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Probiotics in Skincare: What You Need To Know

Probiotics in Skincare What You Need To Know

Probiotics in Skincare: What You Need To Know

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Probiotics for the skin? We're breaking down all the information you need to know about probiotics and how they benefit your skin.

 

Probiotics as we know it:

 

The potential beneficial effects of taking probiotics such as Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium orally has been extensively studied for intestinal health. Benefits include prevention of pathogenic (bad bacteria), strengthening the gut barrier, repair and modulation of your immunity. Since their potential for maintaining gut health has been so effective, various strains of probiotic(bacteria) have been tested on other areas of the body such as the mouth, reproductive system and of course skin…

 

About your skin and how it operates:

 

Our skin forms the barrier between the outside world and your internal body. Without it, life would be impossible. Our epidermis prevents water loss and protects our insides from external pathogens (bad bacteria) and potential infections. An extreme case of the barrier being compromised would be severe burns or wounding.

 

Less extreme breaches of the skin barrier can easily occur in everyday life. 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 where the oil glands have not fully matured. This skin is often compromised and broken leaving the cells exposed.

 

If it’s been proven that in gut (health) probiotics can help with effective healing, barrier repair and immunity modulation, could we find a probiotic to live and benefit the skin conditions specifically?

 

After extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) it was found that only a couple of lysate materials 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 places good bacteria in an environment that is compromised (such as eczema and dermatitis) and open to bad bacteria to infect the skin.

 

What is a lysate?

- A lysate is a concentrated dose of probiotic function

- A more stable way to include probiotic function in formulations

- Lysates probiotic bacteria possess a wide range of properties: it can be immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant and stabilizing. 

 

Can stimulate proliferation (rapid skin cell healing) accelerating wound healing

 

To put it simply:

 

Your skin is like an ecosystem. Different parts of your body have good and bad bacteria living there. The same way the rainforest, great barrier reef etc need specific conditions to thrive your skin is the same. It needs good bacteria to thrive and too much bad bacteria can lead to skin issues.

 

The esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck features your specially selected and researched 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 questions about choosing the best probiotic skincare for you? Have a chat with our team of skincare experts. Book your free skin consultation today!

 

Ref: 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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7 Myths About SPF And Sunscreen Busted

7 myths about spf and sunscreen busted

7 Myths About SPF And Sunscreen Busted

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The highest SPF rating is the best.  I work in an office, I don’t need sunscreen!  Sunscreen gives you acne.

We’re on a myth-busting mission to clear up some of these common misconceptions, and more, about sunscreen!

 

The Difference Between UVA and UVB Rays 

 

 

Before we get to busting SPF myths, here’s a quick rundown of how the sun’s UVB and UVA rays affect your skin.

UVB

UVB rays are responsible for causing sunburn to the surface of the skin, resulting in visible redness. UVB rays also play the greatest role in causing skin cancers.

UVA

UVA rays have longer wavelengths, giving them the ability to penetrate deeper than UVB. 

They reach far enough into the skin to damage collagen. Skin loses elasticity and firmness which speeds up the visible signs of ageing like wrinkles and sagging

UVA also causes sun spots, hyperpigmentation, and the shortest wavelengths of UVA contribute to the visible appearance of sunburn. 

Of the two rays, UVA is responsible for most of the premature signs of ageing. 

Now you’ve got a handle on how UVA and UVB rays work, let’s bust some of the big myths about SPF. 

 

Myth - A high SPF Rating Means Your Skin Is Protected

 

You may be surprised to discover the SPF protection rating on your sunscreen only measures the protection against UVB rays, not UVA rays. 

That’s right. Sunscreen can have a high SPF rating and do a great job of protecting your skin against sunburn (UVB), but still leave you exposed to the damage of UVA! 

Don’t make your sunscreen selection based only on the SPF rating - choose a sunscreen that is broad spectrum, too. Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.

 

Myth - You Only Need 1 Application Of The Highest SPF

 

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. The number that follows SPF is a guide to how long the sun’s UVB rays will take to burn your skin while wearing the sunscreen compared to if you weren’t wearing any at all.

