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Tired Skin? Here's How To Wake It Up

Tired skin? Here's how to wake it up

Tired Skin? Here's How To Wake It Up

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Look in the mirror and tired skin looks back? You’re not alone. A tired looking face is something we’ve all experienced at some stage! Discover why your skin is fatigued and how to wake it up. 

 

Common Reasons For Tired Skin

 

“My face looks dull and tired.”

This is a very common skin complaint and signs of a tired face can include:

Dullness 

Under-eye circles

Fine lines and wrinkles are more pronounced

Puffiness 

Tired skin can be traced back to a number of factors and happily, there’s something you can do to address each of them.

 

Dehydration 

 

We can’t say it enough - hydration really is your skin’s best friend. 

Dehydration can cause skin to lose its radiance. Your overall complexion becomes dull and lacklustre when hydration levels are depleted.

Shadowy circles under your eyes may become more obvious too, as will fine lines and wrinkles. 

Dry skin and dehydrated skin are not the same thing. Dry skin lacks oil and is a ‘skin type’ while dehydrated skin lacks water - it’s considered a skin condition. All skin types can experience dehydration, even oily ones. 

The good news is dehydration is a temporary skin condition which means it’s very treatable. 

Use hydrating ingredients in your skincare routine

Look for ingredients known as humectants. They work by drawing water to the stratum corneum (the skin’s surface) either from the atmosphere or deeper layers of skin, to hydrate the surface.

Hyaluronic acid has superior humectant properties, it acts like a magnet to attract moisture deep within the skin’s cells and can hold x1000 its own weight in water. Glycerin is also a common humectant.

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum (All skin types) 

Drink plenty of hydrating fluids and eat water-rich foods. 

Top your skin’s hydration levels up from the inside by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables with high water content such as cucumber, celery, watermelon, spinach, oranges, and mushrooms. 

Sip on plain water, coconut water, and celery juice and limit your intake of dehydrating drinks like coffee and alcohol. 

 

Sun Damage

 

The sun’s UVA and UVB rays are enemies of bright, healthy looking skin.

Sun exposure speeds up signs of ageing including wrinkles, sun spots, pigmentation, sagging and rough, uneven skin texture. All these elements can leave your complexion looking tired and older than your years.

Don’t skip sun protection

This means wearing broad spectrum 30+ sunscreen daily, whether you spend a lot of time outdoors or not. Also, be mindful to cover your skin up during long days outdoors with a wide brim hat and remember to reapply sunscreen. 

We recommend: Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 

Treat your skin to a dose of brightening antioxidants 

Lift tired skin out of a lacklustre state with the help of brightening antioxidants that target hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. 

Vitamin C is excellent for skin brightening and its antioxidant properties also target free radical activity. Antioxidant Q10 spheres can also assist in fading dark spots and help to energise tired skin. 

We recommend: Pomegranate Brightening Serum (Suited to most skin types)

 

You Need A Good Night’s Sleep

 

Your skin might be looking tired because you are tired! 

The health of your skin and quality of sleep are intrinsically linked. When you’re not getting enough sleep, signs quickly show up in your skin. 

Your skin switches to regenerative mode while you sleep. If it doesn’t get enough time to complete its restorative process, skin won’t look as fresh and bright. 

Lack of sleep contributes to tired skin with dehydration. A study on the link between sleep and hydration revealed people who regularly slept for 6 hours or less each night were 16–59 percent more likely to be dehydrated than those who slept for 8 hours a night. 

Your tired face treatment, in this case, is getting more quality sleep. Introduce sleep-easy bedtime rituals to encourage more restful sleep and treat your skin overnight.

Try essential oils

Relax your mind and body before bed with the therapeutic qualities of essential oils. A few famed for their relaxation qualities include lavender, chamomile, and sweet marjoram - enjoy the benefits with a diffuser or using skincare formulated with the oil.

We recommend: Lavender Skin and Body Care Pack (All skin types)

Include an eye treatment

Night time is ideal to provide the delicate skin around your eye with additional brightening support to wake up with a fresher eye area.

We recommend: Brightening Eye Serum (Suited to most skin types)

 

You Don’t Exfoliate Regularly 

 

Tired looking skin can also be the result of dead cells building up on the surface. Nothing steals your glow like layers and layers of old, dry cells.

While natural exfoliation is part of the skin’s regenerative process it slows down with age so we need to give it a helping hand.

