History has recorded some of the beauty treatment used by the mysterious Cleopatra and the women of her time. One beauty treatment she was well known for was her milk bath. This was a practice neighboring Roman women found shocking. Truthfully, milk was just one ingredient of this luxurious bath. A pool or tub was filled with warm fresh water and warm milk was added to the pool. Aromatic flowers and whatever oils she preferred that day were added to the bath. The actual recipe for the milk bath has been lost, but it has been suggested the milk she used was donkeys’ milk. Milk is loaded with vitamins A and E which are wonderful for the complexion, especially the facial skin. Some of the enzymes in milk may help your skin regenerate fresh skin cells.
Cleopatra’s Milk Bath
- Add 2 to 4 cups of fresh milk or buttermilk to the bathwater as the tub is filling.
- Soak for a good 20 minutes.
- Gently rub your skin with a washcloth or loofa to slough off the dead skin.
- Rinse your body thoroughly after soaking.
Caution: hot baths are not good for those with high blood pressure. Skip this bath if you are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant.
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