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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

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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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Causes Of Uneven Skin Tone

Causes of uneven skin tone

Causes Of Uneven Skin Tone

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Uneven skin tone is the enemy of your smooth skin goals. 

If you’re struggling with an inconsistent skin tone it’s usually due to either hyperpigmentation or redness concerns. We explore what causes both of these issues and recommended skincare routines to encourage a smoother, more even complexion. 

 

Hyperpigmentation 

 

Problems with uneven skin tone often come back to the same core concern: hyperpigmentation. 

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair, and eyes their colour and is created by melanocytes, the pigment-making cells in the skin.

When our body produces too much melanin, melanocytes offload the excess pigment into outer layers of the skin. This can cause areas of skin to darken more than the normal colour of your skin leaving your face looking uneven and patchy.

Several factors can trigger an increase in melanin production and result in hyperpigmentation.

Sun exposure

Your tan might look smooth and glowing after a day on the beach, but over time, sun damage causes skin to form darker uneven patches.

The leading cause of hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone, UV rays send melanocytes into overdrive. The result?  A dull skin tone, "age spots", and other patches of discolouration. 

Pollution

Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution - especially traffic related pollution - are able to penetrate the skin. Once they find their way into the skin, they can cause hyperpigmentation and accelerate other signs of ageing

Hormonal

Hormonal changes can cause uneven skin tone too. 

Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation that's more commonly seen in women and is directly linked to fluctuating hormone levels. 

Melasma is often referred to as the mask of pregnancy because it can be triggered by an increase in hormones in pregnant women. 

Melasma is more challenging to treat than other forms of hyperpigmentation and it’s also more difficult to prevent as it’s triggered by internal changes. While it is difficult to make it ‘disappear’, melasma can be managed with a good skincare regime and even in-salon treatments. 

Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation happens when the skin surface has been damaged and darker reddish patches are left behind. 

The most common cause of this type of hyperpigmentation is breakouts and acne. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation will usually fade over time and can be helped along with appropriate skincare and treatments.

 

Blotchy, Red Skin

 

Skin redness can also contribute to the appearance of an uneven skin tone. Blotchy, red patches of skin can be caused by skin issues like rosacea, sensitivity, and broken capillaries.

Skin redness can be frustrating to deal with and the more flare ups you have the redder these areas will become, which is why management is so important.

Some everyday things that may trigger the blotchy, red patches that lead to uneven skin tone include:

Stress

Extreme Temperatures

Spicy food

Fragrances and alcohol in skincare

Alcoholic drinks – especially wine

Smoking

 

Recommend Products To Improve Uneven Skin Tone For Hyperpigmentation

 

Brighten skin and improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation with these uneven skin tone products.

Cleanser 

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.

Perfect for all skin types and concerns, the cleanser balances skin and won’t leave it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening

A gentle cream cleanser enriched with Kakadu Plum extract which is bursting with Vitamin C for a lit-from-within glow and a gentle but deep clean.

Ideal for all skin types prone to dullness, hyperpigmentation, and uneven skin tone.

Skin Treats

Pomegranate Brightening Serum

A potent brightening, anti-pigmentation serum with skin lightening ingredients and powerful antioxidants. 

Ideal for most skin types to improve the look of pigmentation, sun damage, dull skin and enhance skin's luminosity and clarity.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

The ultimate skin hydrator, this quick-absorbing serum fights dehydration for hydrated, plumper, and repaired skin.

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Luxurious 24-karat gold leaf face oil nourishes for a visibly firmer, more youthful complexion - boosts skin elasticity, stimulates collagen production and improves blood circulation.

Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo

Ideal for all skin types to brighten a dull, dehydrated complexion prone to age spots and hyperpigmentation while stimulating collagen to firm and tone. Leaves skin soft, even and moisturised.

Gentle Foliant

Hydrating Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant

This formulation pairs the physical element of volcanic sand with the power of cranberry enzymes to encourage a clearer complexion. Ideal for all skin types.

Booster Masks

Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

A silky soft brightening mask to wake up a tired complexion and promote a smoother, more luminous skin tone. 

Ideal for lightening, the appearance of hyperpigmentation his mask evens out skin tone for a smoother, brighter complexion. Suitable for most skin types.

Eye treatments

Brightening Eye Serum

Instantly revive and illuminate tired eyes with a unique blend of plankton extract, active ingredients, and peptides to target dark circles, brightness and fine lines in the delicate eye area.

Sunscreen 

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30

Sun damage is a key cause of hyperpigmentation. Every skincare routine should include SPF protection and this non-greasy broad-spectrum SPF 30 is enriched with antioxidant protection. 

 

Recommend Products To Improve Uneven Skin Tone For Red, Blotchy Skin

 

It’s important to choose gentle skincare products as part of a good, regular skincare regime to help reduce redness. This can really make a world of difference, especially during a flare up.

Cleanser 

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.

