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Skin Care for Perioral Dermatitis

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Skin Care for Perioral Dermatitis

Struggling with perioral dermatitis?  We share our skin care tips and products for perioral dermatitis treatment and everything you need to know about this common skin concern.

 

What is Perioral Dermatitis?

 

Periorificial dermatitis appears as clusters of small, itchy, red bumps (papules) around the eye, nose, and mouth area. It’s an inflammatory skin condition, one that usually affects women aged 15 to 45 years. 

Periorificial dermatitis can be common in people with acne and rosacea. It’s also been linked to the use of steroid creams and inhalers used to manage asthma and allergies.

A soothing, gentle skin routine plays a key role in perioral dermatitis treatment along with understanding and managing other potential triggers. 

 

The Triggers of Perioral Dermatitis

 

Research is yet to uncover the exact reason perioral dermatitis appears initially but a few things that have been implicated in triggering flare-ups. 

 

Compromised, damaged skin barrier 

One of the most common triggers is a weakened skin barrier which leads to the red, inflamed bumps of perioral dermatitis. 

Using skincare with harsh ingredients or overuse of products - especially exfoliators - strips the skin barrier (the outer layer) of the oil and moisture it needs to function healthily. This leaves skin vulnerable to dryness, inflammation, and redness. 

Treatments for perioral dermatitis include avoiding these ingredients:

Parabens and phthalates: Preservatives that are extremely harsh on skin.

Alcohol: Extremely drying and can irritate sensitive skin.

Sulfates: Used to create a ‘foaming’ effect in skincare, sulfates strip the skin barrier.

Oxybenzone: Used in chemical sunscreens and is a known irritant.

Fragrance and many essential oils: Highly irritating.

Petrolatum, PEGS, paraffin: Pore clogging which exacerbates symptoms.

Perioral dermatitis skin care is all about choosing naturally calming, strengthening ingredients to heal the skin barrier. We’ll talk more about those ingredients in a moment!

Topical and oral steroids

Topical steroids are often prescribed for other inflammatory skin conditions, like rosacea and eczema but steroid creams, gels, and lotions may actually trigger perioral dermatitis. Oral steroids have also been linked to symptoms. 

Toothpaste

Check your toothpaste ingredients! Fluoride toothpaste and those designed to whiten teeth can play a role in triggering perioral dermatitis.

Hormonal changes

Developing perioral dermatitis may also be associated with hormonal changes. This could explain why it is more common in women than men. 

 

How to Treat Perioral Dermatitis

 

Seeking the advice of a dermatologist or your health practitioner is a must, especially in serious cases, so they can guide you on treatments for perioral dermatitis

Consulting a naturopath may also help with perioral dermatitis natural treatments involving a holistic approach to managing symptoms including diet recommendations.

Your skincare routine is an excellent place to start making adjustments and monitor how your skin reacts. 

We suggest you stop using all current skincare - especially those with ingredients we listed earlier. Introduce lightweight, fragrance-free, soothing products that include the below ingredients and keep your routine as simple as possible!

 

What Ingredients to Look For 

 

Perioral dermatitis skin care should be fragrance-free, gentle and focus on reducing inflammation and strengthening the skin barrier.

Barrier strengthening / hydrating / encourage skin healing

Niacinamide: Soothes irritated skin when you’re dealing with an inflammatory skin concern.

Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid): Addresses dehydration.

Probiotic Lysates: Promote a healthy skin environment to encourage healing and fight bad bacteria.

Soothing / antibacterial / anti redness

Jojoba seed oil: Possesses numerous healing, moisture promoting properties.

Arnica: A natural skin healer, arnica boosts circulation and reduces swelling.

Aloe vera: Famed for its moisture-promoting, skin repairing, and calming abilities.

Green tea (camellia leaf extract): Calms and helps regulate sebum production to promote a balanced, clear complexion.

Products from the esmi Skin Minerals range to help manage perioral dermatitis:

Cleanser

The Uncomplicated Cleanser 

Calming and gentle

Gently removes all traces of foundation and impurities with a double cleanse while calming and protecting skin with aloe vera and camilla leaf extract. You might also like to try The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness if your skin is particularly red and inflamed. 

Contains aloe vera and green tea extract.

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. 

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Ultra hydrating

The ultimate skin hydrator, this quick-absorbing hydrating serum fights dehydration to help plump skin, minimise lines, and boost radiance.

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

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.

