Under My Skin
According to scientific studies, the root of the plant Alkanna Tinctoria has antimicrobial properties (against Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis), and a potent anti-inflammatory activity. But the most important property of alkanninis and shikonin, substances present in large quantities in the plant root, is their healing action. It is suitable for treating wounds, burns and all kinds of other skin diseases, as it is a natural substance that helps repair and regenerate the skin tissue.
Pearl powder contains amino acids that are necessary for collagen formation. It reduces skin ulcers, melasma, age spots, dark patches, and sunspots, thus brightening and lightening skin tone. It is a powerful antioxidant and a great ally against acne.
Fuller’s earth is a naturally occurring clay that cleanses and tightens pores, reduces inflammation, kills bacteria and microbes, diminishes scars, whitens skin and offers a bright complexion.
White Kaolin penetrates pores and lifts dirt and excess sebum, therefore offering a deep cleansing to skin without drying it.
Licorice contains an active compound called glabridin, which inhibits the enzyme that causes skin darkening due sun exposure. A natural skin whitening agent, glabridin helps decrease the production of melanin and rebalances skin cells. Licorice extract may also help diminish dark under-eye circles and darkened areas caused by scars. What is more, licorice exhibits powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
Oat seed powder absorbs and removes excess oil and bacteria from skin and exfoliates dead skin cells, thus helping to combat acne. Oat contains polysaccharides and beta-glucan that form a fine protective film when applied on skin, thus retaining moisture and giving life to dull, dry skin. Oats are known for their skin lightening effects, as well as for improving the skin tone and texture, and for smoothing skin blotchy areas.
Hydrolyzed wheat protein provides amino acids & high glutamine levels to skin (glutamine regulates the acid-base balance and firms the skin). Furthermore, wheat protein has been proved as one of the most effective pore minimizers, while it also helps retain skin moisture, protecting it from drying out.
Panthenol is present in all living cells and when processed by the body, vitamin B5 is produced. It penetrates deep in skin layers and works as a humectant by infusing water into the cells, retaining moisture deep within the skin tissues. When regularly used over a period of four weeks or more, it takes on an anti-inflammatory role relieving systemic itching, whilst also helping to soothe dry skin.
Wheat from the Windmills
There are currently 16 windmills in Mykonos, from which seven are positioned on the famous landmark hill in Chora. Most of them were built by the Venetians in the 16th century, but construction continued into the early 20th century. They were primarily used to mill wheat. They were an important source of income for the island’s inhabitants. Their use starded to gradually decline throughout the years, until their production finally ceased in the middle of the 20th century. Their architecture is similar. They all have a round shape, white colour, a pointed roof and very small windows.
Mix approximately 1 tsp of the powder with water or other base of your preference (i.e. gel, serum, cream) to create a smooth paste with velvety texture. Apply on the entire face and neck, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 10-15 min. Rinse with warm water. For external use only.