GET BEAUTIFUL GLOWING SKIN WITH FRESH MILK
A visit to any beauty department or store would offer you thousands of options that greet you with the possibility of making your skin look more youthful, brighter and clearer. But the health of your skin is not solely dependent on what you put on it. In fact, it is what you put in it that will help you put your best face forward, literally.
One of the most pocket-friendly ways of doing so is to consume products with high nutritional value, like milk. Various medical journals and reports such as the Skin Wrinkles and Blemishes, In-Depth Patient Education Report from the University of Maryland Medical Centre have suggested that milk contains lactic acid. This type of acid belongs to a class of natural chemical compounds called Alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) known to promote the rate at which we shed our skin cells and may even stimulate collagen and elastin growth. Milk also contains enzymes that aid in creating clear and possibly glowing skin. Moreover, it is a rich source of protein – a nutrient essential for the maintenance of many tissues including boosting your skin’s elasticity by offering collagen and elastin. In order for you to enjoy all those benefits of this nutrient-laden beverage, here’s the catch: You’ve got to drink milk fresh.
How The Freshness of Milk Linked To Your Skin?
Like your skin, milk is delicate and requires your care and concern. While it is pasteurized to make it safe to drink, it remains a fresh produce. This means that once the seal of a carton of milk has been broken, it is immediately exposed to oxidation, loses its quality and begins to lose freshness rapidly. According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), it is recommended that milk when opened should be consumed within two to three days.
When you put milk that is not fresh into your body, you run the risk of ingesting unhealthy and sometimes even harmful organisms. This can cause an imbalance of the good and bad bacteria, interference of digestion and the production of toxins in your digestive system; and in turn affect the health of your skin. With all this stress that your internal organs undergoes can at times, be reflected in the complexion of your skin with changes in its colour, texture as well as hydration levels. This is why it is important to store milk properly both before and after it has been opened, and consume it within the recommended duration by AVA; so that your skin can reap the full benefits from fresh milk. Storing milk tips and keeping milk fresh can be found HERE.
If you do still have some leftover milk that you know will go to waste (not planned to consume within 3 days), have a go at these two DIY mask hacks that will do your skin good!
Exfoliating and Skin Brightening Milk Face Mask
When combined with oatmeal and honey, milk makes a wonderful exfoliator because of its lactic acid content that eases the breaking down of dead skin cells. Hence, softening them for removal. The mild, abrasive texture of oatmeal sloughs off dead cells and removes excess sebum in your pores while honey gently exfoliates and moisturizes.
What you will need:
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon ground oatmeal
- Small mixing bowl
- Clean towel
- Combine all milk, honey and oatmeal thoroughly into mixing bowl
- Apply paste onto a clean face using fingertips in a gentle circular motion o Allow to penetrate deep into pores for 10 minutes
- Rinse mask off with tepid water and pat dry with a clean towel
Glowing Skin Milk Turmeric Body Mask
Turmeric is widely used as a skin exfoliant and to improve the texture of skin. When both turmeric and milk are applied, the skin is nourished with antioxidants that slow down cell damage and protein, which provides collagen and elasticity respectively. (see image above).
What you will need:
- 2 tablespoons flour (regular or rice flour; ground oats skin is dry)
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons milk
- A few drops of honey
- Medium-sized bowl
- Mix all flour, turmeric, milk and honey to make a paste into bowl o Apply a thin layer of paste onto a clean body
- Allow to dry for 20 minutes
- Rinse off with tepid water, scrubbing gently to remove
- Apply body moisturizer
This article is taken from the originally titled ‘Get Your Glow On With Fresh Milk’ written by Alexandria Grace Lee. Alexandria is a freelance writer on a number of stories featured on Magnolia Milkspiration.
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