Milk Beauty

When it comes to ancient beauty rituals we can all take a page out of Cleopatra's book. She was a boss babe, beautiful and was one resourceful chick with her DIY's long before Pinterest! I am sure by now we all have heard the stories of Cleopatra indulging in a milk bath. I pretty much always assumed it was cows milk. Because why wouldn't there be herds of lactating cows in the desert? Upon some research I come to find out it's donkey milk. Or shall I refer to it as the correct name: ass milk. That's right people. ASS MILK. (I laughed entirely way too long at this as I have the humor of a 12 year old boy.) I mean for good ol' perfect cat eyeliner Cleopatra to figure out the amazing beauty benefits of taking a milk bath is pretty damn smart. I would have very much enjoyed being there on the day when she thought "hmmm, milk a donkey, dump the milk in the tub and lets see what happens." Which brings us to the fact that there were "herds of lactating donkeys in the desert." Even better!

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra - 1963

Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra - 1963

Why Milk?
The composition of cow milk and ass milk (I just can't!) are very similar to each other. Little did Cleo know at the time, milk contains lactic acid which is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA). Lactic acids are in the family of alpha hydroxy acids, but they all pretty much do the same thing. This is to penetrate and dissolve the top layer of skin and stimulate new cell growth. So basically Cleopatra was giving her face and body a light peel on a regular basis. Plus, the fats in milk leaves the skin nice and hydrated too. Not to forget milk is rich in vitamin E and zinc which are fabulous for anti-aging as well. By doing so she was preventing and minimizing wrinkles and sun spots while also plumping her skin. What a smarty! It is proven that milk helps to sooth irritated skin from winter dryness, psoriasis and eczema. It is also great for sensitive skin types as well.

Cleopatra's Honey & Milk Bath

Ingredients:
+ 1 quart of whole milk or 2 cups of powdered whole milk
+ 1/2 cup of raw honey

Directions:
1. Start to fill your tub with warm water.
2. Melt your honey in a large mug. Place your 1/2 cup of raw honey and pour boiling/microwaved water on top and stir until melted. (raw honey is pretty firm)
3. Swirl your melted honey and milk into the tub.
4. Soak for 20-30 mins and rinse with fresh water to remove any milky residue.

DIY Fancy Milk Bath

Ingredients:
+ 1 quart of whole milk or 2 cups of powdered whole milk
+ 1/2 cup of raw honey
+ 1 cup of epsom salt
+ 1/4 cup of baking soda
+ 1/4 cup of cornstarch
+ 10 drops of essential oil of your choice (lavender, geranium and chamomile are perfect relaxing scents!)

Directions:
1. Start to fill your tub with warm water.
2. Melt your honey in a large mug. Place your 1/2 cup of raw honey and pour boiling/microwaved water on top and stir until melted. (raw honey is pretty firm)
3. Swirl your melted honey, cornstarch, baking soda and milk into the tub. Make sure all the ingredients are dissolved well.
4. Soak for 20-30 mins and rinse with fresh water to remove any milky residue.

Pro Tips:
+ For people that are lactose intolerant you don't need to worry since no lactose is being drunk.
+ For once low fat isn't best! Whole milk = more nourishing for your skin.
+ Goat milk can be used as well and if you can find it donkey milk!
+ For a facial treatment you may use 1 tsp of raw milk on a piece of cotton. Leave on for 10-15 minutes for an exfoliating facial treatment. You can do this daily!

If you are not to keen on soaking in a tub of milk there are definitely other ways to get benefits from lactic acid.

ELEMIS makes an amazing milk bath product that contains milk proteins. You can either pour this product in the bath, cleanse facial skin with it or use it as a body moisturizer.

ELEMIS Nourishing Milk Bath

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AmLactin makes a great 12% lactic acid body moisturizer that really helps soften and dissolve dead skin.

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AmLactin Moisturizing Body Lotion

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