Fresh goat milk is the “not so secret” secret ingredient that you’ll find in our soaps, lotions, and milk baths. But, why did we choose to use this ingredient, you ask? In a nutshell, fresh goat milk can:
- Make your skin vibrant and youthful
- Leave your skin kissably clean
- Rejuvenate and nourish your skin
- Relieve dry, irritated skin
There is over 26% farm fresh goat milk in every bar of soap.
The Science of Goat Milk and Healthy Skin
Goat milk is easily absorbed by the skin. Our skin, the largest organ of our body, works around the clock to keep our bodies safe from everyday microbial enemies found in our environments. It’s most efficient and looks it’s best when it’s healthy, hydrated, and exfoliated. In order for a substance to penetrate the skin, it must first make its way past the tightly packed layers of dead skin cells that cover the outside of the epidermis, or outermost layer of skin. These dead skin cells also contain glycolipids which give this layer of skin a protective, waterproof-like barrier.
However, there is one molecule that is not easily repelled by the waterproofed glycolipids and that molecule would be fats. Since goat milk is comprised of medium chain fatty acids (such as capric, caprylic, and caproic acids) as well as short protein strands, it can easily navigate this densely compacted maze of expired skin cells, penetrate the glycolipid “waterproof” barrier, and reach the layers of living tissue hidden beneath. Goat Milk’s aptitude for increased 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.
How Goat Milk Exfoliates the Skin & Delivers Nutrients
The alpha hydroxy acids found in goat’s milk help to remove dead skin cells by weakening the bonds between them. With these bonds broken those dry, lifeless skin cells slough off with ease to reveal the younger, healthier skin that was buried beneath. Goat’s milk is loaded with vitamins and minerals which promote healthy skin function, facilitate skin renewal, and protect against free radicals. Since goat’s milk penetrates the layer of dead cells and is easily absorbed by the skin, it delivers these key nutrients where it counts -- to the living skin tissue that can benefit from the nutrients.
The fatty and amino acids found in goat’s milk also work to moisturize and hydrate the skin. The proteins in goat milk (amino acids) act as humectants which attract water molecules to themselves like magnets attract iron. The actions of both proteins and fats in goat milk complement each other to dynamically hydrate and moisturize the skin.
Moisturize vs. Hydrate: What’s the difference? Moisturization is the act of coating your skin with a moisture barrier, and in this case, the fat molecules from goat milk, coconut oil, olive oil and palm oil. This coats all of those little cracks and gaps between cells, seals the moisture in and leaves skin feeling smooth and supple. Think of cream cheese spread over toast. Hydration is the act of attracting and filling cells with water.
Using Goat Milk Soap as a Gentle & Effective Cleanser
Most commercial soap relies on harsh detergents to cleanse the skin. These detergents, along with a myriad of chemicals found in commercial skin care products (like alcohols, parabens, dyes, and synthetic preservatives), do more damage than good. Have you ever used a bar of soap that dried your skin out or caused you to itch like crazy? Our Goat Milk Soap won’t.That’s because our soap is made from goat milk, coconut oil, olive oil, and palm oil. All of which are natural ingredients known for their skin soothing effects and rejuvenating benefits. Compare these with petroleum-derived detergents and you’ll begin to understand why synthetic skincare products irritate your skin. Our Goat Milk Soap can be used on your hands, body, face, and even as shampoo!
Goat Milk Helps to Repair Damaged, Unhealthy Skin
Goat milk helps to repair skin damage, maintain healthy skin, and reduce wrinkles. It contains vitamins A and E which help to rejuvenate the skin through the promotion of epidermal differentiation (the process of skin renewal.) Skin 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.
Protect Your Skin Naturally
Vitamin A and E are antioxidants, they can decrease the potential oxidative stress in your skin by neutralizing free radicals before any damage occurs. What are free radicals and how are they formed? Free radicals are atoms that are missing an electron which makes them unstable. They try to become stabilized by stealing electrons from other atoms which can harm cellular DNA resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, and dry skin. One of the most common causes of free radicals is sun damage. Antioxidants like vitamins A and E donate an electron to free radicals so that they don’t have to steal electrons from your healthy cells.