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How To Detox Your Skin

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How To Detox Your Skin


With winter behind us, now is the perfect opportunity to refresh your skin for a bright new season! Get our tips on how to detox your skin from the inside out and recommendations for skin detox products from the esmi range. 


The Best Skincare Ingredients And Tips For A Skin Detox


Use a face mask with bentonite and kaolin clay

Bentonite and kaolin are two of the most popular cosmetic clays and you’ll usually find them in the best detoxifying face masks.

Bentonite clay detoxifies skin by absorbing oils, dirt and toxins which attach themselves to the clay. When the clay is cleansed from the skin, the debris is washed away with it. 

Kaolin clay acts in the same way but has a more fine-grained texture than bentonite and its absorption properties are milder. It’s a good choice for normal to dry skin that may find bentonite too strong. 

Using a clay mask as a step in your skin detox can help aid in the removal of impurities, target acne forming bacteria, and generally leave the skin smoother and softer. 

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask


Include a serum with activated charcoal, a detox powerhouse!

Like clay, the molecules of activated charcoal attract toxins, dirt, and chemicals from the skin to be easily washed away. It assists in removing deeper impurities from the skin and unclogging pores. The result is smoother, more clarified skin.  

If your skin is breaking out even more soon after using a charcoal skincare product, don’t worry. It’s common to experience a ‘purging’ phase as the charcoal draws out impurities from deep within the skin. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum


Double cleanse in the evening

If you’re not doing it already, double up your cleansing step in the evening. 

During the day your skin faces environmental aggressors, including air pollution. Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution can actually lodge themselves in the surface of the skin and trigger free radical activity. 

Free radicals are responsible for a host of skin issues, from dullness to accelerating the signs of premature ageing. 

Double cleansing skin in the evening is an effective way to detox your skin from pollution particles and other environmental stressors from the day. The first cleanse removes makeup, SPF, and excess oil while the second cleanse clears the skin of any stubborn debris still sticking around.

We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser. You may like to follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal as a detoxifying facial cleanser for the second round if you’re dealing with oily skin, breakouts and congestion.


Detox your makeup

Treat your skin to a cleaner makeup routine by avoiding cosmetic products that contain formaldehyde-related preservatives. Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical and is linked with common preservatives in cosmetic products including DM hydantoin, phthalates, and oxybenzone. 

Consider switching to mineral makeup formulations that don’t contain irritating preservatives that can cause skin problems.

Containing healthy minerals, including skin-friendly silica, mineral makeup also has the added benefit of helping to heal and condition the skin while you wear it. It offers additional SPF protection when teamed with your daily sunscreen and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.

We recommend: The esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder.


Ideas For Detoxing Your Skin From The Inside Out


Support your detoxifying skin care products with healthy eating and lifestyle choices to truly maximise the benefits of a skin detox.


Sip herbal teas formulated for detoxification

Drinking tea can be very beneficial in supporting your skin detox. Choose teas that are formulated with herbs to promote detoxification and keep your body hydrated.  

Some effective herbs, spices and root plants to consider using in your tea-tox include: 

Burdock root - Brimming with antioxidants, burdock root provides a host of benefits, including potential skin healing for issues such as acne and psoriasis.

Dandelion root - Research has found the properties in dandelion root tea can assist in helping detoxify the liver.

Milk thistle - Assists in promoting the regeneration of new healthy cells and supports the cleansing process by removing toxins. 

Tumeric - With potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage, turmeric can aid liver and skin detoxification when brewed in a tea. 

Green tea - Another antioxidant powerhouse, drinking green tea makes a detoxifying, skin-supporting swap for your regular latte.


Give yourself a lymphatic face massage

When you stimulate the circulation in the lymphatic system through massage, you assist your body in draining fluids and toxins away from your cells for proper elimination. Massage stimulates circulation which encourages an overall improvement in skin tone and brightness. 

A lymphatic face massage is something simple enough to do yourself at home but it’s advisable to consult a health practitioner first. 


