Never tried putting goat milk on your skin? Well, there’s a Cyber Week sale at HSN that will make you want to change that. The 2008 recession left Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Prucell — a doctor and a writer, respectively — unemployed. At the same moment, their neighbor on the farm next door found himself in desperate need of a home for 80 goats. The goats took up residence on Ridge and Kilmer-Prucell’s property, and an idea was born. “When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade,” Brent and Josh told Yahoo Life. “When life gives you goat milk? You start making soap.” And that’s just what they did, creating small batches of hand-wrapped products for friends and family.
A skin-care star is born, and it’s called Beekman 1802
Neither expected to become massively successful skin-care gurus (much less the stars of a reality show called The Fabulous Beekman Boys), but that’s what happened. Their products drew a following and landed the couple in publications like Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Fast forward to 2022, and the now beloved brand — Beekman 1802, named for Ridge and Kilmer-Prucell’s New York home — has expanded. In addition to bar soaps, the company offers artisanal body lotion, hand cream, facial serums and more — all built around the holy-grail ingredient: goat milk. And right now a ton of it is marked down at HSN.
The skin-soothing properties of goat milk
So what is it about goat milk that makes it so wonderful for skin? Early on Ridge, a physician specializing in aging, put his “medical sleuthing skills to use,” he said, researching the subject. (“They never taught anything about goat milk in medical school,” he added, with a smile).
It turns out goat milk has a long and storied history of producing smooth, plump, blemish- and wrinkle-free skin. That history goes as far back as Cleopatra and Louis XIV, who would bathe in goat milk, and European milk maidens have long been known for their glow.
“Goat milk has the same pH as human skin, so when you cleanse with it, it does not strip the acid mantle of the skin,” Ridge told Yahoo Life. “It’s also a natural form of lactic acid, which gently promotes cell turnover.” More cell turnover means brighter skin with fewer fine lines. That explains why facial treatments and eye creams are among Beekman 1802’s bestsellers.
Goat milk is also known for its soothing powers, which help fight inflammation. Through his research Ridge realized this was something the skin-care industry desperately needed, as many ingredients in beauty products can be irritating.
“This means your skin is in a constant state of inflammation even if you don’t recognize it,” said Ridge. “And when your skin is in this state, it reduces absorption of active ingredients.”
Beekman 1802 products make sure your skin’s delicate microbiome — yes, similar to the gut microbiome — stays balanced and healthy, preventing breakouts and irritation. “Every skin type is different because our microbiomes are as unique as our fingerprints,” says Ridge, “but every skin type, no matter the age, ethnicity or gender, benefits from nourishing the microbiome.”
The Beekman 1802 skincare line includes something to suit everyone’s unique and beautiful skin type. You can design an entire skincare regimen using goat milk. Whatever products you choose, you’re bound to end up with noticeably more vibrant and supple skin than when you started. Ridge and Kilmer-Prucell believe the best way to know which products will produce stellar results is to experiment, just like they did when formulating them.
“Our favorite products are the ones that we see put a smile on a neighbor’s face,” they told Yahoo Life when asked which Beekman 1802 offerings they love most. “Above any science or any formulation or any amount of goat milk, still the very best beauty regimen is a smile.”
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