Perfect for all skin types and concerns, the cleanser balances skin and won’t leave it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness

A gentle cream cleanser enriched with redness-minimising and antibacterial Tasmanian Mountain Pepper extract to cool inflammation while gently removing impurities.

Ideal to address skin prone to redness, inflammation, and sensitivity, this cleanser balances skin and delivers an improvement in redness.

Skin treats

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Addressing the discomfort of inflamed skin, this serum cools and heals damaged, red skin. Contains potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and hydrating properties - the ideal anti-redness skin treatment.

Peppermint Green Oil 

A lightweight, purifying face oil with plant-based antimicrobial ingredients to cool inflammation and freshen skin while targeting blemishes. 

Perfect for skin types prone to breakouts and oil balance concerns. Use instead of moisturiser to calm inflammation and redness, target acne, and regulate oil flow.

Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil

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

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Non-greasy, it’s perfect for combination to dry skin as a moisturiser to address dryness, dehydration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

The ultimate skin hydrator, this quick-absorbing serum fights dehydration for hydrated, plumper, and repaired skin. 

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 

This exfoliating charcoal serum will gently buff, detox, and purify for a clearer, smoother complexion.

Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

A hydrating and refreshing face mist to help replenish, rehydrate, and cool inflamed, red skin.

Gentle Foliant

Is Rose and Bamboo the right gentle foliant recommendation to make here?

Hydrating Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant

This formulation pairs the physical element of volcanic sand with the power of cranberry enzymes to encourage a clearer complexion. Ideal for all skin types.

If you have dry skin and are dealing with an uneven skin tone due to redness, we recommend the Rose and Bamboo Gentle-Foliant.

Booster Masks

Anti-inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask

Instantly cools the discomfort of red, irritated skin while shutting down inflammation and breakouts with powerful natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. 

It can also be used to cool and repair trauma after laser and IPL treatments.

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

Wake up dull skin with this mask’s powerful detoxifying charcoal / clay combination to buff, refine and purify for soft, bright skin. Suits all skin types, even sensitive skin.

Eye treatments

Hydrating Eye Serum

A moisture boosting miracle worker, this lightweight serum delivers continuous moisture and nourishes a tired, dehydrated eye area. Reduces puffiness while plumping and firming fine lines.

Sunscreen 

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30

Ideal for all skin types this non-greasy broad-spectrum SPF 30 is enriched with antioxidant protection and fights the first signs of ageing. Sun exposure can quickly cause flare-ups so including SPF protection in your daily routine is a must.

Need some help addressing uneven skin tone and putting a routine together? Book your free consultation with our skincare specialists.

 

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Difference Between Oily Skin And Hydrated Skin

Difference between oily skin and hydrated skin

Difference Between Oily Skin And Hydrated Skin

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Having oily skin doesn’t mean that your skin is hydrated - skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time. The right oily skincare routine isn’t only about balancing oil production it needs to address hydration too. 

 

Why Oily Skin Can Be Dehydrated

 

Unlike dry skin, which is a skin type, dehydration is a skin condition that can affect all skin types, even oily ones. 

Dehydration is characterised by a lack of water, not a lack of oil. 

This means signs of oil do not equate to signs of hydration! When the skin is dehydrated (lacking water) it overcompensates by producing more oil.

Dehydration occurs when the skin barrier, the protective uppermost layer of the skin known as the stratum corneum, lacks moisture. 

Several factors can cause skin to become thirsty and dehydrated. Changes in the weather, using the wrong skincare, lifestyle choice (excessive alcohol consumption/smoking are examples), diet, and other environmental factors.  

These all contribute to depleting the water content in your skin, leaving it parched and dehydrated on a cellular level.

 

Signs Oily Skin Is Dehydrated

 

If you have oily skin, some signs of dehydration include -

Dull skin and dark circles

Dehydration can cause skin to lose its radiance. You’ll notice your overall complexion becoming dull and lackluster when hydration levels are depleted.

Shadowy circles under your eyes may become more obvious too. 

Itchy and irritated skin

Without enough moisture in the outer layer of your skin, it can feel tight and itchy. Flaky patches are also common, even if there is excessive oil on the surface of the skin.

Increase breakouts and congestion

As pointed out earlier, dehydration can trigger the production of more oil - it’s the skin’s way to try and compensate for a lack of moisture. 

Excessive oil production increases the chance of blocked pores which can lead to everything from mild acne, like blackheads and pustules through to cystic acne

Fine lines and wrinkles

Signs of ageing become more obvious when skin is dehydrated. 

When skin is lacking moisture, it loses the ability to bounce back. While dehydration does cause deeper lines to become more obvious, it also results in the appearance network of fine lines that are directly related to dehydration. Their appearance diminishes once skin returns to a hydrated state. 

 

Ingredients To Solve Oily, Dehydrated Skin Issues

 

Luckily, dehydration isn’t permanent. With the right oily skincare treatment and in some cases, lifestyle changes, you can nurture your skin back to a healthy state. 

The best products for your oily skincare routine will be formulated with ingredients to keep skin hydrated.

Here are some ingredients on the hydration power list to look out for:

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.

