Are you sure that you are selecting beauty products with an eye out for high-quality, effective ingredients.
You might ask, what makes an ingredient effective?
Ingredients need to be able to penetrate, alter, and improve the function of the skin to enhance collagen production, exfoliation, hydration, and protection. These types of products are considered cosmeceuticals and not typically found in the average over-the-counter product at your local pharmacy or department store. Many skincare products fall short because their amazing “active ingredients” sit on the surface of the skin and can’t be delivered to the right layer to work their magic.
Have you ever put a skincare cream on and thought it felt waxy instead of absorbing into the skin? Product penetration is based on molecular size, skin pH, polarity or molecular charge, and oil solubility. With technological advancements, ingredients can be changed into smaller particles with nanotechnology and microspheres to increase skin penetration. Liposome encapsulation and microencapsulation are also technologies used to increase product penetration by increasing oil solubility and ingredient stability. Stability of amazing ingredients like peptides and vitamin C can be enhanced significantly. The pH of the skin can be improved with the type of water used and with the use of toners after cleansing. So, with the right formulations, instead of your skincare cream sitting on the surface of the skin, it will absorb and work its magic.
As a side note on ingredient penetration, look for product lines that care about using cruelty free, safe, and nontoxic ingredients.
Some ingredients like phthalates, polyethylene glycol, fragrances, triclosan, and borates, to name a few, have been shown to potentially have disruptive effects on our endocrine systems.
At Mikel Kristi, we take pride in offering you the safest, most effective ingredients available. We also practice and hold strong beliefs about sustainability, cruelty free, and fair trade practices.
Think of the ingredients in your skincare as “food” for your skin. Your skin needs certain nutrients to function optimally.
Try Mikel Kristi today and notice the difference that quality ingredients make.
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Advocate:A person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person, and/or cause.
For all the ways to describe who I am and what I do, the word advocate feels the most right. I am not just a PA-C, injector, skincare formulator, and entrepreneur. Those are simply the tools I use to carry out my life’s passion. My mission is to help educate people on the power they have to work with aging on a deep and impactful level, and to help my clients see themselves in a new light that they have control over. The truth is that too many people waste money and sanity on products and procedures that either don’t work, or don’t deliver on the intended outcome. And it's only by education on the structure of the skin, and how aging takes place in the body, that we can intelligently choose what to do when.
An Introduction To Cosmeceuticals
So, you may ask, “Why don’t all skin products work?” Many of us have bought the newest trendy product that we have read about in a beauty magazine or seen on TV, used it for a few weeks, see no results, and then put it in the cabinet never to be touched again. The fact is that YOU WANT TO SEE RESULTS! You want your skin to look and feel healthier and younger. However, many beauty products fall short because those amazing “active ingredients” that they advertise aren’t delivered to the right place in the skin, or in the right form to be effective.
Many companies in the business of “Big Beauty” have capitalized on the notion of a customized skincare plan based on your particular skin type. I think we have all taken the quiz, received the result, and went straight to the cash register confident that this custom regimen would be the answer to our skin woes. Cut to three months later, and we are back at a different register, listening to different set of promises … and lather, rinse, repeat.
It really doesn’t matter what “skin type” you have. The four basic daily needs for skin health and anti-aging do not change