Not just yummy in your tummy (sorry, my inner five-year-old couldn't resist), yogurt's also quite nutritious for other parts of your body, as FitSugar likes to remind me. It's rich in protein, which can improve bones and also hair and nails over time. But, if you're not into eating it, there are plenty of other ways to benefit.
- On your hands. Create a sweet soak by adding one tbsp. honey to a cup of plain yogurt. Added to the good of the yogurt, honey's a natural humectant to retain water to help keep the skin soft and smooth. Don't knock it 'til you try it as I loved spreading this cool mixture on my hands and rubbing them together . . . like I was a kid again playing with slime!
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- On your face. Spread plain yogurt on your face to tighten pores and cleanse your skin before rinsing with lukewarm water after 10 minutes. After all, this treat includes lactic acid – an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) – which is milder than other exfoliants but still rejuvenates your skin.
- On your scalp. Did you know yogurt can be used as a conditioner? Simply bring a container of plain yogurt into the shower and rub it into your wet hair and let sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing. The active cultures can relieve an itchy scalp and help combat dandruff in the process.
- On your feet. If you even have any yogurt left after all the other ideas, you can mix in one-half cup of finely ground walnuts and use this as a scrub to improve the texture of your skin, relieving dry patches and calluses. The yogurt's adding moisture once again and the nuts help exfoliate rough spots. PS, while you're rubbing it on your feet, you're still treating your hands, too – bonus!