The Versatile, Multipurpose Serum that Started it All
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As part of our dedication to transparency and consumer empowerment, we’re going “Beyond the Label” to take a closer look at the three gentle, but powerful ingredients, in our anti-aging Aknari Brightening Youth Serum. Packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, this serum keeps skin hydrated and smooth while fighting the effects of aging. Below, we’ll delve into the major players that make this multi-purpose serum so effective and explore its many uses.
But first, what’s the story behind this serum?
MŪN’s founder, international makeup artist and beauty expert Munemi Imai, was in search of a versatile product that could be used on all of her clients—no matter their skin type. Rather than having to rely on multiple products to moisturize, prime, and treat delicate under-eye skin, Munemi hoped to find a formula that would gently, but effectively, address all of these concerns.
“I was working on the idea of creating a skin care line,” Munemi says. “When I switched to organic, natural products, I could tell the ingredients were clean and pure, but the texture wasn’t right and nothing was working for the signs of aging I was experiencing—fine lines and under-eye dark circles. So I decided to create a product using only high-quality raw materials to address these concerns without compromising the texture and scent.”
Munemi went to Morocco to explore ingredient options and quickly discovered the unique benefits of the rare prickly pear seed oil, which is cultivated by women-owned co-ops. Teaming up with a group of co-ops producing the highest-quality oil, she immediately began work on what was to become MŪN’s inaugural product, the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.
What makes Aknari so effective?
Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Prickly pear seed oil, a rare ingredient, is a unique and powerful anti-ager. Containing three times more vitamin E than argan oil, this oil moisturizes the skin while preventing further water loss and stimulating collagen production. Prickly pear seed oil also contains a great amount of linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid), which protects the skins barrier and lightens sun-induced hyperpigmentation. Vitamin K, meanwhile, helps diminish the appearance of broken capillaries—especially useful for under-eye dark circles —and phytosterols prevent inflammation and bacteria buildup that can cause irritation and acne.
Like prickly pear seed oil, the highest-quality argan oil is sourced from Morocco, where MŪN has teamed up with the same co-ops that provide us prickly pear seed oil. Argan oil is packed with vitamin E and antioxidants, which act as free radical scavengers, helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Argan oil is particularly high in the free radical-fighting polyphenol, ferulic acid, which actually becomes more effective when exposed to sunlight. Ferulic acid has even been shown to prevent DNA damage—meaning it could reduce the risk of skin cancer. And rising skin care star squalene? Argan oil's got that too, locking in moisture, promoting cell regeneration, and protecting against UV rays when used under sunscreen.
Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil
Giving Aknari its signature soothing scent, Bulgarian rose essential oil (the highest-quality rose oil in the world) has great antibacterial properties, ridding skin of harmful bacteria and pollutants that can cause acne and irritation. Rich in antioxidants, rose oil also helps diminish signs of aging, treats acne, and decreases redness. Once absorbed, rose essential oil allows other beneficial nutrients to better absorb into the skin, making it a great complement to the antioxidant-rich argan oil and prickly pear seed oil in our serum. Easing stress and relaxing the mind, the oil’s aromatherapeutic qualities make Aknari an ideal addition to your bedtime ritual.
How exactly is Aknari multipurpose?
Aknari is powerful, but also gentle enough to be used in several ways. The vitamin E and antioxidants in this serum help diminish dark circles and smooth the skin. Prickly pear seed oil and argan oil provide moisture without weighing your skin down or contributing to excess oil, making Aknari an ideal go-to both morning and night for all skin types. And because it’s so easily absorbed, this serum acts as a smoothing, perfecting primer. Aknari is formulated to address the signs of aging, fine lines and wrinkles, lighten under-eye dark circles, and brighten and even out the complexion.
Negating the need for various specialized products, Aknari is an all-in-one face, neck, and under-eye serum, making it a truly cost-effective way to pare down your beauty routine. This is especially useful when traveling. “If I had to choose only one product to take with me on trips, I would choose Aknari,” says Munemi. “I use it on my face, under-eye area, and neck both morning and evening. Even when I traveled to a remote area of Guatemala and realized I had forgotten conditioner, I was able to use this to smooth out my hair.”
Recap: What will Aknari do for my skin?
- Smooth fine lines and help prevent premature wrinkle formation
- Soothe and help repair sun damage
- Protect the skin’s barrier
- Lighten sun-induced hyperpigmentation and dark spots
- Brighten dark under-eye circles
- Stimulate collagen production
- Brighten complexion and promote even skin tone
Gentle enough for all skin types while providing real results, the Aknari Brightening Youth Serum acts an an all-in-one anti-ager, primer, and under-eye treatment. For best results, cleanse with our oil-based Akwi Purifying Cleanser and prep with our pH-balancing Anarose Hydrating Rose Toner.