We know that milk is good for our bones, but did you know it has many BEAUTY benefits as well? Mixing milk with bathwater has been done for centuries as a quick and easy way to moisturize and soften your skin while you relax in the tub.
Cleopatra was definitely onto something when she indulged in daily beauty treatment milk baths. It turns out the natural lactic acid found in milk is a form of alpha-hydroxy-acid (an ingredient which can be found in some of the most expensive exfoliating products). This type of acid gently dissolves proteins to exfoliate dead skin cells, which reveal fresh, younger looking skin underneath.
The lactic acid found in milk is extremely mild, so don’t worry, it won’t strip or irritate the skin. In fact, milk is quite soothing on dry skin.
Milk is also rich in vitamins and minerals — most notably Vitamin E and zinc — which help slow the process of aging and retain skin’s natural elasticity.
Milk baths seem to be making a comeback in modern times as well. Many upscale spas in major cities offer a number of milk treatments such as hot milk and almond pedicures! That sounds divine!
But you don’t have to spend a lot of money at a fancy spa (or travel back in time) to reap the benefits of milk in your beauty routine. Milk bath recipes are some of the quickest, easiest homemade bath products you can make.
Here is a simple recipe that you can mix up in minutes and add your own scent to as well.
A Simple Scented Milk Bath
- 2 cups whole powdered milk
- 1/2 cup cornstarch (soothes and relieves dry, itchy skin)
- 1/2 cup baking soda (skin softener)
- Essential oil of your choice (I put in about 10 drops of lavender)
Combine the powdered milk, cornstarch and baking soda in a large glass container. Put the lid on and shake the jar until the powders are completely mixed.
Remove the cap and add the essential oil. Re-cap the jar and shake to combine.
Let sit for 24 hours before using, to let the ingredients and the essential oil completely combine. Store in a cool, dark place.
To use, pour 1 to 2 cups of your milk bath under hot running water. Lie back and relax!
I made this about a week ago and finally got around to using it last night. The minute the mixture hit the hot water, the smell of lavender was heavenly and the water became wonderfully smooth and silky! My skin felt SO GOOD after that bath! I’m DEFINITELY doing this again soon!
A couple of tips:
- This is one time when lowfat is NOT your best bet. The higher the fat content of the milk, the more nourishing it is for you skin.
- Goat’s milk and cow’s milk have higher amounts of fat which provides more conditioning, but you can also use rice, soy or coconut milk (great alternatives for vegans.)
- Also, lactose intolerant folks don’t have to worry about bathing in milk. The milk isn’t being drunk, so there won’t be any digestion problems.