This celebrity says 'breast milk is the best skin care ingredient'! Should you use it too?
Be it coconut oil, aloe vera gel or banana mask, women have one or two favourite home remedies. Some are even big believers of natural ingredients.
Be it coconut oil, aloe vera gel or banana mask, women have one or two favourite home remedies. Some are even big believers of natural ingredients. Taking it one level up is singer Halsey, who became a mother two years ago, and has breast milk as a part of her skin care routine. The Grammy nominee even called it the “best skincare ingredient” in a recent interview. It made us wonder if breast milk is really good for your skin. Here’s what an expert has to say about Halsey’s beauty secret.
In an interview with Nylon magazine, she said that breast milk is “so full of antioxidants and good fats and stuff that speed up the healing process.”
Health Shots connected with Dr Madhu Juneja, Senior Consultant – Obstetrician-gynecologist, Cloudnine Group Of Hospitals, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, to find out if breast milk can be a skin care ingredient.''
Benefits of breast milk
New mothers are encouraged to give their babies breast milk as it contains carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. It is an ideal food that is easy to digest and protects against infections.
• Vitamin D promotes bone growth, and protects the baby against rickets.
• Leukocytes and lactoperoxidase prevent growth of infective agents.
• Lysozyme, lactoferrin and interferon protect against infection.
• Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are good for neurological development.
• Immunoglobulins protect against infection.
The expert says it’s a complex unique fluid with nutrients, enzymes and antibodies for baby’s growth and development.
Breast milk and skin care
Many women see breast milk as just baby food as it is very nutritional. Well, some adults have also dared to try drinking breast milk. It has immunological benefits, and this good property makes some believe that it can be applied topically on skin. Dr Juneja says that the anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of breast milk make it even assuring to apply for certain skin conditions. According to National Library of Medicine, breast milk is a therapeutic remedy. Sometimes, it is used as a treatment for chapped nipples or infections of the skin.