Ancient Romans were fans. So was Cleopatra, notorious for her beauty. She was a big fan of soaking herself for a long time in milk and honey, taking in all the goodness of the natural ingredients.
What benefits does a milk bath provide for our skin? And more importantly, is this wasteful decadence really worth it?
For starters, it contains lactic acid, which is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid), a mild exfoliant. It helps the natural shedding process of dead skin cells by weakening the bond that holds our skin cells together. Since the molecules of lactic acid are thicker, they don’t penetrate very deep into our skin and, hence, act as a very mild exfoliant. You can sit back and relax as the milk works on removing the dead skin you might have all over your body.
Milk is also fatty, which leaves your skin feeling like silk once you’re done, and not oily. It also contains other vitamins like Vitamin E and zinc. Vitamin E nourishes your skin from within, helps fade scars and also stretch marks! Zinc helps heal our skin and aids in keeping acne at bay.
So how do you get started?
Before you buy 60 cartons of milk to pour into your tub, hold on. You don’t need to soak in only milk. You could add some milk to some warm water in your bath tub (about a glass or so) and enjoy your Cleopatra bath.
You can add the following items to your bath to up it a notch:
- Honey – the benefits of honey for skin can’t be written down in one line
- Essential oils for some fragrance – lavender would work very well
- If you’re feeling really extra, go ahead and add in some rose petals, or some dried flowers
It is to be noted that milk baths probably won’t help with any particular skin condition that you may have. Don’t excuse the term appointments and rush to the tub hoping for miracles. Get your problems checked by a professional.