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Guide To Getting Rid Of Acne

Getting rid of acne

Guide To Getting Rid Of Acne

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Our guide to getting rid of acne will step you through key tips for treating acne and pimple prone skin effectively. 

Acne can affect you at any life stage - whether you’re forty or fifteen. Maybe you never had pimples as a teenager, but suddenly in your 30s, they’re showing up regularly. 

Do you know what type of acne you have? Severe forms of acne will require medication as well as the right skincare routine. If your acne is less severe, you can likely clear your skin without medication.

Getting rid of acne fast is probably your skin goal, but depending on the type of acne you have, it does take time and a commitment to the right routine. Here’s our guide for getting rid of acne and how to treat pimples. 

 

Choose A Gentle Cleanser 

The first step in getting rid of acne is choosing the right cleanser. Many of the cleansers designed to treat acne can be so harsh they actually make the problem worse. 

Salicylic acid is a popular acne treatment because it does a great job cleaning pores and getting rid of excess sebum. The issue with salicylic acid? It strips your skin of natural oils and dries it out which actually making you more susceptible to acne.

The best way to get rid of acne is to look for gentler product options with low doses of active exfoliating ingredients. 

For example fruit, glycolic and lactic acids deeply cleanse the pores but also maintain the oil-moisture balance of your skin, which is so important. 

Acne is caused by a bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) which live on the skin and contribute to the infection of pimples. Choosing a cleanser with gentle antiseptic properties is key to tackling the bacteria and getting rid of acne fast.

When it comes to getting rid of body acne, the same thing applies - look for gentler washes that contain antiseptic properties to target pimples without stripping.

We recommend: esmi Uncomplicated Cleanser With Anti-Redness

 

Tips For Washing Acne-Prone Skin

Now you’ve got the right cleanser, make the most of it by washing your face the right way.

Using lukewarm water, wet your face and work your cleanser into your skin using small circular motions. You can use your fingers or a microfibre cleansing cloth

Take at least a minute to cleanse to ensure you maximise all the benefits from the cleanser’s ingredients. Then, rinse well with lukewarm water to remove all traces of the product, dead skin cells and dirt. 

Then, cleanse again. Double cleansing is important when getting rid of acne. 

During the day, airborne bacteria and pollution are attracted to your skin. A double cleanse is essential at night, to remove all makeup, dirt and, bacteria that make breakouts worse. 

 

Use Oils To Protect The Skin Barrier 

A common skincare misconception about getting rid of acne and how to treat pimples is breakout-prone skin types should avoid using oil at all costs. 

This isn’t true. Some oils (not all!) can be beneficial in reducing breakouts. 

Cleansing is important but so is protecting the skin by maintaining the right oil-moisture balance. 

When this balance is compromised (ie - the skin is stripped of its natural oils) the skin becomes inflamed and is more susceptible to bacteria which will trigger acne. 

Oil is a wonderful way to maintain balance and protect the skin’s delicate barrier. The best oils for combination to oily-skin types are those high in a fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6. 

Effective oils to help in your quest of getting rid of acne include - 

Rosehip seed oil - Brimming with the fatty acids of Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) and Alpha Linolenic Acid (Omega 3), rosehip seed oil assists with tissue regeneration and improving the skin’s barrier. 

It also contains vitamin E, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant and a combination of Vitamins A&E, which can help treat acne. 

Jojoba oil - Jojoba has a molecular makeup similar to the skin’s natural sebum and is an anti-inflammatory which can improve the symptoms of acne. 

The benefits of face oil are boosted when applied before bed. Overnight, your skin goes into regeneration mode and is primed to deeply absorb all the vitamins and nutrients of your skincare products. 

We recommend: esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil

 

Multi-Mask 

While some individual products do suit all skin types, a full skincare routine isn’t a one-size-fits-all process. This is especially true if you have combination skin that is acne-prone. 

For example, your t-zone could be oily, with large pores and breakout frequently while your cheek area is drier with smaller, more refined pores.

This is where multi-masking can be an effective skincare technique for getting rid of acne

Multi-masking is essentially treating skin using different types of masks on different areas of your face, depending on the skin challenge for each area.

To treat a pimple-prone oily t-zone, choose a detoxifying mask that targets deep pore cleansing and apply it to the t-zone. At the same time, apply a hydration boosting mask to the cheek area where the skin is drier. 

