I’m sure that by now you are all well versed with the wonderful benefits of shilajit and how it is formed, but let us have a little recap. As plant matter and minerals slowly decompose, a wonderous black sticky tar is formed. It seeps out of rocks found in high mountain ranges such as Altai. This black tar like substance known as shilajit has long been, not only trusted in Ayurvedic medicine but venerated for its holistic properties.
The uses of this wonderful substance is endless, and a current hot topic is the use of shilajit in cosmetics, and rightly so, being so rich in minerals and antioxidants why wouldn’t you want to immerse yourself in it?
You might have noticed some new products in the store such as our new, handmade cold pressed soap and ointment/skin balm. Before we delve into what the ingredients lists have to offer, let’s look more closely at some of the benefits of shilajit for our health and beauty.
We are constantly being bombarded by top beauty brands to apply creams that are supposedly rich in collagen in the hope that we will look younger and more radiant.
shilajit is however becoming an increasingly popular alternative to creams loaded with parabens, perfumes and other carcinogenic nasties. Unlike these manmade toxic and expensive trends, shilajit promises to take care of our skin safely. Studies reveal that shilajit can help to keep our skin tighter, reducing fine lines and wrinkles while also promoting skin regeneration.
A recent 12-week study was carried out, analysing the effects shilajit has on human mitochondria. As shilajit is renowned for its antioxidants, researchers wanted to find out if shilajit could promote collagen formation, a fibrous protein found mainly in our skin, ligaments and tendons needed for healthy skin rejuvenation.
This research was carried out on healthy participants who ingested 250mg of shilajit twice daily. The study revealed that six different types of collagen were increased, including elastin, one we hear a lot about in the world of health and beauty.
So, with its amazing collagen boosting properties, shilajit is a must for not only looking younger but also for effective wound healing. As collagen attracts fibroblasts and encourages deposition of new collagen to the wound bed, helping to stimulate new tissue growth.
Therefore, we can’t stress enough how our Altai Mountain Shilajit Skin Care can be used not only as a cosmetic but also for the improvement of circulation, wounds, infections, various skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea, as a massage oil to reduce muscular pain and spasms, and even help to reduce symptoms of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.
Made with pure shilajit resin and a host of other healing plant extract and essential oils, here is just a quick glance at some of the ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
Scientifically proven to reduce the visible effects of inflammation on the skin which come with various skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema.
Olive Oil (Olea Europaea)
This household staple is packed full of antioxidants making it a top choice for an anti-aging remedy.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Incredibly high in vitamin E, it also acts as an emollient which means it traps moisture in, maintaining healthy hydrated skin. It also helps prevent damage to cells by ultraviolet light and aids against premature ageing of skin by protecting the collagen and elastin content.
The beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E found in avocado oil help moisturise and protect your skin from damaging UV rays and increases collagen.
Calendula oil is extracted from Marigold flowers. Calendula oil has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and antibacterial properties that make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema, acne, psoriasis and rashes.
Shea butter is a fat which is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree, native to West Africa. It's highly concentrated in fatty acids and vitamins and has a creamy texture which makes it easy to apply to the skin. Shea butter has been used for centuries to treat various dermatological issues including soothing sunburn, clearing acne, reducing stretch marks, reducing swelling and inflammation, soothing insect bites and encouraging healing of wounds.
Peppermint oil is an essential oil which uses date back to Ancient Egypt. Not only does it have a rich and pleasant aroma but is one of the most versatile oils available. Not only has peppermint oil been used to calm an upset stomach, clear a sore throat and stimulate hair growth but can also encourage rapid growth and repair to cells in the skin.
We really could go on, a beautifully orchestrated list of natural quality ingredients to nourish the skin. Versatile, adaptable and effective for a host of conditions, you can purchase our Altai Mountain Shilajit Skin Balm here.
Just as the skin balm is jam packed full of hugely beneficial ingredients, so is our new Altai Mountain Shilajit Soap. Altai Mountain Shilajit Soap is great for nourishing the skin with the necessary trace elements and biologically active substances, restoring the metabolic processes of cells and improving circulation. Having anti-inflammatory and soothing effects, our Shilajit Soap accelerates destruction of the pathological processes of the skin (increases tissue regeneration, encourages healing, clears dead tissue, reduces scars). It leaves the skin soft and supple as well as it removes stress and tension. Our all natural soap bars are hand made with a special cold press procedure. It does not contain any animal or artificial substances. It too boasts sunflower oil and olive oil, let’s have a little peak at just some of the other ingredients that accompany the shilajit resin in this lovely soap:
Provides antioxidants, moisturises, minimises the signs of aging, boosts nutrients and helps to protect skin.
Pumpkin Oil has high amounts of zinc and vitamin E which also improves skin tone, help wounds heal more rapidly, fights acne and helps with skin renewal. Lastly, many of the minerals and vitamins have anti-aging effects as well.
Known for its sweet smell, it also supports and calms acne breakouts, acting as an anti-stressor and soothing ingredient, repels mosquitos and can be used for pain relief. Linalool is also known as an 'anti-convulsant' as it can help to reduce symptoms of epilepsy.
Limonene is an oil extracted from the peels of citrus fruit such as oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit. It belongs to a class of compounds called terpenes. In addition to its citric fragrance, limonene has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-stress, and disease-preventing properties.
‘If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin’ - David Wolfe
Fancy making a face mask yummy enough to eat?
Here are some ideas…
Avocado and Shilajit Mask For Dry Skin
If your skin is feeling extra dry and flaky, the avocado and coconut oil in this mask will replenish your skin with moisture, and the honey will help to heal any raw areas. While the shilajit will remove toxins and free radicals from your skin, bringing life back to your skin cells.
Pea sized amount of shilajit
1/2 of a ripe avocado
2 tablespoons of honey
1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
Mash the avocado until it’s smooth and creamy, then mix it with the rest of the ingredients. Use it on your face and neck (avoid your eyes) and leave the mix on for about 10-15 minutes. Use a warm, damp cloth to wipe off or rinse with warm water.
Antioxidant Mask for Aging Skin
Papaya is great to help you achieve a healthy and glowing complexion. The fruit is rich in antioxidants and will help to get rid of old skin cells. Here’s what you’ll need:
Pea sized amount of shilajit
1/2 of a ripe papaya – peeled, seeded and sliced
1/2 teaspoon of honey
1/4 teaspoon of lemon or lime juice
Puree the papaya using a blender or a food processor until it is evenly mashed, then add the other ingredients by hand. Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.
So please check out the new products in our store and in the meantime get creative with your own creams and face masks by using superfoods that are laying around your kitchen!
Roy, S. Human Skeletal Muscle Extracellular Matrix Fortification in Response to Oral Supplementation with PrimaVie® Shilajit. Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Columbus, Ohio, USA (Pending Publication).