Experiment with celery juice

The humble celery stalk has received a surge in attention recently thanks to its skin healing, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also incredibly rich in minerals and hydrating. 


Cut out sugar

Eliminating sugary foods from your plate for a time is detox 101!

Depending on how much sugar you usually eat, it could be a shock to the system. It’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms so your best approach could be to ease into a sugar detox slowly. 


Drink plenty of water

During a skin detox stepping up your water intake is key. Sip plain water, water flavoured with herbs and fruit pieces, or alternate with glasses of coconut water for a natural electrolyte boost. 

None of the suggestions above should be taken as medical advice. We encourage you to consult with your medical or holistic practitioner to choose a skin cleanse diet or approach that’s right for you.


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How To Prevent Oily Skin And A Shiny Face

How to prevent oily skin and a shiny face

How To Prevent Oily Skin And A Shiny Face


Is oily, greasy skin getting you down? We’re here to help! Read on for our tips on how to prevent oily skin and control shine.




You can help prevent oily skin by using a gentle cleanser with active ingredients for oil and breakout control.

Some traditional acne and oily skin face cleansers contain ingredients that are extremely strong. They remove every trace of oil and moisture from your skin. 

If you’re trying to prevent oily skin using a cleanser that removes all oil might sound good, but you’ll actually make the problem worse. 

When the skin is stripped of all oil your sebaceous glands (responsible for creating sebum) are triggered to create even more to make up for what’s been lost. It’s like a continuous oily feedback loop! 


Use A Lightweight Oil-based Moisturiser


Yes, you read that right!

Oil can be extremely beneficial for oily skin and to prevent an oily face - but only if you use the right kind. 

Choose lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, antibacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

A common mistake when attempting to prevent oily skin is to skip the moisturising step in your routine. After you’ve cleansed your skin you need to follow up with a moisturiser to prevent water evaporating from the surface - once your skin becomes dry, oil production increases.  

Using a moisturiser helps it hold onto water and stay hydrated. In turn, hydration helps balance skin and control an oily face. 

We recommend: Acai Skin Balancing Face  or Peppermint Green Oil (Excellent for oily, acne-prone skin in teens)


Be Cautious About Using A Toner


Traditional toners contain high levels of alcohol which is extremely drying for the skin. 

Just like a harsh cleanser will trigger an oily ‘feedback loop’ a strong toner causes the same issue because alcohol strips the skin. 

If you can’t do without the toning step in your routine, opt for alcohol and astringent free formulations.


Introduce a Retinoid (Vitamin A) Product Into Your Routine 


Vitamin A actually targets oil glands directly to aid in the control of oily skin by slowing down the production of sebum. 

There are 3 different types of retinoids. The strongest is retinoic acid which is available by prescription-only. Due to its strength, it can be highly irritating for the skin. 

Retinol is a weaker version and available over the counter. Although it isn’t as strong as retinoic acid, don’t be surprised if you still experience irritation. Finally, retinol derivatives like Retinyl Palmitate and Retinyl Proprionate are even gentler and also sold over the counter.

Known for their initial irritating side effects on the skin, it’s important to introduce any retinoid product into your routine with care. 


Good skin comes to those that wait. Retinoids don’t deliver overnight results but with regular use, you should see a significant improvement in your skin in about 3 months. 


Switch Up Your Diet


Food high on the glycaemic index (GI)  cause insulin levels to rise which can trigger sebum production.

A 2010 study shows that eating sugar spikes insulin, which leads to an inflammatory response in the body and also produces androgens. Androgens are the hormones mostly responsible for sebum production.

If you’re on a mission to prevent oily skin, you could try limiting high GI foods in your diet and observe how your skin reacts. 


Keep A Stash Of Blotting Paper Handy


How to control an oily face when you’re on the go? A tried and true instant fix for oily skin is blotting paper. 

Using blotting paper is something you can do quickly and discreetly when you’re out and about to address shiny issues.

Take a piece of blotting paper and press it gently but firmly on the areas of oily shine. Your T-zone - the area of your nose, chin, and forehead - is usually the oiliest. 

