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5 Causes Of Red Face And How To Reduce

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5 Causes Of Red Face And How To Reduce


Uncontrollable flushing, permanent redness, and ruddy cheeks. Dealing with skin redness can be super stressful and knock your skin confidence. We look at what causes red face and how to treat it.


1. Redness from Rosacea 


Why is my face always red? The answer may be rosacea.

Rosacea is a skin condition characterised by red, ruddy skin, and flushing. Symptoms usually begin with episodes of the skin flushing red and can increase to:

Permanent redness


Sensitised skin - burning / stinging sensations

Capillaries skin becoming visible

Thickening skin

Symptoms can range from mild to severe but left untreated, rosacea can have long-reaching skin health implications.


What causes rosacea?

The skin redness, bumps and flushing associated with rosacea can be triggered by any number of factors. Usually, things that raise your body temperature including:


Spicy foods

Hot, humid weather

Hot showers

Sun exposure



Dehydration and the wrong skincare products can also lead to frustrating flare ups. Skin with rosacea can be highly sensitive to chemicals, fragrance, and other factors so choosing the right skincare is paramount. 


Skincare and lifestyle tips for managing rosacea

How to get rid of red skin caused by rosacea? Unfortunately, there’s no cure for rosacea but you can learn how to reduce skin redness with the right lifestyle choice and skin care.

Avoid or reduce alcohol and spicy foods in your diet

Keep hydration levels up - with water / fluids and skin care

Wear sunscreen daily

Use products with gentle formulations

Avoid drying ingredients in skincare products; like alcohol and fragrances

Be gentle when touching your skin

Cleanse with lukewarm or cool water

Avoid hot, steamy showers

Choose skincare products with anti-inflammatory and hydration promoting ingredients; more on those below!

Paying attention to what specifically triggers rosacea for you will help you make the right lifestyle adjustments. 


Rosacea-friendly skincare ingredients 

Look for ingredients that reduce inflammation, promote skin hydration, and strengthen the skin barrier. 

Hyaluronic acid: Ultra hydrating

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3): Barrier strengthening 

Aloe vera: Soothing and calming

Tasmannia lanceolata extract: Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Vitamin C: Potent antioxidant for skin healing

Rosacea-friendly products we recommend from the esmi range:


Anti-redness Minty Green Smoothie

With an energising wild mint aroma, this serum cools and heals damaged, red skin with potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating properties.

Quick absorbing and water based, the Minty Green Smoothie targets inflammation with Tasmannia lanceolata extract, a powerful antioxidant. It also speeds up healing with arnica, a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Glycosaminoglycans (GAG’s) support collagen and elastin while niacinamide (B3) strengthens the moisture barrier. Infused with aloe vera’s calming, soothing properties.


2. Redness from Sensitive Skin and Irritation 


Skin sensitivity and redness usually go hand in hand. 

Sensitive skin has a weakened barrier making it very susceptible to bacteria, allergens, and other irritants that can cause visible red skin. An impaired skin barrier also won’t cope well with certain ingredients in skincare products and easily becomes red and reactive.


The key to managing sensitive skin? Using gentle products 

As a general rule, avoid any of the chemical ingredients known to excessively dry the skin and cause irritation. Some of the main culprits include: sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and synthetic fragrances.

Many essential oils will also set off sensitive skin so it’s best to opt for fragrance free products. 

Sensitive skin types need to be mindful of over exfoliation too. Going overboard with exfoliants will damage an already fragile skin barrier even more with microtears and stripping away natural oils it needs to stay healthy. 


Tips for managing sensitive skin

Choose fragrance -free products. Not only in skincare but fabric detergents too.

Opt for gentle exfoliating ingredients - avoid scrubs with large particles that can cause microtears in the skin. Of the alpha hydroxy acids, lactic acid is the gentlest on skin. 

Be gentle when cleansing the skin / touching your face.

Choose skincare designed to strengthen the skin barrier and reduce irritation. 

