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Guide To Smooth Skin

Guide to smooth skin

Guide To Smooth Skin


Clear, smooth skin is the holy grail of skincare. Cleanse, moisturise, treat and protect are the basics of an effective skincare routine and using the right skincare products and ingredients, a clear smooth face is totally possible. We’ve put together our top tips to help you achieve your smooth skin goals. 


Choose The Right Cleanser

Choosing the right cleanser is the first step towards achieving clear, smooth skin and a healthy glow. When deciding on a cleanser it’s important to know your skin type and the specific skin concerns you want to tackle. 

The wrong cleanser could exacerbate skin issues like oiliness, sensitivity, and dryness. Not quite sure of your skin type? Here’s a general guide - 

Dry skin - Dry, dull and flaky looking. Often prone to irritation and may become red and blotchy.

Oily skin - Large pores are common for oily skin type and become easily clogged. Often prone to breakouts, skin is shiny or feels greasy. 

Sensitive skin - Breakouts, rashes, and irritation are common. Sensitive skin is also prone to dryness and affected by temperature changes. 

Combination skin - This skin type use has both oily and dry areas, an oily t-zone with drier patches on the cheek area. 

The right cleanser will lift dirt from deep within the pores, prevent breakouts, deliver the right amount of moisture and not leaving the skin stripped of its natural oils. Starting with a clean base also maximises the effectiveness of the products to follow. 

We recommend our Uncomplicated Cleanser range to treat various skin concerns for fresh, clear smooth skin.


Use Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is the best friend of skin types at all ages. Whether your 20 or 70 with oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin, hyaluronic acid is a smooth skincare must!

Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water, the hyaluronic acid molecule is a water magnet that delivers deep hydration to the skin. It’s a humectant which means it works by attracting water to skin cells to hydrate them from the inside out. It’s like a big drink for your skin.

Its skin-plumping effect helps smooth out skin, dullness and fine lines are diminished and oil flow is balanced. 


Exfoliate Regularly

Uneven, bumpy skin texture can be the result of an inconsistent - or non-existent! - exfoliating routine. As dead skin accumulates on the surface of your skin, your complexion is left looking dull, dry, uneven and prone to breakouts. 

Adding an exfoliation session one of the easiest ways to smooth out skin quickly. Polishing away those old cells reveals a brighter, smoother looking complexion immediately.

Exfoliation also helps tackle the look of large pores that make the texture of the skin appear uneven and rough looking. Exfoliating lifts out the impurities trapped inside the pore - it’s this build-up that makes pores look larger than they actually are.  

Don’t make the mistake of thinking any old scrub will help you get clear smooth skin, it’s so important to choose the right exfoliator for your skin type. Take a look at our in-depth guide on all things exfoliation including the different types of exfoliants. 

We recommend esmi Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum to gently buff, detox and purify congested skin for a clearer, smoother complexion


Use Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can include in your smooth skincare routine. It’s a brilliant all-rounder for every skin type; if you’re not already using products with this skin saviour, now is the time to start. 

What makes vitamin C so effective for clear, smooth skin? 

Vitamin C helps even out skin tone by lightening hyperpigmentation and age spots while speeding up the healing process of post-breakout scars and other blemishes.

Great for all ages, this big-hitting antioxidant also helps protect skin against environmental free radical damage - think UV rays and air pollution - which break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Not exactly the clear smooth face we’ve been dreaming of!

Vitamin C doesn’t just protect your skin from damage, it also activates cells called fibroblasts that help boost collagen production helping skin appear smoother and firmer. 

We recommend esmi Pomegranate Brightening Serum which harnesses the potent brightening, anti-pigmentation power of vitamin C.


Never Skip Sun Protection

You’ve heard it a thousand times but we’re saying it again - you must include sunscreen in your skincare routine every single day.

It’s the golden rule for younger looking, clear smooth skin. 

Exposure to the sun’s UV rays speed up the signs of premature ageing - fine lines, wrinkles, and discolouration - more than any other lifestyle or environmental factor.

While UVA and UVB rays both damage skin, it’s UVA that penetrates deep into the dermis, the thickest layer of skin and breaks down collagen. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles and leathery-looking skin that feels dry and rough - the complete opposite of a clear smooth face.

