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Truth In Aging asked me to review Mukti Kakadu Plum and Honey Hydrating Masque ($49.50). For background, I am in my early fifties. Mukti is an Australian certified organic skin care line that is free of chemicals and “nasties”. Kakadu plum has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C of any fruit, along with beneficial phytochemicals, and is considered to have medicinal and healing properties. Mukti claims that this mask is suitable for all skin types, calms and soothes irritation, and hydrates and revitalizes skin. I myself had no issues with sensitivity or breakouts. Being free of extra preservatives, the company recommends using this product within three months of opening — a challenge, considering it contains 3.5 ounces and is to be used only twice weekly.
This light yellow mask has the consistency of whipped pudding, but with quite a unique scent — sort of fruit based with a hint of black pepper. Not offensive, just different. The instructions say to apply the product 1-2 times per week, leaving it on for 10-15 minutes. After 15 minutes, it is tacky, and doesn’t become tight or cracked. After rinsing with warm water, the instructions say to remove the residue with “face washer” and follow up with a moisturizer. I tried it with and without post-mask cleansing, and actually preferred the latter method as it was less drying and I didn’t feel like there was any tacky residue left behind. Plus, I didn’t mind the thought of leaving traces of those great ingredients on my skin.
Having only used this twice a week for the last month, I feel that perhaps more time is needed to see the full range of benefits. My skin is immediately softer, but still on the dry side until I moisturize. For a couple of hours after using the mask, my skin looks fresher, but I wouldn’t say I have yet gained the “youthful, glowing complexion” that is promised. Overall, using this mask full of ingredients that are good for my skin has been a pleasant experience.