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And Susanne Kaufmann has been harnessing these positive properties of lactic acid in her whey baths for quite a while now too. Ingo Metzler, a farmer and brand ambassador from the very beginning, supplies the whey for these treatments, having discovered the nourishing effect of the byproduct on the skin more than 25 years ago. Wondering what the secret is? Ingo Metzler only ever uses grass-fed milk to produce whey because it contains more skin-boosting vitamins and fatty acids, such as omega 3 and linolenic acid, than standard cow’s milk.
In addition to plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, and protein, whey has a high content of lactic acid. The body can also produce this itself – it appears naturally in organs and various secretions, and it is also found in the skin’s protective acid mantle. The chemical composition of the lactic acid contained in whey and the lactic acid produced by the human body is the same.
When applied externally, natural lactic acid helps to stabilize the skin’s pH value. Ideally, this will only be slightly acidic, with 7 as the target value. It also has a keratolytic effect, which means that it gets rid of calluses and removes dead skin cells. As if all that wasn’t enough, the skin’s natural process for maintaining moisture relies on lactic acid too. It is found in the substances in the epidermis that store moisture so as to maintain sufficient hydration levels over time.
Skincare products containing whey are extremely gentle and suitable for all skin types. In actual fact, people with sensitive skin prone to allergies are sure to benefit most. Lactic acid acts like a gentle scrub, leaving the complexion looking more even. Pigmentation and age spots will fade and may even disappear completely if lactic acid is applied regularly. This miracle ingredient can even reduce skin blemishes and impurities.
The Susanne Kaufmann whey baths are truly unique. Make sure the temperature of the water is between 35 and 40 degrees and soak for around 20 minutes to allow the two whey-based baths from Susanne Kaufmann – the Herbal Whey Bath nourishing and the Herbal Whey Bath calming – to work their magic to full effect. Experts also recommend soaking in whey as a means of treating extremely dry skin and skin conditions like neurodermatitis. This advice can also come in handy when dieting or fasting since whey has a detoxifying and firming effect too.
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