We’ve just discovered the latest miracle skincare ingredient: engine oil. Yes, it’s a bit smelly and is a toxic petrochemical, but it has been scientifically proven to eliminate visible signs of aging, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles by up to 80 per cent.
But if we did decide to market engine oil as the latest miracle skin care ingredient, we’re sure we’d have people lining up to try it.
All cosmetics companies need to do is use the word ‘miracle’ in the name of their products and they are almost guaranteed to sell.
Dodgy psuedo-science is used to back up the false claims, while these unscrupulous cosmetics companies rake in the millions, preying on people’s vulnerabilities and desire to slow down the aging process.
We’ve heard of all sorts of miracle skin care ingredients, from snail slime to bird poo to any number of chemical concoctions cooked up in labs.
Most of them do not work.
One of the most popular ‘miracle’ skin care ingredients is collagen, which can supposedly be added to a bottle and absorbed by your skin. Of course, collagen is one of the main components in healthy, youthful, plumped up skin. But your skin can’t absorb it from a bottle; your body needs to produce it internally.
Dr Blanka Sengerova a protein biochemist who works on the biochemistry of large molecules says on the website Sense About Science: “It really frustrates me when I see adverts for anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen. Although collagen is structurally important for the integrity of our skin, the protein molecule is far too large to pass through the barrier posed by the skin.”
What are the real miracle skin care ingredients?
They may not sound as exciting as the latest marketing buzzwords, but the real miracle skin care ingredients are those containing nutrients your skin cries out for: plant-based essential fatty acids, antioxidants such as vitamin C, A and E, plus a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
These natural ‘miracle’ skin care ingredients promote healthy skin cell formation, nourish, rejuvenate and heal skin and have done for aeons.
Nut and Seed Oils
Our products are formulated around nut and seed oils, as they are readily absorbed by the skin and are used to nourish and give energy to the skin and body. They are needed to create new cells and for other important bodily processes. Most vegetable oils contain vitamins such as A, D & E that are necessary for growth and repair. They stimulate the skin to function more efficiently and assist with improving circulation. They soften, protect and hydrate the dermis, making it more pliable and allowing effective retention of moisture.
Only cold-pressed virgin nut and seed oils are used in Mukti Organic Skincare. They have wonderful soothing, lubricating and nourishing qualities. Each of the oils in our range is verified with comprehensive data, including the precise definition of the botanical species, country of origin, method of production, the part of the plant used, and organic verification.
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s)
As our bodies do not have the ability to manufacture highly unsaturated linolenic and linoleic fatty acids, or respectively omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, deficiencies and depletion can aid the aging process as the skin becomes drier, or the sebaceous glands become overactive, resulting in acne or oily skin. The hair may become less lustrous and the nails may become weak and brittle.
One of the many benefits of EFA’s is their effectiveness when applied topically. This occurs by the utilisation of the dermal skin cells that assist in their absorption. Skin conditions and disorders that respond well to topical applications of EFA’s include:
- Fissured or cracked skin
- Aging, age spots and sun damaged skin
- Dehydrated/dry/dull skin
- Hyper-pigmented skin
- Reduction of scar tissue both as a preventative and curative
- Varicose veins and compression ulcers
These prevent the accelerated oxidation of nutrients and counter the effect of free radicals in the body. They are also used in cosmetics to prevent oils and fats from becoming rancid. Some of the best antioxidants include: vitamins A (in the active form of retinoic acid), C and E, carotenoids, CoQ10, green tea extract and alpha lipoic acid, which helps improve sun damage.
Some nut and seed oils containing polyunsaturated oils, as well as some essential oils (particularly those rich in turpines) have a tendency to oxidise when exposed to air, resulting in rancidity.
To prolong the life of Mukti Organics formulations, we use natural and skin compatible antioxidants such as green tea, vitamins and plant extracts.
Liposomes and Oleosomes
Liposomes are microscopic sacs or spheres obtained from naturally occurring phospholipids.
Liposomes have the unique ability to trap substances that will dissolve in oil or water. They act as a delivery system by penetrating the surface of the skin to its underlying layers whilst depositing essential ingredients along the way. They assist with:
- Improving cutaneous hydration
- Visibly improving the skin texture and glow
- Reduction of scaliness and roughness of the skin
- Decreasing the depth of wrinkles due to re-hydration gels & gums
When applied topically, natural vitamins help to prevent damage from free radicals. It has been scientifically proven that vitamins assist with rejuvenating the skin from the outside in, by penetration to the dermis where they are utilised by the germinative cells. Vitamins A, C, D and E are excellent synergistic companions in skin care formulas.
All vitamins used in Mukti Organics are derived from natural sources.
The more we feed our skin with natural ingredients that contain an abundance of anti-aging constituents, and work on skin regeneration and maintenance, the more beneficial and radiant our inner and outer health will be.