13 Impressive Benefits Of Raw Milk For Your Skin

See your skin reap the rewards of applying milk in its rawest form every day.

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While most of you might be aware of the health benefits of consuming milk, are you aware of the raw milk benefits for your skin? Yes, this magical white potion is not only rich in important nutrients to make your bones and teeth stronger, but it also works as an amazing cleanser and moisturizer for your skin. While most of you might be consuming milk, boiled and cooled almost every day, it’s the raw milk that is richer in vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Boiling alters the milk composition and may deprive you of a few essential nutrients otherwise found naturally in raw milk. These, when applied topically, help make your skin look and feel nourished, smooth, soft, shiny, and spotless! To know more about the benefits of adding raw milk to your skincare routine, read on further!

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What Is It?
Milk that is non-pasteurized in nature.

What Are Its Benefits?
Improves skin health, is a gentle moisturizer, and fights against acne.

Who Can Use It?
It is best to use for people with dry except for people who are sensitive to lactose in milk.

How Often?
It is best to apply raw milk once a day daily on the skin for the best results.

Avoid using it if you experience allergic reactions like hives, rashes, and swelling.

Raw Milk Benefits

Here we bring to light the 13 amazing benefits of raw milk that will improve your skin health and help you in attaining a flawless complexion largely:

1. Skin Toner

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Raw milk is one of the richest sources of moisturizing ingredients. You must have come across a lot of articles on the web asking you to stay cautious with the use of milk as a toner, if you have oily skin. However, it is for the boiled counterpart and not the raw one. Raw milk works as an exceptional skin-toner for all the skin types. It adds firmness to worn and torn facial tissues. It makes the facial skin more elastic than before (1).

How To Make Skin Toning Raw Milk Face Mask?

  1. Add a few drops of lemon juice to raw milk and mix well.
  2. Add rose water if you have a dry skin type.
  3. Apply on the face and neck, and leave to dry for 15 minutes.
  4. Wash with lukewarm water if the skin is oily and with normal tap water if the skin is dry.

This forms an exceptional skin toning recipe that you must try to improve skin elasticity. The end result is the skin free of freckles and cracks.

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Instead of using commercial rose water, use DIY rose distillate as a toner. Boil the rose petals till they lose color and strain the liquid.

2. Moisturizer

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One of the most effective raw milk benefits is moisturization. This is not exactly a secret benefit of raw milk. Raw milk nourishes the deeper skin layers and boosts skin hydration from within. It effectively treats the common problem of winter dryness too. You can look forward to using natural raw milk face masks to enjoy a well toned and moisturized skin for all seasons.

How To Make Moisturizing Raw Milk Face Mask?

  1. Add 2/3rd tsp of gram flour to raw milk and mix well.
  2. Add a few drops of raw honey and rose water to the mixture and beat well.
  3. Apply on the face and neck for 10 minutes.
  4. Wash off using lukewarm water.

This makes an amazing raw milk moisturizing face mask that helps your skin glow. The end result is a well toned skin which is smooth and full of glow.

3. Skin Cleanser

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It is so wonderful to realize that a little juggling between ingredients makes a single product a good toner, moisturizer as well as a cleanser. Raw milk offers unmatched skin cleansing, as it deeply cleans the pores of excessive oil, sebum, dirt and even blackheads (1). It helps improve skin clarity.

A Few Cleansing Raw Milk Face Masks You Can Try:

Mask 1:
  1. Grind mung beans in a mixer and add raw milk.
  2. Beat well to form a paste.
  3. Apply the mixture on the face and leave for 10 minutes.
  4. Scrub before cleaning for 10 more minutes.

This face mask is one of the best ways to make an exfoliating skin cleanser.

Mask 2:
  1. In a glass bowl, mix 100g of raw milk, add juice of one-fourth a lemon.
  2. Apply this onto the face and hands using a cotton ball.
  3. Let it rest on the face for 7-10 minutes, after which you may wash your face and hands with water.

This will aid in removing extra oils from the face, and will give you glowing skin. This is good for oily skin and promotes skin rejuvenation.

  1. Mix together 2 tablespoons of raw milk, a few drops of lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of cucumber juice.
  2. Follow the same procedure as above.

This mask is excellent for severely sensitive skin and skin repair.

Jiya Maheshwary, a YouTuber, shares her experience of using raw milk for healthy, glowing skin in one of her vlogs: “I feel that my skin was glowing after I applied the milk on my face (i).” She adds, “After its application, my skin was really smooth and moisturized, but after some time, it felt a little bit dry. So I applied a moisturizer after that.”

4. Anti-Tanning Agent

Raw milk is an ultimate anti-tan agent. It can be used alongside tomato juice to make an amazing anti-tan face pack (2). This natural skincare ingredient offers freedom from the complete body tan.

Another mask for removing tan:

Soak 5-6 almonds and 5-6 dates in raw milk for about an hour. Then grind all the three ingredients together to get a paste. Leave this paste on the face for 15-20 minutes. Soak the face with a little water, and scrub the face with the same paste for 1-2 minutes. Wash off the paste with fresh water.

5. Fairness Agent

Raw milk tones the skin in a gentle way. It is an unbeaten fairness agent that keeps a check on the secretion of tyrosine in human skin. Tyrosine is the melanin controlling hormone that can lead to skin darkening. Application of raw milk for fair skin hampers the secretion of tyrosine (1). It also makes your skin clean of oil and dirt. Thus, it is a wonderful fairness agent that can be mixed with sandalwood to further enhance its fairness benefits.

6. Anti-Acne Agent

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Yes, you got it right ladies! Raw milk, due to its lactic acid content, can be an acne fighting agent (3). It removes excess oil and also keeps a check on skin dryness. This naturally keeps acne under control. The skin is neither too oily nor too dry. Therefore, the issue of acne due to oiliness and dryness is resolved.

