Legend has it that the ancient Egyptian Queen Cleopatra took luxurious milk baths to keep her skin soft, radiant and youthful. Yes, milk is packed with necessary vitamins and minerals that have amazing skin nourishing and rejuvenating properties. The benefits of using raw milk directly on your skin are tremendous. Let’s find out some of the ways in which you can use this powerful and easily available ingredient to improve your skin and hair.
10 Uses of Milk for Skin & Hair
1. Brightens complexion
Milk works to nourish and hydrate your skin from deep within. It can help lighten scars and dark spots over a period of time, thus leaving your skin looking clearer, brighter and more radiant.
Try this: Mix ¼ cup of raw milk with 2-4 tbsp of tomato juice and apply it all over your face and neck. Wash off with cold water after 15-20 minutes for visibly brighter skin.
2. Cleanses skin gently and effectively
Milk gently cleanses skin by drawing out impurities from within your skin and unclogging pores.
Try this: Cleanse your face daily by dipping a cotton ball in raw milk. You can also add 1 tsp of rose water to the milk which helps in toning skin.
3. Helpful in shrinking pores
Milk contains lactic acid which is helpful in shrinking large pores on your face. It is a natural skin toner.
Try this: Make a face mask by blending together ¼ cup raw milk and a few slices of cucumber. Apply this to your skin and leave on for 15-20 minutes before washing off. Many people also swear by ‘sour milk’ to help shrink pores. Simply apply and leave the sour milk on your skin for 10-15 minutes and wash off to see results.
4. Aids in exfoliation
Milk is a natural exfoliator and helps in scrubbing away dead skin cells, leaving your skin noticeably softer and smoother.
Try this: Make yourself a skin scrub using ½ cup raw milk and 4 tbsp oatmeal. Gently massage it on your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes, before washing off. Do this often for better results.
5. Smoothens skin and reduces wrinkles
Milk contains enzymes, vitamins and minerals that fight damage caused by free radicals, thus helping to reduce wrinkles and promote skin elasticity, leaving it more youthful and beautiful.
Try this: Make a paste with ½ cup raw milk and 1 banana (mashed). Apply to this to your skin and leave it on for 20-30 minutes before washing off. Do this 2-3 times a week for smoother, tighter skin.
6. Moisturizes deeply
Milk was the secret behind Cleopatra’s velvety soft skin! Now it can be your little secret too.
Try this: Make a smooth mixture with ¼ cup raw milk and 2 tbsp raw organic honey. Apply it to your skin and wash off after 15-20 minutes. You can also moisturize your skin by adding milk along with a few drops of rosewater to your bath water and soaking in it for a while.
7. Naturally conditions hair
Milk’s natural conditioning properties also help to hydrate your scalp and bring back the moisture to dry, damaged hair.
Try this: Make a smooth paste by blending together ½ cup milk, 1 banana, 2 tbsp almond oil and 1 tbsp honey. Apply this to your hair from the roots to the tips and let it dry. Rinse it off after 20-30 minutes. Do this twice a week to bring back the shine to dull, lifeless hair.
8. Soothes dry, itchy scalp
Milk can gently soothe dry, red and irritated skin and is especially helpful for those with an itchy scalp.
Try this: Mix together ½ cup milk with 2-3 tbsp aloe vera gel and massage it into your scalp. Leave it on for 20 minutes and rinse off with cold water for instant relief.
9. Softens dry, cracked heels
Milk’s exfoliating, moisturizing and healing properties make it perfect for softening dry and cracked heels.
Try this: Soak your feet in a mixture of 2 cups of warm raw milk with 1 tsp baking soda. After soaking for 20 minutes, try exfoliating your feet directly after and wash off with warm water. Do this once a week for softer, smoother feet.
10. Strengthens and nourishes hair
Milk contains proteins that are responsible for thicker, stronger hair growth.
Try this: Mix ¼ cup milk with 1 tbsp olive oil and massage it into your hair. Leave it on for 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this weekly to protect your hair and promote hair growth.