Exfoliation removes the dead cells and reveals the fresher, brighter skin beneath. An instant wake up call for tired skin.

We recommend: Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle-Foliant (All skin types)

 

Pollution and Smoking

 

While UV rays have long been on the ‘bad for your skin’ list, you may not be aware of the damage pollution can do to your skin. Especially air pollution.

Toxic nanoparticles of pollution can enter the skin cells - triggering free radical activity and inflammation which accelerate signs of premature ageing and dull, tired skin.

Your pollution solution? Double cleansing at night to remove all pollution debris and using an antioxidant-rich serum to neutralise free radical activity. 

Smoking cigarettes? Not if you want healthy, glowing skin! Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and nicotine and the combination impacts blood flow to the skin leaving it sallow, tired, and dry looking.

 

Best Face Mask For Tired Skin

 

Pamper tired skin with a face mask brimming with active ingredients to target dullness and help brighten a fatigued complexion. 

The Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask is suited to most skin types and can be left on for a 10 minute masking session or overnight to allow your skin to soak up the active ingredients. We recommend starting with a 10 minute application and work up to an overnight session as the active ingredients are quite concentrated. 

 

Infographic tired skin and how to wake it up

 

How To Prevent Oily Skin And A Shiny Face

How to prevent oily skin and a shiny face

How To Prevent Oily Skin And A Shiny Face

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

 

Cleanser

 

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

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

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

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

 

Use A Lightweight Oil-based Moisturiser

 

Yes, you read that right!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Be Cautious About Using A Toner

 

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

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

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

 

Introduce a Retinoid (Vitamin A) Product Into Your Routine 

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Switch Up Your Diet

 

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

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

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

 

Keep A Stash Of Blotting Paper Handy

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Use Glycolic Acid In Your Oily Skin Routine

 

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

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

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

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

 

Treat Your Skin To A Mattifying Clay Mask

 

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

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

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

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

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

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

 

Chill Out

 

Is stress making it hard to control your oily face?

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

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

 

How To Prevent Oily Shine

 

Our Guide To A Basic Skincare Routine

our guide to a basic skincare routine

Our Guide To A Basic Skincare Routine

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Your skincare routine doesn’t need to be complicated to achieve healthy, happy skin. We’ll step you through each element of a basic skincare routine for your healthiest complexion ever.

 

Creating A Skincare Routine That Actually Works

 

What skin type do you have?

Creating a skincare routine that works for you starts by knowing your skin type. This gives you a good understanding of why your skin looks, feels and behaves as it does. 

Most importantly, you’ll know how to choose the right skincare routine for your skin type.

Skin is generally classified into one of 5 different skin types -  normal, oily, dry, sensitive, and combination. If you aren’t sure we recommend reading our guide to The Different Skin Types to help you determine what type you are. 

Which skin concerns do you want to address?

Next, you need to understand the specific skin concerns you’d like to address - hyperpigmentation, signs of ageing, acne, dehydration, dryness, dullness, etc. 

Some of these may link closely to your skin type; for example, oily skin is usually more prone to breakouts. Other concerns like hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and signs of ageing occur in all skin types.

Knowing the specific concerns you want to treat means you can assemble a skincare routine with active ingredients to target them. 

Skincare Routine Order Of Application

The skincare products and order to apply them for a basic routine include:

Daily treatments

Cleanser

Serum (hydration)

Moisturiser

Sun protection (Morning only)

Weekly treatments

Exfoliation (after cleansing) 

Deep masking treatment (after cleansing) 

Let’s take a closer look at each element of a basic skincare routine. 

 

Step One: Using a Cleanser 

 

Your cleanser sets the tone for the rest of your skincare routine.

While every cleanser has the same basic goal - to clear the skin of debris, excess oil, bacteria, dead cells - all cleansers are definitely not created equal. 

Many strip the skin entirely of its natural oils and moisture. They certainly ‘clean’ the skin but by removing all oil and moisture they also damage the delicate skin barrier. This can lead to a range of skin concerns from excess oil production to heightened sensitivity and excessive dryness. 

Signs your cleanser is too harsh? Your skin feels tight and extremely dry after washing your face and you might also experience irritation. 

For the best cleansing experience, regardless of your skin type, choose a gentle, non-drying cleanser to maintain the delicate balance of oil and moisture on your skin. 