Charcoal based masks are master skin detoxifiers. Activated charcoal naturally draws bacteria, chemicals, and dirt from deep within the pores to the surface of the skin. Getting rid of acne means clean, clear pores and activated charcoal delivers. 

The customised approach to multi-masking means you give your skin the different treatments it needs without overwhelming it with products. 

Using too many products can leave your skin irritated and trigger even more breakouts.

We recommend: esmi Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask  and esmi Anti-inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask

 

Keep skin hydrated 

Dehydrated skin contributes to the vast majority of skin problems - including acne. However, the importance of hydration is often overlooked in skincare routines focused on getting rid of acne.

Dehydrated and dry skin are not the same thing. While dry skin is a skin type, dehydration is a skin condition that can happen to all skin types and actually triggers acne.

What’s the difference? Dehydrated skin lacks water while dry skin lacks oil (sebum)

When your skin is dehydrated, there isn’t enough moisture (water) in the outer layer of the skin - the stratum corneum. Your skin’s natural oil, sebum, has nothing to with its hydration, which is why oily skin types prone to acne can still be dehydrated. 

When skin is dehydrated, it can lead to sensitivity, inflammation, and acne. Skin cells can’t move through the cycle of dead skin cell removal efficiently which leads to hair follicles with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria, leading to breakouts. 

To combat dehydration, the skin cell’s water content needs to be replenished. 

Hyaluronic acid, which is naturally present in our skin, is a humectant and works by attracting water to the deeper layers of skin and rehydrating cells from the inside out. 

Products containing hyaluronic acid should have a place in your skincare routine for getting rid of acne

We recommend: esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum


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Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.

CHATwww.esmi.com.au
EMAILskin@makeupcartel.com.au
PHONE1300 66 11 76 

Guide To Smooth Skin

Guide to smooth skin

Guide To Smooth Skin

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Clear, smooth skin is the holy grail of skincare. Cleanse, moisturise, treat and protect are the basics of an effective skincare routine and using the right skincare products and ingredients, a clear smooth face is totally possible. We’ve put together our top tips to help you achieve your smooth skin goals. 

 

Choose The Right Cleanser

Choosing the right cleanser is the first step towards achieving clear, smooth skin and a healthy glow. When deciding on a cleanser it’s important to know your skin type and the specific skin concerns you want to tackle. 

The wrong cleanser could exacerbate skin issues like oiliness, sensitivity, and dryness. Not quite sure of your skin type? Here’s a general guide - 

Dry skin - Dry, dull and flaky looking. Often prone to irritation and may become red and blotchy.

Oily skin - Large pores are common for oily skin type and become easily clogged. Often prone to breakouts, skin is shiny or feels greasy. 

Sensitive skin - Breakouts, rashes, and irritation are common. Sensitive skin is also prone to dryness and affected by temperature changes. 

Combination skin - This skin type use has both oily and dry areas, an oily t-zone with drier patches on the cheek area. 

The right cleanser will lift dirt from deep within the pores, prevent breakouts, deliver the right amount of moisture and not leaving the skin stripped of its natural oils. Starting with a clean base also maximises the effectiveness of the products to follow. 

We recommend our Uncomplicated Cleanser range to treat various skin concerns for fresh, clear smooth skin.

 

Use Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the best friend of skin types at all ages. Whether your 20 or 70 with oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin, hyaluronic acid is a smooth skincare must!

Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water, the hyaluronic acid molecule is a water magnet that delivers deep hydration to the skin. It’s a humectant which means it works by attracting water to skin cells to hydrate them from the inside out. It’s like a big drink for your skin.

Its skin-plumping effect helps smooth out skin, dullness and fine lines are diminished and oil flow is balanced. 

 

Exfoliate Regularly

Uneven, bumpy skin texture can be the result of an inconsistent - or non-existent! - exfoliating routine. As dead skin accumulates on the surface of your skin, your complexion is left looking dull, dry, uneven and prone to breakouts. 

Adding an exfoliation session one of the easiest ways to smooth out skin quickly. Polishing away those old cells reveals a brighter, smoother looking complexion immediately.

Exfoliation also helps tackle the look of large pores that make the texture of the skin appear uneven and rough looking. Exfoliating lifts out the impurities trapped inside the pore - it’s this build-up that makes pores look larger than they actually are.  