Always wear sunscreen.


We recommend: Probiotic Skin Mylck 

Inflamed, damaged and ultra sensitive skin meets the calming, restorative powers of probiotics in a gentle, lightweight moisturising lotion. The beneficial bacteria in the esmi Probiotic Lysates have been researched and found to help heal and support skin’s natural defences. 

This Lysate helps to create an ideal environment for your skin to thrive when compromised by outside elements and bad-bacteria.


3. Allergic Reactions 


Allergies to ingredients and products will show up quickly in your skin in the form of redness, irritation, tingling, or stinging. 

If you’re experiencing any of those signs, stop using a product immediately. 

We recommend always doing a patch test on a small area of your neck before applying a new product to your face. Give the patch test 24 hours to see if you experience an adverse reaction.

If redness, irritation, and swelling is excessive, please get in touch with your healthcare professional immediately. 


4. Natural Flushing 


Deep red flushing can often be a sign of rosacea but in other cases, some people are simply genetically predisposed to flushing. Especially, as research tells us, after drinking alcohol. 

If turning red after a glass of wine is something that sounds familiar, this may be the reason for your flushed face.

The most obvious approach to managing this kind of flushing is to cut down or avoid drinking alcohol. 

You can also add a green-based concealer or primer to your makeup stash. They neutralise the colour red making them an ideal choice for skin prone to flushing and redness. 


5. Sun Damage 


Spending too long in the sun without protection not only leaves immediate signs of sunburn it causes long term redness too. Sun damage stretches the small blood vessels, giving your skin a blotchy, red appearance. 


Broad-spectrum protection. Every. Single. Day.

It’s the golden rule of healthy skincare - wear sunscreen all year round, no matter the season or weather. Not only will this minimise the chance of redness it will save your skin from ageing prematurely, hyperpigmentation, dullness, and dehydration. 

Choose broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. 

UVB causes damage to the surface of the skin (the visible red burn) while UVA penetrates into the deeper layers of skin. They’re responsible for destroying collagen that causes wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin.


We recommend: Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30

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.


What to apply to sunburned skin to soothe and promote healing

Accidently spent a little too much time in the sun? Try these redness-reducing tips to take the sting out of sunburn. 

Apply light moisturiser with aloe vera, chamomile or other calming ingredients

Take a cool shower

Drink plenty of water

Use aloe vera gel

Wet a facecloth and put it in the freezer for a few hours then apply to skin

Keep skincare minimal. The less you put on your burnt skin the better and definitely don't exfoliate!

If you’ve got questions about dealing with redness, whatever the cause, our skin experts are here to help. Book your free consultation with an esmi Skin Consultant for further guidance on how best to treat redness.


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Top Tips For A Fun Pamper Night In

Top Tips For A Fun Pamper Night In

Top Tips For A Fun Pamper Night In


Hosting a pamper night in with your besties is the perfect opportunity to relax, recharge, and get glowing with an A+ skin pampering session. 

A self-care date with your favourite people is the chance to slow down, catch up, and check in on how everyone is doing. All while wrapped in a fluffy robe and decadent face mask.  

Sound good? Read on for our best tips for hosting a fun pamper night in to treat your skin and raise your happy vibes! 


Tennis champ Ash Barty shares her skin routine and her family pamper sessions

Ash Barty's Pamper Night with esmi

Aussie Tennis superstar Ash Barty is our much loved esmi Skin Minerals brand ambassador.  

We chatted to Ash to get the lowdown on her skin, favourite esmi products and why pamper sessions with her mum and sisters are everything!


Tell us Ash, what are your main skin concerns? 

My biggest challenge has always been dehydration and dryness, after spending many years training, travelling and playing tennis, it has been difficult to keep my skin hydrated.


How important is your skincare regime to actively treat these concerns

My skincare regime has become a bit of a home comfort for me and is a routine I keep no matter where I am in the world. Esmi has made it easy for me to care for my skin morning and night, every day of the year.


