14 September 2022

Trend spotlight: Milk is the new beauty formulation to look out for

The humble milk carton houses a key formulation for our beauty regimes.

What’s it all about then? 

It’s the start of a new season, and new products and formulations are popping up all over the shop. One seemingly to watch out for this autumn is milk — yep, the humble drink, best-loved in cereals, is now a powerhouse ingredient, according to experts. “Milk has a range of topical benefits,” explains Salomé Metreveli, a dermatologist at the Sky Clinic. “It contains key nutrients including Vitamin B, calcium and AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acid), which makes it perfect for slowing down the ageing process. When used in makeup, milk works as a natural cleanser by using lactic acid to pull out the dirt by deep cleansing clogged pores and removing acne-causing bacteria.”

Aparna Salaskar, a senior beauty therapist at Aesthetics International, adds: “Dairy milk has B vitamins and calcium, and it can also treat acne, moisturise skin and reduce signs of ageing. It’s also rich in antioxidants, which defend the skin from free radical damage.”

The best products on the market right now 

From female-founded luxury lip brand, HIGHR Collective to Fenty and Kate Somerville, here are the brands utilising milk in innovative ways.

One brand utilising a milk formulation is the new Californian B Corp lip brand, HIGHR Collective — a female-founded line, crated to sustainably innovate clean lip products for today's modern woman. Their recently launched California Lip Milk is a plant-derived gloss and active treatment, and its milky formula allows for an emulsion of oils. 

Kate Somerville's Goat Milk Moisturising Cream utilises lactose from goat's milk and biologically active milk polypeptides to nourish the skin. 

OWay’s Sublime Hair Milk smoothes the hair fibre and eliminates the frizz effect by sealing the cuticles.

GOOPGLOW Dark Spot Exfoliating Sleep Milk is an effective 10% multi-acid milk serum that works overnight to exfoliate, resurface, and moisturize, leaving your skin glowy, smooth, and baby-soft.

Fenty Skin Fat Water Hydrating Milky Toner Essence promises milkier moisture for silkier skin.

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