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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Whether it is adult onset, or smack dab in the middle of puberty, acne is NEVER welcomed. By definition, acne is an inflammatory skin condition caused by overproduction of oil (sebum) in the skin. The skin also has an abundance of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes which exacerbates the severity of the condition.
Acne is largely hormonal in nature, and seems to creep up at the most inopportune times. Not only is it difficult to manage, it can be incredibly painful and lead to scarring. In addition, acne often induces anxiety about one’s appearance.
Let’s say you’ve just started a new skin care regimen, and you are eagerly awaiting your promised results… but all you see 1-2 weeks later are more breakouts or red, flaky skin. What’s going on here?
There's a difference between when your skin is reacting adversely to your skincare products, and when your skin is simply “taking out the trash” in order to reveal the new cells waiting underneath. Below are some ways you can tell if your skincare is working to purge your skin of dead cells, impurities, and build up, or if you may be having a reaction and it's just not right for you. As always, please consult your skincare practitioner if you are experiencing extreme discomfort. It is better to be safe than sorry!