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Your Family Guide to Doing Mother’s Day Right!

Your Family Guide to Doing Mother’s Day Right!

Marion O'Leary | May 4, 2020

 

Like many, I think Mother’s Day is a great idea. After all, it celebrates one of the world’s most difficult jobs, also the most poorly paid and possibly the least appreciated, that also happens to be one of the most important. But the consumerism linked to Mother’s Day can bring mixed feelings – after all, a day of celebration that also results in the accumulation of masses of unwanted trinkets and the dumping of tonnes of plastic waste seems counter-productive. And let’s face it – not that much fun for mum.

We’ve come up with a family guide to celebrating Mother’s Day while taking care of Mother Earth, and we think your mum will love you for it. Here are the ground rules:

1. Choose your candles carefully

So you’ve rejected the toxic paraffin candles (well done, you!) and you’re eyeing up a plant-based candle for mum? It’s worth checking whether the wax is made from GM soy – which would mean pesticides, herbicides and insectageddon, together with questionable ethics. If you buy a plant-based candle, make sure it’s free of palm oil and GM, but better still find an ethical brand that’s certified ethically grown. We believe the safest and most ethical candles are made with unscented certified organic beeswax –  they smell pretty wonderful just as they are. Certified organic means the bees are foraging on healthy, poison-free crops – and when bees are protected, so are the other insects.

2. Don’t buy anything with synthetic fragrance

Most candles, perfumes and soaps, as well as air-fresheners and car fragrances, are made with synthetic fragrance. These long-lasting and intense aromas are not safe to breathe. For health reasons and for the sake of the environment, buy your mum products that are either free of fragrance, or fragranced with good quality essential oils.

3. Don’t buy an ornament

Chances are, your mum has enough ‘things’ and finding a place to put another one might actually give her a small headache. I know she’s smiling but she has to because she’s your mum. Don’t do it.

4. Don’t buy things made of, or packaged in plastic

Call me ungrateful, but when I receive something displayed in a mass of plastic, all I’m looking at is that plastic, worrying about whether it really will be recycled, and will it end up in a whale’s belly? Sticking to things made of wood, glass, metal or natural fabric is automatically way up there on the ‘good taste’ spectrum. But you must also ensure it fulfils point 5 below.

5. If you must buy a ‘thing’, make sure it’s something beautiful, useful or edible

Please be careful here. If the beautiful thing you have chosen is in the ornament category, be mindful that your mum’s idea of beauty might be different from yours. Most mums are more than happy to receive consumables – beautiful organic food that you’ve purchased knowing it’s something she loves to eat, food you prepared yourself from scratch, something she would love to wear that’s been made from natural fibres by a company with good ethics, a great book or some organic skincare (I know where you can get some).

6. Buy her an experience

The thing mums treasure more than anything else is time they get to spend with their family, preferably when it does not involve shopping, cooking and doing the dishes. Spending time together eating, watching a movie, going to a play, or listening to music and just being together is precious to her.

7. Buy her time to look after herself

Time to look after herself is probably the one thing your mum is most in need of. Hiring a house-cleaner or a baby sitter to give her a few hours of free time would feel miraculous (assuming that as in most households she does the lion’s share of these tasks). She could spend the spare hours kicking up her heels with friends or relaxing in the bath soaking in something gorgeous (e.g. this or this), reading her book and sipping something delicious.

8. Repeat numbers 6 and 7 frequently throughout the year as a sign of your true love and appreciation.

And have a wonderful day!

How to Care For Your Baby’s Skin – Keeping it Simple

How to Care For Your Baby’s Skin – Keeping it Simple

Marion O'Leary | April 25, 2020

 

When it comes to caring for your baby’s skin, it is important to keep in mind that newborn skin is immature – it is more fragile and its barrier function is not yet fully developed. In recent years, the importance of the skin’s microbiome for the health of the skin and for the normal development of our immune system has become better understood. Maintaining a healthy skin microbiome on your baby’s skin is particularly important (see our blog on this here). These factors should be considered when choosing how to care for your baby’s skin, and the good news is that keeping things simple and natural is going to be best for your baby.

How is newborn skin different?

