Our Rating: 5 stars

Mukti’s mostly organic skin and hair care range has been expanded with new Age Defence collection and I got to try out the Mukti Age Defence Night Serum ($91). This is a lovely serum that comes out of the bottle like a burst of sunshine and is wonderfully hydrating, leaving the skin soft and comfortable. It also clarifies, brightens and tackles hyperpigmentation.

Age Defence Night Serum has a slightly bitter, citrusy scent that reminds of kumquats, although is clearly a fancy since they are not amongst the plant or fruit extracts. But there are several that are especially useful for age spots. Mukti claims that in trials, Night Serum reduced age spots by 25% over eight weeks. My monthlong test resulted in a noticeable, but admittedly undramatic, fading of freckles. I imagine that sustained use would have a decent impact.

Paw paw (or papaya) is an exfoliator that has natural enzymes that loosen and remove dead skin cells. Tree fern extract is also said to promote cell renewal, although I have found no supporting research on this. Indiginous to Australia, kakadu plum is a favorite Mukti ingredient that has very high levels of vitamin C. Another Aussie plant is quandong with fatty acids as well as vitamin C and a reputation for healing skin ailments. More vitamins and fatty acids are provided by sea buckthorn extract.

Mukti has rounded out the botanicals with plenty of antioxidants, including niacinamideCoQ10; vitamins C, E and A; and several amino acids. Worth a specific shout-out is magnesium (in the forms of lactate and chloride), which is helpful for maintaining skin elasticity.

The blend of botanicals, antioxidants, amino acid and minerals is well conceived and the end result is a night serum based on natural ingredients that has been a pleasure to incorporate into my beauty routine.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Extract*; Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oleosomes*; Glycerin (Vegetarian)*; Paw Paw (Carica Papaya), Tree Fern (Mamaku), Kakadu Plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana), Quandong (Santalum Acuminatum) & Davidson Plum (Davidsonia Pruriens) Extracts*; Niacinamide; Dimethylmethoxy Chromanyl Palmitate; Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C); CoEnzyme Q10; Soy Lecithin (Non GMO); Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) & Sea Buckthorn Berry (Hippophae Rhamnoides) Oils*; Vitamin A Palmitate; Vitamin E (Tocopherol Acetate); Calcium Pantothenate, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Magnesium Lactate, Potassium Lactate, Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Citrate; Sclerotium Gum; Lemon (Citrus Limonum) Essential Oil*; Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid*. *Organic