Children are often told to drink milk as it is rich in nutrients that can make bones and teeth stronger. Milk also works as a moisturiser and cleanser, making it a popular ingredient in beauty products. Most of us use milk after boiling and cooling it down every day. Even though some people drink raw milk, according to a 2015 study published in US Library of Medicine, it is not inherently safe. Raw milk carries a food poisoning risk with its consumption, as per the study. So, you may have doubts about drinking raw milk. But you can think of including it in your skin care regime. Turns out, raw milk is good for skin.
Packed with essential nutrients, enzymes and beneficial bacteria, raw milk is believed to offer numerous benefits for skin, says Dr Urvi Panchal, a dermatologist and cosmetologist based in Gurugram.
Raw milk is known to have moisturising properties that can aid in hydrating skin. It contains natural fats, proteins and water, which are all important for restoring and maintaining skin’s moisture balance. When applied topically, raw milk forms a protective layer on the skin, preventing moisture loss and leaving it soft and supple, says the expert.
The anti-inflammatory properties of raw milk can provide relief for various skin issues such as acne, sunburn and irritation to skin. It helps calm irritated skin, reduces redness, and soothes discomfort, promoting faster healing.
Rich in antioxidants like vitamins A, D, and E, as well as beta-casein proteins, raw milk can help in protecting skin from premature aging caused by free radicals. These antioxidants help to combat oxidative stress, promote collagen production and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. That means you can get a more youthful complexion, thanks to raw milk.
Raw milk can help to brighten and even out skin tone. According to Dr Panchal, the lactic acid present in raw milk is a gentle exfoliant that helps to remove dead skin cells. Once they are removed, you will get a brighter and more even complexion.
You should combine raw milk with other natural ingredients to enjoy skin brightening benefits and more.
Here are some options:
You can make a paste using turmeric and raw milk. They have anti-inflammatory and skin brightening properties, the expert tells Health Shots.
Combining these two natural ingredients, will give you a good cleanser for your face.
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This combination is for those who want smooth skin texture, hydration and glowing skin.
This pack will help to take away dirt and grime from your face, so use it after an outing.
Applying this DIY face mask is a must after exposure to sun, as it can be used for de-tanning.
You can make a scrub by mixing raw milk with sugar and gram flour. It will help to remove dead skin cells and lighten skin tone.
Raw milk is a good home remedy for glowing skin, but you must avoid applying it on face if you have sensitive skin or you are lactose intolerant. And use raw milk in your skin care routine just once a week or fortnightly.