When our skin is fully mature, it forms a good physical barrier to the environment that makes it semi-waterproof, prevents dehydration and keeps out irritants, toxins and microorganisms. This barrier is formed by the skin’s outermost layer of cells and fatty molecules called the stratum corneum. Immediately after birth, a baby’s skin has to make a rapid transformation as it adapts to the outside world. Because a newborn’s skin is initially thin and fragile with a reduced barrier function, more water is lost through newborn skin than mature skin. It is also more sensitive to irritants and, importantly, more permeable to toxins. It is not until around 12 months of age that full barrier function is developed.

Our skin also protects us by promoting the growth of beneficial bacterial species that keep out harmful microorganisms. These bacteria make up our skin’s microbiome and have an important role to play in maintaining good skin health. When a baby is born, the skin is rapidly colonised by bacteria, and their composition has a major effect on the health of the baby’s skin.

Mature healthy skin has a pH of around 5, creating an ‘acid mantle’ that discourages the growth of harmful bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus. The pH of newborn skin is higher than mature healthy skin – around 6.3-7.5 (1) and this generally drops to a pH of around 5 within a few days of birth (4). 

The skin microbiome and skin pH are strongly linked. For example, skin that has a pH of around 5 and supports a broad range of bacterial species is associated with good skin health, whereas skin affected by eczema, or atopic dermatitis, has a higher pH and a more narrow range of bacterial species (3).

How to keep your baby’s skin healthy

When caring for your baby’s skin, the aim should be to protect its barrier function – this means maintaining the correct skin pH, not removing protective lipids from the skin, and minimising the use of any product that will alter the skin’s microbiome. At the same time, the skin must be kept clean and free of irritants, and should not contact any potential toxins. When choosing skincare products, it is important to remember that the younger your baby, the more easily her skin will absorb chemicals. For this reason, it is important to take extreme care when choosing the products that come into contact with your baby’s skin.

BATHING

Newborn babies are covered in a creamy substance known as the ‘vernix’ which is made of water, lipids, proteins and antimicrobial molecules. Maintaining this layer on the skin rather than washing it off is linked to better skin hydration, a lower skin pH and better maintenance of body temperature after birth (1). 

Most health professionals recommend that baths should be short – no longer than 5 minutes – to protect the skin’s barrier function. They should also be infrequent, around twice a week according to some (2), with routine attention to the face and nappy areas between baths. Rubbing of the skin with sponges or cloths should be minimised as this can also damage the skin’s barrier. Use of soaps and detergents in the bath is controversial and some recommend avoiding detergents altogether. Harsh detergents like sodium lauryl sulphate are potent skin irritants that also damage the skin’s lipid barrier and should not be used (2), and to some extent, all detergents risk removing the lipid content of the skin that creates the skin’s physical barrier. 

What to avoid in skin products

PRESERVATIVES

Many baby creams and shampoos contain synthetic ingredients that pose a particular risk to babies. The preservatives that are added to water-based creams, shampoos and conditioners are potential irritants, and the paraben preservatives, which are absorbed more easily into permeable newborn skin, should be particularly avoided because of their oestrogenic effects on the body (you can read our blog on the dangers of paraben preservatives here).

However it is not just the irritant and toxic effects of preservatives that can cause problems. Preservatives are powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal agents that keep water-containing skin care products free of microorganisms. These preservatives are still active when applied to the skin, and so they have the potential to alter the baby’s skin microbiome. For babies at risk of eczema or atopic dermatitis, this could have significant impacts.

EMULSIFIERS

Water-containing skin care products also contain emulsifiers, which are detergent-like molecules that stabilise the water/oil emulsion. Emulsifiers can irritate the skin, set up allergic responses and can also damage barrier function. You can read more about the problems associated with emulsifiers here.

FRAGRANCES

Fragrances and dyes of all types should be avoided in the first year of life because of the risk of sensitisation and the development of allergic-type reactions (2). 

What’s wrong with mainstream baby products?

Firstly, virtually all mainstream baby products contain preservatives, emulsifiers and fragrances. For those not familiar with the chemical names of the ingredients listed on skincare products, finding a product lacking these ingredients requires a lot of research. Basically, any product that contains water, or aqua, will contain both a preservative and an emulsifier. And any product that smells floral or fragrant or includes the word parfum will contain synthetic or natural fragrance. Even products that claim to be ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ or ‘pH balanced’ may contain preservatives, emulsifiers and fragrances.

How Mokosh baby products are different

All Mokosh products are made without preservatives and emulsifiers, and we have created a range specifically suited to babies which also lack fragrance. Because they are made without synthetic ingredients, using only organic botanical oils, they will not harm baby skin if absorbed through the skin’s permeable barrier. They will also protect the skin’s barrier function because they are free of emulsifiers, and will not alter the microbiome because they lack preservatives.