Keep the paper against your skin for a few seconds to allow it to absorb excess oil. It’s important to use a blotting motion to soak up the oil, rather than rubbing or moving the paper around your skin. 

When choosing a blotting paper, opt for a brand free of synthetic fragrances and powders so it won’t irritate the skin. 


Use Glycolic Acid In Your Oily Skin Routine


The smallest of the alpha hydroxy acid family, glycolic acid is a favourite for helping control oily skin. 

It works to reduce excessive oil and unclog pores to assist in preventing acne breakouts and balancing oil production.

Glycolic acid is usually formulated in cleansers, serums, and masks designed to target oily and congested skin. Be careful to not overwhelm your skin by using different products that all contain glycolic acid. Stick with it in one or two steps of your routine. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum


Treat Your Skin To A Mattifying Clay Mask


The mattifying benefits of clay can help prevent oily skin blues!

Cosmetic clays, in general, do a great job at absorbing excess oil and assisting in detoxifying the skin. The two types of clay to look out for in a face mask for shiny skin are kaolin clay and bentonite clay.

Kaolin clay is rich in silica and has a soft, fine texture. It’s the gentlest of the cosmetic clays and absorbs oil without stripping the skin. An excellent choice for sensitive complexions.

Bentonite clay is a product of aged volcanic ash. Like kaolin, this clay absorbs excess sebum from the skin’s topmost layer. It helps to mattify the skin, control breakouts and acts as an exfoliant leaving skin softer and brighter looking. 

Always follow a clay treatment with a moisturiser to prevent skin from drying out.

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask


Chill Out


Is stress making it hard to control your oily face?

When we’re stressed the level of cortisol (commonly known as the stress hormone) in our body rises. This boost in cortisol can trigger increased oil production leading to oily skin, acne and other skin concerns. We’ve covered a few easy ways you can calm your mind and your skin here. 

Have questions about how to avoid oily skin? Book your free skin consultation with our esmi team of skin experts!


How To Prevent Oily Shine


Your highschool skincare routine

your highschool skincare routine

Your highschool skincare routine


Feeling a bit lost about putting your first teen skincare routine together? We’re here to help! Learn how to build a simple yet effective regime with our best teenage skincare products.


Know Your Skin Type


Putting together a routine of teenage skincare products right for your skin all begins with identifying your skin type! 

This gives you a great starting point to build a routine that suits your skin and treats specific concerns. Using the wrong products and ingredients will hinder, rather than help your skin. 

The most common skin types are sensitive, dry, normal, oily, and combination. 

You may already know your skin type but if you need a little help figuring it out read our guide here.


Acne, Excessive Oil, and Congestion


One of the big skin complaints about teen skin is excessive oil production which results in congestion and teen acne. 

Why is an oily skin problem so common for teens? One word: hormones!

During puberty, your hormone levels surge. This causes your sebaceous glands (oil glands) to enlarge which leads to increased production of oil (sebum) in the skin. 

Excess oil mixing with dead cells and other debris on the skin surface can quickly lead to blocked pores causing blackheads, whiteheads, and even cysts

Hormones aren’t the only culprit for breakouts in your teen years. Genetics can also play a role; if your parents had acne it’s more likely you’ll experience it too. Stress, diet, and lifestyle choices can also contribute to acne flare ups. 


AM Routine For Teen Skincare  



The most important step in your teen skincare routine is cleansing! Removing the build up that finds its way onto your skin every day (dead cells, makeup, oil, dirt) is key to keeping your complexion clear and fresh. 

Stick with a gentle cleanser. Many cleansers targeted towards teenage acne can be very harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils. Stripping the skin only makes oily issues worse as your sebaceous glands are triggered to produce yet more oil to compensate for what’s been lost.

A gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser is the best face wash for teenage skin. Choose a gentle formulation that includes active ingredients to target specific issues, depending on your skin type and concern.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

The original Uncomplicated Cleanser is gentle and ideal to remove surface products.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, we recommend a double cleanse in the morning and evening. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness (acne prone | double cleanse)

You can opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness for the second cleanse. Containing antibacterial properties, this cleanser is ideal for soothing inflammation and minimising acne flare-ups.