Don’t make the mistake of thinking any old scrub will help you get clear smooth skin, it’s so important to choose the right exfoliator for your skin type. Take a look at our in-depth guide on all things exfoliation including the different types of exfoliants. 

We recommend esmi Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum to gently buff, detox and purify congested skin for a clearer, smoother complexion

 

Use Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can include in your smooth skincare routine. It’s a brilliant all-rounder for every skin type; if you’re not already using products with this skin saviour, now is the time to start. 

What makes vitamin C so effective for clear, smooth skin? 

Vitamin C helps even out skin tone by lightening hyperpigmentation and age spots while speeding up the healing process of post-breakout scars and other blemishes.

Great for all ages, this big-hitting antioxidant also helps protect skin against environmental free radical damage - think UV rays and air pollution - which break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Not exactly the clear smooth face we’ve been dreaming of!

Vitamin C doesn’t just protect your skin from damage, it also activates cells called fibroblasts that help boost collagen production helping skin appear smoother and firmer. 

We recommend esmi Pomegranate Brightening Serum which harnesses the potent brightening, anti-pigmentation power of vitamin C.

 

Never Skip Sun Protection

You’ve heard it a thousand times but we’re saying it again - you must include sunscreen in your skincare routine every single day.

It’s the golden rule for younger looking, clear smooth skin. 

Exposure to the sun’s UV rays speed up the signs of premature ageing - fine lines, wrinkles, and discolouration - more than any other lifestyle or environmental factor.

While UVA and UVB rays both damage skin, it’s UVA that penetrates deep into the dermis, the thickest layer of skin and breaks down collagen. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles and leathery-looking skin that feels dry and rough - the complete opposite of a clear smooth face.

Even on cloudy, cool days skin is still vulnerable to UV rays so committing to daily SPF all year round is a must for a smooth, even-looking complexion.

We recommend esmi Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen SPF 30, which protects against UV damage and fights the first signs of ageing.

 

Add Oils To Your Routine

If it’s smooth, hydrated, healthy skin you’re after (who isn’t?) face oil is one of the skin-smoothing products that deserve a place in your daily routine. 

Face oils are effective for all skin types - even oily ones! Face oil strengthens the skin barrier, boosting protection and helping it retain moisture. Lack of moisture and hydration are the main culprits behind rough, dry looking skin

Even if you’re dealing with an oily complexion, don’t be afraid to use face oil in your quest to get smooth skin.  Face oils help regulate sebum production to reduce breakouts and bumpy, uneven skin tone. Oils can heal blemishes and prevent post-breakout scarring. 

We recommend esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil for increasing skin elasticity, improving blood circulation.

 

Incorporate A Regular Masking Session 

Adding the right mask into your regular skincare routine will deliver long term results, evening out skin texture over time for a beautifully clear, smooth face.

The right masking treatment can help hydrate skin, regulate sebum, and refine the appearance of large pores. Masks are also an excellent way to purge congested skin of impurities. 

It doesn’t matter if your skin is breaking out, drying out or just generally stressed out - there’s a face mask out there to smooth out skin and reveal a softer, brighter complexion. 

A weekly masking session is also the perfect opportunity to grab a little self-care time!

We recommend esmis range of Booster Masks to treat a range of skin concerns from ageing to breakouts, dull and dry skin. 

 

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Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.

CHATwww.esmi.com.au
EMAILskin@makeupcartel.com.au
PHONE1300 66 11 76

Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads

Guide to getting rid of blackheads

Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads

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Getting rid of blackheads is a skincare challenge most of us tackle at some stage. Blackheads are fairly common, even if you don’t experience acne or regular breakouts. Our guide to getting rid of blackheads can help you make a few important changes to your skincare routine to treat existing blackheads and prevent them from forming.

 

What Is A Blackhead?

The scientific name for a blackhead is an ‘open comedone’. It’s essentially a pore clogged with dead skin, sebum and dirt that has opened a little and been exposed to air. 

The air turns dirt, oil and dead skin trapped in the pore black; which is how a blackhead gets its name. 

Blackheads are most common for oily and combination skin types - you might find dilated pores and blackheads are something you experience more with age. 

