Milk Baths – For Radiantly Beautiful Skin

Cleopatra’s name is synonymous with unrivaled beauty. But could the secret to her beauty lie in the fact that she used to immerse herself in baths of honey and milk?

This could very well be the reason for her radiantly beautiful skin. A milk bath, as the name indicates, contains milk mainly in the powdered form. Spas world over offer milk baths to cleanse and moisturize the skin. But a milk bath can just as easily easily prepared at home.

Milk baths are an age old beauty secret which is known to improve the skin texture and give the skin a beautiful glow. The ancient people believed that bathing in milk would help them to have a firm and fair skin. Milk baths are also known to cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize and soothe the skin.

Today milk baths are prepared with powdered milk along with other natural moisturizing ingredients like honey and essential oils or exfoliating agents like dried orange and lemon peel. Plain milk baths or milk baths infused with moisturizing or exfoliating ingredients can leave the skin beautifully energized.

Milk baths benefit people with normal, dry, oily and combination skin types equally. People benefit from milk baths mostly due to the presence of lactic acids and the natural fats which are found in the milk. Lactic acid is rich in AHA’s or alpha hydroxyl acids, which help in the skin exfoliation process. Lactic acids gently peel away the dead top layer of skin to reveal smoother skin underneath.

The fat globules present in the milk helps the skin to retain moisture levels and keep it soft and well hydrated. Milk baths help to even out the skin tone. It also helps to unclog pores and remove deeply embedded blackheads.

People with dull, lackluster skin will definitely benefit from regular milk baths. The skin is also nourished by the proteins and Vitamin A which is present in the milk. People with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema swear by the soothing benefits of a milk bath.

Milk baths are ideally prepared with milk powder instead of fresh milk. The milk powder is first dissolved in hot water before pouring into the bath water. The bath water for making a milk bath should be lukewarm. It is advisable not to stay in a milk bath for periods longer than ten minutes.