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The Benefits of Pumpkin Enzymes

26 October 2016 16:01

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner - which means that pumpkin season is officially upon us! Did you know that as well as being a nutrient-rich and nourishing food to eat, pumpkin also has fantastic properties when applied topically to skin? Here’s all you need to know…


Pumpkin is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, is rich in minerals including potassium, iron, copper and zinc, as well as Carotenoids. These skin-boosting ingredients all work together to leave skin younger-looking, protected, soothed and supple.


Our Renaissance BrightLight serum and Renaissance Cleansing Gel both contain pumpkin enzymes, derived from the pumpkin plant, which are known for their powerful brightening, softening and illuminating skin properties.
Pumpkin enzymes work to naturally loosen the ‘glue’ that holds together dead skin cells, to reveal a glowing, balanced complexion. This gentle exfoliation deeply cleanses pores, refines skin’s texture, restores elasticity and corrects uneven skin tone. The process of removing dead cells also encourages cell renewal, allowing newer, smooth skin beneath to be revealed.

Our vitamin-packed Renaissance Cleansing Gel melts into the skin leaving you with healthy, radiant skin that feels silky smooth, whilst the Renaissance BrightLight serum also contains papaya enzymes which work alongside the pumpkin enzymes for unbeatable pigmentation-fighting results.

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Last Updated: 26 October 2016 17:55

Celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

24 May 2016 10:06

Posted in: Skin Health, Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

With the area surrounding OSKIA HQ in full bloom ahead of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, we thought it only right to join in the celebrations and share a couple of our favourite floral skincare ingredients! Floral oils and extracts can benefit the skin in many ways, from helping to combat skin conditions such as eczema and acne to deeply hydrating the skin and providing essential anti-oxidants. Read on to find out which floral extracts and oils can be found in our range, why we have chosen them, and which products you can find them in!

Rose Water
Our Eye Wonder serum is based on Rose Water, known for its fantastic soothing, anti-inflammatory, hydrating and anti-oxidant properties. This serum works to reduce puffiness, nourish and revitalise for a brighter, younger-looking eye area.

Lavandula Hybrida (Lavender Oil)
Lavender Oil can be found in our Restoration Oil, proven to soothe sensitive skin, fight bad bacteria due to its anti-bacterial properties and also providing an anti-oxidant boost to help keep skin strong, healthy and silky smooth.

Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil (Chamomile)
Oil derived from the Anthemis Nobilis Flower, more commonly known as Chamomile, is very widely used in both the medicine and cosmetics worlds. This oil has brilliant anti-inflammatory qualities in addition to providing intense moisture and helping to combat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Find it in our Restoration Oil.

Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed Oil)
Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, derived from Sunflowers is extremely rich in vitamins, linoleic and oleic acids and unsaturated fatty acids. It benefits the skin in a number of ways, not only nourishing dry and damaged skin but also helping to soothe and protect the skin from free radicals, in turn helping to fight the signs of ageing. Find it in our Restoration Oil, Nutri-Active Day Cream, Renaissance 360, Bedtime Beauty Boost and Micro Exfoliating Balm.

Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon Peel Extract)
Lemon Peel Extract is a natural source of alpha hydroxy acids which help exfoliate the top layer of the skin to thoroughly cleanse by unbinding dead skin cells, while working to even skin tone. You can find it in our Renaissance Hand Cream, Renaissance Hand & Body Cream and Renaissance Mask.

Rosa Canina (Rosehip Seed) Oil
Rosehip Seed Oil is scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scarring and wrinkles and also extremely nourishing and calming for the skin. This oil helps to even skin tone, replenish dry and damaged skin and promote elasticity. Find it in our Perfect Cleanser, Nutri-Active Day Cream, Bedtime Beauty Boost, Restoration Oil and Micro Exfoliating Balm.

Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, derived from the stem of the Calendula flower is known to treat a variety of skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Calendula extract also contains a high content of anti-oxidants, helping to protect against free radical damage whilst deeply nourishing and soothing the skin. Find it in our Bedtime Beauty Boost and Micro Exfoliating Balm.

Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borago Oil)
Borago Oil is extracted from the the seeds of the Starflower, and contains one of the highest naturally-occuring levels of GLA (gamma linoleic acid), known to boost overall skin condition, hydrate and soothe dry and sensitive skins. Borago Oil is also brilliant for fighting the signs of ageing, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, encouraging skin regeneration and firming the complexion. Find it in our Renaissance Cleansing Gel.

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:18

INGREDIENT FOCUS: COCONUT OIL

10 February 2016 18:44

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

What is it?

Derived from the coconut of the palm tree, Coconut Oil is a widely used, highly-versatile natural oil. Coconut oil is known for its nourishing, protecting and soothing properties.

