Do Indian People Bathe in Milk?

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Indian people do bathe in milk. Milk baths have been offered by hotels in India. People from other countries also bathe in milk. Cleopatra, the last active pharaoh of ancient Egypt, is reported to have enjoyed beautiful skin as a result of bathing in milk.

Elizabeth I of England and Elisabeth of Bavaria also bathed in milk. It is common for lavender, honey or essential oils to be added to milk baths. Lactic acid in milk serves as an exfoliant, and its fat content acts as a moisturizer. Those who suffer from allergies to milk or have especially sensitive skin should be cautious before fully immersing themselves in a milk bath. Consulting with a doctor if there is any doubt is advisable.