12 October 2016 16:29
Wardrobe and skincare routine overhauls are up there on our list of favourite things to do between seasons! The same way we add layers to our outfits as the temperatures drop, it's also important to add layers to our skincare routines to provide skin with extra hydration. Switching to richer textures and more nourishing ingredients whilst re-introducing additional steps we may have overlooked throughout the summer are all essential to protect skin against the elements. Now that autumn has well and truly begun, here are some basics to get you started.
BRING ON THE BALMS
First up, cleansers. One of the most crucial steps in your routine, autumn is the perfect time to introduce a richer, more nourishing cleanser that works to revive dehydrated complexions and protect against the elements. Our Perfect Cleanser, rich in soothing vitamins and prebiotics is our current go-to. It works to hydrate, decongest and replenish the lipid barrier whilst cleansing and lifting away impurities.
Top Tip: Give your skin an illuminating boost with our Renaissance Cleansing Gel in the morning to refresh and plump the compexion before for makeup application. Switch up your evening cleanse with our Perfect Cleanser to deeply nourish, pamper and protect.
BRIGHTEN & REVITALISE
During the hot summer months our skin gets over-exposed to sun, pollution, high-level SPFs, insect repellents and more! The colder months are the best time to renew and revitalise our complexion after the harsh effects of summer. 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. Click here to learn more.
DON’T SKIP STEPS
Our skin tends to become drier during the colder months, meaning a hydrating moisturiser is key. If you’ve been inconsistent with your moisturising habits, it's time to add a hydrating moisturiser into your routine both morning and evening. Our Bedtime Beauty Boost is wonderfully nourishing yet lightweight. Containing a host of vitamins and nutrients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Omegas 3, 6 & 9, MSM and Swiss Apple Stem Cells, this moisturiser leaves the skin silky smooth and visibly younger-looking. If your skin is feeling extra dry, try using this in the morning too.
ADD EXTRA HYDRATION
Treating the skin to an added hydration booster such as our Restoration Oil is a brilliant skincare addition to keep moisture levels topped up. This beautifully scented oil is light in texture but packed full of nourishing oils and flower extracts to heal, hydrate and replenish your complexion throughout the autumn and winter seasons. This highly versatile oil can be used on its own in place of your usual moisturiser (we love it to prime skin before makeup application!). A few drops can be mixed in with your moisturiser or you could opt for massaging a few drops into skin as the last step in your routine to really seal in hydration.
Last Updated: 17 October 2016 15:04
19 July 2016 16:16
Summer has well and truly arrived in London and the rest of the UK. Summer is not only the season of long sunny days, summer clothes and beach getaways, but also the time when we need to give our skin a little more attention on the protection front. We all know that Vitamin D and a bit of sunshine makes us feel good (experts suggest around 20 minutes of direct sun exposure is enough to top up Vitamin D levels), leaving us looking more bronzed and healthier, but the affects of too much sun exposure can be dangerous for our skin and health. Excess sun exposure accelerates the ageing process, can cause dry, dehydrated skin, sun burn and unwanted pigmentation, not to mention heighten the risk of skin cancer.
Our bodies are made to obtain nutritional elements from our diet and our skin is no exception, so whilst we give skin a helping hand with the topical products we apply, skin nutrition works best when it’s applied from the inside and out. During the summer months OSKIA Founder Georgie Cleeve recommends a diet rich in anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants such as sweet potatoes, asparagus, salmon, fish eggs, citrus fruits, watermelon, dark chocolate and spinach to boost skin health, rehydrate and protect.
Georgie has also designed two deliciously nutritious smoothies specifically to hydrate the skin and help improve sun protection. Team OSKIA have tested both and we strongly recommend adding them to your breakfast mix. Enjoy!
Summer Hydrating Smoothie
2 cups of coconut water
1 cup of watermelon
1 cup blueberries
1 cup strawberries
1 handful fresh mint
2 tsp flaxseeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp wheat germ
Sun Protection Smoothie
1 cup tomato
1 cup papaya
1 cup watermelon
Last Updated: 19 July 2016 17:52
6 June 2016 09:59
As we embrace the warmer weather and start preparing to show more skin, we’re sharing all you need to know on how to slough away dull winter skin to reveal hydrated, more even and brighter skin. Our simple 2-step routine will get skin ready to bare all!