Gentle yet effective ingredients for cleansing formulations include; 

Aloe vera: Containing mostly (95%) water, aloe vera is hydrating and calming for skin. It also has excellent cleansing and very gentle exfoliant properties. 

Green tea extract: Brimming with antioxidant activity, Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory with the ability to soothe and calm redness.

Stearic acid: Helps cleanse debris from the skin while its emollient properties protect skin's surface against water loss.

Capric triglyceride: Helps to reduce skin dryness by minimising moisture loss by creating a barrier on the skin's surface.

Active ingredients to target specific concerns

Your cleanser can also include active ingredients to help target specific skin concerns. If dullness and hyperpigmentation are a problem, for example, you may choose a cleanser formulated with brightening ingredients, like Vitamin C. 

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. 

We recommend using The Uncomplicated Cleanser in both your morning and evening skincare routine. Double cleanse in the evening to remove all traces of build up. 

Targeting a specific concern? You may like to try one of the following cleansers:

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 

 

Step Two: Exfoliating Your Skin 

 

Put simply, exfoliation is the removal of dead skin cells and build up from your outer layer of skin - the epidermis. 

Why exfoliate? It helps prevent clogged pores that can lead to congestion and acne. By removing dead cells and debris, exfoliation also reveals the brighter, fresher skin underneath helping skin appear smoother.

There are two different ways you can exfoliate your skin; 

Chemical exfoliation (not as scary as it sounds!) which includes alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, and fruit enzymes. These ingredients work to unglue and lift dead cells and debris from the skin without the need to manually ‘scrub’ your skin. 

Physical exfoliation includes products like facial scrubs. You need to physically massage it into the skin to remove buildup and clear pores.  

We recommend reading our Guide To Exfoliation for an in-depth look at different ingredients and methods. This will help you better understand what type is right for you. 

Using a specific exfoliation product isn’t something you should do every day. Like those harsh cleansers, over-exfoliation leads to a damaged skin barrier. 

However, your cleanser may contain ingredients that offer mild exfoliation properties for a very gentle daily exfoliation activity.

The exfoliation type and frequency best for you depends on your skin type and concerns. We recommend to start slowly and gently and monitor how your skin reacts before making adjustments. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 

Chemical exfoliant properties

Suitable for most skin types with congestion and acne concerns

An exfoliating charcoal serum with gentle chemical exfoliation properties to tackle blackheads, acne, and underlying skin congestion to help draw out impurities and unclog pores for smoother looking skin. 

We recommend: Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant  

Chemical and physical exfoliant properties

Suitable for weakened or sensitised skin barrier, acne prone, and dry skin.

A delicate, restorative exfoliation experience for skin needing TLC. Gentle bamboo extract and fruit enzymes help leave skin soft, luminous, and purified while luxurious rose oil aids in calming and moisturises.

 

Step Three: Hydrate and Moisturise

 

Hydration is crucial for healthy skin. Your complexion is brighter, clearer, and more supple looking when your skin is well hydrated. 

Both moisturising and hydrating ingredients play important roles in keeping hydration levels up.  

Hydrating ingredients (known as humectants) attract water to the deeper layers of skin and rehydrate cells from the inside out. Moisturising ingredients (emollients and occlusives) work to lock hydration into the skin. 

Your skincare routine should include a hydrating product (ideally a serum) to add water and a moisturising product to seal it in.

Moisturising products

Help minimise water evaporating off the skin 

Support a healthy skin barrier

Achieve the above with occlusive and emollient ingredients

Depending on the formulation, some moisturisers may offer humectant ingredients 

Hydrating serum products

Water-based and penetrate the skin more deeply than moisturisers

Hydrate the skin from the inside

Support a healthy skin barrier

Achieve the above with humectant ingredients like hyaluronic acid 

Face oil products

Help minimise water evaporating off the skin

Support a healthy skin barrier

Achieve the above with occlusive and emollient ingredients

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

All skin types

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. The hydrating serum contains niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to aid in skin repair, restoration, and help regulate oil flow.

We recommend: Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo 

All skin types

Help brighten, tone and moisturise tired skin with the intensity of a water-based serum and moisturising benefits of an oil. 

 

Sun Protection

 

No skincare routine should skip a daily dose of SPF. Wearing sunscreen daily is absolutely your best defence against slowing the visible signs of ageing and hyperpigmentation.

