I was just running out of my latest bottle of AQ Active Serum ($149 in the shop) when TIA invited me to test Mukti Age Defiance Day Serum ($84.14). AQ Active Serum is one of my all-time favorite skin care products. For more than two years, it's been my go-to for a youthful and healthy looking face. It's light, absorbs quickly and is perfect under moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup. Could Mukti compete?
Mukti is an Australian skin care line that is organic, vegan and free of gluten and palm oil. Mukti is also the head of the company, a woman committed to her own health and wellbeing, and that of her clients.
Mukti's Age Defiance Day Serum claims to maintain firm, smooth, younger skin and long-lasting moisture. It is supposed to stimulate collagen, prevent thinning and improve elasticity, and promises a visible “age reversal” within two months. It claims to "Reduce the appearance of ageing by hydrating and smoothing wrinkles and fine lines." These are enticing claims—just the type that keep us buying and trying new skin care products.
Mukti's Age Defiance Day Serum has a nice list of active ingredients (a huge plus is a fantastic glossary on the company's web site that describes all the ingredients in their products). The Day Serum includes active peptides that help relax muscles, reduce wrinkles, tighten and heal skin and retain water to plump and hydrate.
The serum also includes bioactive natural extracts, many native to Australia. Quandong is a red-yellow fruit that is high in antioxidants and may be responsible the serum's yellow color. Kakadu Plum, Davidson Plum, Blue Cypress Wood and Mountain Pepper Leaf extract all have high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that repair damage and keep skin healthy and youthful.
As directed, I used the serum in the morning after cleansing. I applied it to my face, neck and chest. It is lightweight and has a spicy, invigorating scent.
Though the product claims to be ultra-hydrating, that was not readily apparent to me. The serum left my face with a dry, matte look, which I did not care for. In addition, it pilled up when rubbed. I experimented by following the serum with moisturizers, sunscreens or light makeup in hope of relieving that dry look, but the serum didn't layer well. As might be expected, additional layers made the pilling worse.
In a short YouTube video, Mukti says her Anti-Aging Day Serum works well in places where you can see the lines and creases form because it boosts collagen and elastin, and shows results in short time. That's when I decided to target the serum to a problem spot: the lines that circle my neck.
The rings around my neck and the lines that run from ear to ear under my throat are particularly stubborn. I couldn't seem to find something that absorbed well and improved their appearance. Mukti's Anti-Aging Day Serum did both. No pilling or dry look—just softer, smoother skin.
There was a time I thought one or two skin care products should be able to do it all. Now in my mid-40s, I know that's not realistic for me. The skin on my face, throat, neck, chest and hands are different. They have unique sensitivities and needs.
Over the last few years, TIA has helped me realize the value of targeting products for best results. Mukti's Age Defiance Day Serum is a case in point. I love what it's done for my neck and throat when nothing else has worked!