Milk baths are used to hydrate the skin and address certain skin conditions as adjuvants. We show you other of its benefits, the preparation and the precautions you should take.
Milk baths were very common in ancient times. You may have even heard about the legend about Cleopatra, who supposedly used to bathe in donkey’s milk to keep her skin healthy and young.
Although they are not as popular today, they need to be considered when considering their benefits. Milk baths consist of adding liquid or powdered milk to warm bath water. They could help treat skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis.
Benefits of milk baths
Since studies on the effectiveness of milk baths are scarce, most of the benefits have been determined through anecdotal evidence, so it is recommended to consult a specialist before using them to alleviate symptoms of skin disorders.
1. Hydration and exfoliation
Milk is made up of proteins, vitamins and minerals that allow the skin to regain its moisture. Similarly, it has fats that, together with proteins, are able to soften and reduce irritation.
Another of the active compounds present in milk is lactic acid, known for its exfoliating effect. This could remove dead skin cells for a smoother feel.
For its part, an investigation published in Dermatologic Clinics and carried out in women of 65 years proposed that milk baths could also relieve itching or itching of the skin.