What do floral nails, soft skin, and ethereal maternity photoshoots all have in common? A bathtub full of milk.
That’s right — milk baths!
You may have heard of wild Youtube challenges where people fill a bathtub full of Jello or Skittles and sit in it, but this one is for real. People have been taking milk baths for centuries for the skincare benefits, and it not only feels good, but it looks pretty too.
The beauty routine dates back to ancient Roman practices — even Cleopatra reportedly bathed in milk and honey to achieve her glowing complexion. Although no one has done scientific exploration into the benefits, bathers report experiencing smoother and softer skin afterwards.
Verywellhealth suggests that the fats in whole milk cling to and hydrate your skin, while the lactic acid acts as an exfoliant. Plus, if you mix the warm bath with fragrances and herbs, it can feel pretty relaxing too.
But that’s not the only thing that draws people to draw a luxurious bath worthy of a queen.
Photographers have been incorporating the obscure, dreamy appearance of the milk bath as a whimsical component of maternity photoshoots.
For an added organic and dainty look, many float colorful flowers in the creamy colloid.
These aerial shots of a mothers-to-be half-emerging from floral, cloudy water almost evoke an image of Mother Nature. It can be quite the powerful picture!
Even more recently, the dreamy look has inspired nail artists to try to capture the image on your fingers (minus the floating mother, of course). This milky mani is accomplished by embedding dried flowers into a white, translucent acrylic.
Although the process can take about 1-2 hours, people will be complementing your nails all summer long.
If you’re not ready to commit to a full set, you can even try an accent nail or two with a complementing solid color on the rest. The possibilities are endless!
So what say you? Are you ready to hop into this milk bath trend? If so, will you soak, pose, flaunt your fingers, or all three? Let us know in the comments!