Goat milk has been called “a perfect food” and worldwide goat milk is the most popular milk for consumption. Of course, you are not about to slather on some goat cheese on your skin. But the inherent qualities of goat milk also make it ideal for skin care as well.
Buying gallons and gallons of goat milk would be a luxury only available to the very rich, or those with a very productive herd of goats with many does lactating. So goat milk skin care regimens typically start with a good bar of goat milk soap.
What makes goat milk soap special?
In goat milk soaps, instead of using distilled water to make the soap, goat milk is used. Thus, all the benefits of raw goat milk are incorporated into the soap. All the crucial vitamins, healthy fats, and the minerals and hydroxy acids too. Combined, the benefits of these properties achieve a plural and synergistic effect.
Cumulatively, goat milk soaps have a host of benefits. No wonder many doctors recommend goat milk soaps to people with a wide range of skin conditions! From eczema to acne, from lightening age spots to removing dark circles under the eyes, goat milk provides remarkable skin care.
The composition of goat milk
Start with the alpha hydroxy acids, which goat milk has in plenty. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy which is shown to help break down and slough off dead skin cells. This helps the regeneration of new healthy skin cells to flourish.
That is great, but it gets better. Because goat milk has minerals like selenium and zinc, the skin is also protected. In fact, goat milk helps protect skin by restoring a natural and neutral pH balance to it. Proper skin pH helps protect skin.
However, that is just the beginning of the “shield” it creates.
How does goat milk protect my skin?
All the vitamins like A, E, and C in goat milk work as antioxidants too. You don’t just need those antioxidants in the food you eat. Indeed, your skin absorbs them as well and benefits from their ridding the harmful free radicals.
Finally, those small fatty globules of MCT fatty acids ( medium chain triglycerides), usually known as “the good fat”, help moisturize and protect those healthy new skin cells.
How goat milk helps skin glow
The high concentration of lactic acid in goat milk helps break down the bonds of dead skin cells. By breaking those down and helping to slough them off, you lose the dirty quality of the dead cells.
Think of it like an old banana skin. The dead cells are decomposing, making skin darker and darker, like a banana that looks dark and rotten from the outside. However, remove that dead skin you see the lighter banana underneath.
Only in this case, instead of a sweet and ripe banana, you get healthy and glowing skin. You are literally improving the circulation of the capillaries closest to the skin's surface which is why you look “glowy”.
Selenium in goat’s milk protects your skin
Another special quality of goat milk is a higher concentration of selenium. Selenium is a mineral that helps prevent the inflammation caused by UV light. It also helps inhibit the production of inflammatory cytokines, which are one of the causes for skin to break down and form wrinkles.
How goat milk helps skin look younger
There are a variety of ways goat milks promotes healthier looking skin. The fats help moisturize the skin, the alpha hydroxy acids lighten splotches and promote healthy collagen production too.
With the minerals, fats, and hydroxy acids, goat milk is not just the perfect food, but it is also the perfect ingredient in natural skin care too!