Even though ingesting milk has been linked to acne and breakouts, when applied topically, it offers numerous benefits. It soothes, gently exfoliates, hydrates and moisturizes, and heals skin as well as reduces inflammation. What’s more, there are various kinds of milk used in skincare products and treatments today. Here’s a look at a few:
At The Spa at The Hotel Hershey (PA), guests can enjoy the Milk & Honey Soap (starting at $45, 15 minutes), which includes Milk & Honey Bath Salts from Makes Scents Natural Spa Line to help soften and soothe the skin. The bath salts contain dried milk powder, which calms and moisturizes the skin and relieves dryness. It also contains lactic acid, which exfoliates the skin, helping to reveal softer, smoother-looking skin.
At Chill Spa at Hotel Terra Jackson Hole (WY), spa-goers can reap the benefits of dairy in the Lavender & Goats Milk Hydrating Wrap ($220, 80 minutes). Utilizing 1818 Farms products, the service begins with a fullbody exfoliation using a dry brush to resurface the skin, preparing it for the shea and goat’s milk. Once the shea cream is applied, goat’s milk powder is dusted over the body. Next, the client is wrapped in muslin. While the wrap is active, a relaxing foot massage takes place featuring lavender buds and oil.
At The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, guests can enjoy the Arabia Felix ($208, 60 minutes; $263, 90 minutes) experience, which includes a gentle exfoliation of the feet and legs in a salt and sand mixture from the Emirates followed by a soak and cleansing with warmed camel’s milk. A back massage and an offering of dates and hibiscus tea concludes the treatment.
At Mudbum Facial Bar (multiple locations), guests can opt for a Breast Milk Add On ($10), in which ethically sourced breast milk is mixed with vitamin E and clay for a healing, brightening, and anti-aging treatment. The breast milk, which is purchased from screened mothers to ensure that the milk is safe, has antibodies that fight infection and helps combat acne.
At Ste. Anne’s Spa at Ste. Anne’s (Grafton, Ontario, Canada), guests can enjoy the Milk & Sesame Stone Wrap ($195, 90 minutes), in which hot basalt stones are used to massage a signature blend of non-instant buttermilk powder and sesame seeds mixed with the spa’s signature Skin Nourishment Hydrating Lotion into the skin.
Canyon Ranch (Tucson, AZ) offers the Ultra-Moisturizing Cocoon ($185, 50 minutes), which includes a light exfoliation followed by an application of goat’s butter cream from Body Bliss, which is made with goat’s milk extract.