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. 

Other ingredients beneficial for an oily skincare routine are alpha hydroxy acids - to clear congestion - and Vitamin A,C, and E for a host of antioxidant benefits. 

 

The Best Oily Skincare Routine 

 

Cleanser

Your skin needs some of its natural oils to maintain a strong, healthy skin barrier. 

A well functioning barrier means the skin is better able to retain moisture and transepidermal water loss (moisture evaporating off the skin) is minimised. 

The ideal cleanser for an oily skincare routine is one that is gentle enough not to strip the skin of all oil while targeting congestion. 

We recommend: 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.

 

Serum

Adding a serum targeting dehydration is an effective way to give thirsty oily skin a moisture boost. Serums have a smaller molecular structure than moisturisers. 

This means they can penetrate deeper into the skin to deliver a high concentration of active ingredients.

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum Perfect for all skin types and ages, this serum hydrates from the inside out, restores, repairs and reveals healthy skin and a hydrated glow. 

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.

 

Moisturise

If you have any oily skin type, you might be tempted to skip the moisturising step assuming your skin doesn’t need hydration - it’s already oily! 

This is a mistake as oil doesn’t signal hydration. Not moisturising means your skin won’t create the barrier that allows it to hold onto water, diminishing the hydration it really needs. 

Oily skin also needs a moisturising product to improve the condition skin through the combination of humectants and emollients ingredients found in moisturising creams and oils.

Yes, that’s right. Oily skin types can use face oils! Many oils do an excellent job to help regulate oil production and increase hydration. 

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

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 is an excellent choice for teenagers with oily skin. Highly moisturising with antiseptic and astringent properties to treat acne-prone skin, as well as anti-inflammatory properties targeting redness and inflammation.

 

Exfoliation 

Regular exfoliation should be part of every oily skincare regimen. Sloughing away dead skin cells and unblocking pores, exfoliation instantly improves skin tone and texture for brighter, fresher looking skin.

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum. Containing a blend of lactic and glycolic acid, this powerful duo works together to slough away dead skin on the surface, reducing the appearance of blackheads and drawing out impurities.

Need help choosing the right products for your oily skincare routine? Book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. The team at esmi is always here to support you on your skin journey!

 

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2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

2 Products Your Skin Will Totally Thank You For

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Hydration and sun protection.

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

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

 

esmi Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

esmi Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen (SPF 30)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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There is a lot to love about facial oil.

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

 

Strengthen your skin’s protective barrier

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Boost hydration levels

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Repair damaged skin and speed up scar healing

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Help regulate and balance oily skin -  minimising breakouts

Yes, it’s true!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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How To Use Hyaluronic Acid, Your Skin’s Super Hydrator | esmi Skin Minerals

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How To Use Hyaluronic Acid, Your Skin’s Super Hydrator | esmi Skin Minerals

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How to Use Hyaluronic Acid, Your Skin’s Super Hydrator| esmi Skin Minerals

 

Fight dehydration, dullness, oiliness and fine lines with hyaluronic acid skin care. All skin types can benefit from hyaluronic acid, a superior hydrating ingredient that attracts moisture to the skin’s surface for a plumper, hydrated and radiant complexion.

 

Hyaluronic acid for your face

 

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring sugar molecule found in your body that helps skin retain much-needed moisture for plumpness and elasticity. Your body’s natural levels of hyaluronic acid decline as you age so using hyaluronic acid skin care can help increase moisture to combat dullness, loss of elasticity, fine lines, and wrinkles.

The exciting thing about hyaluronic acid is its amazing ability to attract water. 

A humectant ingredient, it draws moisture from the air and deeper layers of your skin to the surface layer. It can actually hold 1000x times its weight in water! This makes it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels to address concerns like flakiness, dullness, and fine lines. 

 

Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What Is The difference?

 

Hyaluronic acid skin care helps target the skin concern of dehydration. 

Dry skin and dehydrated skin share some similar symptoms but they are actually two different things

Dry skin lacks oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks water. 

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

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

 

How Can Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care Help?

 

To combat dehydration for all skin types, the skin cell’s water content needs to be replenished. Including  hyaluronic acid skin care in your routine will deliver much needed hydration for smoother, plumped looking skin.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Why Your Skin Will Love esmi Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

 

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

Perfect for all skin types and ages, this serum hydrates from the inside out, restores, repairs and reveals healthy skin with a radiant and hydrated glow.

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

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

 

How To Use Hyaluronic Acid 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.

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

After hydrating the skin, it’s important to then apply a face oil or moisturiser over the top to lock in hydration. For combination dry or dry skin types we recommend applying 24k Gold Nourishing Oil or Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil to lock, seal and create a protective barrier on the skin.

 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

If you have any questions about hyaluronic acid skin care in your routine, our esmi Skin Experts are here to help! Get a free skin consultation today.

You may also like to read:

The Difference Between Oily Skin and Hydrated Skin

The Benefits of Hyaluronic Acid

Skin Hydration - Why It's Important