Tales From The Milk Pail
Updated: Mar 23, 2020
What Is So Special About Goats Milk?
Hi Friends! Welcome back to the barn. Pull up a milking stool and lets talk about milk!!! Not just any milk though. Today we are talking about goat's milk. Just like not all soap is created equal, not all milk is equal either. Let's dig in and talk some milk.
Goat milk is the key ingredient in all of our soaps, lotions, sugar scrubs, and even our famous lip butters. There is 100% farm fresh goat's milk in every bar of our soap. So, i'm sure your asking..... what's all the fuss about? What is soooo amazing about goat milk?
Let's talk basic nutrient content. Goat's milk contains high amounts of potassium, iron, and vitamin A. It also is high in calcium, vitamin B5, biotin ( Vitamin B5 is essential for healthy skin, nervous system and hair.) and phosphorus, and chloride. It is also an amazing pre-biotic.
Let's talk a little about Vitamin A also known as retinol. Didn't know they are the same?? Well, they are. This vitamin is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. It is also said to aid in line reduction, controlling acne, and is said to help sooth psoriasis. ( FYI- while water based soaps can be synthetically fortified with vitamins, they very very rarely are due to cost effectiveness) Retinol is a huge buzz word in the beauty and heath business. Why?? Studies have shown that Vitamin A/ Retinol is effective in stimulating collagen production! It also stimulates the production of new skin cells. With out it the skin becomes overly dry. It also speeds up healing, prevents breakouts, and supports the skin's immune system and promotes natural hydration-which means it helps to give the skin a radiant healthy glow. It helps maintain and promotes a healthy dermis and epidermis ( they top two layers of your skin) .
Let's look at calcium for a minute. We all know that it gives us strong bones. Remember grade school P.E? However, did you know that calcium is found in the outermost skin layer where it has been demonstrated to play an important role in barrier function repair and skin homeostasis ( self-replenishing process where the number of cell divisions within the skin compensates for of number of cells lost. AKA cellular turnaround.
Vitamin B5 stabilizes the skin barrier, which reduces the amount of water that is lost through the skin. This promotes skin softness and elasticity. It also helps give relief from itching and reduces redness. As you can see with just the few we have discussed goat's milk is a POWER HOUSE for the skin. No wonder Cleopatra took daily milk bathes.
Goat milk is easily and readily absorbed by the skin. This is very important. Your skin acts as a barrier to keep bad things out, which is great. Remember me mentioning the skin barrier above? In order for a substance to penetrate the skin, it must first make its way past the tightly packed layers of dead skin cells (gross I know..) that cover the outside of the epidermis ( top layer of skin) These dead skin cells also contain glycolipids which "waterproof" your skin. This keeps the outside water out and the inside layer in. Fats, however are not repelled by the glycolipids. Goat milk is made of medium chain fatty acids ( capric , caprylic, and caproic acids). It also has short protein strands so it can easily navigate this densely compacted layer of expired skin cells, penetrate the glycolipid “waterproof” barrier, and reach the layers of living tissue hidden beneath. Goat milk’s propensity for increased and easy absorption allows for intense hydration of the skin and effective delivery of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K to the living tissue hidden beneath this barrier. Contrast goat milk’s ability to naturally penetrate the skin with commercial water based detergents which rely on chemicals to bypass the skin's defenses and deliver synthetic vitamins to living tissue. You’ll see there is absolutely no comparison.
Goats milk is chocked full of amazing lactic acid! This breaks down and removes dead skin cells by weakening the bonds between the cells. This reveals beautiful smooth new skin.
Goats milk is almost identical to human skin ph so its fat molecules are easily absorbed into the skin. The proteins ( amino acids) act as humectants. Humectants draw moisture to the skin and hold it there.
Restoration and Protection
Vitamins A and E found in goats milk rejuvenate the skin through epidermal differentiation. What is that!? In short it’s the process of how our skin renews itself. Healthy cells are constantly being created at the base of the epidermis. Once new cells have been created they begin their pilgrimage to the outermost surface of your skin. Along the way they undergo several changes and perform different functions before they finally die and flake off. Goat's milk helps protect the skin as well. The vitamin A and E found in the milk are anti-oxidents that can decrease the potential oxidative stress in your skin. They do this by neutralizing free radicals before any damage occurs. Free radicals are atoms that are missing an electron which makes them unstable. (like me on a morning with no coffee... ok, so not really, but you get the picture) They try to stabilize
themselves by stealing electrons from other atoms which harms cellular DNA. This results in fine lines, wrinkles and dry irritated skin. The most common free radical damage is sun damage. Antioxidents like vitamin A and E donate an electron to the free radicals so they don't steal them from your healthy cells. Talk about your skincare super heroes.
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