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Win a Year's Supply of esmi Skin minerals!

esmi Skin Minerals is giving away a year's supply of skincare.

Win a Year's Supply of esmi Skin minerals!

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Your chance to win a Year's Supply of esmi Skin Minerals!

Imagine winning $1,800 to spend on skincare. This April, 2 lucky winners will receive $1,800 in store credit to spend on esmi products. To enter, simply make a purchase during the month of April and you'll automatically be in the draw. 

Winner's will be drawn on Friday 1st May 2020 and will be contacted via email.

Competition ends 11:59pm Thursday 30/4/2020 (AEST). Winners will be drawn Friday 01/5/2020 based on email address. Available worldwide. No limit on entries. Entrants do not require a customer account. All online purchases made in Apirl will go into the draw.

 

Meet These Incredible Women - International Women's Day 2020

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Meet These Incredible Women - International Women's Day 2020

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We had a chat with 5 inspiring Aussie women who have overcome huge personal hurdles, are doing amazing things in their career or making a big impact in the community.

We think International Women’s Day is the perfect time to find out what makes these incredible women tick, how they take care of themselves, and what they wish they’d had known a decade ago.

They’re also esmi Skin Minerals ambassadors, so of course, we got the scoop on their can’t-live-without esmi Skin Minerals favs!

Emily Jade O'Keeffe

Australian radio presenter and writer

Breakfast radio presenter Emily Jade O’Keeffe went through 32 failed embryo transfers and a heartbreaking miscarriage in 2016 before welcoming son Teddy James in 2018. The popular Gold Coast presenter is an incredible example of staying positive when the odds can seem overwhelmingly stacked against you.

Best piece of advice you give yourself for 2020

Learn something new! Including loving yourself. 

How do you squeeze in self-care when life is so busy?

I run. A new report out studied the function of the brain after a run and it proved that it helped process emotion and problem-solving. So when things are getting tough I go for a run. It’s both good for my body and brain and you can’t get more self-care than that.

What did you wish you knew 10 years ago?

That 40 is actually awesome. I honestly thought at 40 I would have achieved all my goals and be considering slowing down.

Instead, I feel amazing, I have so much more passion, knowledge and excitement for what’s next and the best bit is I am able to share my successes with both my parents and my kids, so it really is a golden time of life if you are lucky to have both ends of your family happy, healthy and alive.

Your can’t-live-without skin care products?

Cleanser and Moisturiser.  I need to feel clean after each day and I love the glow and full supple feeling of my skin after a great hydrating moisturiser.

Who do you admire?

My Dad. He’s hardworking, honest and very loyal. He worked in the same business for over 40 years and worked his way to the top. Just by example he taught me the same values and whenever I have a problem he is the first person to help me problem solve. He always does with such clarity and wisdom. He’s a champion of women and has believed in me from the beginning.

Connect with Emily - Instagram

Charli Kate Adams

Speaker | Influencer

Born with Achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism, Charli has never let her height stand in her way. A motivational speaker, social media influencer with a huge following, positive self-talk fanatic, wife and mum of two, Charli message is clear  -  we are all worthy of positivity!

Best piece of advice you give yourself for 2020

Once I set my goals for 2020, I've committed 1 hour a day to working on them.

I learnt from 2019 that I wasted a lot of time. Whether it's doing 20 sit-ups or push-ups or squats in the ad breaks of my favourite TV shows - it adds up quickly and is easy!

If I set a timer and really knuckle down (discipline) for 4 x 15 minute blocks throughout the day I can't be anything other than productive.

How do you squeeze in self-care when life is so busy?

 With two children who just love to be close by generally the easiest way is to try and include them in things - we do face masks together or we'll go out for a coffee and park date. A playground means I buy myself half an hour to drink my coffee in peace as all I have to do is watch them!

What did you wish you knew 10 years ago?

Save! I spent a lot of years having a very bad relationship with money and sometimes it still haunts me. I was earning great cash but did not make any wise money decisions. Read as much as you can. Put as much as you can afford away and literally don't touch it.