Even on cloudy, cool days skin is still vulnerable to UV rays so committing to daily SPF all year round is a must for a smooth, even-looking complexion.

We recommend esmi Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen SPF 30, which protects against UV damage and fights the first signs of ageing.


Add Oils To Your Routine

If it’s smooth, hydrated, healthy skin you’re after (who isn’t?) face oil is one of the skin-smoothing products that deserve a place in your daily routine. 

Face oils are effective for all skin types - even oily ones! Face oil strengthens the skin barrier, boosting protection and helping it retain moisture. Lack of moisture and hydration are the main culprits behind rough, dry looking skin

Even if you’re dealing with an oily complexion, don’t be afraid to use face oil in your quest to get smooth skin.  Face oils help regulate sebum production to reduce breakouts and bumpy, uneven skin tone. Oils can heal blemishes and prevent post-breakout scarring. 

We recommend esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil for increasing skin elasticity, improving blood circulation.


Incorporate A Regular Masking Session 

Adding the right mask into your regular skincare routine will deliver long term results, evening out skin texture over time for a beautifully clear, smooth face.

The right masking treatment can help hydrate skin, regulate sebum, and refine the appearance of large pores. Masks are also an excellent way to purge congested skin of impurities. 

It doesn’t matter if your skin is breaking out, drying out or just generally stressed out - there’s a face mask out there to smooth out skin and reveal a softer, brighter complexion. 

A weekly masking session is also the perfect opportunity to grab a little self-care time!

We recommend esmis range of Booster Masks to treat a range of skin concerns from ageing to breakouts, dull and dry skin. 


Infographic_Guide To Smooth Skin

Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.
PHONE1300 66 11 76

Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads

Guide to getting rid of blackheads

Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads


Getting rid of blackheads is a skincare challenge most of us tackle at some stage. Blackheads are fairly common, even if you don’t experience acne or regular breakouts. Our guide to getting rid of blackheads can help you make a few important changes to your skincare routine to treat existing blackheads and prevent them from forming.


What Is A Blackhead?

The scientific name for a blackhead is an ‘open comedone’. It’s essentially a pore clogged with dead skin, sebum and dirt that has opened a little and been exposed to air. 

The air turns dirt, oil and dead skin trapped in the pore black; which is how a blackhead gets its name. 

Blackheads are most common for oily and combination skin types - you might find dilated pores and blackheads are something you experience more with age. 

The reason for this is as UV damage accumulates over the years, the skin structure around pore weakens causing it to open wider. This means it’s more likely for impurities to become trapped and blackheads to form. 

Wearing heavy makeup has the potential to worsen the appearance of blackheads too, thanks to the pigments and the build-up in pores where it mixes with sebum and cells. 


Our Guide To Getting Rid Of Blackheads

Use face masks containing bentonite clay

Bentonite clay is a hero ingredient in products to get rid of blackheads

Bentonite soaks up extra oil from the skin, a little like a paper towel for sebum, and is known for its ability to draw out toxins, heavy metals, impurities, and chemicals from the skin too. 

This is why bentonite is beneficial for skin types prone to blackheads as it keeps the skin clean and as oil-free as possible.

When choosing a mask with bentonite, pay attention to the other ingredients in the product. Bentonite can be quite drying, so you’ll want the formulation to be balanced with ingredients that retain moisture and repair the skin too. 

We recommend: esmi Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask


Choose a cleanser that exfoliates gently 

As with acne treatments, cleansers with salicylic acid are popular products to get rid of blackheads as salicylic acid breaks down buildup and promotes clearer pores. The problem is, salicylic acid can excessively irritate and dry the skin -  potentially compromising your skin barrier. 

Instead, choose gentler cleanser options with low doses of active exfoliating ingredients. 

For example fruit, glycolic and lactic acids slough away the old cells on the skin's surface by dissolving the bonds that hold them together (unplugging the pore) while maintaining the oil-moisture balance of your skin. 

Used daily, a cleanser with gentle exfoliating acids will prevent the blackheads before they form and help clear existing pores.

