Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Powdered Milk Face Cleanser

Image: Danilo Rizzuti
This summer, there is a greater need for us to put a premium on taking care of our skin. The heat alone is enough to remind us of common skincare tips -- hydrate (at least 2 liters of water each day!) and load up on sunscreen. As the old folks say, we reap what we sow. So we better work hard on saving our skin from harmful sun damage. 
As we scoured all over for beauty tips this season, we remembered a beauty secret that worked well for us from years back. We realized that our tools for getting a healthy summer glow are right there in the kitchen!:) Check out our homemade beauty recipe for a milk face wash:

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Getting the vitamins and minerals contained in milk
is not limited to drinking it. Applying it on the skin provides
nourishment and moisture while at the same, its lactic acids
promote healthy exfoliation to bring out the skin's natural glow

Image: aopsan

This beauty secret dates back to the time of Cleopatra when she was said to have had luxurious milk baths that supposedly made her skin soft and supple. Of course, that doesn't sound practical these days. We'd rather gulp down that pack of fresh milk than fill up the bath tub with it. Good thing, we don't need that much to make our homemade face wash. Here are the simple ingredients you'll need:
  • 1-2 tablespoon/s full cream powdered milk* (skimmed powdered milk for acne-prone skin) 
  • 1/2 cup tap water
  1. Wash your face with a regular facial wash or soap to get rid of dirt. 
  2. Gently pat your skin dry with a face towel. 
  3. Mix your powdered milk with tap water. You may adjust the amount of water to achieve your desired consistency. You may opt to have a thick or runny mixture. 
  4. Moisten your skin again with lukewarm water then slather on the milk mixture. You may use a cotton pad for easier application. 
  5. Allow the skin to absorb the milk for around 3-5 minutes. Expect the mixture to tighten a bit as it dries up. 
  6. Rinse off with cold water. 
*Carnation powdered milk is highly recommended fellow users.

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