Mukti Organics Age Defiance Day Serum
— Day Serum
The Mukti Organics Age Defiance Day Serum has been coined a ‘natural alternative to Botox’. This certified organic product containing highly compatible, clinically proven combination of essential fatty acids and Australian extracts, peptides and vitamins to smooth, hydrate and ‘reverse’ the signs of ageing. The formula aims to prevent, reduce, and slow the appearance of ageing through the bioactive extracts that target these specific areas.
The product is infused with key cosmeceutical ingredients such as Argireline, Antarcticine, Hyadisine and Leuphasyl – synthetically-derived peptides and gylcoproteins that aim to mimic the body’s functions in maintaining healthy, youthful looking skin. The texture is light and infused with nourishing root extracts and oils to provide a hydrating formula. The scent is heavily dosed with the aid of essential oils of Frankincense and has no oily residue.
This product claims to be 'Certified Organic'.
What does this mean?
Mukti Organics is an Australian-made, certified vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand, Inspired by Nature™. Mukti aim to encompass sustainable, ethical and organic principles in their approach to skincare and beyond, selecting ingredients based on their functionality, effectiveness and safety. The formulas in each of their products do not contain any fillers, however do fuse naturally-occurring ingredients such as native Australian extracts of berries, nuts, roots, leaves and seeds with bioactive peptides – lab-made peptides that aim to be the ‘active’ ingredients in their formulations.
Mukti’s Organic certification has been awarded by COSMOS and ACO – meaning that selected ingredients are grown and harvested ethically and minimally so that the integrity of the plant is maintained. Mukti also package their products in a biophotonic violet glass vessel to filter out harmful sun rays to protect their formulations over an extended period – vital when minimal preservatives are used.
The fragrance of the Age Defiance Age Serum is quite potent – particularly due to the Frankincense essential oil. Specifically, it can be described as warm, resinous and earthy with a slightly fruity undertone.
The texture is light, and it is fast-absorbing into the skin, leaving the skin dry to the touch.
The lightweight serum is an easy addition into a day and night routine for someone who is targeting the effects of ageing. Depending on the health of your skin and whether it is sensitive or prone to any conditions, is what will affect the efficacy of this product.
More sensitive skin types may not respond well to the large amount of ingredients in this formula, particularly with the addition of vitamin C and Argireline. The nature of some of the active peptides may be efficient for a while, however may begin to slowly fade.
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice is a soothing ingredient known for its antioxidant properties.
Kakadu Plum contains over 3000mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit
Argireline is a lab-made peptide used to target the process of ageing.
This product uses 3 types of plastic in its packaging and a plastic label.
Mukti package their products in a biophotonic violet glass vessel to filter out harmful sun rays to protect their formulations over an extended period – vital when minimal preservatives are used.
The products are then packaged in a recyclable cardboard box.
Formulation full analysis
Aloe Vera is incredibly soothing for many skin types, and serves as an anti-inflammatory. It’s incredibly hydrating due its high-water content and includes many rich antioxidants such as Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C, as well as active enzymes that nourish the skin surface. Many manufacturers find this ingredient particularly useful in large quantities due to its effectiveness as a skin moisturiser, as well as its ability to cool the skin. Not only is this music to a beach-goer’s ears, but those who naturally hold more heat in their skin will benefit from buying skincare products that use Aloe Vera as a core component.
Kakadu Plum contains over 3000mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit. It’s reported that the plum contains 55 times more Vitamin C than oranges. The Vitamin C in Kakadu works to produce collagen, reduce wrinkles, smooth out the skin and aid in general anti-ageing. Kakadu Plum also shows high antioxidant levels - around 5 times more potent than the blueberry. Antioxidants are crucial for stimulating collagen production and ensuring that skin remains plump and moisturised
Magnesium ascorbyl phosphate (Vitamin C) acts as an antioxidant to protect your skin against free radical damage from the environment. It’s also an essential nutrient for collagen production with free radicals tend to destroy. Vitamin C a key ingredient in anti-ageing skincare as it brightens and smooths the complexion from hyperpigmentation, as well as provides treatment to photo-damaged skin from UV rays.
Argireline is an acetyl hexapeptide, mimicking one of the proteins that are involved in the SNARE complex. It’s a lab-made peptide by a company called Lipotec, that believe that with the manufacture of this protein, they are able to destabilise it. Unfortunately, there’s not much in the way of research that isn’t sponsored by Lipotec to assert that it is ‘botox in a jar’.
The only other independent study that we found on the conflicting side of Argireline’s benefits is a 2013 Chinese randomised, placebo-controlled study that notes contradictions and concludes that although it is somewhat effective and safe to use, the ability for the peptide to seep into the skin is not adequate. Although there’s nothing ‘bad’ about this ingredient, there may be more beneficial, targeted ingredients to do the trick. The ingredient can also be of harm to those with sensitivities, so we recommend to patch test prior to use.
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