14 March 2017 15:05
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.
Last Updated: 15 March 2017 10:35
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
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
9 September 2016 16:19
As the weather starts to change from sultry summer to the crisp days of autumn, it’s time to treat your post-holiday, sun-stressed skin with a little TLC.
The sun can be detrimental to skin health in a variety of ways. Excess sun exposure causes a number of conditions ranging from sunburn, unwanted pigmentation or unpleasant breakouts thanks to hotter, more humid weather combined with layers of sun cream that can result in blocked pores, not to mention far more serious long term risks.
Read on to find out how we recommend treating post-summer skin for a healthy, stronger, more balanced complexion ready to face the winter months.
DIET. Along with the rest of our body, our skin obtains vital nutritional elements from what we eat, so a good diet is key. Skin nutrition works best when applied from the inside and out, and 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. At this time of year, we recommend upping your intake of antioxidants which are great for helping the skin to repair itself from the inside. Try introducing deliciously nutritious antioxidant-rich foods such as blueberries, nuts, spinach, tomatoes, kale and sweet potatoes into your daily meals.
SKINCARE ROUTINE. Keep an eye out for pigmentation-busting ingredients such as Vitamin C, Arbutin and Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, which work to brighten and even the complexion whilst slowing down the process of melanin production. Try our Renaissance BrightLight, packed full of 13 brightening actives to visibly tackle pigmentation and sun spots, brighten and soothe.
SPF. Even though the sun isn’t shining as bright, we still need to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which still penetrate even on the cloudiest days. Sun damage is one of the main triggers of premature ageing, leaving skin lacklustre, dry, prone to wrinkles, and pigmented. And it’s vital to remember that sun-damage can take many years to manifest itself, so the best advice is to take a really cautious approach. As winter approaches our skin becomes naturally paler, meaning it is more susceptible to sun burn and sun damage. SPF should be an essential in your beauty bag all year long and a low level SPF 8 found in day creams such as our Renaissance 360 is a perfect option. Make sure to reapply every 2 hours to stay protected.
REHYDRATE. Sun-parched skin often feels dry, tight and sensitive so it is an absolute must to keep hydration levels topped up. Our Renaissance 360 is a multi-tasking day cream which not only protects but deeply nourishes the skin whilst also tackling pigmentation and sun spots, and fighting the signs of ageing.
Last Updated: 10 September 2016 17:01
12 August 2016 15:57
Most of us have our go-to morning and evening skincare routines all figured out, but what about your post-workout routine? Hitting the gym leaves us hot and sweaty, and the wrong skincare steps can result in unhappy skin that is prone to breakouts and clogged pores. Find out how to whip your complexion into shape with our gym skin tips.
BEFORE YOUR WORKOUT
Firstly, remember to remove your makeup before you start your workout. The combination of sweat and makeup can cause a build-up of oils on your skin, hindering your skins ability to breathe and clogging pores (besides, smudged mascara is never a good look!). Start with a cleanse to rid skin of makeup and impurities.
DURING YOUR WORKOUT
It may be an obvious one to mention but stay hydrated - your glowing complexion depends on it! We would also advise to avoid touching your skin/wiping your face with your hands. It might be difficult to resist but gently pat your face with a towel if you need to. (This is important especially if you’re prone to breakouts!)
Post-workout, refresh your complexion with another cleanse. Remember that our skin tends to be more sensitive after exercise, so opt for a gentle cleanser such as our Renaissance Cleansing Gel that quickly and effectively cleanses the skin whilst also nourishing the lipid barrier for a fresh, balanced complexion.
Next, give your beauty battery a quick boost with an energising serum such as our Get Up & Glow. This lightweight serum increases cell ATP energy for enlivened, revitalised and smooth skin.
Finally, replenish skin’s hydration levels with your choice of moisturiser. We recommend our lightweight Renaissance 360 for a nourished, bright and younger-looking complexion.