Containing potent ingredients to target specific skincare concerns, a serum is something you can opt to include in your teen skincare routine.

Niacinamide and hyaluronic acid are good all-rounders to start with to improve skin hydration - these humectant ingredients draw moisture to the skin. No matter your age or skin type, extra hydration can benefit everyone.

We recommend:

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Hyaluronic Serum contains Vit B3 (niacinamide) which will help to balance skin and regulate oil flow which can act as a preventative for breakouts. It also accelerates healing and repair post-breakout

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo  (Acne prone skin)

The 'gentle' dose of actives in this formulation is perfect for teens and helps to balance and strengthen skin, promote repair, and soothe skin.


Moisturiser plays a crucial role in your teen skincare routine - even if you have oily skin. 

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that if you have oily skin you don’t need moisturiser. This step is especially important if you are taking acne medication or using over-the-counter spot treatments which can be particularly drying for the skin. 

Moisturiser forms a protective barrier on the surface to help minimise water evaporating from the skin and help prevent environmental irritants from entering in. 

Facial oils are suitable for most skin types - even oily ones - to replace a cream based moisturiser or apply over the top of one.  

We recommend:

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil

Ideal for all skin types, especially oily skin with balance concerns, this nourishing oil can replace moisturiser to improve tone, calm and hydrate while regulating oil flow.

Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 

Highly moisturising with antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne-prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties targeting redness and inflammation.

Apply SPF

Let your teenage years be the time you commit to wearing sunscreen every day - this is a skincare habit you’ll never regret. The earlier you start this step, the better your skin will be in the future. Trust us!

We recommend:

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  


PM Routine For Teen Skincare



We always recommend you double cleanse in the evening. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products (like SPF or makeup) and the second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

You can use the same cleanser for both or a combination of cleansers to achieve more targeted results. Similar to your morning routine, if you're dealing with teenage acne, we recommend double cleansing in the evening.

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser is ideal for the first cleanse. 

You can follow with a second cleanse using The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal. Ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.

If you’re experiencing cystic acne or acne that is inflamed, you could opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness again. 

Spot treatment 

Depending on your skin type and concerns, you may want to include a targeted spot treatment as part of your teen skincare routine. 

The evening is a good time to do this. Apply the treatment and wait for it to dry before adding serum.


Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum, opt for the Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo again or, if you’re dealing with breakouts, try the Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie


Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil or Peppermint Green Oil (Acne prone skin) 


Weekly Treatments For Teenage Skin Care Routine



Face masks can be beneficial but finding the formulations that work best for your skin type and concerns is important - so is going not overboard with treatments. 

It’s best to introduce masks once your skin is responding well to the core products in your teen skincare regime - cleanser, moisturiser, and serum. 

We recommend:

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

The mild exfoliation action of kaolin clay is kind to sensitive and breakout-prone skin, soothes and regulates oil production while deeply cleansing to remove impurities. 

Teenagers should introduce this step slowly, once the skin is used to the actives in the cleansers and serums.


Teenage skin can benefit from exfoliating in the right way with the right ingredients to remove dead cells, keep pores clear, and encourage a smoother complexion overall.

There are a few methods you can use to approach exfoliation; chemical (acids and enzymes), physical (scrubs, granules, textured mitt), or a combination of both.

Chemical exfoliation works by dissolving any breakout forming build-up on the surface (oil, dirt, dead cells) to keep pores clear. 

Physical exfoliation removes build up by manually moving the scrub, granules, or mitt/washcloth across your skin's surface.

We recommend:

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum (Acne prone / congestion)

Using this 2-3 times per week will help to clear dead skin cells from the surface and detoxify the skin by drawing out impurities.

This serum contains powerful drawing agents, it will draw out any underlying congestion - so don’t be alarmed if your skin purges. Continue use after impurities have emerged to aid healing. 

