Goat Milk Soap

by Natural_Skin_Care

Goat milk soap has a reputation of being particularly soothing to dry skin. If you're suffering with dry skin you want to continue reading to find out how it can help you.

So many people suffer from dry skin - including myself. During the winter, it's a miserable experience to have that dry tight feeling all day. I've been known to keep lotion at my desk, in my purse, the glove compartment of the car, and at home.

This winter it got so bad I even - don't tell anyone - resorted to using petroleum jelly. Yes, even I am not above trafficking in petroleum products.

Goat Milk Soap

Surprising Benefits of Goat Milk Soap

What Causes Dry Skin?

You can walk down the aisle of any drugstore and see dozens of different kinds of creams and lotions all offering to solve your dry skin problems. The market for dry skin is huge. You could say it's an epidemic. But why do so many people have this problem?

There are many causes of dry skin, but dry air and harsh weather are the most common causes. As humidity levels falls, the skin's layer's are not able to hold on to moisture. The result is dry flaky skin. Also, if the air inside your home is dry, this has an effect on your skin as well. Adding a humidifier to your home may help out some.

After air and weather, the most popular causes of dry skin are long hot showers and the chemicals in soap. Although your muscles may appreciate long hot showers, hot water strips essential lipids from your skin. Try cooler water and shorter shower duration to preserve some of your skin's moisture. Also, commercial soaps are known to dry out skin. They are often detergent based and have have no humectants in them.


Why Buy Goat's Milk Soap?

Goat Milk Soap
Goat Milk Soap

A while back I wrote a series called Natural Skin Care For Meat Eaters. Basically, it was about animal fat in natural skin care products. Through trial and error I've found that -- for me -- animal fat is the one thing that keeps dry skin at bay. It may not be for everyone, but I'm just trying to keep my skin from crawling away.

I've opted out of buying commercial soaps and now go with goat's milk soap and lotion. Handcrafted soaps are easy enough to find at local farmers' markets, health food stores, and nowadays online, but before you go forking over your cash let's look at the best choices for dry skin.

Goat's milk by no means has the highest fat content, but who's going to milk a seal? Besides, goat's milk has some other things going for it that make it ideal for those of us with dry skin.

  • Goat's milk contains caprylic acid - a substance that makes it close to the pH of human skin.
  • Goat's milk contains lactic acid - a natural exfoliant which helps smooth skin.
  • Goat milk's high fat content and creaminess gives soap these same qualities.
  • Comercial soaps generally remove glycerine which is a natural humectant. A handcrafted bar of natural goat's milk soap contains all of its natural glycerin.

Goat's milk products are being rediscovered by the beauty industry so you may find a wide variety in pricing. If you're concerned about price, an inexpensive way for your skin to benefit is to add powdered goat's milk to your bath water.

Goat Milk Lotion


Goat milk is often used in skincare products because it is packed with nutrients that are beneficial for the skin. Goat milk contains lactic acid, which can help to exfoliate the skin and remove dead skin cells. It also contains vitamins A, B, and C, which are known to be good for the skin. Additionally, goat milk has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to soothe the skin. If you're not using it, you're missing out on one of natural skin care's best products.


Updated: 10/19/2022, Natural_Skin_Care
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Natural_Skin_Care on 01/04/2015

Try it - it's great for dry skin.

thelesleyshow on 08/28/2014

I have never personally tried goats milk soap but it sounds really good for dry skin. I should definitely pick some up, especially with winter coming.

Natural_Skin_Care on 01/06/2014

@Raintree Hope it works for you!

Raintree on 10/09/2013

I have really sensitive skin and am struggling to find non prescription soaps I can use. I am going to look into goats milk soap further. Thank you!

Natural_Skin_Care on 09/19/2013

@marciag You're lucky. I think goat milk makes the best soap.

marciag on 09/18/2013

I am living in Cyprus, and goat milk soaps are quite popular here.

Natural_Skin_Care on 09/15/2013

Yeah, makes you want to try your hand at soap making. Thanks for commenting

sheilamarie on 09/15/2013

I love this idea! Not only will goat's milk soap benefit your skin, but it will add a little extra income for struggling small family farms.

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