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Probiotic Skin Care Is Changing The Game For Sensitive Skin

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Probiotic Skin Care Is Changing The Game For Sensitive Skin

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Probiotic skincare is set to revolutionise the world of sensitive skincare products!

We’re thrilled to introduce your skin to esmi Skin Mylk, an Australia first in probiotic products for ultra sensitive, dry skin. Backed by scientific studies, this is the best face moisturiser for dry sensitive skin. 

We’re not kidding when we say it can be a game changer in helping repair the most delicate and damaged skin. So, why all the excitement about probiotics' ability to rescue ultra sensitive, dry skin? Read on to find out!

 

The Ecosystem of Dry Sensitive Skin

 

Get to know your skin barrier

Did you know your skin has its own very special ecosystem? 

The foundation of this delicate ecosystem is your skin barrier. This is the outermost layer of your skin - also known as the moisturising barrier - that plays a super important role in skin health.

Its job is to keep the skin's surface supple and smooth by sealing moisture into the skin and acting as a shield to keep bad bacteria (pathogens) and irritants out. 

The skin barrier is made up of:

Dead skin cells

Lipids (skin’s natural oils)

Natural moisturising factors (NMF) - including amino acids, lactic acid, and peptides 

A collection of living microbes (good bacteria) known as the skin microbiome. 

It’s the skin's microbiome that acts as the first line of defense to keep pathogens - the bad bacteria - from overwhelming the skin.

A well functioning skin barrier helps the skin stay hydrated, regulates oil production, and fights off free radical and bacterial attacks. 

Essentially, your skin’s ecosystem is healthy, happy!

A damaged skin barrier, on the other hand, causes disruption to this delicate ecosystem. All the elements that make up the barrier no longer work in harmony. 

When your complexion is compromised it’s stripped of its vital oils and moisturising elements. As the barrier can no longer hold moisture into the skin, it becomes dry, flaky and tight.  

Skin also becomes sensitive and reactive. A damaged barrier means skin can’t protect itself against the invasion of external bacteria and irritants. The delicate balance of good bacteria is disrupted and inflammatory responses increased.

Compromised skin barrier symptoms:

Redness

Flakiness

Tightness

Sensitivity

Increased breakouts

Itchiness

Rough skin tone

Inflammatory skin conditions like rosacea and eczema 

Many factors can cause this damage including:

Using harsh skincare products - especially cleansers 

Over exfoliation causing micro-tears in the skin

Not wearing sunscreen

Overuse of active ingredients (like AHAs and retinol)

Medication

Genetics / existing conditions like eczema and rosacea

Even some sensitive skincare products, if they simply aren’t suited to your skin, can cause issues

Can a damaged barrier be repaired? Yes, it can!

If you have naturally sensitive skin or are dealing with a flare up of sensitivity and dryness, the focus of your skincare routine should be healing the skin barrier and restoring balance to its microbiome environment. 

 

Heal Sensitive Skin with The Best Sensitive Skin Moisturiser

 

Healing the skin’s microbiome and barrier is where probiotics (good bacteria) come in. 

The introduction of good bacteria into the skin’s microbiome helps kill pathogens (bad bacteria) and fortify skin's beneficial microflora. 

In turn, this restores balance to the microbiome creating an optimal environment for skin health to thrive and stimulate renewal to repair the barrier.

Think of it a little like healing a wound. If you’ve cut yourself, there are things you can do to create a healthy environment for the wound to speed up the healing process and help skin recover optimally. For example, keeping it clean, dressed, and applying a cream.

Probiotic skincare is a game changer for sensitive skin types

As skin is renewed the barrier repairs and becomes stronger. 

Hydration levels increase (water no longer easily evaporates off the surface) and skin is better at shielding itself from invading ‘bad guys’ which reduces inflammatory responses, flushing flare-ups and irritation. 

Essentially, a strong skin barrier equals calmer, less reactive skin. 

This is why probiotics can be so incredibly beneficial in sensitive skin care products. It’s such a promising advancement in skincare for hyper-sensitive skin types! Can you feel our excitement?!

 

Probiotic Skin Mylck

 

Meet esmi Probiotic Skin Mylck -  the best probiotic for sensitive skin. 

A very light moisturising lotion that simply melts into the skin, the probiotic rich formulation ideal for extremely sensitive, compromised skin. 

Skin Mylck contains the 100% Australian Made probiotic Lysate to help create an ideal environment for compromised, ultra sensitive skin to thrive, heal and protect itself from outside irritants and 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 and esmi is the first skincare brand to use a 100% Australian made probiotic!

Healthier skin backed by science

Extensive testing on keratinocyte monolayer scratches (one cell thick scratches) have shown the esmi Skin Minerals Lacticaseibacillus.rhamnosus Lysate as ideal for topical application to stimulate rapid skin cell renewal and accelerate wound healing. 

These benefits of repair and healing are delivered to your skin with the Skin Mylck formulation. 

How to use Skin Mylck in your routine

Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion designed to follow the cleansing and sensitive skin soothing  serum steps in your morning and night routines. 

If you don’t use a Skin Treat serum

After cleansing, using the dropper drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin. Be sure to use a gentle cleanser when treating your skin with esmi Skin Mylck.

If you use a water-based Skin Treat serum

After applying a sensitive skin serum allow it to absorb. Then, using the dropper, drip a thumb size amount of Mylck onto your fingertips or palm and massage into the skin. 

