In an earlier post, I tout all the benefits of breast milk, including using it for skincare. Today is laundry day, so as I sit on the couch between loads, gobbling up Nurse Jackie on Netflix, and wearing my little one as he naps, I decide to give myself a little Sunday treat. Enter homemade milk & honey facial using none other than my breast milk as the main ingredient. I am a huge fan of making my own beauty products at home and I love using honey precisely for this purpose. Honey is an amazing humectant, which helps draw in moisture. It’s wonderful for face, body, and hair especially during winter when the cold air can dry out your skin. On top of that, it also smells great and if you get a little in your mouth, it tastes great!
Check out the recipe below and try it for yourself. If you don’t have breast milk available, use whole milk as a replacement, and if you want to create a thicker mask, add some mashed avocado, which is also chock full of healthy oils and nutrients.
DIY [breast] milk & honey facial
1 tablespoon wildflower honey
1 oz breastmilk. I have a store in my fridge for times just like this.
[Optional for a thicker texture: mash up a quarter of an avocado into the milk and honey mixture]
[Extra Optional: add oatmeal or brown sugar and you’ve got an amazing body scrub]
Combine ingredients until the honey dissolves. Your mixture will turn a light amber color and will still be a runny liquid.
Before applying your mask, cleanse your face completely with a face wash of your preference.
sidenote: I’ve been using Dr. Bronners Castile soap (unscented baby version)…it has 18+ uses around the house, going to challenge myself to using it as the sole chemical free cleaner around our house. (more to come in a future post)
Next, soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it to your face generously.
Sit for 20-30 minutes and let the facial soak in. It’ll start to feel a little sticky and get glossy all over your face.
After 20-30 minutes, use a warm cloth to remove the mask. Dry thoroughly and enjoy your bright and moisturized complexion.
I finish off by rubbing a dab of coconut oil over my face.