Milk Powders

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Even the most finely ground nut meals or exfoliant powders can be too harsh for certain skin types.  Yet exfoliation is still a crucial part of skin care to those with extremely sensitive or dry skin.  This is where dairy products can come to the rescue.  The natural lactic acids contained in dairy products such as cream, milk, and yogurt can provide the most gentle exfoliation possible.  The acids gently break away dead skin cells allowing them to be safely and easily removed.  Add a nutritive Milk Powder, such as Goat’s Milk Powder, Buttermilk Powder, or Whole Milk Powder to non-soap cleansers, facials, and masks to provide gentle exfoliation, toning, and nourishment.  You can also use fresh dairy products as wetting agents in dry masks, cleansers, and facials.

Glass_of_milkDiary products can also be used to enhance the appearance of skin in full body treatments.  Milk baths are a classic, luxurious way to take advantage of the natural enzymes and lactic acids in milks and yogurts.  A simple skin nourishing milk bath can be made by adding 1 cup of Milk Powder, 1/2 cup Honey Powder, and 1/2 cup Fine Oatmeal to a warm bath.  The naturally emollient mixture can help moisturize and sooth dry skin, leaving your skin feeling rejuvenated.

Fresh scrubs are another way to incorporate dairy into full body treatments.  Ubtans are traditional Indian full body scrubs that are designed to leave the skin glowing and beautiful.  Combine a selection of natural exfoliants such as Chickpea Flour, Almond Flour, Fine Oatmeal, or Rice Bran Powder and wet it with fresh honey, milk, and yogurt.  Rose Petal Powder, Sandalwood Powder, or other skin safe herbs and spices can be added to enhance the treatment.  The thick mixture is massaged onto the skin until it dries and crumbles away.  This kind of fresh treatment can be altered to accommodate the user’s personal needs or preferences.  The key ingredients are dairy and soft exfoliants.

Dairy can also be incorporated into soap making to create soaps with a creamy, rich lather.  While many soap makers use fresh goat’s milk or cow’s milk to create soaps, Milk Powders are also quite popular.  Not all soap makers have access to farm fresh dairy.  This makes Milk Powders a great option.  When reconstituting a Milk Powder to use in Cold Process Soap you should add about 4 tablespoons of powder to each cup of water.  Chilling or freezing the reconstituted milk can help prevent it from curdling during the soap making process.

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