Ingredient Spotlight: Yogurt Extract
Yogurt has long been lauded for its health benefits, and certain historical references even credit it for producing unusually long life spans in humans. While most of the health benefits have been isolated to the body, yogurt is actually very good for the skin too.
Beyond the protein, vitamins and minerals present in yogurt, it also has a very interesting “good bacteria” that fight disease and stimulate cell regeneration.
What It Is
Yogurt, which we are all familiar with, is produced by the bacterial fermentation of milk. These bacteria are known as yogurt cultures, namely lactobacillus bulgaricus (L. bulgaricus) and streptococcus thermophilus (S. thermophilus).
These cultures are also known as probiotics – microorganisms that are classified as good bacteria that help fight illness and disease, aid in mineral metabolism and support our internal flora.
In addition to probiotics, yogurt is also loaded with vitamins, calcium, minerals and growth factors. So what does all this mean to our skin?
How It Works
As I noted, yogurt’s high content of vitamins, minerals and growth factors all work to support overall skin health as well as healing and regeneration. Since probiotics have disease-fighting capabilities, they help boost the skin’s immunity against environmental aggressors.
Another interesting feature of yogurt, is during the fermentation process, the bacteria produces lactic acid as a byproduct, which stimulates cell turnover, provides hydration, and softens and smoothes the skin.
In addition to eating yogurt, applying it topically will help support healthy, vibrant skin.
Where to Find It
Yogurt extract was recently added to our Milk Plus cleansers. The new probiotic-enriched formula works to provide the skin a deepcleanse, while balancing the good bacteria, and providing skin-soothing and antiseptic support. The Milk Plus, though it works with all skin types, is particularly beneficial for rosacea, burned, acne, aged and cancerous skin.
For more information on yogurt extract, refer to the Milk Plus white paper.
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