Donkey milk is the natural milk produced by donkeys, usually processed in a powder form to be used as an ingredient over a period of time and to protect it from perishing. It’s a well-known fact that Egyptian Beauty queen Cleopatra used donkey milk as a skin elixir and took donkey milk baths as a skincare treatment. Following this legacy, Egyptians are known to be using it for centuries for its healing, anti-ageing and rejuvenating properties for the skin. So, what makes donkey milk an age-old treasure for skincare? Read on to find out.
Based on its nutritional composition, donkey milk is the closest substitute to women’s breast milk- as far as pH level is concerned. It has 4 times the amount of Vitamin C than cow’s milk and is rich in Vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins B1, B6, C, D, E, Omega 3 and 6. It contains rich amounts of calcium and retinol, an ingredient that helps preserve the skin's youthfulness. These properties make it an essential component of cosmetic products as well. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, also prescribed donkey milk for various purposes.
Anti-ageing and healing properties
Donkey milk has essential fatty acids that work as powerful anti-ageing and healing agents. They reduce the appearance of fine lines on the skin and help regenerate damaged skin cells. Skin abrasions can also be healed from donkey skin, owing to its anti-bacterial properties.
Nutrients and anti-oxidants
The many nutrients and anti-oxidants present in donkey milk enhance its anti-ageing properties. The skin shows signs of ageing and appears worn out when the skin is not receiving enough nutrition. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins and amino acids make it the perfect ingredient for young and glowing skin. When applied frequently, donkey milk makes the skin more youthful and brighter and keeps at bay the fine lines and wrinkles that contribute to premature ageing.
Softening and moisturizing qualities
Known as a ‘natural elixir for youth,’ donkey milk helps to keep the skin supple and loaded with moisture at all times. It also acts as a great cleanser and removes the grime and dirt layer, leaving the skin in its most natural form. Soft and moist skin is healthier and glows more, and keeps away the signs of ageing. When the skin becomes dry and saggy, the wrinkles and unhealthy properties of the skin start to show. This is where donkey milk helps to keep ageing at bay.
Protection against UV exposure
Fine lines and wrinkles appear on skin damaged by prolonged exposure to the sun's harmful rays. Donkey milk, with its various vitamins and nutrients, helps combat the effect of the sun on the skin and reduces signs of ageing by controlling acne, eczema and other skin diseases.
Donkey milk contains properties that keep the skin naturally hydrated and renews its ability to block out dehydration. The skin's pH level gets balanced through donkey milk, and when the skin is well hydrated, one can save oneself from harmful products like moisturizers and anti-ageing creams. Hydrated skin is bright and youthful; therefore, donkey milk’s anti-ageing properties are wholesome and all-encompassing.
Renewal of damaged skin
Skin ageing occurs when the damaged skin cells, for various reasons, are unable to replenish or regain the lost nutrition. Donkey milk in keeping the skin hydrated and healthy with its multiple nutrients aids this process of cell renewal of the skin. The presence of retinol in the milk acts as a great anti-ageing ingredient.
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