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Milk has myriad benefits, and not just for cappuccino and yogurt parfaits—it can work wonders for your skin and hair, too. “Milk contains lactic acid, which is an alpha-hydroxy acid (like citric acid and glycolic acids). Lactic acid helps to gently exfoliate and release dead cells from the surface of the skin without rough mechanical exfoliation techniques. Milk also contains anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe redness and even itching,” explains New York City dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Krant.
But when it comes to store-bought skincare, “It’s rare to find actual dairy milk in a product due to potential spoilage,” Dr. Krant says, and the word “milk” is usually used to describe the texture or consistency. The use of oils and plant-based milks also makes products appealing to vegans, and anyone else who tries to avoid dairy.
Here, a few product picks that help your skin reap the soothing, smoothing benefits of milk without ever having to open the refrigerator.
Collosol Eau de Lait ($18)
A French skincare staple since 1950s, this unique dairy-free moisturizing milk/micellar water hybrid recently became available in the U.S. Simply apply with a cotton pad to remove makeup, moisturize and soothe skin—and there’s no need to rinse. Best of all, it’s appropriate for all skin types ranging from dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone. P.S. This is a wonderful way to infuse your bath with extra hydrating ingredients and a sweet, delicate scent.
Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment ($56)
Who knew combining purified water with super-hydrating droplets of argan oil would produce a milk-like emulsion? Despite its lightweight texture, it packs a 100% natural long-lasting moisturizing punch that helps boost radiance and the skin’s resilience against the elements.
L’Occitane Almond Smoothing and Beautifying Milk Concentrate ($50)
Packed with almond milk and oil, this creamy, hydrating, skin-smoothing treat nourishes the skin to help boost tightness and tone, especially on the thighs, tummy and décolletage. Gentle enough for use after shaving or waxing, you’ll fall for the intoxicating scent and the soft, supple skin left behind.
Dionis Goat Milk Hand Cream (Starting at $7)
With protein plus vitamins A and D derived from goat’s milk, this hand hydrator is available in a wide array of scents ranging from floral to fruity to suit any preference. The rich, fast-absorbing, non-greasy formula soothes dry, rough skin in a flash—and it’s cruelty-free, dermatologist-tested, formulated without parabens or gluten.
Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial ($80)
Featuring a blend of lactic, glycolic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids—yet extremely gentle—this mask helps exfoliate to improve skin’s texture, even out tone, keep pores clear, enhance radiance and smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains antioxidants to soothe and protect the skin. What you won’t find? Silicones, artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances or any other “unclean” ingredients.
NOTE: All products were purchased or sampled in-store. All opinions are my own.