While traveling in Egypt, I learned that men flatter females by measuring their beauty in camels. For example, "Oh, you're so beautiful! Five hundred camels for you!" I happened to get an offer for one million camels, which is supposedly impressive, but I find the system quite arbitrary. Camel flattery, I love it!
Don't be surprised if you see an influx of camel's milk-based products on your beauty shelves in the near future. Thanks to its natural moisturizing and softening properties, camel's milk as a beauty ingredient is on the rise.
Not only does camel's milk make for more moisturized and supple skin, it's also said to have anti-aging benefits--thanks to elastin, vitamin C and lanolin--and soothing properties that help treat inflamed or irritated skin. Some are even using it as a natural treatment for psoriasis. Cool, huh?
According to my research, camel's milk works best when formulated into creams, ointments, masks and other products, most likely because such products give the milk a chance to settle into your skin. I decided to give camel's milk a run for its money by way of Shea Terra Organics' Moroccan Lava & Camel's Milk Softening Nomad's Secret Facial Masque, a powder you mix with water. I've also been using the brand's Argan, Zafron and Camel's Milk Brightening Lait Cre'me, which moisturizes and brightens dull skin.
First up is the mask, which I've used three times, now. It contains only two ingredients: Moroccan lava clay and camel's milk powder.
To use the mask, you combine about 1 tsp. of the powder with 1 tsp. of water. Once you have an even consistency, slather it all over your face and let it set for 15 minutes.
The mask dries quickly to create a sort of semi-hard shell. I'd qualify my skin as sensitive, and I found the mask to be soothing while wet and slightly uncomfortable once dry (especially when my face moves to smile or talk). This is pretty common with masks that dry hard, though, as they sort of freeze your face into one expression.
Removing the mask takes a few minutes of rinsing, but you'll notice a difference in softness the second your fingers make contact with your skin. I was actually quite surprised the first time I used this product, as comparable masks leave my face feeling dry or tight. Instead, this mask left my skin noticeably softer and even a little "plumper," if that makes sense.
According to the product description, the lava cleanses the skin while the camel's milk "softens skin as it dissolves dead skin cells and evens skin tone." It's hard to say which ingredient is doing what, but my face does feel clean and soft after each use. FYI: The directions say to use it once or twice weekly, but I think once is enough per week.
Up next is the Argan, Zafron and Camel's Milk Brightening Lait Cre'me. I've been using this nightly for about two weeks in place of my normal moisturizer. I also applied it each time I wore the lava/camel's milk mask. The product promises to smooth, brighten and break down areas of discoloration.
This stuff is really good. It's super-rich, but not in an excessively moisturizing way that makes your skin feel slick and heavy. It has a sort of odd smell to it, which I've grown to like, and melts into the skin very quickly.
It's also important to note that my skin leans more oily in the T-zone and some moisturizers leave me feeling oversaturated, especially after a few hours have passed. This moisturizer does not do that. Instead, my skin just feels pleasantly supple and soft.
As for its "brightening" promises, I'd definitely say my skin has a more illuminated quality to it. It's hard to say whether the product has actually made my skin more even-toned, though, as that isn't something I deal with.
All in all, I definitely see myself experimenting with more camel's milk products in the future and I wouldn't hesitate to buy these two products again.