Camel milk is an ancient super food, a staple in countries where camels are prevalent. It has also been used to treat skin conditions for thousands of years. Stories of Cleopatra bathing in camel milk abound, but probably lack historical accuracy as there were no domestic camels in ancient Egypt! But there are records of camel milk and camel milk creams been used to treat wounds, skin conditions and soothe damaged skin. There is also a long history of camel milk being used in cosmetics; camel milk skincare is nothing new!
Using camel milk as a base for modern cosmetics and cosmeceuticals is a new trend, originating in the Middle East and particularly Israel. But camel milk skincare is now starting to grow here in Australia. So why is camel milk is good for the skin?
Well, it starts with the camels. Camels are great survivors. Dromedaries, with one hump, can survive in arid desert, drinking only occasionally and digesting plants that other mammals can't eat. Two humped bactarans can survive on the bare, cold steppes of Mongolia. These are animals that are uniquely adapted for surviving and reproducing in the harshest conditions. Their milk is very different to that if other mammals, particularly ruminant milks and is much closer in structure to human breast milk.
Camels are not indigenous to Australia; they were brought here by early pioneers as pack animals that could survive in the outback. Camels and cameleers were instrumental in opening up the country, but once roads and railways were built, the camels were released into the wild.
Only now are we realising the health benefits of drinking camel milk and its anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties. Camel milk skincare is relatively new to Australia, but quite common in the Middle East. Read on to find out more!
Camel milk is a complex natural product that has many complimentary features which combine together in an 'entourage' effect'; the individual ingredients act together to deliver benefits that are greater than the sum of the individual parts. Amongst those features are:
Camel milk is a fantastic base for skincare and skin health products because it's fats are so finely homogenised that they can penetrate the skin's outer layers, the dermis and provide nutrition, protection and rejuvenation deep into your skin. Most cosmetic bases are oil based; their fat structure is too big to penetrate the dermis and they simply remain on your skin's surface in an occlusive layer. But camel milk is different; when it's properly combined with premium skincare ingredients, it can deliver them where they are needed; into your skin not onto your skin.
Omega fatty acids are the building blocks of healthy cells. They strengthen cell walls, supporting your skin’s surface layers, leaving your complexion smoother, healthier and looking younger. Fatty acids help with repairing your skin's barrier, improving hydration and elasticity. They soothe irritation, reduce sun damage and signs of ageing and help to protect your skin from environmental damageRetain moisture.
Lactic acid is a natural alpha-hydroxy acid that has two great skincare functions. Firstly, it is a humectant; which means it attracts water, hydrating the skin by pulling water from the deep layers to in the surface, plumping up your skin and smoothing fine lines. But lactic acid is also a gentle desquamant, which means it peels away dead skin cells and encourages new skin growth.
Vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is a skincare here, a powerful anti-oxidant that removes free radicals produced in your skin due to sun exposure and pollution. These free radicals destroy your collage, the skeleton the gives your skin its strength and body. As your collagen declines, your skin sags and wrinkles form. Anti-oxidants are a key component of any skin health regime and the are many Vitamin C serums on the market. Many need to be treated with care; in a high strength serum, ascorbic acid can burn and irritate, but that does not happen with camel milk. Because the milk penetrates your skin, it delivers Vitamin C where it is needed, not on the outside and it does so in entourage with the many other anti-inflammatory properties of camel. milk.
Vitamin A is retinol, another skincare hero. Retinoids stimulate the production of collagen, thickening and strengthening your dermis and preventing wrinkles form forming. Again, retinoid serums are harsh and can cause inflammation, but not in camel milk.
Camel milk contains a number of anti-bacterial and anti-viral protective proteins, including lactoferrin and lactoglobulin which help to suppress bad bacteria and viruses.
Your skin is a diverse natural environment known as a biome which includes bacteria, viruses, fungi and even insects. Your skin is your largest organ and its health is critical wellbeing. Your skin biome works is critical to the production of new skin cells, your skin's appearance and its blood flow. Your biome creates bio-matter which it mixes with dead skin cells to form layer rich in nutrients where the biome thrives. Without a healthy biome, your skin won't repair properly and won't be able to cope with sun damage and pollution.
Sharks and camel share a unique feature; they produce anti-bodies that are far smaller than human anti-bodies which can penetrate the human cell. Sharks' skin is often used for burns treatment in hospitals; maybe this helps to explain why came milk creams are so effective on burns?
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