The skin is the body’s first line of defense against pathogens and bacteria that would harm the body, which makes it a vital part of the immune system that helps keep us safe and healthy. That’s why it’s so important to keep skin healthy and well-moisturized to prevent infection and skin aging, as the skin takes damage daily from environmental factors and the sun’s UV rays.
To that end, high-quality skincare products that incorporate colostrum help skin stay strong and supported by boosting the immune response of the skin.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is a nutrient-rich milk produced by mammals late in pregnancy, usually right before giving birth and lasting a few days into nursing. This milk is different from later-produced milk because it contains tons of immune-boosting nutrients and antibodies designed to help provide maximum support for vulnerable newborn babies.
Colostrum is typically ingested for its benefits, but it can also be applied topically to the skin to help regenerate it and boost the skin’s natural secretions of antibacterial compounds. It can be added as a key ingredient to professional-grade skincare products like our Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream to provide hydration many benefits.
How to Ethically Source Colostrum
As you may guess, colostrum must be collected from the source: in Epicuren Discovery’s case, pasture-fed Nebraska cows. We have a purely ethical and humane method of extracting and filtering bovine colostrum and turning it into a dehydrated colostrum powder to ensure our supply line brings no harm to the animals. The cows are pesticide, hormone, and antibiotic free to guarantee that the colostrum meets our high quality and purity standards.
When to Use Colostrum Skincare Products
Not everyone necessarily needs the immune-enhancing benefits that colostrum brings to skincare products, but everyone of all skin types can benefit from it. People who struggle with dry skin, rosacea, acne, and eczema are especially susceptible to infectious agents, as these conditions can weaken, thin, and crack skin, providing easier access for pathogens. That’s what makes our colostrum moisturizer perfect for dehydrated, aging, or sun-damaged skin: it helps skin bounce back and fight infection and damage.
Bovine colostrum contains immune factors and growth factors that closely resemble those found in humans, making it safe and effective for use in anti-aging skincare products. These immune factors consist of immune signaling polypeptides that activate and support melanocytes and Langerhans cells. These parts of skin act as immune sentinels, warning the immune system of foreign contaminants and helping aid in the healing response when needed.
Colostrum helps hydrate skin and restore a healthy pH, balancing the barrier and enriching skin with its immune-boosting nutrients. These nutrients can also help ease allergic reactions like eczema, and provide anti-aging benefits with antioxidants to help prevent against future damage from environmental factors.
Colostrum in Professional Skin Care Products
Colostrum is a potent ingredient in two highly popular products: Epicuren Discovery’s Luminous Glow Cream and Colostrum Hydrating Mist. Both provide rich hydration with a luxurious feel, and are recommended to be used twice a day during your normal skincare routine or as needed for a mid-day pick-me-up. Find these products and many more by taking our Skin Quiz to discover what skincare products we have are right for your unique skin type.