Milk is one of the healthiest food sources available. It’s generally known for having high calcium content that’s essential for bone formation, but actually contains a vast number of vital nutrients that are beneficial towards better health. In fact, the dairy product has been used as a beauty aid for the face and entire body, counting centuries to date. Discover the wonders milk for skin can do in these dermatologist-recommended uses that are both time-tested and backed up by science:
- Soothe Skin Irritation
Have sensitive skin? Milk comes to the rescue of red spots, skin irritation and allergic reactions. Massage sweet milk, buttermilk or sour cream onto your face or body. Wipe with a wet cotton then pat dry. Adapting this routine will not only clear up the redness, but will cleanse your skin and leave it moisturized.
- Radiant and Smooth Skin
Milk and honey provides the perfect combination for glowing skin. Create a face mask by mixing 2 tablespoons powdered milk and 1 tablespoon honey with 2 tablespoons warm water. Apply onto your face/ neck and allow the concoction to dry and stiffen, then rinse off with warm water after a while. Apart from facial application, drinking milk regularly will give you radiant skin naturally through the vitamins, minerals and proteins your body naturally absorbs. Try preparing a facial and body scrub using 3 tablespoons of oatmeal in a cup of milk for delightfully soft and smooth skin!
- Lighter Complexion
Milk promotes shedding of pigmented skin cells, thus improving complexion, reducing tan, unsightly spots and dark patches. Apply raw milk all over your face and around the neck area. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with fresh water. You’ll quickly notice fairer and softer skin in just a few minutes! You can also prepare the same facial mask for radiant skin, only mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice rather than water. This concoction acts as a mild skin bleach that’ll render you with lighter skin.
- Shrink Pores
Sour cream or sour milk can help shrink large and open pores. Apply the dairy product over your skin. Leave milk on for around 15 minutes then wash clean.
- Repair Aging Skin
Want to know Cleopatra’s secret to smooth, wrinkle-free, youthful skin? Her flawless beauty is historically attributed to milk. The enzymes, proteins, vitamin and mineral content of the dairy product has been found to help reduce wrinkles and battle this dreadful sign of aging.
- Natural Cleanser
The fat-soluble enzyme lipase in milk holds the unique ability to remove oil-soluble impurities. Protease deals with protein based impurities while lactic acid addresses dead skin cells. Simply dip a cotton ball in raw milk and gently wipe your face as you would using a commercial cleanser. Wait for about 5 minutes then rinse off with fresh water. Try blending 2 slices of the papaya fruit with milk for clean and fair skin. Cleanse skin with your homemade blend then wash off with cold water after a while.
- Remove Dead Cells
A milk scrub removes dead cells on the skin and imparts your face and body with a lovely glow. First, dissolve a bit of salt in boiling water. Next, add 4 cups of instant non-fat milk to the solution. Soak for 20 minutes in lukewarm water then enjoy a good scrubbing with wondrous milk!
- Smoothen Fine Lines
A banana-milk paste can help smoothen fine lines and wrinkles. Mash half the fruit with a few teaspoons of raw milk. Wash your face clean first then put the paste over your still damp skin. Leave it on for approximately 15 minutes then rinse with water.
- Treat Sunburn
Milk’s anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and skin-repairing properties pave the way to effectively soothing sunburn. Coat buttermilk over skin to soothe and heal less all the pain and discomfort. You can also soak a soft cloth in a bowl of fresh milk, refrigerate, then place the cold compress on sunburnt skin.
- Excellent Moisturizer
Water, fat and proteins in milk can replenish and restore skin’s natural moisture. Dip a washed cloth in raw milk such that it is fully saturated. Let it dry for around 5-15 minutes. Gently scrub your face using the washcloth for a period of 3 to 5 minutes. Milk can likewise improve skin elasticity, leaving you with smooth and supple, fresh-looking skin.