Milk as a beauty aid
Milk, by itself, or in its various forms (e.g. Buttermilk, cream, yoghurt) or in a combination with other things, is an excellent beauty aid.
Milk for a glowing complexion:
Mix the cream of milk (malai) with a little flour and make it into a smooth paste. Rub this mixture on your face, neck and arms, and keep massaging gently till the flour crumble off leaving the cream only.
Pamper yourself occasionally with an exotic milk bath. Heap into a muslin bag a cup of ordinary laundry starch oatmeal and powdered skimmed milk, lower this into the bath water into your bath tub and relax for 10 minutes. Follow by rubbing yourself with the bag for 10 minutes and pat yourself dry.
Milk as cleanser:
Milk contains the right proportions of fat and moisture to feed and soothe your skin. Pour some milk into a saucer, dip a piece of cotton wool into it and smooth it over your face and neck after washing at bedtime. Pat with a tissue to blot off any excess and then leave it to dry.
Milk for hair:
Milk can also be applied on the scalp and hair for nourishment, especially in cases of dry, brittle or damaged hair. It is a completely natural treatment without any synthetic or chemical additives.
Milk for a soft, smooth complexion
Add a cup of cold milk to 20 gm ground almonds stir thoroughly and strain. Apply on face, neck and hands and leave for 20 minutes. Wash off with tepid water. It leaves the skin soft and smooth.
Milk as a face mask:
Fresh milk cream (1 tbsp), combined with 2 tbsp honey and 2 tsp lemon juice, makes an excellent face mask
Milk as bleach:
To lighten your complexion, take a cup of milk and add a tsp each of honey and orange juice. Wash your face regularly with this mixture- it is a mild bleach.
Milk as moisturizer:
Here is good moisturizing milk for winter- wash 6 strawberries and liquidize till smooth. Add a cup of cold milk and blend till smooth. Add 1 tbsp of glycerine, bottle and refrigerate. Shake the mixture well before use.
Milk for sunburn:
Milk, particularly buttermilk can be used to combat sunburn. Refer my article on buttermilk.
Milk as a face tightener:
After you boil milk, do not discard the vessel immediately. Scrape the dry milk cream from the sides of the vessel, mix it with a little rose-water and honey and apply all over your face and neck. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water. This is an excellent face tightener.
Milk for skin disorders:
According to a recent report, cloth pads soaked in milk can relieve itching resulting form skin disorders like eczema.
Intake of milk for health & a good night’s sleep:
Regular drinking of milk ensures better nails, hair, teeth and skin. A cup of milk at bedtime is said to ensure a good night’s sleep. Milk is nature’s sleeping potion. L-tryptophan, a substance in milk, brings on drowsiness. Freshly ground cinnamon or ginger stirred into hot milk is antiseptic and warming.
See also: Lemon as a beauty aid