Why Did Cleopatra Supposedly Bathe in Sour Donkey Milk?

Why Did Cleopatra Supposedly Bathe in Sour Donkey Milk?

Hint: It was all about radiance...

When milk sours, the milk sugar lactose is converted by bacteria into lactic acid. When alpha hydroxy acids, such as lactic acid, are applied to the skin they cause the surface layer to peel off, leaving new smoother blemish-free skin underneath.

It is questionable whether sour milk has enough lactic acid to rejuvenate the skin, but modern glycolic peels which contain at least 4% alpha hydroxyl acids can exfoliate enough to instantly brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles over time. Taking things a step further, one can go for an in-clinic chemical peel. This requires the application of irritants such as trichloroacetic acid or phenol to the skin by a physician. The corrosive effect causes burning and stinging for several minutes followed by reddening and peeling of the skin over the next few days. As this happens, new skin with a more youthful appearance forms.

Cleopatra was apparently into more than just sour milk. She used powdered excrement from crocodiles to embellish her complexion, although this was in all likelihood fruitless. Perhaps the concoction did trigger Cleo’s interest in perfumes. In her perfume factory, herbs, flower petals, leaves or seeds were mixed with hot vegetable oil made from pressed olives. The mixture was allowed to soak for a week and then was pressed through a cloth bag to extract the perfumed oil. The queen even played around with baldness remedies, spurred by her relationship with Julius Caesar who was hair challenged. She experimented with a goo made of ground horse teeth and deer marrow to spur his dormant hair follicles into action. When this didn’t work Cleo traded Julius in for Mark Antony. And those beautiful eyes seen in ancient depictions of the famed Egyptian queen? Made up with green copper malachite, and black lead sulfide. Not only did these improve her appearance, the chemicals kept flies away.

To save the time and money involved with finding a bath full of sour goats milk, leading Canadian dermatologist Dr. Jason Rivers has developed an exfoliating glycolic peel. It has been carefully developed with a non-gritty, non-irritating formulation that doesn’t resemble typical, physical or chemical, exfoliators. This peel has the ability to buff away dead cells with no irritation and is ideal for people with sensitive skin.

With a 4% AHA (glycolic acid) concentration and the addition of Vitamin C, E and beta-thujaplicin this peel will reduce the look of fine lines over time and improve radiance and texture immediately after use. You can learn more about this exfoliating peel: here

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