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Skincare Tips for Spring

30 March 2017 16:48

Posted in: Seasonal Skincare, How To, Skin Health

Spring is officially here! As the weather changes, the flowers start to bloom and the days get longer, it’s time to give your skincare routine a much needed spring-clean. We’re outlining a few of our top tips to ensure your complexion is rejuvenated, glowing and ready to face the warmer seasons ahead.

1) Opt for lighter textures.
During the warmer months, our skin doesn’t require as intense moisture so it’s time to replace heavy balms with lighter, glow-boosting formulas. We recommend keeping things simple with light-weight products such as the Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Nutri-Active Day Cream and Get Up & Glow.

2) Supplements.
After a long, cold winter, our skin is often feeling dry, dull and flaky by the time the spring months roll around. If supplements are not currently part of your daily routine, we strongly recommend our Pure MSM Supplements to boost overall skin condition, increase healthy collagen production, help to detox the skin cells and maintain a youthful complexion. Take 1 - 2 supplements per day, before meals.

3) Exfoliation.
Slough off dull winter skin to reveal a glowing complexion by exfoliating once a week. Regular exfoliation helps to deeply cleanse and unblock pores and also allows your products to be absorbed more effectively. Our creamy Micro Exfoliating Balm cleanses, exfoliates and nourishes in one go whilst feeding the skin’s lipid barrier to leave skin soft, healthy and younger-looking.

4) Don’t forget about your décolletage!
As the weather heats up, we tend to start revealing a little more skin with summery tops and spring dresses. We recommend treating your décolletage as an extension of your face and applying each of your products all the way down to your chest. This will help to repair the signs of ageing and keep skin smooth, plumped and spring-ready.

5) Nourish from the inside.
Make the most of the delicious spring vegetables which contain high levels of antioxidants, vitamin K, iron, and phytonutrients which work to keep skin healthy from the inside. Look out for nutritious foods like asparagus, kale, artichokes, blueberries and avocados to keep skin happy.

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Last Updated: 30 March 2017 16:51

Our Spring Spa Offers

15 March 2017 16:34

Posted in: Spa

This spring, we’re sharing an exclusive selection of Spa offers to help you rejuvenate, revive and restore your skin’s natural radiance.

Exclusive Offer: Mother’s Day at The Berkeley in London
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: An OSKIA exclusive for Mother’s Day, we’re delighted to share the ultimate day of pampering with a 90 minute Rejuvenating facial and 10th Anniversary Fashionista Afternoon Tea. Quote ‘OSKIA EXCLUSIVE’ to redeem.*
To book today simply call +44 (0)20 7201 1699, email haybarn@the-berkeley.co.uk or visit The Berkeley Health Club & Spa.
*Offer valid Monday-Friday until 30 April 2017. £177 per person (Usually £242).

 

The Country Escape: THE PIG Hotels in Brockenhurst and Dorset
THE PIG country hotels offer an incredibly serene, relaxed atmosphere and boast a fabulous selection of revitalising spa treatments, combined with charming, welcoming rooms and fabulously delicious and uncomplicated home grown cuisine.
OFFER: Book a 60 minute OSKIA treatment and a table for lunch or dinner and receive a complimentary glass of fizz and delicious Piggy Bits! Quote 'OSKIA EXCLUSIVE' to redeem.*
To book today simply call The Pig in the Forest on 01590 622354 or The Pig on the Beach on 01929 450288.
*Offer applies to The Pig on the Beach & The Pig in the Forest hotels. Available Monday-Friday for Lunch or Dinner until Friday 20 June.

 

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 2 night Spa Break in March or April and receive a complimentary room upgrade. Quote ‘OSKIA EXCLSUIVE’ to redeem.
To book today simply call +44 (0)1428 602020 or email reservations@grayshottspa.com.
*Offer valid until 30 April 2017, is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

 

The Holistic Haven: Aspen Therapies in Edinburgh
The ultimate haven for relaxation, rejuvenation and pampering, Aspen Therapies offer a range of luxurious beauty therapy treatments in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland. An oasis of calm, Aspen Therapies provide high quality treatments in a calm and tranquil environment.
OFFER: Bespoke Beauty in Bloom treatment. 70 minutes of bliss to leave skin glowing, your mind soothed and your body relaxed. Combines a back massage using our Rose De Mai massage candle and a soothing scalp massage.
This facial has been designed to stimulate circulation, boost skin hydration and re-awaken the skin’s youthful vitality. Quote 'OSKIA EXCLUSIVE' to redeem.*
To book today simply call +44 (0) 7710774704, email cari@aspentherapies.com or visit Aspen Therapies.
*Offer valid until 30 April 2017.

 

The West End Oasis: One Aldwych in London
One Aldwych sits in an enviable location in the centre of Covent Garden - London's new world-class destination for lovers of culture, fashion and food not to mention theatre. Built in 1907 for The Morning Post Newspaper, the hotel is one of the most important Edwardian buildings in London, now protected by English Heritage.
OFFER: Book the OSKIA Signature Glow facial and enjoy a complimentary 15 minute back massage. Quote 'OSKIA EXCLUSIVE' to redeem.*
To book today contact The Health Club at One Aldwych on 020 7300 0600.
*Offer valid until 30 April 2017.

 

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 ‘OSKIA EXCLSUIVE’ to redeem.*
To book today simply call +44 (0) 1625 400113, email hello@therapyorganics.co.uk or visit Therapy Organics.
*Offer valid until 30 April 2017.

