Nourishing and easy to digest, many prefer goat’s milk soap over cow’s milk as it’s easier to digest. Not only is goat milk healthy for the body when ingested, it also provides plenty of benefits for skin when applied topically.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate this creamy milk into your skincare routine is to use a bar of goat milk soap. What exactly are the benefits of goat milk soap? Rich in vitamins and minerals, goat milk soap contains lactic acid which removes dead skin cells resulting in a healthy glow. It’s also creamy and moisturizing—great for dry or sensitive skin!
While there are a plethora of advantages to using goat milk in soap, we’ll also reveal some disadvantages below.
A closer look at goat’s milk soap
Most goat milk soaps on the market today are made using traditional cold process soap making methods with basic, natural ingredients. Milk from goats is an ideal soap making additive as it’s high in fat, which makes for a luxurious and creamy finished product.
Did you know that most of the commercial soaps you’ll find at the store are not “real soap” but made of synthetic detergents?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines real soap as something mostly composed of the “alkali salts of fatty acids.” This is made by combing a strong alkali (sodium hydroxide lye or potassium hydroxide lye) with fats (vegetable oils or animal fats).¹
Here’s a look at the main constituents found in goat milk:²
Vitamin A: Goat milk contains more vitamin A than cow’s milk. In skin care, vitamin A derivatives are known as retinoids (or retinol). This supports healthy skin complexion by keeping the epidermis and dermis well hydrated.
●B-Vitamins: This group of B-Vitamins, which includes thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), and pantothenic acid (B5) have many skin nourishing compounds. They help with everything from maintaining healthy collagen levels, soothing skin irritations, keeping skin well-hydrated, and keeping acne breakouts under control.⁴
●Vitamin C: Also known as ascorbic acid in skin care, vitamin C is a strong antioxidant which prevents skin from UV photodamage, and plays an important role in collagen synthesis.
●Vitamin D: While we mostly get vitamin D from natural sunlight (which is why this is called the sunshine vitamin), vitamin D, when applied topically, may help with some skin conditions such as psoriasis.⁶
●Vitamin E: This powerful fat-soluble vitamin plays a vital role in protecting skin both before AND after sun exposure. It also fights against skin inflammation.⁷
●Healthy fats: The lovely creamy texture of this milk carries over to the finished bar of soap. Goat’s milk soap may contain amino acids and lipids that support and repair the skin barrier function.
Lactic acid: An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), lactic acid works to gently exfoliate the top layer of skin.
Summarily the skin benefits to using goat milk soap includes:
●Cleans deeply, but gently
Keeps your skin healthy and moisturized
●Removes dead skin cells and encourages the growth of new skin cells
●Natural Goat’s milk is high in naturally occurring vitamins and minerals. The sweet cream content of the goat milk is one of several contributors to the moisturizing properties of the soap. Soaps made with raw goat milk contains Vitamin A, C, E, several B vitamins, amino acids and natural enzymes.
●Fat globules in natural goat milk are smaller and naturally homogenized, meaning they stay dispersed and do not easily separate out. This fat is critical to the emollient nature of the soap.
●Natural Goat milk contains natural alpha hydroxy acids which help in the removal of dead skin cells. Over time, if dead skin cells are not removed, they will build up on the surface of the skin giving the appearance of weathering and aging. Pure goat milk is less allergenic than other soaps. People with skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, dryness and even acne have credited soap made from raw goat’s milk with reducing associated inflammation, skin flaking and itching.