Nowadays, with so many options available, choosing skin care products can be as tricky as deciding on your favorite ice-cream flavor; a lot more complicated than it should be.

We’re faced with many (many!) marketing tactics in today’s world. From “dangers” of foreign-sounding ingredient names, scary “chemicals,” and “100% ingredient” statements, these tactics may cause you to overlook potentially great products or choose products that are not the best after all.

We’ve come across stories where a skin care product was turned down only because the back of the ingredient list was too long or an ingredient name was difficult to pronounce (based on an old mantra “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it,”), just to find out that the list contained botanical names of ingredients like tapioca (manihot esculenta) or lemongrass (cymbopogon schoenanthus). That’s quite a tongue twister there, right? It’s a whole different ball game, especially when it comes to skin care products.

Also, many people are faced with claims that a product is “chemical-free” but the truth is, everything is chemicals! Even water (just by itself) is a chemical, made from one oxygen atom bonded to two hydrogen atoms. That is a chemical reaction resulting in water. Companies try to sell their products by claiming they are “free from chemicals” but this is simply a scare tactic. This is very important to understand when shopping around for products.  

And our biggest pet peeve, “100% insert-ingredient-here”. Have you ever come across these made-up statements where product filled with ingredients you wouldn’t want anywhere on your body, bolsters “100% shea butter” for example, only to find out that shea butter is so low on the list of the ingredients, that it makes you question how is it even legal to put those kind of statements on the front label. 

We have to remember, not every natural ingredient is safe and not every synthetic ingredient is harmful. There is so much more to consider when making the decision of what is right for you. There has to be a right balance of natural vs synthetic that you are willing to work with, without losing your mind. 

So, what are we saying? The best way to know for sure is first to figure out what is important to you, do your own research, find someone online who follows the same values as you do, or even go a step further and ask the companies directly for clarification.

Why we choose the natural route

At Rustic MAKA, it is our personal choice to use natural ingredients. These type of ingredients allow us to combine their inner beauty with specific functionality. We love the benefits that complex botanicals and minerals offer and how every ingredient works in synergy with the human body. We use herbs, plant butters and other nature-loving ingredients that truly help your skin thrive and yield positive results. 

A few of our signature ingredients and their benefits

When the harsh dry temperatures can take quite a toll on your skin, we have decided to share a few of our key ingredients in our beautiful MOISTURIZE Deep Hydration Cream.

This silky, non-greasy formula sinks deep into the pores leaving your skin luminous and hydrated all day long.

Here’s a few of the wonderful skin nourishing ingredients you’ll find in the cream:

  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil
    One of the key properties of Meadowfoam is its ability to create a healthy barrier on the surface of your skin to prevent moisture loss through the pores. This is especially important during the cooler months when everything from bitter, dry outdoor air to artificial heating can sap the moisture out of your skin. 
  • Plum Kernel Oil
    Hydrating and anti-inflammatory benefits mean that dry, flaky skin, irritation, puffiness, and dark spots will soon become a distant memory...
  • Sal Butter
    This beautifully rich butter, obtained from the fruit of the Sal tree, will help to instantly relieve parched skin while reducing inflammation and improving the skin’s elasticity. 
  • Omega Fatty Acids
    Where do we even begin? No complexion is complete without being treated to the hydrating and powerful anti-inflammatory benefits of healthy fatty acids that leave the skin dewy and radiant.
  • Sodium Phytate
    This ingredient is the perfect example of one that sounds weird but isn’t bad for you. Sodium phytate is an all-natural chelating agent (binds metal ions) used to boost preservation by helping to naturally stabilize formulations.

We hope that this article has helped to explain things a bit and perhaps inspired you to dig in and arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can in order to make positive choices for yourself and your loved ones. We are excited for you to try our moisturizer for yourself! It also makes the perfect Holiday gift for all the skin care lovers in your life. 



    These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. For any medical concern you should consult with an appropriately-licensed physician or other health care worker. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. Full Medical Disclaimer.