Cleopatra knew a thing or two about beauty. Her milk and honey bath is legendary and these ingredients are still used as part of any herbal skin care regime. But did you know that her servants actually gave her a scrub of sea salt and cream before she took the famous bath?
Why milk is such a good cleanser
The reason for that was to open the pores. In that way, the cleansing and nourishing actions of the milk and honey would be more effective. Milk contains different kinds of mild acids. One of is the more common ones is known as lactic acid (alpha hydroxy) which acts as a great cleanser. The other acid is called beta hydroxy acid which has an exfoliant function. That is very important in any herbal treatment for the skin because the dead cells need to be removed
Honey is used for a multitude of things and is a vital ingredient in skin care. Not only does it contain glucose and fructose but is also an anti inflammatory agent and can heal wounds for example. Some people use it for healing skin blemishes such as pimples and boils. It also contains a host of minerals, vitamins and phytochemicals which can kill bacteria, funghi and viruses.
Did you know that the best honey for herbal skin care comes from the nectar of the Manuka bush flowers in New Zealand? Just think of the clean environment there and you will not be surprised that Manuka honey is now researched widely to establish the benefits for all sorts of illnesses and skin treatment. There is actually a Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.
As regards skin care, Manuka honey has proven to be a natural antioxidant and is a moisturizer agent and thus can help greatly in cell regeneration. It can also assist in helping to retain moisture and is a prized ingredient in herbal skin care.
Modern developments in herbal skin care
But herbal treatment for the skin does not end with just milk and honey. Things have moved on since Cleopatra’s day and now there are cosmetic companies who have added other plants and flowers to their treatment plans and research is ongoing all the time. For example aloe vera, tea tree, raspberry and orange are all used in various preparations for obtaining a perfect complexion.