Regardless of the culture or country they belong to, the majority of women aspire to clean skin free of blemishes. The cosmetics industry has understood this, creams and body care products are multiplying at exponential speed and are piling up on all beauty shelves. While some of them remain affordable in terms of price, others are reaching new heights with sometimes unsatisfactory results. Yet what most of us forget to take into account is that the effectiveness of these cosmetic products is essentially based on their content of nutrients generously offered by Mother Nature. Discover this beauty tip with milk and lemon to restore clean, moisturized, and flawless skin.
The cult of “perfect” skin goes back thousands of years and for good reason, a radiant complexion is synonymous with freshness and, above all, a healthy lifestyle. In Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra distinguished herself by her beauty rituals which consisted of bathing in donkey’s milk to preserve the softness and youthfulness of her skin. She inspired the French court and in particular, Diane de Poitiers and Pauline Bonaparte, who perpetuated this tradition of bathing in milk for their daily care. Today, bathing in donkey’s milk is no longer so common. Very expensive, it would cost up to 2500 euros, according to Véronique Noual, director of the spas Les Cent Ciels.
Without spending huge sums of money on beauty treatments, it is, however, possible to be inspired by these ancestral rituals to benefit from considerable benefits for your skin. Thanks to milk and lemon, you too can prepare your own rejuvenation bath without breaking the bank.
Why does it work?
Milk contains lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid found in many cosmetic products. The co-founder of the Inkey List cosmetic brand, Mark Curry, explains to Marie Claire that this molecule can act on the external surface of the skin, notably by eliminating dead cells and moisturizing the epidermis for much more shiny skin.
Its use in case of sensitive skin would be recommended because of its exfoliating and yet non-aggressive action, adds Emma Hobson, head of education for The International Dermal Institute. Indeed, lactic acid would stimulate exfoliation by dissolving the bond uniting dead cells and boosting cell renewal of the epidermis. Combined with the antioxidant action of lemon, it would be a remedy all the more effective because it would also fight against the action of free radicals that promote premature skin aging. In addition, citrus fruit rich in vitamin C, and citric acid have effective lightening properties to combat hyperpigmentation. However, it is important to dilute it because, on sensitive skin, lemon is highly likely to irritate the skin.
How to prepare your bath?
For a memorable cocooning session, you will need the following ingredients:
One cup of whole milk
The juice of a lemon (organic)
The steps to follow are extremely simple. Just start by running a hot bath. Once the bath is full, pour in your cup of whole milk and add the organic lemon juice. Stir for a few minutes so that your ingredients are well diluted, then plunge into your bath for about 20 minutes before rinsing off with clear water.
Thanks to the combined action of your ingredients, your skin will be gently exfoliated to regain all its radiance!
Don’t forget that lemon is photosensitizing. It is therefore strongly advised against exposing yourself to the sun right after this bath.