We’ve all had “one of those days,” where everything seems to be going downhill, including the health of your hair and skin. Your mane looks damaged and unkempt, while your skin is breaking out into pimples and you look years older than you actually are. And it feels like the beauty products you’ve hoarded in your bathroom cabinet have failed at their job. So, why not ditch them and opt for a more natural alternative that can actually work wonders for your skin and hair? We’re talking about the humble buttermilk.
If you thought buttermilk was only healthy for your tummy, you couldn’t be more wrong! Let’s understand why you should start using buttermilk in your beauty regime.
Buttermilk For Your Skin
1. Softens Your Skin
Replacing your regular body lotion or moisturizer with buttermilk has its benefits. Buttermilk reduces skin dryness by forming a thin film of moisture over your skin. It also restores your skin with deficit minerals, leaving you with supple,
DIY Buttermilk Moisturizer
- Mix 2 tbsp buttermilk with 1 scoop of mashed avocado.
- Apply the mixture every day on your face, hands, and legs.
2. Reduces Acne Breakouts
Probiotics like buttermilk contain live bacteria and yeast that are gut-friendly and good for your health. And studies have observed that probiotics could be an effective alternative to beauty products, as they reduce acne, treat rashes, and prevent pimples.2
3. Manages The Symptoms Of Eczema
4. Treats Sunburns
Buttermilk is a probiotic that is known for its ability to treat UV-induced skin damage.5It also helps remove a bad tan and even your skin tone. If
DIY Buttermilk Face Pack
- Mix 3 tbsp buttermilk, 1 tbsp honey, and 2 tbsp oatmeal.
- Apply the mixture on your face.
- Leave the face pack on for about 15–20 minutes.
- Repeat every day for a week to naturally get rid of sunburns.
5. Heals Wounds Faster
Probiotics can enhance the wound-healing process of your skin.6 By repairing damaged skin and promoting the growth of new skin, buttermilk can treat wounds. A potent cleanser, it can also remove the germs from the wounded area and keep the skin clean.
Buttermilk For Your Hair
1. Reduces Grey Hair
We know how buttermilk can boost skin health but its protective benefits also extend to your hair. Probiotics
2. Promotes Hair Growth And Strengthens Hair
Probiotics are known to fortify and strengthen hair, and thereby promote hair growth.8 So, by applying buttermilk on your scalp, you can ensure healthy development your hair follicles and get those strong, long locks you’ve always wanted.
DIY Buttermilk Shampoo
- Mix 1/2 cup buttermilk to 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.
- Apply the mixture to your scalp.
- Gently massage your scalp in circular motion.
- Wash your hair after 20 minutes.
3. Fights Dandruff
Spotting flakes of dandruff
Commercial hair and skin products are chemical-laden, toxic, and could just end up causing more problems. Instead, opt for buttermilk to fix your beauty woes!
|↑1, ↑6, ↑8||Erdman, S. E., and T. Poutahidis. “Probiotic ‘glow of health’: it’s more than skin deep.” Beneficial microbes 5, no. 2 (2014): 109-119.|
|↑2, ↑4, ↑5||Roudsari, M. Rahmati, R. Karimi, S. Sohrabvandi, and A. M. Mortazavian. “Health effects of probiotics on the skin.” Critical reviews in food science and nutrition 55, no. 9 (2015): 1219-1240.|
|↑3||Eczema. University of Maryland Medical Center.|
|↑7||Sharma, Divya, Mary-Margaret Kober, and Whitney P. Bowe. “Anti-Aging Effects of Probiotics.” Journal of drugs in dermatology: JDD 15, no. 1 (2016): 9-12.|