Milk baths are amazing for the skin, and were even said to be used by Cleopatra as part of her beauty routine. In this post, you’ll learn how to make your own milk bath and the many benefits they can have…
What’s The Deal With Milk Baths?
Inspired by my latest post on mom self-care, I wanted to expand on something I’ve gotten quite a few questions about. And that would be….MILK BATHS! This happens to be my favorite at home spa treatment that I think all moms can benefit from – especially at the end of a really rough week!
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I took my very first milk bath when my youngest son, Jax, was about 2 or 3 months. I had put some pumped breast milk into his bath to treat some dry skin he was having (which works wonders if you didn’t already know). After putting him down for his late evening nap that day, I had the idea to take my own milk bath.
I had heard of them before, and I know they’re a huge hit with newborn and maternity photographers, but I had yet to experience it for myself. Plus, I had a 2-month-old tugging at me all day, so it was hard to find time for myself. But I decided to just try it for myself and handed my husband the baby monitor. I knew Jax would sleep for at least an hour, if not two.
I mixed up a hot milk bath for myself with some essential oils, and just soaked away in our tub.
I could suddenly see why everyone was making a big deal about this easy at-home spa treatment of sorts. When I pulled myself from the tub of water, I patted my skin with a soft towel – it was so soft!
Now, I try to take one every 3-4 weeks at least to keep my skin soft and incorporate some much-needed self-care into my routine.
Drawing yourself a milk bath at home is very easy to do, and the best part is that you probably already have all of the necessary ingredients in your pantry right now!
Here are some benefits of taking milk baths regularly…
Milk Bath Benefits
There are a number of benefits that a milk bath can bring your skin and your mind, but here are a few:
- Soothes irritated skin
- Smoother skin (thanks to the lactic acid)
- Improves the appearance of the skin
- Calms redness/dryness
Because of the moisturizing fats in milk, it may help to calm redness from a sunburn or to reduce some of the dryness and itching caused by skin conditions such as xerosis or eczema.
I can say this is quite accurate as I experience softer skin each time I take a milk bath, especially in the harsher winter months here in the Midwest! I can only imagine the wonders a milk bath for eczema would do for those who experience it.
If you haven’t already, consider drawing up a milk bath for baby! Have some extra pumped breast milk taking up room in your freezer? Add it to your baby’s bath water…
Our lactation consultant for Jax was the first one to tell me about adding some of my breast milk to his bath water to tend to his sensitive skin. It truly works wonders for their skin, diaper rashes, and even the sting of a bug bite.
Milk Bath Recipe
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to create a milk bath your skin will love…
P.S. You can still treat yourself to one of these relaxing and soothing baths even if you are vegan, or lactose intolerant! See alternative options included below…
Organic milk bath recipe for a relaxing bath that will soften your skin and improve its appearance, and soothe and relieve dry, itchy skin:
- 2 cups whole powdered milk
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 10 drops essential oils
- Carefully pour dry ingredients into a large glass container. Secure the lid, and shake to combine.
- Shake, shake, shake that thang.
- Add 10 drops of essential oils to the freshly mixed powder. Secure lid again, and shake to combine.
- Allow mixture to sit for 24 hours before using – this allows the ingredients to fully combine. Store in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
- Pour 1-2 cups of your mixture into the bath under hot running water. Sit back and relax!
Some key points to remember when selecting ingredients to mix together for your own milk bath are:
- Milk that contains less fat is not as nourishing to your skin as milk with higher fat content.
- If you are lactose intolerant, no need to fret! You can still enjoy the milk bath because you are not physically digesting the bath water containing the milk, and therefore you will not experience any digestion problems.
- If you are vegan, consider using rice, soy, or coconut milk!
Sealing In The Moisture Once You’re Done…
Whether it’s your skin or baby’s skin that been soaked in milk, once you’re all done relaxing and soaking in the wonders of lactic acid – pat your skin dry with a soft T-shirt or towel. No need to rinse! Seal in the moisture from your soak with some organic coconut oil.
Have you tried a milk bath? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear your experience!