If you have very dry skin

While Skin Mylck is a moisturising lotion, if your skin is extremely dry, and you feel you need more moisture you could follow with a Skin Treat oil like 24k Gold Nourishing Oil. 

An army of ingredients to benefit sensitive skin 

Alongside Probiotic Lysates, Skin Mylck is formulated with a range of ingredients to heal and calm ultra-sensitive skin.  

Linoleic acid in grape-seed oil helps strengthen skin's barrier function while plant-derived emollients help seal in moisture and impart a smooth, soft feel to the skin.

Redness reducing Jojoba oil can offer skin repair, damage control and increased moisturisation with Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins.

 

Target Other Skin Concerns

 

Our dual action products in the Skin Mylk range can help tackle dull skin, hyperpigmentation, redness and dehydration concerns in sensitive skin.

Skin Mylk Plus Hydration

Help target dehydration in sensitive complexions with beneficial bacteria to assist balance skin’s microflora, aid restoration of the damaged skin barrier, and increase hydration.

Pair with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and Skin Shield SPF for the best results. 

Skin Mylk Plus Brightening

Kickstart restoration and illuminate sensitive, troubled skin with this lightweight moisturising lotion formulated with 100% Australian made probiotics and gentle brightening ingredients including Ethyl ascorbic acid (non-irritating Vitamin C derivative that is well tolerated by sensitive skin) and lightening superstar Kakadu Plum. 

Team with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and Skin Shield SPF for a gentle, protective routine.

Skin Mylk Plus Anti-Redness

Daily redness relief for sensitive and reactive skin starts here. 

The anti-inflammatory properties of both Probiotic Lysates and Australian botanical Mountain Pepper extract can help reduce itching and burning sensations and minimise skin redness. Mountain Pepper is also an excellent skin conditioner.

Team with The Uncomplicated Cleanser and Skin Shield SPF for a gentle, protective routine.

View the full range of esmi Probiotic Skin Care

Our Skin Service team is here  to guide you every step of the way and answer questions you have about our probiotic skin care products and sensitive skin moisturiser. Please reach out via chat or email skin@esmi.com.au.

*Made with 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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How To Get Rid Of Acne Scars

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The question of how to get rid of acne scars is one our esmi skin team is asked frequently! 

Here we guide you through the different types of scars and marks, the best ingredients and products for acne scar treatment, and when to start tackling them. 

We truly understand how acne scarring can affect your skin confidence. Scarring is something many of our customers deal with and treating it takes time and patience.

While skin care solutions can help assist with improving the look of even very deep scars, some still may remain visible. And that’s ok. We encourage you to embrace skin confidence wherever you’re at in the journey while working towards your healthiest skin outcomes. 

 

Top Tips to Fade Acne Scars Naturally:

  1. Look for natural active ingredients like kakadu plum extract, liquorice, bearberry and pomegranate.
  2. Stimulating the skin with a gentle massage to boost circulation.
  3. Regular exfoliation can help minimise the look of acne scars.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
  5. Always wear sunscreen and avoid prolonged sun exposure which will worsen scars.

 

The Types of Acne Scars

 

Acne scars develop in the dermis (the second layer of the skin) and appear on the surface as depressions, indentations, or raised lumps.

Discovering how to get rid of acne scars begins with understanding the type of scars you’re dealing with. 

4 of the most common acne scars are:

Ice pick scars (atrophic)

Deep and narrow, these scars look like the skin has been poked with an ice pick and are the most common type of acne scars. They are often the result of cystic acne. 

Keloid scars (hypertrophic) 

A raised mound that is a different colour, often darker, than the surrounding skin. These types of lumpy scars are caused by excess protein created during the skin healing process.

Rolling scars (atrophic)

Often the result of long-term inflammatory acne, rolling scars appear as indents that vary in depth and have sloping edges giving the skin a wavy appearance.  

Boxcar scars (atrophic)

Boxcar scars are defined by their straight, sharp edges that cause a box-like indent in the skin. They are most common in areas like the jaw and cheeks where the skin is thicker. 

Acne scars vs acne marks

The types of acne scars above are characterised by textural integrities. They present as either indents or lumps in the skin due to an underproduction (atrophic) or overproduction (hypertrophic) of collagen during the healing process.

Acne can also leave behind ‘marks’ - dark spots and discolouration on the skin known as hyperpigmentation or red spots known as erythema. These marks are the result of inflammation to the skin caused by acne.

 

When to Consider an Acne Scarring Skin Routine

 

The process of healing acne scars can’t be rushed. 

Frustrating news, we know, but timing is super important in the approach you take on how to get rid of acne scars. You shouldn’t think about dealing with scarring until all active breakouts are cleared.

If you try to treat scars while you’re still breaking out, you risk exacerbating the situation. The result? Increased chance of irritation and scarring down the road. 

Once active breakouts are under control you can move forward with tackling acne scarring.

 

What Ingredients to Look for to Fade Acne Scarring

 

In understanding more about how to get rid of acne scars, it’s useful to know the different ingredients that help fade acne scarring and how they interact with the skin. 

Vitamin C: An all-round antioxidant superstar, Vitamin C promotes collagen production which helps rebuild healthy skin and speed up the healing of scars.

Glycolic acid: A chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid helps increase cell turnover to improve the appearance of acne scars and discolouration.

