While the debate is still on as to whether humans should drink cow’s milk or not, one thing is unquestionably right…milk, applied topically, is great for your skin!

Of course you’ve heard of Cleopatra’s regular soaks in tubs full of honey and milk, helping her maintain her porcelaine soft skin, but did you know that milk also has other soothing properties?

Milk’s essential proteins, amino acids, and vitamin A work wonders on sensitive skin and its natural beta-hydroxyl acids act as skin conditioners to exfoliate, soothe, and soften. They also act as a natural skin brightener. Lactic acid cleans and softens, and stimulates cell renewal.

And in the summer months, milk has an even greater role. It helps alleviate and soothe skin that has seen just a few too many sunrays. Yes, if you’ve forgotten the sunscreen (tisk tisk) or just stayed outside too long, the jug in the fridge might help.

To make an ice-cold milk compress, poor a small amount of chilled whole milk into a bowl. Dip a washcloth into the mixture and apply to the skin. Allow the skin to soak in the milk, approximately 10-15 minutes.

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