Introducing the new Mukti Calming Collection, a four-product system that we think is the best skincare for menopausal skin. While, it has been a taboo topic relegated to the gynecologist office, not considered suitable for social conversation. In fact, women of a certain generation won’t even call it by its name, but covertly refer to it as The Change.
Luckily, its 2021 and this isn’t your mother’s menopause.
Today, thanks to body positive messaging and bold modern brands like Mukti, women feel free to talk about hormonal changes out in the open, which has led to a demand for new products to support their unique needs.
Enter Mukti’s Calming Collection, an ultra-soothing, hyper-hydrating and skin-nourishing range of skin care that restores balance when hormones go haywire.
Using Australian native extracts known for their calming capabilities, this triad replaces more aggressive treatments when skin is just too sensitive for potent actives. Free of essential oils and other irritants, the Calming Collection is some of the best skincare for menopausal skin, ideal for anyone suffering from skin sensitivities, and designed holistically with women in mind.
“My motivation to create the Calming Collection came about out of sheer frustration. As I began my peri-menopause journey, I started having extreme sensitivity issues with my skin and my options were limited. There was very little on the market that addressed my problem and could assist with my hormonal fluctuations leading to flushing, rosacea, sensitivity and dermal impairment.”
What inspired you to create this new, ultra-calming range in the Mukti collection?
As I hit my mid-forties, I began to experience noticeable changes in the appearance of my skin. Having always had fairly normal skin that could tolerate most ingredients, it came as a bit of shock when my skin started reacting to just about everything, I put on it. I remember going to my doctor one day and her suggesting a prescription topical cream for rosacea. As a skincare founder, not only was I literally red-faced, but I was also horrified!
It was in that moment that I realized I was probably not alone and that many women likely suffer from hormonally reactive skin and have no idea where to start in finding the best skincare for menopausal skin to address the underlying issues. Let’s face it, there’s a stigma attached to raising your hand and admitting you’re going through menopause. It’s not something openly aired or discussed. I certainly felt self-conscious. Alongside all the emotional ups and downs that comes with menopause, having skin issues adds insult to injury.
As women enter perimenopause and menopause, what changes in their skin are common?
As we enter this cycle, a drop in estrogen levels causes collagen and oil production to lessen and the skin generally becomes thinner and drier. Estrogen is the hormone that we associate with youthfulness and fertility. Studies show that our skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause. After that, the decline is more gradual. Women lose about 2% of their collagen every year for the next 20 years. The results are generally an increase in the visible signs of aging. Deeper lines and wrinkles, visible blood vessels, acne like pustules and rosacea with increased redness, hot flushing, sensitisation and irritation.
Do you think people who have new reactions to skincare can start to react as a result of over treatment of their skin? Whether it be over exfoliation or overuse of product?
Absolutely. Dermal impairment and increase sensitivity are now becoming more commonplace due to over treating and over stimulating the skin. We are on the verge of entering an era of less is more and simplifying our routines. Exfoliation should only be every 1-2 times a week depending on your skin type and AHA’s and BHA’s should be more of a fortnightly routine. Our skin desquamates (sheds) naturally and whilst it does need a little assistance, with ageing, the production of hormones that play a significant role in healing are less active, taking longer for the skin to heal and repair. So, if you obliterate your skin barrier in your 30’s and 40’s it can take months or in extreme cases, years to rectify the damage. The microbiome on our skin is extremely delicate and doesn’t relish being constantly disrupted.
As we age, the skin needs more soothing actives (vitamins, peptides) to compensate for the decrease in hyaluronic acid, collagen and ceramides.
What is your recommendation for the best skincare for menopausal skin, incorporating the calm collection with other products from the Mukti range?
At the moment, I use and recommend the following products:
Hydrating Cleansing Lotion in the morning.
Calming Cleansing Balm in the evening. It’s great for a double cleanse and removes, makeup, sunscreen and buildup.
Rose Blossom Mist – I generously mist and then follow with the Rescue and
Rescue and Recover Serum if my skin is feeling a little dry, followed with the Calming Moisturizer to seal and hydrate my skin. At night I may also add a few drops of the Antioxidant Facial Oil
I also wear my Daily Moisturizer with Sunscreen if I am heading out into the sun or have a day of running around activities outside.
Will you begin to incorporate other products back into your routine, and which ones?
Yes, but I recommend starting with introducing one product at a time and only using a small amount. That way you can determine any reaction and sensitization. I would start with essential vitamins and antioxidants like C and A. Vital C Elixir during the day and the Vital A Elixir at night. If you develop any reactions (small pustules or sensitivity) then introduce slowly (every second or third day) until your skin builds up a tolerance. Niacinamide, vitamin B is also wonderful for restoring the skin barrier as well as Hyaluronic acid for hydration and moisture retention.
How important is collagen replenishment as we age?
It’s incredibly important if you want to slow down the aging process. Hydrolyzed collagen from a marine source has the most evidenced based studies which is why I selected it in our Bioactive Collagen Booster. Just 2.5g a day, is the recommended amount to replace lost collagen in the skin.
