Wanna bathe like a queen? Forget water. Soak in milk, instead.
Cleopatra swore it was the secret to her youthful complexion. Famous for her beauty, the Egyptian Queen who won the hearts of the two most powerful men in Rome was willing to do whatever it took to keep her skin flawless.
One of her rituals was to bathe in donkey milk. Rumour has it, she needed about 700 lactating donkeys to have enough milk for her daily bath!
You don’t have to go that for. The whole milk you have in the fridge or a few sachets of milk powder will do just as well. But does a bath milk really work or is this just another of those crazy things women did in the name of beauty that turned out to kill them (lead makeup, anyone?)?
What Are The Benefits Of A Milk Bath?
Milk has exfoliating and moisturising properties.
Milk is loaded with lactic acid, an exfoliant that dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together. Once they’re off your skin, your whole complexion looks brighter. It feels smoother, too.
The proteins in milk moisturises skin, too. When you come out of the water, your skin will be baby soft.
Are There Any Side Effects?
If you’re allergic to milk, do NOT have a milk bath.
That’s not all. These days, milk can contain hormones and other impurities that can irritate sensitive skin.
I do think it’s best to get your exfoliation from a toner or serum with lactic acid instead than milk. It’s safer that way. But if you’d like to give a milk bath a go, go ahead. Just get out of there ASAP if you feel something isn’t right with your skin/body.
How To Make A Milk Bath
1. Simple Milk and Epsom Salts Bath For Relaxation
- 50g of milk powder
- 1 cup of Epsom Salts
- a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (NOT fragranced – that’s irritating, too!)
- Mix the essential oil and Epsom Salts in a bowl and once they are well combined add the milk powder.
- Keep mixing until the mixture is rid of clumps.
- Add some of the mixture to your bath and store away the rest.
2. Milk and Cornstarch Bath To Soothe Skin
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1 cup of cornstarch
- a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (NOT fragranced!)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture becomes clump-free.
- Add some to your bath and, if you made too much, store the rest.
3. Honey Milk Bath To Moisturize Skin
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 2 cups of hot water
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until all the lumps are gone. Then, add it to your bath.
Have you ever tried a milk bath before? Share your experience in the comments below.
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