Last Updated: 7 September 2016 12:23
11 July 2016 17:25
Whilst many of us are aware that the first steps towards happy, healthy skin start with a nutritious diet and finding the right routine for your skin type (more on that here), there are a few more beauty rules we swear by to keep your complexion radiant, even, smooth and youthful…
Give it time. We all know how important it is to find a routine that’s right for our skin type and to tackle any specific concerns, but it is equally important to keep things consistent. Whilst it’s ok to swap to lighter/richer textures when the seasons change, remember that big changes don’t happen overnight. Many products take time to show visible results, and there is no better way of reaping maximum benefits from your products to keep skin fresh, healthy and radiant. Find out more about our skincare routine tips here.
Make time to pamper yourself. Set aside 15 minutes once a week to treat your skin to a face mask to rejuvenate the skin and help undo the week’s stresses. Our Renaissance Mask not only deeply hydrates the skin, but also gently exfoliates, unclogs pores and boosts skin radiance.
Massage! Take time to really massage your skin during cleansing and when you apply your products. Massage benefits the skin in a number of ways, including stimulating blood flow bringing fresh nutrients to the skin’s surface, stimulating the lymphatic system to drain away toxins, tone and relax muscles, release endorphins and help your products penetrate deep into the skin.
Nourish your skin from the inside. Skin nutrition – from the outside and the inside is the key to healthy skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ, so if we’re not feeding our skin with a comprehensive diet covering all its nutritional needs then how can we expect it to look healthy and radiant? Combining a healthy diet, including supplements that are specifically targeted at boosting skin health, with topical products that feed skin with a range of bio-available nutrients is vital for optimum skin health. Our Pure MSM Supplements have fantastic collagen-boosting, anti-inflammatory and skin strengthening benefits whilst also improving hair and nail condition.
Exfoliate once a week. Did you know that we shed between 30-40,000 skin cells every hour? From around the age of 25, the cell turnover process becomes increasingly slower and dead skin cells stay on the surface of the skin for longer leading to a dry, dull-looking complexion. Keep skin soft and supple by exfoliating once a week (or twice a week for more mature or drier skin types). Our Micro Exfoliating Balm has been cleverly formulated to buff away tired skin cells and impurities whilst also nourishing the lipid barrier to leave skin super soft, radiant and younger-looking.
Book a facial once a month. Your therapist is a skincare expert, offering personalised advice on your skin and your routine. Facials increase blood circulation, in turn encouraging collagen production to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, as well as boosting the process of cell renewal for healthy, younger-looking skin. You and your skin will also benefit from an hour of blissful ‘me’ time and not only rejuvenate the skin but rebalance the mind, body and soul. Find out more about our bespoke spa treatments here.
Last Updated: 11 July 2016 17:38
23 June 2016 12:42
Whilst the warmth of the sun and the therapeutic properties of the sea can do our skin the world of good (as long as you don’t forget your SPF!) providing countless health benefits and working wonders for our skin - helping to smooth, heal and boost elasticity - often the flight and travel to the destination can play havoc with our complexions. Read on for our founder Georgie Cleeve's top tips on how to ensure you step off the plane looking well-rested, glowing and holiday-ready!
1) Increase your water intake
It may be the obvious suggestion, but OSKIA founder Georgie counts this among the most important tricks for keeping skin looking glowing en route and during your holidays. Most of us are guilty of not drinking enough during flights, and this combined with the dry atmosphere and lack of oxygen on board can leave skin looking dull and dehydrated. Try to drink as much water as possible, especially on long-haul flights. For flights over 3 hours, we recommend drinking at least 1 litre every 3-4 hours you’re on board to ensure your skin and body stays thoroughly hydrated.
2) Add moisture
On a flight, you can never have enough moisture, Georgie’s secret is packing along a mini routine in her hand luggage. Trap and retain hydration with a nourishing moisturiser or oil, and make sure to re-apply throughout the flight. We love massaging our Restoration Oil into skin to deeply sooth, nourish and replenish in the dry cabin air.
