Is breast best for skin?
We’ve been told ‘breast is best’ when it comes to babies, but who knew it could be our skincare saviour too?
Often referred to as ‘liquid gold’, breast milk is hailed for its ability to boost a baby’s immune system due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. There are many tales surrounding the powers of breast milk, with some mothers claiming it cured their little one’s sticky eye or ear infection. But would you put it on your face to solve a complexion crisis?
A spa in the US has started offering facials featuring breast milk, claiming the ingredient has plenty of benefits for adult skin.
"There are so many mommy blogs out there that talk about using breast milk to basically help with skin conditions,” Mud facial bar founder Shama Patel told FOX 32. "I really wanted to come up with something that is quick, effective, that appealed to the urban city girl. Breast milk has a lot of antibodies which fight infection.”
Shama buys milk from local mothers who have been medically screened and are registered with a certified milk bank.
Breast milk is rich in fat and brimming with healthy nutrients, meaning babies are often protected from respiratory infections, gastrointestinal diseases and even asthma symptoms.
Some experts have claimed the cloudy liquid can be used to deter acne, soothe eczema and sunburn or clean your face.
To combat spots, the advice is to clean your face with fresh water and then apply breast milk to the problem area. Let the solution air dry before removing with warm water.
As a cleanser, breast milk can be applied to the face and then wiped away with a clean towel.
If the thought of using the white stuff isn’t appealing, you can substitute breast milk with coconut milk as it has similar benefits.