Home Remedies using Sour Cream

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What is a Mexican seven-layer dip without sour cream? French onion dip for potato chips also needs the creaminess of sour cream. In fact, a lot of dishes incorporate this popular dairy product into the mix. Besides the world of cooking and other kitchen activities, you’d be surprised to learn about the other home remedies using sour cream that can come in handy.

What is Sour Cream?

There is a difference between the sour cream served in other countries and the product that graces the supermarkets in the United States. “True” sour cream is a dairy product primarily made out of cream. It is a very rich substance that is high in fat. When adding bacteria associated with lactic acid to the cream makes it sour. The process is quite similar to yogurt, but the latter uses other bacteria to ferment milk. With sour cream, the bacteria culture the cream – causing it to thicken and sour. Because of its original high fat content, sour cream is often served in light and fat-free versions.

Sour Cream Home Remedies

Some of the first thoughts regarding sour cream may include visions of creamy dips and spicy nachos, but this dairy treat can actually help you combat skin issues and signs of aging. Before buying that commercial cleanser, you may want to pay attention to some of the following home remedies using sour cream:

a) Treat Age Spots:

Use sour cream to clean the skin by leaving on the face for 15 minutes to treat age spots. It is recommended to follow this remedy as a daily treatment.

b) Address Brown Spots [1]:

When you find yourself with a lot of brown spots on the face, use sour cream in a heavy mask that helps fade the blemishes over the course of a few months. Add one teaspoon each of cottage cheese (or milk), sour cream, and honey to a small processer. Mix all of the ingredients until the consistency teaches that of a smoothie. Apply the remedy to the skin before going to bed, and leave on for 10 minutes. Wash off with warm tap water. To see results, you must repeat this remedy every night. An added benefit to this recipe is that it pumps up the skin and creates a silky smooth texture. You can make larger batches that will last one week in the fridge.

c) Substitute for Buttermilk:

When you have a taste for buttermilk pancakes, but don’t seem to have any of the milk on hand – use an equal amount of sour cream (thinned with milk until it creates a pourable consistency).

d) Address Freckles:

Apply sour cream poultices to affected skin to help remove freckles. Keep the mask on for a couple of minutes, and then gently wipe away with tissue. You can keep the skin tender-looking and fresh by applying moisturizer after using this remedy.

e) Facial Mask [2]:

When combined with the antioxidant power of cocoa and other ingredients, you can use sour cream to create a facial mask that encourages more youthful looking skin. Put 1/3 cup of cocoa, ¼ cup of honey, three teaspoons oatmeal powder, one teaspoon fresh orange juice, and two tablespoons of sour cream into a blender. Mix the ingredients on high, Apply the mask on your face – gently massaging into the skin. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes, and then rinse off with lukewarm water.

f) Soothe Overexposure to Sun:

After suffering sunburn, use sour cream as a remedy to calm and soothe painful skin.

g) Calm Skin Irritation:

After undergoing a bikini wax, the surrounding skin may turn a lovely shade of unwanted red. To treat the irritation, rub with a small amount of sour cream to cool down the area.

h) Thicken a Sauce:

When making a sauce, you can use sour cream to thicken the results.

i) Treat Dark Circles:

If you find yourself waking up with dark circles under the eyes, try preparing a remedy comprised of one teaspoon sour cream, one teaspoon honey and ½ teaspoon lemon. Combine all of the ingredients into a small bowl, and apply under the eyes. Leave the treatment on for 20 minutes, and then rinse off with warm water. Pat dry.

Resources

[1] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 151.
[2] Babushka’s Beauty Secrets by Raisa Ruder; pg. 146.

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