“I’m the better moisturizer,” the goat’s milk replied.
Is this true? Goat’s milk and Aloe Vera have been used for centuries in a variety of applications. Evidence of their use has been found as far back as Egypt more than 6,000 years ago. Aloe Vera is a succulent plant that grows in hot, dry regions and stores water in its leaves for survival. Goats milk comes from mother goats, of course. However, the nutrients in their milk come from what they eat – mainly plants. Let’s compare the skincare benefits of the two.
Similar Skin Care Benefits
Goats milk and Aloe Vera have some of the same skincare benefits:
- Contain antioxidants and proteins that help reduce and slow down the aging of the skin
- Provide treatment for acne, psoriasis, eczema and fungal infections
- Reduce skin inflammation from acne and rashes
- Help repair skin damage
- Soothe itching caused by dry skin and minor sunburns
- Absorbed deeper and quicker into the skin than other moisturizers
- Provide a protective coating on the skin’s surface, which protects the skin from UV damage and bacteria*
- Work well with all skin types including sensitive skin
- Leaves no oily residue on the skin
* Not recommended as a sunscreen replacement
Different Skin Care Benefits
The differences between goats milk and Aloe Vera can be subtle, but they also affect the healing properties they provide.
- Soothes the itching caused by dry skin and sunburns
- Exfoliates (removing old skin cells) and stimulates the skins cells to regenerate resulting in smoother and softer skin
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, rough skin and uneven pigmentation
- Provides quick hydration of the skin
- Helps the skin retain moisture
- Helps add elasticity to the skin
- Soothes and reduces the itching from bug bites, skin rashes, and sunburns
- Relieves the pain from burns and sunburns as well as prevents the skin from becoming dry and peeling
- Helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks
- Increases the blood flow to the skin which promotes healing of minor cuts and wounds*
* The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) states that Aloe Vera should not be used on deep cuts, serious wounds, puncture wounds, surgical incisions and if used may deter their healing.
Was the goat’s milk correct by saying it moisturizes better than Aloe Vera? Yes, it is true. While both goats milk and Aloe Vera provide many of the same benefits to the skin. Goats milk provides hydration and moisture retention to the skin that Aloe Vera doesn’t provide. Goats milk also helps the old skin cells slough off easier, which helps new skin cells regenerate quickly. Aloe Vera, on the other hand, provides more healing to the skin by reducing pain, inflammation, itching and increased blood flow.
When purchasing goats milk or Aloe Vera lotion, check the ingredient list to be sure they are listed in the first 3 ingredients. The higher they are listed in the list, the more goats milk or Aloe Vera is contained in the lotion.