Or you could opt for Fresh Sea And Salty Sand. This exotic Polynesian sand physical exfoliator combined with the additional exfoliating power of papaya enzymes gently but effectively exfoliates away dead skin cells.

Have questions about the best skincare for teens based on your skin type and concerns? Book your free consultation with our team of skin experts.


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How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products

How to tackle oiliness and best oily skin products

How To Tackle Oiliness And Best Oily Skin Products


Shiny hair? Great! A shiny face? Not so much. Discover how to tackle oiliness and choose the right oily skin products to keep your complexion on the happy side of shiny!


What Causes Oily Skin?


Oily skin types have overactive sebaceous glands which means the skin produces excessive amounts of oil. Characteristics of this skin type include:


A shiny or greasy appearance

Enlarged pores

Prone to congestion and breakouts

Skin can appear thick 


If you have very oily skin, there’s naturally more oil present on the surface so it's easier for pores to become blocked. Left unchecked, blocked pores quickly lead to congestion and breakouts. 

The best oily skin products aim to keep pores clear of excess oil (to prevent breakouts) and balance sebum production without compromising the skin barrier. 

Typically, having a true oily skin type comes down to genetics but other skin types may find their skin produces more oil at certain times, too. 

Hormonal changes, stress, or using the wrong skincare products can all increase oil production. If this is the case, switching to oily skin products temporarily might be necessary to get a spell of oiliness under control.


Don’t Over-Cleanse Your Skin


When you’re dealing with oily skin, it can be tempting to use a strong face wash to dry your skin out and get oil under control. 

The problem here? Aggressively stripping your skin of its natural oil can actually trigger more oil production. 

The best cleanser for oily skin will gently dissolve the oils and deeply clean at the same time, without stripping the skin. 

Cleansing in the morning, evening, and after exercise is a must for oily skin types.  We always recommend you double cleanse your skin each morning and night. 

The first cleanse is to remove any products - like SPF or makeup. The second is to get deep into the pores to remove debris and any built-up oil. 

We recommend: 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Gently removes all traces of foundation and impurities with a double cleanse while calming and protecting skin with aloe vera and camilla leaf extract.  

To achieve more targeted results for oily skincare, you can cleanse with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal for the second cleanse. 

This cleanser is ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores, the active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.


Moisturise With Face Oil


All skin types require daily moisturiser, even oily ones. 

You may be surprised to learn that the best moisturiser for oily skin can actually be more oil! 

The right face oils can be very beneficial to regulate oil production and improve hydration. They act as an emollient moisturiser, helping seal moisture into the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. 

That said, not all oils will benefit oily skin. Heavy oils, like coconut and mineral oil, are highly comedogenic (pore-blocking) and can be problematic for oil-prone complexions.

Choose lightweight oils with a low comedogenic rating and those with calming, antibacterial properties. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

We recommend: 

Acai Skin Balancing Face 

Peppermint Green Oil (An excellent moisturiser for oily, acne prone skin in teens)


Keep Skin Hydrated 


Oil is not a sign that skin is adequately hydrated. 

Hydration = water, not oil so just because your skin has a lot of oil doesn't mean it has enough water.

When the skin is dehydrated (lacking water) it overcompensates by producing more oil. Excessive oiliness, therefore, can actually be a sign of dehydration.

Hydration helps keep sebaceous glands in check which encourages the skin to become balanced. The line up of oily skin products in your routine should include some of these powerhouse hydration ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid: A natural humectant with superior hydration qualities. Acts like a magnet to attract moisture deep within the skin’s cells. 

Niacinamide: Effective at restoring the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Squalene: Non-irritating and ideal for acne-prone skin, squalene is an antioxidant with beneficial moisturising properties.

Ceramides: Increase water retention properties by strengthening the skin barrier. 

We recommend:  Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 


Exfoliate Regularly But Don’t Overdo It!


An exfoliator should have a place in your kit of oily skincare products.

Exfoliation is essential for maintaining the health of oily skin and keeping pores clear of oil, dead cells, and acne-causing bacteria. 

Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) are effective for exfoliating oily skin, particularly salicylic acid. Acids are classified as chemical exfoliants and work by dissolving the "glue" that binds your dead cells, helping them loosen and slough off the skin. 

Fruit enzymes can also be effective for oily skin care. Enzymes are also considered chemical exfoliants, but they are milder than alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids. 

The right enzymes can gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the build-up of dead cells to keep skin clear and help minimise excess oil. 

We recommend: 

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum for chemical exfoliation with salicylic acid.

Fresh Sea and Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant for both chemical exfoliation with papaya enzymes and physical exfoliation with Polynesian sand.

How often should you exfoliate? It depends on your skin and the type of exfoliation method you use. It’s best to start out slowly and adjust accordingly. 

Over exfoliation can cause the skin to produce even more oil and leave you with a damaged skin barrier. 

You can have a chat with our Skin Consultants too. They’ll guide you through choosing the right exfoliant skin care products for oily skin and frequency of use. 


Switch To Mineral Makeup


If you have oily skin wearing makeup loaded with oil will leave you with a glossy sheen by lunchtime. 

Why not try a powder-based mineral foundation instead? Ideal for oily, acne prone complexions, powder-based mineral foundation is non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t block pores.      

Powder also absorbs oil providing breathable coverage that leaves you with a fresh complexion.

We recommend exploring the esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder. You’ll find the perfect fit for every skin tone.

If you have questions about the best oily skin products for your skin, book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. Our team of experts are here to help!


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Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients

pregnancy safe skincare

Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients


Expecting a new little arrival? Congratulations! Let us help you navigate safe skincare for pregnant women. This handy guide explains ingredients to avoid and pregnancy approved alternatives.


Common Skin Changes During Pregnancy


There are some lucky mums-to-be out there that experience the best skin of their lives during pregnancy. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case! You may experience pregnancy-related changes in your skin that are more challenging to deal with.

Hormonal acne - Breaking out around the chin and jaw? Acne in these areas can be linked to hormonal changes.

Melasma - Sometimes called the ‘mask of pregnancy’ melasma is hyperpigmentation (skin discolouration) that can appear on your forehead, nose, and cheeks.

Dryness - Dryness can make fine lines and wrinkles more pronounced.

If you have any pre-existing conditions, like eczema or rosacea, these can get worse during pregnancy.

You’ll need to manage these skin concerns while you’re expecting (and during breastfeeding) with skincare products that are safe during pregnancy.


Skincare Ingredients To Swap During Pregnancy


Safe skincare for pregnant women means avoiding certain ingredients - a few tweaks to your existing routine might be necessary. 

Carefully read all the labels on the skincare products you’re currently using. You’ll want to press pause on applying the following ingredients during pregnancy:


AVOID: Retinols, or any vitamin A derivatives (Anti-ageing)


Retinol, retin-A, retinoic acid, and tretinoin shouldn’t be used if you’re expecting. 

These anti-ageing ingredients are all derived from Vitamin A, which is an effective vitamin for your skin but is problematic during pregnancy. 

Excessive amounts of Vitamin A has been found to interfere with fetal development. No matter the amount you include in your routine, the safest approach is to avoid retinol, or any vitamin A derivatives entirely. 

What Are The Pregnancy Safe Anti-ageing Alternatives?

Thankfully, temporarily giving up Vitamin A doesn’t have to mean abandoning your anti-ageing routine.

Alternative ingredients that are pregnancy safe and offer effective anti-ageing properties are easy to include in your pregnancy skincare routine. You may already be using some!

Vitamin C 

Vitamin C is your antioxidant go-to for a pregnancy skincare routine. An effective all-rounder, it helps repair environmental damage, stimulate collagen synthesis, and brighten skin. 


Peptides are a type of protein that helps preserve and boost collagen levels, smooth fine lines, and minimise the appearance of pores. 

Omega Fatty Acids

Omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9 play a role in maintaining youthful, healthy-looking skin. They deliver positive changes in skin hydration, scaling, and roughness. 