3) Add a healthy glow
Step off the plane looking well rested and radiant and gently pat on our Get Up & Glow serum into skin before landing. This pearlescent serum contains Ribose which is proven to boost cell ATP energy to brighten and enliven skin whilst adding a healthy, radiant glow to tired complexions!
Last Updated: 23 June 2016 12:43
13 June 2016 14:37
In today’s world, the rapid rate of skin ageing is a growing concern for many, and it is fast becoming apparent that our lifestyle choices have a large impact on how quickly (and early!) these changes start to appear. Studies suggest a staggering 85% of the signs of ageing are caused by extrinsic factors (i.e. external influences that can be avoided) so read on to find out more about some of the factors responsible for accelerating the ageing process and how to keep the signs of premature ageing under control.
1) ‘Tech neck’
A large proportion of us spend countless working hours looking at a computer screen in addition to many more out-of-office hours looking down at our smartphones. This repeated motion causes folding of the skin on the neck (often one of the first places to show signs of ageing as a result of the delicate, thin skin), eventually leading to a syndrome known as ‘tech neck,’ a wrinkle that appears just above the collarbone at the base of the neck.
Prevention is key to avoid tech neck. Try adjusting your posture at work so that your computer screen is at eye-level, and try and hold your phone up and closer to your face to avoid bending your neck looking down. Also, don’t forget that your skincare routine shouldn’t be concentrated on just the face. It is vital to also apply your products to the neck and décolleté for optimum results. Our Super 16 Serum contains an advanced formula designed to boost collagen synthesis, lift and firm the skin and reduce fine lines. Post serum, try applying a layer of our Renaissance 360, a vitamin-rich moisturiser that targets the ageing process on all fronts for powerful anti-ageing results.
2) Lack of movement
Office work and spending a significant number of hours sitting inhibits circulation and has a number of negative implications not only on our overall health but also on our skin condition. Firstly, collagen production is slowed down along with the rate of detoxification and cell renewal, causing skin to become looser hence more prone to wrinkles. Lymphatic drainage is also impaired, leading to fat accumulation and water retention.
Make sure to take regular breaks to get up and stretch, go for a walk or better yet squeeze in a gym class during your lunch break to really get your body moving.
3) Central heating/air-conditioning
Exposure to central heating and air-conditioning can wreak havoc with our skin and be extremely drying. When our skin is dry it often becomes irritated and more sensitised, not only leaving our skin feeling tight and uncomfortable, but also making it more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles.
Because changes in climate are hard to avoid, it is more important than ever to make sure we supply our skin with everything it needs to stay balanced and protected. Omegas, anti-inflammatories and prebiotics are key ingredients to look out for to keep skin healthy, hydrated and younger-looking. Try our Super 16, Perfect Cleanser, Renaissance 360, Bedtime Beauty Boost and Restoration Oil to give your skin a much-needed hydration boost.
Last Updated: 13 June 2016 14:41
18 May 2016 17:06
For those suffering from hay fever, warmer weather often signals months of sneezing, runny noses and streaming eyes. One of the most common allergies, hay fever is caused by an irritation to pollen, a yellow-coloured powder produced by trees, flowers, grasses, and weeds. Hay fever can have an effect on many aspects of day-to-day life, leaving many feeling tired and run down with itchy eyes, runny noses and tickly throats.
Any of these symptoms sound familiar? If so, our founder Georgie Cleeve is on hand to help! Read on for a few easy tricks to help soothe the pesky symptoms so many of us are suffering from.
Check the ingredients
When it comes to your skincare routine, try and look out for ingredients with anti-inflammatory qualities. Georgie recommends ingredients such as Butterbur, derived from the root of the Butterbur shrub which grows in Europe, Asia and parts of North America. Butterbur is a known anti-histamine that has long been used to soothe irritated skin.
Find it in our Get Up & Glow serum and Renaissance Mask.
Treat your eyes
Sometimes just applying some light pressure to the eye area can really help reduce irritation. Our Eye Wonder serum has a soothing rose water base, and is jam-packed with nutrients and peptides to help hydrate and strengthen the delicate eye area.
