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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