Mukti has been a pioneering leader in the wellness industry for over three decades and now her book Truth in Beauty is available to help navigate your wellness journey. Drawing on her extensive background in complementary medicine and beauty therapy, she offers a wealth of insider knowledge on prioritising your health and detoxing your skincare routine.

Have you ever paused to consider what’s in your skincare products? You may have glanced at a label and found yourself confused by the intricate list of ingredients. If this sounds familiar, you clearly care about what you’re applying to your skin.

Truth in Beauty was created to help you navigate the often confusing world of personal care products. It’s designed to empower you with the knowledge to understand and read labels, and to avoid products containing chemicals that could be harmful to you and toxic to the environment. At the heart of this book is an A-Z Blacklist, highlighting the most commonly used harmful ingredients found in a wide array of personal care and makeup products.

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Extract from Truth in Beauty

The story of your skin unfolds and changes during your lifetime, with lifestyle and genetics impacting the ageing process. From your teens through to middle and mature age, the way in which you interact with the world, will have a sizeable impact on how your skin ages through the decades.

Your teens

Up until your hormones change tempo, your skin should be relatively blemish free with a plump, even skin tone. Cell turnover is optimal, generally with a 14- to 25-day renewal cycle. Your collagen and elastin are still neatly coiled and cross-linked like a brand-new inner spring mattress. Your skin stays like that until your mid-20s. The soft, supple baby face cheeks that granny likes to pinch stay relatively untouched right through childhood up to your early teens. With hormonal fluctuations and increased oil production, dreaded teen pimples and acne may start to appear.

It’s vitally important to start a simple cleansing and moisturising routine and use sun protection from an early age when your skin is most susceptible. Ultraviolet light affects us from our time of birth, which means the blueprint is already formed on the epidermal layer of your skin. Any damage sustained early on won’t be evident for some years yet, but you’ll see it surface down the track.

Your 20s

Carefree and tempestuous, in your early 20s your skin is still smooth, plump, and in prime condition. Your complexion is generally clear and radiant. Your skin tone, thanks to an ample supply of collagen and elastin, is like a juicy, ripe peach. Endocrine activity is robust and stimulates the hormones that create oil production. Moisture levels are at their peak and enhance skin protection. The main objective is to preserve hydration and look after minor skin imperfections.

Visible ageing begins around 25, when the skin is considered ‘mature’, and the regenerative process starts to slow down. Collagen and elastin production is no longer happening at the same youthful pace and the gravitational descent slowly starts. Around 28, the first fine lines and dynamic wrinkles appear around the eyes from repetitive muscular expression and contraction. Brow creasing, forehead lines and nasolabial folds begin to show and there may be signs of collagen degeneration on the back of the hands. Dead skin cells don’t turnover and shed as regularly – between 28 to 42 days – and the stratum corneum (outermost layer of the epidermis) may become uneven and thicker as a result. The moment you detect the first telltale signs of ageing will likely be indelibly imprinted in your memory. Rather than panic, seize the day and slow the process down by taking better care of your general health and wellbeing from the inside out.

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Your 30s

Long working days forging a career, family life and burning the soy candle at both ends can all add to skin degeneration. With any additional stress and tiredness, the skin loses its brightness and signs of fatigue and ageing begin to permanently etch on your face. Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and the mouth become more noticeable. Discolouration, uneven skin tone, brown spots, ruddiness, and hyperpigmentation may start to take hold. Skin becomes finer and thinner due to further slowing down of collagen production.

The muscles that are used repeatedly create a memory groove. Crow’s feet and forehead creases from frowning and smiling become more obvious. Early morning and late afternoon sunlight help regulate and increase melatonin production so ensure to get gentle light directly into your eyes. Using a good pair of sunglasses in the middle of the day will help to prevent squinting and to protect the eyes from harsh UV light.

The mutations of the epidermal cells from environmental damage become more prevalent. Exfoliation, both mechanical and physical, reap rewards by stimulating circulation and sloughing off the buildup of dead cells to assist with turnover. A regular skincare routine with products that feed and nurture your skin, as well as preventative measures for sun and environmental exposure, are your best course of action.

Your 40s

Expression lines increase and a lack of surface firmness appears. It’s the moment to accelerate cellular turnover and correct any visible signs of ageing. Your face loses volume, gravity takes over and everything starts to head south. The nasolabial folds that run from the base of the nose and create your cheeks, decline toward the midline of your face creating defined marionette lines. If you’re on the thin side, people may say you look tired and drawn even if you’re getting ample sleep.

Around your mid-40s, the skin begins to thin due to hormonal changes. It becomes more vulnerable and susceptible to damage. Sensitivities become more apparent as cell turnover further declines. The cumulative evidence of worshipping the sun in your teens conspires with the intercellular glue, making the surface appear as dull and lifeless as the surface of Mars. Your complexion doesn’t reflect the light as effectively as it used to.

Collagen and elastin seem to have taken long service leave and your glow may only be noticeable in a candlelit environment with a spattering of strategically applied luminiser. Sebum production slows down. If your skin’s prone to dryness, a rich moisturiser applied over antioxidant-based serums will greatly assist. Darker patches can form due to abnormal melanin clumping, so natural skin lightening preparations such as vitamin C, bakuchiol, and licorice extract may need to be added to your routine. Enhancing protection against free radicals with a good boost of antioxidants, internally and externally, prolongs the lifespan of the cells and guards against environmental pollutants.

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Your 50s

Hormonal changes (perimenopause and menopause) disrupt the cutaneous metabolism. Wrinkles become amplified, your skin elasticity resembles a worn-out rubber band, and age spots appear on your face and hands. Previous neglect of the skin, particularly from sun damage, becomes increasingly difficult to camouflage. Your cheeks and bone structure are now more defined.

Oil glands and cell turnover aren’t as active, with a cycle of around 42 to 84 days. Your skin may be drier than ever with dermal-barrier impairment, so products have difficultly penetrating. Expression lines don’t retreat after squinting and smiling. Pores may be more visible on the cheeks and the nose. Spider veins, broken capillaries, and hyper pigmentation may be noticeable. There may also be evidence of precancerous spots from cumulative sun damage, particularly on the nose, forehead, and more exposed areas of the face. The onset of menopause, and hormonal fluctuations as oestrogen levels decrease, can lead to sleep disruption and create a series of related skin conditions which may include rosacea, extremely dry skin, and increased breakouts. Active ingredients that repair and regenerate the skin are paramount for your everyday products.

This excerpt is from Truth in Beauty by Mukti, available online here.