Clean Beauty Tips & Techniques How to Make a Yogurt Face Mask By Starre Vartan Writer Columbia University Syracuse University Starre Vartan has been an environmental and science journalist for 15-plus years. She founded an award-winning eco-website and wrote a book on living green. our editorial process Starre Vartan Updated May 29, 2021 kazmulka / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Clean Beauty Products Tips & Techniques Overview Working Time: 3 - 5 minutes Total Time: 15 - 20 minutes Yield: 1 mask Estimated Cost: $5.00 Yogurt face masks are wonderful at moisturizing and calming irritated skin, and they may even help fight acne. Its fatty, creamy consistency and characteristic probiotics—the same beneficial bacteria recommended for your digestive health—make yogurt an ideal ingredient for any face mask or even applied to your skin on its own. Yogurt can contain a variety of "good bacteria"; specific formulations will vary, but to be considered probiotic they are all required to include Streptococcus thermophilus, which is helpful against acne. Applying soothing face masks once or twice a week will help keep your skin at its best. And making your own clean beauty products helps you avoid harsh chemicals and preservatives, unnecessary packaging, and food waste. How to Choose the Right Yogurt for Your Face Mask You can use pretty much any type of yogurt to make a face mask (although it makes sense to avoid yogurt drinks as they are so liquidy). However, Greek and Icelandic-style yogurts, which are strained to remove water, are the best choices. This is simply because they are thicker yogurts, so they're easier to spread onto your skin and don't drip as much. Importantly, opt for plain, unflavored yogurt for your face mask. You don't need fruit flavor, vanilla, or sweetened yogurt for your face, and in fact, you should avoid these for skin treatments. If you already have flavored yogurt in the fridge you want to use, you could try scooping some from the top of the container if it's a fruit-on-the-bottom type, but if it's pre-mixed, it's a no-go. Also, avoid custard-style, squeezable, or more processed options. Your best choice is plain Greek yogurt, which shouldn't be too hard to find. If you don't like unflavored yogurt and want to eat the rest of the container that you don't use for your mask, simply mix in some jam, fresh fruit, or honey to make it more like what you usually enjoy. Non-Dairy or Non-Cow's Milk Yogurts Are OK If you're allergic to cow's milk, you may be able to substitute goat's milk or sheep's milk yogurt if your lactose allergy isn't too severe (but ask your doctor first). You can also use non-dairy yogurts for this mask, as they still include calming and moisturizing ingredients and should contain probiotics (check on the side of the container). If there is a thicker-style option for these yogurts (some coconut milk yogurts have extra-thick versions), opt for the thicker varieties. What You'll Need Equipment/Tools 1 Medium-sized mixing bowl 1 Fork for mixing 1 Headband or hair tie to keep hair off face 1 Washcloth Ingredients 2 tablespoons thick yogurt 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 2 drops lavender oil Instructions Measure Your Yogurt You won't need as much yogurt as comes even in a single-serve yogurt cup, so measure out the 4 tablespoons of yogurt you'll need into a bowl. Mix Ingredients Squeeze the juice of a 1/4 lemon (about 1 tablespoon), and 1-2 drops of lavender oil into the yogurt, mixing as you add them. Check Consistency Once all ingredients are thoroughly mixed together it should be the consistency of thick pancake batter, and it should smell tangy, lemony, and a bit floral. Clean Your Skin if Needed Skin should be relatively clean but you don't need to wash your face before doing a yogurt mask. However, if you wear makeup, definitely remove it first. Pull Hair Off Your Face Let your mask rest while you get all the hair off your face. Put it in a ponytail or wear a headband. Apply Face Mask Do a final gentle mix of your face mask and gently apply it to your face using your fingers. Start with cheeks, then chin, then forehead last. Be sure it's not going to drip into your eyes easily. Leave plenty of space around your eyes and don't put any mixture under your eyebrows. If you do get it in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with cool water in the sink. Let the Mask Do Its Work Wait 10 to 15 minutes while the mask does its thing. Try your best to relax. You could put cucumber slices over your eyes and listen to music or meditate to create a more spa-like moment. Or you could read or do work if you don't have time to spare. Remove Mask Your mask doesn't need to dry out to be removed. Use a washcloth dampened with warm water to remove it. Follow Up With Your Typical Routine Pat dry and then tone, moisturize, or use whatever serums or creams you normally use after washing your face.