For thousands of years, from antiquity to the modern era, milk baths have been part of the popular beauty rituals among women.
Although not exactly attested, the legend that Cleopatra bathed in milk has survived to this day. Regarding Popeea, the wife of Emperor Nero, the information is accurate, being recorded by Pliny the Elder (historian, naturalist and philosopher) in ‘Naturalis historia’ where he mentions that Poppaea used to bathe his whole body in milk for suppleness and skin whitening, milk being considered to be very effective for this purpose. It is confirmed today in dermatology the role of lactic acid in exfoliating the skin and improving the appearance of fine wrinkles.
Although the sources of information about these baths in antiquity are limited, historians still believe that this was a common custom among aristocratic women in Greece and the Roman Empire. However, it seems that the custom was even older, being taken by the Greeks and Romans with the conquests of the Orient.
Good practices for a spoiled skin
To take advantage of the properties of this delicate soap, add a few tablespoons of powdered milk, honey and a cup of whole milk to the bath water and feel like Cleopatra.
For face care: Bring four tablespoons of milk to a boil and add a teaspoon of chamomile flowers. After cooling add a tablespoon of lemon juice and optionally, a pinch of cinnamon. Apply the mixture on the face. Wash after 15 minutes with this soap. Store the rest in the refrigerator and use in the next few days.