What changes did you see in your skin once you started using esmi products? 

My skin became a lot clearer, I did not have as many breakouts and after big days of practice, I was able to cleanse my skin and replenish it properly. My skin has never been so hydrated!


We’d love to know - what are your favourite esmi products and why? 

My favourite esmi products would have to be the Uncomplicated Cleanser with Charcoal and also the Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask. These two products are the perfect mix for me - allowing me to cleanse my skin and then give it some extra love with the hydrating booster mask.


We hear you love organising regular self-care pamper sessions with family and friends?

My sisters and my Mum love any excuse to have a pamper session!! 

We try to catch up once a fortnight at least to relax, chat about the kids and enjoy each other’s company. This time at home has given me more opportunities than I would usually get to spend quality time with them which has been so nice.


It’s awesome to have you as an esmi ambasador; what do you value about your partnership with esmi Skin Minerals?

I’m extremely grateful to have the support of such a brilliant company. We are both home grown in Queensland and many of our values align. 

I love being around such positive people and working with clean, natural and safe products that are able to bring smiles to faces around not just Australia, but also the world.


With Christmas just around the corner, will esmi skincare make the gift list for family and friends? 

Most definitely! I always try to support Australian businesses. Many of my friends have recently tried esmi for the first time and the Mini sets are absolutely perfect for someone travelling or trying new products. Definitely a go-to for Christmas stockings.


Our tips for a fun pamper and self-care night in with your besties


Invite 2 or 3 of your loved ones

Keep your invite list in check - pamper nights work beautifully with smaller groups. Everyone can take their time at each self-care zone (more on those below!) and have the chance to chat properly with each other.


BYO robes, slippers, and hair wrap

Does anything say self-care me time like fluffy robes? Ask everyone to bring a robe, slippers, and hair wrap to create a relaxed spa vibe! 


Snack platters with healthy and decadent options

Have platters on offer with a mix of different snacks. Think fruit, fresh veggie sticks and dips, and dark chocolate for healthy options and as well as a few more decadent treats like gourmet cheese, dips, and cupcakes. 


A fun, refreshing bar

Want to serve alcoholic drinks? Bellinis are a perfect (and easy!) option but make sure you’ve got delicious non-alcoholic beverages on offer too. Gorgeous skin is all about hydration so mix up a few jugs of water infused with fruit - combinations of berries, citrus, melon, mint, and ginger and all tasty options. Adding a few calming herbal tea options is a nice touch too. 


Choose a ‘finale’ night for your Pamper Night In

Is your girl crew fans of the Bachelor or another series? 

Schedule your self-care session for the final night of the season. Watching the last episode together wrapped in robes, face masks, and sipping Bellinis is too fun!


Set up different Self-care zones

Create different areas for pampering like a mani and pedi station, face masking, hair treatment, and chill zone. You want to keep them in the same general vicinity but separating areas means everyone isn’t crowding the bathroom sink at once. 


Prepare warm, beautifully scented hand towels

Nothing says spa-decadence like fresh, warm, hand towels.

Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of water and soak each hand towel. Squeeze the water out and roll the towels. After guests arrive, pop them in the microwave to warm up for 10 seconds and release the aroma of the essential oil. Hand them around while they’re still warm! 

We love lavender essential oil to calm and citrus blends to energise. 


Turn up the self-care mood

Playing music, burning gorgeously scented candles, a few vases of fresh flowers, and fairy lights will help create a luxurious atmosphere. A few simple touches are all you need.



Top Products for Self-Care Night In:


Our esmi picks have got you covered for the perfect self-care night in!



An essential accessory for your cosy self-care night! It will keep flyaway hairs and your fringe away from your face while you cleanse, mask and treat your skin. Essential x 10 if you’ve just straightened your hair!


The Uncomplicated Cleanser with Cleansing Mitt

Every at-home facial starts with a beautiful clean base. 

