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Milk, especially raw or sour milk, offers many benefits for your skin when used topically. It can exfoliate and moisturize skin. It can also fight wrinkles, lighten uneven skin, and fade your suntan. You can even apply cold milk to soothe a sunburn.

A rich source of calcium and protein, milk usually features on the A-list of healthy foods for many of us. But if you are wondering whether milk can double up as an ingredient in your skincare routine, you are on the right track! Milk, especially when it is raw and unpasteurized or slightly fermented or sour (think buttermilk), can help your skin in many ways.

Fights Wri

With age, not only do fine lines and wrinkles make their presence felt but your skin also becomes thinner and less firm. But sometimes, this skin aging takes place ahead of its time, due to factors like poor skin care or excess exposure to the sun. But the goodness of milk can help you fight these signs of skin aging. Milk contains an alpha hydroxy acid known as lactic acid that can boost skin health. According to one study, when participants used lactic acid on their skin twice a day for 3 months it reduced the appearance of wrinkles and lines, made skin smoother, and improved its firmness and thickness. Since lactic acid is formed when milk is fermented by bacteria, apply raw or slightly sour milk to make the most of this beneficial effect.

Works As A Gentle Exfoliator It’s important to exfoliate skin regularly to remove dead skin cells which make your complexion dull and lifeless. Thanks to lactic acid, milk can work as a gentle exfoliator which dissolves dead skin cells, without any of the damaging effects you’d see with harsh chemical exfoliators.

Apply milk directly on your face or even add it to your bath water for a natural and gentle exfoliation treatment. If you have thick, oily skin, you may want to exfoliate 3–4 times a week. More sensitive skin calls for exfoliating just once or twice a week.

  1. Revives Sun-Damaged Skin And Soothes Sunburns Sun exposure can cause a lot of damage to your skin. It can thin out your skin, make it less elastic, and lead to wrinkles. But research shows that lactic acid can help mitigate sun damage. It results in the shedding of your epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin, thereby promoting the remodeling of skin. Studies have also found that treatment with lactic acid can increase collagen, which is a protein that imparts strength and firmness to skin. In fact, it can even help fade your suntan.

Interestingly, milk is also recommended in the ancient science of ayurveda for soothing sunburns. The antioxidants in milk can help soothe the pain and inflammation while the fats lock in the moisture. Just dip a gauze pad in some cold milk and apply it to sun-burned skin for reli

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