DIY Beauty: Milk Face Mask Recipes for Bright, Glowing Skin

Updated on February 25, 2016

Raw milk has numerous benefits for skin including softening rough skin, deep cleansing pores, oil control action, killing off germs, hydrating and gently exfoliating skin. Milk has been used in beauty treatments since ancient times. Cleopatra, the Egyptian princess bathed in milk baths to attain glorious soft skin. Milk baths have since then been used by ancient English noble women to achieve beautiful skin.

Find out more beauty secrets and face masks using raw milk, an ancient beauty wonder.
Find out more beauty secrets and face masks using raw milk, an ancient beauty wonder. | Source

What makes Milk Beneficial for Skin?

Raw milk is rich in so many nutrients that haven't been destroyed by boiling. Read more about the benefits of milk for skin and beauty in this article:

The benefits of raw milk for skin are numerous. Let's explore the nutrients in raw milk and their role in creating youthful radiant skin:

Benefit for Skin
Lactic Acid
Milk is rich in lactic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid that helps break down dead cells, enabling skin to regenerate quickly.
Composes the uppermost layer of skin. Heals dry withered skin.
Solves dry skin by moisturizing and hydrating skin cells
Vitamin B12
Heals rough uneven skin. Has skin lightening properties useful for evening out skin discolorations and acne scars.
For tissue repair and growth. Promotes strong wrinkle-free skin.
Vitamin D
Stimulates collagen production. Slows fine lines and wrinkles. Minimizes acne. Helps skin maintain its elasticity and strength. Promotes youthful skin.
Vitamin B6
Necessary for new skin cell formation. Keeps skin moisturized and healthy.
Vitamin A
Heals dry flaky and itchy skin.
For youthful radiant skin. Slows down the aging process of skin.

1. Nourishing Avocado Milk Face Mask

Avocado + Milk makes for a nourishing face mask that rehydrates and renews skin
Avocado + Milk makes for a nourishing face mask that rehydrates and renews skin | Source

Avocado and milk are both skin nourishing kitchen ingredients that can be used especially for dry withered skin. This face mask can be used for all skin types too. The avocado will hydrate skin and reduce oilyness while milk will soften rough skin. Let's explore the benefits of avocado for skin:

Role in Face Mask
Hydrates amd moisturizes skin. Contains large amounts of vitamin E, healthy fat and natural oils which nourish and protect skin. Preseves moisture in skin cells. Deeply cleanses pores. Has antiinflammatory and antiaging properties. Heals skin inflammatory conditions including inflamed acne. Fights off free radicals that cause premature aging.


  1. Protect your hairline from this sticky face mask by wearing a headband and also to keep away any stray hairs or bangs.
  2. Apply all face masks over your kitchen/bathroom sinks to avoid sticky messes on the floor.
  3. If you're left with excess face mask mixture, use it on your neck, hands and cleavage before a bath for baby soft skin.


  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 ripe avocado

Separate 1/4 section of a ripe avocado. Mash it into a lump free paste in a small mixing bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of milk until you form a smooth mixture. Slather the mixtur onto your clean face in a gentle circular motion. Let the face mask settle for 10 to 15 minutes. When the mask has completely dried up, use a warm washcloth or just our fingertips and warm water to rinse off. Splash your face with cool water. Pat dry with a soft clean towel.

2. Exfoliating Milk Honey Oatmeal Face Mask

Exfoliate with a milk face mask containing honey and oats to reveal bright, beautiful & glowing skin.
Exfoliate with a milk face mask containing honey and oats to reveal bright, beautiful & glowing skin. | Source

Together with honey and oatmeal, milk is a great exfoliator since it contains lactic acids which break down dead cells hence softening them for easy removal. Honey is a gentle exfoliator and moisturizer while oatmeal has a mild abrasive texture that helps slough off dead cells and excess sebum from pores. Let's look at in depth benefits of honey and oatmeal for skin:

Role in Face Mask
Preserves moisture in skin cells. Has antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal and antiinflammatory properties that protect skin from bacteria and germs. Kills off acne causing bacteria. Has skin lightening properties which help fade acne scars, dark marks and blemishes. Fight off free radicals that cause premature aging.
Has a mild abrasive texture which is useful in scouring off dead cells . A natural absorbent which soaks up excess sebum and dirt. Deep cleanses and unclogs pores pushing out grime, dirt, bacteria and sebum. Nourishes and moisturizes skin.


