Legend has it that Cleopatra would have 700 donkeys milked every day to benefit her opulent daily bathing rituals. True or not, donkey milk was, in fact, her skincare secret weapon. According to philosopher Pliny the Elder, she bathed and moisturized with it to prevent wrinkles, soften the skin, and brighten her complexion. In other words, to stay forever young.
Perhaps due to K-beauty's recognition of the natural, fast-absorbing lactate (nicknamed "white gold") as being higher in Vitamin C and protein than cow milk, the ancient ingredient is making a comeback. And as of 2016, you don't have to be a reigning queen or a donkey owner to reap its glowy benefits. The internet has made it 1000% easier to get your hands on the hard-to-come-by stuff in a slew of different formulas. From bar soap to sheet masks, here are five finds that will help you hack Cleopatra's milky skincare regimen.