This is a sponsored post in partnership with Alba Botanica and Her Campus Media. All words and opinions are my own.
I shouldn’t have to tell you how important self-care is, but it is. You should do whatever makes you feel your best self. Whether that is doing face masks every week, taking relaxing baths, meditating, or getting massages regularly (which is amazing – Will and I just got our first couples massage and we loooovved it) it’s important to do things for YOU. There are so many different things you can do to take care of yourself but something not everyone does is a milk bath.
Wouldn’t that be expensive to fill a tub with gallons of milk? Or very cold? Will it smell like straight milk? What if I’m a vegan? Well, let me clear up some questions you may have and share how to actually take a milk bath and make it super relaxing. Plus, find out my current favorite Alba Botanica® products to take your bath to the next level.
- 1 bag of powdered milk OR 1-2 gallons of whole milk (vegans: use nut milk)
- Fresh, real flowers (I used 3 bouquets)
- Essential oils (lavender, peppermint, lemon, or orange are my faves)
- Epsom salt
Fill your tub with warm water then mix in the milk and epsom salt. Add in about 10 drops of essential oils. Cut off the stems of the flowers and add them in the bath.
The milk works to soothe skin and leave it feeling super soft by working to exfoliate. This is thanks to the fat and protein in the milk, hence why you need whole milk. The epsom salt helps to relax muscles and draw out toxins. The essential oils and fresh flowers add delicious smells to the bath and plus the flowers make the bath look gorgeous. I used eucalyptus too and it added to the soothing smell.
I ran my bath with the hottest water setting so that when I added the cold milk and took the time adding in the flowers, it would still be pretty warm.
To make your bath even more relaxing, put on a face mask while you soak or bring a book to read and play some soothing music (I love Ben Howard).
My favorite mask right now is the Hawaiian Facial Mask Pore-Perfecting Papaya Enzyme. Another favorite is the AcnedoteTM Clearing Gel Peel. I’ve shared my love for Alba Botanica before here and here. With plant-based ingredients, being cruelty-free and biodegradable, how can you not have some love for the brand?
The AcnedoteTM Clearing Gel Peel‘s key ingredients are salicylic acid, willow bark extracts, and active fruit acids like apple, blackberry, orange, grape, and lemon. The fruit acids that help dry up blemishes, while 1% salicylic acid and willow bark extract banish acne-causing bacteria. Also no synthetic fragrances; no artificial colors; no harsh sulfates; no parabens or phthalates. Works for me! After using it, my skin felt less oily and my blemishes appeared to dry up.
The Hawaiian Facial Mask Pore-Perfecting Papaya Enzyme has papaya and pineapple enzymes that work to loosen and dissolve dull skin cells. It’s also pH balanced and contains aloe vera to soothe and hydrate, which I noticed! Plus it smells amazing!
When you are done with your bath, you can cozy up in a bathrobe you made yourself, get the tutorial here! Have you ever taken a milk bath before? This was my first time and I was pleasantly surprised with it. My skin feels so soft now, I might have to do this more often!