Camel’s Milk, the New African Skin-Care Secret: Eco Chick Tested
Posted Oct 03 2013 2:25pm
I get contacted to try new natural skin care products almost daily. But when Shea Terra Organics emailed about a new product line incorporating camel’s milk, I was genuinely intrigued. Seemed a little strange, but I also know that the company, which is committed to using ingredients sourced in Africa (and organic oils and botanicals) really does its research; none of their products has ever been any less than fantastic, and several are part of my ‘don’t leave home without them’ items.
Tammie Umbel , founder of Shea Terra, says, “For years I have been looking for a way to incorporate this multi-beneficial ingredient into a skincare line; camel’s milk is widely used by women in Africa and their beautiful skin is a testament to its efficacy.”
So what’s up with camel’s milk?
Working closely with cooperatives, scientists, conservatives and non-profits in Africa and after numerous family trips to Africa with her husband and 14 children, Umbel has discovered a source for pure camel’s milk. As camels produce a small amount ofmilk per day compared to other animals – about a liter and a half – it’s very rich in skin nourishing ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids, which removes dead skin, iron and vitamin B and C. The lactic-acid found in camel’s milk breaks down de-pigmented skin to even skin tone and naturally brightens the skin.
I used the mask several times, which has just two ingredients (ghassoul mud and powdered camel’s milk, a combo traditionally used as a face mask among African nomadic people) and my skin was smooth and tiny-pored afterwards. Remarkably so.
The brightening cream (which combines argan oil, aloe vera leaf juice and Moroccan saffron with camel’s milk), after several applications, rendered my face more even-toned and I think even undid a little of the sun damage I did this summer. Both products are awesome enough that I will definitely be finishing the containers sent my way (I only use up my favorites). I have a new appreciation for camels!