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
21 February 2017 14:22
One of the trickiest things when it comes to skincare is really knowing your skin type and therefore which selection of products you require in your daily routine to address your individual skin needs.
We’ve all heard of the many different skin types; combination, oily, dry, mature, pigmented and sensitive – the list goes on. But what about the difference between dry skin and dehydrated skin? These skin conditions are all too easily confused, with many of us assuming that if we have dry skin, it is also dehydrated and vice versa. Read on to find out about more these two conditions which have very similar symptoms but very different underlying reasons…
Dry skin lacks oil.
Oil helps your skin to retain moisture so without it, your skin quickly becomes tight, rough and flaky. Dry skin is often genetic so therefore is a skin type and is characterised by small pores, therefore less sebum, which affects the acid mantel and natural barrier function. Signs of dry skin include rough patches and redness, skin that is easily irritated, dull skin that lacks radiance and flakiness. Dry skin often doesn’t absorb products as effectively, rarely suffers from acne/breakouts and is more susceptible to showing early signs of ageing. Dry skins lack the lipids necessary to maintain moisture levels and form a protective barrier against external influences. You can also help to combat dry skin through a nutrient-rich diet.
Nutrition Tip: Opt for foods such as salmon, herring, avocado, spinach, almonds and flax seeds to help lock in moisture and strengthen your skin’s natural barrier.
Dehydrated skin lacks water.
And this is why those with oilier skin types or those who are prone to breakouts can also suffer from dehydrated skin. There are a vast number of external factors which can cause skin to become dehydrated including seasonal changes, not drinking enough water, harsh skincare products, central heating, lifestyle and too-hot showers. These all wreak havoc with our skin’s natural barrier, making it more difficult for our skin to retain vital moisture. Dehydrated skin is a temporary condition rather than a skin type. Tell-tale signs are a tight feeling after cleansing, a sudden increase in skin sensitivity and skin that instantly drinks up moisturising products. Many also find that their makeup becomes patchy throughout the day – this is your skin absorbing all the water in your foundation.
Nutrition Tip: The skin is our largest organ, so along with the rest of our body requires sufficient hydration to work optimally. It is absolutely essential to drink at least 2 litres of water per day to help prevent dehydrated skin.
For those suffering from dry and dehydrated skin, it is important to quench parched skin with a selection of products with a richer texture, preferably containing ingredients such as omegas, oils (sweet almond oils, rosehip seed oils, starflower oils are all brilliant) to nourish and ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to rehydrate. Dry and dehydrated skins require more oils rich in oleic acid (Omega 9) than linoelic (Omega 6) and Omega 3. Steer clear of foaming cleansers, mineral oils, silicones, products with a low pH such as acid toners and synthetic fragrances which all strip the skin. Try our Perfect Cleanser, Renaissance 360, Restoration Oil, Micro Exfoliating Balm and Bedtime Beauty Boost.
Last Updated: 25 February 2017 14:56
10 January 2017 12:24
A New Year often signifies a time to turn over a new leaf and the start of new beginnings. For the most of us, a healthier lifestyle, whether it be a new diet, taking up a new sport or cutting back on unhealthy habits is up there on our list of things to adopt this year. So, in the spirit of becoming the best possible version of yourself, what better time to focus on your skin. We’re sharing our 6 resolutions worth making to keep skin in tip top condition all year long…
Feed your skin from the inside
The skin is our largest organ and along with the rest of our body, it obtains vital nutritional elements from what we eat. A balanced diet is key - skin nutrition works best when applied from the inside and out. Whilst we give skin a helping hand with the topical products we apply, it is equally important to feed the skin with a nutrient-rich diet. Anti-oxidants, including vitamins and carotenoids are compounds that help to fight free-radicals and in turn slow down premature ageing. Foods rich in fibre and organic fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, sweet potatoes, beetroot, cabbage, spirulina and seaweed all work to get skin glowing and boost overall skin health. We also recommend fermented foods which are beneficial for the immune system and aid our natural detoxification process. Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Miso, Kambucha and Kefir are a rich source of vital nutrients such as Vitamins B, K2 and probiotics. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins.
Keep skin in exceptional condition by combining a healthy diet with supplements that are specifically targeted at boosting skin health. Our Pure MSM Supplements have fantastic collagen-boosting, anti-inflammatory and skin strengthening benefits whilst also improving hair and nail condition.
Never skip a cleanse!
Cleansing is arguably one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. It is important to cleanse skin every morning to remove any oils released over night and to prep skin for makeup application. In the evening, dedicate a few short minutes to cleansing your skin, no matter how tired you are! Your skin will thank you in the morning. We swear by a double cleanse every evening, firstly to remove sunscreen, makeup and impurities, and secondly to treat the skin.