Include a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen in your skincare routine - 365 days a year. No matter the weather, no matter the season.

We recommend: Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

All skin types

Comfortable, non-greasy broad-spectrum SPF 30 coverage for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen is easy-to-apply and enriched with antioxidant protection of carrot root oil, hyaluronic acid, and green tea to help support hydrated, smoother skin.

 

Other Skin Routine Considerations

 

What you eat is a different kind of skin care but just as important as your skincare products.

We’ve put together a list of healthy skin foods but the basics are eating antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables, healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, and drinking plenty of hydrating fluids. 

 

At Home Facials and Treatments 

 

A face mask is an ideal at-home facial treatment to target any specific skin concerns or when your skin just needs a little pick-me-up. We all have those days! 

We recommend: Ultra Nourishing Booster Mask

Ideal for dry skin types

De-stress dry skin and help slow cellular ageing with colloidal gold, free-radical fighting green tea extract, and a nourishing oil complex to aid in skin renewal, repair and protection.

We recommend: Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

Suitable for most skin types

Suited for lightening hyperpigmentation, age spots and sun damage, this face mask helps even out skin tone for a smoother, brighter complexion.

We hope covering the elements of a great skincare routine will help you build one ideally suited to your skin. If you would like any guidance in building a more specific skincare routine, book your free skin consultation with our team of skin experts. We’re here to help!

 

Infographic our guide to a basic skincare routine

 

How To Get Glowing Skin

How to get glowing skin

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Want to know how to get glowing skin? It’s all about taking a holistic approach to skin care. What you eat, drink, the skincare products you use and lifestyle factors all contribute to a glowing skin routine.

 

Everyday Routine for Glowing Skin

 

Your daily routine for glowing skin starts with what you put in your mouth!

Loading your plate with skin friendly foods and drinking hydrating liquids is vital for glowing skin. 

Regular exercise plays a big role in skin health too. It improves blood circulation and gets more oxygen to the skin which helps give it a healthy glow.

Then, of course, there’s skincare! Below we’ve detailed a daily 4 step skincare routine to get glowing skin. Plus, how you can treat yourself to a weekly indulgence and turn up the glow.

 

Step One: Cleanse

 

Cleansing is the basis for every glowing skin routine. 

It refreshes your skin removing excess oil, makeup, dead skin cells, SPF, pollution particles, and other debris. 

Without cleansing your skin, this debris builds up on the surface of your skin and can lead to blocked pores resulting in congestion and acne. You may also find skin develops a rougher texture and becomes dull if you’re not cleansing properly. 

The effect of pollution is also problematic for skin. Toxic nanoparticles of smog and other air pollution can settle onto your face during the day. Without washing them away in the evening, these particles can trigger free radical activity that accelerates the signs of ageing. 

A clean canvas also allows other skincare products and their ingredients to better penetrate your skin. You maximise their benefits! 

How often should you cleanse?

Cleansing should be part of both your morning and evening routine. We recommend a double cleanse in the evening to remove all traces of build up for deeply cleansed pores.

Consider using a textured microfibre face cleansing mitt with your cleanser. Microfibre helps eliminate 80% more dirt, makeup and product residue than a regular face washer!

What ingredients to look for in a cleanser

No matter your skin type or concerns, a gentle cleanser is the way to go. Gentle formulations cleanse your skin and leave it balanced and supple not strip of the oils and moisture it needs. 

A few gentle yet effective ingredients for cleansing formulations include; 

Aloe vera: Containing mostly (95%) water, aloe vera is hydrating and calming for skin. It also has excellent cleansing and very gentle exfoliant properties. 

Green tea extract: Brimming with antioxidant activity, Green tea is also an anti-inflammatory with the ability to soothe and calm redness.

Stearic acid: Helps cleanse debris from the skin while its emollient properties protect skin's surface against water loss.

Capric triglyceride: Helps to reduce skin dryness by minimising moisture loss by creating a barrier on the skin's surface.

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. Perfect for all skin types and concerns, The Uncomplicated Cleanser works gently but deeply to lift away dirt and foundation without stripping away the oils and good bacteria essential for healthy, balanced skin.

 

Step Two: Hydrate

 

Wondering how to get glowing skin? Hydration, hydration, hydration. 

H2O helps your skin by improving elasticity, regulating oil production, flushing toxins, and increasing skin radiance. 

