21 February 2017 14:22
One of the trickiest things when it comes to skincare is really knowing your skin type and therefore which selection of products you require in your daily routine to address your individual skin needs.
We’ve all heard of the many different skin types; combination, oily, dry, mature, pigmented and sensitive – the list goes on. But what about the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? These skin conditions are all too easily confused, with many of us assuming that if we have dry skin, it is also dehydrated and vice versa. Read on to find out about more these two conditions which have very similar symptoms but very different underlying reasons…
Dry skin lacks oil.
Oil helps your skin to retain moisture so without it, your skin quickly becomes tight, rough and flaky. Dry skin is often genetic so therefore is a skin type and is characterised by small pores, therefore less sebum, which affects the acid mantel and natural barrier function. Signs of dry skin include rough patches and redness, skin that is easily irritated, dull skin that lacks radiance and flakiness. Dry skin often doesn’t absorb products as effectively, rarely suffers from acne/breakouts and is more susceptible to showing early signs of ageing. Dry skins lack the lipids necessary to maintain moisture levels and form a protective barrier against external influences. You can also help to combat dry skin through a nutrient-rich diet.
Nutrition Tip: Opt for foods such as salmon, herring, avocado, spinach, almonds and flax seeds to help lock in moisture and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier.
Dehydrated skin lacks water.
And this is why those with oilier skin types or those who are prone to breakouts can also suffer from dehydrated skin. There are a vast number of external factors which can cause skin to become dehydrated including seasonal changes, not drinking enough water, harsh skincare products, central heating, lifestyle and too-hot showers. These all wreak havoc with our skin’s natural barrier, making it more difficult for our skin to retain vital moisture. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition rather than a skin type. Tell-tale signs are a tight feeling after cleansing, a sudden increase in skin sensitivity and skin that instantly drinks up moisturising products. Many also find that their makeup becomes patchy throughout the day – this is your skin absorbing all the water in your foundation.
Nutrition Tip: The skin is our largest organ, so along with the rest of our body requires sufficient hydration to work optimally. It is absolutely essential to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to help prevent dehydrated skin.
For those suffering from dry and dehydrated skin, it is important to quench parched skin with a selection of products with a richer texture, preferably containing ingredients such as omegas, oils (sweet almond oils, rosehip seed oils, starflower oils are all brilliant) to nourish and ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to rehydrate. Dry and dehydrated skins require more oils rich in oleic acid (Omega 9) than linoelic (Omega 6) and Omega 3. Steer clear of foaming cleansers, mineral oils, silicones, products with a low pH such as acid toners and synthetic fragrances which all strip the skin. Try our Perfect Cleanser, Renaissance 360, Restoration Oil, Micro Exfoliating Balm and Bedtime Beauty Boost.
Last Updated: 25 February 2017 14:56
10 January 2017 12:24
A New Year often signifies a time to turn over a new leaf and the start of new beginnings. For the most of us, a healthier lifestyle, whether it be a new diet, taking up a new sport or cutting back on unhealthy habits is up there on our list of things to adopt this year. So, in the spirit of becoming the best possible version of yourself, what better time to focus on your skin. We’re sharing our 6 resolutions worth making to keep skin in tip top condition all year long…
Feed your skin from the inside
The skin is our largest organ and along with the rest of our body, it obtains vital nutritional elements from what we eat. A balanced diet is key - skin nutrition works best when applied from the inside and out. Whilst we give skin a helping hand with the topical products we apply, it is equally important to feed the skin with a nutrient-rich diet. Anti-oxidants, including vitamins and carotenoids are compounds that help to fight free-radicals and in turn slow down premature ageing. Foods rich in fibre and organic fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, sweet potatoes, beetroot, cabbage, spirulina and seaweed all work to get skin glowing and boost overall skin health. We also recommend fermented foods which are beneficial for the immune system and aid our natural detoxification process. Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kambucha and Kefir are a rich source of vital nutrients such as Vitamins B, K2 and probiotics. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins.
Keep skin in exceptional condition by combining a healthy diet with supplements that are specifically targeted at boosting skin health. Our Pure MSM Supplements have fantastic collagen-boosting, anti-inflammatory and skin strengthening benefits whilst also improving hair and nail condition.
Never skip a cleanse!
