Your skin is your largest organ. It is your first line of defense against harm and also helps absorb nutrients. Up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. (Edmunds, 2013)
Increased awareness about the over-chemicalization of commercial bath products continues to boost interest in natural, organic and handmade options. Among the fruits of natural soap crafters, goat milk soaps are the cream of the crop. Here are six reasons goat milk soap is better:
Goat milk contains alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs. You know, those awesome molecular superstars commonly added to today’s commercial beauty products to smooth wrinkles and improve skin tone? AHAs delay signs of aging by breaking down the bonds that hold dead skin cells together revealing softer, more youthful skin. And goat milk contains them naturally, and without the commercial markup. Win, win, win!
Because of its high fat content, goat milk soap has a natural moisturizing effect. The lipids, emollients and triglycerides in goat milk soap all combat dry skin—especially problematic in the winter months—leaving you feeling noticeably hydrated. Bye-bye, lotion?
Goat milk contains whey and casein proteins, lactic acid and vitamins A, D and E, all of which help to reduce skin redness and itchiness. These ingredients form a protective layer on your skin, called the acid mantle, which repels irritants and neutralizes microbes from contaminates including bacteria and viruses. Goat milk soap has been known to soothe minor skin maladies such as sunburn, bug bites and poison oak and even lessen the symptoms of chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Goat milk soaps contain many nutrient-rich ingredients which nourish the skin in different ways. (Bruhn, FST, UC Davis, 1999) Vitamin A helps repair damaged skin tissue. Zinc and vitamins C and E reduce the formation of damaging free radicals. Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 regulate enzymes and assist proper fuel consumption energizing the skin and body. Vitamin D is a nutrient powerhouse which, according to dermatologist Dennis Gross, M.D., fights aging, boosts the skin’s immune response, increases elasticity, stimulates collagen production, enhances radiance, and lessens lines and the appearance of dark spots. (James, 2012) And that’s just before breakfast! (provided you use goat milk soap in the morning and eat after, of course.)
- Fights Acne
More recently, goat milk soap is receiving recognition for combating acne. The proteins in milk products kill acne-producing bacteria and delay the growth of malicious microbial organisms. The pH of goat milk soap is closer to that of our skin creating a more acne-resistant environment while vitamin A applied topically and vitamins D and E are all associated with a lower incidence of acne. Furthermore, goat milk soap’s previously mentioned anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and swelling at acne sites.
- Ditches the Junk
As the famous meme suggests, “If you eat organic and also spray, rub, and wash your largest organ with chemicals, you’re doing it wrong.” Most commercial soaps are petroleum-based (wash with gasoline much?) which dry and irritate the skin. Besides being milk-based, goat milk soap’s natural AHAs also mean no harsh chemical acids need to be added to break down skin cells. Furthermore, handmade soaps come without a hoard of other questionable chemicals that commercial soaps regularly carry including sodium lauryl sulfate, benzaldehyde, DEA, isopropyl alcohol, benzyl acetate, BHT, ethanol, linalool and triclosan many of which are known allergens or have been proven harmful to human health. Because handmade goat milk soaps ditch all of the “junk”, they are less irritating and far better for your skin and overall health.
There’s no question that goat milk soap is better. The hard part is picking your favorite variety! So which goat milk soap do you LOVE?