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

Signs your skin is dehydrated can include tightness, dryness, sensitivity, dullness, and congestion. 

Several factors can contribute to depleting the water content in your skin. Changes in the weather, using the wrong skincare, lifestyle choice (excessive alcohol consumption/smoking for example), diet, and other environmental factors.  

To combat dehydration for all skin types, the skin cell’s water content needs to be replenished.

Serums vs Moisturisers

There is a difference between ‘hydrating’ and ‘moisturising’ ingredients - both share the same goal (to improve the skin’s water content) but go about it differently.

Hydrating ingredients (known as humectants) attract water to the deeper layers of skin and rehydrate cells from the inside out. Moisturising ingredients (emollients and occlusives) work to lock the hydration into the skin. 

This means a two step approach is needed in your glowing skin routine to achieve the best results.

1) Serum: Get water to thirsty skin cells to rehydrate and replenish.

Serums are water-based formulations and have a smaller molecular structure than moisturisers. This allows them to provide an intense hit of hydration - carrying hydrating ingredients deep within the skin. 

2) Moisturiser: Seal the water in to prevent it from escaping off the skin.

Moisturisers don’t penetrate the skin as deeply, instead, they sit on top of the skin to trap moisture in. 

What ingredients to look for in a hydrating serum

Hyaluronic acid: One of the best ingredients to look for in a hydrating serum is hyaluronic acid. It draws water to the cells and can hold up to 1000x its weight in water.

Allantoin: An extract from the comfrey plant, allantoin’s properties can increase the water contents of cells. It has the added benefit of acting as an emollient to keep skin moisturised. 

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Effective at restoring the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

How often should you use a hydrating serum?

You can use a hydrating serum in both your morning and evening routine. Apply it as the next step after cleansing and before your moisturiser. Gently pat the serum into the skin with your fingers. 

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum (all skin types)

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

Hydration and your diet

How to get glowing skin naturally? Keeping your skin hydrated isn’t only about using the right skincare products. Including water-rich foods in your diet and drinking hydrating fluids is crucial to get glowing skin. 

Foods with high water content include cucumber, tomatoes, watermelon, spinach, oranges, and mushrooms. Sip on plain water, coconut water, and water flavoured with real fruit pieces to keep hydration levels up. 

Read: Best foods to eat to improve your skin 

 

Step Three: Moisturise

 

As we mentioned above, the moisturising step helps lock moisture into the skin. It also delivers antioxidant support and strengthens the skin barrier. 

When we talk about how to get glowing skin and the role moisturiser plays, don’t think creams are your only option! Oil based moisturisers are an excellent choice for many skin types and concerns. 

How an energising serum works

Or, you could opt for an energising serum - a hybrid combination of a serum and an oil. The serum component of the formulation delivers active ingredients deep into the skin while the oil offers moisturising benefits. Best of both worlds!

How often should you use an energising serum?

You can use an energising serum in both your morning and evening routine. Apply it as the next step after your hydrating serum and before SPF. Gently pat the serum into the skin with your fingers. 

We recommend: Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo (all skin types)

Help brighten, tone and moisturise tired skin with the intensity of a water-based serum and moisturising benefits of an oil. 

The serum component contains Kakadu Plum extract -  nature’s highest level of vitamin C - to help brighten skin and aid in collagen production for a firmer, smoother tone while niacinamide aids in repair and breakout prevention.

The oil component contains Acai oil which offers moisture increasing benefits and helps address ageing concerns.

 

Step Four: Sun Protection

 

Our guide on how to get glowing skin wouldn’t be complete without including daily SPF protection. When it comes to signs of premature ageing, the sun is your skin’s number 1 enemy and SPF is your skin-saving staple.  

Both UV and UVB rays damage the skin but go about it in different ways. UVB are shorter rays that affect the surface of the skin; causing the visible redness and pain that comes with sunburn. They can also result in skin cancer, including melanoma.

UVA rays, on the other hand, are longer and reach deep into the layers of skin. Causing damage to collagen and elastin, UVA rays are responsible for accelerating the signs of ageing - wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging. They can also trigger hyperpigmentation. 

What to look for in a sunscreen 

The key is to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen which protects from both UVA and UVB rays. If a sunscreen isn’t broad spectrum, it only protects your skin from UVB rays. The SPF (sun protection factor) rating is also important. 