Your can’t-live-without skin care products?

I love the esmi Uncomplicated Brightening Cleanser and my can't-live-without is the esmi Sunrise Skin Acai Duo skin treat - the perfect balance of treatment and moisture. I love a good lip balm too! 

Who inspires you?

My beautiful best friend Lyndall - she's been a tower of strength for me for 10 years now. It's very empowering to have a true best friend that you can share everything with, without fear of judgement even if you have different feelings about something.

Connect with Charli - Facebook + Instagram

 

Carly Fradgley and Mindy Mann

Baby Give Back - CEOs

CEOs, Carly and Mindy believe every baby deserves an equal start. Baby Give Back was founded to provide essential baby items to families in crisis to help give their children a safe start to life. Thousands of families have been impacted by the work of these two incredible mums. 

Best piece of advice you give yourself for 2020

Keep reminding ourselves, especially when things get tough that even if we only achieve half of what we set out to do with Baby Give Back, we achieve so much. We make a difference every day.

How do you squeeze in self-care when life is so busy?

Carly - I love to read and squeeze in time for a good book as often as I can. I also savour my vices - coffee, wine and chocolate! 

Mindy  - I shower at least 3 times a week ... haha! I live in a van at the moment and we joke about my personal hygiene often.

What did you wish you knew 10 years ago?

That life doesn't end when you turn 40. In our 20's we both thought that 40 seemed so old.

Now we are looking forward to the rest of our 30s and our 40s and the fun we will have as strong women with our children less dependent on us - child-free holidays woohoo!

Your can’t-live-without skin care products?

We are both completely addicted to the esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum and couldn't live without it.

Carly - I even use it on my kids when they have little dry patches. My husband calls it my smurf oil.

Who inspires you?

There are so many people we admire. In the work that we do, we are in awe every day of the incredible caseworkers supporting the families we help.

They are on the frontline and deal with very emotionally draining work and constantly go above and beyond to care for the most vulnerable families in our community.

Connect with Carly and Mindy at Baby Give Back  - Facebook + Instagram  

Penny McNamee

Actress

Best piece of advice you give yourself for 2020

I am trying to slow down... I want to stop running everywhere!

How do you squeeze in self-care when life is so busy?

I go to church on Sunday morning. It centres me, it grounds me and I always hear a message that helps me navigate the world with kindness and acceptance.

What did you wish you knew 10 years ago?

Everything happens for a reason.

Your can’t-live-without skin care products?

esmi mineral foundation - the holy grail of foundation!

Who inspires you?

Julie Bishop - a woman of strength, integrity, intelligence and rocks a smart heel!

Connect with Penny - Instagram

 

For more inspiration, check out the amazing skin transformations gorgeous emsi Skin Mineral customers have shared our Real Results page!

 

Some answers in the article have been edited for brevity. 

How Sleep Affects Your Skin

How Sleep Affects Your Skin

How Sleep Affects Your Skin

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Never underestimate the benefits of sleep for healthy, vibrant skin! Sleep affects your skin and not getting enough quality rest will accelerate the aging process leaving your skin dull, dehydrated and with more pronounced fine lines at wrinkles

Let’s take a look at why sleep and skin health are intrinsically linked and a few tips on how to improve your beauty sleep. 

Cellular repair increases while you sleep

What does ‘cellular repair’ mean and what does it have to do with sleep and skin health?

Our skin works hard during the day to guard against external stressors, bacterias and toxins entering the body. At night, it switches from defence mode into a time of intense regeneration where it begins to repair itself on a cellular level; essentially creating new, fresh skin cells.  

The production of new cells begins in the deepest layer of your skin - the stratum basale - and make their way to the outermost layer of skin - the dermis. Old cells on the dermis are shed and replaced by the new fresh cells. 

While cellular turnover does happen during the day, skin cells regenerate faster at night and the process is said to be at its peak during the hours of 11pm and 4am. 

