Not long ago, I was provided the opportunity to take an unpaid vacation that lasted almost a year. During that year off, I often interviewed for the same job that people several decades younger than me were applying for. While I thought the main reason I wasn't hired had more to do with salary, my friend worried it had to do with my age.
She believes that today's society is pressured into looking younger. Saying women are bombarded with commercials, infomercials and magazine articles all featuring ways to exfoliate, rejuvenate and revitalize our aging skin.
I reminded her of papyri that was found in a 16th century tomb providing instructions on how to remove wrinkles, blemishes and other anti-aging potions and prayers. I didn't point it out but I am pretty sure that women of that time weren't bombarded with infomercials, however, they were interested in maintaining smooth, taut and youthful skin.
From Cleopatra's use of sour milk and honey infused baths to the medieval women who washed their faces with white wine and boiled rosemary, women have been fighting of the hands of time with whatever they have at their disposal.
Luckily we don't have to be time travelers or douse ourselves in sour milk to reap the benefits of their anti-aging secrets. Scientists have identified the active ingredients in many of their ancient recipes and modern pharmaceutical companies are adding them to their products.
Scientists have explained that sour milk contains Lactic Acid. Lactic acid is an AHAs (Alpha Hydroxy Acid). AHAs have proven successful in refining pores, exfoliating the skin and stimulating collagen production. Pure honey is a humectant. Humectants attract and retain moisture which plumps your skin, smoothing out the fine lines and wrinkles. You can purchase AHA as a topical cream or lotion. You could also get injections of HA, Botox or surgery. These are tools women today have at their disposal.
However if you want to feel like Cleopatra, you can use the following Milk Bath Recipe.
I usually use a natural bristle brush and brush my skin before I get into the bath.
Milk Bath Recipe:
½ cup powdered milk (do not use reduced fat powdered milk)
½ cup of honey
Add the powdered milk and honey to warm running water, swirl it around to mix.
Regardless of your age to get the best performance from any anti-aging routine, use an SPF, get plenty of rest, and drink water.