We recommend our tailored Magic Eye Massage Routine to not only de-puff and refresh the eye area but also help to relieve itchy eyes. Using ring fingers and just one pump of Eye Wonder, follow the steps below:
1) Imagine you are typing quickly on a keyboard. Use this tapping movement around the eyes, temples and on the forehead for 10 seconds
2) Place your ring finger on the first pressure point
3) Move to arch of the eyebrow, apply pressure to the second point
4) From here move in between the eye brows to the 3rd point
5) With very light pressure, circle the eye area 3 times from inner to outer eyebrow, underneath the eye and up the bridge of the nose, with your fingers meeting again in between the eyebrows .
6) On the last circle, apply pressure at point 4, pushing upwards towards the ceiling.
7) For point 5, apply the pressure inwards, towards to nose.
8) Applying a little more pressure, lift and slide towards the temples, lifting the eyebrow, gently circle under the eyes three times.
9) On the last circle of the eye socket, stop at the outer corner of the eye and apply pressure to pressure point 7
10) Now, using your index and middle finger, use static circular movements to the temples three times
11) Swap back to your ring finger applying pressure point movements to point 8.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:17
5 May 2016 12:00
Wedding season is upon us! Unfortunately the added stress that often goes hand-in-hand with wedding planning tends to take its toll on our skin, often resulting in a dull, tired-looking complexion. Its never too early to start prepping skin for your big day, so read on and say ‘I do’ to our favourite glow-boosting everyday routine!
Cleanse skin with an illuminating product such as our Renaissance Cleansing Gel. Cleansing is a crucial first step to refresh the skin and remove impurities, revealing a clean, supple canvas for make-up application. Our Renaissance Cleansing Gel contains Pumpkin Enzymes in addition to Vitamins A, C & E and MSM to leave the skin visibly radiant, nourished and balanced.
Apply a few drops of your preferred serum onto cleansed face, neck and décolleté. Serums are designed to penetrate deep into the skin, meaning that vital active ingredients can get to work where they’re needed the most. Depending on your skin type, try our Get Up & Glow containing Ribose, Mica and Galactoarabinan for an immediate energising and radiance boost or our Super 16 which contains Bakuchiol, Vitamins A, C & E and Hyaluronic Acid for a powerful collagen boost. Finally, our Renaissance BrightLight contains a targeted formula including our unique Nanobright Liposome, Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes and Niacinamide to combat pigmentation for brighter, more even skin tone.
Gently massage your choice of moisturiser into skin to further hydrate and plump the skin. Try our vitamin-rich Renaissance 360 Supreme Cream to combat the signs of ageing, deeply hydrate, illuminate and even skin tone.
Seal it all in with 2-3 drops of facial oil. Our easily-absorbed Restoration Oil contains many hydrating and complexion boosting ingredients such as Rosehip Seed Oil, Turmeric and Starflower Oil for a beautifully dewy finish.
Weekly treatments are key to keep skin in tip top condition. Once a week, we recommend applying a gentle exfoliating mask such as our Renaissance Mask or using a physical exfoliator such as our Micro-Exfoliating Balm. Our brightening and resurfacing Renaissance Mask contains AHAs which gently unbind dry and dead skin cells, activating cell renewal for a radiant, plumped complexion!
Top Tip: Post make-up application, gently pat our Get Up & Glow serum onto the high points of the face for a gorgeous natural highlight!
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:18
28 February 2016 17:02
With the Oscars 2016 ceremony hours away, we’re thrilled to reveal that OSKIA is among the favourite skincare brands to some of the best on-set makeup artists and beloved movie stars alike. A couple of our most recent collaborations include the Best Picture contender ‘The Danish Girl’, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and London Has Fallen.
“OSKIA was a very important part of our skincare preparations on The Danish Girl. Well prepped skin always helps the make-up sit beautifully” – Jan Sewell.
