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Are You Overwashing Your Face?

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“How often should I wash my face?” Excellent question. Knowing how many times should you wash your face will steer you towards dewy, supple skin and away from dryness, breakouts, and irritation. Read on for the answer!

 

How Often Should You Wash Your Face?

As a general rule, you should be washing your face twice a day - once in the morning and once at night. 

 

Signs You Are Overwashing Your Face

 

Most of us won’t ever need to wash our faces more than twice a day. 

Over cleansing your skin strips it of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy, supple, and hydrated. Even if you have super oily skin or acne, you shouldn’t be cleansing more than twice a day. Doing so will only cause more of what you’re trying to avoid - a shiny face and breakouts. 

Signs you are overwashing your face include:

 

The cleanser you use, rather than how often you wash your face, can also be a culprit for the symptoms of overwashing. Not washing your face more than twice a day but using a strong cleanser? This can also cause problems like dry, irritated, tight feeling skin or breakouts and increased oiliness.  

 

Not All Cleansers Are Created Alike

 

Every cleanser or face wash shares the same basic purpose - to get your skin clean. 

However, the ingredients they use to get the job done vary between formulations and some cleansers, particularly acne cleansers, use harsh ingredients.

These ingredients can damage your skin, especially if you’re washing your face twice a day, resulting in redness, dryness, sensitivity, and damage to the skin barrier. 

The best choice for your face, no matter your skin type, is a gentle, creamy and hydrating cleanser like The Uncomplicated Cleanser.  

The Uncomplicated Cleanser is formulated with plant-based ingredients to reduce moisture loss and dryness while cleansing skin to maintain the all-important oil/moisture balance.

 

Why You Should Wash Your Face Twice a Day

 

There are a lot of opinions out there about exactly how often you should cleanse your face. For most skin types and concerns cleansing twice a day with a gentle cleanser is the best practice for a healthy, happy complexion. 

Why wash your face in the morning?

You might feel a little squeamish at the thought, but your skin comes into contact with a lot of bacteria overnight. Bacteria in your hair, mouth, and bedding can all be transferred to your face while you’re sleeping.

Residue from your night time products, especially heavier products like masks and night creams, will also be sitting on your skin’s surface. 

Cleansing in the morning removes bacteria and product build-up to give you a fresh face to apply your daytime skincare and makeup. 

Why wash your face in the evening?

During the day all kinds of grime from the environment builds up on your skin, including pollution particles. 

Add sweat, makeup, and your skin’s own oils and you’ve got a breakout-causing film covering your face by the end of the day! 

Cleansing in the evening is crucial to remove this build-up and keep pores clear to avoid breakouts and congestion. 

Washing your face also helps your night time products absorb more deeply into the skin, maximising their potency. It’s hard for products to do their best work if they have to get through a barrier of grime before they reach your skin. 

Our range of gentle cleansers are designed to be used twice a day without stripping or damaging the skin. Click through to see the Uncomplicated Cleanser range.

 

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5 Amazing Vegan Skin Care Products

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5 Amazing Vegan Skin Care Products

A roundup of some of our favourite vegan skin care products to help you achieve beautiful skin that is cruelty free!

 

Why Use Vegan Skin Care?

 

We believe going vegan with your skin routine is one of the best things you can do for your face!

Vegan skin care is free from animal-derived ingredients. Products are formulated with naturally-sourced, plant-based or mineral ingredients. Vegan skin care may also include safe, toxin-free synthesised ingredients made in a laboratory.

Don’t believe the myth that if a product is vegan it can’t deliver impressive results!

Vegan-approved ingredients, all-natural antioxidants, extracts, minerals and vitamins can act on all kinds of skin concerns. 

Signs of ageing, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, dullness, acne and inflammatory skin conditions can all be dramatically improved with the right vegan ingredients.

Many conventional skincare products contain animal based ingredients that can trigger inflammatory skin reactions and cause congestion. 

Plus, they’re often formulated with toxic synthetic chemicals that are well known disruptors of the endocrine (hormone) system.

Some ingredients traditionally or commonly sourced from animals can also be derived through vegan-friendly processes. For example, glycerin can be derived from animal fats or plant oils.

The esmi range is vegan and cruelty free. We want the very best for your skin and the lives of our animal friends! 

Let’s take a look at some of our most loved vegan skin care products and how key ingredients in each work to deliver the healthiest skin of your life.

 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

 

The ultimate skin hydrator for all skin types, Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is a quick-absorbing serum that helps fight dehydration to hydrate, plump, and repair skin.

The key vegan ingredients work to promote hydration, barrier repair and improved skin condition. 

Hyaluronic acid 

The hero of our Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is Hyaluronic acid thanks to its ability to attract moisture - it can actually hold 1000x times its weight in water! 

This makes it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels, plumping and restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. 

Depending on how hyaluronic acid is created for skincare formulations it may or may not be vegan. Non-vegan hyaluronic acid is derived from the combs of roosters, while vegan hyaluronic acid for vegan skin care is derived from wheat. Of course, we use vegan hyaluronic acid in this serum.