For example, if you were using sunscreen with SPF30, it would take you an estimated 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing it. 

The problem is, high SPF ratings can create a false sense of security. You may think 1 application of SPF 50 is enough for the day and not worry about reapplying or putting on a hat.

Relying on just a single application of SPF, no matter how high, can still leave your skin exposed to long term damage. 

Every sunscreen, whether it’s SPF 30 or SPF 100 should be reapplied every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

 

Myth - If You Work In An Office, You Don’t Need Sunscreen

 

Spend a lot of time indoors? Doesn’t mean you should skip your daily sunscreen application. 

All exposure to sunlight - whether it’s walking around outside on your lunch break or sitting close to the office windows - has the potential to accelerate signs of ageing. 

Typical car, home, and office windows block most UVB rays but some UVA rays can still penetrate glass. You might not see the signs of sunburn but that doesn’t mean your skin isn’t affected.

You’ll do your skin a big favour by wearing sunscreen every day, even if you spend a lot of time indoors. 

 

Myth - Sunscreen Will Make You Breakout

 

If you’re shying away from sunscreen in fear it will clog your pores and cause breakouts, consider this myth busted! 

While some SPF creams can be heavy, greasy, and packed with oil (a nightmare for oily skin) many sunscreens are non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog pores.

Not all oils are bad in sunscreen either - some are very beneficial. We use carrot root oil in our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30 to help tone and tighten skin! Steer clear of mineral oils though, as they can easily cause congestion. 

Look for formulations that are lightweight and non-comedogenic.

 

Myth - Mineral Sunscreen Isn’t As Effective As Chemical Sunscreen

 

Sunscreen falls into 2 categories “mineral” (also called “natural” or “physical” sunscreen) and “chemical”.

Both protect your skin but do so in different ways. 

Chemical sunscreen penetrates the top layers of the skin. It absorbs and filters UV rays before they have the chance to cause damage. 

Mineral sunscreen, on the other hand, forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface. Rather than absorbing and filtering UV, it helps scatter and reflect rays away from the skin.

A common misconception is that chemical sunscreen is always more effective than mineral sunscreen. 

This isn’t the case. Mineral sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, or both as natural active ingredients provide excellent broad spectrum protection. 

 

Myth - A higher SPF Rating Dramatically Increases Protection

 

SPF ratings can vary dramatically between sunscreens - but does it make a big difference to the amount of protection? The breakdown is as follows -

SPF 4 blocks 75% of UVB rays

SPF 8 blocks 87.5% of UVB rays

SPF 15 blocks 93.3% of UVB rays

SPF 30 blocks 96.7% of UVB rays and

SPF 50 blocks approximately 98% of UVB rays

Source arpanasa (Australian Radiation Protection And Nuclear Safety Agency)

SunSmart recommends choosing a sunscreen labelled SPF30 or higher that is also broad-spectrum. 

 

Myth - You Only Need Sunscreen When It’s Sunny Outside

 

This is one of the biggest, and most harmful, myths about sunscreen! It’s not safe to skip your daily dose of SPF because it’s cloudy and cool outside. 

Just because you can’t feel the warmth or burn on your skin, it doesn’t mean UV rays aren’t active. It’s been estimated up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can penetrate clouds. Even on an overcast day, your skin can be susceptible to damage if you’re not wearing sunscreen.

The free SunSmart app is a handy way to see UV levels and the potential risk of UV on a daily basis around Australia.  

 

Protect Your Skin All Day, Every Day

 

How does your current sun protection measure up? We recommend trying our Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30 

A broad-spectrum SPF 30 enriched with antioxidants, this silky smooth, daily sunscreen protects against UV damage helping fight the first signs of ageing. Comfortable, non-greasy SPF coverage for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. 

Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen is easy-to-apply and formulated with additional anti-ageing benefits of carrot root oil, hyaluronic acid, and green tea for hydrated, smoother skin.

 

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Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients

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Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients

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

 

Common Skin Changes During Pregnancy

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Skincare Ingredients To Swap During Pregnancy

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

What Are The Pregnancy Safe Anti-ageing Alternatives?

