Cleopatra and Elisabeth of Bavaria were definitely smart for their times when they decided to have milk baths. It’s no sign of extravagance or extreme luxury but a necessity that our skin and hair call for. Except that you might not have realized the plethora of blessings that milk has in stock for both your skin and hair.

And no, the boons are not just limited to internal body construction work, which make moms scream at the top of their lungs for instructing their kids to have a glass of milk. Topical milk treatments can add a rich glow and softness to your skin along with aiding in naturally straightening your hair. Guess all the milky soap advertisements on TV aren’t fully bogus and have more truth to them then we might have imagined. So here is to the major milk merits that you need to know to add the treasure to your DIY kit.

Skin Benefits

Milk is enriched with minerals and all things nice. It works as a natural softener for your skin, even soothing dry and irritated areas of the body. Amy Brodsky, a dermatologist clarifies this milk miracle by explaining that, “Pure milk is extremely soothing and hydrating for the skin, so milk baths, cold milk soaks or using topical beauty products with milk as the main ingredient is a great way to soothe and moisturize any dry, irritated areas of the body.”

The lactic acid in milk helps to widen the spectrum of beauty advantages further. It arms milk with an incredible capability of removing the dead cells in a jiffy. People with a sensitive skin need to proceed with caution though, as lactic acid has the tendency of stinging.

Milk is also an amazing moisturizer. This is so because it works to deeply nourish the skin; conditioning and moisturizing from inside out. In fact, milk is also a solution for dryness so a raw milk mask can help to keep your skin well hydrated and soft at all times of the year.

Milk also works great as a toner for your skin. The toner works best for all skin types but you must keep in mind that it is the raw milk, not the boiled one that is good for all. The latter can be a little risky for oily skin types. On the flip side, raw milk serves greatly as a skin-toner that makes skin more elastic as well as adds firmness and elasticity to the skin.

Benefits for Hair

There are literally tons of milk benefits for your hair such as imparting shine to them adding volume, nourishing, and a lot more. Hair Food hairstylist Rebekah Forecast confirms that “Milk has been used for hundreds of years to infuse the skin and hair with proteins and vitamins. The calcium and proteins along with the vitamins it contains are very beneficial in our diets, but also as a hair treatment, seeing as milk-based products work to restore natural shine and luster to the hair while strengthening its structure.”

Remington hairstylist, Richard Marin says that milk-washing your hair has been an idea that has floated around for years since this nature’s formula works to make your hair shiny. To add to the fold of truth, Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist further explains that akin to other alpha hydroxy acid products, milk works to exfoliate and extract the dirt from the hair making them shiny in the process.

You can simply spray your hair with milk while simultaneously combing through them or pulling at them to uncurl the waves in the hair texture. This works to boost your hair volume and straighten them at the same time.