It’s summer and curd is one of the most soothing substances there are. We say substance because it isn’t just a food that cools your body and keeps acid levels down in the stomach, it has many other benefits that are not just dietary.
Curd has great skin benefits as well. With the heat increasing, your skin may see a few rashes or may feel irritable. And at such times, you don’t have to look for some expensive skin cream – just go for that little cup of curd, your first aid dermatologist.
When you need quick relief from summer rashes
For quick relief from heat-related skin rashes, diluting curd with water and applying it over the affected area cools the skin and brings relief. This can be used on children as well, as it has no side-effects. This will also hydrate the skin. This is probably one of the best remedial effects of curd. It is really great for babies as well. Issues like nappy rash or other heat-related rashes or rashes caused by insect bites can be dealt with diluted curd or buttermilk.
When the sun hurts your skin
Too much exposure to the sun (as all Goa lovers will tell you) tans you and that is not a good thing for the skin. While tanned skin does not return to normal in one go, a few washes with a paste made of curd and gram flour, with a little lime juice added to it, works wonders. Apply the paste liberally, keep for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off. Do it for five days and you will see a distinct difference.
When you need naturally glowing skin
You can make a great face pack using curd as the main ingredient. Blend curd, masoor dal and dried orange peel. Add half a teaspoon of honey and apply on your face. Leave for 15 minutes. Wipe off gently with cotton balls and then rinse. This pack will leave your skin healthy and glowing.
When you need to remove blemishes
Curd can be used to lighten scars that people get due to acne or insect bite. Dilute some curd with water and apply to the affected area, and your skin will feel cooler as the scars disappear. It’s not an overnight remedy, but by consistent use you will see better, side effects-free results compared to many skin creams.
When you need to keep your skin oil-free
When curd is mixed with turmeric powder, some sugar and sandalwood powder (chandan), it becomes a potent relief for oily skin. It also prevents acne. Gently massage the paste on your face, leave for a few minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Just remember that when using curd for skincare, it must be fresh curd and it should not be flavoured or sweetened. And yes, don’t forget to eat lots of curd this summer. It is the best thing that happened to milk, in our opinion. It is a superfood.