TikTok Beauty Hack: Using Milk To Brighten Skin


Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “come on now TikTok,” but bear with us, because you’re skin is going to thank you… now, let’s begin. 

There’s nothing worse than making a freshly-brewed cup of coffee in the morning only to open the fridge and find that you’ve run out of milk, or that those last few drops barely change the colour of your currently jet-black beverage. But we’ve found a TikTok trend that is going to ensure you never forget to pick up a carton of the good stuff again, because the video sharing app has got a thing for milk at the moment, and it’s not to feed a long-standing caffeine addiction. 

This latest TikTok beauty trend, one that is already widely used and loved by celebrities in Asia, has actually been part of many K-beauty routines for years, but it is only just now doing the mainstream rounds and our tired, heatwave battered skin couldn’t be more thankful for it. 

And best of all? It’s all pretty simple and cheaper than your average moisturiser.  

As the video from user @azian_beauti19 demonstrates below, you simply heat up a bowl of milk in the microwave for 15 seconds, soak a cotton pad in the lukewarm liquid and stick it to your face. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes and then, using the cotton pad, rub the remaining moisture into your face. Rinse and apply your normal skincare. 

Pretty damn easy, right?

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The video has already received hundreds of thousands of views, which is hardly a surprise, given that it claims that using milk in this way can tone and brighten skin and even help to reduce the appearance of acne scarring within a few weeks when used once a day. 

“I’ve always heard milk was awesome for the skin!!!!,” one follower commented, another adding: “i have baby soft skin till this age cause my mom made me do this.”

Baby soft skin, you say? Well, that does sound pretty appealing. 

While another user had their own advice for those keen on brightening their complexion: “omg use rice flour and a bit of honey with milk I swear it clears acne Marks soooooo well.”

And this advice echoes the words of another video, which suggests that adding turmeric and honey to the milk can help produce even better, faster results, too. 

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The question is, does it really work? We’re not about to waste our money stocking up on milk for it not work (hello, we’re in a cost of living crisis) so we turned to beauty expert and top MUA Mira Parmar to find out whether it’s worth trying. And you know what, we think it just might be. 

“This is not a new thing, milk has actually been used since the ancient times to cleanse and exfoliate the skin and many cleansers include milk as one of the ingredients,” she explains. “The Egyptians used to actually bathe in milk to improve overall skin texture and appearance.”

Well, if it was good enough for Cleopatra…

“Milk is power-packed full of incredible ingredients for the skin too,” she adds. “It moisturises the skin leaving it soft and supple, contains lactic acid which is great for acne and inflamed skin and it also helps to boost collagen production.”

“Plus, the lactic acid in the milk also brightens the skin by removing dead skin cells and can even out skin tone.”

In short, forget the coffee, it can wait, because we NEED to try out this milk skincare hack asap. 

Sadly it doesn’t work with vegan milks as they don’t have the same properties, but there are lots of plant-based products out there that have recreated the miracle powers of whole milk and turned it into a vegan formula. 

Now, where’s our semi-skimmed…



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