The reason for this is as UV damage accumulates over the years, the skin structure around pore weakens causing it to open wider. This means it’s more likely for impurities to become trapped and blackheads to form. 

Wearing heavy makeup has the potential to worsen the appearance of blackheads too, thanks to the pigments and the build-up in pores where it mixes with sebum and cells. 

 

Our Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads

Use face masks containing bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is a hero ingredient in products to get rid of blackheads

Bentonite soaks up extra oil from the skin, a little like a paper towel for sebum, and is known for its ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals from the skin too. 

This is why bentonite is beneficial for skin types prone to blackheads as it keeps the skin clean and as oil-free as possible.

When choosing a mask with bentonite, pay attention to the other ingredients in the product. Bentonite can be quite drying, so you’ll want the formulation to be balanced with ingredients that retain moisture and repair the skin too. 

We recommend: esmi Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

 

Choose a cleanser that exfoliates gently 

As with acne treatments, cleansers with salicylic acid are popular products to get rid of blackheads as salicylic acid breaks down buildup and promotes clearer pores. The problem is, salicylic acid can excessively irritate and dry the skin -  potentially compromising your skin barrier. 

Instead, choose gentler cleanser options with low doses of active exfoliating ingredients. 

For example fruit, glycolic and lactic acids slough away the old cells on the skin's surface by dissolving the bonds that hold them together (unplugging the pore) while maintaining the oil-moisture balance of your skin. 

Used daily, a cleanser with gentle exfoliating acids will prevent the blackheads before they form and help clear existing pores.

We recommend: esmi Uncomplicated Cleanser With Anti-Redness

 

Incorporate ingredients with activated charcoal  

Like bentonite clay, charcoal is a wonderful skin detoxifier and is one of the best treatments for getting rid of blackheads

Think of activated charcoal as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores; it’s great at adsorption. Adsorption (not absorption) occurs when molecules of one substance bind to the surface of another—in this case, activated charcoal. 

When impurities come into contact with activated charcoal they stick to it and are then washed away when you rinse.  

It can also bind the beneficial things like vitamins and minerals, too. Make sure your activated charcoal skincare also contains replenishing ingredients to purify and nourish.

The types of products to get rid of blackheads containing activated charcoal ranges from soaps to serums and masks. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

 

Choose mineral makeup 

If you wear makeup, one of the best ways to prevent blackheads is to choose non-comedogenic mineral cosmetics

Non-comedogenic is a term used to describe a product or ingredients that won’t block pores whereas comedogenic ingredients are scientifically proven to block pores and increase the chance acne cosmetica. 

Here’s where mineral makeup comes in. It’s made up of tiny particles of naturally occurring minerals including iron oxide, zinc oxide, talc and titanium oxide. It’s free from ingredients that trigger blackheads like parabens, binders and fillers. 

Mineral makeup is ideal for combination or oily skin as it helps absorb excess oil and cover breakouts without actually making them worse. 

 

Avoid pore strips

How do you get rid of blackheads? Not with pore strips!

Pore strips might give you the satisfying feeling of seeing the grime from your clogged pores on the strip but they’re actually not one of the best ways to get rid of blackheads. The truth is, they can cause your pores to stretch even further, resulting in more blackheads. 

One of the key ingredients in popular synthetic pore strips is Polyquaternium-37, this is what sticks to the skin to remove the build-up. 

The problem is, this can be a harsh and abrasive way for unclogging pores and getting rid of blackheads. Pore strips have the potential to tear or injure your skin - particularly if you have thin or problematic skin, like acne, rosacea and psoriasis.

Also, the strips only remove the surface part of the blackhead. While the pore strip looks like it’s doing a lot of hard work, it won’t actually deep clean the pore or prevent blackheads from recurring. 

 

Final tip - Don’t neglect sunscreen

If you have oily skin prone to blackheads and large pores it can be tempting to skip the daily application of sunscreen - but don’t! 

Sunscreen is vital for healthy skin to protect against premature ageing and more importantly, reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. 

Look for non comedogenic sunscreen to avoid clogging your pores further. 

 


Sometimes the best way to get rid of blackheads is to book a visit to a professional dermatologist for an extraction. Try making changes to your skincare routine first and hopefully you won’t need to go through a professional extraction.

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Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.