Jan Sewell is a BAFTA-winning makeup artist, having worked on a host of award-winning productions including the soon-to-launch Bridget Jones’s Baby, multi-award winner The Theory of Everything (including a BAFTA for Best British Film and Oscar for Best Actor), and the latest hit The Danish Girl.
The BAFTA and Oscar-nominated ‘The Danish Girl’ is a beautifully-filmed love story based on the lives of artists Lile Elbe and Gerda Wegener and follows Lile Elbe’s incredible journey becoming one of the first ever transgendered women in history.
The key OSKIA products used on set were:
The Renaissance Cleansing Gel, perfect for prepping the skin before makeup. Pumpkin enzymes work to gently exfoliate the skin removing dull skin cells, and vitamins A, C and E deeply nourish, cleanse and protect to leave skin radiant, soft and balanced.
The Renaissance Mask evens skin tone, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boosts radiance and hydrates the skin. The luxuriously textured mask creates the ideal smooth, illuminated canvas for makeup thanks to a host of beauty-boosting nutrients such as Swiss garden cress liposomes, AHA’s, prebiotics and MSM.
The Get Up & Glow serum further boosts the complexion. A truly versatile serum, it can be applied under makeup for a glow-from-within, or used on top of makeup as a highlighter on the tops of cheekbones and brow bones for a natural, healthy- looking sheen. Ingredients such as mica, butterbur and ribose perk up and brighten the skin for a gorgeous, youthful glow.
Last Updated: 29 February 2016 10:24
4 February 2016 14:31
The skin plays a crucial role in the cleansing process, thus in addition to changing our diet to help our bodies to naturally detoxify from the inside, we should also take care of our skin from the outside through a few small changes in our skincare routines.
1) Exfoliate at least once a week (twice a week for mature or drier skin types). Exfoliation helps to buff away dull skin cells and impurities to prevent breakouts, allow your products to absorb better, and stimulate collagen production to leave your complexion healthy, flawless and glowing. Our creamy Micro Exfoliating Balm contains a clever blend of youth-boosting essential cell nutrients, prebiotics and peptides for long lasting skin health.
2) Get a good night’s sleep. During the first few hours of sleep, our brains go into overdrive producing Adenosine Triphosphate, more commonly known as ATP. ATP is the energy source responsible for supporting every cell in the body, and when we don’t get enough sleep we simply don’t produce enough of it. This is why we often suffer from lacklustre skin, poor brain functioning and a general lack of energy the morning after. Try our revitalising Get Up & Glow serum, rich in Ribose, proven to boost ATP energy.
3) Check the ingredients list of your favourite skincare products. Look out for key ingredients such as prebiotics, omegas, minerals, vitamins, peptides and anti-oxidants which all work to boost overall skin condition and leave you with nourished, silky soft and healthy skin. Try and stay away from products containing artificial fragrances, parabens, preservatives, silicones and sulphates.
4) Treat your skin to a little TLC - we can all be guilty of overindulgence over the holiday season! Try adding a couple of drops of facial oil to your moisturiser to restore the skin’s youthful vitality, treating yourself to a powerful anti-ageing serum rich in anti-oxidants for high-level hydration and increased skin elasticity, or pampering yourself with a resurfacing, illuminating and hydration-boosting mask to get your skin back on track in no time. Try our Restoration Oil, Super 16 Serum and Renaissance Mask.
5) Relax and rebalance mind, body and soul with an OSKIA facial. Our highly effective treatments boost skin health and improve the complexion through a combination of topically applied essential cell nutrients and pioneering beauty actives, using bespoke facial massage techniques and equipment boosting skin health and leaving the complexion beautifully radiant. Our highly trained therapists also offer personalised skincare advice to make sure you’re fully benefiting from your routine whilst managing any skincare concerns. Find out more about our spa partners and treatment menu here.
Top Tip: Did you know that research suggests breathing exercises may be one of the best ways we can boost our body’s natural detoxifying process?
Focusing on deep breathing sends an all-important boost of oxygen into our lungs, meaning vitamins and nutrients are better absorbed and we actually produce more white blood cells, speeding up our internal process of cell renewal.