Allantoin

A versatile ingredient, allantoin is known for its ability to promote the natural exfoliation of dead cells on the surface. This softens skin and aids in increased hydration as moisture is able to better penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. 

Allantoin also possesses soothing and anti-irritant properties while promoting the renewal of epidermal cells.

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Beneficial for all skin types, Niacinamide works to strengthen the skin barrier to increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture. It can aid in soothing irritated skin making it particularly beneficial if you’re dealing with an inflammatory skin concern like eczema. 

All ingredients in the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

How to use Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Dispense a pearl size amount of serum from the dropper onto fingertips and massage into the skin after cleansing or exfoliation. Can be used morning and night and around the eye area. Follow with your moisturising step. 

 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser 

 

Meet one of our best selling vegan skin care products: The Uncomplicated Cleanser.

Perfect for all skin types and concerns, it balances skin without leaving it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.

Aloe vera and Green Tea Extract are the active ingredient heroes of this gentle yet effective formulation. 

Aloe Vera 

More than 95% water, aloe vera is a natural vegan ingredient famed for its moisture-promoting, skin repairing, and calming abilities. 

Aloe vera contains an array of constituents with active potential including vitamins (vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E and B12), enzymes, minerals, sugars, lignin, saponins, salicylic acids, and amino acids.

In addition to boosting hydration levels and calming irritation, aloe vera can assist in fading hyperpigmentation and fighting blemishes thanks to the gentle exfoliation properties of salicylic acids.

Green Tea Extract (Camellia Leaf Extract )

Anti-aging, soothing, and brimming with antioxidants it’s clear why green tea extract is a popular ingredient in vegan skin care products.

Polyphenols are what makes green tea extract so special. These potent antioxidants help neutralise free radical attacks to protect skin from the damage that leads to dullness, fine lines and wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. 

Green tea extract can also help regulate sebum production to promote a balanced, clear complexion.

All ingredients in The Uncomplicated Cleanser formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

Is The Uncomplicated Cleanser non-comedogenic?

Yes! All ingredients are non-comedogenic meaning they won’t clog pores and are suitable if you struggle with easily congested skin.

How to use The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Apply a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. Use in the morning and evening - double cleanse in the evening. 

 

Gentle Foliants 

 

Our range of Gentle Foliants delivers the best vegan skin care exfoliation experience with both physical and fruit enzyme exfoliant action. With a choice for all skin concerns, each Gentle Foliant is also cruelty free!

Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant 

Normal | combination skin

This gentle exfoliator helps clear, hydrate, and re-energise a depleted, congested complexion. 

Key vegan and natural ingredients include:

Cranberry Enzymes

Cranberry enzymes help exfoliate and soften the skin by dissolving dead cells on the surface. Promotes a brighter, smoother complexion helping to refine pores and reduce blemishes.

Icelandic Volcanic Sand

Icelandic volcanic sand is a mild exfoliator to gently renew the outer layer of skin revealing a fresher, more youthful complexion.

Vitamin E

Soothing Vitamin E spheres can soften and restore depleted skin with antioxidant action. Vitamin E repairs and renews on a cellular level.

Irish Moss

Naturally hydrating, Irish moss can aid in supporting skin barrier health to aid moisture retention. 

All ingredients in the Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant

Oily, breakout-prone skin

Encourage a clearer, brighter complexion for oily skin prone to congestion and breakouts with a 100% vegan formulation.

Key vegan ingredients and natural ingredients include:

Papaya enzymes

Tropical papaya enzymes dissolve dead cells and build-up revealing a brighter, softer complexion.

Polynesian Sand

The ultra-fine consistency of exotic Polynesian sand provides gentle exfoliation to assist in the removal of pore-clogging debris.

24k Gold Flakes

Luxurious 24k gold flakes boost skin elasticity, stimulates collagen production, and improves blood circulation for a healthy radiance.

All ingredients in Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

Rose and Bamboo Gentle-Foliant

Sensitive, dry, and mature skin

The ideal vegan skin care to exfoliate sensitive and dry skin, Rose and Bamboo Gentle-Foliant helps leave skin soft and calm while promoting moisture retention. 

Key vegan ingredients and natural ingredients include:

Rose Oil

The antiseptic, moisturising and calming properties of this luxurious oil are ideal for dry and troubled skin.

Bamboo Extract

Ideal for a weakened or sensitised skin barrier, acne prone, and dry skin, bamboo extract offers  mild exfoliation activity and stimulates cell turnover.

Jojoba Oil

A wonderful oil for vegan skin care products, Jojoba is a natural oil closest to the molecular structure of skin’s own sebum. It helps to balance and calm skin, reduce redness, and aid in skin repair.

Mixed Fruit Enzymes

Fruit enzymes gently exfoliate the dead cells on the skin’s surface by dissolving them. The result? A smoother, brighter looking complexion.  

All ingredients in Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

How to use the Gentle Foliants

Apply a pea-sized amount of product to damp, cleansed skin. In small, circular motions, very gently apply the exfoliant to skin. Massage around your face to remove build-up and allow enzymes to deeply cleanse pores. Don’t apply too much pressure.

