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Is Milk Your Secret to Beautiful Skin?

Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed in milk to keep her skin soft and supple. While history was murky about whether Cleopatra did exactly just that, science tells us that bathing in milk or washing the skin with milk has its merits.

 

What Are The Benefits of Milk as a Beauty Product?

Milk helps to hydrate dry skin, exfoliate mature skin, calm irritated skin and lighten dark or discoloured skin. The ingredients that make up milk are chock-full of healthy perks. Vitamins A and B6, potassium and biotin promote new healthy skin cells and hydrate dry skin. Vitamin D, magnesium, selenium and lactic acid keep skin youthful, strengthen skin elasticity, diminish fine lines and exfoliate dead skin. If you have acne-prone skin, using milk on your skin helps to gently exfoliate and treat the breakouts. If you have oily skin, milk helps to draw out excess sebum and unclog the clogged pores.

 

How Do You Use Milk in Your Daily Skincare Regimen?

Milk is such a versatile ingredient. You can use it on your face, body and even your hair!

Washing Your Face

Milk has a unique ability to remove the oil-soluble impurities on the skin with the help of a fat-soluble enzyme lipase, remove protein-based impurities on the skin with the help of protease, and remove dead skin cells with lactic acid. Dip a cotton pad in raw milk and wipe your face with it. Wash off with water after five minutes. Continue this on a daily basis to achieve fairer and supple skin.

Moisturising Your Skin

Using milk as moisturiser can help to soften dry, rough skin and remove flaky skin cells. Dip a cotton pad in raw milk and pat all over your face. Allow the milk to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash off with water afterwards. Your face will feel moisturised, soft and hydrated.

Skin Whitening

The lactic acid in milk gradually reduces skin pigmentation and whitens your skin. Apply raw milk on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. Wash off with water afterwards.

Soothing Sunburnt Skin

Aloe vera and aloe vera gel are our first thought when it comes to sunburnt skin. Milk can also be used to soothe and relieve sunburns. It creates a thin protein film that protects the skin and cools off burning sensations. Use a cotton pad or a soft cloth dipped in cold milk before compressing it onto the affected area to soothe and relieve the burns.

Glowing Hair

Milk contains whey and casein protein, which are good for the hair. Milk protein helps to thicken the hair and adds a natural shine to it.

 

DIY Beauty Recipes With Milk

Instead of using milk to increase your calcium intake or mixing it into your bowl of breakfast cereals, why not consider the following recipes to maximise the benefits of milk?

 

1. Exfoliating Milk and Honey Facial Scrub

What You Will Need:

  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of raw oatmeal, crumbled

How to Use:

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until they form a thick paste. Apply the paste onto cleansed skin and massage for a few minutes with fingers. Rinse off the scrub with water and pat dry.

 

2. Soothing Honey Cucumber Cleansing Milk

What You Will Need:

  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon of whole milk

How to Use:

Boil a cup of tea and place the chamomile tea bag in the cup to steep and cool. Mash the peeled and seeded cucumber, straining the pulp with a fork to retain the juice. Mix honey and cucumber juice, and then add the milk in. Apply the mixture onto cleansed skin with a cotton pad. Use the cooled chamomile tea to wipe off the mixture.

 

3. Moisturising Milk and Banana Face Mask

What You Will Need:

  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 small banana, mashed

How to Use:

Mix the milk and mashed banana thoroughly. Apply the mixture to cleansed skin and wait for 30 minutes. Wash off the mask.

 

4. Nourishing Milk and Honey Hair Mask

What You Will Need:

  • 2 cups of warm milk (cream milk for coarse hair, low-fat milk for fine hair or whole milk for normal hair)
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

How to Use:

Mix honey with warm milk and stir until fully dissolved. Pour over dry hair, massaging it in and ensuring every strand is covered. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse off the hair mask and shampoo as normal.

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