Our baby range includes:

PURE BODY BALM

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This is a thick balm that creates a protective barrier on the skin, making a lovely natural nappy cream. It includes shea and cacao butter, which are known for their healing properties, and contains natural vitamin E and provitamin A.  

PURE FACE & BODY CREAM

Mokosh Pure Face And Body Cream

Made with shea butter together with a range of healing and restorative oils, this is a vitamin-rich cream that can be massaged over the skin after a bath. 

BABY MASSAGE OIL

Mokosh Baby Massage Oil

Made with a range of rapidly absorbed oils rich in essential fatty acids, this un-fragranced oil is perfect for performing a gentle massage. Massage is particularly calming for your baby after bathing (see how to perform Ayurvedic baby massage here: https://www.mokosh.com.au/blog/2014/10/19/ayurvedic-baby-massage

OLIVE OIL SOAP FRAGRANCE FREE

Mokosh Olive Oil Soap

We believe it is important to minimise the use of soaps with babies because any detergent has the potential to harm the baby’s barrier function. However, some form of detergent may be needed around the nappy area and when babies start moving and getting into real dirt. Although our olive oil soap is extremely mild, its pH is alkaline, like all true soaps, and contact time with the skin should be minimised. We suggest thoroughly rinsing away soap with warm water and following with our balm, cream or massage oil to help restore the skin’s pH.

REFERENCES

1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4593874/

2.  http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?pid=S0365-05962011000100014&script=sci_arttext&tlng=en

3. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0192443

4.https://www.rch.org.au/uploadedFiles/Main/Content/rchcpg/hospital_clinical_guideline_index/Key%20Differences%20in%20Infant%20Skin.pdf

A Tailored Mokosh Face Mask for Weekend (or anytime) Indulgence

A Tailored Mokosh Face Mask for Weekend (or anytime) Indulgence

Marion O'Leary | March 5, 2020

 

We often hear from our customers with creative ideas they have developed at home to make Mokosh products even more indulgent. And because everyone can benefit from a little extra me-time, we thought we’d share how to make an extra indulgent face-mask, tailored specially for your skin type. All it takes is a spare twenty minutes. Add in some restful music and a soothing cup of herbal tea, and I guarantee, you’ll feel like a million dollars – inside and out! 

What you will need:

Our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask is the common ingredient for this treatment. It is made with 10 different organic herbal powders that will cleanse the skin and perform a gentle micro exfoliation. It is rich in antioxidants (from neem, meadowsweet, tulsi, calendula, coconut), anti-inflammatories (oatmeal, aloe vera, calendula, rose petal), water-soluble vitamins (wheatgrass, pomegranate, calendula, tulsi) and humectants (aloe vera, oatmeal, calendula). Because it’s in powder form, it needs to be mixed with water in order to activate the nutrients within the herbal blend, and the resulting paste is then massaged over the skin. It suits all skin-types and can be used once or twice daily. However, when you want to ‘supercharge’ this product, you can blend it with the following according to your skin type:

OILY SKIN – 

After mixing half-to-one teaspoon of powder with a smaller than usual amount of water to activate the ingredients, add 3-5 drops of Elderberry & Chia Seed Beauty Serum or Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil, and adjust the consistency with additional water until it is easily spreadable over the skin. Both these products are formulated with a high content of omega-6 fatty acids, which can help normalise sebum production in oily skin.

Alternatively, if you’re not comfortable adding oil, blend the powder with Pure Hydrosol Toner instead of water to add an anti-inflammatory boost to the blend.

COMBINATION SKIN – 

Mix the powder with a smaller than usual amount of water, then add around 5 drops of either Elderberry & Chia Seed Beauty Serum or Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil, and adjust the consistency with water until it is spreadable over the skin. 

Alternatively, blend with coconut milk, coconut water or coconut yoghurt to a smooth paste, perhaps with a few extra drops of water or Pure Hydrosol Toner to create a smooth spreadable consistency. Coconut is very cooling to the skin and suits most combination skin types, which often also have sensitive skin.

NORMAL AND DRY SKIN –

After mixing with a smaller than usual amount of water, mix with a few drops of Raspberry & Pomegranate Beauty Serum or a half pea-sized amount of Rich or Light Face Cream.

