Colostrum is packed with immune and anti-aging factors to nurture thicker, more supple skin. It calms delicate skin, enabling creams to soothe as they moisturize, a boon for sensitive skin that can often react to anti-aging ingredients, making it difficult to support.
In addition to its benefits for all skin types, colostrum can work wonders with difficult skin.
What is colostrum?
Colostrum is a sort of pre-milk produced at the end of pregnancy, filled with the antibodies and intense nourishment needed to ensure newborns survive birth and get the immune factors they need.
“Bovine colostrum is very similar in makeup to human colostrum. It has many of the same anti-inflammatory and healing benefits and has been found when applied topically to speed wound healing and reduce inflammation. In a 2015 study published in the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research, researchers found that using bovine colostrum powder dressings for deep burns sped up wound healing. The cells and growth factors in colostrum promoted a greater reduction in inflammatory cells and supported healthy cell tissue repair of skin, muscle, cartilage and bone.” — Amy Chang, Bondenavant: Bovine Colostrum Face Cream – Great For Sensitive, Dry Skin
How we source colostrum
Bovine colostrum is collected during the first milking within 6 to 8 hours after a cow gives birth. That’s when it contains the hormones, immunoglobulins and other biologically active substances that make it so beneficial in healing and anti-aging. After that time, colostrum gradually transitions into whole milk.
A calf must receive about 2 quarts of colostrum to support its development as a healthy and productive animal, so at least this amount is usually hand-fed to the calf in a nursing bottle—the dairy farmers we work with always ensure that their calves receive ample amounts of colostrum.
After the calf has received all the colostrum it needs, the average amount of colostrum that can be collected from the mature Holstein cow’s colostrum surplus in the first milking is approximately 9.5 quarts. It is important to ensure it is tested to be free of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones, gluten and GMOs, and that it is processed by low-temperature spray drying to preserve its bioactivity.
Ingredients that work synergistically with bovine colostrum
The main ingredient we highlight working harmoniously with bovine colostrum is edelweiss extract. People with sensitive skin are often unable to find anti-aging products that suit them because active ingredients tend to cause reactions. Even though edelweiss contains abundant antioxidants that are more powerful than vitamin C, edelweiss extract also soothes delicate skin, making it particularly valuable in anti-aging creams for dry sensitive skin – and an excellent complement to colostrum’s healing properties.
Crème Supérieure and Ultra Sensitive Crème feed the skin with antioxidants, minerals, amino acids and growth factor proteins that rejuvenate and revitalize it, giving the complexion a timeless radiance.