Kakadu Plum extract: Believed to be the most concentrated natural source of vitamin C in the world, Kakadu plum can brighten, reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and promote collagen production.

Liquorice extract: Known for its ability to lighten hyperpigmentation, liquorice extract offers a number of active ingredients to bright, soothe, and strengthen skin. 

Bearberry extract: A botanical extract, bearberry is a natural skin brightener which also contains allantoin which helps to soothe and repair damaged skin. 

Pomegranate extract: An excellent choice for acne prone skin, pomegranate extract not only helps manage breakout causing bacteria it also plays a role in lightening post-inflammatory scarring and promoting skin regeneration.

Retinoids (Vitamin A derivative): Can help reduce acne lesions, quicken cell regeneration, and lighten dark spots.

 

Using a Brightening Cleanser

 

Don’t underestimate the role your cleanser can play in your acne scar treatment routine. Using a cleanser with brightening active ingredients can help minimise discolouration and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening is ideal to help improve the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation while being gentle enough to use in the morning and evening. 

The cleanser assists to brighten and even out skin tone with the help of Vitamin C rich Kakadu Plum extract while gently lifting away impurities and maintaining the skin's hydration levels.

How to use The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening

Apply a pearl-sized amount of the cleanser to damp hands and massage gently into skin with an upward motion. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. 

Use in the morning and at night - don’t forget to double cleanse in the PM after wearing foundation.

 

Pomegranate Serum for Regeneration

 

Including serum in your treatment routine for acne scars can really speed along results in minimising pigmentation and healing scar tissue. 

Pomegranate Brightening Serum is a potent brightening, anti-pigmentation serum with powerful skin lightening ingredients including Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), pomegranate extract, and licorice extract. 

Ideal for most skin types the serum can help improve the appearance of pigmentation to minimise acne scars and enhance skin's luminosity and clarity.

How to use Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Ideal for morning and evening, use the dropper to apply an amount smaller than a pearl on cleansed skin and gently massage in. Allow the serum to absorb before applying other products.

Have sensitive skin? Start by applying a pearl-sized amount to cleansed skin every second night for 2 weeks, gradually increasing to every night. 

For best results, finish with 24k Gold Nourishing Oil to lock, seal and create a protective barrier on the skin and protect your skin daily with Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF 30.

 

Boost Blood Circulation to Reduce Scar Appearance

 

Boosting blood circulation in the skin may help speed up healing in areas affected by scaring, improve texture and overall strength of the skin. 

24K Gold Nourishing Oil

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.

Non-greasy, it’s perfect for combination to dry skin as a moisturiser to address dryness, dehydration, ageing, fine lines and wrinkles on face, neck, and decolletage.

How to use 24K Gold Nourishing Oil

Using the dropper, drip 2-3 drops of oil directly to the palm of the hand and massage into cleansed skin after applying other skin treats. Can be used morning and night and around the eye area.

 

Detoxify and Exfoliate

 

How to get rid of acne scars with exfoliation? Exfoliation works to remove the build up of dead cells on the surface of the skin. 

When dry, old cells pile up on the outer layer of the skin it can enhance the appearance of acne scars. Regular exfoliation (1 - 3 times a week, depending on your skin) can help minimise the look of acne scars and aid in smoothing uneven skin tone caused by acne marks.

Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum 

This exfoliating charcoal serum is a 10% AHA (Glycolic and Lactic Acid) combination. 

These are fruit acids which help to remove skin cell build up, drawing dirt and debris from the skin to aid in the improvement of overall skin texture, including acne scars and acne marks. This serum is ideal for most skin types. 

How to Use Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

Using the dropper, apply a pea-sized amount to your charcoal brush or fingers and massage into freshly cleansed skin, avoiding the under eye area. When using AHA, you may feel a mild to intense tingling sensation but don’t worry it’s a normal skin response. 

Leave for 5-10 minutes before wetting the charcoal brush or fingers and massage around the face to remove any softened dead skin cells before washing off.

The charcoal is a detoxifying ingredient and can draw impurities out of the skin - continue to use after impurities have emerged.

We suggest using the Charcoal serum 2 times a week or less frequently if you have sensitive skin.

Using the Charcoal Serum for the first time?

When introducing the Charcoal Serum to your skincare routine, apply 1-2 times a week after cleansing.

 

Brighten and Boost to Promote Smooth Skin Tone

 

You can probably see by now that the most effective approach on how to fade acne scars is using products in your routine that work to brighten and even the skin tone.

Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

Ideal for lightening hyperpigmentation, acne marks and sun damage, this face mask evens out skin tone for a smoother, brighter complexion. 

Suitable for most skin types, the mask is formulated with a brightening blend of Kakadu Plum, Licorice and Bearberry extracts to tackle dull skin and protect against free radical damage.

How to use the Bouncy Brightening Silky Booster Mask

Apply the Bouncy Brightening Booster Mask after cleansing with clean fingers or a mask brush. 

Leave the mask on as long as you like, it works brilliantly overnight to soak up all the active ingredients. You can use it on your neck and chest too! 

Rinse well or remove with esmi's Microfibre Facial Cleansing Mitt. 

Using the Bouncy Brightening Silky Boost Mask for the first time?

Our Booster Mask range is quite concentrated so if your skin is new to such intense active ingredients it is a good idea to ease your skin into it and work your way up to leaving it on overnight.

