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 help 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 can be very beneficial for the overall health of the skin.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is a nutrient-rich breast milk produced by mammals late in pregnancy, usually right before giving birth and lasting a few days into nursing. This first milk is different from later-produced or "mature" milk because it contains tons of immune-boosting nutrients and antibodies designed to provide maximum health benefits for vulnerable newborn babies. Colostrum helps the baby's immune system, gut health, and more. These health benefits carry on through adulthood.
Colostrum supplements are typically ingested for their benefits, but colostrum can also be applied topically to the skin to help 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 moisturizing benefits.
How to Ethically Source Colostrum
As you may guess, colostrum must be collected from the source, but we do not use human colostrum. In Epicuren Discovery’s case, pasture-fed Nebraska cow's milk. 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 bovine milk supply meets our high quality and purity standards.
When to Use Colostrum Skincare Products
Not everyone necessarily needs the benefits that colostrum brings to skincare products, but everyone of all skin types may 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 the skin, providing easier access to pathogens. That’s what makes our colostrum moisturizer perfect for individuals concerned with dehydrated, aging, or sun-damaged skin.
Colostrum's milk composition contains immune factors (white blood cells) and growth factors that closely resemble those found in humans, making it effective for use in skincare products.
Colostrum moisturizes the skin helping the appearance of future damage from environmental factors.
Colostrum in Professional Skin Care Products
Colostrum is a potent ingredient in two highly popular products: Epicuren Discovery’s Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream and Colostrum Hydrating Mist. Both help to quench the skin 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of colostrum?
Colostrum has many benefits and is perfect for individuals who are just starting to experience the signs of aging. With regular use, colostrum products may help lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
What does colostrum do for adults?
Adults can benefit from colostrum in their skincare routine to help give their skin rich nutrients they don’t get from any other essential oil or other ingredient.
Can you take colostrum everyday?
Depending on the product and its other ingredients, you can use colostrum skincare products in the morning and at night as desired.
How long does colostrum take to work?
Colostrum applied to the skin can go to work nearly immediately, although the body’s response to the nutrients can take time. Applying it regularly for up to several weeks is the best way to see results.
Is colostrum good for skin?
Yes, ethically sourced bovine colostrum benefits the skin in ways few other ingredients can.
What is better collagen or colostrum?
Collagen and colostrum have their own unique benefits in your skincare routine. Collagen can be stimulated with colostrum use, so some people prefer it in combination with the other advantages of colostrum.
Does bovine colostrum help with wrinkles?
Colostrum is not a skin-tightening treatment, although it can help provide nutrients for the skin to help prevent the appearance of wrinkles from forming due to dehydration and lack of skin structure.
Does colostrum help acne?
Colostrum is helpful for preventing the appearance of severe acne breakouts with its antibacterial properties.