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Goat’s Milk for Body and Beauty
Good Housekeeping, November 2005 Issue
What is goat’s milk?
know that goat’s milk is good for you, not just as a drink, but also as a beauty aid?
For years, goat’s milk has been a staple in most cultures. Nutritionally, it is superior to cow’s milk because it contains m
ore nutri-ents, vitamins, proteins, and minera
ls. Its fat globules are smaller than those of cow’s milk, making its absorption in the skin and d
i-gestive system faster and easier. Goat
s milk converts all carotenes into Vitamin A, increasing its presence in the milk. Having smaller fat globules and
more Vitamin A, goat’s milk is easier to make into cream.
Worldwide, more people use goat’s milk than cow’s milk, proof of its effectiveness
as nourishment in food and drink, as well as skin-cleansing agent.
Historical uses of goat’s milk
Goat’s milk has
become a renowned beauty essential. Its reputation as a skin rejuvenator and moisturizer dates back to the leg-endary Cleopatra and her well-known beauty baths in milk. Revered as a cosmetic ingredient,
goat’s milk is a f
avored element because it contains softening and moisturizing properties. It is
believed that goat’s milk as a curative fo
rmula has been handed down through the ages and to this day, remains a remedy for dry skin and eczema, and care for the most sensitive skin.
The milky way to beauty
Scientists are learning that these remedies have a solid basis in scientific fact. Cosmetic chemists call
goat’s milk “n
ecause it is so easily absorbed into the skin, bringing with it moisture and restorative proteins, minerals and vitamins.
Goat’s milk also contains over 50 nutrients, including the v
ital vitamins of A, C and B-complex, miner-als and other elements that nourish and rejuvenate dehydrated skin. Vitamin A slows down the ef-fects of aging, as well as prevents age spots and thickening of the skin. Zinc contributes to the recon-struction of collagen fibers, encourag
ing moisture retention and maintaining the skin’s ela
sticity. Rivoflavin, or Vitamin B-2 is another anti-oxidant and is essential for healthy skin, nails, hair and gen-eral good health.
Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA)
naturally exfoliate skin. Goat’s milk has AHA components that contri
b-ute to the micro-peeling pro
cess, gently scrubbing off dead skin cells. Goat’s milk helps nourish the
newly-grown skin and may encourage the production of elastin. New skin emerges smooth, healthy and younger-looking.
Benefits of Goat’s milk soap
Many people are still washing their skin with soap made with water. Switching to soap made with goat
milk can truly benefit your
skin’s health. Goat milk soap is wonderful for people with dry or sens
itive skin, or conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is al-so perfect for healthy skin that wants to stay that way. Unprocessed goat milk fresh from the farm contains many benefits.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your
rface. This leaves new cells on the surface of your skin that is smoother and younger looking. The alpha-hydroxy acids are so effective because they break down the bonds that hold the dead skin cells together. Removing dead skin cells will help many skin conditions by removing irritation. Water-based soaps may use harsh chemical acids to accomplish this, frequently with skin-damaging results.
Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vit-amin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin. There have been several medical studies showing that creams made with Vitamin A reduce lines and wrinkles, control acne, and provide some psoriasis relief. Water-based soaps can be artificially fortified with vit
amins, but most aren’t.
Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of goat milk soaps. Since many people suffer from dry skin, particularly in the winter months, this is an important quality for soap. Goat milk soap will not dry your skin out like many other soaps. This is important because keeping skin naturally moisturized helps keep skin healthy.
Goat’s milk soap is another good choice in a bath product that is strong
enough to thoroughly cleanse, but gentle enough for even the youngest bathers in your household. People with skin conditions like eczema or pso-
riasis have also found goat’s milk soaps and other bath products to be be
n-eficial to their skin. At the very least, these products will be gentle enough
that they won’t exa
cerbate any type of skin condition. Milk has been a skin care ingredient that has been used for centuries by some of the most beautiful women in history. Why not try this amazing product for yourself, and indu
lge in a goat’s milk bath the next time you decide to hit the tub? If it’s good enough for
Cleopatra, surely it will work for you!