Colostrum is a miracle ingredient that protects the skin against dry, wintery climates and harsh pollutants that float in the air. This lipid-restoring treatment has gained attention lately as a cult favourite and the ultimate pick for winter skincare as it acts as a "liquid cushion" that nourishes, hydrates, and fortifies the skin's natural barrier.
Read on below to learn more about the trending ingredient and its remarkable benefits!
SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS COLOSTRUM?
Colostrum is a specialized fluid produced by mammals, including humans, in the early stages of lactation––AKA, in the first few days after giving birth. It is often referred to as "first milk" because it is the initial substance produced by the mammary glands before regular breast milk production begins.
Colostrum is not the same as breast milk, as it differs in nutrient composition. Colostrum is rich in essential nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, and it is exceptionally high in antibodies. Colostrum is crucial in jump-starting the baby's immune system and providing essential nutrients and protective factors during the vulnerable early days of life.
In beauty products, colostrum is sourced from cows and not humans.
COLOSTRUM IN SKINCARE
In skincare, colostrum is reputed to have potential benefits for the skin. For example, colostrum is highly moisturizing, as it contains natural lipids and proteins that can help improve skin hydration and lock in moisture.
Some research has also shown that colostrum's growth factors can stimulate collagen and elastin production, helping to improve the skin's texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These growth factors and colostrum's anti-inflammatory properties may promote the repair and regeneration of skin cells, potentially aiding in the healing of damaged or irritated skin.
Last but not least, colostrum is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the skin from free radical damage and environmental stressors.
WHO SHOULD USE COLOSTRUM?
People who may benefit from colostrum skincare include those with dry or dehydrated skin and those with sensitive skin types.
Colostrum's growth factors may promote skin cell repair and regeneration, potentially aiding in the healing of damaged or irritated skin–making it suitable for individuals with skin concerns such as redness, inflammation, eczema, or acne wounds.
Those who prefer natural ingredients and those who are looking for extra antioxidant protection would benefit from colostrum, as its high antioxidant content can help protect the skin from free radical damage.
As always, we recommend consulting with a dermatologist or a trusted skincare professional to determine whether colostrum-based products are best for your specific skincare concerns.
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The BSE Team