Moisturiser

Probiotic Skin Mylck

Anti-inflammatory and strengthening

Inflamed, damaged and ultra sensitive skin meets the calming, restorative powers of probiotics in a gentle, lightweight moisturising lotion. 

The beneficial bacteria in the esmi Probiotic Lysates have been researched and found to help heal and support skin’s natural defences. Formulated with 100% Australian made probiotics.

How to use Probiotic Skin Mylck 

Using the dropper drip a thumb size amount of Skin Mylck onto your fingertips or the palm of your hands. Massage into your skin after cleansing. Perfect for use under makeup or sunscreen.

Sunscreen 

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

Some chemical sunscreens can make perioral dermatitis worse -  it’s crucial to choose a formulation without the chemical oxybenzone. Opt for a natural sunscreen instead!

Broad-spectrum SPF 30 enriched with antioxidant protection, Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 protects against UV damage and fights the first signs of ageing. 

Comfortable, non-greasy SPF coverage for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

How to use Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

Shake well before use. Apply lotion liberally as the final step in your routine and allow to absorb at least 20 minutes before sun exposure.

We recommend starting with cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen then introducing the serum a few weeks into your new perioral dermatitis skin care routine.

If you need further information and support treating perioral dermatitis, speak to one of our skin consultants. We’re here to help!

 

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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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How to Properly Cleanse Your Face

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How you cleanse your skin matters! We cover 6 steps on how to properly wash your face for clean, supple, and calm skin. Get the cleansing step of your skincare routine right to minimise breakouts, irritation, and dehydration.

 

How to Properly Wash Your Face

6 steps for simple face washing:

  • Wash your face morning and night
  • Anything that touches your face should be clean
  • Wash your face using lukewarm water and your favourite cleanser
  • Double cleanse when wearing makeup
  • Be gentle when drying your face
  • Follow with hydration 

 

Breaking Down the 6 Steps 

Wash Your Face Morning and Night

 

Let’s start with the golden rule of how to properly wash your face; cleansing your skin in your morning and evening routine. 

During the day, sweat, natural oils, debris, and pollution particles all accumulate on your skin. If you wear makeup and SPF, these sit on your skin all day too. 

A double cleanse with a gentle cleanser is a must in your evening routine to remove this build-up. Left overnight, it can clog pores and you’ll wake up to pimples or inflammation.

Cleansing in the evening also allows the products in your night time routine to better penetrate the skin. A film of oil, dead cells, and debris on the surface prevents active ingredients fully absorbing.

So, if you clean your skin at night, why wash your face in the morning? 

Bacteria from your hair and mouth can be transferred to your face from your pillow and bedding while you sleep. Cleansing in the morning removes bacteria and residue of overnight skincare products to give you a fresh foundation for your daytime products. 

Bottom line? Don’t skip the AM cleanse.

 

Anything Touching Your Face Should Be Clean

 

Don’t undo your perfect cleanse by using dirty towels, face towels or headbands!

Bacteria, dead skin cells, oils, fungus and other debris collect on these and transfer to your skin. Even using dirty fingers will thwart your cleansing efforts.  

Microfibre cleansing mitts are a brilliant way to apply cleanser and wash your face without touching your hands to your face. The esmi microfibre mitt removes 80% more dirt, makeup and product residue than using a regular face washer or your hands. Wash your mitt regularly to keep it fresh and replace every 6 months.

Using a clean headband is also a handy way to keep your hair off your face while cleansing. Have a few on rotation so you’ve always got a clean one on hand. 

 

Wash Your Face Using Lukewarm Water & Your Favourite Cleanser

 

The temperature of the water plays a key role in how to use cleanser the right way. 

Avoid using hot water as it strips the skin of its natural oils, dries it out and can result in skin barrier damage. 

Stick to lukewarm water which won’t shock or irritate your face - this is especially important if you have sensitive skin or rosacea which can be triggered by heat. 

How much cleanser should you use? We recommend applying a pearl-sized amount of cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion.

 

Double Cleanse When Wearing Makeup 

 

Do you double cleanse? 

When you wear makeup, the double-cleanse method is your best bet to remove every trace of foundation and powder lurking on your skin. 

Washing your face twice keeps your pores clean and allows skincare products to deeply penetrate your skin boosting their effectiveness.    

How to use a cleanser for double cleansing:

Massage a pearl-sized amount of face cleanser into wet skin with clean fingers. This first step is all about breaking up the makeup and other debris on your skin.

