Who doesn't know that Cleopatra bathed in donkey's milk? And he did very well, since Milk baths are one of the best beauty treatments you can perform to get a bright and renewed skin.
Milk has been used for millennia to beautify the skin of the ladies of the high aristocracy of all ages. Also (email protected) we can use it.
We tell you how.
Donkey, goat, camel … The versions on the origin of the milk used by the Egyptian queen Cleopatra in their baths are multiple, although the truth is that the animal from which the milk was obtained is not excessively important. Yes it is that this particular beauty treatment has reached us. The reason is that Milk baths have never disappeared completely. And is that Cleopatra is perhaps its best known user, but not the only one. Roman Popea, wife of Nerón, also popularized donkey's milk baths among the high aristocracy and they said she was traveling with a herd of 300 of these animals to milk them every morning. Popea, who took care of his skin to the limit of going out with a mask to the street so that he did not give the sun, He used milk to prepare his own cosmetics, as a nourishing mask made with milk, honey, rye flour and herbs and another firming thanks to the power of one of the milk's assets: casein.
Without a doubt, milk is a very complete food. Not in vain is the first thing we take all mammals and that makes us develop extraordinarily in a short time: a baby doubles its weight in six months feeding only milk. It basically contains water (88%), saturated fat (3%), carbohydrates (lactose, 4.5%), as well as proteins (3%), mainly casein, and is rich in calcium and vitamins.
There are many traditional and industrial beauty recipes that use milk and its derivatives, especially whey and yogurt, as active ingredients. But, Why use milk as a cosmetic? What does it do for our skin? The first and most striking thing we see is that after a milk bath the skin appears smooth, without irregularities, bright and renewed. The reason is that milk is a natural scrub First order, that is, produces a slight abrasion or peeling of the outer layer of the skin eliminating dead cells and, with them, toxins, spots and irregularities, such as small wrinkles or accumulations of dead skin. This is due to Fermented milk contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid or natural AHA that is also found in yogurt and that in addition to exfoliating has a high moisturizing power, so it is often used in anti-aging cosmetics. By removing superficial layers of the skin, it also stimulates cell regeneration. However, in especially sensitive people it can cause allergic reactions and sensitivity to ultraviolet rays.
Lactic acid, in addition, it is toning and helps recover skin firmness. In fact, lactic acid is the result of lactose fermentation caused by milk bacteria lactobacillus. They are famous lactobacillus added to foods such as yogurt to be used as a dietary supplement. There are many types of lactobacillus, most beneficial, and humans have in our body some of them, mainly in the intestinal tract and vagina. Therefore, the environment of these areas is acid and, by altering it for various causes and becoming alkaline, problems occur in the intestinal and vaginal bacterial flora. A resource to avoid diarrhea, candidiasis, pruritus, etc. It is to take yogurt and even apply it topically in the genital area to restore the acidic pH and fight infections. It is this function of restore bacterial balance and fight against harmful bacteria the reason that milk assets are used in treatments for oily skin and with acne problems.
Among the long-term effects of milk, it is known that its serum is a potent active anti-aging skin and capable of stimulating the production of collagen. And an important detail: like a glass of hot milk before bedtime, a milk bath has a sedative effect that will make you sleep like a baby, so it is very indicated in cases of stress, insomnia, fatigue or anxiety.
A pharaonic and homemade experience
All civilizations that have made grooming and beautifying the body an important part of their culture have used milk as a star ingredient. Today we can use it with simple homemade formulas.
. It is an effective makeup remover, you just have to soak a cotton ball in milk and use it as a cleaner.
. For the broken hands, cook a potato with skin, peel and crush it with a fork. When it is cold, add two tablespoons of milk and two of honey, apply the mixture in a mask on the hands and leave it on for 15 minutes. Remove with warm water.
. For prepare homemade milk baths There are numerous options. The simplest is to add two glasses of hot milk to the bath water. Lactic acid will remove impurities and dead skin, leaving skin soft and smooth.
. If you wish more aromatic and nutritious, boil a saucepan with milk, add cinnamon, nutmeg or some medicinal herb (chamomile, lime, mint) and a couple of tablespoons of honey and mix it with the bath water. Relaxation is assured.
. For a real queen's milk bath, write the recipe:
. 1/2 cup powdered milk; 1/4 cup honey; 1/4 cup cornstarch; a few drops of rose oil (between 5 and 10); three tablespoons of water
Prepare the mixture in the blender (you can prepare it before and store it in the fridge). Open the water tap and pour the mixture under the stream. Immerse yourself, 10 to 20 minutes and forget everything. For the sedative effect to be complete, you can set the bathroom with an aromatic candle.
Try them in spas and beauty centers
There are many aesthetic centers, spas and spas that offer treatments in which milk baths are performed. We tell you a couple of them.
. Scale in Egypt. Indocéane is a complete relaxation initiation ritual For people stressed by their pace of life they need to find themselves again and escape. This ritual, in which the perfume and the colors of the East transport you around the world, returns to the body and the spirit a feeling of peace and inner strength. The ritual consists of four steps or scales.
. EGYPTIAN SCALE: where we will undergo a bath with unctuous and sensual milk, enriched with Qi-Marine and Sacred Lotus, as in the past, transporting us in a relaxing pleasure leaving the skin with a luminous moisturizing veil.
. MEDITERRANEAN SCALE: skin preparation by exfoliating with brown sugar, sacred lotus, salt and Mediterranean essential oils to purify the body.
. INDÚ SCALE: a massage is performed on the specific areas with pain to eliminate tensions with a medicinal balm rich in very regenerating Indian woods, with a creamy texture that transforms into a warm and fine oil combined with a relaxing essential oil, for the less pain, with sandalwood, cedar and patchouli
. CHINA SCALE: The body is covered with a light and fluffy sublime wrap with rice germ oil and sacred lotus, transporting us to the Chinese temple of beauty and serenity. We will finish with a cream that ensures anti-stress effectiveness with touches of milk sandalwood that, obtaining a hydrated, relaxed, balanced skin with great luminosity.
. Treatment: Indocean. Duration: 2 hours Price per session: € 120. Where: VITALIS Aesthetic and Wellness Centers, Pl. Sant Gregori Taumaturg, 6 (Barcelona), telephone 932 405 544; and Av. Madrid, 3 (Barcelona) phone 933 332 626
. Aromatic bath. It's about a milk bath with different healing fresh herbs and honey from the Aran Valley which manages to cause deep relaxation, reducing stress and fatigue. You enter a wooden tub with hot water to which herbs from the Pyrenees are added and, once inside, a hot milk ladle with essential oils, another ladle with hot milk with Aranese honey, and others are poured into the water two more in which different aromatic plants have been boiled. While you are immersed in the tub, a relaxing massage is performed on the head and shoulders with a cream, which is subsequently removed by pouring the water from the tub with a bowl over the hair.
. Treatment: Herbal waterfall with milk and Aranese honey. Duration: 50 minutes Price: € 95. Where: Occitania Spa, Hotel La Pleta, Baqueira-Lleida, 973 645 550 and www.lapleta.com