Buttermilk is one of the commonest things that we find in the kitchen. How many of us know that it has a cosmetic value? Buttermilk is not only a nourishing drink; it can also be used as deep-cleansing milk. It nourishes and softens the skin. It is excellent in the treatment of severe sunburn.
For treating sunburn, prepare a lotion of 5 tablespoons of buttermilk and two tablespoons of tomato juice. Mix them well before applying to the affected part. After about half an hour wash it off.
A very good way of keeping the skin soft is to mix two tablespoons of buttermilk with oatmeal powder. Apply this paste once a week on your face. The duration of application of this paste should be around 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water.
Buttermilk is also an excellent deep-cleansing agent. The skin is also nourished if you make a mixture of two teaspoons buttermilk and a few drops of almond oil and rose water. Before bath, apply this mixture over the face and neck. Allow it to stay for half an hour. Then wash it off.
Buttermilk also has a cooling effect on the head. Apply buttermilk for twenty minutes on your hair. Rub your hair well with fingers. Finally rinse your hair with warm water. You can add a few drops of lemon juice and honey for a lustrous and glowing result.
Buttermilk is lower in fat than regular milk, since the fat has been removed to make butter. It is also high in potassium, vitamin B12, calcium, and riboflavin as well as a good source of phosphorus. Those with digestive problems are often advised to drink buttermilk rather than milk, as it is more quickly digested. Hence a daily intake of buttermilk is essential to keep the skin & body fit, supple and healthy.