 

Refresh and Hydrate

 

Hydrated skin is healthy skin. Keeping hydration levels topped up helps scar tissue remain supple which aids the healing and fading process. 

Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Rehydrate and replenish your skin throughout the day with this refreshing face mist. 

Formulated with super hydrator Hyaluronic Acid and protective natural oils it works to keep skin's moisture barrier healthy and hydrated. It’s perfect to use in environments where your skin is exposed to drying elements - for example, air conditioning, UV rays, and wind. 

How to use Refreshing and Hydrating Skin Snack Face Mist

Shake the bottle to combine the oils and extracts and spray onto your face throughout the day for a quick skin refresh. You can also use it over the top of makeup to set your look. 

 

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Night Skin Care Routine

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Night Skin Care Routine

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Beauty sleep is real! Get un-ready with our guide to building the best night skin care routine. Tuck your skin in for a good night’s sleep and wake to a fresh complexion.

 

Night Skin Care Routines Aren’t Just For Celebs!

 

We’re a little obsessed with the Go To Bed With Me skincare series from Harper’s BAZAAR. It’s fun peeking into the beauty stash of celebs and influencers as they share the lowdown on their evening skincare routines. 

But a great night skin care routine isn’t just an influencer thing - it’s something we all need! What you put on your skin in the evening plays a huge role in the health of your complexion. 

 

What Your Skin Does At Night

 

During the day, your skin is in defence mode, fighting off free radical attacks caused by environmental stressors including pollution and UV damage. At night skin switches into repair mode - combating any damage done during daylight hours. It does the heavy lifting of regenerating itself while you sleep.

Skin is more permeable at night which means it’s better able to absorb the ingredients in your skincare. You want to maximise the benefit of this deep absorption by using products brimming with active ingredients such as retinol (Vitamin A), peptides, vitamin C, glycolic acid, and hyaluronic acid.

At night, your skin isn’t contending with the environmental stressors it handles during the day. That’s good news too because there’s nothing to ‘interrupt’ its natural regeneration process; providing you get good quality sleep. 

Your skin is as individual as you are! This means there isn’t one optimal routine to suit everyone but our guide below will help you put together the best night skin care routine for you. 

 

Step One: Cleansing

 

Think about all the things that make their way onto your skin during the day - makeup, excess oil, pollution particles, and dirt. 

Going to sleep with all this on your skin is not a recipe for a glowing complexion!

Without cleansing your skin, pores become clogged with debris which leads to congestion and breakouts. Pollution nano-particles can do long term damage too - they’ve been found to trigger free radical activity which can speed up the signs of ageing. 

The best night skin care routine should include a double cleanse to remove all traces of build up. All skin types and concerns benefit from a gentle, non-drying cleanser which maintains the delicate balance of oil and moisture on your skin. 

Look for ingredients including:

Aloe vera: Hydrating and calming for skin with very gentle exfoliant properties. 

Green tea extract: Anti-inflammatory to soothe and calm redness.

Stearic acid: Emollient properties minimise water loss while cleansing.

Capric triglyceride: Reduce skin dryness by minimising moisture loss. 

We recommend using The Uncomplicated Cleanser for the first and second cleanse. Or, if you’re targeting a specific skin concern, you may like try one of the following cleansers for the second cleanse:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Redness - Redness concerns

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Brightening - Hyperpigmentation and dullness 

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Anti-Ageing - Ageing concerns

The Uncomplicated Cleanser plus Charcoal -  Congestion and oiliness 

 

Step Two: Exfoliating 1-3 times Per Week

 

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

Read: Why Your Skin Needs Exfoliation

The best night skin care routine should include an evening exfoliation session 1 - 3 times a week depending on the frequency your skin can handle. 

Choosing the type of exfoliation ingredients right for you depends entirely on your skin type and concerns you’re dealing with. 

Here’s our quick guide on suggested exfoliant ingredients to match skin concerns.

Dry and sensitive skin

Bamboo extract has mild exfoliation properties that can encourage cell turnover to reveal younger, softer skin.

Jojoba beads and rice powder are also gentle exfoliant choices for skin needing extra TLC.

Lactic acid offers the gentlest exfoliating action of all alpha-hydroxy acids and generally well suited to sensitive and dry skin.

We recommend: Rose And Bamboo facial exfoliant. The delicate exfoliation action of bamboo extract works in harmony with the power of mixed fruit enzymes for sensitive skin and a dry, damaged complexion. 

Breakouts and congestion

Exotic Polynesian sand has an ultra-fine texture to provide gentle exfoliation and assist in removing pore-clogging debris to encourage a clearer complexion. 

We recommend:Fresh Sea And Salty Sand facial exfoliant from esmi Gentle Foliant range for oily and congestion prone skin. 

Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid, and papaya enzymes are good choices for oily skin types with large pores prone to congestion and breakouts. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right exfoliant. Exfoliating with the wrong product or too frequently can cause micro-tears in the skin and lead to excessive irritation.

 

Step Three: Skin Treatments

 

The best night time skin care routine wouldn’t be complete without a treatment to target specific skin concerns. The improvement of hyperpigmentation, ageing concerns, dullness, and dryness can all be addressed while you sleep. 