Top tip: If you’re hitting the gym, make sure to cleanse your skin before and after your workout, especially if your skin is prone to breakouts. Also remember to keep your hands away from your face whilst you’re at the gym! We recommend our Renaissance Cleansing Gel to quickly and effectively cleanse your skin before and after your workout.
Keep your skincare routine consistent
Once you’ve got the perfect routine for your skin type all figured out, the next step is to keep things consistent. Whilst it’s always a good thing to swap to lighter/richer textures to keep your skin happy when the seasons change, remember that big changes don’t happen overnight. Many products take time to show visible results, and this really is a golden rule to keep skin healthy and radiant.
Even though the sun isn’t shining as bright at this time of year, we still need to protect our skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which still penetrate throughout the winter, even on the cloudiest days. Sun damage is one of the main triggers of premature ageing, which is much easier to prevent than it is to fix it later on. Did you know that sun damage can take many years to manifest itself? Sun damage not only ages the skin but leaves it lacklustre, dry, prone to wrinkles, and pigmented. During winter you could use a low-level SPF, our Renaissance 360 contains SPF8 combined with some of the best bio-available actives and nutrients to combat the effects of ageing, lifestyle and the environment. In spring, summer and when travelling to a sunny destination a high SPF is not only a must but it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours to keep skin protected.
Don’t forget about your neck and chest!
Hands up who’s skincare routine stops at the chin? Thinner skin in the neck and chest area means it is more susceptible to premature ageing without you realising. We recommend treating your décolletage as an extension of your face and applying each of your products, be it cleanser, SPF, serum or moisturiser all the way down to your chest.
Set aside 15 minutes every week to pamper yourself. We like to spend this time with our Renaissance Mask to rejuvenate the skin, unclog pores and gently exfoliate whilst undoing the week’s stresses. We also recommend booking yourself in for a facial once a month. Your therapist is a skincare expert, offering personalised advice on your skin and your routine. Regular facials not only keep the skin healthy and younger-looking, but also help to rebalance the mind, body and soul. Find out more about our bespoke spa treatments.
Last Updated: 12 January 2017 18:20
20 December 2016 11:52
This holiday season, we’re sharing an exclusive selection of Spa offers to help you unwind, relax and restore skin’s natural radiance throughout the Christmas period.
The Home from Home: Grayshott Health Spa in Surrey
Grayshott Health Spa is the perfect place to de-stress, detox, get fit, recuperate or simply relax. Located only 1 hour from London, facilities include swimming pools and tennis courts, male and female spas, gym, weights room, 47 acres of gardens & grounds.
OFFER: Book any Spa Break or stay at Grayshott and receive a FREE copy of Gut Gastronomy: Revolutionise Your Eating to Create Great Health, Grayshott’s cookbook extraordinaire (worth £30). Quote 'OSKIA XMAS’ to receive your complimentary copy. Find out more here.
The Luxury Experience: The Berkeley in Knightsbridge
Experience a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city with an OSKIA Facial at the 5-Star The Berkeley Hotel, a stone’s throw from London’s Hyde Park.
OFFER: Complimentary access to the spa facilities & rooftop pool with any OSKIA Signature Glow Facial or OSKIA Rejuvenating Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The Luxe Eco-Wellness Spa: Bhuti in Richmond
If you love yoga and wellbeing you will fall in love with Bhuti, an eco-wellness centre and vegan café located in a tranquil area of leafy Richmond, South West London.
OFFER: Enjoy a complimentary yoga class when you book an
OSKIA Signature Glow Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The Organic Day Spa: Therapy Organics in Wilmslow
Specialising in results driven treatments, Therapy Organics look and health and beauty from the inside and the outside for a complete and holistic approach.
OFFER: Book OSKIA’s Signature Glow Facial and receive a complimentary 15 minute warm oil neck and shoulder massage. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
The West End Oasis: One Aldwych
Tucked away in the heart of Covent Garden, The Health Club at One Aldwych is the ultimate sanctuary from London’s busy West End.
OFFER: Enjoy complimentary access to the spa facilities with an OSKIA Glow on the Go or Signature Glow Facial. Quote ‘OSKIAXMAS’ to redeem. Find out more here.
Last Updated: 20 December 2016 12:09
14 December 2016 12:40
Make your detox that little bit easier come January, or simply help your body prepare for the occasional overindulgence and late nights that tend to go hand in hand with the holiday season by opting for a pretox. There’s no time like the present to start a pretox so that you sail through the festive season looking and feeling your absolute best. Just make sure you read this first…
Eat clean. Up your 5 a day intake to feed your body with those vital vitamins and minerals, boost your immune system and keep skin looking radiant. Opt for plenty of green veggies and omega-rich foods such as salmon, walnuts and spinach. Foods like asparagus and artichoke hearts are also particularly good for supporting healthy liver function to prepare your body if you’ll be indulging in a few Christmas cocktails.
