Milk: Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Tips

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.

Makeup Remover

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.


Carla van der Meer
Carla v3 years ago

Thank you for the simple, affordable, and healthier options.

Jenry Fal
Jenry Fal3 years ago

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Continue the good work; keep posting more n more n more.

wael a.
wael a4 years ago

Thank you

Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Lindsay Kemp
Lindsay K4 years ago

These look very helpful - I have just developed an allergy to (Ithink) fragrance in skin and household products, so this info is great!

Berty Jardine
Berty Jardine4 years ago

Rocking! Thank you ))

Dale O.

Just love the milk and honey bath, so tranquil, relaxing and comforting. Next stop, Sweet Honey of a Bath Formula.

Here we go again, any article mentioning milk gets the Vegan No No Temperance Movement wagging the finger in the comments. Milk from organic farms is humane without the factory farm bogeyman as factory farms are indeed cruel. Vegans don't want to hear this however...all milk to them is cruel, ignoring organic farms where many vegan often discount the humane conditions there, as the vegan agenda is no dairy...period. Plus the 'double no no'...honey. Bees are 'enslaved' in the vegan viewpoint although many local hives are cared for very carefully.

Tanya W.
Tanya W5 years ago


Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Anastasia J.
Anastasia J5 years ago

Even a little milk/cream in the tub seems to soften my skin.