Often pictured as delicate and sensuous, milk baths evoke an idea of luxury as old as Cleopatra. The beauty benefits of these "white baths" nourish the skin and hair thanks to the therapeutic qualities of lactic acid, vitamins, and proteins in milk. Although a lack of comprehensive research into milk baths leaves some questions unanswered, a recent resurgence of popularity warrants a closer look at the potential benefits of this ancient practice.

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1. The First Milk Baths

Prominent historical figures from Cleopatra to Poppea to Napoleon were allegedly huge proponents of the milk bath. A symbol of life, luxury, and abundance, bathing in pure milk was a practice reserved for the elite. Today, nearly everyone has access to milk and a bathtub. Yet, the lack of clinical trials undermines their efficacy and leaves people to rely on anecdotal evidence.

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