Cleansing is arguably one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. It is important to cleanse skin every morning to remove any oils released over night and to prep skin for makeup application. In the evening, dedicate a few short minutes to cleansing your skin, no matter how tired you are! Your skin will thank you in the morning. We swear by a double cleanse every evening, firstly to remove sunscreen, makeup and impurities, and secondly to treat the skin.
Top tip: If you’re hitting the gym, make sure to cleanse your skin before and after your workout, especially if your skin is prone to breakouts. Also remember to keep your hands away from your face whilst you’re at the gym! We recommend our Renaissance Cleansing Gel to quickly and effectively cleanse your skin before and after your workout.
Keep your skincare routine consistent
Once you’ve got the perfect routine for your skin type all figured out, the next step is to keep things consistent. Whilst it’s always a good thing to swap to lighter/richer textures to keep your skin happy when the seasons change, remember that big changes don’t happen overnight. Many products take time to show visible results, and this really is a golden rule to keep skin healthy and radiant.
Even though the sun isn’t shining as bright at this time of year, we still need to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which still penetrate throughout the winter, even on the cloudiest days. Sun damage is one of the main triggers of premature ageing, which is much easier to prevent than it is to fix it later on. Did you know that sun damage can take many years to manifest itself? Sun damage not only ages the skin but leaves it lacklustre, dry, prone to wrinkles, and pigmented. During winter you could use a low-level SPF, our Renaissance 360 contains SPF8 combined with some of the best bio-available actives and nutrients to combat the effects of ageing, lifestyle and the environment. In spring, summer and when travelling to a sunny destination a high SPF is not only a must but it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours to keep skin protected.
Don’t forget about your neck and chest!
Hands up who’s skincare routine stops at the chin? Thinner skin in the neck and chest area means it is more susceptible to premature ageing without you realising. We recommend treating your décolletage as an extension of your face and applying each of your products, be it cleanser, SPF, serum or moisturiser all the way down to your chest.
Set aside 15 minutes every week to pamper yourself. We like to spend this time with our Renaissance Mask to rejuvenate the skin, unclog pores and gently exfoliate whilst undoing the week’s stresses. We also recommend booking yourself in for a facial once a month. Your therapist is a skincare expert, offering personalised advice on your skin and your routine. Regular facials not only keep the skin healthy and younger-looking, but also help to rebalance the mind, body and soul. Find out more about our bespoke spa treatments.
Last Updated: 12 January 2017 18:20
5 January 2017 16:47
We’re so excited to introduce a fabulous competition in partnership with THE PIG Hotel!
We’re offering one lucky winner a one night stay for 2 at THE PIG's luxurious country hotel in Brockenhurst, complete with an OSKIA facial of your choice, a 3-course dinner and breakfast! It doesn’t stop there…the winner will also receive £250 worth of OSKIA products to create their dream nutri-active skincare routine.
THE PIG, located in the heart of the stunning New Forest countryside, is set in a 32 bedroom country house and combines a touch of luxury with a homely charm. In addition to the incredibly relaxed, serene atmosphere which incorportates muted colours, roaring fires and big, comfy armchairs, the focus lies upon the delicious and uncomplicated home grown garden food, influenced by the surrounding forest to deliver fresh, clean flavours. Meals are enjoyed in an authentically reproduced Victorian greenhouse dining room and are a truly one-of-a-kind experience, consisting of uncomplicated British cuisine containing ingredients which are either grown in the kitchen’s very own garden or locally sourced, travelling no further than 25 miles from garden to plate.
THE PIG also boasts a selection of revitalising spa treatments, including a choice of bespoke OSKIA facials. These are enjoyed in the rustic potting shed, and new shepherds hut by the lake which have been transformed into gorgeous single treatment rooms and staffed by expert therapists. Recently voted one of the top 50 spas in the UK by Red Magazine, the OSKIA facials on offer at THE PIG include a wide variety of skin-boosting techniques and also feature a soothing head, neck and shoulder massage to melt your stresses away. Find out more about THE PIG here.
Enter here. Good luck!
Last Updated: 6 January 2017 15:44
20 December 2016 11:52
This holiday season, we’re sharing an exclusive selection of Spa offers to help you unwind, relax and restore skin’s natural radiance throughout the Christmas period.
