Will has been on a mission to find natural products and ingredients that help give him the most bang for his buck while taking care of his skin and body. Some of the best products that he’s been using recently all have something in common, goat’s milk! While you can find it in a bevy of lotions, creams, and everything in between - so far soap has been his favorite variation. We’ll let Will take it from here…
Soap is your friend, and like your friends, they come all in different types with each having a different purpose. Water-based, coconut oil, olive oil, goat’s milk, etc. I am not here to tell you that one ingredient is better than the other, because I’m not an expert, but I can tell you why I think that goat’s milk soaps are going to be your favorite winter time companion. Let’s dig into some science!
Acid Wash More Than Your Jeans
One of the most important reasons why goat milk soap is such an effective cleanser is because of the high amounts of alpha hydroxy acids that it contains. Usually when it comes to things like water-based soaps and cleansers, they need some sort of artificial surfactant to dive in and scrub your skin clean. While most of the time these additives are totally harmless, alpha hydroxy acids break down the bonds that hold your dead skin cells together. This means that the soap can wipe away all the nasties without actually overly cleansing your skin and leaving it extra vulnerable to the outside elements.
Let’s Get Fat
It is said that the Babylonians were the first people to master the art of soap making. They made soap from fats boiled with ashes. Ancient Egyptians mixed animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to produce a soap-like substance. While the modern-day soap making process has advanced, simplicity is still the name of the game.
Fat molecules are very important in making a good, solid soap. With the high cream content of goat’s milk, they are a much-needed boost to the moisturizing quality of your soap. Kentucky is humid in the summer but dry and cold in the winter, so any chance we get to add moisture back into our skin should be welcomed with open arms (and pores).
As an extra bonus to skipping the 2% and going for full fat, goat milk products can be offer a lot of relief with anti-inflammatory properties because of those same fat molecules. We’ve all used a soap that left us feeling itchier and more miserable than before, but the anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory qualities are safe on the most sensitive of skin.
Don’t Forget Your Vitamins
Goat’s milk is highly emollient which means it is very easily absorbed into the skin. Easy absorption allows quick hydration and transportation of vitamins, and minerals. While it has large amounts of vitamins B1, B6, B12, C, D, and E, goat’s milk is particularly high in Vitamin A. Several medical studies show that Vitamin A is an important factor in reducing lines, wrinkles, controlling acne, and helping provide relief to psoriasis.
To top it off, goat’s milk contains a lot of skin-healthy minerals such as selenium. Aside from just having a really cool name, selenium can help prevent damage to your skin from excessive time in the sun. Even though we’ve talked about winter time, goat’s milk products are super effective in treating skin irritation like sunburns!
At the end of the day, the most important product that you can use, is the product that works for YOU. There are advantages and disadvantages to everything we buy, and it’s important to be able to learn about what we put both inside and on the outside of our body. Goat’s milk soap will continue to be a worthy tool in my arsenal, and if you’re struggling to find something that works for you, give it a shot!
Will Brandon is the operations guru at All Good Media, He’s a big fan of goat soap but isn’t affiliated with any goat related businesses - yet.