CHATwww.esmi.com.au
EMAILskin@makeupcartel.com.au
PHONE1300 66 11 76

2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

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Hydration and sun protection.

Two skincare factors you should never compromise on in the quest for supple, youthful-looking skin.

The newest editions to the esmi Skin Minerals range have you covered for both hydration and SPF protection. Meet the two products your skin will thank you for adding to your routine.

 

esmi Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Skin is our first layer of protection against the elements we’re exposed to on a daily basis, including pollution, UV light, extreme weather conditions and toxic particles in the atmosphere.

These environmental stressors expose skin to free radical damage which can lead to dehydration, dullness, hyperpigmentation and accelerate signs of ageing.

It’s not just the outdoor elements we need to protect skin from, air-conditioning is also a common culprit for a dehydrated, lackluster complexion.

Whether you’re on a flight or in the office, air-conditioning can compromise your delicate skin barrier resulting in excessive transepidermal water loss - the process of water evaporating from the skin.

Some studies have revealed the blue light (a high-energy, short-wavelength light) emitted from your laptop and phone screen can also have a negative impact when the skin is exposed on a prolonged basis.

The right products will support the effectiveness of the skin’s natural protective barrier, the stratum corneum, which is designed to seal moisture in and keep irritants out.

Hydration plays a key role in how well the stratum corneum functions against the elements, so boosting your skin’s ability to retain moisture is crucial.

esmi Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist works by forming a protective and hydrating barrier over the skin to protect against environmental stressors. Formulated with nature’s ultimate moisture magnet, hyaluronic acid, it attracts moisture to hydrate thirsty skin cells from the inside out.

A blend of plant oils selected for their nutrient-rich properties include almond oil, coconut oil, acai oil, kiwi seed oil and more. Collectively they support skin health with fatty acids and vitamins (including vitamin A, E, and C) to repair and smooth the skin barrier helping seal moisture into the skin.

Whether you’re in the office or at the beach, a few spritzes of esmi Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist will deliver instant hydration, boost skin protection and leave you with a fresh, dewy complexion.

 

esmi Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen (SPF 30)

Sun protection should be a skincare priority all year round to avoid accelerating the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin and worse, skin cancer.

How UV affects the skin is dependent on the proportion of UVB and UVA rays it’s exposed to - they both damage the skin but in different ways.

UVA can penetrate deep into the layers of the skin where it destroys collagen, your skin’s structural protein that gives it elasticity. When collagen becomes damaged, the skin loses its firmness which leads to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The appearance of sun and age spots are also caused by UVA.

UVB, on the other hand, can’t penetrate as deeply into the layers of skin but causes the immediate effects you see after spending too long in the sun without adequate protection; sunburnt, dry skin that is tight and painful to touch. UVB is also responsible for the more serious results of sun damage - skin cancer, particularly melanoma.

It’s important to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

The sun’s damage is cumulative, every time our unprotected skin is exposed to the sun it adds up. This is why daily SPF protection should be the number one priority for your skin, 365 days a year no matter the weather, even if you’re not spending much time outside.

esmi’s Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen (SPF 30) is your skin’s antioxidant-infused, daily defence against the damaging effects of UVA and UVB rays.

The non-greasy, silky smooth formulation also includes the anti-ageing benefits of carrot root oil and rosehip extract. High in vitamin E, vitamin A and carotenes, carrot root oil tones and tightens skin while rosehip extract to improve the look of fine lines, prevents and helps reverse sun damage. 

Green tea helps neutralise skin-damaging free radicals, vitamin C and caffeic acid in cucumber deliver an antioxidant boost while calming inflamed and irritated skin.

Non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and non-irritant, esmi’s Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen (SPF 30) suits all skin types and can be worn under makeup.

 

Have skincare questions or concerns? The esmi Skin Minerals team would love to help you find the right products and routine for your healthiest skin ever. Get in touch with an esmi Skin Mineral consultant to book your complimentary skin consultation

Why Your Skin Needs Oil (Yes, Even Oily Skin Types!)

Why Your Skin Needs Oil (Yes, Even Oily Skin Types!)

Why Your Skin Needs Oil (Yes, Even Oily Skin Types!)

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There is a lot to love about facial oil.

It can plump and smooth lines, increase hydration, strengthen the skin barrier and regulate oil production. Let’s take a closer look at why incorporating the right facial oil into your routine will support healthy, glowing skin.