The Home from Home: Grayshott Health Spa in Surrey
Grayshott Health Spa is the perfect place to de-stress, detox, get fit, recuperate or simply relax. Located only 1 hour from London, facilities include swimming pools and tennis courts, male and female spas, gym, weights room, 47 acres of gardens & grounds.
OFFER: Book any Spa Break or stay at Grayshott and receive a FREE copy of Gut Gastronomy: Revolutionise Your Eating to Create Great Health, Grayshott’s cookbook extraordinaire (worth £30). Quote 'OSKIA XMAS’ to receive your complimentary copy. Find out more here.
The Luxury Experience: The Berkeley in Knightsbridge
Experience a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with an OSKIA Facial at the 5-Star The Berkeley Hotel, a stone’s throw from London’s Hyde Park.
OFFER: Complimentary access to the spa facilities & rooftop pool with any OSKIA Signature Glow Facial or OSKIA Rejuvenating Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The Luxe Eco-Wellness Spa: Bhuti in Richmond
If you love yoga and wellbeing you will fall in love with Bhuti, an eco-wellness centre and vegan café located in a tranquil area of leafy Richmond, South West London.
OFFER: Enjoy a complimentary yoga class when you book an
OSKIA Signature Glow Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The Organic Day Spa: Therapy Organics in Wilmslow
Specialising in results driven treatments, Therapy Organics look and health and beauty from the inside and the outside for a complete and holistic approach.
OFFER: Book OSKIA’s Signature Glow Facial and receive a complimentary 15 minute warm oil neck and shoulder massage. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The West End Oasis: One Aldwych
Tucked away in the heart of Covent Garden, The Health Club at One Aldwych is the ultimate sanctuary from London’s busy West End.
OFFER: Enjoy complimentary access to the spa facilities with an OSKIA Glow on the Go or Signature Glow Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
Last Updated: 20 December 2016 12:09
14 December 2016 12:40
Make your detox that little bit easier come January, or simply help your body prepare for the occasional overindulgence and late nights that tend to go hand in hand with the holiday season by opting for a pretox. There’s no time like the present to start a pretox so that you sail through the festive season looking and feeling your absolute best. Just make sure you read this first…
Eat clean. Up your 5 a day intake to feed your body with those vital vitamins and minerals, boost your immune system and keep skin looking radiant. Opt for plenty of green veggies and omega-rich foods such as salmon, walnuts and spinach. Foods like asparagus and artichoke hearts are also particularly good for supporting healthy liver function to prepare your body if you’ll be indulging in a few Christmas cocktails.
Stay hydrated. Hydration is not only key for good overall health but also for keeping your complexion supple, healthy and glowing. Make sure to drink at least 2 litres per day and try to avoid caffeinated drinks. We also recommend starting the day with a cup of hot water & lemon to help alkalise the body and neutralise acids caused by alcohol and unhealthy food.
Our Restoration Oil is brilliant for hydrating parched complexions and protecting against the chilly winter weather. It contains a gorgeous blend of plant oils and flower extracts to restore, rejuvenate and replenish.
Get plenty of sleep. Late nights topped off with a few too many drinks not only zaps energy levels and leaves you feeling lethargic the morning after but can also leave your complexion dull and dehydrated. The majority of cell turnover and skin regeneration happens while we sleep, so aim for at least 8 hours a night to give your body much needed time to recuperate and ensure you awake feeling rested and energised.
Our anti-fatigue Get Up & Glow Serum works to boost cell ATP energy to brighten and enliven skin for a refreshed, youthful glow.
Allow time for your skincare routine, and also make sure you remove all your makeup every night, regardless of what time you make it home and how early your alarm is set for the next morning. The skin is our largest organ and requires at the very least a basic routine including a cleanser, serum and moisturiser twice a day. Add in an exfoliator to shed dead skin cells plus a brightening mask once a week and you’re all set!
Try our Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Super 16 and Renaissance 360 trio for brighter, younger-looking skin. Once a week, treat skin to our youth-boosting Micro Exfoliating Balm and/or radiance-boosting, resurfacing Renaissance Mask.
Last but not least, exercise. Nothing clears your head like a brisk walk or a jog in the park. Experts suggest a minimum of 30 minutes exercise per day to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing whilst working off the calorie-laden cocktails or wine you may have indulged on the night before.
Last Updated: 14 December 2016 12:44