We recommend: esmi Uncomplicated Cleanser With Anti-Redness


Incorporate ingredients with activated charcoal  

Like bentonite clay, charcoal is a wonderful skin detoxifier and is one of the best treatments for getting rid of blackheads

Think of activated charcoal as a magnet to draw dirt out of pores; it’s great at adsorption. Adsorption (not absorption) occurs when molecules of one substance bind to the surface of another—in this case, activated charcoal. 

When impurities come into contact with activated charcoal they stick to it and are then washed away when you rinse.  

It can also bind the beneficial things like vitamins and minerals, too. Make sure your activated charcoal skincare also contains replenishing ingredients to purify and nourish.

The types of products to get rid of blackheads containing activated charcoal ranges from soaps to serums and masks. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum


Choose mineral makeup 

If you wear makeup, one of the best ways to prevent blackheads is to choose non-comedogenic mineral cosmetics

Non-comedogenic is a term used to describe a product or ingredients that won’t block pores whereas comedogenic ingredients are scientifically proven to block pores and increase the chance acne cosmetica. 

Here’s where mineral makeup comes in. It’s made up of tiny particles of naturally occurring minerals including iron oxide, zinc oxide, talc and titanium oxide. It’s free from ingredients that trigger blackheads like parabens, binders and fillers. 

Mineral makeup is ideal for combination or oily skin as it helps absorb excess oil and cover breakouts without actually making them worse. 


Avoid pore strips

How do you get rid of blackheads? Not with pore strips!

Pore strips might give you the satisfying feeling of seeing the grime from your clogged pores on the strip but they’re actually not one of the best ways to get rid of blackheads. The truth is, they can cause your pores to stretch even further, resulting in more blackheads. 

One of the key ingredients in popular synthetic pore strips is Polyquaternium-37, this is what sticks to the skin to remove the build-up. 

The problem is, this can be a harsh and abrasive way for unclogging pores and getting rid of blackheads. Pore strips have the potential to tear or injure your skin - particularly if you have thin or problematic skin, like acne, rosacea and psoriasis.

Also, the strips only remove the surface part of the blackhead. While the pore strip looks like it’s doing a lot of hard work, it won’t actually deep clean the pore or prevent blackheads from recurring. 


Final tip - Don’t neglect sunscreen

If you have oily skin prone to blackheads and large pores it can be tempting to skip the daily application of sunscreen - but don’t! 

Sunscreen is vital for healthy skin to protect against premature ageing and more importantly, reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. 

Look for non comedogenic sunscreen to avoid clogging your pores further. 


Sometimes the best way to get rid of blackheads is to book a visit to a professional dermatologist for an extraction. Try making changes to your skincare routine first and hopefully you won’t need to go through a professional extraction.

Infographic_Guide to getting rid of blackheads

Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.
PHONE1300 66 11 76

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


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!)


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.
PHONE1300 66 11 76

Meet Your Skin’s Super Hydrator

hyaluronic hydrating serum esmi

Meet Your Skin’s Super Hydrator


Delivering on the promise of nourished, beautiful skin is what drives Australian skincare and cosmetic innovators, esmi Skin Minerals, to create world-class, cruelty-free products for all skin types and concerns with no compromises on ingredient quality.

With a loyal fan base, a big key to esmi Skin Minerals continued success has been the level of engagement and support they give their customers. They create the products their customers need and developed their popular Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum to target dehydration - a common skin condition we all face at some stage no matter our skin type. 


Dry vs Dehydrated Skin - What Is The difference?

Are you dealing with dull, rough and – worst of all – flaky skin?

These are all signs your skin is dehydrated but no, that doesn’t necessarily mean you have a dry skin type; dehydrated skin and dry skin are two different things.

Dry skin lacks oil, whereas dehydrated skin lacks water.

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

Dry and dehydrated skin share some of the same symptoms but they’re actually two different skin issues.

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.

To combat dehydration for all skin types, the skin cell’s water content needs to be replenished and you should focus on skincare choices that will boost moisture levels.

This is where hyaluronic acid skin care can play a transformative role in your routine.


How Can Hyaluronic Acid Skin Care Help?