Alternatively, mix the powder with organic full cream milk or organic dairy yoghurt, and if necessary, a few drops of water to create a spreadable consistency.

Next:

The consistency should be liquid enough to create a smooth paste that does not drag the skin, yet not so runny that it drips after application. If you have added oil, milk or yoghurt, the paste will be extra creamy compared to the paste you are probably used to, when it’s mixed with water alone. Massage gently on the skin, using minimal pressure, starting at the neck and working slowly and thoroughly upwards to the forehead. Now, find a place to relax for 10 minutes or so and let those beautiful botanicals do their thing!

Remove:

Either step under the shower and wash the mask away under warm (not hot) water, or use a warm water-soaked face cloth to gently moisten and then remove mask, rinsing the cloth repeatedly with warm water until the mask is completely removed. Pat the skin dry with a soft clean towel, and take a moment to appreciate your now beautifully soft skin!

Tone and Moisturise:

 Follow with a spray of Pure Hydrosol Toner before applying a moisturiser suitable for your skin type:

Oily/combination skin: Elderberry & Chia Seed Beauty Serum

Normal/dry skin: Raspberry & Pomegranate Beauty Serum or Light Face Cream or Rich Face Cream.

Now Congratulate Yourself

…for making the time to look after the precious being that is you!

How to Bring the Holiday You Home

How to Bring the Holiday You Home

Marion O'Leary | February 3, 2020

‘We don’t actually need that much in life to be comfortable’, I thought to myself as we settled into our relatively sparsely-furnished holiday chalet on Rottnest island. A short ferry ride from Fremantle, Rottnest is a little patch of paradise for local holiday-makers. The chalets are a few steps from the beach, private cars are not allowed, and neither are dogs or cats so the quokkas (cute cat-sized marsupials) can roam safely. After 24 hours, I feel like a different person. If I brought a computer or phone with me, it’s eventually forgotten and I slip into that state where I can just be – reading on the balcony while listening to the waves, taking a bike ride to pick up supplies or try out a different beach, and enjoying that distinctive Rottnest feeling of permanently salty skin and sandy toes. 

The return to the busy-ness and clutter of real life can be quite a jolt. I wondered what it is about holidays like these that are so special – and how we can bring some of that holiday feeling back home to our everyday lives. Here’s what I came up with.

Clutter and chores

A holiday means taking with us only the bare essentials – our loved ones and a change of clothes. We leave behind all the other ‘stuff’ – books, documents, clothing, equipment, furniture, utensils, gadgets, decorative objects and memorabilia.  We are no longer surrounded by the things we accumulate and store, nor are we reminded of the endless chores that need doing in our homes. No wonder the Marie Kondo method has been such a hit – it provides a simple approach to the daunting task of dealing with the stuff that can make our lives unnecessarily complicated. Decluttering in the physical world creates a calm space in our minds. What’s more, chores become less burdensome, because they can be more easily carried out. 

This philosophy dovetails nicely with the ‘tiny house’ movement – a home about the size of a Rottnest chalet – where belongings must be pared down and the use of space carefully planned. Spaces are more multi-purpose and everything has its place. What’s more, it means that every thing you buy has to be carefully considered – having minimal space means you can have only so much stuff. For some, the appeal of a tiny house is financial – a tiny mortgage or rent means it’s possible to spend less time earning a living – and that means there’s more time to follow your passion or live in holiday mode.

These approaches sit well with the ‘Buy Nothing New’ movement, a commitment that’s taken for one month to buy only secondhand, borrow or rent (apart from food, hygiene and medicines). The aim is to prevent impulsive buys, encourage conscious buying, reduce waste and, at the same time, prevent your home from becoming cluttered again!

Reading

Screen-free time

It seems to me that screen-free holidays are a lot harder to achieve than even 5 years ago, but when we have managed it, we’ve found ourselves playing cards or board games at night, lingering over dinner, and going for evening walks.  It also seems harder these days, even on holiday, to resist the urge to check emails, use social media and be distracted by notifications. Most of us use technology for work and are increasingly dependent on it outside – to check facts, communicate and navigate.  Apparently, up to 40% of Americans now spend more time socialising online than in real life. At night, many of us watch TV or Netflix or rent a movie. For most of us, the thought of going without screens for even 24 hours is a little bit scary. 

We know that over-exposure to social media can, paradoxically, make us less social and reduce our self-esteem. Too much screen time can also increase our risk of sleep disorders, make us overweight, distract us from more important tasks and reduce our involvement with our local community. We know this, yet it’s difficult to maintain a healthy relationship with screens.

