Milk Beauty: It Does A Body Good

We've all heard the ad tagline that milk does a body good. And, while those of you with particular dietary restrictions might disagree (lactose intolerance, anyone?), there are still plenty of benefits when it comes to adding various milk-based beauty products to your skin-care regimen. In fact, its cosmetic virtues are popping up in products everywhere, and we're big fans of its gentle, skin-soothing properties.
To be clear, when we talk about milk properties, we specifically mean lactic acid, a proven skin-softener that gently removes dead skin cells without setting off alarm bells for irritation or dryness. The latest news in dairy-based beauty includes an industry explosion of goat's milk (a favorite on our desks) along with vegan-friendly versions of skin-softening products containing almond and argan-oil-based formulas. Milk proteins and their plant-based facsimiles can deliver baby-soft skin on a level that has to be experienced to be believed.
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We've rounded up some of our favorite milk-based beauty products just in time to soothe your winter-worn skin and prep it for warmer spring air. And, when people ask where you got your glow, you can tell them that it was "milk made." Because, quite frankly, it was.
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Combining goat's milk and natural ingredients, this hydrating cream delivers a gentle combo of cleansing and hydration.

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream, $55 at Kate Somerville.
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Inspired by mother's milk, this gentle argan-oil-based emulsion is a purely vegan, powerful skin-soothing hydrator.

Josie Maran Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, $56 at Sephora.
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Mellow out with this body cleanser that will soften your skin and calm your stressed-out mind.

Caprina by Canus Fresh Goat's Milk Lavender Body Wash, $6.19 at Walgreens.
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This rich cleanser starts as a cream, then turns into a gentle foam that removes dirt and oils without stripping, leaving nothing behind but a healthy glow.

Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Cream Cleanser, $21 at Korres.
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Milk baths date back to Cleopatra, so steal a note from this legendary seductress. While cow's milk still remains popular, goat is gaining in popularity due to environmental and health concerns — so why not drop some powdered Meyenberg into your next soak session?

Meyenberg Powdered Goat Milk, $9.99 at The Vitamin Shoppe.
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Same goes for this: Pour this gentle milk bath into the tub, emerge all silky smooth and mellow.

Alpen Secrets Goat Milk Foaming Milk Bath with Lavender Oil, $5.99 at Drugstore.com
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Prefer almond milk? This concentrated body cream brings soft skin to a whole new level.

L'Occitane Almond Milk Concentrate, $49 at L'Occitane.
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This triple-milled bar of skin cleansing goodness helps prevent dryness and smells like heaven.

Crabtree & Evelyn Almond Milk and Honey Triple Milled Soap, $10 at Crabtree & Evelyn.
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Packed with milk proteins and soothing essential oils, it spells the end to rough, dry skin.

Elemis Spa @ Home Skin Nourishing Body Lotion, $43 at Time to Spa.
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Treat your winter-dry skin to the smoothing benefits of this gentle cleanser, a combination of milk, acai, and aloe.

Sunday Riley Charisma Creme Cleanser, $45 at Sunday Riley.
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The perfect combination of hydrating coconut milk and exfoliating lactic acid, Time Balm's cleansing face cream washes and polishes without stripping.

TheBalm TimeBalm Coconut Milk Cleansing Face Cream, $26 at Nordstrom.
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The swanky version of a bath bomb, these creamy bath truffles are packed with goodness. They're all-natural, and in addition to the essential oils, the cocoa butter and powder donkey milk are cool, interesting additions to your Sunday bath.

Anthropologie Bouquet Bath Truffles, $18, available at Anthropologie.
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