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Sour Cream Facial: DIY Dry Skin Remedy


Simple Remedies for Health and Wellness

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It may sound silly, but simply applying plain ol’ sour cream is the best DIY remedy for dry skin. The lactic acid helps retain skin moisture. Yes, one ingredient. You have to try it to believe it! Learn more.

We’re big fans of natural remedies using nature, plants, and simple ingredients found in your pantry or fridge. Take sour cream. This dairy product is obtained by fermenting regular cream with certain kinds of lactic acid bacteria. 

This active ingredient in sour cream, lactic acid, is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid which helps naturally exfoliate or dissolve dead skin cells to promote new skin generation. A sour cream facial locks in moisture so your skin is more hydrated, plump, and glowing. Not only will hydrated skin even out splotchy skin tone, but it also minimizes fine lines.

So many commercial skin care products contain chemicals that seep into your skin, and they simply don’t work despite the marketing. If you’re careful with what you eat, think about your skin, the biggest organ you have! Try out an old-time remedy that is effective and safe (as well as inexpensive!). The sour cream facial is especially useful during those dry winter months if you’re heating indoor air.

One tub of regular (whole milk) sour cream.

Apply 1 to 2 tablespoons of sour cream to your face and your neck. Wait 10 minutes.
Rinse off with warm water. 

If you wish to add a variation, add half a mashed banana and one tablespoon of honey. Banana pulp is 3/4 water so it works well with sour cream and honey to moisturize the skin.

Try using each morning and night for a month and see what you think. You’ll be amazed at how your face feels! Again, you have to try it to believe it.

Notes: Be sure to use sunscreen (as always) as the lactic acid can cause more sensitivity to sunlight. Also, if you’re pregnant, do check with your health care professional before using this remedy.

Video: Listen to Patty Sanders, nutritionist with Purdue University Extension and certified herbalist, as she applies the sour cream facial.

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