When you hear the word ‘acid’ in the context of skincare, you might think of strong, abrasive exfoliants that slough away dead cells but leave your skin feeling pretty raw during and after the process.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is different, it works to plump skin by restoring the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s a sugar molecule that occurs naturally in your body, found in your joints and skin, helping maintain strength and elasticity.

The exciting thing about hyaluronic acid is its amazing ability to attract water. It can actually hold 1000x times its weight in water making it incredibly effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels.

Hydrated skin is healthy, youthful-looking skin and hyaluronic acid is like a quick hydration fix, instantly plumping skin and smoothing the appearance of wrinkles.

It 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.

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

The natural hyaluronic acid levels in our skin decrease as we age, which leads to sagging and wrinkles. It’s important to replenish your skin’s natural hyaluronic stores with your skincare routine to help keep skin tight, supple and minimise the appearance of fine lines.


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.

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 then important to apply a moisturiser on top to lock in the hydration.

The hydrating serum 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.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you in adding hyaluronic acid skin care into your skin journey.
PHONE1300 66 11 76

Why Exfoliation Is Important

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Why Exfoliation Is Important


Brighter, younger, healthier looking skin? We’d all say yes to that. Exfoliation is to key to a smoother, glowing complexion but it’s a step often neglected in our regular routine.

Let’s take a look at what you need to know about exfoliation and why it’s an essential part of a healthy skincare routine, no matter your skin type.


What is skin exfoliation?

Exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells from the surface of the outer most layer of your skin; the epidermis. Exfoliation freshens, smooths and brightens skin by combating the effects of ageing and environmental stress which leaves skin looking wrinkled, dull, and uneven.



The life cycle of a skin cell 

Let’s get started from the beginning. Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells through a process called desquamation. The epidermis has five layers and new skin cells are produced in the deepest layer called the basal layer.

The new, springy cells are ‘born’ in the basal layer and travel through the layers of the epidermis. Once the cell reaches the outer layer, the stratum corneum, it settles there and becomes dry and flaky. This is what we call a ‘dead’ skin cell.

Cells are continually pushed up through the layers as new cells are produced. The process of desquamation happens all over your body, not just your face. It’s also known as skin cell turnover.

As we age, skin cell turnover slows down. When we’re young, our bodies are hard at work producing new skin cells rapidly. By the time we hit our 30’s the rate has slowed to around 28 – 45 days and then 45-60 days in our 40’s and 50’s.

As the cell lifecycle slows down and skin ages, dead cells accumulate on the surface, causing the skin to look rough, dry and flaky. Our body produces less collagen as we age too, so skin increasingly becomes thinner and weaker and fine lines begin to appear. The dead skin cells piling up on the outer layer can emphasise the look of these wrinkles and lines.


Environmental stressors 

In addition to the decline in skin cell turnover, we’re battling environmental stressors and free radical damage every day that can lead to dry, dull skin. UV rays can be blamed for many signs of premature skin ageing like wrinkles, dark spots and uneven skin tone.

Smog and pollution are other factors that affect the look of skin and if you live in city areas you might be familiar with the skin-dulling effects of pollution.


Benefits of exfoliation

Exfoliation is one of the easiest ways to see major skincare benefits quickly. In the scheme of all things skincare, it can create big results from minimal effort. Here are some great reasons to commit to a regular exfoliation session!


Brighter skin

Who doesn’t want a brighter, lighter complexion! Exfoliating products help you achieve an oh so glow skin tone by removing those dull, old skin cells which are darker than the skin below. Exfoliation also helps thicken the underlying live layers of the epidermis which makes the skin healthier and more radiant looking.


Maximise product absorption

Using a face exfoliator is has the added bonus of boosting the brightening, wrinkle-fighting and moisturising benefits of other skincare.

Without regular exfoliation, the face products in your skincare arsenal won’t absorb properly because they have to fight their way through a layer of dead skin. Removing this barrier encourages maximum absorption, allowing each product to penetrate as deeply into the skin as possible.


Control breakouts

Battling breakouts? Choose the best skin exfoliator for oily, acne prone skin. One cause of breakouts is the bacteria that thrive in the pores when they become clogged with dirt, oil and dead skin cells. The result? Pimples and persistent breakouts. Exfoliation keeps the top layer of your skin fresh, sloughing away the impurities.

