Black Silt, not being the most attractive of words, has its fair share of benefits in skin care. It’s fine black clay like features are grounded particles chock full of rich humic acids and other bioactive compounds. Having existed for thousands of years, Egyptians used to harvest silt from the Nile River banks for crops because of its rich nutrients. Glaciers and winds would transport rock fragments into rivers that had been grinding over time to create finer particles into powdery, smaller than individual grains of sand yet larger than clay particles. Being at just about less than .002 inch across, the Silt settles in still water providing a fertile growing medium containing mineral intrinsic to its structure that enhances water retention and air circulation.
So, you may be wondering, why would I spread black soil-like substance used for farming over my face instead of charcoal, mud, or clay? According to Reader’s Digest, the top 10 skincare products to use for the fall include Black Silt because its unique molecular composition of magnesium, calcium, potassium, strontium, boron, and iron pulls out toxins and impurities while nourishing the skin with rich nutrients and minerals.
Nordic black silt, found in this product, helps promote cell oxygenation, firmness, and uniformity to the skin with regular use thanks to its unique mineral composition that provides nourishment and hydration. What makes this product a bit better than the rest is its unique addition of Squalene. Now if you don’t know anything about it, read this article I wrote on the benefits of Squalene. Personally, I have never heard of it before until I visit a skincare shop about 6 months ago with a girlfriend. Created from renewable sugarcane, it’s biology’s best-kept secret to moisturizing your skin. Hydrating and locking essentials oils leaving your skin soft, supple, and smooth it has been reported to help reduce redness and irritation. It has also been clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while providing radiant glowy skin!
Now even though we may not have known about this ingredient for a while, our skin has. The human body produces its own version of Squalene, however, the amount created and retained decreases as we age. Squalene is our skins own natural moisturizer, but it can also be found in many different plants and shark liver. In Volition Beauty’ Detoxifying Silt Gelée Mask, the Squalene ingredient is a plant-derived component making it completely vegan, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, cruelty-free, and noncomedogenic stamped ‘Clean’ by Sephora!
The next reason why this mask is a must-have for fall is the addition of Jojoba (ho-ho-ba) Oil. Produce from the seed of the Jojoba plant, really is more a wax but referred to as an oil, the molecular structure of Jojoba oil is very similar to natural oils found in our skin. This means that not only will it moisturize our skin, but our skin will absorb it much faster than any other oils. Jojoba is chock full of nutrients and antioxidants that help tame inflammation, control acne breakouts, soother sunburn and reduces fine lines. One last kicker to Jojoba Oil, is its anti-microbial components for skincare helping prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin. This makes it a must-have property for anyone who suffers from acne prone skin as it provides wound-healing benefits for sensitive skin.
Lastly, the mask also includes Quinoa Protein and Shea Butter which hold powerful properties for eating and skincare. The ancient grain is considered the OG superfood, mostly found in your salad bowl now, can have even more benefits to your hair and skin!
So, what’s the power of Quinoa? It’s quite simple. Quinoa proteins add strength and protection because of it’s strengthening and moisturizing due to the amino acids content. Amino acids are practically the building blocks of cells so it’s no wonder its a powerful ingredient in our skincare! Hello, Skincare supplement! The grains in Quinoa have the highest concentration of protein more than any other grain on our planet. It’s essential amino acids are some that our bodies cannot make on its own. In our day to day lives, we are subject to wind and sunlight that damages the outer layer of our skin—the amino acids found in quinoa match the natural keratin in our skin and fill the gaps to repair of skincare damage. Did I mention Quinoa is also an antioxidant?
So how much will this wonder of a product cost with its incredibly complex package of hydration, amino acids, and deep-sea minerals? For a size of 60ml / 2 oz, you will find yourself at $60 for this uniquely formulated mask with sponge included. Considering this product was created by the world-renowned Takako Mohri McGowan, Volition Beauty’s Detoxifying Silt Gelée Mask Innovator and President of TAKA USA it is safe to say Takako knowns what she’s doing! Responsible for the stabilization of Aloe Vera for ingestible and cosmetic use (Thanks for the Bubble Tea!), Takako has handled the formulation and production of hundreds of personal care products that are on the cutting edge of innovation in Asia.
If you are still skeptical about the benefits of Detoxifying Silt Gelée Mask, learn more about the science behind the new wave of Black Silt in your skincare!
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