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Milk Baths

How and why to bathe in milk.

Milk baths are making a comeback, anyone that has seen Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra has considered it. So what’s the deal?

The milk bath recipe is simple:

2 cups of milk and a tub full of water.

What kind of milk? Most people use full fat milk from the grocery store. Some prefer to use powdered milk, and many believe goat milk to be superior. Any way you cut it, it’s a pretty cheap thrill.

So what happens when you climb in? After 20 minutes you can expect your skin to be slightly more moisturized. Nothing more, and nothing like it will be after the body moisturizer you put on right after. It’s not proven effective for eczema, rosacea, or poison ivy.

Be careful, if you have sensitive skin or you’re allergic, you could have a problem. And remember, you have to clean the tub thoroughly when you’re done, like really clean it.

A milk bath is, however, fun. We need to do more things “just because”. If you want photos for Instagram that say bohemian class, you can’t beat them. For dramatic effect, float flowers on the milk white surface, and have one of those cute, distressed wood bath trays in the corner with mysterious oils, some odd trinket, and a perfectly rolled hand towel upon it.

I guess what we’re saying is milk baths are fun, but manage your expectations. Now go take one, you know you want to.

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