Problem Skin

Here’s why it works:

  1. Protective Shield – When there is in imbalance in the bacteria on your skin (which can be caused by a variety of factors such as antibiotics or harsh cleansers), your body naturally sees the bad bacteria as an invader and reacts by way of an immune response. Applying “good” bacteria topically balances the skin environment and prevents skin cells from sending the attack signal.
  2. Prevents Inflammation – Less immune response means less inflammation, which also means you’re less likely to see premature aging and wrinkles.
  3. Antimicrobial – Certain strains of good bacteria create substances that can essentially “kill” the bad bacteria, which in turn, lowers the amount of inflammation-triggering bacteria on your skin in the first place.
DIY Probiotic Yogurt Mask for Problem Skin

To make, simply combine 1/2 cup yogurt or kefir with 1 probiotic capsule and stir. Apply liberally to your face and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Psssst. After doing a little digging, I also found that you can get the same effect by rubbing sauerkraut, pickles, brined olives, or sourdough on your face. Just save those for a day when you’re home alone.


Low-Hanging Fruits: 4 Fresh Ways to Eat Avocados

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An avocado a day keeps the doctor away. Or at least that's what I've been reading all over the internet lately. It turns out that avocados are better for you than anyone ever thought, and eating as many as 1 a day can drastically improve heart health, regulate blood sugar, and fight inflammation.

While I'm perfectly happy eating guacamole every day for the rest of my life, it might get a little boring for those of you who like a little more variety in your diets.

So here are 4 new ways to cook with avocados you may never have thought of before.

Pssst. Turns out how you peel that avocado matters. Science shows that the greatest concentration of vitamins and minerals is directly beneath the dark green skin, so it's best to peel your avocado just like you would peel a banana. After removing the seed, cut your avocado into fourths lengthwise and use your thumb and index finger to grip the edge of the skin on each quarter and peel it off. That should give you the most nutritional bang for you buck.

Pssssssssssst. Those chocolate avocado cookies look to die for. Amiright?