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, soft skin. The probiotic content of buttermilk also makes your face radiant and gives your skin a gentle glow.1
- 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
A chronic skin disorder that makes skin scaly, itchy, and inflamed, eczema usually occurs on the cheeks, neck, and inner parts of elbows and knees.3 And buttermilk is a probiotic that is believed to have the potential to treat eczema and skin inflammation.4 If you’re affected by eczema, soak a cloth in buttermilk and press it on the inflamed or itchy areas of the skin.
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 you have a bad sunburn, apply a 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 like buttermilk display anti-aging properties that fight oxidative stress.7 This means you can bid farewell to grey and aging hair.
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 on your scalp after waking up is frustrating. If you have dandruff, apply buttermilk mixed with some viscous coconut oil on your scalp. The probiotics in buttermilk can fight dandruff by reducing symptoms of eczema and nourishing your dry hair.
|↑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.|
|↑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.|