Handpicked with purpose Buttermilk is a dairy product with many starring roles as a beverage, cooking ingredient, probiotic and skin care staple. Contrary to its name, buttermilk does not contain butter. It even has fewer calories than regular milk. Buttermilk can be used to cleanse and moisturize the skin. Good for you, naturally For centuries, buttermilk has been used as a natural, soothing skin cleanser and skin softener. That’s because it contains lactic acid. This is an alpha hydroxy acid that: Gently exfoliates the skin Reduces the appearance of wrinkles Gentle, all-natural skin cleanser Cleopatra was even known for her luxurious milk baths, so we explore its uses for skin care benefits on some of her rituals. Burt’s Bees uses buttermilk in many of our lotions. Where on earth is it from? Our ancestors churned out butter and got buttermilk in the process as well. This method of producing buttermilk is still used on dairy farms and by traditional farmers in some parts of the world like India. The more modern approach, however, is to make buttermilk out of fermented milk.