One of the most luxurious and innovative ingredients that we have included in the Fullmoon Serum is malachite complex. You read that correctly, we have included that deep emerald, semi-precious stone in our newest serum. Malachite is known as a guardian stone, worn to transform energy and promote harmony, health and balance. Topically malachite detoxes and protects the skin from oxidative stress. Oxidative damage occurs when free radicals (atoms with unpaired electrons that are highly unstable and reactive) damage cells and DNA in their search scavenge and electron.
What is Malachite?
Malachite is a precious gemstone believed to have curative, protective and magical properties. Malachite is a symbols creativity and change; it was traditionally used by ancient Egyptian healers, shamans and priestesses to balance, harmonize and protect the body. This gemstone has proven to be effective in skincare by providing skin nourishing trace elements such as zinc, copper, selenium, and manganese. These elements act as antioxidants to protect the vulnerable DNA of cells from free radicals. Malachite offers several levels of antioxidant protection – it acts directly on the biggest free radical “troublemaker” by inhibiting the superoxide anion and increases the production of the master antioxidant, glutathione.
Not only are the trace elements found in malachite extract potent antioxidants but the rich copper content of malachite extract is particularly effective at increasing the amounts of collagen and elastin produced by fibroblasts; this helps maintain the youthfulness of the skin. Basically, malachite extract protects the skin from aging free radical damage and helps to rebuild the collagen and elastin architectural matrix needed for youthful skin.
Benefits of Malachite:
- Antioxidant protection from free radicals
- Increase collagen and elastin production by fibroblasts
- Increases keratin production within the skin
- Promotes cellular detoxification by increasing glutathione
- Provides a beautiful blue colour
The research into malachite extract has focused primarily on its antioxidant properties. Oxidative stress (ie. exposure to environmental pollution, consuming an inflammatory diet, emotion/physical stress, or simple cellular respiration) triggers superoxide anion release; malachite extract was found to deactivate the superoxide anion very effectively (~71-99% depending on potency within a topical formula). It was also found to increase the regeneration of glutathione (the master antioxidant) by ~30%.
Who should use skincare products with malachite extract?
The malachite extract within the Fullmoon Serum is ideal for anyone living within a urban city exposed to environmental pollution, anyone looking to prevent and reverse the signs of aging, and anyone looking to enhance the health of their skin by increasing antioxidants…so pretty much everyone can benefit from including products containing malachite extract in their skincare ritual. This extract offers both physiological and energetic benefits that sooth, nourish and protect the skin.
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Dr. Jen Newell is the founder of Naturopathic Skin Care Clinic at the Integrative Health Institute. Also Graydon Skincare's resident ND! :)