When you first apply this pearl-white regenerative serum, it's hard to imagine that an emerald-colored, semi-precious stone – malachite – is one of its key ingredients. Luxurious and light, this lifting serum feels like spreading satin on your skin.
Malachite’s been around since 4000 B.C., and has many purposes, from eye shadow to protection. Traveling merchants wore pieces of malachite that resembled an eye, as a guardian stone.
Gemologists use it for energy transformation, to promote harmony, health and balance.
In själ serum, the malachite exists as a powerful complex that detoxes and protects the skin against the stress it incurs each day.
Yes, your skin gets stressed. We’re talking about oxidative stress, which is an imbalance in the body caused by unavoidable encounters with things like pollution, smoke and radiation.
Radiation, which comes from electromagnetic fields (EMFs), is varying waves of energy. It ranges from intense levels such as x-rays or the sun’s UV rays, to lower-level things like microwaves and remote controls. We cannot avoid it but we can protect ourselves from the oxidative stress that occurs when we’re exposed to it.
What does oxidative stress look like? For example, while it sometimes appears as a radiant glow, a tan is one result of your skin under oxidative stress, producing melanin as it reacts to protect itself from harmful UV-A rays.
But it’s not enough to just layer on the sunscreen and forget about it. Oxidative stress occurs inside the body, too, during the normal course of metabolism. As we digest food, especially sugar and chemicals, our bodies form free radicals.
Free radicals are explosive molecules that constantly react with other molecules so they can become stable. The problem is, they start chain reactions that create more free radicals as they steal electrons from other molecular structures.
One of these structures is collagen, that super-strong protein that keeps your skin supple and elastic. Free radicals have the ability to break down collagen. And unfortunately collagen is already in short supply because our bodies produce less and less of it as we age. On the skin’s surface, free radical damage translates to blotches and inflammation, and eventually, wrinkles, lines and sags.
Here’s why the malachite complex is such a crucial ingredient for this regenerative serum: it’s a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals.
But how do we know that? In the lab, scientists have found that this malachite complex increases the activity of glutathione reductase.
Stay with us. All you need to know about glutathione is this: it’s the chief of all the antioxidant molecules your cells produce.
Glutathione swoops up those unstable free radicals by pairing with them (literally, because the pairing occurs between unpaired electrons) to form stable, harmless molecules, such as good ol’ H20. Once it neutralizes a free radical, it regenerates itself to begin the process over again. During in vitro studies, the malachite complex increased cell’s activity of glutathione reductase by an incredible 30 percent.
This is great news for your cells, because while the body produces glutathione naturally, it slows down as we age. And toxins, pollution, poor food and radiation – all of those things that cause oxidative stress – also inhibit the body’s glutathione production.
This lifting serum helps your cells regenerate glutathione so your skin can defend and repair itself. Malachite also contains copper, which stimulates collagen production, ultimately improving the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles. But these are just a few of the many benefits this regenerative serum provides. Next time, we’ll discuss how the platinum and peptide complexes in the serum help lift skin, reduce wrinkles and produce collagen.