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Last Updated: 15 March 2017 16:43

5 Ways Sleep Affects our Skin and Body

14 March 2017 15:05

Posted in: Lifestyle, Skin Health

Sleep gives us energy, makes us feel more alive and is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. But what actually happens to our skin when we sleep, and why is it a good night’s rest so important to keep skin looking younger, healthier and more radiant? Ahead of World Sleep Day, we’re uncovering the truth behind beauty sleep…


We’ve all been there after a poor night’s sleep – skin feels dry and dull, eyes are puffy, you feel lethargic and lack concentration. It’s simple: while we sleep, our body is busy working hard to renew and repair itself. Experts recommend getting between 7-9 hours of sleep per night and when we don’t get enough, not only does our skin health suffer but so does our overall health. Here are 5 ways lack of sleep impacts our skin and body:


Increased cortisol levels.
When we don’t get enough sleep, the body perceives this as a type of stress. This results in increased cortisol levels in the body which inhibits collagen production, leading to skin ageing and also increases inflammation in the body. Excess cortisol has a negative effect on the immune system and blood sugar levels and also causes blood vessels to constrict; reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients the skin receives, leaving it dull and sallow.


Puffy eyes and dark circles.
Dark circles and puffy eyes are one of the most common tell-tale signs of too little sleep. Dark circles often occur when blood isn’t flowing well, which happens when you’re low on sleep, meaning blood collects under eyes and becomes more visible since the skin there is so thin. To avoid these symptoms, (in addition to plenty of rest), it is vital to stay hydrated and we also recommend sleeping with an extra pillow to keep your head slightly elevated, encouraging lymphatic drainage and minimising puffiness come morning. Try our Eye Wonder serum which contains plant bio-actives which visibly brighten dark circles, smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase radiance, reduce puffiness and protect DNA.


Accelerated ageing process.
During deep sleep phases, growth hormones are released which helps to repair damaged cells. When we miss out on vital sleep, our skin cells are unable to repair and regenerate. This accelerates the ageing process and leads to visible fine lines and wrinkles. To tackle the signs of ageing and boost collagen production, try our Super 16 serum which works to visibly plump the complexion for healthier, younger-looking skin.


Dull, lacklustre skin.
Little sleep depletes the body’s energy reserve which takes its toll on your complexion and leaves it looking dull and lacklustre. Many of us are also guilty of looking at a glowing screen – phones, tablets and laptops every evening before switching off for the night. Even if you dim the brightness on your device, you're still being exposed to blue daylight spectrum light which stimulates your system because your circadian rhythm is right behind your eyes, keeping you awake. We recommend avoiding technology for at least 90 minutes before going to bed to ensure a good night’s sleep and a glowing complexion.
After a poor night’s sleep, look out for energising skincare products such as our anti-fatigue Get Up & Glow. This lightweight serum increases cell consumption and boosts cell ATP energy to brighten and enliven skin. Apply a few drops underneath moisturiser for an unbeatable anti-ageing and health boosting effect, or pat the serum over makeup to perk up and brighten skin.

 

Unhealthy body, skin and brain function.
Sleep is food for our body, skin and brain. When we don’t get enough, we are unable to release toxins, maintain a healthy complexion, clear our minds and replace dead blood and brain cells. This can leave us less able to retain information, have difficulty making decisions and control our emotions and behaviour.

 

OSKIA’s Overnight beauty routine:
Your skin loses the most moisture at night, and blood flow is also more consistent, meaning this is the best time for your skin to benefit from the fantastic actives in your skincare products. Give skin a double cleanse to make sure your skin is free from impurities before applying your skincare products. Next, apply your choice of serum to tackle individual skincare concerns, and follow up with a slightly richer moisturiser and/or oil. Our Bedtime Beauty Boost is packed with anti-ageing ingredients, nutrients & floral extracts to provide skin with a supercharged overnight health & beauty boost. This luxurious cream helps to prevent the signs of premature ageing and give a softer, healthier-looking morning complexion.

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Last Updated: 15 March 2017 10:35

OSKIA Series: Super Women We Love

8 March 2017 11:20

Lucinda has been a stunt performer for the past seventeen years, performing in films such as Tomb Raider, Batman, Die Another Day and Sex and the City, doubling for the likes of Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

One of her favourite jobs was doubling for Cate Blanchett in Robin Hood down in Pembrokeshire filming an epic battle sequence on the beach. She had her then two young children with her at the time - and there she was on horseback, in full armour brandishing a sword, a woman amongst the men in a Ridley Scott battle scene. It was a very empowering moment of her life, not only as a woman, but as a new mother.

Lucinda currently lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband and three beautiful boys, Harry, Charlie and Archie. She has hung up her stunt pads for now and currently teaches yoga for a living. Through yoga, she has embarked on an incredible journey of self enquiry and developed some amazing tools which have enriched her life further. She takes great pleasure now in sharing her insights and helping other people develop their practice.

OSKIA: What inspired you to become a stunt woman?
Lucinda: I initially liked the idea of being a stunt woman as it didn't conform to my traditional up bringing. I was a rebel!

OSKIA: What did you want to become when you were 5 years old?
Lucinda: I wanted to be the first woman to win the Grand National.

OSKIA: A woman you admire?
Lucinda: Cate Blanchett, she is the epitome of feminine strength and grace.

OSKIA: What is the best piece of advice you were given?
Lucinda: Don't make decisions out of fear and be brave, life is too short not to be.

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Last Updated: 8 March 2017 11:49

Is my skin Dry or Dehydrated?

21 February 2017 14:22

Posted in: How to, Skin Health

 

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.

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Last Updated: 25 February 2017 14:56

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