zig
Official Partner of the LIVESTRONG Foundation

Milk Soap Benefits

| By Stephanie Crumley Hill
Milk Soap Benefits
Milk soap is gentle, making it a good choice for sensitive skin. Photo Credit handmade soap image by Alison Bowden from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

You may think skin care starts after you bathe, but if you choose milk soap you can care for your skin while you bathe. There's a long history of using milk-based soaps for skin care. In fact, TLC Farms notes that milk products have been used cosmetically since ancient times. Milk soaps, especially artisanal brands, are very kind to your skin.

Gentleness

The pH of milk soaps is very close to the natural pH of human skin, resulting in a naturally gentle product that cleans without the addition of harsh chemical additives. Milk soaps, especially those with goat milk, are made with a gentle balance of ingredients that clean without being harsh or irritating to the skin. According to New England Grown, a maker of goat milk products, even people with sensitive skin and eczema find milk soap is far less harsh and drying than most ordinary soap products.

Exfoliation

All milk contains lactic acid. In high concentrations, lactic acid is used in chemical peels. In lower concentrations, such as those found in milk soap, lactic acid is a natural exfoliating agent, helping the skin shed dry skin cells. Gentle exfoliation results in healthier looking skin.

You Might Also Like

Moisturizing

Milk soap naturally contains milk fats, triglycerides and vitamins and minerals which help moisturize the skin. Goat milk soap also contains capric-capryllic triglyceride, a known moisturizer. Milk soap also contains natural glycerin, an effective moisturizer, which is usually removed by most commercial soap manufacturers and sold as a separate product.

Related Searches

LIVESTRONG.COM Weight Loss Tools - All FREE!

Calorie Tracker - Premium Workout Videos - Premium Meal Plans - Community Support

References

Comments

author image Stephanie Crumley Hill
Stephanie Crumley Hill is a childbirth educator who for more than 20 years has written professionally about pregnancy, family and a variety of health and medical topics. A former print magazine editor, her insurance articles for “Resource” magazine garnered numerous awards. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Georgia.
Demand Media