Leave on for 2–5 minutes and rinse with cool water or with your dampened esmi Face Mitt and follow with your esmi skin regime. Use 1–3 times per week or as advised by your esmi skin consultant.

 

24K Gold Nourishing Oil 

 

Our 24k Gold Nourishing Oil certainly is a crowd-pleaser. Just check the reviews! 

This luxurious, non-greasy face oil nourishes for a visibly firmer, more youthful complexion. It can replace your cream-based moisturiser or be used over the top - it’s vegan skin care at its best. 

Here are a few of the key vegan active ingredients in the face oil working hard for your skin:

24K Gold

24k gold contains powerful antioxidant properties. It can improve skin elasticity, stimulate collagen production and improves blood circulation for a healthy, more youthful looking complexion. 

Rosehip Oil

Revered for its skin repairing, sun damage correcting, and youth promoting abilities, rosehip oil contains potent antioxidants Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and lycopene. 

These active ingredients work synergistically to repair, smooth, and brighten skin. 

Avocado Oil

A natural, vegan oil with a high percentage of active Vitamin E which is proven to aid in strengthening the skin barrier and keeping skin moisturised. 

It can also help counteract the effects of inflammation.

Working to keep skin hydrated without an oily aftermath, avocado oil is easily absorbed and its anti-inflammatory benefits can help calm irritated and breakout prone skin. 

All ingredients in 24k Gold Nourishing Oil formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

How to use 24 Gold Nourishing Oil

Use the dropper to apply 2-3 drops of oil directly to the palm of the hand and massage into cleansed skin after applying other water-based Skin Treats. It can be used morning and night and around the eye area. 

Pair with the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum for the ultimate rehydration and skin plumping.

 

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie 

 

Anti-redness Minty Green Smoothie is designed to soothe a red, puffy, or acne inflamed complexion. The active vegan ingredients work to help reduce redness, promote hydration and repair damaged skin.

Arnica

A wonderful skin healer, Arnica helps stimulate white blood cell production and increases circulation. It can also aid in reducing swelling - one of the reasons we recommend the Anti-redness Minty Green after laser treatment. 

Arnica also has antimicrobial properties which makes it useful in addressing acne-prone skin. 

Tasmannia Lanceolata Extract

A native Australian ingredient, Tasmannia Lanceolata Extract contains potent active antioxidant polygodial which delivers anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-allergic activity. 

It’s a rapid skin soother for red, inflamed skin working to strengthen and protect skin cells.

Linoleic Acid

Linoleic Acid, also called Vitamin F, is an essential fatty acid which aids in shutting down inflammatory skin responses while helping strengthen the all important skin barrier. This means skin is better able to defend itself against free radical and inflammatory activity. 

Moisture promoting yet lightweight, linoleic acid also works to plump skin without weighing it down. 

All ingredients in the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie formulation are vegan. Read the full list of ingredients here.

How to use the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Dispense a pearl size amount of serum from the dropper into fingertips and massage into the cleansed skin avoiding the eye area. You can use the serum in your morning and night time routines. Always allow the product to absorb before applying other Skin Treats or creams.

All of our vegan Skin Treats are indicated with a label on the product page. If you need further information on the ingredients in our products, have a chat with one of our Skin Consultants!

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Our Top Picks For Secret Santa 2020

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Spoil her with the best secret Santa gifts she’ll love to use. Our top picks for secret Santa 2020 are all under $50 and include beauty and skincare ideas for everyone. Get shopping for your kris kringle presents sorted today!

 

Best secret Santa gifts: Body positivity holiday collection

 

Give the magic of self-care and great skin this Christmas with our festive Body Positivity themed collection of kris kringle presents.

 

Mini Skin Treat 'On The Tree' Hanging Bauble

If this isn’t one of the  best secret Santa gifts out there, we don’t know what is! Choose from our range of Mini Skin Treats to gift in a gorgeous ‘on the tree’ hanging bauble.*

You’re spoilt for choice with a selection of 7 mini skin treats to choose from for this Secret Santa gift:

  • Mini Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 12ml
  • Mini 24K Gold Nourishing Oil 12ml
  • Mini Pomegranate Brightening Serum 12ml
  • Mini Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie 12ml
  • Mini Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 12ml
  • Mini Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil 12ml
  • Mini Golden Anti-Ageing Serum 12ml

Not sure of your Secret Santa recipient’s skin type or concerns? 

We recommend either the Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum or 24K Gold Nourishing Oil. Both of these best sellers are ideal for all skin types!

Also includes a convenient To: and From: as well as a beautiful hanging tag so you can easily place this on your tree as a surprise gift to your special someone.

*Hanging bauble gift wrap arrives flat and will require assembly.

 

Cleanser Gifting Bon Bon

We’d all love to unwrap one of these beauties.

Choose from our range of gentle cleansers formulated with natural, safe, and plant-based ingredients designed to cleanse and target various skin concerns. Leave skin balanced, clean, calm, and supple. 