  1. Use raw unboiled milk for best results. Don't use flavored and sweetened milk on your skin.
  2. Palce a metal or plastic strainer in your sink to prevent the oats from clogging the drain.
  3. The honey used on your skin should be organic honey. Processed honey may cause skin irritations.


  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground oatmeal

In a small mixing bowl, combine thoroughly the above ingredients. Onto your clean face, apply the mixture using your fingertips in gentle circular motion. Allow the milk face mask to penetrate deep into your pores for about 10 minutes. When the time is up, rinse off the mask using tepid water. Pat dry with a clean towel.

3. Acne-Clearing Milk Face Mask

This milk face mask is handy for clearing acne and pimples, as well as diminishing blemishes.
This milk face mask is handy for clearing acne and pimples, as well as diminishing blemishes. | Source

Coupled with two powerful ingredients for your face, this milk face mask will clear out your acne gradually without leaving any scars. Turmeric is an Asian spice that has antioxidant, antiinflammatory and antiaging properties. Lemon juice is a natural astringent, helps fight off acne and prevent further breakouts. Here are more benefits of turmeric and lemon for skin:

Role in Face Mask
Lightens and brightens skin tone. Fades acne scars, dark marks, and skin discolorations. Has anti-inflammatory properties which protect skin from inflammatory conditions including acne, rosacea and eczema.
Natural astringent. Tightens skin. Kills off acne causing bacteria. A great toner for skin. Fades blemishes and acne scars. Evens out skin discolorations and hyper-pigmentation. Reduces acne and further breakouts.


  1. Use only 1/2 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice on your skin. Using more than this may burn your skin!
  2. The turmeric may stain your fingernails yellow but not your face since it's only a small amount. To remove turmeric stains use lemon juice and a nail brush and scrub your nails. The stains will disappear in a minute.
  3. Do facial steaming before hand to open up pores and let the face mask penetrate deep.


  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Stir the above ingredients thoroughly in a small mixing bowl.

Apply to your clean face in gentle circular motions.

Let the milk face mask sit for 15 minutes. Rinse using cold water to close off pores.

Pat dry with a soft clean towel.

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        Zagreb_Croatia 5 months ago

        Doesn't work...

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        Kaila 8 months ago

        Does anyone know if you can make a milk a sugar mask

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        Fhwilson 17 months ago

        Using milk just from the grocery store has 9 essential nutrients and is safer than raw milk (unpasteurized). All of those nutrients listed. Raw milk only has 8 of the nine listed so stick with your pasturized milk from the grocery store. (From a fellow dairy farmer)

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        Ryan 2 years ago from Manchester

        Fantastic Hub!! Very clear and well written. Keep up the great work.:)

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        Caitlin Hartley 4 years ago from Brisbane

        Very useful information, i will definalty be trying this thank you :)

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        Elliott Raggio 4 years ago from Hove

        very very useful...i bet no harm on trying this tip

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        samikan 4 years ago from online

        great hub......voted up useful

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        James C Moore 4 years ago from The Great Midwest

        Sounds like raw milk is the right mooove we would make to treat our skin. Seriously though, raw milk also referred to as real milk is getting some love lately. A bipartisan effort is underway now in Congress to loosen the effects of the F.D.A.'s (Food and Drug Administration) restrictions on the public's access to raw milk. One such bill is popularly referred to as the Milk Freedom Act of 2014.