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

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

Vitamin C 

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

Peptides

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

Omega Fatty Acids

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

Pregnancy safe products we recommend for an anti-ageing routine

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Ageing

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Golden Anti-Ageing Serum (evening)

Anti-Ageing Repair Gel Booster Mask 

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.

 

AVOID: Salicylic acid (Acne)

 

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

What Are The Pregnancy Safe Skincare Ingredients To Treat Acne?

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

Lactic acid

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

Glycolic acid

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

Fruit enzymes

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

Bentonite clay and activated charcoal

Detoxify and refine congested skin and help control oil.

Polynesian sand

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

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

Pregnancy safe products we recommend to help manage breakouts

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo

Peppermint Green Oil 

Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie

Fresh Sea And Salty Sand facial exfoliant

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask 

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.

 

AVOID: Hydroquinone (Hyperpigmentation)

 

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

What are the pregnancy safe skincare ingredients to treat hyperpigmentation?

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

Vitamin C

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

Kakadu Plum

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

Bearberry

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

Liquorice

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

Pregnancy safe products we recommend to help manage hyperpigmentation

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo

Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.

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

 

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Skin Care By Age: Best Skincare Products For Every Age

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Skin Care By Age: Best Skincare Products For Every Age

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We’re breaking down skin care by age! Let’s take a look at the different skin challenges of every life stage and the best products to address them. 

 

Skincare In Your Teens

 

Acne and oil. Two words many teenagers know well! 

A range of products can clear breakouts - but be careful. Many work effectively simply because they’re so strong. Sometimes, too strong. They may clear acne initially but leave the skin stripped, sensitised, and irritated. This can lead to other skin issues - and even more breakouts. 

Depending on the type of acne you have, a gentler choice for skin are cleansers with lower doses of active acne-fighting ingredients. These won’t strip the skin but still effectively kill acne forming bacteria. 

The best skincare for teens is a simple regime that will balance and regulate oil flow, whilst providing anti-bacterial clearing ingredients, as well as anti-inflammatories to reduce redness and inflammation.

Common skin concerns in your teens

  • Congestion 
  • Excessive oil
  • Acne - from mild, moderate to severe

Skin care by age: Your teens

The best skincare products for teens from the esmi Skin Minerals range.

Cleanse

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

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

Exfoliation

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum  

Acai Hydrate & Nourish Duo 

Moisturise

Peppermint Green Oil 

SPF protection

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

Skincare in your 20s

 

Your 20s is the decade to commit to a consistent skincare regimen and form habits your future self will thank you for. The most important habit? Applying SPF30 every day.

This habit alone will make a dramatic difference in the way your skin ages over the years.

Starting and continuing an effective cleansing routine is key too. If you used a strong cleanser to target acne in your teens, it won’t be a good fit for skin in your 20s.

Switch to a gentler cleanser which won’t strip the skin of the oil it needs to stay healthy. Over cleansing compromises the skin barrier which leaves it susceptible to other skin concerns, including more breakouts!

Common skin concerns in your 20s 

  • Acne you experienced as a teen may persist
  • Congestion 
  • Collagen production begins to decrease in your late 20s
  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation from teen acne

Skin care by age: Your 20s

The best skincare products for your 20s from the esmi Skin Minerals range.

Cleanse

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Want to target a specific concern like acne or dullness? View our full range of cleansers.

Exfoliation

Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle Foliant

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum  

Moisturise

Acai Balancing Face Oil

Treatments 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask 

SPF protection

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

Skincare in your 30s

 

Ageing concerns become more of... well, a concern in your 30s!

Collagen and elastin production begins to slow down and the first signs of fine lines and wrinkles to creep in.

In the later stages of your 30s, you may begin to notice more hyperpigmentation - especially if you were a sun bunny (without SPF!) in your 20s. 

Your skin will benefit from adding active ingredients to your routine to target fine lines, hyperpigmentation, and dullness. 

This is the time to get serious about taking an anti-ageing approach to your routine - if you haven’t already. What you do for your skin in your 30s can pay off decades later.