We recommend The Uncomplicated Cleanser to set the tone for the rest of your skin pampering session. Perfect for all skin types and concerns, the cleanser balances skin and won’t leave it dry or tight, just clean, calm, and supple.


Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask 

Wake up dull skin with this mask’s powerful detoxifying charcoal / clay combination to refine and purify for soft, bright skin. Works wonders on tired, lacklustre skin and suits all skin types, even sensitive skin. Use an esmi Mask Applicator Brush for extra indulgence!


Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

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


24K Gold Nourishing Oil

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



Get everything you need for the ultimate Pamper Night In with one of our Skin Care Bundles


Top Tips For A Fun Pamper Night

Your guide to facial serum vs oil

guide to serum vs oil

Your guide to facial serum vs oil


Face serums and oils are two of our favourite ways to treat the skin but there’s often confusion about what each one does! Here is our guide to what they are, what they do and where they fit in your skin routine.


What is the Difference Between a Face Oil and a Serum


What is a face serum and what is a face oil?

Let’s begin by clearing up any confusion about the difference between serum vs oil.


Serums: Target specific skin concerns with potent active ingredients

What does serum do? Serums are lightweight products formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients to target specific skin concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and acne. 

Serums have a smaller molecular structure than other skincare products, like moisturiser creams, lotions, or face oil. This allows them to deliver a potent hit of ingredients more quickly and deeply into the skin. 

Serums may have a thin and watery consistency or a more gel-like texture. Serum isn’t designed to replace a moisturiser, but rather be used in conjunction with one for best results. 

The addition of a serum will supercharge skincare results for all skin types and concerns. 



Concentrated levels of active ingredients (up to 70%)

Target specific skin concerns 

Absorb rapidly and deeply into the skin

Smaller molecular structure

Water or gel like consistency

Best results use with a moisturiser


Face oils: Deliver moisturising benefits and increase derma strength

Face Oils are a blend of natural oils containing antioxidants, vitamins, and essential fatty acids. 

Their main goal is to boost hydration levels by sealing in moisture to prevent it evaporating off the skin. Face oils support your skin’s natural barrier (lipids, cholesterol, and ceramides) to improve derma strength. 

Unlike serums, which absorb deeply into the skin, face oils have larger molecules that can only penetrate the surface. They work on strengthening the skin barrier - the outer layer - to minimise trans epidermal water loss. This keeps skin hydrated and plump, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

All skin types, even oily ones, can benefit from facial oil. 


Face oils 

Contain antioxidants, vitamins and essential fatty acids. 

Focus on sealing moisture into the skin 

Improves the appearance of fine lines / wrinkles

Larger molecular structure

Works on surface level to strengthen the skin barrier

Can replace or be used with a moisturiser 


How to Use Face Oil and Face Serums 


Serum or oil first? That’s probably the most common question on the topic of face serum vs oil! The quick answer - serum first followed by face oil.


How to use a face serum 

After cleansing, while the skin is still damp, apply serum by using a gentle motion to press or massage it into the skin. Allow time for it to fully absorb.


How to use a facial oil 

Once the serum has absorbed into the skin follow with facial oil application. Drop a few drops of face oil into your palm and massage into your face. 

If you’re using a cream / lotion moisturiser in addition to face oil, follow the serum step with the cream / lotion then apply the face oil. 


Face Duo: Combining face oil and face serum into one simple step! For those who want to simplify their routine or prefer a lighter moisturiser 


esmi Face Duos combine the intensity of a water-based serum and moisturising benefits of an oil. It’s easy to give your skin the benefits of a face oil and serum in one simple step!

Let’s take a look at the Sunrise Skin Energising Acai Duo, for example. This Face Duo offers the potent, active brightening benefits of Kakadu Plum and Liquorice extract to target hyperpigmentation and dullness concerns while Acai Oil offers moisturising and anti-ageing benefits to smooth and tone skin.