If you’re unsure of her skin type or concerns, stick with The Uncomplicated Cleanser. Our best selling, gentle cleanser is suitable for everyone. Easy. 

*Bon Bon gift wrap arrives flat and will require assembly.

 

Foundation Gifting Bon Bon

The best secret Santa for her if your lucky recipient loves her makeup cruelty-free and vegan.

Our best selling Liquid Mineral Foundation heals, hydrates, and contains SPF 15 protection. It provides comfortable maximum coverage while helping to hydrate, plump and calm skin. 

The vegan, mineral based formulation won’t block pores and you’ve 4 shades to choose from.

 

esmi Shower Cap

This super cute secret Santa gift is perfect for the friend who “has everything” to fight frizz and keep locks dry. Why not grab a second one and treat yourself too?!

 

Best secret Santa gifts for her: Skincare 

 

Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Between cocktails, late nights, and one to many decadent Christmas goodies, everyone’s skin can use a little pick-me-up right now. 

Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist replenishes, rehydrates and refreshes skin. Super handy to keep in the office, it makes a great gift for a work kris kringle and is ideal for all skin types.

 

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

You can’t go wrong with one of the Kris kringle presents everyone needs: SPF30 sunscreen.

Enriched with antioxidant protection, this silky smooth, daily sunscreen broad-spectrum SPF 30+  protects against UV damage and fights the first signs of ageing. 

Comfortable and non-greasy, this practical gift suits all skin types. No Rudolph noses this summer! 

 

More kris kringle ideas: Accessories and brushes

 

Microfibre Face Cleansing Mitt

Give the gift of deeply cleansed skin with our Microfibre Face Cleansing mitt. 

It removes 80% more dirt, makeup and product residue than a regular face washer for deeply cleansed pores and soft skin. The mitt will make a great addition to her skincare routine. 

 

Mask Applicator Brush

She’ll be her own facialist with this soft, curved, vegan mask applicator brush for simple, mess free masking.

One of the best secret Santa gifts to team with a ‘lil something else, like a gorgeous scented candle. Or, upgrade your secret Santa pressie and gift it with an esmi Face Mask!  

 

Kabuki Brush

This brilliant dual-layer vegan makeup brush is a must have for every makeup kit. It’s the secret to a ‘pore-less’, flawless finish, especially with mineral foundation or powder. 

Beginners or experts will love our Kabuki Brush to build all over coverage with a natural look. 

 

Liquid Foundation Brush

Delight a makeup loving friend with our vegan, dual-layer bristle brush to buff, build and blend foundation and BB cream for seamless coverage. 

Easy to control for a no streak finish, this kris kringle gift suits makeup brush beginners and experts. 

Have we got you in the gifting mood? View our full range of Special Edition Body Positivity Christmas 2020 gifts here


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How To Give Yourself An At Home Facial

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How to Give Yourself an At Home Facial

Self-care doesn’t get better than pampering your skin with an at home facial! This is our expert approved guide to creating a luxurious just-like-a-salon skincare experience on a weekly basis at home.

Light a scented candle and play some relaxing tunes to really turn up the day spa vibes!

 

Cleanse Your Face 

 

Just like a professional treatment, the first step in your facial at home is cleansing your skin.

Double cleanse 

Set the tone for the rest of your facial with a deep double cleanse. 

Doubling up on the cleansing step removes all dirt and stubborn debris - like makeup, SPF, oil, and even pollution nanoparticles - from your skin.

Use a gentle cleanser

Every skin type and concern benefits from a gentle cleanser. Not the harsh kind that strips the skin of all oil and moisture; you’ll only end up with a dry, tight face and increased oil production. 

For your best facial at home choose a gentle, non-drying cleanser to maintain the delicate balance of oil and moisture on your skin. 

Aloe vera: Aloe vera is hydrating and calming with gentle exfoliant properties.

Green tea extract: An anti-inflammatory to soothe and calm redness.

Stearic acid: Helps cleanse and protect against water loss.

Capric triglyceride: Helps to reduce skin dryness.

 

We recommend The Uncomplicated Cleanser (All skin types)

Infused with aloe vera to calm and heal and the protective, antioxidant properties of camellia leaf (green tea) extract the cleanser balances skin and won’t leave it dry or tight - just clean, calm, and supple. 

Targeting a specific concern? You may like to use The Uncomplicated Cleanser for the first cleanse and follow with one of the following for the second cleanse:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness - Redness concerns

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening - Hyperpigmentation and dullness 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Ageing - Ageing concerns

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal -  Congestion and oiliness 

How to double cleanse

Apply a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. Simply repeat the process for the second cleanse.

 

Exfoliate! 

 

For a post-facial glow, don’t skip the exfoliation step.

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the surface, helping prevent and unplug clogged pores. 

When old cells pile up on the outer layer of your skin, your complexion looks dull and fine lines are enhanced. Exfoliating as part of your at home facial reveals the healthier looking skin beneath and your face looks brighter instantly! 

