“Doctor, is milk good for face? How to wash my face with milk?”
Yes! Milk can do wonders for your face! It hydrates dry skin, exfoliates mature skin, soothes irritated skin and lightens dark skin. According to Healthline, Milk has Vitamin D, Vitamin A, and lactic acid, later is AHA that is used for exfoliation and skin lightening by dermatologist.
Milk for washing face
Milk has a unique ability to remove the oil-soluble impurities with the help of fat-soluble enzyme lipase, protein-based impurities with the help of protease and dead skin cells with lactic acid.
Using fresh milk: This method is suitable for non-acne prone skin only. Massage milk on face followed by wiping with the wet cotton and pat dry.
Using milk powder: You can also use this homemade face wash for dry skin that is made by combining milk powder with oats.
Milk as moisturiser
Milk is truly a wholesome moisturiser with water, fat and proteins that can replenish the lost natural moisturising factors of dry skin type.
I routinely tell my patients with extreme dry skin, (not allergic to milk) for using ghee as moisturiser overnight.
Milk for face whitening
Milk lightens your skin by promoting the shedding of pigmented skin cells. You can use this homemade milk face mask for reducing tan, dark spots and dark patches.
Milk for aged face
The secret of the radiant and wrinkle-free skin of Cleopatra is historically attributed to milk. The enzymes, proteins, mineral and vitamins content of milk helps in reducing wrinkles.
Milk for sensitive skin
People with sensitive skin often look for a cleanser that can calm their red, irritated skin. Guess what? Milk is just apt for you! Massage milk twice daily on your face (non-acne prone skin only), rinse and pat dry.
You might also like have sneak peek into this list of skincare products that are less likely to irritate your sensitive skin.
Milk for soothing sunburn
When you get sunburn on a holiday, nothing comes in as handy as milk.Milk soothes sunburn with the help of anti-inflammatory, moisturising and skin-repairing properties.
Refrigerate a soft cloth soaked in a bowl of fresh milk and apply it on the sunburnt skin as cold compresses.
Avoid using whole-fat milk or milk cream because its fat content might insulate the sunburn hindering the loss of heat. You should also follow this 10 step guide to heal the sunburn.
Milk for cracked heels
Milk helps in repairing cracked heels by exfoliating the dead skin. It eliminates the dryness of the skin on your heels.
You can prepare feet soaks by putting following ingredients in a tub of warm water:
- half-cup of milk
- five tablespoons of oats
- five tablespoons of coconut
Soak your feet for 15 minutes. Rub them with pumice stone gently, wash and moisturise with Ghee. You would definitely flaunt your smooth skin in a few weeks’ time.
Milk for hair regrowth
Milk can provide nutrients for promoting hair growth.
Apply a generous amount of buttermilk throughout the length of hair after washing your hair, leave for 5-10 minutes and rinse with warm water. Well, this secret was revealed to me by my 85-year-old Grandma, believe me, it works.
You can add milk to warm water in the bathtub to nourish your skin. Or pamper yourself with a home-based spa once in a while! Put oats and rose petals along with milk in the bathtub, play relaxing music, and burn some incense sticks to rejuvenate your body and mind.
Is raw milk better than pasteurised milk?
Raw milk is preferred for skin because heating destroys the skin-friendly enzyme, fat and protein components milk. On the other hand, pasteurisation is desirable for oral consumption because it aids in digestion.
What are the side effects of using milk for skin?
Oral consumption of milk in large amounts can precipitate pimples. Avoid using milk for acne-prone skin. Rarely, sensitive skin might not tolerate milk because the pH of milk is slightly acidic.
Milk might cause hives in allergic individuals, however, the incidence of such side effect is rare in Indian population.