Buttermilk is derived from a process that involves the separation of butter from milk, and it is sinfully good on the batter for your fried chicken!
But as it so happens, this creamy concoction doesn’t just make your favourite fried foods taste even better. It has very early on been identified as an excellent source of nutrition and nourishment for the body in India and ayurvedic medicine.
In India, buttermilk is also loved as a healthy and delicious beverage. Masala chaas (or spiced buttermilk), for one, is a very popular drink; it is light, cooling and good for the digestion, making it a particularly appealing thirst quencher for all those warm, sunny days.
Buttermilk, while low in fat content, can also provide a boost in energy, making it an excellent food for those who are watching their weight.
In ayurvedic practice, buttermilk is often used as a remedy to treat digestive issues, reduce swelling and bloat, combat fatigue and anaemia, among other ailments.
Because buttermilk is such a nutritional powerhouse, it is really not a stretch to learn that it has also traditionally been used as a beauty treatment. If you are someone who is looking for natural alternatives in your quest for a beautiful complexion, you may want to consider including buttermilk in your regular skincare routine.
Here are 5 reasons why buttermilk is good for your skin:
As A Scar Fader
Buttermilk is a natural way to help lighten age spots, pimple scars, skin blemishes and other forms of skin discolouration such as hyperpigmentation and melasma. That is primarily because of the lactic acid present in buttermilk, which works on clearing off dead skin cells. It is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin because it is unlike to cause irritation.
As with the use of any product that exfoliates, you must take care to protect your skin with a daily sunscreen of at least SPF 30, and which protects against both UVA and UVB exposure.
If you already have a suntan or sunburn, try applying a mask that is a mixture of equal parts tomato puree and buttermilk. It will cool the skin and help reverse the damage done. Apply the combination onto your skin with the tips of your finger. Make sure to massage it in a circular motion for several minutes. Leave on for about 20 minutes before washing off completely. Do this twice a day. You can also try mixing buttermilk with papaya!
As A Skin Cleanser
Buttermilk is also an efficient skin cleanser and softener. The lactic acid and milk proteins help to easily remove any impurities, dust and grime that build up on your skin throughout the day. It also nourishes your complexion from the inside out, helping to keep the skin soft, smooth and radiant.
To use buttermilk as a cleanser, combine equal parts of buttermilk and rose water and a few drops of olive oil. Dip a cotton ball inside the fragrant mixture and gently swab all over your face. Leave on for at least 15 minutes before rinsing off completely. Your visage will be clean, glowing and well-hydrated. This can be applied every other day. No need for an expensive cleanser filled with questionable ingredients!
As A Skin Tightener
Buttermilk is filled with vitamins and probiotics that nourish and help to improve your skin tone. It has naturally acidic and astringent qualities. Consume buttermilk as a drink and apply it as a face mask to tighten skin and give it an amazing glow.
You can simply slap on buttermilk neat onto your face, or combine half a cup of buttermilk with a dash of saffron. Leave the saffron and buttermilk mixture to sit for half an hour before applying. Allow the mask to absorb all the goodness for about 20 minutes or until the mask dries completely. Wash off well.
As A Pimple Buster
As a pimple treatment, make a paste by combining buttermilk with chickpea flour. Gently apply onto your face and neck area and leave the paste to dry before washing off. Being gentle is key, so do not use any rubbing or harsh movement of any kind that will cause pimply skin to break or bruise and scars to form. Do this every other day for about one month to see the benefits—it’s a marathon, not a race!
As An Age Defier
Buttermilk can also be used to slow down the effects of ageing by keeping skin plump and hydrated and staving off fine lines and wrinkles.
Combine equal amounts of manuka honey (a wonderful humectant) with buttermilk to make a nourishing mask that naturally cleans, moisturises, brighten and exfoliates skin.
Alternatively, create a nourishing mask of chickpea flour, orange peel powder, turmeric powder, sandalwood powder and the egg white from one egg. Leave all that good stuff on for at least 15 minutes and it will work its magic from the inside and out. Repeat the process every other day for a month.