Rinse your face with lukewarm water. 

Now, repeat the same process with the addition of a microfibre mitt or gentle cleansing pad. This helps to remove all traces of makeup and impurities to really clear out the pores. 

You can use the same cleanser for both the first and second cleanse but choose one formulated with gentle ingredients. This allows you to wash your face twice without stripping the skin of the natural oils it needs to retain moisture.  

 

Be Gentle When Drying 

 

Maximising your cleansing routine isn’t just about how to properly wash your face. You need to pay attention to how you dry it too!

The skin on your face is delicate and needs to be dried with TLC - not the regular terry cloth towel which is actually really abrasive. 

Dragging and rubbing it across your face can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, and over-exfoliation, particularly if you have sensitive skin.

Instead, very gently pat your skin with a towel to remove moisture. Leave it slightly damp and then follow with the next step in your routine. Applying products while skin is still damp helps lock in hydration and increases effectiveness.

 

Follow with Hydration

 

A cleanser helps prepare the skin to soak up every drop of the other products in your routine and maximise their potency. 

Immediately after cleansing, while skin is still damp, apply a hydrating serum followed by a moisturiser or face oil. 

This 2 step approach is the optimal way to boost skin’s hydration levels. A hydrating serum delivers moisture deep into the layers of skin while the moisturiser or face oil works on the surface of the skin to lock moisture in. 

There you have it! Our 6 simple steps for how to properly wash your face and how to use a cleanser.

esmi cleansers are designed to target skin concerns and gently remove impurities while calming and protecting the skin. View the Uncomplicated Cleanser range.

 

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What Is A Facial Cleanser vs Face Wash

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What is a facial cleanser and is it the same as a face wash? We’re breaking down the  difference between cleanser and face wash, why it matters, and how to know which one is right for you. 

 

Face Cleanser vs Face Wash

 

Face cleanser and face wash both share the basic goal of getting your skin clean (no surprises there!) but they go about it in different ways. 

One can help you achieve hydrated, calm, and supple skin while the other often leads to dryness, irritation, breakouts, and oiliness. 

Let’s take a look at the difference between cleanser and face wash.

Face cleanser 

A face cleanser has a gel or cream consistency and gently removes excess oil, debris and makeup from the skin’s surface. 

What does a cleanser do that a face wash doesn’t? Cleanser helps keep the pH level of your skin barrier at its healthiest (around 5.5 - slightly acidic) by maintaining the natural water and oil balance of the skin. In general, cleansers are much more mild and gentle on the skin.

Face wash

Face wash takes a more heavy-duty approach to cleaning skin. 

Like soap, face wash foams and lathers up on application. The problem is, the foaming agents  and preservatives in many face washes strip your skin of natural oils and moisture, leaving it dry and tight. 

While it does clean the skin, face wash can also disrupt the pH level, causing it to become too alkaline, which leads to a decrease in skin hydration. 

Over time this can damage your skin barrier leaving you with a red, sensitive, and inflamed complexion.

 

Which is Right For Me?

 

Choosing the gentle cleanser option is a safe bet for most skin types, especially if you have sensitive or dry skin. A mild cleanser won’t disrupt the skin’s delicate pH balance and helps keep skin hydrated, supple, and calm.

Cleansers are often formulated with additional antioxidants and other active ingredients to nourish skin and target specific skin concerns, like the Uncomplicated Cleanser range.

Face wash can make breakouts and oiliness worse

Even oily and acne-prone skin will benefit from a face cleanser rather than a face wash. 

When you strip away oil with a foamy face wash, the skin dries out and then produces more sebum to counteract this drying effect. More breakouts follow! 

Using a gentle cleanser on acne-prone skin is the best way to break the oily skin cycle. 

Removing makeup with a cleanser

Gentle cleansers aren’t as heavy duty as a face wash when it comes to makeup removal. Use an eye makeup remover first or double cleanse for a deep clean without any residue. 

Click through to view the Uncomplicated Cleanser range.

 

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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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How To Reduce Face Puffiness

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How To Reduce Face Puffiness

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This is why your face gets puffy and how to calm it down 

 

Face puffiness can range from a temporary (yet annoying!) skin complaint through to something serious like an underlying health issue or allergic reaction. We take a look at the common causes of face puffiness and how to reduce swelling in your face. 

Dehydration

Signs your body is dehydrated will show up quickly in your face, especially around the eyes where the skin is thinner. 

