The wonders of Sheep milk

We often hear about the wonders of skin care products, but how much do we really know about it? 

At Sabelle, we thought we would break down the wonders of Sheep Milk, so you know what the active ingredients are and how they can benefit your skin.

New Zealand made

Let’s not be sheepish about it, here’s the round up

Alpha-hydroxy acid

Sheep milk is high in naturally occurring lactic acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) which is celebrated by the beauty industry as an essential for the skin.  

For  AHA to work it must penetrate through the skin to reach the living cells clearing the dead cells away as it goes. Its small molecular size makes it all possible.  

What makes AHA such an essential for your skin?

  • As a mild exfoliate AHAs removes dead skin cells from the top layer of skin known as the  epidermis. The buildup of dead skin cells leaves your complexion looking dull while magnifying age spots, acne and wrinkles. Exfoliation brightens the skin by revealing the layer of new cells below while unclogging pores of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria. 
  • Improves aging skin.  A moisturiser with alpha hydroxy acid can decrease the appearance of wrinkles, sun-damage and other signs of aging by promoting cell regeneration.
  • Promotes collagen which helps plumpness and hydration. AHAs penetrate the upper layer of the skin to reach the dermis, the middle layer where collagen exists, once there AHAs breakdown old collagen fibres allowing new collagen to develop. 
  • AHAs help reduce skin discolouration due to conditions like melasma, dark spots and acne scars through the shedding of dead skin cells and the regeneration of new healthy skin cells. Over time the discolouration begins to dissipate. 
soothing on sensitive skin

Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties

Lactoferrin is an antimicrobial protein found in milk. It helps to improve skin inflammation caused by harsh summer and winter conditions that can leave skin dry and itchy.

How does it work?

Lactoferrin works by starving bacteria of nutrients which in turn slows bacterial growth giving skin a chance to heal and regenerate.  

Essential Amino Acids

Essential amino acids are known as the building blocks of proteins, they can’t be produced by the body, so they must be consumed in our diet or in the case of our skin, can be absorbed topically. 

Sheep milk contains the nine essential amino acids that are vital for overall health.  Four of which are important for skin health by building collagen, reducing inflammation, increasing skin hydration, smoothing fine lines and promoting cell regeneration. This all means plump, healthy and moisturised skin. 

How do they work?

  • Histidine – helps promote blood cells while repairing damaged tissue
  • Leucine – provides healing properties and decreases fine lines 
  • Lysine – helps to strengthen your skin
  • Methionine – helps build strong nails and aids skin flexibility

The B vitamins

Riboflavin and folic acid belong to the B vitamins. Folic acid, also known as B9 promotes cell regeneration and fights free radicals and signs of sun damage and aging, while riboflavin, B2 helps to regenerate cells, maintain collagen, reduce inflammation and heal the skin. 

Always remember to consult your doctor if you experience ongoing or worsening skin conditions.


  • on January 27, 2021