How To Make Anti-Acne Raw Milk Face Mask?

  1. Add 2/3rd tbsp fuller’s earth to raw milk and beat the mixture until it forms a thick paste.
  2. Add rose water to the same for dry skin.
  3. This recipe makes your personalized anti-acne face mask that offers freedom from long term acne too. It is an effective acne treatment you can try at home.

7. Anti-Ageing Agent

Oh yes! This amazing toner may help counter the early signs of skin aging (1), (4). You can mix raw milk with mashed banana to make an effective anti-ageing face mask for wrinkle reduction. It reduces the appearance of sunspots, fine lines, peeled skin and wrinkles. Wipe off the appearance of 5 years from your face with this ultimate age killing agent.

8. Adds Glow

Raw milk adds a never ending glow to the face when used with sugar particles. It improves the complexion and reverses the visible signs of dryness. Thus, your skin glows with regular use of this amazing face firming agent.

9. Adds Radiance

It is no good to have skin that is not radiant. Raw milk makes skin radiant by fighting away two biggest beauty constraints — dark spots and acne marks. Thus, it makes your skin lighter up to 3 shades and radiant.

How To Make Radiance Raw Milk Face Mask?

  1. Add a pinch of turmeric to raw milk and mix well.
  2. Add saffron powder to the mixture and beat well.
  3. You can add besan powder to the liquid mixture to make a thick paste.

This amazing recipe of raw milk for skin whitening offers a flawless complexion and skin nourishment.

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Alternatively, you can replace besan powder with multani mitti or fuller’s earth to make a face pack for brightening the skin.

10. Natural Sunscreen

Raw milk is not just a tan reversing agent; it possibly protects the skin against sun damage too. Mix raw milk with curd and apply evenly on your face 30 minutes before and after you step out in the sun. It is said to make an amazing protective sheath around your skin that keeps you safe from sun damage for up to 4 hours. However, there is a lack of scientific evidence to back this claim.

11. Treats Dry Skin

Mix together 2 tablespoons of raw milk and 1 tablespoon honey. Apply this on your face with a cotton ball, and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Then wash off with water to get clean, moisturized skin. Add mashed banana to this preparation if you have very dry and flaky skin.

12. Comfort Bath

If you have a bath tub at home, fill it with water, and add 1-2 liters of raw milk, a few rose petals and a few tablespoons of lemon juice to it to get the ‘Cleopatra Bath’ right in the comfort of your home!

13. May Reduce Dark Circles

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the lactic acid in raw milk may help improve skin texture and reduce dark circles. Additionally, the cool raw milk may soothe and moisturize the undereye area and reduce puffiness.

Gently wash your face to remove any makeup or impurities. Then, take chilled raw milk and dip a cotton ball or pad into it. Close your eyes and place the soaked cotton ball or pad over the eye area for about 10-15 minutes. Then, gently massage the area with your fingertips. Rinse your face with cold water and pat it dry. Follow it up with a moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.

These amazing raw milk benefits for skin are the safest ways of attaining flawless youthful skin. Keep skin damage at bay with these recipes of raw milk face masks largely. You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of raw milk to any of your regular face packs, instead of water, and let the raw milk work its magic on your skin!

So why more delay? You better know the benefits of raw milk for skin and beauty applications. Have you ever used raw milk for oily skin? Keep trying these and get set for a flawless glowing skin which supports your fabulous looks. Do not forget to share your thoughts with us.

Infographic: Perks Of Using Raw Milk For Skin

Get your hands on fresh, raw milk to achieve healthy, glowing skin. While the article above has outlined all the benefits of using this nourishing beverage, we have rounded out some of the best ones for you here. Check out the infographic below to learn more about the beauty perks of using raw milk for your skin.

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Raw milk is an excellent source of nutrients that benefit your skin on many different levels. This natural moisturizer boosts your skin’s moisture and revitalizes it. It is a great anti-tanning and anti-acne agent that helps even out your skin tone. Raw milk delays early signs of aging and acts as a natural barrier to keep the harmful rays of sun at bay. You’re guaranteed to shine and glow while still maintaining the natural barrier of your skin if you add raw milk to your DIY face packs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply raw milk on my face every day?

Yes. Raw milk has many skin rejuvenating benefits and can be incorporated into many DIY face mask recipes.

How long does it take for milk to lighten skin?

The effects of raw milk on your skin are visible after a minimum of 3 weeks.

Can I apply raw milk to my face overnight?

Yes. Raw milk can soften and hydrate your skin overnight.

Is raw milk good for dark circles?

Yes. Raw milk has hydrating and brightening properties that are good for managing dark circles.

Key Takeaways

  • Raw milk may reduce fine lines and wrinkles as it has anti-aging properties.
  • The lactic acid in raw milk may soften rough skin.
  • It may remove dead skin cells and add moisture to brighten your skin.
  • Raw milk maintains the natural pH of the skin, which may help soothe any skin irritation.
  • The vitamins and minerals in raw milk may strengthen the skin barrier and provide nourishment.
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Discover the beauty benefits of raw milk for your face! Check out the following video to learn how to use it to nourish and hydrate your skin for a glowing complexion.


The article is only focusing on topical (superficial) application of raw milk for skin, and does not advocate drinking raw milk, which has its own advantages and disadvantages.

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Dr. Zeel Gandhi is an Ayurvedic doctor with 7 years of experience and an expert at providing holistic solutions for health problems encompassing Internal medicine, Panchakarma, Yoga, Ayurvedic Nutrition, and formulations.

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Tanya is an ISSA certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition. She specializes in writing articles on ingredients that benefit skin, hair, and health. She believes in the right health and lifestyle practices and strives to promote the same to everyone around her.

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