Too much alcohol, not drinking enough water, and foods with a high sodium content contribute to face puffiness and eye puffiness. We talk about tackling dehydration in more detail further along.

Laser treatment

If you’ve recently had laser resurfacing some swelling and puffing of the face is usually expected post-treatment. Use the right skincare to aid healing the skin as quickly as possible and reduce puffiness.

Sunburn

A case of sunburn might be to blame for your puffy face. Nothing good for your skin comes from being sunburnt! Always use sunscreen SPF of 30+ or higher, cover up with a hat and protective clothing, and stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day.

Sleeping position

“Why is my face so puffy in the morning?”

How you sleep has a lot to do with your rounder morning face.

Sleeping face first or with your cheek flat on the pillow causes the fluid in your body to pool in those areas. The result is puffy eyes and a slightly swollen face staring back in the mirror of a  morning. 

Washing your face with cool water and a quick face massage to get fluids moving can help reduce morning face puffiness quickly. 

Medications or health issues

Some anti-inflammatory over the counter drugs like ibuprofen and blood pressure medication can lead to puffy face side effects for some people.

Angioedema is a medical issue where too much fluid collects under the skin, usually around the face. It can also be triggered by medication. 

If face puffiness and swelling have come on quickly or are extreme in any way, please consult your health practitioner. It may be a sign of an allergic reaction or underlying health problem needing immediate professional care. 

 

Hydration to Fight Face Puffiness!

 

Dehydration. It’s one of the main culprits of face puffiness and bloating.

In the early stages of dehydration, your body tries to hold on to fluid causing water retention. Water is drawn into the blood vessels, causing them to swell. 

This leads to areas of the body, especially the face, becoming bloated and puffy looking. 

Drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich foods is the easiest go-to solution to keep your body hydrated and face puffiness at bay. 

 

Diet and Foods to Avoid to Prevent Facial Bloating

 

In addition to staying hydrated, there are a few dietary tweaks you can make to prevent a puffy face and eyes. 

The key is cutting back on foods that are high in sodium which dehydrates the body. After eating these kinds of foods, the body tries to restore hydration by retaining water. 

Keep an eye on your intake of:

Salt 

Alcohol

Processed meats 

Condiments like soy and teriyaki sauce

Chips and pretzels

Processed carbohydrates 

Fluid retention is especially noticeable around the eyes where the skin is thinner.

 

Calming Ingredients that Reduce Face & Eye Puffiness

 

Cutting back on salty food isn’t the only way to combat face puffiness. Choose skincare with calming ingredients to decrease swelling and tackle a case of the puffy face!

Green tea extract: Research has shown tannins in green tea have to restrict capillaries and blood vessels causing the skin to tighten. 

Caffeine: Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. This means it constricts blood vessels and can help with puffy skin and under eye puffiness by reducing swollen blood vessels.

Vitamin C: This superhero vitamin stimulating collagen synthesis to improve skin thickness which can help reduce the appearance of bloating and face puffiness

Wild Mint: Abundant in anti-inflammatory properties, wild mint can help get allergic skin under control.

 

Cleanser to Target Puffiness

 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Ageing

Suitable for all skin types, the cleanser promotes elasticity, suppleness, and moisture while balancing skin for a more youthful-looking complexion. Contains Green tea extract, aloe vera, and peptides to aid in calming and hydrating skin. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Redness

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

 

Skin Treat to Target Puffiness

 

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

This lightweight serum cools and heals damaged, red skin with potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating properties. Suitable for all skin types to treat red, puffy or acne inflamed skin it’s ideal to use after laser, IPL or diathermy treatment.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Perfect for all skin types and ages, Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is the ultimate skin hydrator. This quick-absorbing serum fights dehydration for more hydrated, repaired skin.

 

Booster Mask to Reduce Inflammation

 

Anti-Inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask

Shut down inflammation and breakouts with powerful natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ideal for red, irritated and acne prone skin the mask can also be used to cool and repair trauma after laser and IPL treatments.

The products we’ve recommended above all relate to puffiness caused by inflammation or external factors. So, no matter the reason for your puffiness, they can help!

 

Create an Anti-Puffiness Bundle

 

Get the essentials to help tackle face puffiness, redness, and inflammation with our Tri Essentials Bundle

With your choice of a Cleanser, Skin Treat, and Booster Mask you can target face puffiness and eye puffiness in one handy bundle. Easy!

 

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