A few of our favourite treatments to use overnight include:

Golden Anti-Ageing Serum

Fine lines and hyperpigmentation

Potent antioxidant activity makes this serum the perfect night time defence against free radical damage, fine lines and pigmentation associated with ageing. All ages and skin types. 

Sunset Skin Anti-Ageing Acai Duo

Fine lines, dehydration and environmental stress

Kangaroo Paw Flower Extract and Acai Oil offer hydrating and anti-ageing antioxidants to assist in plumping fine lines, deeply hydrating, and rejuvenating all skin types.

Pomegranate Brightening Serum

Hyperpigmentation, dullness, and uneven skin tone

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

Face Masks

Is there a more luxurious way to treat your skin overnight than with a face mask? 

Thanks to increased permeability, skin deeply absorbs the active ingredients while you sleep - plus it has more time to work! 

Each Booster Mask in our range is a great choice for night time use. 

 

Step Four: Eye Treatments

 

The skin around your eye area is delicate and prone to puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging.  

Including a separate eye treatment in your nighttime skincare routine is an effective way to target these concerns. Eye serums are lightweight with a potent hit of active ingredients that can penetrate more deeply into the skin than cream based formulations. 

Key ingredients to target specific concerns and eye serum recommendations for the best night skin care routine 

Brighten: Peptides, Vitamin C

Brightening Eye Serum

 

Address signs of ageing: Caffeine, peptides, Vitamin E

Anti ageing Eye Serum

Hydrate: Hyaluronic acid

Hydrating Eye Serum

Apply the treatment hour or so before you go to bed to give the product time to absorb before placing your face on the pillow.

 

Step Five: Moisturise

 

The increased permeability of your skin at night isn’t all good news. 

While products are better absorbed the downside is moisture evaporates more easily from the skin while you sleep.

Choosing the right moisturiser for your best night skin care routine will help minimise water loss and work to lock hydration into the skin.

What does a moisturiser do?

Moisturisers work on the topmost layer of the skin to prevent the moisture from evaporating off the skin’s surface and soften skin with occlusive and emollient ingredients. 

If the formulation includes humectant ingredients (those that attract water to the skin) a moisturiser can help top up water levels, too. 

Overall, moisturiser helps skin plump, soft, hydrated, and strengthen the skin barrier. 

Face oils as moisturisers

Face oils can act as the moisturising step in your best night skin care routine to improve skin hydration. Face oils contain beneficial emollient and occlusive properties which help seal moisture into the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. 

Or, you can follow your cream based moisturising step with a face oil.

The most beneficial oils for skin: 

Some of the most beneficial oils include:

Rosehip: Anti-ageing and encourage hydration 

Avocado: Moisturising, promotes collagen production, and healing

Jojoba: Can help balance oil production

Evening primrose oil: Addresses dryness, fine lines, and improves skin texture

Acai oil: Improve skin elasticity, anti-ageing, and acne clearing

Black tea seed oil: Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory

Peppermint oil: Anti-microbial and refreshing

Face oils for oily skin

Even oily skin types will benefit from certain lightweight face oils to help keep skin hydrated and regulate oil production to control breakouts. Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are the most beneficial for oily skin. 

The final step in your routine

Applying a face oil should be the final step in your evening routine. Leaving it until last creates a shield over the skin - helping lock in moisture the serum, eye treatment and/ or cream moisturising steps have delivered to your skin. 

We recommend:

24K Gold Nourishing Oil (All skin types) 

Luxurious 24-karat gold leaf face oil nourishes to encourage a firmer, more youthful complexion. Suitable for all skin types, it can aid in boosting skin elasticity, stimulating collagen production and improving blood circulation.

Acai Skin Balancing Face  (Excellent for oily skin types)

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

Peppermint Green Oil (Oily, acne prone skin in teens)

This lightweight oil will help to balance oil flow whilst being cooling and providing anti-bacterial benefits. 


If you need help putting together the best night skin care routine for your complexion, our esmi Skin Experts are here to guide you! Book your free skin consultation today.

 

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esmi Skin Care Routine For Younger Looking Skin

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Your skin care routine for healthy, youthful-looking skin! Our guide will help you build a skincare system to address the signs of ageing and encourage a youthful glow.

 

Cleanser

 

Your daily face cleansing routine for younger looking skin calls for a cleanser that is effective at removing debris but treats your skin gently in the process. It shouldn’t strip your skin of all hydration and oil. This disturbs your skin’s natural moisture barrier, drying it out and making signs of ageing more pronounced.

A good youth-promoting skin care routine includes a cleanser formulated with ingredients that encourage skin suppleness and elasticity. While you cleanse, you’ll be supplying it with glow-inducing nutrients too!

We recommend:

The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Anti-Ageing  

 

Serum (AM and PM)

 

Applying a serum after your cleanser is such an important step in your skin care regimen for younger-looking skin. 

Serums are lightweight products that pack a punch in rapidly delivering active ingredients the skin needs to replenish and repair itself. Incorporate serums into your skincare regimen that include:

Antioxidants

The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C, A, and B thwart free radical activity which otherwise speeds up the signs of ageing.  

Vitamin C is a powerhouse anti-aging ingredient that every youth-boosting skin care routine needs. It works to promote a lighter, firmer and more even complexion improving the skin’s appearance over time. 

If you’re looking to address ageing skin concerns, you’ll want to include Vitamin C or Vitamin C derivative in part of your routine. Serum is an ideal place for it!