How and when to use a Face Duo

Shake the bottle well to mix the acai oil and water-based serum together. 

Dispense a pearl size amount of mixed oil/serum directly to the palm of the hand and massage into the skin after cleansing or exfoliation. 

Perfect for use under any makeup, moisturiser, oil or sunscreen. Can be used morning, night and around the eye area.

View the full range of esmi Face Duos, Face Oils, and Face Serums!


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Oily Skin Care Routine

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Oily Skin Care Routine


Why Skin Gets Oily and How to Stop It!

Say goodbye to excess oil with this skin care routine designed for oily skin.


Oily skin isn’t fun. A constantly shiny face, breakouts, and makeup that just seems to slide right off! Whether you’ve got naturally oily skin or dealing with a sudden oil increase here we walk you through the steps for shine free skin.


The Cause of Sudden Oiliness


“Why is my face so oily all of a sudden!?”

The onset of sudden and excessive oiliness can be triggered by a few things - whether you have a ‘true’ oily skin type or not.

Change in diet

If you’ve been overindulging in sweet treats and fried foods this could be the reason for your extra shiny skin!

Refined sugar spikes blood sugar levels which has been shown to fuel the overproduction of sebum. Processed, high fat foods like burgers, fries, and pizza also cause this blood sugar spike / oil production effect. Dairy products have been linked to an increase in oily skin,too.

Using different or overusing skincare products

Switched your skincare routine or overusing products - especially exfoliators!? 

Your skin could be responding with increased oiliness. Overuse of strong products can strip the skin of its natural oils triggering it to create even more oil to compensate. 

Hormonal changes due to pregnancy

Fluctuating hormones can trigger a process of increased sebum production, changes in skin cell activity, and inflammation. Many women experience oily skin during pregnancy even if their skin is usually balanced or dry. 


When the skin is dehydrated (lacking water) it overcompensates by producing more oil. Excessive oiliness can be a sign of dehydration.

How to correct sudden skin oiliness 

Make changes to your skin care routine and diet where you can. Cut back on the sugary, high fat treats and stop going overboard with strong skincare products - step away from the exfoliant! 

Use skincare products and ingredients that focus on regulating oil flow and hydrating skin - read on for our oily skin recommendations.


Skin Routines for Oily Skin Types


Having a “true” oily skin type is different from experiencing a sudden increase in sebum; you’re dealing with oil 27/4!  Naturally oily skin is characterised by a shiny or greasy appearance, enlarged pores, prone to congestion and breakouts. Skin can also appear thick. 


Ingredients and skincare habits oil skin types should avoid

Heavy occlusive ingredients: Paraffin, mineral oils, petroleum and lanolin. Usually found in thick, heavy moisturisers and can exacerbate oily skin and block pores.

Coconut oil: Coconut oil is comedogenic and oily skin types should avoid.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This chemical is extremely drying for the skin and triggers excessive oil production.

Skincare habits to stop

Avoid washing your face too often or exfoliating too frequently. Both can strip the skin of its natural oils causing it to produce even more oil to compensate. 

Using face cleansers that are too drying for the skin (they leave skin feeling “tight”) also trigger overproduction of oil - even if you only cleanse twice a day.

Ingredients to look for in an oily skin routine  

Hyaluronic acid: A superior hydrating ingredient which encourages balanced oil flow.

Niacinamide: Helps strengthen the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Ceramides: Increase water retention properties by strengthening the skin barrier. 

Kaolin clay: Absorbs excessive oil to regulate sebum production.

Activated charcoal: Aids in oil regulation and removes dirt and bacteria from pores

AHAs - Glycolic and Lactic acid: Help unclog blocked pores and reduce oil.


