If you grew up in the 80’s like me, you’re all too familiar with the commercials promoting “Milk…It does a body good!”
But did you know that milk is also good for your skin?
Or is it really?
There are alot of articles that have popped up on my radar in the past few months about milk and its skincare benefits. Since I’m currently obsessing about skincare, I thought I’d do a little digging and find out more.
It was my intention for this article to provide some studies or research about the use of milk in beauty products, but surprisingly could not find much of anything on the subject. Sure, there are tons of articles on the health and beauty benefits of milk, but my scientific side wanted to see at least one or two studies. I couldn’t find anything. If you happen to know of any research, please do let me know!
This article written by a dermatologist does list the benefits of using milk on the skin, which he or she claims have been time-tested or science-tested. Ok, so give me proof of all this research then! It’s not that I doubt the benefits of milk and how it’s good for the skin. I’d like to see just how much it actually helps.
All I know is that for thousands of years we’ve been told that Cleopatra, the Egyptian Queen, was known for her ritual of bathing in milk and honey.
What Types of Milk Should You Use?
Goat milk soap has a high content of alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid that help break down skin cell bonds and remove dead skin cells from the surface.
Milk thistle has also been known to help flush the body of toxins, which contributes to a healthier chemical balance in the skin. When used in topical creams, milk thistle works as an antioxidant and coolant.
You may also consider using soy milk on the skin because it contains proteins, amino acids, and lipids that allow for rapid hydration and cell regeneration. This article about the oral and topical use of soy has supporting studies and research that lead me to believe that soy does indeed have skin benefits.
What If You’re Lactose Intolerant?
According to this article, Is Your Skin Lactose Intolerant?, you should be OK to use beauty products containing milk. Do keep in mind that if you are or tend to be lactose intolerant, you may want to test products on a small area of your skin first before applying it all over.
Have you tried milk-based skincare products?
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the use of milk in skincare products or your experiences using these products.
I’m a big fan of Yes To products, so I’m currently trying out the Yes To Cucumbers Gentle Milk Cleanser (sample provided by company), which is a milk-based cleanser that contains organic cucumber, aloe vera, soy proteins, and green tea. If you’re not familiar with Yes To products, they are over 95% natural, and are free of parabens, petroleum, and sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS).
For the past month I’ve been using this cleanser in combination with the spa sonic facial cleansing brush or the ViaBuff loofah. I love the silky smooth way it feels on my face, plus I honestly have noticed an improvement in my skin texture.
After writing this article I came to realize that I probably should stop obsessing over my skin. As someone who believes in the idea that “thoughts become things”, I’m learning that all this obsessive energy I’m putting into my skin is only making it worse. So from now on I will focus more on send loving thoughts to my skin and just be grateful that it is healthy!