The goat’s milk sensation
Goat’s milk – once relegated to the bottom shelf for ‘dairy-allergic, alternate individuals’ – is enjoying renewed popularity for its topical use in personal care products.
It has also long been acknowledged that goat’s milk is an excellent source of nutrition and provides a suitable alternative for those who suffer allergies, particularly to dairy products.
Goat’s milk differs from cow’s milk in the composition and structure of its fat. The fat globules in goat’s milk are considerably smaller than those in cow’s milk. Consequently, the fat or cream does not separate and rise to the top but remains in suspension, giving the milk an even, smooth soft texture when applied to the skin. The smaller sized globules also make goat’s milk easier than cow’s milk to digest, one of the reasons it can benefit children and the elderly with a low tolerance to cow’s milk.
Goat’s milk contains all the known essential amino acids, and a high content of medium chain fatty acids. It is a rich source of vitamins A and E, as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. These restorative proteins, minerals and natural emollients give goat’s milk the power to relieve dryness and soothe and moisturise skin when applied topically.
Easily absorbed by the skin, goat’s milk is also believed to possess anti-inflammatory properties, a benefit for people with sensitive, itchy skin conditions. Goat’s milk also has a pH level close to human skin, which helps to reduce the alkalinity of soap and so preserve the protective layer of human skin. These unique, natural moisturising properties give goat’s milk products a rich and creamy texture that will moisturise skin and leave it feeling soft, smooth and silky.
Despite an absence of clinical tests, there is nevertheless an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence on the positive effects of goat’s milk products on sensitive and dry skin conditions, including dry scalp, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.
One committed goat’s milk user, who has suffered psoriasis for more than 40 years, told us that unlike regular shampoos and conditioners which caused her scalp to become irritated and flaky, when she used a goat’s milk-based shampoo, the itchiness and flakiness disappeared, and her hair soon had a renewed shine and vibrancy.