 

Strengthen your skin’s protective barrier

A well functioning skin barrier is the secret to healthy skin.

It’s essentially your front-line protection against environmental stressors including; UV, pollution, infection, and toxic chemicals.

This barrier is made up of multiple layers of cells called corneocytes and these layers are held together by lipids (your skin’s natural fats), cholesterol, and ceramides. They form a barrier which not only protects skin from external stressors but also keeps moisture from leaving the skin too.

When this barrier is compromised skin becomes susceptible to conditions like irritation, redness and dry, flaky patches. 

Applying a facial oil helps seal up any of the cracks between the cells in the barrier, making it stronger and more effective at locking in moisture. Jojoba oil is especially good at strengthing a compromised skin barrier as it’s the closest botanical match to our skin’s natural sebum.

Recommended: esmi Skin Mineral’s 24k Gold Nourishing Oil contains a trio of coconut, jojoba and avocado oils are excellent moisturisers, rich in skin-saving fatty acids and a combination of powerful vitamins and antioxidants.

 

Anti-ageing benefits - improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Some oils have earned an excellent anti-ageing reputation for their ability to firm skin and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Rosehip oil and acai oil, in particular, have the ability to plump skin, increasing hydration and derma strength.

Rosehip oil works by stimulating fibroblasts, which are responsible for the creation of collagen and skin’s overall firmness.

Abundant in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals acai oil is also rich in fatty acids that help the skin appear firmer and work to protect it from environmental aggressors, which slows the signs of ageing.

Recommended: esmi Skin Mineral’s Sunset Skin Anti-Ageing Acai Duo with Kangaroo Paw Flower Extract and Acai Oil which offer hydrating and anti-ageing antioxidants to plump fine lines, deeply hydrate and esmi Skin Mineral’s 24k Gold Nourishing Oil.

 

Boost hydration levels

Skin needs two types of moisture to function properly; oil moisture and water moisture. Getting the balance of these two right helps create a healthy, hydrated complexion.

When skin is lacking is either water or oil, it becomes dull, flaky, sensitive and symptoms of ageing accelerate.

As we age, oil production slows down and skincare habits like over-exfoliating, using harsh cleansers or a multitude of different products can also strip the skin of its essential oil.

A facial oil suited for your skin type can help you deal with dehydration on the oil side of things and keep skin calm.

It also helps repair the skin barrier, as mentioned earlier, which helps protect against excessive transepidermal water loss (moisture evaporation through the skin) which occurs when the skin barrier is compromised.

Recommended: esmi Half Hydrating and Half Nourishing Acai Duo. Ideal for thirsty skin in need of extra nourishment to combat dehydration, fine lines and damage this skin treat hydrates, softens and regenerates.

 

Repair damaged skin and speed up scar healing

External stressors like UV rays and pollution to lifestyle habits, such as smoking, poor diet all weaken the skin.

Other factors such as medical trauma, acne and exposure to chemicals - including some skincare ingredients - also contribute to damaged skin cells. This leads to symptoms like inflammation, dryness, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.

The right oils, fully of fatty acids and antioxidants, support the regeneration of skin cells, minimise scars, slow the ageing process, and help the skin to regain a brighter colour and smoother tone.

Rosehip seed oil deserves a special mention here for its ability to repair damaged skin, thanks to its high levels of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which play a key role in tissue and cell regeneration.

Evening Primrose oil also contains a less common type of fatty acid called Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), which repairs skin, restores elasticity and improves hydration.

Recommended: esmi Skin Mineral’s 24k Gold Nourishing Oil contains a trio of coconut, jojoba and avocado oils are excellent moisturisers, rich in skin-saving fatty acids and a combination of powerful vitamins and antioxidants.

 

Help regulate and balance oily skin -  minimising breakouts

Yes, it’s true!

Using the right facial oil can actually regulate sebum production and restore the balance of oily skin.

Excess production of oil occurs when the oil-water content of the skin is out of balance. If you use products that over-strip the skin in an effort to remove excess oil it can result in the overproduction of sebum which can make breakouts worse.

Applying the right kind of oil after using a gentle cleanser can help the skin to rebalance, it won’t need to compensate for lost oil by producing more.

