Donkey milk is having a beauty moment

Yes, you read that right...

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Yes, you read that right...

The beauty world can be a very interesting place. It’s where bird poop facials actually exist, people steam clean their vaginas and drinking your own urine is a thing. In fact, there’s a few weird celebrity beauty, tips, tricks and routines so odd we can’t even begin to fathom them.

But never have we expected our beauty heroes to come from an ass. Spurred by an interest in donkey milk for both cosmetics and culinary reasons, Europe and the UK is currently experiencing a mule milk revival.

Revival? You say. 

We understand completely. It’s hard to comprehend that this animal’s milk was once upon a time trending in the first place. However, a quick look through history reveals that it was hailed by the 'ancients' as a cure for a variety of ailments as well as used as an anti-ageing skin tonic. 

Cleopatra bathed every day in mule’s milk, and more recently, Pope Francis even said he thrived on it as a baby. Much like Argan oil, which comes from goats, donkey milk is yet another ancient beauty ingredient bestowed upon us by animals. 

So why the sudden resurgence? Well - because it works, obviously.

When consumed, donkey milk can give you four times the vitamin C of cow’s milk, contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, D and E, triggers fewer allergies than cow’s milk and is the closest mammal milk to human milk in biochemical composition - making it a great ‘milk alternative’. 

In addition to this, when applied topically, donkey milk is said to possess a verified anti-wrinkle effect due to its high levels of protein, phospholipides and ceramides, which basically means it’s an absolute boss when it come stop getting rid of wrinkles and fine lines. So dry, dehydrated complexions and people with more mature skin will notice the biggest difference.

All in the name of beauty, we guess… 

Natalie Lukaitis