For centuries, women in the Middle East and India have relied on milk to enhance their beauty. Whether taking a long soak in a hot milk bath or indulging in a milk massage, the ubiquitous dairy product has tremendous benefits for your skin.
The lactic acid in milk works as a gentle exfoliant that gently sloughs off dead skin cells. The fats and proteins in milk naturally hydrate your skin and lock in moisture even after you’ve climbed out of the tub. The addition of Vitamins A, D and E soothe irritated skin. The end result is soft, glowing skin worthy of an Egyptian queen.
BUT, if you’re like me, the thought of bathing in milk probably elicits at least one of the following thoughts:
- I’m not made of money
- A milk bath is wasteful
- I don’t want to smell like a goat
They’re myths. All of them.
Milk baths are not a luxury of the rich and famous. Yes, Egypt’s most famous queen, Cleopatra, attributed her radiant skin to long soaks in fragrant milk. But we live in modern times, so you won’t need an army of servants to pour fresh milk in a tub.
Contrary to how it may sound, you don’t actually pour gallons of milk in a tub. That would indeed be wasteful! I’ll show you how to make your own milk bath powder at home in three easy steps.
To achieve maximum benefit from your milky soak, the fattier the milk, the better. That means that goat milk is the way to go. But have no fear, with a little help from essential oils, you will find yourself swept away in a calming lavender aroma.
Homemade Milk Bath Recipe
2 TBS Powdered goat milk
1TBS Oat flour
1 TBS Baking Soda
5-10 Drops Lavender essential oil (or whatever essential oil you prefer)
1) Mix all ingredients together in a small container until they are well blended
2) Run a warm bath, and as the water is running, pour the contents of the container in the bathtub
3) Swish the water around until the milk powder is fully dissolved
Light some candles, play soothing music, and let your body soak in all the milky goodness. Enjoy!