One of the best and cheapest ingredients for skin and hair care is something you probably already have in your fridge – milk.
Milk contains vitamin A, D, B6, B12, biotin, calcium, protein, and other nutrients which are excellent for skin and hair.
Here are 15 uses for milk in your beauty routine:
1. Facial Cleanser
Raw milk is a natural facial cleanser, and it helps to remove dirt and dead cells from the skin. Milk doesn’t clog pores, so you don’t need to worry about breaking out in blackheads.
Just take two tablespoons of milk, and dip a cotton ball in it. Squeeze it out and gently rub the milk over your face and neck. Rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.
Dry skin and chapped lips can make you feel less than your best, but this milk and banana mask will give your skin and lips a hydration boost.
Take a little cold milk and add some mashed banana. Mix it up, and apply on your face and lips. Wait 30 minutes, then rinse off with warm water. You can use this mask anywhere your skin is dry.
3. Exfoliating Scrub
Milk contains alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), which is in many commercial beauty products. It helps to fight against fine lines and wrinkles, and you can make your own exfoliating mask at home.
Use half a tablespoon walnut powder, 2 tablespoons oatmeal, half a tablespoon honey, and 2 tablespoons milk, and mix them together to form a paste. Gently massage your face with this scrub, then leave it on for 10 minutes before washing off.
4. Purifying and Moisturizing Mask
This mask is great for tired, dull, and dry skin. Mix 2 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 vitamin E capsule, and one slice of mashed cucumber or aloe vera gel.
Wash your face and neck, then apply the mask to your skin and leave it on for 30 minutes. Wash off.
Commercial toners are full of harsh chemicals, but milk is all-natural. Mix 1 tablespoon milk and 1 tablespoon of green tea, and apply to your face with a cotton ball. Leave for at least 15 minutes.
6. Milk Bath
The lactic acid in milk is great for skin, and one of the best ways of getting this benefit all over is to have a milk bath.
Run a bath full of warm water, and add 2 liters of milk, 1 cup honey, 5 tablespoons baking soda, juice of 3 lemons, and 6 drops olive oil. Mix everything up well, then get in the bath and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Once you have finished your bath, wash your body off with plain water – you don’t want to smell of milk!
7. Foot Soak
This soak is great for tired feet after a long, hard day. Mix 1 liter warm water, 2 cups warm milk, some lemon juice, 4 tablespoons of salt, and a few drops of bubble bath.
Soak your feet and rub your heels with a pumice stone before drying with a towel and applying lotion.
8. Lighten Dark Patches and Spots
If you have dark patches on your skin, you can even out your skin tone by using milk and potato juice. Mix them together and apply to your skin, leaving it on overnight before washing off. You should see a difference in a few weeks.
9. Reduce Open Pores
To reduce the size of your pores, mix an egg white with milk and apply to your face. Leave on for 40 minutes then wash your face with warm water.
10. Lift Your Skin Tone
Pollution, dirt, and dust can dull your skin tone over time, but a milk and almond mask can help restore your lost glow.
Grind 4 almonds and mix with milk, papaya, and orange juice. Apply on clean skin, and leave on for 40 to 50 minutes before washing off with warm water.
11. Fight Acne and Acne Scars
Milk can help fight acne and reduce the appearance of scars. Apply milk to your face and leave it on for 15 minutes, and then wash your face with warm water. If you want to reduce the appearance of scars, mix together milk, baking soda, mashed tomatoes, and mashed potatoes. Apply and leave for 30 minutes before washing off with warm water.
12. Reduce Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Skin loses elasticity as we age, and lines and wrinkles appear. These masks help to fight the signs of skin ageing and restore vitality to the skin.
Mix milk, flaxseed oil, and mashed banana and pineapple, and apply to the face. Leave on for 30 to 35 minutes, and wash off with warm water.
Another mask to try is made by mixing milk, papaya, a vitamin E capsule, lemon juice and honey. Apply the mask, and leave on for 40 minutes before washing off.
13. Hair Mask
Milk can restore shine and moisture to dull, dry hair. Mix 3 tablespoons of raw milk, half a banana, 1 tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon olive oil in a blender to make a smooth paste. Apply this to your hair, leave on for an hour, then wash off.
Make your own natural and chemical-free hair conditioner. Mix a few drops of milk, yogurt, baby oil and mayonnaise. Mix together, and apply to your hair and scalp. Put a shower cap on, then leave on for 40 minutes. Wash your hair.
15. Hair Loss
A milk mask can help slow down certain types of hair loss, and help new hair to re-grow. Mix some coffee, yogurt, egg, almond oil, olive oil and a few drops of milk. Apply the mixture all over your scalp and leave on for an hour. Wash out with warm water and shampoo.