Cleansing Your Skin Without Stripping It


Instead of using a harsh cleanser that dries out skin and creates more oil, opt for a gentle cleanser instead. Formulations with low doses of active ingredients like glycolic and lactic acids cleanse skin while maintaining the oil/moisture balance - skin isn’t oily or dry so the skin barrier function stays healthy. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal

A gentle cream cleanser ideal for all skin types prone to congestion, breakouts, and large pores. The active ingredient charcoal purifies and balances oils for a refined, clearer complexion.


Believe It or Not - Oils for Oily Skin!


Using oil-based products on greasy skin might sound a little crazy but it’s one of the most effective ways to treat oily skin! Face oils can assist to hydrate, protect and repair the skin’s barrier function. They signal the presence of oil to the sebaceous glands so they don’t work overtime creating more. 

Peppermint Green Oil

This lightweight oil will help to balance oil flow whilst helping cool skin and providing antibacterial benefits. Formulated with the natural antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits of Black Tea Seed Oil plus the antimicrobial and refreshing properties of Peppermint Oil.


Boost Your Skin With A Mask


Nourish your skin with a face mask for oily skin to keep excess shine at bay and get breakouts under control. 

Look for active oil-absorbing ingredients designed to help regulate and decrease excess oil from the skin’s surface. Hydrating ingredients also help by boosting hydration levels so the skin doesn’t overproduce oil. 

Beneficial oily skin face mask ingredients:


Kaolin clay: Absorbs excessive oil to regulate sebum production.

Activated charcoal: Aids in oil regulation and removes dirt and bacteria from pores.

Hydration promoting

Hyaluronic acid: A superior hydrating ingredient which encourages balanced oil flow.

Niacinamide: Helps strengthen the skin barrier to guard against moisture loss and dehydration.

Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

Formulated with activated charcoal and kaolin clay, the mask's powerful detoxifying properties aid in regulating oil production while deeply cleansing to remove impurities. The result? A brighter, more balanced complexion. 


Say Goodbye to Oily Skin with a Tri Essentials Bundle


Get the essentials to help tackle oily skin with our Tri Essentials Bundle

With your choice of a Cleanser, Skin Treat, and Booster Mask you can get your oily skin routine products in one handy bundle. Easy!


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What Is Face Serum And Why You Should Have One

what is face serum and why you should have one

What Is Face Serum And Why You Should Have One


What is a face serum? Your skin’s superhero! Formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients, serums deliver a potent hit of ingredients quickly and deeply into the skin. 

We take a look at how and why to incorporate a serum into your routine to help improve everything from dehydration and hyperpigmentation to fine lines and wrinkles


All About Face Serum


What sets face serum apart from other products in your skincare routine? They’re the fastest, most potent way to deliver the active ingredients your skin needs to help correct skin concerns. 

The small molecular structure of a serum - they’re usually water based - allows it to penetrate the skin more deeply than other products. 

A cream-based moisturiser, for example, sits on the top layer of skin. A serum, on the other hand, absorbs more rapidly and deeply into the skin. 

Serums aren’t designed to take the place of your moisturiser, they work together as a skin saving team. The serum delivers a potent hit of active ingredients and your moisturiser works to lock those nutrients in. We’ll cover more on exactly how to use serum in your routine in a moment!

What does face serum do? Serums are designed to target a host of different skin concerns. 

They’re formulated with high concentrations of active ingredients like peptides, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants including vitamin A, C, and E. Some heavy hitting anti-ageing serums contain high doses of topical retinoids (Vitamin A). You can also find concentrated levels of omega 3, 6 and 9 in serums formulated with a combination of water and oil based ingredients. 

Here are a few key ingredients to look out for in a face serum to target some everyday skin complaints:

Dehydration: Hyaluronic acid and niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Dullness: Vitamin C

Fine lines and wrinkles: Peptides, retinol, and Vitamin C

Redness and irritation: Niacinamide, linoleic acid (omega 6 fatty acid), Vitamin E

Oily skin and congestion: Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid

Our recommendations from the esmi Skin Minerals range of serums to address some of the most common concerns:

Dehydration: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum 

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

Hyperpigmentation and dullness: Pomegranate Brightening Serum 

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

Redness and inflammation: Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie 

Suitable for all skin types to treat red, puffy or acne inflamed skin it’s ideal to use after laser, IPL or diathermy treatment.