Not all oils are created equal though - some can aggravate sebum production. The best options for oily, breakout-prone skin are lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, anti-bacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip and almond oil are all effective options.

Recommended: esmi Skin Minerals Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil - A lightweight face oil brimming with superfood ingredients to increase elasticity and hydration, reduce redness and regulate oil.

 

If you have been hesitant to include a face oil in your routine, hopefully, these benefits have demonstrated how important replenishing and maintaining your skin’s oil is for a healthy, vibrant complexion.

If you have any questions about the best kind of oil to use for your skin type, reach out to the team of esmi skincare experts for your complimentary skin consultation.

CHATwww.esmi.com.au
EMAILskin@makeupcartel.com.au
PHONE1300 66 11 76

Meet Your Skin’s Super Hydrator

hyaluronic hydrating serum esmi

Meet Your Skin’s Super Hydrator

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Delivering on the promise of nourished, beautiful skin is what drives Australian skincare and cosmetic innovators, esmi Skin Minerals, to create world-class, cruelty-free products for all skin types and concerns with no compromises on ingredient quality.

With a loyal fan base, a big key to esmi Skin Minerals continued success has been the level of engagement and support they give their customers. They create the products their customers need and developed their popular Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum to target dehydration - a common skin condition we all face at some stage no matter our skin type. 

 

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What Is The difference?

Are you dealing with dull, rough and – worst of all – flaky skin?

These are all signs your skin is dehydrated but no, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a dry skin type; dehydrated skin and dry skin are two different things.

Dry skin lacks oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks water.

Put simply, dry skin is a skin type while dehydration is a skin condition and all skin types can become dehydrated; oily, combination, dry and sensitive skin.

Dry and dehydrated skin share some of the same symptoms but they’re actually two different skin issues.

An itchy, flaky complexion are symptoms of dry skin while dehydrated skin is usually inflamed, dull, flaky, fine lines are more pronounced and skin feels tight even after moisturising.

To combat dehydration for all skin types, the skin cell’s water content needs to be replenished and you should focus on skincare choices that will boost moisture levels.

This is where hyaluronic acid can play a transformative role in your routine.

 

How Can Hyaluronic Acid Help?

When you hear the word ‘acid’ in the context of skincare, you might think of strong, abrasive exfoliants that slough away dead cells but leave your skin feeling pretty raw during and after the process.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is different, it works to plump skin by restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in your body, found in your joints and skin, helping maintain strength and elasticity.

The exciting thing about hyaluronic acid is its amazing ability to attract water. It can actually hold 1000x times its weight in water making it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels.

Hydrated skin is healthy, youthful-looking skin and hyaluronic acid is like a quick hydration fix, instantly plumping skin and smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.

It also helps repair an impaired skin barrier that is suffering from dry, flaky, reactive or over stripped skin.

When your skin barrier is compromised, your skin is more susceptible to accelerated ageing and damage caused by inflammation, UV rays, and other environmental factors.

Strengthening and repairing a damaged barrier helps skin protect itself against these stressors.

This super hydrator also regulates oil flow for oily skin types to target breakouts and can even help to rejuvenate dark circles under the eyes.

Because it’s found naturally in your body, it’s much easier for your skin to recognise and absorb rapidly and gentle enough not to irritate, making it ideal for sensitive skin.

All skin types are susceptible to dehydration - oily, dry, sensitive and combination - so every routine will benefit from the hydrating powers of hyaluronic acid.

The natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease as we age, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. It’s important to replenish your skin’s natural hyaluronic stores with your skincare routine to help keep skin tight, supple and minimise the appearance of fine lines.

 

Why Your Skin Will Love esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

The esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is like a big drink of water for your cells containing triple action Hyaluron which increases hydration by 25% within 2 hours for a plumper, brighter complexion.

The hydrating serum isn’t a moisturiser, it works by attracting water to the deeper layers of skin and rehydrating cells from the inside out.

After hydrating the skin, it’s then important to apply a moisturiser on top to lock in the hydration.

The hydrating serum contains niacinamide (Vitamin B3) for skin repair, restoration and to regulate oil flow which in turn aids in breakout prevention for oily skin types. It also contains allantoin to promote cell longevity.

Its lightweight texture means that it is a great way to hydrate oily skin without clogging pores, whilst it is gentle enough for sensitive skin types.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.

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