Goat Milk Lotion Will Change Your Life and Here's Why
Trending skincare ingredients are constantly changing. Everyone wants the next best remedy and cure-all, but more often than not they come with a catch. What if I told you there was an all natural ingredient, that is not only safe for babies and children, but remedies skin damage, all while smoothening and brightening your skin? What if we told you it came from goats?
Goat milk seems to be all the rage currently; from lotion, to soap, to Bath Soaks, however, as fresh as it seems, goat milk isn't exactly a recent beauty trend. Goat milk has been used for centuries, dating as far back as Cleopatra. Goat's Milk being one of the most widely used ingredients, it has been studied immensely, both in clinical research and in translational research, and the proof is in the pudding; it works.
How are Goat's Milk Products Made?
As with all lotions and soaps, water molecules and oil (or fat) molecules need a bonding agent. In soap this is called Lye, and in lotions this is an emulsifier.
The real magic lies in the fats of the Goat's Milk, specifically caprylic and lactic acid. These fats are able to simultaneously hydrate and exfoliate skin, while removing oil, dirt and skin debris without stripping the skin's protective barrier.
Goat milk has a cult following, with many saying that it is a must have in their beauty kit. If you feel like you are constantly at war with your skin, keep reading for the key benefits of this ingredient, as well as our recommendations.
1) Lactic acid
Lactic Acid is an AHA (or Alpha Hydroxy Acid) perfect for hydration and exfoliation (this means no more clogged pores)! Research
also suggest that Lactic acid can reverse signs of aging and skin damage.
“Lactic acid has been shown to increase the production of ceramides, which you can think of as the mortar between the bricks of your skin cells,” explains Duffy. “When there are nice, tight junctions between your skin cells, that keeps the good qualities inside of your skin — like moisture and lipids — and the not-so-good qualities out — like bacteria and allergens.”
Goat Milk skin products are able to deliver a smoother, brighter and softer result as they are considered a humectant. Lactic acid works like a magnet while attracting and retaining moisture, that goes far deeper than the skins surface.
2) A Balanced PH
You've heard about balancing your PH in your water, but what about your skin? Goat milk has a PH similar to that of human skin, this means that when you cleanse or moisturize with goat milk products, you do not disturb the skins natural microbiome and acid mantle. If you're dealing with sensitive skin, or conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or keratosis pilaris, this is like a life boat, as many other skincare products will do more harm than good.
“The skin’s first response to a foreign substance is to mount an inflammatory response, which creates an obstacle for active ingredients,” says Ridge. “Because goat milk is so similar to human milk, the skin recognizes it and drinks it in.’’
3) Bonus Ingredients
Bonus Compounds such as Fatty acids, Probiotics and Vitamins.
In addition to lactic acid, “goat milk contains fatty acids that help repair the skin barrier, probiotics to encourage the growth of normal skin flora, and vitamin A to help gently exfoliate,” says Dr. Purvisha Patel, a board certified dermatologist. Those fatty acids also contribute to noticeably softer skin.
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