When we first set out to create our skin care products, our inspiration was the ancient science of Ayurveda. In this tradition, it is considered that health is achieved when there is balance between mind, body and soul. Self care is given priority, with an emphasis on meditation, self-massage, daily outdoor exercise, a clean, whole food diet, and choosing foods and activities that create balance for your own particular ‘dosha’ or body type.
A New Approach to Skin Care
When it came to formulating our products, our first priority was to strip away the synthetic ingredients that are included in virtually all skin care. The routine addition of preservatives, emulsifiers and other synthetics to skin care products runs contrary to the Ayurvedic tradition because these ingredients have the potential to disrupt skin health. Instead, our products are made using only pure botanical ingredients, each selected for its outstanding skin benefits.
For many of our customers, using our 100% organic skin care offers a first-hand experience of the healing and nurturing power of truly natural botanicals. It can inspire them to make other beneficial changes in their lives. To us, it is clear that man-made ingredients rarely out-perform carefully chosen natural ones, at least when it comes to skin care.
The 5 Step Ayurvedic Approach to Caring for your Skin
Taking good care of your skin should be simple. In the same way that you are excited by the idea of sitting down to a beautifully prepared, wholesome meal, using Mokosh in your skin care routine should be considered a ‘feast for your skin’.
Step 1 - Cleanse
Daily cleansing removes accumulated dirt, toxins and cell debris, and helps your sebaceous and sweat glands to function at their best.
We believe that our society’s obsession with detergent-based cleansers is the cause of skin problems for many people. Detergents can upset the skin’s barrier function, strip away protective oils, and for some, may lead to inflamed, irritable skin. Instead, choose one or both of our detergent-free cleansers that nourish the skin whilst cleansing in the most gentle and natural way.
Our cleansers make use of the ‘oil-based’ and the ‘water-based’ approach. Using one or both methods can transform your skin’s health.
- Our Makeup Remover & Cleansing Oil uses the ‘oil-dissolves-oil’ principle to pick up excess sebum, dirt and pollutants, deep cleanse the pores, and will help dislodge stubborn blackheads and whiteheads. At the same time it replenishes omega-6 fatty acids that restore the skin’s barrier function, helps normalise sebum, and delivers pro-vitamin A and E and other antioxidants.
- Our Facial Cleanser, Exfoliator & Mask is a blend of 10 organic herbal powders that are mixed with water to a paste before massaging over the skin. As soon as they are mixed with water, the nutrients in these herbs are activated. It will cleanse, remove superficial cell debris and deliver a range of active, water-soluble nutrients including vitamins B and C, antioxidants, humectants and anti-inflammatory molecules. Its ability to perform a micro-exfoliation leaves the skin fresh and free of cellular debris, allowing the efficient absorption of your moisturiser.
Step 2 - Rebalance
Our skin’s acidic pH forms an important part of its barrier function. Its mildly acidic environment prevents harmful bacteria from growing and keeps our skin’s microbiome healthy. Our Pure Hydrosol Toner has an acidic pH as well as anti-inflammatory properties. It helps soothe the skin and prepares your skin for the absorption of your moisturiser.
Step 3 - Nourish
All our products include active nutrients - from our cleansers to our moisturisers. They deliver important vitamins, anti-oxidants and other plant nutrients that can be absorbed and incorporated into the skin. Because our moisturisers are water-free, they are up to 5 times more concentrated than water-containing skin care, and deliver potent doses of important nutrients to the skin.
Step 4 - Protect
Protecting and reinforcing the skin’s barrier function is one of the most important benefits of our skin care range. A healthy skin barrier prevents dehydration, reduces exposure to irritants that can inflame the skin, and will help prevent the bacterial-induced inflammation seen in acne. Our products are enriched for omega-6 fatty acids, which are vital for proper barrier function, while their high levels of antioxidants protect the skin from the free radicals that speed ageing. And very importantly, they are free of the preservatives that can damage the skin’s microbiome, and the emulsifiers that can disturb the skin’s barrier.
Step 5 - Self care
We hope that when you experience a true ‘feast for your skin’ with a Mokosh skin care ritual, you will be be inspired to make similar changes in other areas of your life. Paying attention to the state of health of our mind, body and soul will naturally lead us to take steps to improve them. And when we feel this balance, we can become our best selves - our truly natural state.