Pregnancy safe products we recommend for an anti-ageing routine

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Ageing

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Golden Anti-Ageing Serum (evening)

Anti-Ageing Repair Gel Booster Mask 

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.


AVOID: Salicylic acid (Acne)


Salicylic acid is a heavy hitter for treating acne. Its deep exfoliating action clears blocked pores to minimise bacteria and reduce congestion. When it comes to skincare for pregnant women though, it’s not on the ‘safe’ list in high doses so it’s best to skip this ingredient entirely. 

What Are The Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients To Treat Acne?

Take your pick of pregnancy safe ingredients to manage breakouts while you’re expecting. 

Lactic acid

A sensitive skin hero, lactic acid is the gentler, yet effective, exfoliator of the acids group.

Glycolic acid

Glycolic acid is an exfoliant that naturally occurs in plants including sugar cane and citrus fruits.

Fruit enzymes

Enzymes found in some fruits and berries break down keratin proteins attached to dead cells to help target congestion.

Bentonite clay and activated charcoal

Detoxify and refine congested skin and help control oil.

Polynesian sand

An effective physical exfoliator for oily skin types, Polynesian sand helps to gently unblock pores for clearer skin.

Breakout prone skin will also benefit from pregnancy safe skincare products that deliver deep hydration, such as hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (Vitamin B3), and plant-based oils that help regulate sebum production.

Pregnancy safe products we recommend to help manage breakouts

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo

Peppermint Green Oil 

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Fresh Sea And Salty Sand facial exfoliant

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask 

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.


AVOID: Hydroquinone (Hyperpigmentation)


A depigmenting agent, hydroquinone is used to lighten darkened areas of skin by suppressing the formation of melanin in the skin. Research has shown hydroquinone to be problematic during pregnancy, so it’s one to avoid.

What are the pregnancy safe skincare ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation?

These powerful natural skin lighteners are safe to include in your pregnancy skin care products 

Vitamin C

 Vitamin C helps lighten patches of pigmentation without leaving your skin barrier compromised – no dryness, peeling or flaking as a result. It also gives the complexion a bright, radiant appearance.

Kakadu Plum

Kakadu Plum is believed to be the world’s most potent source of natural Vitamin C making it an excellent ingredient to help diminish the appearance of dark spots.


Bearberry Leaf extract is a natural skin lightener that works by helping to reduce melanin production. 


A powerful brightening antioxidant, liquorice is high in anti-inflammatories – making it great for post-inflammatory pigmentation and redness/scarring after breakouts.

Pregnancy safe products we recommend to help manage hyperpigmentation

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo

Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.

If you have any questions about safe skincare for pregnant women, we’re here to help! Book your free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. 


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Revive Dull Skin

dull skin

Revive Dull Skin


Get your glow back! 5 common causes of dull skin and tips for reclaiming your radiance. 

Dull skin is used to describe skin that lacks a healthy glow. It can appear lacklustre, tired, and may feel bumpy or uneven to touch. A few underlying issues can cause your skin to look less than its vibrant best.


Dead Skin Cells Are Building Up 


If you don’t exfoliate regularly, dead skin cells and other debris build up on the skin’s surface. This build up is usually the main cause of dull skin. 

Luckily, it’s also one of the easiest to address - the quickest way to brighten up dull skin is to exfoliate! 

Exfoliation removes the dead, dull skin cells and other toxic pollution particles on the skin’s surface. The result? Fresher cells are revealed and skin appears brighter, clearer, and more even.

Read our guide to the Different Types Of Exfoliants to discover the best choice for your skin.

Bottom line? Exfoliation needs to be part of your weekly routine. Our Gentle-foliants range offers exfoliation solutions for congested, sensitive, dry, and dehydrated skin.


You’re Dehydrated  


To get that healthy glow and banish dullness, skin must be properly hydrated. 

Dehydrated skin lacks water and is a condition that can happen to any skin type. The symptoms can include dullness, itchiness, more pronounced fine lines, under eye circles, and increased sensitivity. 