The Bioactive Collagen Booster is a very special and unique formula. Tell us about your process of formulating the product, and can you talk about the price point…
The difference between our collagen and most collagens with only flavor added, is all the evidenced based skin supporting ingredients that have been carefully selected and optimally dosed for high potency, according to scientific studies that back up their critical role in improving skin health.* It’s basically a skin super food that not only supports the skin, but gut, hair and nail health as well. It also contains the recommended daily amount of vitamin C from superfood berries. As an antioxidant, vitamin C is essential for the formation of proline, an amino acid required as a building block to make collagen. Other evidenced based ingredients include ingestible hyaluronic acid, resveratrol, astaxanthin (UV protection), Kakadu and Davidson plum, pre-biotic Jerusalem artichoke and Aloe vera which has soothing and calming properties.
What native extracts did you select for this range and how do they support calming and re-balancing the skin?
The indigenous extracts included in the Calming Collection are essential to keeping the skin looking youthful and healthy by encouraging cell growth and offer an impressive array of restorative, anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties to bolster the complexion. Due to their regenerating properties, they can assist with combatting fine lines and wrinkles helping the skin to appear smoother and feel firmer.
The concentration of vitamin C in Kakadu plum is one of the highest plant forms of vitamin C in the world. Due to its ability to assist collagen production, it helps to reduce wrinkles, improve skin texture, reduce skin damaged caused by free radicals and protect the skin against sun damage. It contains phytochemicals such as gallic and ellagic acids. Gallic acid is phenolic antioxidant that has strong anti-inflammatory activity and ellagic acid promotes elasticity and suppleness in ageing skin and helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen.
Kangaroo Paw Flower
The kangaroo paw flower is full of essential fatty acids. It is rich in linoleic acid which has the ability to help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. Linoleic acid can also help the skin lock in moisture keeping it hydrated and comfortable. Considering the skin cannot naturally produce the acid, the skin relies on topical application. Kangaroo paw flower also contains ferulic acid, an antioxidant praised for its remarkable brightening and anti-ageing effects to the skin. Both acids are able to deeply penetrate the skin and revive lacklustre skin.
Delivers a potent range of phyto actives with anti-inflammatory properties that assist with skin repair.
Contains a powerful combination of phenolics, flavonoids and terpenoids that have a high antioxidant content with strong anti-inflammatory, soothing and wound healing activity.
Davidson plum contains more antioxidants than blueberries and is rich in vitamins and fruit acids. It contains anthocyanin, a flavonoid that assists in the prevention of wrinkles and elimination of free radicals. It has anti-inflammatory properties and behaves like an AHA on the skin. It contains phenolic acids that have stronger antioxidant properties than vitamin E as well as flavone glycosides that work to intensify the antioxidant activity of vitamin C. It is known to strengthen capillaries and reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
Active ingredients in the fruit of the blue Quandong include phenolic acid and rutin that contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Rescue and Recover serum also contain the following adaptogens:
Wild yam extract can potentially soothe, treat and promote healthier skin. It contains phyto-hormones that have androgenic like functions including the compound diosgenin, a specific steroidal saponin that has a wide range of therapeutic properties, including anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. In addition, diosgenin saponins can easily permeate skin cell membranes, allowing the molecule to actually work. It’s also been suggested to enhance DNA synthesis in human skin while restoring skin cells. Diosgenin is known to be effective as a depigmenting agent in the skin, helping to protect against sun damage and potentially reducing the appearance of unwanted dark spots and inhibiting the occurrence of new hyper-pigmentation.
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
The benefits of red raspberry seed oil range from reducing inflammation to slowing the aging process. Red raspberry seed oil contains ellagic acid, a natural antioxidant. It helps in preventing inflammation and tissue damage promoting skin health. It is a great natural source of Vitamin A & E. Vitamin A encourages healthy skin cell regeneration and growth, resulting in smoother, tighter skin. Vitamin E, as an antioxidant fights inflammation, reduces scars, and replenishes collagen levels. The phytosterols in raspberry seed oil can also reduce Trans epidermal water loss (TEWL) helping your skin retain hydration and moisture. The linoleic acid in the oil helps rebalance the skin’s natural oils. The anti-inflammatory effect of red raspberry seed oil also soothes symptoms of inflammatory skin conditions.
The Calming range is completely essential oil free, making it a great range to recommend to people with a range of skin sensitivities. What other skin types or conditions can benefit from this collection?
All skin types that feel red, irritated, inflamed or sensitized can benefit from this collection. If you are at a loss and your skin is reacting to just about everything, then this is the collection, I personally endorse and recommend.
The Calming Cleanser is an amazing balm and is the only balm cleanser in the Mukti range. I really love that product, regardless of whether I want a calming product. Can you go tell us more about this cleanser?
This cleanser is based on sugar glucosides with a blend of soothing botanical oils containing essential fatty acids that feed and nurture the skin. It works well on its own or as the first step in a double cleanse protocol. What’s wonderful about this product is not only its rich, luscious, jelly like texture but its hydrating qualities. Rather than stripping the skin of its natural oils, it gently bolsters the skin aiding to protect and calm. It is also pH adjusted to the skin. I love that you apply it to dry skin and work it over the face, then add water to create a creamy emulsion. I also love that surprisingly; you only need to use the smallest amount, so a little bit goes a long way.