Cleopatra knew about the beautifying properties of milk: she took baths in it! Skin-softening, moisturizing, and filled with nutrients, milk has been a favorite beauty aid for millennia.
Find out how milk can nourish and condition your hair, and help you to have smoother, more radiant skin. Simple, delicious recipes and formulas for your greater beauty, right here:
Use organic milk if at all possible.
Body-Building Pre-Shampoo Hair Pack
Great for fine or lifeless hair, this will add body and luster:
Mix about 1/4 cup dry milk powder with enough water to make a paste, then gently massage the paste into your hair. Cover hair with a hot, damp towel and allow to remain on hair for about 30 minutes, changing the towel when it cools to keep the heat. Rinse and shampoo.
Add a dew drops of sweet almond oil to a tablespoon of whole milk in small bowl. Using sterile cotton, gently dab milk and oil mixture onto face, then remove with a fresh piece of sterile cotton. Then be sure to rinse thoroughly, removing all traces of the milk to prevent bacteria growth.
Oily Skin Cleanser
Apply skim milk to your face and then rinse thoroughly with water.
Normal, Dry, or Mature Skin Cleanser
Use whole milk, applying gently to face and then rinsing thoroughly with water.
Gentle Facial Scrub for Oily Skin
Mix 1 teaspoon powdered skim milk with 1 teaspoon honey. Add a few drops of fresh lemon juice, and gently massage face with this mixture. Rinse thoroughly.
Gentle Facial Scrub for Normal, Dry, or Mature Skin
Mix 1 teaspoon powdered whole milk with 1 teaspoon honey and gently massage face with mixture. Rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.
Milk Mask for Normal, Dry, or Mature Skin
Mix a tablespoon of liquid whole milk with 1/4 teaspoon almond oil. Apply a thin layer of this mixture to a clean face and allow to dry. Apply a second layer and allow to dry. Apply a third layer and allow to dry. Finally, apply a fourth layer and allow to dry. Once mask is hard and dry, wash off with a washcloth and lots of warm water.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
try this classic formula!
You could also use 1 cup of instant whole milk, instead of liquid milk.
Milk and Honey Bath
A favorite skin-soother: To a warm bath, add 2 drops lavender oil, 1 tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons whole milk powder (or 1 cup liquid whole milk). Soak as long as you like, then shower to remove all traces of milk and honey.
Milk and Honey Shower Gel
Pour a little honey into the palm of your hand and add some whole milk powder, mixing to form a gel. Use as you would any shower gel. (Guaranteed to leave your skin feeling silky soft and smooth.)
By Cait Johnson, Assistant Producer, Care2 Healthy Living Channels.