Address dehydration by choosing dull skin treatments which include humectant ingredients. 

Acting like a personal hydration magnet for cells, a humectant ingredient draws water from the atmosphere and deeper layers of skin, to the surface. This keeps your stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) hydrated and healthy.

The best products for dull skin in need of hydration include these humectant ingredients:

Hyaluronic acid: A natural humectant with superior hydration qualities. Acts like a magnet to attract moisture deep within the skin’s cells. Hyaluronic acid is revered for its ability to hold x1000 its own weight in water. 

Niacinamide: Effective at restoring the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Double down on boosting hydration levels by topping them up from the inside too. Fill your plate - and smoothies - up with water-rich foods like watermelon, strawberries, cucumber, and celery. 

We recommend:  Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

Perfect for all skin types and ages, this serum helps increase hydration from the inside out. In addition to hyaluronic acid, the serum also contains Vitamin B3 (niacinamide) which will help to balance skin and regulate oil flow.

Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo  

The lightweight hydrating properties address multiple skin concerns at once - healing, protecting and hydrating.


You’re Surrounded By Air Pollution


We’re all aware of the damage the sun can do when you get out and about without SPF. 

But did you realise being exposed to air pollution can cause skin trouble too? 

Nanoparticles in some forms of air pollution are small enough that they can actually become trapped in the pore and trigger free-radical damage. 

Left unchecked, this damage can lead to the deterioration of skin health including dullness, uneven skin tone, and other premature signs of ageing.

If you live in a busy city area where pollution levels are high, the answer isn’t as drastic as relocating! A double cleanse in the evening is the ideal way to remove every trace of debris, including nasty nanoparticles, from your skin. 

A weekly exfoliation session will help keep your pores clear of pollutants too.  


Vitamin Rich Foods Aren’t A Big Part Of Your Diet


Your bathroom cabinet is stocked with dull skin remedies but you’re not seeing much improvement? You may need to switch up your diet. 

Skin looks dull when we don’t eat enough foods rich in vitamins - and too much of the unhealthy stuff! 

Certain food and drinks (you know the culprits - alcohol, caffeine and sugar)  may contribute to skin looking dull and dehydrated.

Diet tips for dull skin? Keep your skin radiant with healthy choices including carrots, sweet potatoes, turmeric, salmon, papaya, avocado, spinach, kale, and blueberries - to name a few!

Try swapping your coffee for a green tea. Sipping on this antioxidant-loaded tea is incredibly beneficial for the health of your skin. 


Hyperpigmentation Can Cause Dull Skin


If your skin is lacking a healthy colour, dullness may have shown up all over the skin - or maybe it’s isolated to certain dark spots, known as hyperpigmentation.

The best way to address dullness due to pigmentation is to include active brightening ingredients in your skincare routine. 

Vitamin C is one of the best actives to help brighten skin and minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation. There are a lot of vitamin C derivatives but the pure form of Vitamin C is known as L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA). 

The percentage of LAA in a product can range anywhere from 10% - 20%. Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is another common form of Vitamin C you’ll find in topical formulations.

We recommend - Pomegranate Brightening Serum. This hardworking serum contains Kakadu Plum extract - nature’s most potent source of Vitamin C which is superb for skin brightening.


You Have A Dry Skin Type


‘Dry' is used to describe a skin type that produces less sebum than normal skin. It’s common for this skin type to feel tight, rough, and look dull. 

Or, you may be experiencing temporary dryness due to a change in weather, hot showers, and indoor heating which can all have a drying effect on skin - no matter your skin type.

Earlier we mentioned that dehydrated skin lacks water. Dry skin, on the other hand, lacks oil. 

Without enough oil, it’s a struggle for the skin to retain moisture which can lead to excessive flaking and overall dullness. 

Caring for dry skin is all about helping it retain natural oils and moisture. Discover our recommended esmi Skin Minerals routine for dry skin here.


Have questions about choosing the best skincare for dull skin? Have a chat with our team of skincare experts. Book your free skin consultation today!


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