Introducing Mokosh's Intensive Range: Kakadu Plum Revival Mask

Introducing Mokosh's Intensive Range: Kakadu Plum Revival Mask

We are delighted to launch our two new ‘Intensive’ products: Kakadu Plum Revival Mask and Bakuchiol Revival Serum. These two products are designed to harness healing actives known to reverse changes in the skin caused by age and/or UV exposure. We have formulated both products with 100% certified organic ingredients so that each active is present in its purest, most potent form when it reaches your skin.

Our Kakadu Plum Revival Mask is, first and foremost, a vitamin C mask. But it’s so much more than that. Read on…

Our Special Formulation

As you probably know, at Mokosh we do not use synthetic ingredients in our skin care, because many synthetics pose a risk to health, especially when used on a daily basis over many years.  When it comes to actives, synthetic forms can be problematic when added to a traditional water-based formula (see more here). Vitamin C is a case in point. Water-based vitamin C formulations can lose their potency over time or, when the vitamin C molecule is synthetically adjusted to improve stability, it is often at the expense of absorption into the skin or ability to be used by the skin (1).

A Vitamin C Mask

Our Kakadu Plum Revival Mask contains whole Kakadu Plum, the world’s richest known source of vitamin C. The vitamin C in Kakadu plum is in the form of L-ascorbic acid, the most active form of vitamin C. Traditional aqueous formulations that contain ascorbic acid lose their potency quite rapidly. We overcome this by presenting our mask as a powder.  The vitamin C is not activated until it is mixed with water at the time of use, so it is most potent when applied to your skin. 

Vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid has 3 known benefits to the skin. It can boost production of collagen in the skin, helping to reduce fine lines. It also inhibits melanin production, thereby reducing levels of abnormal pigmentation and brightening the skin. Finally, because it is a potent antioxidant, it can offer protection from damage by UV light. 

Kakadu plum is native to Australia, and best known for its high vitamin C content. However it is also a good source of other antioxidants including ellagic acid, that is also known to help with skin brightening. It also contains compounds considered to have anti-cancer activity (1).

Other Potent Anti-Ageing Ingredients

In addition to Kakadu Plum, we have selected some of the world’s most beneficial anti-ageing botanicals:

Maqui berry gives our mask its beautiful deep purple colour when mixed with water. This berry is native to South America and one of the world’s most potent sources of antioxidants. It contains particularly high levels of anthocyanins, which can help reduce effects of free radicals, that are the main cause of collagen loss. It also offers anti-inflammatory benefits (2). 

Shiitake mushroom - shiitake is high in vitamins B3 and B5, known for their ability to improve skin barrier function, hydrate the skin, and reduce inflammation. Shiitake mushroom also has skin brightening properties, helping to reduce patchy pigmentation (3).

Gotu kola -  this leafy plant is a medicinal herb in the Ayurvedic tradition. It is rich in triterpenes that are known to stimulate collagen production. It also contains high levels of antioxidants (4). 

Green coconut water- contains growth promotants known as cytokinins. Of particular interest is kinetin. Kinetin is known to have beneficial effects on mammalian cells including promoting cell division, as well as anti-ageing, anti-cancer, and antioxidant effects. When added to skin care products kinetin was shown to clarify the skin, reduce wrinkle formation and improve skin texture (5,6). 

Aloe vera - renowned for its anti-inflammatory benefits, it contains hormone-like substances that speed healing and stimulate the production of collagen, while also containing mucopolysaccharides that can plump the skin (7).

Tremella - a medicinal mushroom from traditional Chinese medicine. It has been prized for many centuries for its anti-ageing benefits, both when taken internally and when applied to the skin. In skin care products, Tremella is the botanical alternative to hyaluronic acid. Both tremella and hyaluronic acid attract water to themselves, so that when they are applied to the skin, they hydrate it, making it more plump.  However it is thought that Tremella has 5 times the water-holding capacity of hyaluronic acid.  Tremella’s water-holding capacity is due to high levels of polysaccharide compounds that also have known skin brightening effects (8). 

Spirulina - best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, it is now thought that spirulina may also boost collagen production and protect collagen and elastin from skin-damaging enzymes (9).

Ashwaganda - the root of the plant Withania somnifera is an important herb in Ayurveda where it is used internally to treat a variety of conditions, including for its anti-ageing benefits. A recent study showed that it has anti-ageing effect in cells grown in culture (10). In Ayurveda, ashwaganda root is used on the skin to treat hyperpigmentation, inflammation, acne and ageing.

Caution With Your First Use

The application of vitamin C to the skin does not come without problems. Many people experience mild tingling when they first use vitamin C, while others experience a stronger reaction. For this reason, we always recommend performing a patch test on your arm or out of sight on your neck, before applying to the face.

If you have no reaction 24 hours after a patch test, we recommend briefly massaging the paste onto your skin, then immediately rinsing off completely.  Monitor your skin for a reaction for the next 24 hours. If all is well, you can apply it again 2-3 days later. If still no reaction, you can gradually build up your exposure time to 5 minutes and apply the mask daily. Please don’t rush this process - it is far safer to go slowly with vitamin C products.

We include a desiccant pack with this powder to prevent the powder from clumping. 

We hope you enjoy using our Kakadu Plum Revival Mask, packed full of the natural world's most potent anti-ageing botanicals, as much as we do!

References:

(1) Mohanty, S. and Cock, E. (2012) The chemotherapeutic potential of Terminalia ferdinandiana: Phytochemistry and bioactivity. Pharmacogn. Review 6:29-36

(2) Schon, C. et al. (2018) Bioavailability Study of Maqui Berry Extract in Healthy Subjects Nutrients 10: 1720

(3) Taofiq, O. et al (2016)  Development of Mushroom-Based Cosmeceutical Formulations with Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Tyrosinase, Antioxidant, and Antibacterial Properties Molecules 21: 1372

(4) Hashim, P. et al  (2011) Triterpene Composition and Bioactivities of Centella asiatica Molecules 16: 1310-1322

(5) Yong, JWH et al ( 2009) The Chemical Composition and Biological Properties of Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) Water Molecules 14:5144-5164.

(6) Why Coconut Water is Both a Biostimulant and an Anti-Cancer Agent http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.1004.9313&rep=rep1&type=pdf

(7) Surjushe, A. et al (2008) Aloe Vera: a Short Review 53:163-166

(8) Wu, Y. et al. (2016) Mushroom Cosmetics: The Present and Future Cosmetics MDPI

(9) Liu, P. et al (2018) Crude protein from Spirulina increases the viability of CCD-986sk cells via the EGFR.MAPK signaling pathway. International Journal of Molecular Medicine 771-778.

(10) Raguraman, V. and Subramaniam, J.R. (2016) Withania somnifera Root Extract Enhances Telomerase Activity in the Human HeLa Cell Line. Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology 7:199-204.


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