Though milk and other dairy products are often blamed for aggravating the acne, but in fact, it’s a great food for your skin. They say, Cleopatra used to take bath with milk, but while we cannot find a credible source for that, we all know that our parents have been forcing us to drink it on daily basis, no matter how much we like or dislike its taste.
Raw Milk – The Healthiest Drink on Earth:
Milk is one of the healthiest drinks on earth, and this is why it is being used in medicines and beauty products for centuries. Milk can be divided in different types depending upon the sources i.e.
- Skimmed Milk
- Low Fat Milk (with 1% 0r 2% fat)
- Whole Milk
- Powder Milk
Milk in skimmed form is considered healthiest because it does not contain any saturated fats and calories but is rich in essential vitamins and minerals required for our body, skin, hair and nails.
Why to Use Milk for Skin Care?
Milk contains nutrients such as lactic acid (beta hydroxyl), vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B-6, beta-carotenes, retinol, biotin and minerals (calcium, potassium, magnesium and selenium). These nutrients are good for skin hydration, and its replenishment.
The lactic acid in milk helps to balance the uneven skin tone, removes the dead skin cells and leaves the skin soft and supple. Vitamin D is an antioxidant which helps fight skin inflammation and also promotes the growth of new skin cells. The biotin and vitamin A revitalizes dry skin and provides it enough moisture to prevent flaking and peeling. Milk is also used in some home remedies for mole removal.
Calcium and vitamin D in milk helps by producing collagen, increasing the elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkling and signs of pre-mature aging. Milk also helps in fighting acne and preventing skin scars and skin discoloration. It is also good for your nails. Try this post to find out toenail fungus cure.
How to Use Milk for Skin Care?
1: Drink one glass of milk daily. It not only strengthens your bones but also hydrates the skin and improves the glow and overall complexion of the face.
2: Consider taking milk baths (just like Cleopatra). To do this, fill your bath tub with lukewarm water and add some fresh milk in it. Sit in the tub for 20-30 minutes and enjoy a milky glow on your skin.
3: Mix two teaspoons of powdered milk with two teaspoons of rosewater and make a thick paste. Apply it on your face and neck, leave for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. This practice lightens the skin and brings a glow on face.
4: If you have visible patches on the skin, scars and dark circles around the eyes, the lactic acid in the milk can fix them. Soak cotton in milk, apply on the affected area and sleep with it.
5: To clean the pores, fades the spots and have a smooth texture of the skin, mix two table spoons of milk with one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on the desired areas, wait for 15-20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.