With all the different moisturisers, serums and oils we’re often told we need for maximum glowiness, skincare can get seriously expensive.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that more and more of us are becoming interested in DIY skincare hacks for that J.Lo glow. But cheap, natural skincare options you can find in your fridge aren’t just for those on a budget, celebrities are also getting in on at-home remedies.
Take Tan France, Queer Eye’s resident fashion adviser and co-host on Netflix’s new competition show, Next In Fashion. France told Allure that his go-to skincare saviour is a face mask made from thick, plain yoghurt and the contents of a steeped green tea bag. He’ll slather the concoction on his face twice a week and rinse it off, telling Allure: "It got rid of my spots, in my opinion. My skin feels f****** amazing after."
So do the experts back the use of yoghurt in skincare? Dr. Preema Vig, owner and medical director of Dr. Preema London Clinic, says: "Yoghurt is a very beneficial ingredient to use when making homemade face masks, because of the nutrients it contains."
A major ingredient is lactic acid, which Vig says "naturally helps to remove dead skin cells and stimulate new ones without irritating the skin". Another is zinc, which "helps brighten the skin tone and reduce dark circles under the eyes", as well as helping "reduce inflammation and reduce the amount of oil which is produced in the skin – which can help treat acne and blemishes".
Even though you could probably do a plain face mask with just yoghurt, Vig says: "Mixing yoghurt with other ingredients is a great way to enhance your home-made face mask." France could be onto something by combining his with green tea, as Vig explains: "Ingredients such as green tea contain powerful antioxidants and detoxifying agents which help neutralise free radicals [unstable atoms] that can cause skin damage. It also has anti-bacterial properties, which is great to help fight acne and blemishes."
France isn’t the only famous face who uses yoghurt in their skincare regime. Priyanka Chopra told Byrdie that her go-to DIY face mask recipe is equal parts yoghurt and oatmeal with one to two teaspoons of turmeric, which she says helps "brighten your skin and take away the dullness". She applies the mixture to her face for half an hour and then washes it off.
Last year celebrity facialist Deborah Mitchell, who’s worked with Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham, told Insider: "If you aren’t able to buy quality skin cream, apply some yogurt to the skin, and leave it there overnight." She says it can help combat eczema.
Note: Always be careful about what you apply to your skin, and speak to your GP/dermatologist if you have any concerns, but yoghurt might just be the cheap and helpful at-home ingredient your skin needs.