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Milk Soap Benefits

By Stephanie Crumley Hill ; Updated July 18, 2017

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.

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.

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