Do you love the way your skin feels after a luxurious milk bath, but hate the additives in commercial preparations? Me, too!
Milk is one of the many foods in which chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides are easily passed to anyone that drinks it. Your skin absorbs the chemicals, too. Although organic milk is best, any whole milk will do. If you happen to live near a dairy farmer, buy local!
The lactic acid in milk helps remove all of the gunk that makes your skin look and feel older. Old, dry, and dead skin cells will slough right off after a long soak in the white stuff.
To make your own simple milk bath, just add two to four cups of milk to your bathwater. That’s all there is to it unless you want to fancy it up and have aÂ spa quality bath experience. A tablespoon of dried herbs or your favorite tea bags will infuse scent and more skin softening properties into the tub.
Â Chai Fantasy Bath:
- 3 cups milk
- 2 chai tea bags
- 1 tablespoon honey (dissolved in hot water)
Â Sweet Dreams Soak:
- 4 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon dried peppermint (or 2 peppermint teabags)
When adding dried herbs or tea bags, run the bath hot and let the herbs or tea bags sit in the water for about 5 minutes before adding the milk. This gives the ‘tea’ time to brew.
For best results, place all dried herbs in a sachet â€“ if you don’t have netting or cheesecloth, try using a clean knee high. This keeps the herbs out of your drains.
photo credit: Christian Jenson