How does Coconut Oil benefit my skin?

Coconut Oil is rich in both fatty acids and Vitamins K & E, meaning it benefits the skin in a variety of ways. Not only is it incredibly nourishing and deeply hydrating, it is also a gentle exfoliator helping to remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin with a gorgeous, healthy glow. Perfect for all skin types including sensitive skins, coconut oil is naturally extremely soothing and works to even skin tone, protect and rejuvenate the skin.

Where to find it:

Coconut Oil can be found in our Rose De Mai Treatment Candle and Perfect Cleanser. Our gorgeous candle has been designed using the purest Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil and Beeswax, and can be poured directly onto the skin once melted to smooth, soothe and soften the skin whilst the delicate natural fragrance engages the senses and leaves skin beautifully scented.

Our Perfect Cleanser also contains Coconut cleansing extract to cleanse and lift impurities, in combination with youth-boosting vitamins, minerals and prebiotics leaving skin smooth, deeply nourished and balanced.

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Last Updated: 13 May 2016 16:40

Facial Oils 101

18 November 2015 17:00

Posted in: How To, Product Focus

Many of us sometimes struggle to find the perfect selection of products that make up our daily skincare routines, and choosing a facial oil to suit your skin is no exception.

What many people don’t know is that the right facial oil won’t make your skin greasy, and all skin types can actually benefit from using oils, including oily skins. Discover our skin-boosting tips on using facial oils:

Facial oils benefit the skin in a multitude of ways, from combatting anti-ageing concerns with anti-oxidants such as Rosehip Seed Oil, to soothing and calming the skin with anti-inflammatories such as Turmeric. Ingredients like Sunflower and Rice Bran Oils also work to replenish the lipid barrier, protecting the skin against environmental stresses, whilst simultaneously deeply hydrating and improving skin elasticity.

Oily skin types can fight oil with oil. Our skin produces excess sebum when the oil content in our skin is imbalanced. Many of us sometimes try and combat the oiliness in our skin by cleansing and exfoliating more frequently than needed to make our skin feel squeaky clean and free of all natural oils, but this is something we want to avoid. This actually sends our skin into overdrive producing more oils to try and compensate. The right facial oil will replenish and rebalance your skin, keeping oiliness at bay.

Oils can be used either on their own or over your moisturiser, as the last step in your skincare routine. If you apply a facial oil first, it will act as a barrier preventing your skin from absorbing all the beneficial ingredients in your moisturiser. Instead, apply last to seal it all in.

Introduce an oil in the evening to get used to the texture on your skin if you’re new to using oils. If you are a dab hand with facial oils, you’ve probably already added one into your routine morning and evening, especially if you have a drier skin type.

Still searching for your perfect facial oil? Try our Restoration Oil

 

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Last Updated: 12 May 2016 09:45

INGREDIENT FOCUS: PUMPKIN ENZYMES

28 October 2015 16:59

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

What are Pumpkin Enzymes?
Pumpkin is not only delicious and nutrient-rich to eat, but can in fact be put to fantastic use when applied topically to the skin. Pumpkin Enzymes, derived from the pumpkin plant, are proven to brighten, soften and illuminate the skin.

How do Pumpkin Enzymes benefit my skin?
Pumpkin Enzymes work to naturally loosen the ‘glue’ that holds together dead skin cells, to reveal a glowing, balanced complexion. This gentle exfoliation encourages skin renewal whilst simultaneously deeply cleansing pores, refining the skin’s texture, and correcting uneven skin tone.

Where to find them:
Fermented Pumpkin Enzymes can be found in our Renaissance Cleansing Gel. We use fermented Pumpkin Enzymes which are more bio-available, meaning our skin can put them to optimum use at a cellular level. This vitamin-packed illuminating cleanser melts into the skin leaving you with healthy, radiant skin that feels silky smooth.

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Last Updated: 13 May 2016 16:40

Autumnal Skincare

30 September 2015 10:56

Posted in: Seasonal Skincare, Skin Health, Product Focus

 

As the drop in temperatures and the shorter days set in, we’ve handpicked a selection of must-have products to keep your skin happy throughout autumn and the colder months ahead.

Starting with our cleansing routines, autumn is a great time to introduce a richer, more nourishing cleanser to ensure that skin stays deeply hydrated and to help protect against the elements. Our Perfect Cleanser is rich in soothing vitamins, essential fatty acids and prebiotics making it ideal for this time of year. This silky cleanser hydrates, decongests, replenishes the lipid barrier and leaves the skin beautifully soft and supple.