Retinol

Famed for its youth-boosting properties, retinol may be an ingredient to consider in your serum routine. A derivative of Vitamin A, retinol has an outstanding ability to help promote cell renewal. 

Go slow incorporating any derivative of Vitamin A, especially with a sensitive skin care routine. It’s common to experience an adjustment period when the skin can become extremely irritated. Retinol also increases photosensitivity so daily SPF30 protection is a must. 

Peptides 

The building blocks of collagen, peptides are a key ingredient for anti-ageing routines. They improve the firmness, texture and overall appearance of your complexion by helping boost the production of collagen. 

Hydration

A serum is a fast and easy way to deliver a big hit of hydration to thirsty skin cells too. The best active ingredient for hydration is hyaluronic acid. It can hold 1000x times its weight in water making it super effective at boosting the skin’s moisture levels.

We recommend:

Morning: Sunset Skin Anti-Ageing Acai Duo 

Evening: Golden Anti-Ageing Serum  

 

A Day And Night Moisturiser

 

No matter your skin goals, moisturising in the AM and PM is a must for healthy skin. 

As you age, it becomes increasingly difficult for the skin to hold onto moisture and one of the biggest changes you’ll observe is your skin becoming drier. Even if you have oily skin, dryness and dehydration can still be an issue because oil is not hydration. 

The moisturising step in your skin care routine helps seal moisture into the skin, preventing it from evaporating off the surface - known as transepidermal water loss. This helps skin retain moisture and keep it hydrated. 

For a good skin care routine to support both skin protection and rejuvenation, consider using a different moisturiser for your morning and evening routines. 

Your morning moisturiser should help protect skin against the free radical damage caused by environmental aggressors it comes in contact with during the day. Antioxidants are excellent at shutting down free radical activity so choose an antioxidant-rich moisturiser for the AM.

The goal of your nighttime moisturiser is to repair any damage while you sleep and work in sync with the skin’s natural nighttime regenerative cycle. Ingredients in PM moisturisers are rich in antioxidants, deeply hydrating and contain emollient ingredients to minimise transepidermal water loss during the night.

We recommend:

Morning: 24K Gold Nourishing Oil 

Evening: Rose Gold Rose Oil

 

Eye serum 

 

The skin under your eye is thin and incredibly delicate. 

Signs of ageing and fatigue in the form of fine lines, sagging, and crows feet show quickly in this area. You really want to treat it with extra TLC!

Eye serums and creams packed with emollient and hydrating ingredients will do wonders for a more youthful-looking eye area. 

Lightly tap the product around the eye area and very gently work it into the skin.

We recommend: Hydrating Eye Serum

 

Sunscreen

 

Every youthful skin routine must include daily broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

Your sunscreen step is also a chance to include more active ingredients such as vitamins C and E, and B3 into your skin care routine to nourish your skin while providing protection. 

You can finish with a foundation that provides additional SPF benefits too.

We recommend:

Skin Shield Natural Sunscreen SPF30

Liquid Mineral Foundation.

 

Nighttime face mask (Weekly)

 

Using an overnight face mask is a great way to maximise the benefits of your youthful skin care routine. 

Did you know that your skin is more permeable in the evening? This is a bit of a double-edged beauty sword! The plus side is, ingredients have the chance to penetrate deeper and allow your skin to really soak up their benefits. 

The downside is that moisture escapes more easily off the skin which can leave it thirsty. You can counteract this by using a deeply hydrating nighttime mask to minimise water loss and help you wake up to a more hydrated, plumper complexion.

Depending on your skin, you may be able to handle a few different masking sessions during the week. Or, if your skin is less tolerant, once a week may be enough. 

We recommend: 

Anti-ageing Repair Gel Booster Mask 

Hyaluronic Hydrating Booster Mask

The active ingredients in our Booster Mask range are quite concentrated. We suggest starting off with a 10 minute masking session and gradually working up to leaving it on overnight. 

 

Exfoliator (Weekly)

 

When your skin sheds dead cells, a layer of old, dry cells forms over the top of the younger, brighter skin underneath. This leads to a dull complexion, increased build-up in pores and also highlights lines and wrinkles. 

Regular exfoliation will slough away the dead cells to reveal fresher skin and help improve the signs of ageing. No matter your age, you should approach exfoliation carefully, choosing a type of exfoliant and using at a frequency suited to your skin type. 

We recommend: 

Rose and Bamboo Gentle Foliant  

Our esmi Skin Consultants are here to help you put together a skin care routine for younger looking skin! If you need guidance, reach out to us for your free skincare consultation.  

 

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How To Detox Your Skin

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With winter behind us, now is the perfect opportunity to refresh your skin for a bright new season! Get our tips on how to detox your skin from the inside out and recommendations for skin detox products from the esmi range. 

 

The Best Skincare Ingredients And Tips For A Skin Detox

 

Use a face mask with bentonite and kaolin clay

Bentonite and kaolin are two of the most popular cosmetic clays and you’ll usually find them in the best detoxifying face masks.

Bentonite clay detoxifies skin by absorbing oils, dirt and toxins which attach themselves to the clay. When the clay is cleansed from the skin, the debris is washed away with it. 

Kaolin clay acts in the same way but has a more fine-grained texture than bentonite and its absorption properties are milder. It’s a good choice for normal to dry skin that may find bentonite too strong. 