Taking a day a week to unplug from screens is something I’ve been drawn to recently.  The idea is to be disciplined and switch off everything, and to use the 24 hours to do things like entertaining, cooking, gardening, meditating, reading, or just hanging out on a balcony. Years ago I read Susan Maushart’s very entertaining ‘The Winter of Our Disconnect’, where she banned herself and her family from using screens as an experiment. It makes an enlightening and thought-provoking read. Have you tried it? I’d love to hear how it went.

Head space

When we are released from the busy-ness of everyday life for a while, we have time to think. Holidays are often a time when something new appears – we have an interesting insight, we have the opportunity to talk to people outside our usual circle, and we notice our surroundings more. I guess this is our default state of mind once we remove stress – there is room for openness and creativity.

One way to help this state of mind become more part of our lives is to practice mindfulness. By taking a short time each day to actually practice it, we’re more likely to incorporate it into the rest of our day. A friend gave me a great technique to use on my daily walk. As you walk, spend time paying attention to each of your senses starting with sight, then move to hearing, smell, taste and touch and focus intensely on each sense in turn.  Or try a mindfulness guided meditation – I like The Mindful Movement but there are many to choose from.

Every day a holiday?

Is there something you do that makes your life simpler, calmer and more fulfilling, and more like a holiday? Is there an activity you have incorporated into your day that makes life less stressful? We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this. But for now, I’m going to turn off my computer.

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Summer – Sunscreen, Diet & Skin Care Products!

How to Keep Your Skin Healthy This Summer – Sunscreen, Diet & Skin Care Products!

Marion O'Leary | January 5, 2020

With the onset of summer and the inevitable increase in exposure of our skin to the sun’s rays, it’s worth considering how to take the best care of our skin while still making the most of all that summer has to offer.

What’s So Damaging About Sunlight?

Our skin is damaged by an excess of the ultraviolet (UV) wavelength of sunlight. The early visible effect of excessive UV exposure is sunburn, which is the inflammatory response triggered by UV light. While sunburn is visible, the changes going on in the deeper layers are not. UV light can damage our skin’s DNA, sometimes irreparably. It also triggers the generation of oxidative molecules (free radicals) that can damage our collagen, elastin and other structures in the skin, as well as our skin’s DNA. When skin DNA is damaged, we increase our risk of developing skin cancers, while damage to collagen, elastin and our skin’s matrix will speed up our skin’s ageing. To complicate matters, UV light can reduce our skin’s ability to mount an effective immune response, further raising the risk of developing skin cancers.

How Does Our Skin Protect Itself?

Our skin has built-in mechanisms that protect it to some extent from the harmful effects of UV light.  Firstly, our cells can repair damaged DNA. Secondly, our skin contains melanin, which is very efficient at absorbing UV light. And finally, it contains antioxidants that can neutralise the free radicals that damage the skin, however these are depleted following exposure to UV light.

So, How Can We Boost Our Skin’s Natural Defences?

Sunscreen

1. Sunscreen

When we really can’t avoid exposing our skin to the sun, sunscreen is our first line of defence. There are two types of sunscreen. Physical sunscreens, made with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which protect the skin by reflecting, scattering and absorbing UV light. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, directly absorb UV light and convert it to heat energy. 

While physical sunscreens are generally considered safe, there are concerns about the safety of chemical sunscreens. Some of the active ingredients in chemical sunscreens can be absorbed into the body to the extent that they can be detected in blood, urine and breast milk. Yet their safety is still unproven. Of particular concern is oxybenzone, a common ingredient in chemical sunscreens, which may have hormonal effects (1).  A number of ingredients commonly included in chemical sunscreens, including oxybenzone and octinoxate, are also potentially damaging to coral reefs. In some parts of the world – Hawaii, Palau and Key West – sunscreens containing reef-damaging chemicals are banned, however no such ban exists in Australia. Unfortunately, because chemical sunscreens are more ‘invisible’ than physical sunscreens, they are far more popular. 

We believe the personal convenience of chemical sunscreens is not worth the risk to our health or that of the environment. When asked by our customers, we recommend choosing a certified organic sunscreen that uses non nano zinc oxide as its active ingredient.

Diet

2. Diet

Our skin contains natural antioxidants, and to some extent these protect our skin against free radical damage caused by UV light. So it makes sense that consuming a diet extra rich in antioxidants could make our skin even more resilient to the damaging effects of UV. However this is not always the case.

