The benefits of milk are not unknown. It is packed with essential nutrients that are vital for physical and mental health. The high level of calcium in milk makes it an essential item for people of all ages as it helps in making the bones stronger. But did you know milk can also address a number of skin concerns? Raw milk is one of the most beneficial ingredients for skin. Its topical application is said to make skin healthy and glowing. During ancient times, the goodness of milk was used to keep the skin looking youthful and supple. Today, a lot of skincare products are infused with milk due to its moisturising and nourishing properties.
You don’t have to rely on these products to get the benefits of milk, instead, you can use raw milk at home to get the skin of your dreams. We will reveal a few easy DIY recipes using milk and other natural ingredients from your pantry in this article. But before that, let’s have a look at all the benefits of milk for the skin and why you should make it an essential part of your daily skin care routine.
- 1. Benefits of milk for skin
- 2. How to use milk on the skin?
- - Milk cleanser
- - Milk toner
- - Milk spot treatment
- - De-tanning milk mask
- - Anti-ageing milk mask
- 3. FAQs about milk benefits for skin
1. Benefits of milk for skin
Milk is an excellent ingredient for the skin, this is why a number of DIY treatments always include milk in their recipes. When used raw, milk has the ability to address a number of skin concerns. The problem is not many women know how to add it to their skincare routine. But first, let us learn the many benefits of milk for the skin.
i) Treats acne
Milk contains lactic acid that deep cleanses pores and removes acne-causing bacteria that get accumulated on the surface of the skin during the day. Using milk to cleanse the skin or as a face mask can help treat acne as well as reduce inflammation associated with pimples to give you clear and smooth skin.
ii) Moisturises skin
Dry, flaky skin can make your face look dull and sometimes, no matter how much moisturiser you use, nothing seems to work. Milk can help solve this problem. The potent moisturising properties in it nourishe flaky skin and leaves you with baby soft skin.
iii) Mild exfoliator
Beta hydroxy acid is an exfoliating agent found in raw milk. This mild yet potent acid exfoliates the skin when applied topically. It helps slough away dead skin cells with ease to reveal smooth and glowing skin underneath. This corrects uneven skin tone and reduces blemishes too.
iv) Reduces signs of ageing
Want a natural and effective ingredient to keep those fine lines and wrinkles at bay? Look no further than raw milk. One of the benefits of milk is that it helps boost collagen production, thereby delaying the signs of ageing. The presence of vitamin D in milk further promotes skin elasticity.
v) Lightens and brightens skin
Unwanted tan and uneven skin tone is a major skin concern amongst women. This can be corrected with the help of raw milk. The lactic acid not only removes dead skin cells, but also lightens and brightens the skin by removing the topmost layer of damaged skin. With regular use, it will also correct uneven skin tone.
2. How to use milk on the skin?
Now that you know the benefits of milk for the skin, you might be wondering how to use it, right? We will tell you several different ways to incorporate this amazing ingredient in your skincare routine. Right from cleansers and toners to masks and spot treatments, here’s how you can use milk to get your best skin ever!
- Milk cleanser
Using raw milk to cleanse your face can be quite beneficial. Apart from removing dirt from your face effectively, it does not strip off the natural moisture. In fact, it keeps skin nourished and moisturised. It also helps remove gunk and other impurities set deep inside the pores, thereby preventing pore-clogging.
- 3-4 tablespoons of raw milk
- Cotton pad
How to: Dip a cotton ball in raw milk or pour some milk on a cotton pad and wipe it gently on facial skin to remove the dirt and impurities sitting on the surface. Let it stay for a few minutes, then wash off with a cleanser and water afterwards.
- Milk toner
Did you ever think milk can be used as a toner? Well, this wonderful ingredient keeps surprising us! Raw milk works as an exceptional toner for all skin types, including oily skin. It helps the skin by toning the facial muscles and improving its elasticity. Let’s learn how to reap the benefits of milk in the form of a toner.
- 2 tablespoons of raw milk
- 4-5 drops of rose water
How to: Mix the two ingredients together and apply on your face using a cotton ball after cleansing. You can leave it on your skin overnight for best results, but if you don’t like the idea of going to sleep with milk on your face, wash it off after some time with lukewarm water.
- Milk spot treatment
If you get breakouts and acne often, you’d know the importance of a spot treatment, which helps heal and dry out a pimple, because it can get red and inflamed. But did you know milk can also be used as a spot treatment? Since it contains lactic acid, milk kills acne-causing bacteria and accelerates the healing process. Here’s an easy way to make a spot treatment for acne at home.
- 2 tablespoons of raw milk
- 1 tablespoon rice flour Q-tip
How to: Mix the milk and rice flour to make a thick paste, then apply it on the pimple using a Q-tip. Leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning to see the difference. You can also apply this paste to cystic acne.
- De-tanning milk mask
As discussed earlier in this article, the lactic acid in milk gently exfoliates skin to remove dead skin cells, thereby getting rid of tanned and blemished skin on the surface. Mixing it with other natural ingredients like tomato juice increases its effectiveness and offers faster results. Here’s how you can obtain the benefits of milk through a mask.
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk
- 2-3 teaspoons of tomato juice
How to: In a bowl, mix the two ingredients well and spread evenly on the face using a brush. Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes then wash off with cold water. You can take bigger proportions of the two ingredients to get rid of tan on the body. Repeat this DIY recipe at least thrice a week for best results.
- Anti-ageing milk mask
Another benefit of milk is its ability to tackle the signs of ageing and make the skin look supple and smooth. Using an anti-ageing mask with milk will moisturise the skin for longer periods as well as reduce the appearance of wrinkles. This mask contains yogurt, another skin-benefiting ingredient that addresses skin problems.
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 2 teaspoons of yogurt
How to: In a bowl, add milk and yogurt and mix well to get a thick paste-like consistency. Then using a brush, apply the mixture all over your face and neck. Leave it on for at least 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. If you are comfortable with the idea, this mask can also be left on the skin all night to reap maximum anti-ageing benefits.
3. FAQs about milk benefits for skin
1) Can we use raw milk on our face everyday?
A. Yes, milk is a super nourishing and mildly exfoliating ingredient that is quite beneficial for the skin. It can be used as a cleanser at the end of the day to get rid of dirt and bacteria or as a nourishing mask.
2) How long does it take for milk to lighten skin?
A. If you use milk every day in some form or the other, it will definitely lighten and brighten the skin. However, make sure you use raw milk and it will take at least three weeks to show results.
3) Can milk remove dark spots?
A. Yes, the lactic acid in milk mildly exfoliates the skin. This helps remove tan, spots, blemishes and other skin problems.
Written by Sanya Hamdani on Dec 11, 2020
Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.