There are many natural products available, like milk and oatmeal, that are known to have significant benefits to the health of your skin. It's known that Cleopatra bathed in milk to keep her complexion creamy and smooth. With the addition of oatmeal to the milk, this special bath can be a healthy routine for dry and sensitive skin.
Benefits of Milk on the Skin
Milk is not only good for you to drink; it has many great benefits when applied to the skin. With its soothing enzymes and proteins, like whey and casein, whole milk can calm sunburned and irritated areas. Milk also has fats, amino acids, vitamins A and D, and lactic acid—nutrients that are helpful in healing extra dry skin. In addition, milk is an effective exfoliant. The alpha hydroxy acids in milk help slough off dead skin cells without the need for scrubbing.
Benefits of Oatmeal on the Skin
Oatmeal is a whole grain that is known to be an excellent natural skin exfoliant. While sea salts and sand may be too abrasive for some to use as an exfoliant, oatmeal promises a more gentle delivery. Many sufferers of eczema choose oatmeal products for sloughing off dead skin.
To use, cook some oatmeal until it is soft, and rub onto your skin. For a coarser exfoliant, mix the oatmeal uncooked with other ingredients like milk, honey or yogurt.
Milk and Oatmeal Bath Recipes
A simple oatmeal and milk bath contains 1 cup of oatmeal and 4 cups of whole milk poured directly into a bathtub filled with warm water. Soak in the bath for more than 10 minutes, rubbing the oatmeal and milk mixture over your dry areas like elbows, heels and knees. For a calming scent, try adding a couple drops of lavender oil to the tub.
A more concentrated milk bath contains 1 cup of powdered milk and 4 cups of ground oats. You can grind the oats in a food processor.