How to Use Face Serum


If you’ve asked yourself “What is face serum?” you’ve probably wondered when and how to use a face serum too. Let’s find out! 

What step to apply face serum

Apply face serum after the cleansing step in your routine and apply while the skin is still a little damp to encourage absorption.  

Allow the serum to fully absorb into the skin and then follow with a moisturiser (morning and evening) and sunscreen (morning). 

A moisturiser works to seal the active ingredients of the serum into the skin - it’s important to use both for the best results.  

How to apply face serum to face

Drop a pearl size amount of serum from the dropper into fingertips and massage into the cleansed skin - avoiding the eye area. 

Because serums are so potent, a small amount of product goes a long way.  

When to apply face serum 

Many serums can be used twice a day (morning and evening) for the best results. 

The exception here may be a serum containing a high concentration of retinol (Vitamin A) which is usually recommended to apply at night. Always wear sunscreen the following day as retinol products make skin extremely photosensitive.

If you’re using multiple serums to treat different skin concerns - dehydration and hyperpigmentation, for example -  you could apply one serum in the evening and the other in the morning.


Do I Need a Face Serum?


What is a face serum going to do for your skin? Plenty. 

You can move your skin results forward in leaps and bounds by incorporating a serum. They’re designed to intensify the strength of your skincare regimen and compliment your other products in addressing your skincare concerns. 

Depending on the ingredients they’re formulated with, face serums can provide antioxidant protection against free radical damage, boost hydration, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Hyperpigmentation and dullness can also be improved with the addition of a face serum.

No matter your skin type or concern, you’ll see speedier results and a significant improvement in  the overall health of your skin with a serum. 

Hopefully we’ve answered your “What is a face serum” question here! If you’d like to learn more view our range of skin serums for every skin concern in the Skin Treats category page.

Alternatively, book your free skin consultation with one of our skin care team for expert guidance on incorporating a serum into your skincare routine.


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Simple Pregnancy Skin Care Routine

Simple pregnancy skin care routine

Simple Pregnancy Skin Care Routine


The esmi skin experts weigh in on how you should change up your skin care routine during pregnancy.


From breakouts to dryness, or if you’re really lucky the fabled glow, pregnancy changes your skin. Your usual line up of products may not be right for your pregnancy skin care routine. Plus, there’s the issue of safe vs not-safe ingredients every mum-to-be needs to know about. 

Switching things up is also the ideal time to refresh how you approach your routine. Has applying skincare become a chore you rush through on autopilot?

We encourage you to think of it as a self care routine instead. A moment in your day of pure ‘me’ time to reset and focus on yourself - something every expecting mum deserves!



What Happens to Your Skin During Pregnancy


The not so great news? The oh-so-pregnant-glow isn’t guaranteed when you’re expecting. Instead, you might find yourself dealing with a number of more challenging pregnancy related skin changes.

Hormonal acne - Breakouts around the chin and jaw are common. 

Melasma (‘mask of pregnancy’) - Hyperpigmentation that can appear on your forehead, nose, and cheeks.

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

Increased sensitivity - Redness, flushing, and irritation 

Let’s look at safe skin care for pregnancy to tackle these concerns while you’re expecting and during breastfeeding.



Acne and Breakouts During Pregnancy


Whether you’re usually prone to breakouts or not, many women experience acne in the first and second trimesters. 

A rise in hormones called androgens causes your sebaceous glands to produce more sebum. If not managed in your pregnancy skin care routine, all this excess oil can clog pores causing acne and inflammation.

Acne treatment ingredients to avoid during pregnancy

These ingredients aren’t safe for use while you're expecting or breastfeeding. 

