Goat milk is the most commonly used type of milk in the world. In fact, 65% to 72% of all dairy products consumed worldwide are goat milk. This is partly because goats are easier to raise than cows in developing countries. In developing countries, goat milk is an important source of calories, protein, and fat. In many countries, people prefer goat's milk to cow's milk.
When you consider its total solids, fat, protein, lactose, minerals, and vitamins, goat milk has many effects on human health. In addition to having a positive effect on the physical and sensory properties of dairy products, the lipids in goat milk ensure better digestibility, with small fat globules and a high content of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids. Goat milk contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid, which plays an important role in immune stimulation, growth promotion, and disease prevention.
Goats are one of the earliest animals domesticated by humans. In fact, the ancient Egyptians, believed to be known for their innovative and surprising traditions, were among the first to use goat milk for skincare. Cleopatra is said to be famous for her porcelain-like skin, and it is said that she soaked her body in goat milk because it made her skin glow. For many years, for the same reason, many people continue to use goat milk on the skin, but until recently, science has proved many people’s long-held belief that goat milk is a wonderful and effective skincare product.
What are the skin benefits of goat milk?
1. It is a good moisturizing & exfoliating agent
Goat's milk contains lactic acid, which is a natural exfoliant that helps to keep your skin clean (in case you have those nasty little keratosis pilaris bumps on your arms). In short, goat milk is a must-have for many people because it is a mild ingredient that can be used as a moisturizer and exfoliant. Lactic acid, a naturally occurring AHA found in goat milk soap, has been shown to gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells, allowing for a more youthful complexion
2. It helps with your skin condition
Goat's milk is also full of essential nutrients great for keeping skin and hair in good condition, a few include Vitamin D, helping to keep skin soft, Vitamin C which promotes collagen production whilst fighting dryness, and Vitamin E helping to prevent fine lines. People with eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions that result in red, itchy, skin patches, often benefit from using goat’s milk products. The natural nutrients in the milk, which help to moisturize the skin, also aid in reducing the redness and itchiness of the skin. Plus, it is gentle enough that it does not cause further irritation, making it a perfect ingredient in skincare for sensitive skin.
3. Supports a healthy skin microbiome
Due to its gentle dirt-removing properties, it doesn’t strip your skin’s natural lipids or healthy bacteria. Maintaining your skin’s microbiome improves its barrier against pathogens, potentially preventing various skin disorders like acne and eczema. Moreover, goat milk contains probiotics like Lactobacillus, which is responsible for producing lactic acid. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body, including the skin.
Goat milk is thicker and creamier than cow milk or plant milk, and goat milk has more nutrients that may offer health benefits. Goat milk naturally contains lactic acid (an alpha hydroxy acid) which helps to gently slough off dead skin cells. This process occurs when the alpha hydroxy acids dissolve the proteins that hold together dead skin cells. When you soak in a milk bath, these dead skin cells are able to slough off more effectively.
Milk can make your skin softer and smoother because the fat in milk will stick to your skin. You will notice a silky but non-greasy feel on the skin. Goat's milk is higher in butterfat than cow's milk, so it will give your milk bath a creamier feel.
We all know that goat milk is expensive and it is quite a lot to regularly bathe in it. Goat is expensive because goats produce less milk, compared to cows. A healthy, dairy goat can produce up to a gallon of milk a day, as opposed to a single cow for 3-4 gallons. Another smaller reason is that goat milk is often used in personal care products.
In order to enjoy the benefits of goat's milk in a distributed and less costly way, you use goat milk as part of your ingredient in creating your own bath bombs or bath soaps. This way, you can use goat's milk frequently than buying gallons of goat's milk and be bathed in it.
GOAT MILK BATH BOMB RECIPE
1 1/4 cups of Baking soda
2 tsp of Almond Oil
1/2 tbs of Water
1/4 cup of powdered goats milk
10-15 drops of Musk or Vanilla fragrance oil
1. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and stir until well mixed. Next, drizzle in the almond oil and stir until the mixture is moistened. Add more oil and fragrance and stir until well mixed. Then add the water.
2. If the mixture is crumbly then add more oil or a dash of water. Roll the mixture into a ball using your hands or press it into a lightly oiled mold, such as a bath bomb mold or a chocolate mold. Let it slip out from the mold.
3. Put the ball/shape on a sheet of wax paper and leave it to dry till it is hard. It may take several days.