Bath Time : Milk It

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Living in the Sonoran Desert has been really challenging for my skin.  It took two years to figure out how to keep the skin on my face from flaking off.  I still have bouts of cracked and bleeding skin around my mouth and chin.  

What I have is dry skin.  Eczema is a whole other level that I want to avoid.  It is a medical condition in which patches of skin become rough and inflamed, with blisters that cause itching and bleeding, sometimes resulting from a reaction to irritation (eczematous dermatitis) but more typically having no obvious external cause.

I was thinking about how much I'm enjoying the new face oil I'm using now, ACURE marula oil, and feeling grateful for the relief from the itchies.  Then I started thinking about eczema so I thought I would share a blog I recently found about eczema and ways to deal with it and heal it naturally.

Christina has created a recipe for a milk bath for people with eczema that I must try.  And with my trusty TUBSKY™ by my side, I won't have milk and nutmeg ring around the tub to scrub out.  #takeitoutshakeitout #keepinitclean #abetterwaytobathe

The following is an excerpt from Christina's blog with the recipe:

How to make an all-natural milk-bath

This milk-bath will help to nourish and moisturize your skin, and it’s perfect if you get dry skin during cold months like me. If you have eczema, milk-baths have been shown to help soothe the itchiness and inflammation.

What you’ll need:

3-4 cups of full-fat milk
2 tbsp organic or pure honey
a dash of nutmeg powder
A bathtub
A face towel (optional)

What you’ll need to do:

Run your bath as usual. While waiting, stir the honey into the milk until it’s completely dissolved.  

When the water is 2/3rds to where you want it, pour in the milk and honey mixture. Make sure your bath isn’t too hot. You don’t want to cook the milk! Your bath should immediately cloud as the milk mixes with the water.

Once your bath is as full as you want it, sprinkle in a dash of nutmeg. About 2-3 tbsp is enough. Mix in the nutmeg with your hand, and wait about a minute for it to dissolve into the water.

Now get in, and completely cover your body in the milk bath, especially the parts that are the most chapped or dry.

This is optional, but if you really want to make the most out of your milk bath, I suggest covering your face in milk too. The milk will help to facilitate the removal of dead skin cells, making your skin glow underneath! To get these milk benefits on your face, simply dip a face-towel into the bath, and use it to cover your face for about 5 minutes. Repeat as necessary.

Above all: relax, breathe deeply, and enjoy! 😀

Benefits of a milk-bath
– Milk mixed with the anti-inflammatory properties of honey and nutmeg help to calm your skin
– The fat and protein in the milk leaves your skin soft and supple.
– A milk bath kills surface bacteria on your skin that could lead to infections
– Milk helps exfoliate and remove dry and flaky skin (from eczema or psoriasis)
– The lactic acid in milk weakens dead skin cells and helps to clean and soften the skin underneath
– Milk hydrates the skin, preventing dryness
– Milk’s proteins (whey and casein), fat, and vitamins A and D are known to calm dry and and inflamed skin.

Tips and substitutes
– If you don’t have honey, you can do still do a milk-bath without it.
– If you want to splurge you can also use goat’s milk!
– This bath is great if you have children with eczema! I would just suggest to omit the nutmeg, as some children may be sensitive.
– If you have eczema, be careful with how long you stay in the bath. 10-15 minutes should be enough.
– This milk bath is great for your face, just be careful not to get nutmeg in your eyes.