Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

People all across the world want beautiful radiant skin. However, people nowadays are ready to spend a hefty amount to have skin treatments done in order to get that healthy looking skin. These treatments come with the side-effects of chemicals used in them. So, it is far better to treat your skin with natural ingredients at home. One such amazing ingredient is milk cream.

Not everyone knows that milk cream, commonly known as malai, is loaded with several vitamins and minerals that stimulate the growth of new cells of the skin. It is rich in fats and proteins and hence acts as an amazing natural moisturizer.

The Magic of Milk Cream for Your Skin and Hair Health

The Magic of Milk Cream for Your Skin and Hair Health

Given below are some amazing skin and hair health benefits that Milk Cream or Malai offers and the ways you can use it in your DIYs:

Skin Nourishment Properties of Milk Helps Milk Cream Restore Skin Moisture:

Since milk cream is attained from the milk itself, it has all the properties of milk as well as the enhanced moisturizing properties. This makes milk cream an exceptional ingredient for skin nourishment that helps in treating dull and flaky skin. You can include milk cream or malai in your DIY face masks or apply directly on the face. From the very first use, milk cream makes the skin extremely soft and supple and gives a beautiful glow to the skin. With regular usage, it also helps in treating blemishes as well.

Milk Cream For Improved Skin Complexion:

Since ancient times, milk and its substitutes are considered as great ingredients for improving the skin complexion and texture. With regular usage, milk cream evens out the skin tone and makes skin brighter. To make your own DIY skin brightening cream at home, all you need is:

  • 3-4 strands of saffron
  • Cold milk cream

Let the saffron strands to lose its colour into the milk cream. Mix it well and apply on a clean face in a massaging technique and let it sit for good 30 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water and repeat the process regularly to achieve the desired results.

Tighten Your Skin Pores With Milk Cream:

Milk cream not only helps in removing dirt, dust and makeup residue from the skin, but it also helps in tightening open large pores. If you are dealing with breakouts and acne problems, you can try applying cold malai on your face and leave it for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. As milk cream is totally natural, it will prevent the bacterial infections that cause acne and hence help in tightening the pores.

Milk Cream is Great for Soothing Irritated Skin:

People with sensitive skin can use milk cream in order to treat the irritated areas, rashes and redness. Since milk cream is totally natural, it will have no side effects as well. It will help to treat the skin in a much gentle way. Apply cold milk cream on irritated areas and let it dry completely. Then rinse it off carefully with lukewarm water. Repeat the process at least twice a day.

Enjoy Natural Glow With Milk Cream

Milk cream can give that instant glow to your skin due to its strong moisturizing properties. It can instantly lift that dull looking skin and give a radiant glow to it. To make a homemade face mask for glowing skin, all you need is:

  • Masoor daal powder
  • Granulated sugar
  • Milk cream

Mix all these ingredients well and apply this in a circular motion on your face for good 5-10 minutes and let it dry completely. This will not only exfoliate the dead skin cells but also let milk cream to penetrate deep into the skin and give a natural glow.

Milk Cream is the Perfect Treatment For Dark Circles and Eye Bags:

Due to its nourishing properties, milk cream or malai seeps deep into the skin and heals it. Since the skin under our eyes is extremely thin and sensitive, a natural ingredient like malai really helps in treating dark circles and under eye bags etc. All you have to do is to take half a tablespoon of malai and add a few drops of castor oil in it. Mix it well and apply in a circular motion all around the eyes and keep it overnight. Over time, the dark circles will visibly reduce.

The Proteins and Vitamins in Milk Cream Help Greatly in Preventing Wrinkles

There is a famous saying that well-nourished skin ages late. Milk cream or malai acts as a great moisturizer and can be applied regularly in order to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. Malai is loaded with various proteins and vitamins that promote collagen production of the skin that will slow down the ageing process. Hence milk cream can be a great substitute for all those expensive anti-ageing creams available in the market.

Milk Cream Helps Soothe Sunburn

Cold malai or milk cream is the most relaxing ingredient that you can apply on tanned skin. It works wonders on sunburns and calms down the redness as well. When used regularly, it also helps with the tanning as well and you will notice an improvement in your overall complexion and texture as well.

Dry Patches on the Skin Can Be Treated With Milk Cream

Milk cream or malai is a blessing for treating dry patches on the skin. Mostly during the winters, we tend to get dry patches on our skin. You can treat this by using this skin nourishing mask:

  • Take one full tablespoon of raw honey
  • 3-4 teaspoons of malai.

Mix the ingredients well and apply this on your face and even on the body. Keep it for 30 minutes and rinse it off and you will achieve stunning results on the first use itself. With regular use, you will find that your skin has become soft and supple with a natural glow on it.

