To have beautiful shiny skin, actress Margot Robbie and the cast of the Barbie movie, drink milk thistle tea, accompanied by a dash of milk. What are the properties of this plant? Is it really good for the skin? The answers of Dr Laure Martinat, doctor and expert in phyto-aromatherapy, micronutrition and acupuncture.
To have beautiful, shiny and smooth skin, the cast of the Barbie movie – including Margot Robbie, who plays her – got into the habit of drinking milk thistle tea, with a dash of milk. Does this drink really have effects on the skin? What are its other benefits?
Milk thistle, a plant with multiple benefits
Milk thistle is a plant that acts on the hepatobiliary sphere. “Several studies have scientifically proven these effects“explains first of all Laure Martinat, doctor and expert in phyto-aromatherapy, micronutrition and acupuncture. “Milk thistle protects the hepatobiliary sphere, thanks to the flavonoids, polyphenols and silymarin it contains”.
Milk thistle also has a small detoxifying effect, but it is not as strong as that of other plants, such as black radish or artichoke. “On the other hand, it has great anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which therefore play on the health of the skin and fight against pathologies such as psoriasis, eczema or acne.“confirms our expert again.
If you don’t like tea, consider milk thistle oil
Milk thistle is a plant with an unpleasant taste. “To drink it as a tea, it is better to sweeten it with a little milk or honey. advises Laure Martinat.
To benefit from its benefits in another way, if milk thistle is not your cup of tea, it is possible to apply it directly to the skin, in oil. “You have to choose a quality oil, with a first cold pressing, from the seeds of the plant. It will be rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, but also in unsaturated fatty acids. This allows the skin to regain its suppleness, after exposure to the sun for example” adds our specialist. The oil can also be mixed with others, in order to multiply the benefits.