While gentle exfoliation can help get breakouts under control, if your skin is overly sensitive, stick to a weekly session and choose an exfoliator for sensitive skin.


Minimise the look of pores

While there’s nothing you can do to actually change the size of your pores, regular exfoliation can definitely make them appear smaller. All kinds of oil, dirt and makeup get trapped deep in pores and it’s this build up that makes them look larger than they actually are. Clear out the gunk and they’ll appear cleaner and smaller.


Instant results 

Who doesn’t love a quick skin payoff? Unlike some skin treatments that take a little time to deliver results, we love that the right face exfoliator gives you an instant skin high! It’s a quick way to reveal brighter, fresher skin.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Exfoliation

Let’s talk about how to exfoliate your face the right way and the wrong way. Even if you’ve got the best skin exfoliator for your complexion, if you’re not using it properly, your skin will end up irritated, not illuminated!

Tips for exfoliation



The do’s and don’ts of exfoliation


Don’t go overboard with exfoliation 

It depends on your skin type as to how often you should exfoliate. Oily skin by nature can usually handle more frequent exfoliation sessions than dry or sensitive skin. Start off exfoliating once or twice a week and pay attention to how your skin feels. If it’s becoming blotchy and irritated, you’re overdoing it.


Do be religious about your sunscreen application after exfoliation

Applying sunscreen every day (we repeat; Every.Day) regardless of the weather really is the golden rule of skincare.

Your skin is particularly vulnerable to environmental and UV damage after you’ve exfoliated so it’s especially important not to skip sunscreen. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVB and UVA rays.


Do cleanse before you exfoliate

Cleansing to remove makeup and surface impurities first will maximise the effectiveness of your exfoliator. For an easy to use and super gentle cleanser, suitable for all skin types check out The Uncomplicated Cleanser


Don’t apply too much pressure

Your exfoliating your skin, not cleaning a stovetop. Go easy with the rubbing motion or you’ll end up with raw, irritated skin. Exfoliate gently using circular motions.


Do choose the best exfoliator for your skin type 

Exfoliators are not always a ‘one size fits all’ kind of deal, be cautious in your selection and use the right exfoliating products in the right places. This also means don’t use a body exfoliator on your face, they’re usually too harsh for the more delicate skin on your face.


Don’t forget to follow up with hydration

Your skin will need a boost of hydration after you exfoliate so don’t forget to apply a moisturiser afterwards.



Chemical exfoliation vs physical exfoliation 

If you’re wondering what the best face exfoliator option is, first it’s important to understand exfoliation can be achieved with two different methods; chemical exfoliation or physical exfoliation. Don’t worry, chemical exfoliation isn’t as scary as it sounds!


Physical exfoliation

 The first thing that comes to mind when you think of exfoliation is probably a scrub or cleanser with small, exfoliating particles or granules. These products are a type of physical exfoliant, so too are tools like facial brushes, konjac sponges and face cloths. Microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are also forms of physical exfoliation.


Chemical exfoliation

Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, is achieved by products that include AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). AHAs are water soluble and work on the surface while BHAs are oil soluble which means they can get down into the pore, unclogging and removing the build-up of impurities from deep within.



Common examples of AHAs + BHAs


Glycolic Acid (AHA)

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

Glycolic acid holds the title for having the smallest molecular structure of the AHAs group. This means your skin absorbs it quickly and it works faster than other AHAs. It can also help treat uneven skin tone, reduce the appearance of pores, combat dullness, fine lines and acne scars.


Lactic Acid (AHA)

A sensitive skin hero, lactic acid is the gentler, yet effective, exfoliator of the acids group. It’s a great all rounder but especially suited to sensitive and mature skin. Lactic acid is detoxifying and more moisturising than glycolic acid while still sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal a radiant, smoother complexion.


Salicylic Acid (BHA)

Salicylic acid more oil soluble than AHAs. This means while it exfoliates the surface of the skin, it also gets down deeper and unclogs pores, removing the build-up of sebum and impurities. Salicylic acid is one of the best skin exfoliator options for acne prone skin as it regulates sebum secretion and is an anti-inflammatory working to calm angry skin.

Our Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum is a skin game changer and contains 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.


Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.
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