Salicylic acid 

Retinol (Vitamin A)

Some oral acne medications are also unsafe. Always consult with your healthcare professional

Pregnancy-safe ingredients to manage acne

Thankfully, you’re not stuck with a ‘grin-and-bear-it’ approach to dealing with pregnancy breakouts! There are plenty of safe ingredients and products on the anti-acne list. 

AHAs - Glycolic acid and lactic acid

Fruit enzymes

Bentonite clay 

Activated charcoal

What esmi skincare products are safe during pregnancy 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.



Why Pregnancy Can Cause Redness and Flushing


Hot, red, flushing cheeks is probably not the kind of subtle pregnancy glow you were hoping for. 

Redness, flushing, and a ruddier appearance are caused by hormonal changes and an increase in circulating blood volume during pregnancy. If you have existing rosacea you might experience flushing flare ups more frequently.  

Pregnancy-safe ingredients to manage redness

Include these cooling, calming ingredients in your pregnancy skin care routine to help manage redness and flushing.

Aloe vera


Tasmanian Pepper Extract

Linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid)


We recommend: Anti-Redness Minty Green Smoothie 

Lightweight with an energising wild mint aroma, this serum cools and heals damaged, red skin with potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hydrating properties.  Suitable for all skin types and safe to use in your pregnancy skin care routine and while breastfeeding.



Reactive and Sensitive Skin During Pregnancy


You may find your skin has become ultra sensitive and reactive almost overnight. Certain products, ingredients, and foods you had no issue with before can now spark an uncomfortable reaction. 

What’s the cause of increased skin sensitivity? You guessed it - increased hormones.

Skin is also extremely sensitive to sunlight so wearing mineral SPF30+ sunscreen every day is a must. Avoid chemical sunscreen containing oxybenzone as this is a known endocrine-disrupting chemical. 

Fragrances can also trigger reactivity so it’s best to steer clear of heavily fragranced products.

Calming ingredients for your pregnancy skin care routine

Aloe vera

Topical probiotics (read more about the benefits of probiotics for sensitive skin)

Green tea extract

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)

Vitamin E

esmi pregnancy-safe products we recommend for reactive and sensitive skin

The Uncomplicated Cleanser

Probiotic Skin Mylck

Ultra Nourishing Booster Mask

These products are also safe to use during breastfeeding.



How Pregnancy Can Cause Skin Dryness


Dry patches of tight-feeling, flaky skin are often associated with pregnancy.

The skin barrier becomes more permeable which increases transepidermal water loss - moisture evaporating off the skin. 

In addition to keeping moisture levels topped up with hydration focused skincare make sure you’re drinking plenty of H2O and eating foods with high water content.

esmi pregnancy-safe ingredients to aid skin hydration

Hyaluronic acid

Niacinamide (Vitamin B3)


Aloe Vera

We recommend: Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

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 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.

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum is also safe to use during breastfeeding.



Other Important Pregnancy Skin Care Recommendations


In addition to your getting at-home pregnancy skin care routine sorted, look after your skin by getting enough quality sleep. Sometimes easier said than done (we know!) but doing your best to establish a good sleep routine will help keep skin hydrated and healthy. 

Also avoid professional skincare treatments like laser treatment, micro needling, or chemical peels which are unsafe during pregnancy. 



Products Recommended for Breastfeeding Mothers


While nursing, your skin may continue to change and hydration levels, in particular, need extra attention. 

You might have experienced oilier-than-usual skin during pregnancy but now your complexion is drier than the Sahara!

To keep hydration levels topped up and moisture locked into the skin we recommend:

Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum

Probiotic Skin Mylck Plus Hydration

Hydrating And Nourishing Acai Duo

We hope our tips on how to take care of skin during pregnancy will help you make the right skincare choices during this special time.  If you have any questions about pregnancy-safe skincare and ingredients, reach out to us at - we’re here to help!


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Infographic_ Simple pregnancy skin care routine