People who have experienced or who have been close to someone breastfeeding may recognize the term “colostrum” and may be more than a little confused why we’d be talking about it in a skincare context. For both those who know what this substance is and for those who are just now hearing about it, we’re going to explore how colostrum can be used as part of an effective, high-quality skincare routine.
What is Colostrum?
Colostrum is the earliest breast milk a mammal produces after giving birth. Unlike later breast milk, colostrum is thicker and slightly yellowish color and contains a higher concentration of key elements like immune factors and certain fats. Colostrum has antibodies, growth factors, and white blood cells, as well as the necessary sugars and protein babies need to grow healthy and strong.
You may be relieved to hear that our colostrum products are not derived from human colostrum, but rather from female cows – bovine colostrum. The substance has similar properties to human colostrum, but critically can be harvested in larger amounts and doesn’t lead to huge ethical implications of selling the byproduct of women who have just given birth.
Benefits of Colostrum
The main benefits of colostrum are for its regenerative abilities. With all the growth factors and nutrients packed into this substance, products with colostrum have been shown to improve skin elasticity through signaling the skin to regenerate itself and ramp up the production of collagen. It also is known to soothe sensitive or irritated skin, and scientists are looking into using colostrum to treat sun burn and burn victims as well as those with dermatologic conditions such as atopic dermatitis.
Colostrum may also have anti-aging properties, since as the skin ages, it loses key growth factors that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. With regular use, colostrum products may help replenish the skin and lessen the appearance of wrinkles.
Best Skincare Products With Colostrum
We at Epicuren Discovery use colostrum in two complementary products for two distinct uses. First, our Colostrum Hydrating Mist is an exhilarating mist mixed in a base of pure glacier water and colostrum is a revitalizing complex perfect for misting over the face, body and hair. It’s also helpful as a quick pick-me-up when your skin needs a refreshment throughout the day.
One of our signature formulas is our Colostrum Luminous Glow Cream. Utilizing powerful ingredients, this lightweight cream features all-natural colostrum, aloe, and citrus peel oil promoting the appearance of beautiful skin.
Can Anyone Use Colostrum?
Everyone can benefit from incorporating colostrum into their daily routine, unless you know you have an aversion to skincare with animal byproducts. Our colostrum is sourced cruelty-free, so you don’t have to worry about any harm being done in the name of skincare. Colostrum can be combined with any product without needing to worry that its benefits will interfere with how another ingredient works on your skin.
When to use Colostrum Skincare Products
You can use our colostrum products in both your morning and evening skincare routine, and even throughout the day as desired. Colostrum moisturizers should be applied after toner but before sunscreen, and our colostrum mist can be used after cleansing or really anytime you want a refreshing boost to your complexion.
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