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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Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
The truth about sunscreen!
Facts and Myths about one of the most important products you use should be using EVERYDAY!
There are some very popular truths and misconceptions about sunscreen. Let's clear some of those up today!!!
1. Sunscreen is not always necessary
Many people think sunscreen is only needed on very sunny days. If I can't see the sun, do I really need sunscreen?? The answer is yes. If you are outside, you are being exposed to UV rays. Wear that sunscreen. And don't forget about your body. The tops of your shoulders, arms, and chest need just as much sun protection as your face.
Safety & Sun Protection
Living in Arizona means that we are in the sun almost every day of the year, and summertime activities, vacations, picnics and pool parties mean we are in the sun even more. But regular exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to unsightly brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, large pores, saggy skin, wrinkles and skin cancers. To prevent these changes, a broad-spectrum sunblock needs to be applied daily.