Cell regeneration happens whether you are asleep or not but a lack of sleep affects your skin during this process because it inhibits the cellular repair taking place at an optimal level. 

The melatonin produced while you sleep and skin aging is also linked. 

Melatonin, the sleep hormone, increases as you become tired and elevated levels of this hormone in the body works to counteract damage to the skin during the day from external stressors like UV and pollution. 

Deep sleep encourages collagen and growth hormone production

The quality, not just the quantity, of rest you get every night has a big impact on how sleep affects your skin

A restless, 8 hour sleep won’t deliver the same benefits as 8 undisturbed hours where you enter the deep sleep stage and your body and brain waves slow down. 

It’s during deep sleep that your body produces growth hormone.

Growth hormone is a crucial peptide hormone that stimulates growth, cell reproduction, and cell regeneration.

It stimulates collagen synthesis so when lack of quality sleep inhibits a fresh surge of growth hormone collagen production is also diminished. 

This leads to skin losing its firmness and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Under-eye circles and puffiness 

Under eye-circles are one of the most quickly visible signs of how lack of sleep affects your skin. When you don’t get enough of deep, restorative sleep, it causes your blood vessels to dilate

The skin under your eyes is thinner than any other part of your body. This means those dilated blood vessels and the darkened colour are more visible through the thin skin of your under-eye area.

Not getting enough sleep can also cause fluid retention in your face - a culprit for tired, puffy eyes. 

Sleep deprivation elevates the stress hormone cortisol

Sleep deprivation causes the levels of cortisol, our body’s stress hormone, to rise.

Almost all our cells have receptors that can absorb cortisol and raised levels of this hormone have a direct impact on your skin. 

Excess cortisol prompts the skin to produce excess sebum and can trigger inflammation which may lead to a host of skin issues, from itching and redness to chronic conditions such as dermatitis (eczema), and psoriasis. 

If you’re already dealing with a chronic skin condition, a lack of sleep will only make the condition worse. 

Sleep deprivation also was associated with paler skin and more droopy corners of the mouth.  

Sleep affects your skin’s hydration levels

Hydration is key for healthy skin function and your body’s hydration levels are impacted by the amount of sleep you get. 

A recent study on the link between sleep and hydration revealed people who regularly slept for 6 hours or less each night were 16–59 percent more likely to be dehydrated than those who slept for 8 hours a night. 

When your skin is dehydrated it becomes more susceptible to skin problems such as dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, discolouration, and even premature wrinkling. Your body will also struggle to eliminate toxins when it's dehydrated, which also has an impact on skin health. 

Your night time skincare ritual for better beauty sleep

There are a few ways you can help prepare your skin for bed to maximise the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Double cleanse

Never skip cleansing your skin before bed and a double cleanse is recommended to remove all traces of makeup, sunscreen, and debris. For a deep double cleanse, use your regular cleanser first then follow up with a cleansing mitt to sweep away all residue. Starting with a clean base means your night time skin products will be more readily absorbed into the skin. 

We recommend:  esmi Uncomplicated Cleanser and esmi Microfibre Face Cleansing Mitt 

Use a serum 

Serums contain a high concentration of active ingredients that penetrates deep into the skin. Choose one with a focus on delivering hydration and multiple antioxidants to apply before bed as antioxidants support cellular repair and healing by night.

We recommend: esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Include an eye treatment

Night time is ideal to provide the delicate skin around your eye with additional anti-aging, tighten support to wake up with a fresher eye area.

We recommend: esmi Anti-Ageing Eye Serum

Quick tips for a better sleep

  • Keep your room as dark as possible
  • Give your eyes a rest from digital device screens at least 30 minutes before bed.
  • Invest in a comfortable mattress and pillows 
  • Try to stick to the same sleep / waking schedule, even on weekends, to help regulate your body’s internal clock.

It’s clear that prioritising quality sleep is one of the best natural ways you can maintain a healthy, youthful-looking complexion!

 

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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. 

 

Infographic_Guide To Smooth Skin

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.

Infographic_Guide to getting rid of blackheads

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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