In the dry, sunny weather of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra gained worldwide notoriety for many things – including her incredible beauty. What was her secret? Sources whispered that she took special care of her skin on a regular basis. To combat the effects of the harsh climate, she developed a special technique. It was strange, but simple: she bathed in milk.

Now that we’re about to hit full-blown summer, it’s worth taking a look at the skin care regimen of one of the most beautiful women who ever lived.

The Power of Milk

Cleopatra’s baths may or may not be based in actual history, but the benefits of milk are well documented. That’s right; milk isn’t just for your bones.

Dermatologists agree that the lactic acids in milk are excellent for exfoliating and soothing damaged skin. With enough potency, these effects can even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Sunburn Relief 

Though we all try our best to avoid sunburns, even the most vigilant sometimes make mistakes. When your skin is red and dry and feels like it’s on fire, a milk bath offers some much-needed relief. It has strong anti-inflammatory abilities, as well, which feels fantastic on a sunburn.

You don’t need enough milk to fill the entire bathtub, either. A few cups poured into a cool tub of water will do the trick. Just sit back and let the liquids soothe your aching skin. Then invest in some better sun screen!

Spa Solutions 

Of course, you don’t have to use the techniques of ancient Egypt to get great skin. Today’s spas have developed a variety of methods to accomplish what milk does – and so much more. The benefits of bathing in fluids that exfoliate and soothe are what spa professionals specialize in. Now you can find the perfect balance for your own skin, using milk, essential oils, or a host of other hydrating, stress-relieving, and rejuvenating ingredients.