Why You Should Be Bathing In Cold Milk, Like Mariah Carey

Taking a cold milk bath doesn’t sound too relaxing — especially if there’s no spoon or cereal involved. Marey Carey seems to disagree. “I bathe in milk. Sometimes I use milk as a beauty treatment. I don’t want to give away all my secrets,” she claims.

The music industry icon was once thought to bathe exclusively in French mineral water, but turns out she actually prefers soaking in a tub full of cold milk!

Carey isn’t the first to fall in love with milk baths. These baths are making a comeback due to milk’s natural skin smoothing and anti-ageing properties. If it was good enough for Cleopatra, it’s certainly worth a try, right?

The benefits of a milk bath

Milk baths are an anti-ageing miracle treatment. The dairy drink is an easy medium through which to score complexion benefits from its healthy fats, protein, lactic acid, and skin-nourishing vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E and zinc. Taking a milk bath once a week can leave your skin feeling soft, supple, and fresh-faced. It’s also a budget-friendly alternative to expensive treatments. Cleopatra took baths in sour milk, which gave her that coveted skin texture that people are still talking about today.

How to bathe in milk like a Diva

Contrary to belief, you don’t need to fill your entire bath with milk. In fact, just mixing a little milk with your bathwater has been a foolproof way to soften and moisturize skin for centuries.

To draw a diva-worthy bath at home à la Maret Carey, use the high-fat stuff for the best results, like goat’s milk. Unlike Carey, you don’t have to make it a cold milk bath, although chilling your beauty treatments can offer added benefits. Just look at Queen Carey.

Add two cups of full-fat organic milk, a quarter cup of organic honey and the essential oil of your choice to warm bathwater.

To get the full effect, pour yourself a glass of vintage Angel Champagne and soak for 15 to 20 minutes listening to “Always Be My Baby” on repeat, and voilà, emerge looking like a true ’90s pop star. The last step? Rinse off thoroughly and moisturize — unless you want your new signature scent to be Spoiled Milk No. 5.