Using a clay mask as a step in your skin detox can help aid in the removal of impurities, target acne forming bacteria, and generally leave the skin smoother and softer. 

We recommend: Soft Skin Refining Charcoal Clay Booster Mask

 

Include a serum with activated charcoal, a detox powerhouse!

Like clay, the molecules of activated charcoal attract toxins, dirt, and chemicals from the skin to be easily washed away. It assists in removing deeper impurities from the skin and unclogging pores. The result is smoother, more clarified skin.  

If your skin is breaking out even more soon after using a charcoal skincare product, don’t worry. It’s common to experience a ‘purging’ phase as the charcoal draws out impurities from deep within the skin. 

We recommend: Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum

 

Double cleanse in the evening

If you’re not doing it already, double up your cleansing step in the evening. 

During the day your skin faces environmental aggressors, including air pollution. Toxic nanoparticles from air pollution can actually lodge themselves in the surface of the skin and trigger free radical activity. 

Free radicals are responsible for a host of skin issues, from dullness to accelerating the signs of premature ageing. 

Double cleansing skin in the evening is an effective way to detox your skin from pollution particles and other environmental stressors from the day. The first cleanse removes makeup, SPF, and excess oil while the second cleanse clears the skin of any stubborn debris still sticking around.

We recommend: The Uncomplicated Cleanser. You may like to follow with The Uncomplicated Cleanser Plus Charcoal as a detoxifying facial cleanser for the second round if you’re dealing with oily skin, breakouts and congestion.

 

Detox your makeup

Treat your skin to a cleaner makeup routine by avoiding cosmetic products that contain formaldehyde-related preservatives. Formaldehyde is a toxic chemical and is linked with common preservatives in cosmetic products including DM hydantoin, phthalates, and oxybenzone. 

Consider switching to mineral makeup formulations that don’t contain irritating preservatives that can cause skin problems.

Containing healthy minerals, including skin-friendly silica, mineral makeup also has the added benefit of helping to heal and condition the skin while you wear it. It offers additional SPF protection when teamed with your daily sunscreen and is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones.

We recommend: The esmi range of mineral foundation, BB cream, and powder.

 

Ideas For Detoxing Your Skin From The Inside Out

 

Support your detoxifying skin care products with healthy eating and lifestyle choices to truly maximise the benefits of a skin detox.

 

Sip herbal teas formulated for detoxification

Drinking tea can be very beneficial in supporting your skin detox. Choose teas that are formulated with herbs to promote detoxification and keep your body hydrated.  

Some effective herbs, spices and root plants to consider using in your tea-tox include: 

Burdock root - Brimming with antioxidants, burdock root provides a host of benefits, including potential skin healing for issues such as acne and psoriasis.

Dandelion root - Research has found the properties in dandelion root tea can assist in helping detoxify the liver.

Milk thistle - Assists in promoting the regeneration of new healthy cells and supports the cleansing process by removing toxins. 

Tumeric - With potent antioxidants that fight free radical damage, turmeric can aid liver and skin detoxification when brewed in a tea. 

Green tea - Another antioxidant powerhouse, drinking green tea makes a detoxifying, skin-supporting swap for your regular latte.

 

Give yourself a lymphatic face massage

When you stimulate the circulation in the lymphatic system through massage, you assist your body in draining fluids and toxins away from your cells for proper elimination. Massage stimulates circulation which encourages an overall improvement in skin tone and brightness. 

A lymphatic face massage is something simple enough to do yourself at home but it’s advisable to consult a health practitioner first. 

 

Experiment with celery juice

The humble celery stalk has received a surge in attention recently thanks to its skin healing, anti-inflammatory properties. It’s also incredibly rich in minerals and hydrating. 

 

Cut out sugar

Eliminating sugary foods from your plate for a time is detox 101!

Depending on how much sugar you usually eat, it could be a shock to the system. It’s common to experience withdrawal symptoms so your best approach could be to ease into a sugar detox slowly. 

 

Drink plenty of water

During a skin detox stepping up your water intake is key. Sip plain water, water flavoured with herbs and fruit pieces, or alternate with glasses of coconut water for a natural electrolyte boost. 

None of the suggestions above should be taken as medical advice. We encourage you to consult with your medical or holistic practitioner to choose a skin cleanse diet or approach that’s right for you.

 

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Myths About Certain Ingredients

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Confused about the best skincare ingredients for your routine? There are plenty of myths out there about skincare and beauty ingredients! We clear them up and point you towards the best ones for targeting different skin concerns. 

 

Skincare Ingredient Myths

 

Natural skincare ingredients are always safe

Just because an ingredient is natural or a product is classified as organic skincare doesn’t mean it won’t ever cause an adverse side effect. 

It’s possible to have an allergic reaction or increased sensitivity to a natural ingredient. 

Essential oils, in particular, can be extremely strong and are known to cause adverse reactions for some skin types. 

Whether you’re using a natural ingredient or not, always patch test a new product on a small area of your neck before applying it to your face or body. 

Preservatives are bad for your skin and health

Skincare products which contain water or water-based ingredients must have a preservative (natural or synthetic) for the formulation to remain stable and be safe for use. 

While it’s true many ‘traditional’ preservatives have been found to pose adverse health effects, not all preservative ingredients are harmful. 

Benzyl alcohol, Phenoxyethanol (PE), and Caprylyl glycol are a few examples of safer alternatives to traditional preservatives. 