1) Close your eyes, and breathe in deeply through your nose.
2) Count to five, to allow as much air as possible into your lungs and stomach.
3) Hold your breath for five seconds and then exhale over another course of five seconds.
4) Repeat this breathing exercise 5 times.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:20
25 January 2016 17:48
It’s nearing the end of January and by now many of us may be becoming a little bit tired with the word ‘detox.’ Although the desire to become the best possible version of ourselves is never stronger than at the beginning of a new year, it’s easier said than done! Here we’re sharing a couple of easy tips on how we can all improve our diets and skin care regimes throught the year, along with some of our favourite health retreats. But first, let’s bust some of those detox myths…
1) The word ‘detox’ is somewhat misused - ‘cleansing’ is in fact a more appropriate description especially when referring to diet. Our kidneys, liver, lungs and skin are all responsible for constantly detoxing, and do an exceptional job at naturally removing impurities. This means that there is in fact little requirement to ‘detox,’ and what we can do instead is aid this natural process by giving our bodies a break through limiting alcohol or irritants such as gluten, sugar and the nightshade family (potatoes, tomatoes, chillies, red peppers) and suppleminting it with healthier alternatives such as a nutrient-rich soup diet.
2) January is not actually the best time to ‘detox’ or cleanse through diet. The weather is cold and our bodies naturally crave carbohydrate-rich foods to fuel internal body heat. Most people may also have a tendency to feel low at this time of year as a result of a number of reasons such as lack of natural sunlight, or the end of the holiday season, for example. If you want to give yourself a fighting chance, Spring is the ideal time of year to turn over a new leaf.
As we are constantly exposed to chemicals, toxins and preservatives through our environment, the foods we eat and products we use, it is always important to try and give our bodies a break to help avoid negative consequences on our health such as skin disorders, breakouts, exhaustion, and weight gain. Here are some of the key things we can do to help our bodies cleanse and be healthier for it.
1) Add superfoods to your diet such as salmon, avocado, almonds, blueberries and spinach. Fermented foods are also brilliant for optimising the immune system and aiding our natural detoxification process. These foods have been around for centuries and are particularly well known for their outstanding nutritional benefits. Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kambucha and Kefir are a particularly 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. Foods rich in fibre and organic fruits and vegetables such as beetroot, cabbage, broccoli, spirulina and seaweed also all work to get skin glowing and boost overall skin health.
2) Introduce targeted supplements into your diet such as MSM, chlorella, sulforaphane or Vitamin C. MSM is associated with a host of detoxing benefits, from improving our ability to produce anti-oxidants, to helping our skin cells to flush out toxins, all whilst boosting overall energy levels and reducing stress. Our Pure MSM Supplements are specifically formulated to boost collagen & keratin production whilst nutritionally supporting the condition of skin, hair and nails. They are also a fabulous anti-inflammatory and help detox the skin cells to promote healthy, happy skin.
3) Replace caffeinated drinks with green tea, and make sure you drink at least 2 litres of water per day. The skin is our largest organ, and without sufficient amounts of water it can quickly become dehydrated, tight and prone to fine lines and wrinkles.
4) Certain diets can have a counteractive effect. Limiting our nutrient or calorie intake can actually prevent our key organs from functioning properly. We require diets rich in the following: B-Vitamins, Flavonoids, Vitamins A, C & E, Glutathione (found in avocado, watermelon, and fresh fruits and vegetables), Omegas and Phospholipids (from eggs, meat, fish, soybeans), to name a few.
5) Cut back on cigarettes and alcohol, which can both only do harm to both body and skin. Though we’re sure there is no need to even mention this, there’s no time like the present to kick unhealthy habits!
Stay tuned for more tips on purifying your skincare routine, along with a roundup of some of our favourite health retreats!