Over time, regular exfoliation can promote smoother skin tone and may help minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

We’ve put together our exfoliant recommendations based on skin type / concern for your facial at home

Sensitive, dry, and mature skin

Rose And Bamboo facial exfoliant from esmi Gentle Foliant range. The delicate exfoliation action of bamboo extract works in harmony with the power of mixed fruit enzymes for a close up exfoliation suited to dry, damaged or sensitised skin.

Normal and combination skin

Hydrating And Ageless Volcanic Sand facial exfoliant from esmi Gentle Foliant range. This formulation pairs the physical element of volcanic sand with the power of cranberry enzymes to encourage a clearer complexion.

Oily, congested, breakout prone skin

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum. Ideal for most skin types tackling blackheads, acne, and underlying skin congestion to draw out impurities, smooth rough skin and polish away pore-clogging debris

How to apply the Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 

Using the dropper, apply a pea-sized amount to your charcoal brush or fingers and massage into freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the under eye area. 

Leave for 5-10 minutes before wetting the charcoal brush or fingers and massage around the face to remove any softened dead skin cells before washing off.

How to apply Rose + Bamboo or Hydrating And Ageless Volcanic Sand

Apply a pea-sized amount of the exfoliant on damp, cleansed skin. 

In small, circular motions, very gently apply the exfoliant to skin. Massage around your face to remove build-up and allow enzymes to deeply cleanse pores. Don’t apply too much pressure.

Leave on for 2–5 minutes and rinse with cool water or with your dampened esmi Face Mitt and follow with your esmi skin regime. 

Take a little extra time during your facial at home to use these exfoliants on your neck and décolletage as well.

 

Apply a Mask 

 

Treating yourself to an at home facial is the perfect time to indulge in an extended masking session. A face mask is ideal to help target specific skin concerns including congestion, dullness, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and ageing concerns. 

Choosing a mask for your specific skin concerns

Here’s our quick guide on the ingredients you’ll want in your mask depending on the skin issues you’re dealing with.

Ageing concerns - fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness: Peptides (collagen promoting), antioxidants (neutralise free radical damage) and hyaluronic acid (hydration).

Hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone: Vitamin C (brightening) and ingredients containing Vitamin C, such as kakadu plum.

Inflammation and redness: Niacinamide (barrier strengthening) and natural ingredients with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties including Tasmanian pepper leaf, cockspur thorn, and wild mint. 

Dehydration: Hyaluronic acid (hydration), niacinamide (barrier strengthening) and aloe vera (hydration).

Congestion and breakouts: Kaolin clay (detoxification and oil regulation) and charcoal (detoxification).

Dryness: Shea Butter (skin soothing and conditioning), Niacinamide (barrier strengthening), plant oils such as avocado, almond, and coconut that provide fatty acids for barrier strengthening and promote moisture retention. 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask - Suitable for all skin types and concerns

This super-saturating mask instantly boosts hydration with skin cell soaking hyaluronic acid while minerals, vitamins, and oils restore, protect, and balance.

No matter your skin type, this is the perfect mask for your at home facial to target issues of dehydration, dryness, oily and problematic skin. Banishes dullness, plumps fine lines and balances oil flow.

 

Target Skin Concerns 

 

Incorporating a serum will supercharge the skincare results of your at home facial.

Serums are products formulated with potent doses of active ingredients designed to target specific skin concerns. The lightweight consistency of a serum gives it the ability to penetrate deep into the skin and take rapid action in targeting various skin concerns. 

We recommend the following serums from the esmi Skin Treats range to help with the improvement of these common skin complaints:

Ageing concerns - fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness: Golden Anti-Ageing Serum

Inflammation and redness: Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Dehydration and dryness: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum and Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo

Hyperpigmentation and dullness: Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Need a hand choosing the right serum? We’re here and ready to help. You can chat online with a skincare expert or book your free skin consultation. 

 

Moisturise Your Skin 

 

You’ve treated your skin to some real TLC! Now it’s time to wrap up your at home facial with a moisturiser. 

Moisturising helps lock in all the moisture, nutrients and vitamins from the previous steps plus supports your skin barrier to strengthen it against external stressors.

Moisturising serums - the ultimate combination  

A moisturising serum is ideal for this step. These ‘hybrid’ formulations combine the intensity of a water-based serum and moisturising benefits of an oil. 

The oil component supports your skin’s natural barrier (lipids, cholesterol, and ceramides) to improve derma strength and assist in boosting hydration levels by sealing in moisture to prevent it from evaporating off the skin. The serum component helps target specific skin concerns we mentioned in the Serum step. 

It’s a win/win for your skin!

Key ingredients to look for in a moisturising serum include:

Plant-based oils such as acai, jojoba, almond and kiwi fruit seed oil  to support derma strength and promote hydration by sealing in moisture.

Emollient ingredients such as squalene to minimise water loss.

Hydrating, humectant ingredients including glycerin and hyaluronic acid.

Active ingredients to target specific skin concerns. For example, Vitamin C for brightening.

Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo

Lightweight hydration plus nourishing anti-ageing properties address multiple skin concerns at once - healing, protecting and hydrating.

Ideal for thirsty skin in need of extra nourishment to combat dehydration, fine lines and damage this skin treat hydrates, softens and regenerates.

 

Skin Care and Facials: Things to avoid 

 

Getting your ultimate post-treatment glow means avoiding a few things during your facial at home. 

 

Here’s what not to do:

Squeezing pimples and extracting blackheads: It’s so tempting to squeeze but please don’t! It only spreads breakout causing bacteria and increases the chance of scarring.

Over-steaming your skin: Steaming your face is a great way to prep skin for your facial but please be careful to avoid over steaming! Using water that is too hot to steam can strip the skin of its natural oils and increase dryness. 

Going OTT with exfoliation products: You’ll do more harm than good going overboard with exfoliation. We don’t recommend exfoliating more than 2 or 3 times a week - or as recommended by your esmi Skin Consultant. Over exfoliation strips the skin of its natural oils leading to dehydration, broken capillaries, breakouts, and sensitivity. Always choose a product suited to your skin type. 

Our Skin Bundles are perfect for at home facial pampering!

Purchase everything you need for an incredible at home with our Self Care Kit’ or one of our other healthy skin bundles. The best facial kits in Australia!

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Our Favourite Natural Skin Care Products

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Using natural skin care products containing plant-based actives and natural ingredients is a healthy and effective way to treat every skin concern from dehydration, and dullness to hyperpigmentation and signs of ageing. 

Why choose natural beauty care

Natural skin care products are a gentler choice for your skin and formulated with nutrients and antioxidants to feed and nourish your skin. You’ll avoid the toxic ingredients in traditional formulations that can dry out and damage your skin barrier as well as pose long term risks to your health.

Common toxic skincare ingredients:

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

Parabens

Triclosan

Phthalates

Oxybenzone

Petrochemicals

Even if you’re only applying a *small* amount of these chemicals to your skin, when you apply them day after day it increases the ‘toxic load’ on your skin. This can lead to potentially harmful health and skin complications over time. 

Plus, some of these chemicals are known irritants, causing immediate reactivity and inflammation for many people. 

Natural skin care products are free from the toxic ingredients that put your skin and health at risk. They can contain a blend of natural and plant-derived ingredients, including active ingredients.

Active ingredients are the heavy lifters of your skin care routine. Put simply, an ‘active’ is the ingredient included in a skincare formulation to target a specific skin care concern. For example, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, ageing concerns, and redness.  

We’re excited to introduce you to 5 products from the esmi range that feature the best natural skin care ingredients as well as hard working actives!

 

Probiotic Skin Mylck 

 

Probiotic natural skincare products are really having their moment to shine. Exciting research continues to uncover just how beneficial topical probiotics can be for skin. 

Put simply, probiotics are a group of live bacterial cultures that are beneficial for your skin and body. Good bacteria!

Lysates are concentrated doses of probiotics that research has found to be specifically beneficial for the health of your skin. 

Your skin has its very own eco-system known as its microbiome which exists on the outer surface of the skin. This ecosystem is teeming good and bad bacteria (microflora) and skin needs a balance of both to be healthy.

Problems happen when bad bacteria outnumber the good bacteria. Skin can become reactive, sensitive, and inflamed. 

This is where Lysates can help. Introducing these good bacteria to your skin’s microbiome can help build up your skin’s defences against bad bacteria and promote a healthy environment for skin to renew and repair itself.

Probiotic Skin Mylck

A very light moisturising lotion that simply melts into the skin, the probiotic rich formulation ideal for extremely sensitive, compromised skin. 

Skin Mylck contains the 100% Australian Made probiotic Lysate to help create an ideal environment for compromised, ultra sensitive skin to thrive, heal and protect itself from outside irritants and bad bacteria.

 

24K Gold Nourishing Oil 

 

Luxurious and non-greasy esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil contains high quality, cosmetic grade, 24k gold flakes and is perfect for combination to dry skin as a moisturiser. It helps address dryness, dehydration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles on face, neck, and decolletage.

How does gold leaf work?

The hero of this face oil is cosmetic grade, 24k gold leaf. A natural antioxidant with active properties it offers powerful anti-ageing benefits. It helps to boost circulation, stimulate collagen, and increase skin elasticity. 

Not only does gold antioxidant activity help increase the production of new collagen, but it can also help protect the health of existing collagen by fighting free radical damage caused by environmental stressors.

Natural, active benefits of 24k Gold Nourishing Oil

esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil can help stimulate skin’s collagen production and strengthen elasticity for a smoother, firmer, looking complexion. 

It aids in neutralising damaging free radical activity on existing collagen to fight signs of fine lines, inflammation, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. 

The oil also imparts a beautiful healthy glow post-application thanks to an increase in blood circulation.

In addition to gold flakes, 24K Gold Nourishing Oil contains natural and plant derived ingredients including a blend of rosehip, jojoba, avocado, and coconut oil.

esmi 24k Gold Nourishing Oil is designed as the moisturising step. Cleanse and then follow with 24K Gold Leaf Oil or, if you use a serum, cleanse then apply the serum then 24K Gold Leaf Oil. 

