Okay, you’re not going to give any body part a milk mustache, but use milk in beauty formulas that will help your skin and nails.
Since Cleopatra had or first milk bath and before that, milk has been one of the most valued beauty treatments for centuries. There’s a scientific, more modern reason it works so well.
It contains a multitude of nutrients, including Vitamins A, D and E. Milk has many anti-inflammatory properties, allowing it to help repair skin and soothe burns.
There’s more to milk than just the nutrients it also contains lactic acid. Lactic acid is a gentle exfoliant. Milk isn’t cheap, but it’s far less expensive than many of the fancy beauty treatments you find in the skin care section of the store.
It’s also readily available. In fact, you probably have some in your refrigerator right now. I know I do. After all, what would cereal be without its buddy milk?
Milk will hydrate the skin and strengthen the nails. It will leave your body and face feeling smooth and silky.
Try combining it with many other ingredients you’ll find at home, and you’ll see just how inexpensive and effective home beauty treatments can be.
① Milk Soaks Make Your Nails Stronger
There’s a reason Cleo took milk baths, it’s great for the skin. She probably had beautiful nails too, but never equated her milk baths with that result.
- 1/2 or 1 cup milk
- microwave safe bowl.
You can improve the condition of your nails by simply warming half cup or 1 cup of milk for thirty seconds (in the microwave or you can use a double boiler to heat the milk up) until it emits a sweet milky smell, but hasn’t reached the boiling point yet.
Wash your hands clean and soak your nails for five minutes in the warm milk to make them stronger, glossier and more beautiful. You’ll also be softening the skin on your hands at the same time.
② Create a Honey Cucumber Cleansing Milk
- 1 chamomile tea bag
- 2 Tbsp clear honey
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and seeded
- 1 Tbsp whole milk
- If you have chamomile tea bags in the house, boil enough water to make two cups of tea. Drink the first one and relax a bit while you allow the bag to steep in the other until the water is cool.
- Seed, peel and mash a small cucumber and then strain the mixture, collecting the juice in a glass. You can do the same thing by throwing a cucumber in a juicer if you have one or putting it in a blender and straining the mash either with a strainer or through cheesecloth into a glass.
- Mix a couple of tablespoons with the juice of the cucumber and a tablespoon of milk.
- Apply this mixture to your face with a cotton ball. Allow it to sit for a minute and then use a clean cotton ball soaked in the cooled chamomile tea or water if you don’t have any tea, to gently wipe off the cucumber/honey/milk mixture
③ Create a Milk and Honey Scrub for Your Face
Facial scrubs exfoliate, but should also nourish the skin and provide some protection for the fresh skin exposed.
- 3 Tbsp milk (choose whole milk for drier skin)
- 3 Tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp raw oatmeal, crumbled
By mixing one tbsp of raw oatmeal that’s crumbled with 3 tbsp of both honey and milk, you can create a facial scrub that does all three.
This mixture forms a paste that you apply to your face and massage for a few minutes. Wipe off gently with a warm washcloth and rinse with warm water, patting dry.
The milk and honey nourish the skin and provide protection, while the oatmeal does the exfoliation.
④ Soak in a Chocolaty Milk Bath for Soft Skin and Romance
You can create a milk bath for two that is sensual enough to get both of you ready for romance or you can soak in it alone to make you more alluring to find that romantic partner.
- 3 cups whole milk (if you prefer powdered milk, use 2 cups)
- 5 Tbsp fresh mint leaves, chopped
- 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder Available at health-food stores
- ½ cup Epsom salts
- 1 cup cornstarch
All you need is three cups of whole milk or 2 cups of powdered milk, five mint leaves you’ve chopped, three tablespoons of raw cacao powder—not to be confused with cocoa.
Raw cacao powder is made by cold pressing cocoa beans. Unlike cocoa powder, it’s not roasted, so it has more nutrients.
Add one cup of corn starch that soothes the skin and a ½ cup of Epsom salts, which also soothes the skin and leaves you feeling silky.
Mix the ingredients together. Fill your tub ¾ full with hot water and add the mixture. Soak for twenty to thirty minutes.
It will leave you or you and your partner feeling sensuous and ready for romance.