Last Updated: 4 February 2016 14:21
5 November 2015 16:51
Have you ever wondered if your skin is making the most out of your everyday skincare routine? OSKIA’s Head Therapist and skincare expert Holly Webster recommends layering products for optimum performance, so she’s helped us put together a step-by-step guide on how to reap maximum benefits from your skincare staples for a happy, and most importantly healthy, complexion.
Step 1: Cleanser
Cleansing is an essential first-step, both morning and night. Cleanse in the morning to remove any oils released over night and to perk up your skin before makeup application. Follow up with a double cleanse every evening, firstly to remove sunscreen, makeup and impurities, and secondly to treat the skin.
Try our Renaissance Cleansing Gel or Perfect Cleanser
Step 2: Eye serum
Serums should form the base layer of your skincare routines post-cleansing and/or exfoliating. Start by using both ring fingers to apply a thin layer of eye serum to the entire eye area from temple to temple, both morning and night.
Try our Eye Wonder
Step 3: Serum
Next, massage your favourite serum into your face, neck and décolleté until absorbed both morning and night.
Try our Get Up & Glow or Super 16
Step 5: Moisturise
Follow up with a moisturiser morning and night to keep the skin deeply hydrated.
Try our Nutri-Active Day Cream or Bedtime Beauty Boost
Step 6: Apply a facial oil
Finally, add a couple of drops of facial oil to lock in hydration. You may choose to treat your skin to an oil either every day, or a couple of times a week.
Try our Restoration Oil
Exfoliate/Apply a mask
Add a weekly treatment to your routine, whether it be exfoliating to gently buff away dead skin cells and impurities or applying a mask to deeply cleanse, boost radiance and tackle ageing concerns. Weekly treatments with exfoliating and resurfacing properties will help your skincare products to absorb better and allow makeup to sit flawlessly on the skin.
We recommend pampering your skin with a treatment once a week, or twice a week for dry or mature skin types. Don’t be afraid to alternate between treatments if you would like to mix things a bit. Always apply post-cleanse and before your choice of serum.
Try our Micro Exfoliating Balm or Renaissance Mask
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:20
12 August 2015 14:37
Ever wondered why a sleepless night can leave our skin looking dull and fatigued come morning?
During the first few hours of sleep, our brains go into overdrive producing Adenosine Triphosphate, more commonly known as ATP. ATP is the energy source responsible for supporting every cell in the body, and when we don’t get enough sleep we simply don’t produce enough of it. This is why we often suffer from lacklustre skin, poor brain functioning and a general lack of energy the morning after.
What can I do to improve my ATP?
Whilst nothing can replace a good night’s sleep, there are ways to enliven a tired complexion with the help of a carefully selected skincare routine. Ribose, is an essential component of ATP and one of the only topical ingredients proven to boost ATP energy.
Where can I find it?
Our Get Up & Glow serum is rich in Ribose and helps boost the cell's ATP energy peoduction and revitalise cell health. The lightweight and oil-free serum uses a variety of bio-avaible nutrients and vitamins and acts as the perfect radiance booster. The end result is a complexion that looks more energised, enlivened, and of course more awake..
Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:02
16 July 2015 17:39
A good skincare routine is the foundation of every gorgeous bridal look, so we have put together 3 simple steps perfect for prepping skin, and ensuring you are relaxed and glowing before the big day.
Step 1 Take some time out
The night before, treat yourself to a leisurely soak in the bath and light our luxurious Rose de Mai Skin Smoothing Treatment Candle. By the time you get out of the bath, the candle will have melted into a sumptuous body oil, leaving skin beautifully scented and silky smooth.
Step 2 Ensure your hands are in tip-top condition
With a huge focus on your hands on your big day, it is crucial to give your hands a bit of extra TLC the night before. Our Micro Exfoliating Balm is perfect for gently buffing away dead, dry skin cells. Follow up with a nourishing hand cream such as our Renaissance Hand Cream for the ultimate overnight rejuvenating treatment.
Step 3 Boost skin radiance.