We looked at the benefits of increasing dietary antioxidants – vitamin C, carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols, all of which are found in many commonly consumed fruit and vegetables

It seems that increasing our vitamin C intake has no real protective effect, at least when consumed in its synthetic form. In the study we looked at, oral vitamin C supplements were given at a dose that raised both blood and skin levels of vitamin C. However no additional UV protective effect was seen. This was surprising, because vitamin C is known to be an important protector against UV light in the skin. 

In contrast, diets rich in carotenoids did have benefits, in particular lycopene and lutein, which are abundant in tomatoes. However a minimum of 12 weeks supplementation at a fairly high dose (around 55g tomato paste per day) was required to show a protective effect.

The polyphenol antioxidant found in green tea, and flavonoid-rich cacao powder were also effective – they reduced the size of sunburn after UV irradiation (2, 3).

Interestingly, many of these studies have looked at supplementing the diet with a single substance, sometimes synthetic. It may be that consuming a plant-based diet rich in a range of antioxidants, including sufficient quantities of proven protectants like green tea, cocoa and tomatoes, will have additive and synergistic effects, offering extra UV protection.

Skin Care

3. Skin Care Products

Applying antioxidants directly to the skin is another means of protecting the skin against UV damage. A range of studies have given interesting results.

Application of vitamin E directly to the skin was found to be protective. Vitamin E seems to exert its protective effect on the skin both through its antioxidant activity and by directly absorbing UV light.

Another promising study showed that applying green tea polyphenols gave protection against UV-induced damage (4). 

Although it is well established that consumption of carotenoids can help protect the skin against UV, the effect of topical application of carotenoids has not been studied.  However, we can make some assumptions from a couple of findings. Firstly, topically applied beta-carotene is known to be readily absorbed into the skin and converted to the active form of vitamin A (5).  In addition, where infra-red light was used to generate free radicals in the skin, the application of a cream containing beta-carotene protected the skin from free radical formation. (6). Therefore it seems likely that applying carotenoid-rich products to the skin will boost the skin’s antioxidant levels and protect against free radicals from UV light in the same way it protects from free radical production by infra-red light.

Vitamin C  is another substance that has been shown to be protective against UV, and also to stimulate production of collagen in the dermis. So to some extent vitamin C can both protect from UV damage and help repair the damage caused by UV light. The difficulty for skin care manufacturers is to deliver the active, water-soluble form of vitamin C at the low pH that allows its absorption. To make things more difficult, the water-soluble form of vitamin C loses its activity after a few weeks in an aqueous solution, and is readily degraded by light. Much work is continuing to find a way to deliver an active, usable form of vitamin C to the skin.

Which Mokosh Products Can Help?

All Mokosh moisturisers, as well as our Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil,  contain vitamin E, carotenoids, and other antioxidants including polyphenols. Our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask, once activated by mixing with water, is also rich in antioxidants, and contains the active form of vitamin C. 

We believe that the regular application of our products will help maintain good levels of these important antioxidants in the skin. In addition, after a day in the sun, when your skin’s levels of antioxidants will be depleted, application of our products should help replenish their levels, counteracting some of the damaging effects of UV light. Another strategy would be to apply our moisturisers before going into the sun, and before applying sunscreen, so that your skin will receive a boost of antioxidants before it is exposed to UV light. 

In addition, our products contain natural anti-inflammatory molecules that can help soothe the inflammation of sunburn, while their good levels of essential fatty acids can help rebuild the skin’s barrier function (read more about this here).

However, as most health professionals would say, prevention is better than the cure. Avoiding the sun when UV levels are at their highest should be a priority. When you can’t avoid the sun, be sure to wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Apply antioxidant-rich, well formulated products to your skin, and eat a really good diet, rich in fruit and vegetables. Your skin, like the rest of your body, will thank you for it!

Shop the full Mokosh range, including sample & mini sizes, here.

References

  1. https://www.ewg.org/sunscreen/report/the-trouble-with-sunscreen-chemicals/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24964816#
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326796078_Antioxidants_from_Plants_Protect_against_Skin_Photoaging
  4. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2014/860479/#B29
  5. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8377767_Topical_b-carotene_is_converted_to_retinyl_esters_in_human_skin_ex_vivo_and_mouse_skin_in_vivo
  6. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1600-0625.2010.01191.x
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