It’s been said before that milk “does a body good”, but we often put that in the context of drinking it or incorporating it into food.
But milk also has plenty of benefits for your skin, especially when you soak your body in it. Milk baths may seem odd at first, but this beauty secret has been around for centuries, with the great Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra even incorporating it into her daily routine.
The famously radiant ruler indulged in milk baths, a luxurious practice fit for a literal queen.
But it’s also fair to treat yourself as a queen as well, since there are many benefits of soaking in this common drink. So why is milk so good for you?
The natural lactic acid in milk is a form of alpha-hydroxy-acid, which gently dissolves proteins to exfoliate dead skin cells, thus revealing the fresh skin underneath.
Milk also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, D and E, as well as zinc, which all help slow the process of aging and keep your skin’s natural elasticity.
Milk baths in particular have many benefits, including inducing fatigue. Just like drinking warm milk before bed, soaking in a milk bath before hitting the pillow will help you get a good night’s sleep.
When you take a hot bath, your body dilates your blood vessels, causing less blood to reach your brain. As a response, your heart speeds up in an attempt to circulate blood faster, and when your body temperature rises, fatigue sets in.
Milk baths can also boost your immune system by stimulating your vascular and lymph systems, which in turn decrease the risk of colds and other infections. These hot baths can also help remove unwanted toxins from your body through sweat.
And of course, like any good hot soak, milk baths help you relax. The soothing properties of milk help create an overall comfortable feeling, and release bodily tension that may cause soreness and other unwanted aches.
For an easy way to soften and moisturise your skin with a milk bath, simply mix two cups (473.1g) whole powdered milk (higher fat content in milk = more nourishment for skin), ½ cup (118g) cornstarch, and ½ cup (118g) baking soda in a large container.
Add an essential oil of your choice, like lavender or mint, and mix again. Let sit 24 hours before using, and when it’s ready, pour one to two cups of your mixture under hot running water, and soak it all in.
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