 

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie 

 

The best natural skin care ingredients to treat inflamed, red skin will help cool and calm inflammation. 

This is exactly what the ingredients in our quick absorbing and water-based, Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie do!

With an energising wild mint aroma, this serum cools and heals damaged, red skin with potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating properties. The natural ingredients with active properties include:

Tasmannia lanceolata extract

Australian native ingredient Tasmannia lanceolata extract contains polygodial, a potent antioxidant and active ingredient. An anti-inflammatory agent, this natural extract calms red, blotchy skin caused by inflammation. 

Arnica

A natural ingredient, arnica is a flower with incredible skin healing benefits.

The main restorative antioxidant, sesquiterpene lactone, has anti-microbial activities which, along with arnica’s flavonoids help soothe and reduce inflammation as well as accelerate healing. 

Aloe vera

Moisture promoting and skin repairing aloe-vera contains active ingredients 

including vitamins (vitamins A (beta-carotene), C, E and B12), enzymes, minerals, salicylic acids, and amino acids. 

The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera, which is more than 95% water, have protective, calming effects on stressed out, inflamed skin.

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie is suitable for all skin types to treat red, puffy or acne inflamed skin it’s ideal to use after laser, IPL or diathermy treatment.

After cleansing, apply the serum and once absorbed, follow with a moisturising face oil or lotion. 

 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

 

To combat dehydration for all skin types, Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum aids in deeply replenishing skin cell’s water content. 

A combination of natural and plant-derived active ingredients work together to hydrate from the inside out to restore, repair and reveal healthy skin. 

Hyaluronic acid 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule found in your body that helps skin retain much-needed moisture for plumpness and elasticity. 

A natural humectant ingredient that can hold 1000x times its weight in water, hyaluronic acid attracts moisture to your skin to rehydrate the surface layer. This helps address concerns like flakiness, dullness, and fine lines. 

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Niacinamide is an active form of vitamin B3. It’s a non-toxic, plant-based ingredient derived from yeast that is actually found in skin cells naturally. 

It works to stimulate the production of ceramides - which are essential for a healthy skin barrier - and promote hydration. 

Niacinamide is a soothing, safe ingredient for all skin types - particularly if you’re dealing with reactivity, inflammation and want to strengthen a compromised skin barrier. 

Allantoin

A versatile ingredient, allantoin is known for its ability to promote the natural exfoliation of dead cells on the surface. This softens skin and aids in increased hydration as moisture is able to better penetrate the deeper levels of the skin. 

Allantoin also possesses soothing and anti-irritant properties while promoting the renewal of epidermal cells.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum increases hydration by 25% within 2 hours 

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

Light-weight, non-comedogenic and deeply hydrating, every skin type and concern will benefit from this serum, including oily skin types. 

After cleansing, apply the serum and once absorbed, follow with a moisturising face oil or lotion. 

 

Pomegranate Brightening Serum 

 

Dealing with pigmentation, dark spots, and dullness? Meet our Pomegranate Brightening Serum.

Formulated with the best natural skin care ingredients plus plant-based actives this serum helps target these concerns. 

Brimming with potent Australian native and plant-derived ingredients with skin lightening abilities, this serum helps reduce discolouration and promote a radiant glow. 

Kakadu plum

Don’t believe the myth that natural skincare ingredients are less effective! Kakadu Plum is a perfect example of a natural ingredient that can deliver a significant, positive change for dullness and hyperpigmentation. 

This Australian native superfruit is believed to be the world’s most potent source of natural Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that regenerates the skin and plays an essential role in helping diminish the appearance of dark spots and promoting a glowing complexion.

Liquorice root extract

Liquorice root extract is packed with a polyphenolic flavonoid called glabridin. 

Studies tell us that glabridin prevents pigmentation caused by UVB rays and also offers anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin. Liquorice root extract is popular in natural skin care to help improve skin conditions like hyperpigmentation, dullness, eczema, acne, and melasma. 

Pomegranate extract

Pomegranate isn’t only delicious in a fruit salad, it offers benefits to your skin when applied topically as an extract too.

Rich in plant polyphenols (micronutrients packed with antioxidants) pomegranate extract can aid in neutralising free radical activity while encouraging skin repair and regeneration.

Pomegranates also contain Vitamin C to help with skin brightening. 

The brightening serum can be applied morning or night. Use the dropper to apply an amount smaller than a pearl on cleansed skin and gently massage in. Allow the serum to absorb before applying other products. 

It’s extremely important to protect your skin daily with an SPF and avoid excess or prolonged sun exposure when using Vitamin C serums. 

Have sensitive skin? Apply on cleansed skin every second night for 2 weeks, gradually increasing to every night. Can be used morning and night eventually.

Discover the full range of esmi Skin Treats that use natural and plant-derived ingredients.

