Milk has been regarded as a favorite additive to cosmetic preparations meant to cleanse and moisturize the skin, but is it really a healthy beauty choice? Recent studies on milk have shown that the consumption of milk has a variety of negative effects on its consumers, especially those with dark complexions. Most commercial milk is not produced in the same way as the milk used in your grandmother’s favorite homemade skin tonic that she used to produce on the family dairy farm. The cows making most milk today are often eating a poor diet, and are sick and pregnant, causing their hormones to enter into the milk.
Milk & honey
MILK AND HONEY are the original comfort foods. Both are strongly associated with childhood (soupy bowl of Honey Smacks, anyone?) and with relaxation. A little warm milk is commonly sipped in the evening to promote sleep (this works, thanks to milk's tryptophan content), while honey is a sweet treat whether it's spread onto bread or stirred into tea.
As it turns out, this delicious duo comforts more than mind and soul. "Milk and honey are terrific in skin care because they're soothing and nourishing for the skin," explains Doris J. Day, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City and author of Forget the Face-Lift. Both milk and honey have natural properties that help alleviate redness and calm irritated skin; both are hydrating; and both provide gentle, skin-renewing exfoliation.
No wonder so many beauty brands are creating products that feature these fabulous fluids. Here's our head-to-toe guide to the best of the batch.
the milky way
MILK CONTAINS LACTIC ACID, a gentle exfoliant, and is a good source of vitamins A and D, which nourish the complexion. Whole milk is such a powerful soother for dry, itchy skin that it can be used to take the sting out of minor bums and rashes. "Milk proteins [aka whey] are usually much more concentrated than even milk itself, making products with whey proteins very effective," says Day. Look for "lactic acid," "milk proteins," or "whey" on the label to make sure you get the good stuff.
Goat’s Milk for your Skin
There are some natural treatments for your skin that most definitely deserve a second look when it comes to their many benefits. One of the best ingredients to moisturize and heal your skin is milk, and one of the best types of milk that you can use to cleanse your skin is goat’s milk.
Milk has been used for centuries as an effective skin treatment. Cleopatra used to take regular milk baths, which could have been the reason for her beautiful skin. There are a number of nutrients in milk that are good for your skin, including vitamins A and D as well as probiotics. The lactic acid in milk also contains natural beta hydroxy acids that act as an exfoliator to strip the skin of dead cells and leave it soft and silky smooth. The reason that goat’s milk is such a good choice in skin care is because the pH in this particular milk matches the pH in our skin better than any other type of milk, adding to the soft, supple feel after washing with it.
How to Use
Goat’s Milk as a Skin Care Product
So you have decided that goat’s milk will be good for your skin, but how do you use it? This can actually be the easy part, since there are any number of commercial skin care products available that contain this wonderful ingredient. You can select from lotions, creams and soaps that will pamper your skin as they moisturize. You can also create your own goat’s milk bath by adding a cup or two of the milk to your tub. It is best to warm the milk a bit before pouring it into the bath. You can also add a couple of drops of the essential oil of your choice (almond oil works well) for additional moisturizing qualities and fragrance.
Goat’s milk soap is another good choice in a bath product that is strong enough to thoroughly cleanse, but gentle enough for even the youngest bathers in your household. People with skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis have also found goat’s milk soaps and other bath products to be beneficial to their skin. At the very least, these products will be gentle enough that they won’t exacerbate any type of skin condition.