Cleopatra was an acclaimed beauty who knew the importance of a good skincare routine if she was to remain at the top of her game.  She is renowned for bathing in asses milk because she found that it kept her skin soft, dewy and younger-looking.  It was a really smart move because milk contains a host of skin-friendly ingredients such as vitamins A and D (both have firming qualities) and lactic acid, a proven skin softener and exfoliator.

Nowadays it could be difficult to find enough asses milk to fill a bathtub on a regular basis, so try using dried milk powder instead.  It is what another celebrity beauty, Holly Willoughby does.  But Holly goes one step further and adds lavender essential oil and rose petals to delicately scent her bathtime ritual.

It’s a very smart move because dried milk powder can be picked up at the supermarket for around £3 and a little goes a long way, so it is very budget-friendly. Asses milk on the other hand appears to cost over $60 a litre (at today’s prices) and is rather more difficult to come by…..Cleopatra apparently used milk from 500 asses each time, so it was a luxurious ritual fit for a Queen even then.

Another simple trick is one shared by Dame Joan Collins and supermodel Kate Moss.  Ice.

Dame Joan wraps ice cubes in cotton pads and rests them on her eyes to brighten and tighten the skin.  Kate on the other hand, takes the plunge by immersing her entire face into a sink full of cold water and ice cubes.  “It instantly reduces puffiness and tightens up your skin,” she says.

Another smart move because the cold temperature causes the skin’s blood vessels to contract and then dilate.  This immediately improves the oxygen and nutrient supply to the skin’s surface, giving the appearance of radiance while banishing puffiness.

My tips for using ice: 

  • Remember, never apply ice straight from the freezer, let it rest at room temperature for a few minutes, otherwise it can damage the skin.
  • If your skin is very sensitive, thin or you have broken capillaries, only use ice for a couple of minutes to avoid irritation.
  • For extra skin benefits you can try making ice cubes using rosewater, green team or a drop of lavender oil.
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