Common skin concerns in your 30s

  • Fine lines and wrinkles begin to appear
  • Hyperpigmentation 
  • Dullness 
  • Dehydration 

Skin care by age: Your 30s 

The best skincare products for your 30s from the esmi Skin Minerals range.

Cleanser

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Want to target a specific concern like acne or dullness? View our full range of cleansers.

Exfoliation

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Serum

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum  

Moisturise

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Treatments 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask

Ultra Nourishing Booster Mask 

SPF protection

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

Skincare in your 40s

 

Focus on hydration and the right type of exfoliation for healthy looking skin in your 40s. 

Like the production collagen and elastin, your skin’s natural exfoliation cycle is slowing down too. That means it’s taking longer for new, fresh skin cells to be produced and the old, dry cells remain on the surface for longer. 

The result? Skin appears rough in texture, dull and pores and fine lines are increasingly accentuated. 

Using the right exfoliation method (with the right frequency) to remove the dead cells can leave skin looking brighter and fresher instantly. It can also help minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Dehydration is another skin concern you’ll find yourself dealing with as skin matures. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our bodies and plays a key role in skin hydration. With age, the amount of hyaluronic acid produced declines and it’s harder for the skin to hold onto moisture - leaving it drier and rougher. 

You can also boost sluggish collagen production with peptides and Vitamin A.

Common skin concerns in your 40s

  • Loss of firmness
  • Rough, dull skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles become more pronounced
  • Dehydration
  • Broken capillaries and hyperpigmentation result in uneven skin tone

Skin care by age: Your 40s

The best skincare products for your 40s from the esmi Skin Minerals range.

Cleanse

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Ageing  

Exfoliation

Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant

Serum options

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

Sunset Skin Anti-Ageing Acai Duo 

Anti-Ageing Eye Serum

Moisturise

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Treatments 

Anti-Ageing Repair Gel Booster Mask

SPF protection

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

 

Skincare in your 50s and beyond

 

The production of collagen and elastin really drops off in your 50s as the hormonal changes of menopause kick in. 

These changes also affect the pH level of your skin barrier which makes it increasingly harder for skin to retain moisture. You may find skin is more easily damaged and less resilient.

Lines and wrinkles become more prominent - especially around the eye, mouth, and neck area. 

Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturised will help strengthen your skin barrier and smooth the look of lines and wrinkles. 

Exfoliation is still important to keep skin looking fresh but the method you use and frequency may need to be adjusted - skin is more sensitive than it once was. 

Indulge your skin with deeply nourishing treatments and active ingredients like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid that target mature skin concerns.

Common skin concerns in your 50s

  • Crepey and sagging skin including neck and jawline
  • Skin is less resilient and more easily damaged
  • Extreme dryness and dehydration
  • Age spots
  • Dullness
  • Deeper lines and wrinkles 

Skincare by age: Your 50s and beyond

The best skin care products for your 50s from the esmi Skin Minerals range.

Cleanse

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Ageing

Exfoliation

Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant  

Serum options

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Sunset Skin Anti-Ageing Acai Duo 

Golden Anti-Ageing Serum  

Anti-Ageing Eye Serum

Moisturise

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Treatments 

Anti-ageing Repair Gel Booster Mask

Ultra Nourishing Booster Mask

SPF protection

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30  

Have questions about choosing skincare by age? Book a free consultation with an esmi Skin Minerals Consultant. We’re always here to support you on your skin journey!

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Revive Dull Skin

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Revive Dull Skin

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

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

 

Dead Skin Cells Are Building Up 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

You’re Dehydrated  

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We recommend:  Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

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

Hydrating and Nourishing Acai Duo  

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

 

You’re Surrounded By Air Pollution

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hyperpigmentation Can Cause Dull Skin

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

You Have A Dry Skin Type

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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Post Workout Skincare

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Post Workout Skincare

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Working up a sweat is amazing for your skin but only if you get your post workout skincare right! If you want to avoid breakouts, congestion, and irritation after hitting the gym, read on.

 

How Working Out Benefits Your Skin 

 

Exercise doesn’t just benefit your muscles and mind, it energises your skin too. 

