The Secret Behind Healthy Hair and Soft Skin: Milk Baths!

Last week I jumped in a tub mixed some warm water with milk and called it Art. It wasn't until later that night I realized there had to be benefits for taking a milk bath. No lie, my hair and skin felt amazing and that was the only thing I did differently!! That evening I hopped on the computer to do some research and sure enough milk baths aren't just for pretty pictures they actually have a lot of great benefits! Who knew?! I'll share what I discovered below.

Milk Bath Benefits:

1) Removes Dead Skin: For all my self tanning ladies and gents this one will be very beneficial for you. After you soak in the milk bath for 20 minutes you will be able to see your tan start fading off into the milk. Those with sensitive skin take caution because the lactic acid may sting if you soak for too long. I was a little sad after this photo shoot because I wasn't expecting this to happen, haha. Honestly, this will benefit everyone because once your dead skin is removed it leaves your skin soft and smooth.

2) Gives Your Skin Moisture: Milk contains fats and proteins that will boost your skin's moisture and will keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. Also, fun fact Queen Cleopatra use to take milk bath's and she was known for having great skin!

3) Calms and Soothes Irritated Skin: The proteins, amino acids, and vitamins A, D, and E work together to help reduce redness and itchiness. Also, adding oatmeal to your milk bath will help with any irritated or dry skin. Many articles I read recommended taking a milk bath if you are experiencing eczema, have a sunburn, or poison oak irritation.

4) Restoring Natural Shine & Luster to Hair: Milk works like any other alpha hydroxy acid product and helps exfoliate/remove debris and makes your hair softer. It also adds weight to you hair, which is the secret to keratin and smoothing treatments.

3 Ways to Make a Milk Bath:

1) Basic Milk and Honey: You don't have to add the honey you could use just whole milk. (This is the one I used).

  • 2 cups of whole milk

  • 1/2 cup of honey

  • Mix together until the honey is dissolved

  • Add mixture to warm water in tub (make sure the water isn't too hot or it will ruin the beneficial properties of the honey).

  • Soak for 20 minutes

  • ** Do not use any soap during this bath. Once you are done soaking, drain the milk bath, and rinse yourself off with soap and fresh water. **

2) Dried Flower Milk Bath: This has the same affects as the Basic milk bath, but will have a soothing, fragrant aroma.

  • 1 cup of powered milk (goat or cow) use a full fat variety

  • 1 tablespoon of dried orange peel

  • 2 teaspoons of dried lavender flowers

  • 2 teaspoons of dried rosemary

  • Mix the powered milk and flowers together. ** You can use different flowers/herbs**

  • Add 1/2 cup mixture to warm water again not too hot, and store the remaining amount in a cool dark place

  • Soak for 20 minutes

  • Drain the tub, and rinse off using soap and fresh water

3) Essential Oil Milk Bath: Scents that go well with milk and honey baths include- geranium, lavender, mandarin, and ylang ylang.

  • 1 cup of powered milk (goat or cow) use a full-fat variety

  • 1/4 cup of baking soda

  • 1/4 cup of sea salt or Epsom salt

  • 1/4 cup of honey crystals

  • 1/2 cup of dry oatmeal, ground into a powder

  • 1/4 cup of dried lavender, ground into a powder

  • 10-20 drop of essential oil

  • Mix together all ingredients. * The reason for using dried honey or honey crystals- it makes it easier for mixing versus using real honey.

  • Add 1/2 cup of mixture to warm water, make sure water isn't too hot.

  • Soak for 20 minutes

  • Drain the bath, and rinse off using soap and fresh water

There are tons of different options for making a milk bath!! These were just a few that stuck out me, but honestly you could could just stick with the basic 2 cups of whole milk mixed with warm water. I hope this helps your skin and hair feel as smooth and healthy as it did mine! I would love to hear any Milk Bath Recipes you use!:)

Much Love, Reba Faye

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