1) Micro Exfoliating Balm
Our creamy Micro Exfoliating Balm contains the tiniest MSM and silica particles to gently buff away dead skin cells whilst nourishing the lipid barrier to leave your skin soft, radiant and glowing with health and vitality. Exfoliating once a week not only keeps skin in tip top condition but also boosts the performance of your skincare products, allowing your products to penetrate deeper into the skin.
2) Renaissance Hand & Body Cream
Banish ‘winter skin’ and treat hands and body to our exfoliating Renaissance Hand & Body Cream packed with bio-available vitamins, fermented minerals, fruit AHA's and the very best bio-actives to chemically exfoliate dead skin cells, deeply nourish and rejuvenate. This luxurious and effective moisturiser leaves skin gorgeously soft and smooth from head to toe.
Did we mention this duo is also ideal for those suffering from Keratosis Pilaris? A hereditary condition, Keratosis Pilaris occurs in 40 % of adults as a result of a build-up of keratin, a hard protein that blocks the opening of the hair follicle resulting in small patches of bumpy, slightly rough skin on the tops of arms and thighs.
Gently massage the Micro Exfoliating Balm over dry, rough areas to effectively remove dead skin cells and smooth the skin, and follow up with our Renaissance Hand & Body Cream to further exfoliate the skin and break down excess keratin. This routine will help to reduce pigmentation, even skin tone and improve radiance meaning you’ll be ready to wear those sleeveless tops in no time!
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:16
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
25 April 2016 15:43
With spring in full bloom, we at OSKIA think now is the perfect time to spring clean your skincare routine in time for the warmer months ahead where your skin may not need such intense moisture. Read on for a few of our top tips to help you adjust your routine and pick the products your skin craves for a glowing, radiant complexion throughout the seasons to come!
Step 1: Replace heavy consistencies
Swapping heavier cleansing balms for cleansing gels or oils is the first step towards spring-ready skin when you may not require as much extra nourishment. Our deliciously scented Renaissance Cleansing Gel is the ultimate cleansing gel-to-oil which contains pumpkin enzymes to remove dull and dead skin cells leaving you with illuminated, balanced and radiant skin. Massage in circular motions for an extra 2-3 minutes to really cleanse deep into your pores whilst boosting circulation.
Step 2: Pick a lightweight (yet hydrating!) moisturiser
If you are suffering from dry skin after the harsh winter weather, a lightweight hydrating day cream is perfect for deeply moisturising whilst avoiding any leftover residue on the skin. Try our new Renaissance 360 Supreme Cream to deeply nourish and tackle the signs of ageing whilst reducing pigmentation and evening skin tone, or our Nutri-Active Day Cream to hydrate whilst providing your complexion with essential nutrients to improve cell health and efficiency, and protect skin DNA. If you’re a lover of facial oils, you may find that as the weather warms up your skin might be perfectly happy with an oil in place of your usual moisturiser. Our Restoration Oil is a lightweight oil that works to hydrate, replenish and soothe whilst protecting against free radical damage.
Step 3: The power-boost
Top it all off with your choice of serum for an intense dose of goodness throughout the transition to the warmer months. Choose an energising serum such as our Get Up & Glow for a natural healthy glow whilst increasing cell respiration to brighten and enliven skin. For an anti-ageing boost, try our Super 16 to encourage collagen production and lift the skin whilst hydrating and providing anti-oxidant protection.
Step 4: Don’t forget to exfoliate!
Exfoliation is key for achieving radiant, smooth skin. Buffing away tired and dead skin cells helps to unclog pores and also means your products can be penetrated more effectively. Using a creamy exfoliant such as our Micro Exfoliating Balm is also brilliant for nourishing the lipid barrier, avoiding any stripping of the skin. Enriched with youth-boosting nutrients and prebiotics, using this exfoliator just once a week will help stimulate collagen production and leave skin supremely soft.
Want to find out more about how to layer your skincare and make sure your skin is reaping maximum benefits out of your everyday routine? Click here
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:19
30 September 2015 10:56
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.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:17