It seems like at every farmers market and health food store these days there are goats milk product for sale. Why has this become such a hot item in the green market place? Truth be told, goats milk has been used for thousands of years in beauty routines. Below are 5 reasons why goats milk works so well with most all skin types.
1. Short Strand Proteins: Unlike cow’s milk where the cream settles on top, goats milk’s cream is well emulsified into tiny particles that are suspended throughout the milk. The fat in this cream is what makes goats milk so hydrating. Coupled with Short Strand proteins (again short compared to cow’s) makes goats milk have a much greater absorption rate into the skin. This available fat and protein content is what leaves the skin soft and supple.
2. Similar pH to Human Skin: The acidity of human skin is maintained by an acid mantle, which is a very thin layer of film on the skin’s surface. The acid mantle keeps moisture in, and harmful bacteria and other invasive things from entering into our skin and thus into our bodies. Because goats milk’s pH is similar to that of the humans skin, it is able to “bypass” the acid mantle and hydrate the skin without stripping this precious protection away. When the acid mantle is stripped by harsh soaps and chemicals we become more susceptible to bacterial, fungal, and other invasive attacks and further moisture loss to our dermal layers in inevitable. This is very important for people with sensitive and delicate skin to understand.
3. Alpha Hydroxy Acids: Alpha Hydroxy Acids are a naturally occurring substance that gently exfoliates skin. AHA, penetrates the epidermal and upper dermal layers of skin naturally sloughing off old, worn out or dead skin cells. Hydroxy Acids also help combat scaling and sun damaged skin. Exfoliation stimulates underlying skin layers and healthy cells are regenerated. The effect is naturally bright and glowing healthy skin.
4. Vitamins in Goats Milk: Goats milk is naturally rich in Vitamin A which aids in skin repair and feeds new and healthy skin cells. It also contains multiple B vitamins including riboflavin, niacin, B6, and B12, along with Vitamin E, Calcium, Caprylic Acid (anti-fungal) and Capronic Acids. All of these naturally nourish hydrate the skin. 5. Essential Fatty Acids: Goats milk contains essential fatty acids or EFA’s. Essential Fatty Acids are amino acids that the body must have for survival but the body does not make for it’s self and instead needs to get from out side sources. EFA’s are vital in creating the acid mantle, which we spoke of before, and are critical in keeping skin cells hydrated, plump, and with a young vibrant glow.
It is with great pleasure that we bring you this information. Recherché is dedicated to teaching about single ingredients in beauty products and igniting the idea of every day luxury. Until next time, beauties.
PS: It is said that Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, bathed weekly in the milk of goats to maintain her beautifully smooth and glowing skin that is still being spoken of over 2,000 year after her death …