An SPF rating of 15+ or higher is recommended by The Skin Cancer Foundation for daily use and 30+ if you’re spending the day outdoors. 

Choosing a sunscreen that works with makeup

Your best bet when looking for sunscreen to wear under makeup? Go for a formulation that is lightweight and non-comedogenic - meaning it won’t clog pores.

Some SPF creams can be heavy, greasy, and packed with mineral oil. This increases the risk of congestion and can cause makeup to ‘slide’ off your skin. 

Don’t rule out oil in your sunscreen entirely though, some oils are very beneficial. For example, we use carrot root oil in our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30 to help tone and tighten skin.

We also suggest making mineral makeup your friend. It allows the skin to breathe and contains natural SPF too. You get the bonus of added sun protection as you layer your cosmetics and skincare. 

We recommend: Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 (all skin types)

Comfortable, non-greasy broad-spectrum SPF 30 coverage for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen is easy-to-apply and enriched with antioxidant protection of carrot root oil, hyaluronic acid, and green tea to help support hydrated, smoother skin.

 

Weekly Skin Treatments to Refresh and Revitalise

 

How to get glowing skin and indulge in a little self care at the same time? By refreshing and revitalising your skin with weekly treatments.

Exfoliation and face mask treatments

A face mask is ideal to help target specific skin concerns including congestion, dullness, dryness, hyperpigmentation, and ageing concerns. 

Whether you choose a face mask treatment to leave on overnight or a quick 10 minute treatment, your skin can benefit. All skin types can benefit from different types of exfoliation too.

We recommend introducing weekly mask and exfoliation treatments into your routine one at a time. Targeted treatments usually contain a stronger dose of active ingredients which your skin may need time to adjust to. Basically, you don’t want to overwhelm the skin, especially using products with exfoliation properties. 

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask 

The mild exfoliation action of kaolin clay is kind to sensitive and breakout-prone skin, it helps to soothe and aid in balancing oil production while deeply cleansing to remove impurities. Bentonite clay helps lift away dead skin cells and assists with pore purification for a touchably soft, glowing complexion.

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

An exfoliating charcoal serum with gentle chemical exfoliation properties to help detox and purify congested skin to promote a clearer, smoother complexion.

Ideal for most skin types tackling blackheads, acne, and underlying skin congestion to help draw out impurities and unclog pores for smoother looking skin. 

Turn your treatments into self care

Why not turn your weekly skincare treatments into a self-care practice? Instead of rushing through the motions, slow down and pay attention to each step. 

Enjoy the texture and fragrance of the products and the way they feel on your skin. 

Listening to relaxing music or burning an aromatic candle while you go through your skincare routine will also boost the indulgence factor!


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3 Ways To Fight The Effects Of Pollution On Skin

3 ways to fight the effects of pollution on skin

3 Ways To Fight The Effects Of Pollution On Skin

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The effects of pollution on skin are more far-reaching and damaging than you might think. Signs of ageing, dullness, and hyperpigmentation can be linked back to the insidious toxicity of air pollution. Discover 3 simple skincare steps you can take to protect your skin every day.

 

What Are The Effects Of Pollution On Skin?

 

The effects of pollution on skin can be described in 3 words: free radical damage.

Toxic nanoparticles from smog and traffic related air pollution are able to penetrate the skin. Once inside, they trigger free radical damage - the enemy of healthy skin.

Stay with us for a super quick chemistry lesson on free radicals...

Free radicals are molecules that are missing an electron. In an attempt to make itself ‘whole’ again, a free radical ‘steals’ an electron from a healthy skin cell. 

This process causes inflammation, damages the collagen of the healthy cell, and can also lead to hyperpigmentation.

The newly damaged skin cell then goes on its own mission to steal an electron from yet another healthy cell. This triggers a destructive chain reaction of free radical damage to skin cells. 

You can’t see free radicals but you can see the results they cause; lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone, darkened patches, and dullness.

Pollutants also deplete the skin of hydration and essential vitamins too, leaving it dehydrated and in need of nourishment. 

 

Skincare Solution To Target Pollution In 3 steps

 

There's not a lot you can do to avoid pollution entirely. Luckily though, with the right anti pollution products and skincare routine, there’s quite a bit you can do to combat its effects.

 

Double Cleanse In The Evening

 

An evening cleanse is crucial for removing pollution particles that have settled on your skin. 

