Don’t have the time or money to go to a spa? There are a variety of self-care activities you can do in the comfort of your own home; taking a milk bath is one of them. You don’t always have to go to a spa in order to relax and feel great.
A milk bath is exactly what it sounds like; soaking in a tub full of hot milk. It might sound strange at first, but there is a variety of benefits you can take advantage of. Milk baths date back to the ancient Romans.
Milk Bath Benefits
None of these benefits are scientifically proven, but there is anecdotal evidence that milk baths might provide skincare benefits.
Due to the fats and proteins in milk, bathing in it can make your skin feel smoother. Milk also contains lactic acid which can help gently exfoliate your skin. Lactic acid is commonly used in skincare products, like lotions and moisturizing creams.
To make your milk bath more relaxing, you can add essential oils, herbs, or fragrance. This will add another element to your bath and could make soaking in it more enjoyable. You can also do self-massage techniques on yourself to add to the experience. Since the milk makes your skin silkier, it will make massaging yourself easier.
Milk baths may help with dry skin and other skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and more. However, be sure to ask your doctor before you take a milk bath if you have any of these conditions.
How Do I Prepare a Milk Bath?
Milk baths are super easy to do at home! You can use milk that you drink to take a milk bath. You don’t want to use pure milk, because that will make you feel sticky and be very costly. It’s good to dilute the milk with the bathwater. It’s better to add the milk after you’ve filled the tub with water, otherwise, you’ll get little bubbles in your bath. Usually, it’s around one to two cups of milk for one tub of water. If you didn’t want to use liquid milk, you can even use powdered milk. Just add about one to two-thirds of a cup of the powdered milk into the warm bathwater. It’s as simple as that.
You can still take a milk bath even if you’re lactose intolerant! However, if you have a true milk allergy, it’s not a good idea to take a milk bath. It might cause an allergic reaction. Milk baths can be a fun way to spice up your at-home spa treatment. It can be soothing for your skin and an easy way to relax in the comfort of your own home.
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