Read our article Preservatives In Skincare to understand more about harmful vs healthy preservative ingredients. 

The more Vitamin C you apply, the better!

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid) is one of the best skincare ingredients out there to simultaneously target a range of skin concerns. 

However, it’s advisable to take a ‘less is more’ approach to including it in your skincare routine.  

If the product you’re using has a high concentration of L-Ascorbic Acid you’ll likely experience irritating side effects. The percentage of LAA in a product can range anywhere from 3% - 20%. We recommend easing into using Vitamin C at a percentage of 3% Ethyl Ascorbic Acid (a highly stable, derivative of Vitamin C) which is also a pregnancy safe percentage.

Ethyl Ascorbic Acid is another common form of Vitamin C you’ll find in topical formulations.

Face oils make oily skin worse

Not true. Using the right face oils for your skin type can help improve the appearance of an oily, shiny face and regulate sebum production.

Using a facial oil creates an occlusive layer to seal in moisture for all skin types, even oily ones. Without moisture, the sebaceous glands are prompted to produce more oil in an attempt to correct the dryness. 

In addition to helping skin stay hydrated and plump, certain face oils can also offer anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits to target redness and sensitivity. 

Jojoba, acai, rosehip, and almond oil are some of the most beneficial for oily skin. 

Mineral sunscreen ingredients aren’t as effective as chemical sunscreen ingredients

Chemical sunscreen ingredients work by absorbing UVA and UVB rays to prevent them from damaging the skin. Natural mineral sunscreen ingredients - titanium dioxide and zinc oxide - reflect the rays, rather than absorb them, to prevent damage. 

Both of these natural active ingredients provide excellent broad-spectrum protection and offer the same protective benefits as chemical ingredients.

Natural makeup ingredients aren’t long-wearing

Natural ingredient makeup has come a long way since the days you only found it on the bottom shelves of ‘alternative health’ stores!

Now, many makeup brands formulated with natural cosmetic ingredients are just as long lasting as ‘traditional’ formulations. 

Mineral makeup, in particular, not only offers your skin long last wear but a range of additional benefits to actually improve your complexion while you wear it.  

The texture of mineral makeup allows skin to breathe and be nourished with minerals including silica, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide for skin conditioning and natural broad spectrum sun protection. 

Explore our range of vegan mineral foundation, powder, and BB cream.

 

Best Skincare Ingredients For Common Concerns 

 

Our handy list below outlines some of the most effective ingredients to target common skin concerns. Let’s clear up any confusion about what ingredients you need in your routine!

Best skincare ingredients for acne-prone and oily skin

These ingredients are helpful in the treatment of different types of acne, from blackheads and pimples to cysts and nodules. 

Glycolic Acid: Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid that assists in helping regulate oil flow and delivers exfoliating activity for clearer pores.  

Bentonite and kaolin clay: Bentonite and Kaolin clay help soak up extra oil. Bentonite is known for its ability to draw out toxins and impurities from the skin while kaolin clay has more mild absorption properties. Kaolin is well suited to more sensitive skin.

Retinoids (Vitamin A): Retinoids are naturally occurring forms of Vitamin A and can help prevent pores from clogging to target breakouts. 

Read our Guide To Getting Rid Of Acne

Best skincare ingredients for hyperpigmentation and dull skin

Hyperpigmentation can be a tricky skin concern to treat. A few of ingredients you’ll want to use in your routine to help target dark patches include:

Vitamin C: Helps to lighten hyperpigmentation and brown spots by inhibiting melanin production. Encourages a more even, radiant complexion.

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 Leaf extract: Works by reducing melanin production making it an excellent plant-based skin lightening agent.

Liquorice: Used for brightening, liquorice is also high in anti-inflammatories – making it great for post-inflammatory pigmentation and redness/scarring after breakouts.

Learn more about dealing with hyperpigmentation and reviving dull skin

Best skincare ingredients for ageing skin

Dealing with fine lines, sagging skin, and a dull complexion? The best ingredients to target ageing concerns include:

Hyaluronic acid: Deeply hydrates, keeping skin plump and minimises fine lines.

Vitamin A: Revered for its anti-ageing benefits, Vitamin A can cause the dermis to thicken for firmer skin and brighten skin. 

Alpha and Beta Hydroxy acids: Can remove dead skin cells and are effective in minimising fine lines and wrinkles. 

Vitamin C: Minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, brightens and smooths for an even skin tone.

Omega Fatty Acids: Assist in delivering positive changes in skin hydration, scaling, and roughness. 

Peptides: Can improve collagen levels, smooth fine lines, and minimise the appearance of pores. 

Learn more about how to care for ageing skin 

Best skincare ingredients for dry skin

Ingredients with occlusive, emollient, and humectant properties play vital roles in treating the causes of dry skin. 

Occlusives: Occlusive ingredients help trap moisture by forming a seal over the skin. Examples of occlusive ingredients include jojoba oil, lanolin, olive oil, and argan oil.

Emollients: These ingredients smooth and soften dry, rough skin. A few examples include shea butter, cocoa butter, essential fatty acids like those found in rosehip oil, and squalene.

Humectants - Can pull moisture to the skin’s surface from the air and the deeper layers of skin. Hyaluronic acid boasts superior humectant properties. 

Learn more about what causes dry skin and how to treat it.

 

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