We recommend doing it twice to really stop the effects of pollution on skin in their tracks! Especially if you live in a buzzing urban area filled with traffic and smog. 

The first cleanse gently removes traces of makeup and SPF. The second cleanse lifts further build-up, including pollutants, from the skin. 

Getting into the habit of double cleansing can ward off the free radical damage that accelerates the signs of ageing, dullness, and hyperpigmentation.

The extra few minutes added to your bedtime routine is definitely worth it in the long run.

We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser which you can use for both the first and second cleanse. 

If you want to target existing hyperpigmentation or dullness, you could opt for The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Brightening for the second cleanse.

 

Use Antioxidants To Neutralise Free Radicals

 

Prevention is the best step to combating the effects of pollution and antioxidants are the answer to turning off the damage caused by free radicals. 

Essentially, an antioxidant ‘gives’ the free radical the electron it’s looking for - so it doesn’t need to steal it from a healthy cell! This puts a stop to the chain reaction of free radical damage. 

It gets better too. Not only can antioxidants neutralise free radicals, but they can also help skin repair itself from any damage already caused and target specific skin concerns. This includes smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, brightening a dull complexion, and improving the appearance of hyperpigmentation. 

It’s clear why antioxidants should play a key role in your anti pollution skincare regime and these are the big hitters we recommend;

Vitamin C

An antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and collagen stimulator, Vitamin C wards off free-radical damage and can help stimulate collagen production for firmer looking skin. It’s also a potent skin brightener, improving the appearance of dull skin and hyperpigmentation. 

There are a lot of vitamin C derivatives but the pure form of Vitamin C is known as L-Ascorbic Acid (LAA). 

Vitamin E 

While helping protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, Vitamin E is also highly moisturising for skin. Plumps fine lines and wrinkles. 

Green tea

Green tea is brimming with catechins and polyphenols which are natural antioxidants and free radical scavengers. It also has the added benefit of helping regulate sebum production to help balance oily and acne prone skin. 

Ferulic acid

A potent antioxidant that neutralises free radicals damage, ferulic acid helps shield against the development of fine lines, spots, and wrinkles.

Many antioxidants work synergistically, meaning they become even more beneficial when teamed with other antioxidants. For the best results, look for anti pollution skincare products with multiple antioxidants.

A few antioxidant combinations that work well together include:

Vitamin C and Vitamin E

Vitamin C, Vitamin E and ferulic acid (even better than Vit C and E)

Choosing a broad spectrum SPF enriched with antioxidant protection is an easy way to guard your skin against sun and pollution related damage. 

We recommend: Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo and Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30

 

Strengthen The Skin Barrier For Protection  

 

The outer layer of your skin (your skin barrier or lipid barrier) is like a hard working security guard preventing environmental irritants, including pollution, from entering in. 

The lipid barrier consists of layers of dead skin cells and lipids - the skin's natural fats.

When the barrier is weak or damaged, it’s more susceptible to the entry of toxic pollution particles and their damaging effects.

Pollution protection skin care should include ingredients to help strengthen and condition the lipid barrier 

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Boosts ceramide production (ceramide is an epidermal lipid) thereby improving the skin’s barrier function.

Hyaluronic acid

Works by attracting water to the deeper layers of skin and rehydrating cells from the inside out. In turn, this promotes a strong skin barrier with cells in a healthy, hydrated state.

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Essential Fatty acids - Omega 3 and Omega 6

These essential acids replenish the lipid structure of the skin, helping to reinforce the surface keep it moisturised and buffer it from the effects of pollution on skin.  

Essential fatty acids to consider including your line up of anti pollution products are:

Linoleic acid (Omega 6) - Rosehip oil is an excellent source of linoleic acid

Chia oil (Omega 3)

Kiwi Fruit Seed Oil (Omega 3) 

We recommend: 24k Gold Nourishing Oil, Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil, and Skin Snack Mist.

Squalane

Excellent at replenishing the skin's moisture barrier, squalane is naturally present in the skin’s lipid barrier. Choosing facial oils and anti pollution moisturisers with this ingredient will help restore a damaged skin barrier to a healthy, supple state. 

Probiotics 

The good bacteria of probiotics help create a harmonious environment for a damaged skin barrier to heal and thrive. A strong barrier means your skin can better defend itself against the effects of pollution. 

We recommend: Skin Mylck.

Have questions about choosing the right esmi Skin Minerals products for your skin concerns? Book your free consultation with our skincare specialists.

