Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Why Goat Milk?

I have a lot of questions from people - why do you use goat milk? Why is it so good for your skin? What makes it so special?

Well, to answer these questions I need to explain what the goat milk does for the skin, and what the benefits are.

Milk soaps in general are more creamier bars and contain whey protein and lactic acid. I'm sure you've all heard about Cleopatra, and her legendary beauty secret - milk and honey baths. Honey is a great antiseptic and milk helps to moisturize and soften the skin.

However, not all milk is the same, though, and when it comes to making natural skin care treatments goats milk has several unique properties that give it the edge over cow's milk.

First, goat milk has better moisturizing abilities due to the nature of its fat and protein structures. If you've ever smelled goat milk that was old or improperly processed, you know it has a very distinctive odor. (Properly processed goat milk does not smell any different from cow's milk, by the way.) The unique odor comes from the significantly larger amounts of three medium-chain fatty acids, known as capric, caprylic and caproic acid.

Because goat milk has a much larger number of these smaller fat molecules, it is more readily absorbed by the skin. Goats milk protein structures are also shorter than those of cow's milk. The increased accessibility of the fat and protein from goat milk helps leave skin smooth and supple.

Finally goat milk is rich in vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that acts as an antioxidant and is important to maintaining skin health. Goat milk provides up to 47% more vitamin A than cow's milk. Furthermore, goat milk contains vitamin A in its final form--ready to use--while cow's milk contains the precursor form, beta-carotene, which our bodies must then convert to vitamin A.


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