Milk Cream for Skin Exfoliation

With the help of milk cream or malai, you can make your own skin exfoliator or scrub at home. Given below are two DIY scrubs that you can easily make using your kitchen ingredients:

Oatmeal Scrub:

Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal in half a cup of malai and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. This will give oatmeal to absorb malai and become relatively soft. Now apply this paste on your face, neck and hands and start exfoliating in a circular motion for a good amount of time. This will remove all the dead cells from the skin and make it smooth and supple. Let the paste get dried out completely and then take a shower. Repeat this process once a week to regularly exfoliate your skin.

Breadcrumb Scrub:

To make an effective scrub from breadcrumbs, all you need to do is grind some bread loaves properly and blend it with milk cream. Take this paste and apply all over your face, neck, hands and body and exfoliate your skin gently in circular motion for 10-15 minutes. This scrub can also be used on babies and kids since it is very gentle and with regular usage, it improves the quality of the skin.

Instead of breadcrumbs, you can also use sunflower (chironji) seeds and follow the exact same process to exfoliate the skin. This will also help in improving the skin complexion and make it visibly brighter and glowing.

Skin Brightening Using Milk Cream

As told earlier, milk cream or malai has the same effects just like milk. It helps in brightening the skin and make it glowing. You can make different face masks at your home using these kitchen ingredients according to your skin type.

If You Have Normal Skin:

You need the following ingredients to make a perfect DIY face mask:

  • 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder
  • One-fourth teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour
  • Rose water as required
  • 3-4 drops of almond oil
  • Fresh milk cream or malai.

Take a clean bowl and mix all the ingredients well to make a thick paste. Apply this mask all over your face and let it dry completely. While removing, damp your face first and slowly massage the mask and then rinse it off. This mask removes all the skin impurities and gives a natural healthy glow to it.

If You Have Dry Skin:

For people having dry skin, milk cream works like magic. Since for dry skin, it is difficult to lock the moisture in the skin and prevent the dullness, it is best to use milk cream or malai in the proper amount to thoroughly moisturize the skin. Given below is the perfect DIY face mask that will help people with dry skin to get the brighter looking skin. The ingredients you require are:

  • Half a cup of fresh milk cream or malai.
  • 1 teaspoon of sandalwood powder.
  • 1 tablespoon of gram flour.
  • One-fourth teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • 1 teaspoon of raw honey.
  • 3-4 tablespoon of raw milk.
  • 3-4 drops of rose essential oil.

Mix all the ingredients well and make a thick paste. Apply it all over your face and neck and let it dry completely. Raw milk and malai together will help lock the moisture of the skin and sandalwood powder will provide that much-required glow to the skin.

If You Have Oily Skin:

People with oily skin are prone to acne, breakouts and open large pores. Since malai or milk cream is itself a heavy moisturizer, people with oily skin can use it but in a careful way. Given below is the perfect DIY face mask for people having oily skin who wish to have a brighter skin. The ingredient list is as follow:

  • 1 tablespoon of fresh and cold milk cream or malai.
  • Half a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.
  • 1 tablespoon of chickpea flour.
  • One-fourth teaspoon of turmeric powder.

Mix all these ingredients well to make a mask. Lemon and chickpea flour contain anti-bacterial properties that will help fight against acne and pimples. Malai and turmeric, on the other hand, will give that beautiful glow to the skin.

It is recommended to people of all skin type to use these masks at least twice a week to achieve beautiful results.

Amazing Moisturizing Properties Of Milk Cream Make It Great to Treat Dull And Frizzy Hair

With its amazing moisturizing properties, milk cream not only is good for the skin, but it is also very effective in treating dull and frizzy hair. It acts as a wonderful hair conditioner and gives that much-needed nourishment to dry hair. You can directly use milk cream as a hair mask by applying it thoroughly section by section on your hair length and keep it for good one hour. Shampoo your hair thoroughly after this and you are good to go. This will make your hair super soft and shiny.

How to Get Milk Cream At Home?

Milk cream is very easy to obtain from milk. Firstly, you need to boil milk and let it cool completely. Now the top layer that you get is the milk cream or malai. The quantity and quality of malai depend on the type of milk you use. If you use full-fat milk, you will obtain clotted cream or skimmed one otherwise. All you need to do is scoop this layer and use it for your hair or skin.

Conclusion:

Milk cream or malai is an amazing ingredient for treating so many skin and hair related problems. Moreover, it is totally natural and has no side effects whatsoever. Loaded with the goodness of so many vitamins and proteins, it is suitable for people of all skin types as well. So next time, do not throw this magical ingredient, give it a shot and use it in your DIYs.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: November 22, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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