Quark is a wonderful product to add to your culinary repertoire for many reasons: it’s high in protein and low in calories, fat and sodium.
Although the texture is reminiscent of sour cream and it’s often compared to Greek yogurt, quark is a soft cheese and makes an excellent candidate for inclusion in everything from lasagna to cheesecake to smoothies and ice cream.
So if you’re looking for a low-fat, low-calorie dairy product that’s equally delicious in sweet or savory dishes, there’s certainly no shortage of delicious quark recipes to try. But today we’re venturing beyond the cookbook.
Given quark’s outstanding nutritional profile, it’s unsurprising that it’s considered a superfood.
But did you know that quark can also be used in a wide range of beauty and health applications?
You can use it on your hair, on your skin, and on your body, with oftentimes great results for your health.
Keep reading to learn more about this superfood’s super powers outside of the kitchen!
Uses for Quark: Health and beauty applications
Use it in a DIY facemask!
1. For a toning facemask, just mix a spoonful or so of quark with a spoonful of honey and add a few drops of orange juice. Mix the ingredients until you have a creamy consistency and then apply it to your face as you would any mask.
Wait for about 20 minutes and then rinse off the quark mixture with lukewarm water. Keep in mind that this mask is best for people with mixed or oily skin.
2. For skin that is stressed, red and inflamed, simply combine 100 grams of quark with 2 or 3 teaspoons of honey. Mix well, apply a thick layer to your skin, and rinse if off with warm water after about 15 to 20 minutes.
To ease inflamed blackheads and pimples, allow the quark to dry before washing it off.
3. For sensitive skin, mix half of a ripe avocado with two tablespoons of quark, and if you have some areas of dry skin, add a bit of olive oil to the mixture. Leave it on for about 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water.
This combination of ingredients has a wonderful calming effect on the skin.
4. To reduce pores, mix 1 tablespoon of quark with a few drops of either apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and apply. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and rinse off gently.
5. For a cleansing effect, first make chamomile tea with a bit of lemon juice. Then add a teaspoon of quark, mix it until it’s smooth, and spread on your face with your fingertips, avoiding your eyes.
Because of the antiseptic qualities, this mask cleans pores and invigorates your face.
6. All skin types can benefit from a facemask that combines 3 drops of lavender oil, 2 tablespoons of quark cheese, 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of crushed lavender flowers.
Apply the mask to your face, avoiding your eyes, and leave on for 15 minutes. This quark mixture leaves skin very soft.
7. Rejuvenate tired skin and eyesby applying a quark and cucumber mix.Give yourself some TLC by slathering quark on your face and placing cucumber slices on your eyelids. This combination offers a refreshing, nourishing treat for your face. Wash the mask off after about 10 minutes.
8. Use it as a peel! Mix 2 tablespoons of quark with 2 tablespoons of sea salt and a splash of milk for creaminess.
After your relaxing quark facial, you can move onto your normal routine of moisturizing and applying toner, makeup, etc.
Always keep in mind that, in general, masks need to be used with caution, especially by people with acne, and these suggestions should never be applied to open wounds.
9. Slather quark on sunburned skin It has an immediate cooling effect and may reduce inflammation.
Use it as a healing agent
10. If you have a bruise, quark can help. At the 2010 Winter Olympics, skier Lindsey Vonn’s physical therapist applied it to her shin after she sustained an injury when training in Austria.
The poultice is believed to have helped reduce swelling and inflammation while also provided a cooling effect.
11. Instead of ice, some physiotherapists in Switzerland use quark cheese to treat sprains and subsequent swelling. It is applied to swollen areas, enclosed in a bag, and is considered superior to ice since it isn’t as cold, thereby reducing the risk of damaging the area. Quark also stays cooler longer than ice.
Quark can help prevent infection as the natural lactic acid it contains helps open pores and promotes circulation of the blood. As it has a cooling effect, this helps jumpstart the healing process and can relieve pain.
Use it for stings
12. The pain from insect stings can be reduced by using a poultice with quark on the bite. Quark can help decrease inflammation and reduce swelling. It’s important to note, though that it’s important to first seek medical attention if you’re allergic to bee stings.
Use it as a moisturizer
13. Soften up those hands by mixing quark with coconut oil or aloe vera! The mix can help moisturize and soften skin and keep wrinkles at bay.
Support your scalp
14. Keep dandruff at bay by mixing 1 cup of quark, 5 cups of fenugreek seed powder, and 1 cup of lemon juice in a bowl, and brush the mixture onto your hair and scalp.
Cover your hair with a shower cup and let it sit for about 40 minutes, then wash with a gentle shampoo and rinse thoroughly, as you would after a hot oil treatment. Use this quark mixture for dandruff control two times a week for four weeks.
15. Get the relief you need by mixing one-half cup of quark with 1 grated apple, 1 teaspoon of flaxseeds, and 1 teaspoon of honey to make a natural, homemade laxative.
Help your sore throat
16. Support your throat by making a ¼-inch thick layer of quark on a gauze, bandage, or compress, and wrapping it around your throat, comfortably. Leave the poultice there for about 15 minutes or until the quark cheese dries, then remove it. As an added bonus, this remedy can also help with hoarseness caused by your sore throat.
It’s important to always be careful when using a product in a way that differs from its original purpose. For example, do not apply masks to open wounds.
Also, we are not offering medical advice but, rather, simple DIY solutions that can have a positive impact on your health. Always consult your doctor for medical advice.
Although quark has been around since the 14th century, it’s an extremely curious food with no shortage of incredible qualities, many of which continue to be discovered today.
You’ll find yourself reaching for quark regularly, not only to enhance your meals, but also to care for your skin and to improve your health in countless ways!