Posted by Statia on Thursday, February 5, 2009
I’m a sucker for bath products. I mean, tell me what girl doesn’t love a good pampering spa day? I know that’s where my love of all things bath for the home, stems from. Of course, it’s a little harder now that I don’t have: a.) dispensable income and b.) limited choices in the name of greener beauty. But that’s OK, because there are a lot of things you can make for a nice luxurious spa like bath for a way smaller price tag. Of course you have to listen to the hum of a monitor with your martini (organic vodka, of course), instead of that new agey soothing music, but hey, it’s a little time for Mama, and that’s what really counts, right?
Let’s talk about milk baths. Milk baths are popular at swanky spas and resorts. Why? Because they’re great for the skin. They’re great for nourishing really dry skin, because the lactic acid helps to loosen dead skin cells. Milk baths date back to the days of Cleopatra, who swore by milks beautifying properties. The best thing is, you can make a nice milk bath from products you probably already have. I found one in a book, that’s really quick and easy, and also easy to alter based on your needs. You’ll need:
1 cup of heavy-cream, half and half, or regular milk.
1/2 cup raw honey.
That’s it. Just blend together, add to your running bath and swish. If want a little more luxurious, add some of your favorite essential oil. If your skin is extra itchy, blend a cup of oats in a blender or food processor and add to the mix. If you’re lactose intolerant, you can try goats milk. One of the other great things about this recipe, is that you know exactly what’s in it. No hidden ingredients like you might find in the overly processed, high priced “milk baths” out there at a beauty store.
I have heard that the thicker dairy products might leave your skin feeling a little oily afterwards, which makes sense, since you’re basically soaking in milk fat. You could also use lower fat milk to acheive the same effects. I’d stick with at least whole milk at the very least, if your skin is really dry.