Cosmetics & Hygiene
Colostrum has long been regarded as an immune and nutritional supporting ingredient. However, it is also naturally designed for inclusion in cosmetic and hygiene products.
Vital properties in colostrum allow it to move beyond the realm of simply providing immune and nutritional support, to life-enhancing applications such as body, skin and oral care products.
These specific applications for colostrum are associated with aspects of daily hygiene practices of people living in cultures around the world. Products can be designed and utilized for general and targeted care of the body through cleansing, repair and esthetic applications. Today, this desire for improved health through personal hygiene products is at an apex and has led to multiple applications for colostrum in these specific areas of health and wellness.
Beneficial Components of Colostrum for Cosmetics & Hygiene
Growth Factors: Help to stimulate cell growth, cellular differentiation and cell maturation. Colostrum may help to stimulate regeneration of skin cells through growth factor function, helping in the effort to reduce signs of aging. May also provide gentle care and repair of delicate areas like the face.
Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF): Plays an important role in the regulation of cell growth, proliferation and differentiation.
Transforming Growth Factors (TGF-alpha & TGF-beta): These growth factors induce epithelial tissue development. They also play a crucial role in tissue regeneration, cell differentiation and regulation of the immune system.
Lactoferrin: Can be beneficial for oral care applications. This compound attacks harmful bacterial cell walls known to cause bad breath, plaque and tooth decay.
Lysozyme: Also beneficial in oral hygiene applications. An enzyme that helps to support immune function by attacking specific bacteria and certain fungi.
Immunoglobulin A (IgA): Strategically resides in the mucosal membranes of the body to play a critical role in mucosal immunity by preventing specific pathogens from colonizing.
Skin & Body Care Products:
- Topical Creams & Serums
- Soap & Cleansers
- Cosmetics & Makeup
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Balm & Salve
Oral Care Products:
- Oral rinses
- Loimaranta V., et al. (1999) Effects of bovine immune and non-immune whey preparations on the composition and pH response of human dental plaque. Eur J Oral Sci. 1999 Aug;107(4):244-50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10467939
- Tenovuo J. (2002) Clinical applications of antimicrobial host proteins lactoperoxidase, lysozyme and lactoferrin in xerostomia: efficacy and safety. Oral Dis. 2002 Jan;8(1):23-9. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11936452