Exfoliation is key at this time of year in order to buff away dull and tired skin cells as well as to remove the remnants of sun damaged skin. Our Micro Exfoliating Balm uses the tiniest Silica and MSM granules encased in a creamy balm enriched with Sweet Almond Oil, Shea Butter and Sesame Oil to keep skin soft and hydrated. Once water is added, this balm transforms into an anti-inflammatory milk making it perfect for treating sun-stressed skin.

Treating the skin to a hydration booster such as our Restoration Oil is a brilliant autumnal addition in order to keep moisture levels topped up throughout the colder seasons. This delicate oil is light in texture but packed full of nourishing plant oils and flower extracts to heal, hydrate and replenish your complexion.

Finally, many of us suffer from dry, dehydrated hands once the colder weather hits. Our deliciously-scented Renaissance Hand Cream contains hydrating Butterbur, Shea Butter, and Macadamia Seed Oil to soften, soothe and nourish the skin. For really dry hands, try adding a few drops of facial oil to your hand cream for an extra hydration hit.
 

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:17

Natural Beauty: Flower Inspiration

25 June 2015 15:21

Posted in: Lifestyle, How to, Product Focus

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.  

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Last Updated: 12 May 2016 12:19

NEW SUPER 16 SERUM

1 August 2014 15:09

Posted in: Product Focus, News

                                                      

"I'm Proud as Punch…

Of our latest arrival – my very precious Super 16 Super Serum which has been a long two - nearly three - years in the making. Unlike other serums on the market that rely on a small handful of active ingredients, every single one of our key 16 actives has been chosen for its powerful punch at activating collagen production and reducing inflammation (along with host of other incredible skin benefits). This unique selection of the very best natural, collagen - boosting actives makes this serum absolutely ideal for anyone of age 30 onwards looking to address serious ageing concerns.

Why did it take us three years? It’s an awfully long time, but every time I thought we’d cracked the final formula and all the tests were in full swing, I’d discover another incredible active that was just a little bit better than one we were using. Allowing no compromise, we would start all over again. Luckily, the OSKIA team of dermatologists, doctors and formulators are even greater perfectionists than I and have all been testing and using the ingredients and product for the last year. We now have a very youthful looking lab team! (Regardless of the 352 years between us).

I could wax lyrical about all of the ingredients (and I will in due course), but I am particularly excited to introduce to the market what I believe to be one of the most exciting new actives of our generation as a Retinol alternative for sensitive skin…Bakuchiol.

Retinol is hailed as the most effective and important anti-ageing active on the market (it’s the active part of Vitamin A) – it dramatically reduces wrinkles, protects and treats acne. However, it also causes skin major sensitivity, inflammation and retinoid dermatitis. Bakuchiol (a chemical extracted from the Indian Babchi seeds) has been clinically compared in trials to retinol, with outstanding results, sharing all the advantages but without the usual retinol associated undesirable effects. With this breakthrough active at its helm, Super 16 works to deliver firmer skin, minimise the appearance of fine lines, significantly improve elasticity (by boosting and regulating Type I, III & IV collagen), and effectively reduce pigmentation and photo-damage.

I am completely in love with this little brown seed, and head-over-heels in love with my sweet smelling Super 16.

I know you will love it as much as I do!

Love
Georgie x"

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Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:03

SAVE THE DATE - THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW RESTORATION OIL

6 March 2014 14:59

Posted in: Product Focus

 

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Last Updated: 30 June 2015 18:11

What do the bloggers really think of our new Renaissance Cleanser

14 November 2013 20:17

Posted in: Product Focus, Press

 "WARNING - YOU WILL BECOME ADDICTED!
I've turned so many friends and family onto OSKIA lately and thought it was about time I told the extended family here on Fashion Foie Gras..." Full article

MODEL BEHAVIOUR
"This cleanser is a little more than a cleanser. It’s a juicy, bouncy gel that looks pink and smells rosy and has a combination of choice ingredients that all help to resurface, rejuvenate and generally brighten the skin..." Full Article

NEVER UNDER DRESSED
SENSORY EDIT. "Silken, slightly bouncy, almost slippery in texture. The distinct consistency of this gel gives it numerous benefits..." Full Article

LIANA BEAUTY
"...a balmy texture that makes my skin feeling pretty darn special, massaged into skin morning and evening removes everything from impurities to makeup and leaves a rosie smelling hydrating veil over the skin."
 

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Last Updated: 30 June 2015 18:12

Show some naked ambition...

16 April 2013 17:07

Posted in: Product Focus

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Last Updated: 30 June 2015 18:15

GET READY FOR WINTER AND REVEAL BRIGHTER SKIN

2 October 2012 12:21

Posted in: Product Focus

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Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:05

The best new brand out of Britain - VOGUE JAPAN This new Brit brand is taking the skincare world by storm - GRAZIA Now there is no need to choose between something that's natural and something that works - DAILY MAIL

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