Increases circulation

When you exercise blood circulation is increased around your body which means your skin receives a boost in oxygen and nutrients. Plus, who doesn’t love a post gym glow!

Encourages lymphatic drainage

Sweating it out also stimulates lymphatic drainage which helps detoxify your body and skin. During a workout, your body releases toxins through your pores in the form of sweat.

 

Post workout skincare tips to avoid breakouts, congestion, and irritation

 

While good things are happening to your skin when you exercise if you don’t take care with your post workout skincare routine - you’ll undo all the benefits!

Exercise makeup free

Your best post workout skin actually starts before you hit the treadmill. 

The golden rule for pre workout skincare is to avoid wearing makeup while working out, especially foundations, bronzers, blushes, and any heavy oil-based cosmetics.

When you sweat while working out, the sweat mixes with the oils on your skin - including oil from cosmetics. 

This combination of sweat and oil makes for the perfect pore-clogging combination. 

Cleanse your skin ASAP after exercise

When it comes to after workout skincare, the most crucial thing is to cleanse your skin as soon as possible to wash away oil, sweat, and bacteria.

Choose a gentle cleanser to avoid irritating your face. Exercise heats your body up and your pores open which can leave skin extra vulnerable to irritation shortly after a workout.

Cleanse and rinse with cool or lukewarm water so you don’t make a red post workout face even redder!

Avoid exfoliation immediately after working out

Using an exfoliator isn’t something we recommend in your post workout skincare routine. Skin is extra sensitive immediately after exercise and a strong exfoliating session may irritate the skin barrier. 

Only use makeup wipes in an ‘emergency’

Think the best post workout skincare tip is keeping a stash of makeup wipes in your gym kit? 

Think again. Relying only on makeup wipes to cleanse after exercising isn’t the best option for your skin.

Makeup wipes are loaded with preservatives for the purpose of stopping mould and these ingredients can cause skin to become inflamed and dry. 

Plus, even the best post workout wipes won’t do the job a proper cleanse - only use them if you absolutely don’t have time to wash your face properly. 

Have a sensitive skin type? We recommend skipping them altogether. 

A better alternative to makeup wipes is dampening a cotton pad in micellar water for a quick, post workout wipe until you get the chance to cleanse properly. 

Sunscreen 

Exercising outdoors? Sunscreen is a must! If you applied sunscreen as part of your morning routine (and yes, you should be!) but you’re working out in the afternoon, top up with a fresh application. 

 

Best basic post workout skincare routine

 

Your post workout skincare routine will depend on when you exercise. 

If you workout first thing in the morning, you’d likely follow your usual morning routine post exercise. 

But what if you work out in the afternoon or midday? Your skin can’t wait until your evening routine for attention or you’ll risk breakouts and congestion. 

We’ve put together a guide for a basic routine to follow immediately after exercise to keep skin fresh and clear plus recommended post workout skincare products.

Step 1 -  Cleanse

As we mentioned above, cleansing as soon as possible after your workout is key to keep skin healthy and pores clear. The longer the mix of sweat, oil, and debris sits on your face the more likely it is to clog pores. 

We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser or The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Redness.

Perfect for all skin types and concerns, The Uncomplicated Cleanser helps to balance skin and won’t leave it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Redness is deal to address skin prone to redness, inflammation, and sensitivity, this cleanser balances skin and delivers an improvement in redness.

Step 2 - Moisturise

Follow up with a light moisturiser or facial oil containing antioxidants and vitamins to nourish skin.

We recommend: Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil

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

Step 3 (Day time) - Reapply SPF 

Heading back out into the sun or an office with windows? Don’t forget to apply SPF after your moisturising step.

We recommend: Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

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

Step 3 (Evening / optional) - Apply a calming, soothing mask 

One way to turn your post workout skincare routine into a little self-care time is to apply a face mask. 

Exercise plus a calming mask is a wonderful way to treat yourself and your skin. The key is to avoid any exfoliating mask treatments, stick with those that are hydrating and calming. 

We recommend: Anti-inflammation Mint Gel Booster Mask

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

If you have more questions about your skin care after a workout, reach out to our team of Skin Consultants. We’re here to help!

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