 

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Probiotic Skincare: Benefits and How It Works

The Benefits of Probiotic Skincare

Probiotic Skincare: Benefits and How It Works

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Probiotics (good bacteria) aren’t only beneficial for a healthy gut - they can help heal compromised and ultra-sensitive skin too. We explain the exciting benefits probiotic skincare can deliver and their place in your skincare routine.

 

What Are Probiotics?

 

Probiotics such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium are live bacteria and yeasts that are beneficial for your body.

Their benefits, when taken orally, have been studied extensively for gut health with impressive results. Probiotics have been found to strengthen the gut barrier, improve immune function, and prevent bad bacteria from overtaking the gut.  

With such effective potential for maintaining a healthy gut, various strains of probiotics have also been tested on other areas of the body such as the mouth, reproductive system, and skin.

This is where probiotic skincare gets really interesting!

 

 

The eco-system of your skin barrier and probiotics

 

The skin is the body’s largest organ. It plays a critical role as the primary barrier between the external environment and your internal body.

The outer layer of the skin is called the epidermis, which in itself has several layers. The upper most layer - the one that is visible and exposed to the outside environment - is the stratum corneum also known as the skin barrier. 

The skin barrier is essentially a mix of dead cells, skin lipids, and natural moisturising factors like amino and fatty acids. It helps keep the skin hydrated, prevent microbes and bad bacteria (pathogens) entering in and acts as a shield against the abrasion of the layers underneath.

Keeping the skin barrier functioning optimally is the key to healthy skin. A strong barrier helps keep skin hydrated, fight off irritants, and prevent bad bacteria thriving.

Your skin is like an ecosystem with both good and bad bacteria living there. The same way the rainforest or great barrier reef need specific conditions to flourish so does your skin.

It needs good bacteria to function properly and thrive. Too much bad bacteria can weaken and compromise the skin barrier, triggering or exacerbating all kinds of skin concerns.

The skin barrier can become compromised in many different ways. An extreme example would be a severe burn or wound.

Other less extreme examples include scratches, acne where the skin is compromised/open and a high level of pathogens (bad bacteria) are present, wounds, slow healing ability (diabetes and other immune disorders), eczema and dermatitis.

Any of the above can cause the skin to become compromised and broken with tiny wounds leaving the cells exposed to increasing levels of bad bacteria.

In short, the skin’s environment - its eco-system - is no longer a healthy, well-functioning place.

 

 

What has all this got to do with probiotics?

 

It’s been proven that probiotics help improve the health of the gut by healing weakened gut walls, restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria, and boosting immunity.

So, could a probiotic do the same for the skin barrier? Is there a type of probiotic to benefit the skin conditions specifically?

The answer is yes. Probiotics can be part of your skincare routine!

After extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) it was found that only a couple of beneficial bacteria were effective in the healing and repair of the scratch.

Enter esmi Skin Minerals Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate

This good-bacteria can help kill pathogens (bad bacteria) or place good bacteria in a skin environment that is compromised (such as eczema and dermatitis) and susceptible to the infection of bad bacteria.

 

What is a lysate?

 

A lysate is a concentrated dose of probiotic function. It’s a more stable way to include probiotic benefits in skincare formulations.

 

 

How can lysate benefit skin?

 

Lysates probiotic bacteria possess immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant and stabilising properties to support optimal skin health.

It can stimulate rapid skin cell healing to accelerate the healing of wounds.

 

 

Introducing esmi Skin Minerals probiotic skincare

 

The esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck features your specially selected and scientifically proven Australian Made probiotic Lysate ideal for skin application, helping create an ideal environment for your skin to thrive if compromised by outside elements and bad-bacteria.

The esmi Skin Mylck is a lightly moisturising lotion and can be great for extremely sensitive, compromised skin.

We suggest you also use our Probiotic Skin Mylck with our Uncomplicated Cleanser original for best results.

esmi is your first skincare brand to use a 100% Australian made probiotic.

Have any questions about probiotic skincare and how the esmi Skin Mylck range can work in your skincare routine? Book your free consultation with our skin experts; we’re here to help!

 

Reference:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4633615/

*esmi Skin Minerals are the first skincare company using a 100% Australian made Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate produced in Australia’s first and only cGMP/TGA certified facility for probiotic API manufacturing.

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