On the morning of the wedding, try and make time for a quick complexion boost before make-up. Try a brightening and resurfacing mask such as our Renaissance Mask to leave skin soft, illuminated and more refined, not to mention gorgeously radiant.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:21
25 June 2015 15:21
Kally Ellis, Managing Director of McQueens, London’s most innovative and reputable florist has shared her knowledgeable advice with SpaceNK on how to combine making the most of your flower displays at home with reusing some of those beauty containers that are just too gorgeous to throw away.
“Anything can be used as a vessel or vase – so long as it’s cleaned out and contains water. For home I like recycling old beauty containers that are too interesting to throw out.” And we are thrilled to see that our Rose de Mai Candle has been chosen for this stunning campaign!
The first step towards rebooting your beauty bottles is to choose your flowers. Try and stick to flowers from local florists or flower markets for the best quality. Kally suggests keeping things simple by sticking to single stems of one type of flower. Garden roses, peonies or ranunculus are perfect for the summer months.
Next, cut the stems to your desired length, and get creative by using vases of different heights and shapes to create variety and impact, especially when using one colour or shade of flower.
Finally, dress your home! Showcase your flowers around your home choose focal points at your bedside table, bathroom sink, a bookcase– wherever you please!
“Everyone’s home should have flowers – they’re a must as far as I am concerned. They change a room, they’re good for your spirit and I challenge anyone not to be uplifted by them.”
'Natural Beauty' is a collaboration between Space NK and McQueens.
Last Updated: 12 May 2016 12:19
31 May 2012 13:51
BEAUTY SECRETS OF PAST QUEENS
We all know that the first great Queen Elizabeth I used ground lead to produce her white pallor (causing early death to many ladies), but the great beauties of this time also owed the rich red colour of their lips to bugs. Ladies of court were known to squash remains of insects and rub the remains on the mouth for a ruby-red lustre.
The great Queen Cleopatra often bathed in milk. Today you can do the same, but instead of pouring milk into your bath, look for products containing Alpha Hydroxic Acids (AHAs) (naturally found in milk) which keep your skin soft and smooth by gentle exfoliation. Some beautiful citrus fruits contain AHA, such as passion fruit, lemon, grape and grape fruit – all found in our famous Renaissance Mask (winner of Best Anti-Ageing Mask – Sunday Mirror Beauty Awards). We believe you might enjoy this a little more than her face mask - Crocodile dung made into a paste with donkey’s milk (only used when Caesar wasn’t around).
The anti-aging benefits of green tea have been widely advertised whereas white tea might be one of China's best kept beauty secrets. Also known as the Emperor's tea, white tea gets harvested from the silver tip of the tea plant. Most of the plant's antioxidants are hosted in the tip and act as an environmental shield against free radicals. Chinese women dissolve these leaves in water and use it as a facial wash.
Early geishas and Kabuki actors used nightingale droppings to remove the thick make-up from their faces. I think you will find our Perfect Cleanser both more effective, a little easier to come by, a little more effective and most certainly more glorious and fragrant to use!
Ladies of the Renaissance used to apply deadly nightshade to enhance their eyes. The poison dilates the pupils and makes people’s peepers look enormous and glowing. Perhaps a safer option to retain youthful eyes is to use our Eye Wonder, known in the maternity circle as 'Mothers Little Helper' - an extremely light & refreshing anti-ageing eye serum containing the most clinically active ingredients to minimise fine lines and dark circles.
Arabian Queens loved sleek and shiny hair, so they used camel urine to dip their raven-black hair in.
Hollywood Queens (You now needn’t go to Hollywood to benefit from this collagen boosting treatment)
"When Angelina Jolie attended the Cannes Film Festival last year, she caused a stir - and not just on the red carpet. Beauty boards buzzed about her radiant skin, speculating on the recent transformation. Was it plastic surgery? A chemical peel? No Skin Needling...." The LA Times.
This miraculous collagen-boosting treatment dramatically reduces wrinkles, acne scaring and pigmentation is now available at our Covent Garden Spa. For more information on painless & quick Micro-Skin Needling, please click here. To Book, please click here.
Last Updated: 12 May 2016 12:20