Saturday, 10 October 2020

Milk Baths Are Beneficial For Your Skin

A short milk soak transforms you from itchy and dry to smooth and silky. Ever heard the slogan "milk does a body good"? It turns out that milk does the skin good, too. 

Milk baths have been part of beauty and relaxation rituals for centuries. Cleopatra famously bathed in sour milk to improve her skin texture.

What are the benefits of milk baths?

  • Exfoliation: "The lactic acid in milk acts as a mild alpha hydroxyl acid, which helps with exfoliation," Dr. Henry explains. This helps to smooth the skin's texture and get rid of dry, rough patches.
  • Inflammation: Milk baths can also treat some frequent ailments, including sunburn and poison ivy rashes. "The proteins and vitamins will help calm inflammation and moisturize," Dr. Henry explains. If you’re treating a sunburn, she suggests applying aloe vera after your bath to help skin retain moisture.
  • Hydration and replenishment: "Milk also contains nourishing ingredients for your skin, like proteins, fat, vitamins, and minerals," Dr. Henry adds.

What type of milk is best for a bath?

The world is your oyster: You can use whole milk, coconut milk, buttermilk, goat milk, or rice or soy milk in a milk bath, Dr. Henry says. Cow’s milk is the most commonly-used because it’s inexpensive, and full-fat or whole milk will feel the most nourishing to your skin. Goat milk is also known for it’s high fat content and strong soothing properties.

How to make a milk bath at home

Now, here's how to DIY a milk bath: To make a milk bath at home, add the following ingredients to warm bath water, Dr. Henry suggests. Then soak and relax in the tub for 20 to 30 minutes for maximum benefits.

      • 2 cups of milk
      • ¼ cup of honey
      • A few drops of essential oils or bath salts

        For a foaming milk bath recipe, try the following:

        • 2 cups powdered milk (goat, cow, or buttermilk)
        • 3 teaspoons lavender essential oil (or essential oil of your choice)
        • 1 cup epsom salt (plain, no fragrance)
        • 1 cup sea salt

        Courtesy of GH, Calm & Chic
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