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Treating Acne With Probiotic Skin Care

Treating acne with probiotic skin care

Treating Acne With Probiotic Skin Care

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Treating Acne with Probiotic Skin Care 

Probiotics are making waves in skincare! Topical probiotics can be beneficial for a range of skin conditions, including probiotic acne solutions. We walk you through what they do and how probiotics for acne can help manage breakouts and inflammation. 

 

The Lowdown on Topical Probiotics for Acne 

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are beneficial microorganisms that occur naturally in our bodies. They’re often called ‘good bacteria’.

You’ve probably heard about probiotics in relation to gut health but did you know that trillions of microorganisms live on your skin too? They are the tiniest defenders of your skin and we literally wouldn’t be able to function without them!

Collectively, these organisms are known as the skin’s microbiome which consists of a delicate, diverse balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria. Your skin microbiome is part of the skin barrier. 

A balanced microbiome = healthier skin

A well functioning, balanced microbiome is essential for healthy skin and a strong barrier. Skin can defend itself against external invaders, stay hydrated, clear, and calm. 

Too many bad bacteria = inflammation and impaired skin barrier

Many things can throw the skin's microbiome out of balance and cause a surge in bad bacteria. Sun exposure, pollutants, diet, medication, and irritating skincare ingredients to name a few. 

An unbalanced microbiome can result in inflammation and a compromised skin barrier leading to issues like acne, rosacea, eczema, excessive dryness, and skin sensitivity. 

Topical use of probiotics in skincare

Research has shown the potential to address a range of inflammatory skin conditions, including acne, by topically inserting good bacteria (probiotics) into the skin’s microbiome with skincare. 

In turn, this restores balance to the microbiome creating an optimal environment for skin health to thrive and rapidly stimulate cell renewal to repair the barrier.

Extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) has shown the esmi Skin Minerals Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate as ideal for topical application to stimulate rapid skin cell renewal and accelerate wound healing. 

What do probiotics do in skincare for acne?

Acne is triggered by an influx of bacteria known as p. Acnes

Excess oil on the skin leads to blocked pores which are the ideal environment for this bacteria to thrive and spread. This in turn leads to breakouts, inflammation, and swelling. 

Using probiotic acne skincare may help manage acne in two ways. 

First, to get the spread of acne bacteria under control (help clear existing breakouts) and second, by regulating oil production to minimise breakout recurrence.

Control the spread of bacteria

Adding good bacteria to the skin with topical probiotics can help fortify skin's beneficial microflora and reduce acne bacteria.

Regulate oil production

Many skincare products, especially those related to acne, strip the skin of oil entirely. This causes the skin to create more oil which triggers more breakouts. 

Stripping the skin also disrupts the skin barrier (which includes the skin’s microbiome) resulting in a surge of bad bacteria and increased sensitivity. 

Using probiotic acne skincare can help create an optimal environment to heal a compromised skin barrier and aid in balancing oil and reduced sensitivity.

 

Probiotic Skin Mylck and What Probiotics Do in Skin Care 

 

esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck is a world-first in probiotic skincare. A very light moisturising lotion that simply melts into the skin, the probiotic rich formulation can help aid in healing acne-prone, compromised skin. 

Skin Mylck contains the 100% Australian Made probiotic Lysate to help create an ideal environment for compromised, acne-prone skin to repair a damaged skin barrier and kill pathogens (bad bacteria) to fortify skin's beneficial microflora. 

How to use Skin Mylck in your routine

Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion designed to follow the cleansing and sensitive skin soothing  serum steps in your morning and night routines. 

If you don’t use a Skin Treat serum

After cleansing, using the dropper drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser when treating your skin with esmi Skin Mylck.

If you use a water-based Skin Treat serum

After applying a sensitive skin serum allow it to absorb. Then, using the dropper, drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin. 

If you have very dry skin

While Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion, if your skin is extremely dry, and you feel you need more moisture you could follow with a Skin Treat oil like Peppermint Green Oil. 

 

Creating An Acne Routine with Probiotics 

 

For the ultimate acne fighting routine, we recommend the following products be used in conjunction with Skin Mylck.

Cleanser: The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Redness

Skin Treats (Serum): Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie or/and Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Moisturiser: Probiotic Skin Mylck or Probiotic Skin Mylck Plus Anti-Redness (If acne is very inflamed)

Face Oil: Peppermint Green Oil (If areas of skin are extremely dry and you feel you need more moisture)

Exfoliant: Fresh Sea And Salty Sand or/and Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Mask: Anti-inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask

Sunscreen: Skin Shield SPF 30+ 

esmi Skin Mylck range is designed to help with various skin concerns including dullness, redness and inflammation, dehydration, and sensitivity.

View the full range of esmi Probiotic Skin Care

Our Skin Service team is here to guide you every step of the way and answer questions you have about our probiotic skin care products and the best probiotics for acne. Please reach out via chat or email skin@esmi.com.au.

 

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esmi Skin Mylk range is made with a 100% Australian made Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate produced in Australia’s first and only cGMP/TGA certified facility for probiotic API manufacturing.Ref: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4633615/