Donkey Milk Skincare Is Trending. Is it the Secret to a Glowing Complexion?

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From bee venom to snail mucus, we’re no strangers to putting some, well, interesting ingredients on our faces in pursuit of glowing skin. The latest? Donkey milk. Known in Greece as a miracle milk, it’s been speculated that Cleopatra and other ancient royals bathed in donkey milk, which is known for its hydrating, brightening and skin-clarifying properties. The super-high levels of Vitamin D (the highest count of any animal milk) help to instantly smooth and refresh skin, while its vitamin C content (almost five times more vitamin C than regular milk) improves elasticity and overall skin health. If you’re interested in smoother, clearer skin, read on for six donkey milk skincare products to try.

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donkey milk cleanser

1. Korres donkey milk Skin-purifying 4-in-1 Cleanser 

This 4-in-1 cleanser removes all makeup, cleanses, tones and hydrates—all while nourishing skin with moisture and reducing redness. In our personal experience, this cleanser feels incredibly gentle while also being super effective. (It also smells really lovely.)

donkey milk gel mask

2. Freeset Donkey Milk Skin Gel Mask

Made with donkey milk, this gel mask deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin. Per a happy customer, “For such a small price, I get the true feeling of luxury and relaxation. I need to buy more of these, but they actually last quite a long time! The essence is silky, smells great, and leaves my skin less red and so plump.”

donkey milk moisturizer

3. Korres donkey milk Protein-strengthening Milk Cream 

Used after cleansing, this rich moisturizing cream is loaded with protein to improve your skin’s strength. Powered by donkey milk and a tri-molecular hyaluronic acid complex, Korres’s milk cream provides intense hydration for a healthy-looking skin.

donkey milk bar soap

4. Lothantique Organic 100g Donkey Milk Soap

This vegetable-based soap is made with 99 percent natural origin ingredients, with 77 percent of the total ingredients coming from organic farming. Ideal for your bathroom sink, it’s a gentle cleansing soap that will leave skin soft and lightly scented.

donkey milk liquid soap

5. Lothantique Organic 500ml Donkey Milk Liquid Soap

If bar soap isn’t really your vibe, try this liquid version. Made by traditional Marseille standards, this liquid soap is naturally rich in glycerine and made from a vegetable-based formula with organic coprah and olive oils.

donkey milk sleeping mask

6. Soo'ae Donkey Milk Sleeping Mask

Formulated with donkey milk and soybean extract, these restorative overnight masks soothe and restore skin health and vitality while you’re sleeping. According to one enthusiastic buyer, “I used this mask one night, didn’t say anything about a new product to my husband, [and the] next day he’s looking at me and says, ‘Your skin looks really good, like younger or something, today.’ I hoard these! A lot of product in package, I spread in shoulders and arms or use for a couple different nights!”

sarah stiefvater

Wellness Director

Sarah Stiefvater is PureWow's Wellness Director. She's been at PureWow for ten years, and in that time has written and edited stories across all categories, but currently focuses...