Milk bath is an ancient secret and has been performed for centuries because it was believed to make the skin beautiful and radiant. Here, we’ve share the few health benefits of milk bath.
If you can gain nutrients and other health benefits from drinking milk, it might make sense to think bathing in it should do you just as much good. But that’s not quite the case. Milk typically contains vitamins A, D and E, which are great for your body if you consume them in your diet. Many skin care products include these vitamins as key ingredients, too, but they’re often used in a different form, such as vitamin derivatives. And, unfortunately, your skin won’t be able to really absorb the vitamins in a milk bath and get these same benefits. Even so, that doesn’t necessarily mean bathing in milk doesn’t do your body any good.
When you can’t find a good masseur, a warm milk bath is the next best thing to release the bodily tension that causes soreness, tenderness, and other unwanted aches. The heat increases elasticity in your body, allowing it to relax and loosen up. When you’re ready to get out, gently stretch your muscles to take full advantage of this tension reliever before letting your pains slip down the drain.
A milk bath leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. The fat and protein in the milk provide this immediate benefit in your bathwater. The milk also helps exfoliate the skin for additional softness. The lactic acid in milk helps clean and soften the skin. The milk hydrates the skin, preventing dryness.
Exfoliating with a milk bath can help treatment products penetrate the skin more effectively, so your moisturizer does a better job of keeping your skin hydrated. Milk also contains fats and proteins that can help boost your skin’s moisture content and keep it hydrated even after you’re done soaking. For the best results, rinse your skin after a bath and apply a hydrating body lotion or cream to lock in the moisture.
Soaking in Milk
Drugstores, bath and body stores, and department stores sell milk-based bath products, but creating your own milk bath is fairly simple. Just add about 2 cups of whole milk to your tub water and use your hands to mix it thoroughly. Or keep a few pouches of powdered milk in your pantry to mix into your bath water. “Health” magazine recommends adding honey to a milk bath for extra soothing and moisturizing benefits. While the water is running, pour a ½ cup of honey into the tub, then add the milk once the tub is full.