Stay hydrated. Hydration is not only key for good overall health but also for keeping your complexion supple, healthy and glowing. Make sure to drink at least 2 litres per day and try to avoid caffeinated drinks. We also recommend starting the day with a cup of hot water & lemon to help alkalise the body and neutralise acids caused by alcohol and unhealthy food.
Our Restoration Oil is brilliant for hydrating parched complexions and protecting against the chilly winter weather. It contains a gorgeous blend of plant oils and flower extracts to restore, rejuvenate and replenish.
Get plenty of sleep. Late nights topped off with a few too many drinks not only zaps energy levels and leaves you feeling lethargic the morning after but can also leave your complexion dull and dehydrated. The majority of cell turnover and skin regeneration happens while we sleep, so aim for at least 8 hours a night to give your body much needed time to recuperate and ensure you awake feeling rested and energised.
Our anti-fatigue Get Up & Glow Serum works to boost cell ATP energy to brighten and enliven skin for a refreshed, youthful glow.
Allow time for your skincare routine, and also make sure you remove all your makeup every night, regardless of what time you make it home and how early your alarm is set for the next morning. The skin is our largest organ and requires at the very least a basic routine including a cleanser, serum and moisturiser twice a day. Add in an exfoliator to shed dead skin cells plus a brightening mask once a week and you’re all set!
Try our Renaissance Cleansing Gel, Super 16 and Renaissance 360 trio for brighter, younger-looking skin. Once a week, treat skin to our youth-boosting Micro Exfoliating Balm and/or radiance-boosting, resurfacing Renaissance Mask.
Last but not least, exercise. Nothing clears your head like a brisk walk or a jog in the park. Experts suggest a minimum of 30 minutes exercise per day to get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing whilst working off the calorie-laden cocktails or wine you may have indulged on the night before.
Last Updated: 14 December 2016 12:44
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
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
4 August 2016 16:54
Exfoliation is known to be an equally important step in our skincare routines as cleansing, applying a serum and moisturising, but what exactly is exfoliation and how does it benefit our skin? Here’s all you need to know…
What is exfoliation?
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead, dull skin cells from the skin’s surface. You may choose to use a physical exfoliator, containing small grains or particles which gently brush away dead skin cells such as our Micro Exfoliating Balm, or a chemical exfoliator, such as our Renaissance Mask which contains ingredients such as AHAs which work to unbind the ‘glue’ holding dead skin cells together.
Why is exfoliation important?
From around the age of 25, the process of cell regeneration becomes increasingly slower. This means that our skin takes longer to shed dead skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface, often leading to a dull, uneven, lacklustre complexion. A build-up of dead skin cells can lead to clogged pores, in turn causing breakouts and acne.
Exfoliating also aids the absorption of your skincare products, through deeply cleansing and unclogging pores thus allowing products to penetrate deeper into the skin for optimum performance.
How often should I exfoliate?
Keep skin glowing, soft and healthy by exfoliating once a week, or twice a week for drier or more mature skin types.
Last Updated: 4 August 2016 16:54
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
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
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
24 May 2016 10:06
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!
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.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:18
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
29 April 2016 10:48
Are you still searching for your go-to moisturiser, or been lucky enough to have already discovered ‘The One’? Considering the vast selection of moisturisers available today, each tailored to suit different skin types with varying consistencies and ingredients thrown into the mix, it can often prove difficult to find your match! Look no further… we’re revealing exactly what you need to know on the differences between our moisturisers to help make your decision that much easier!
Nutri-Active Day Cream
The Nutri-Active Day Cream is an advanced lightweight, multi-active day cream. This day cream has been designed to not only hydrate and provide essential nutrients to improve cell health and efficiency, but also help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, revitalize and repair, and protect skin DNA.
Who is it for?
An ideal base before makeup, its lightweight, easily absorbed texture makes it perfect for more oily or combination skin types, or younger skins looking for a hydration boost whilst targeting the early signs of ageing.
The Renaissance 360 is a vitamin-rich day cream that combats the ageing process on all fronts. Skin elasticity is improved, fine lines reduced and hydration increased, whilst targeted actives fade discolouration to even skin tone and brighten. Also containing powerful nutrients to nourish and enhance skin condition, this moisturiser is supported by free-radical fighting anti-oxidants.
Who is it for?
The Renaissance 360 is perfect for drier or more mature skins and those seeking a brighter, more even skin tone.
Bedtime Beauty Boost
The Bedtime Beauty Boost is a luxurious night cream packed with anti-ageing ingredients, nutrients and floral extracts to provide skin with a supercharged overnight health and beauty boost. Rich in essential cell nutrients and a variety of hydrating and anti-ageing actives, this night cream has been designed to help stimulate the skin’s natural regeneration process, iron out the appearance of wrinkles and give skin a natural, youthful glow.
Who is it for?
This deeply nourishing moisturiser is perfect for dry or more mature skins. For drier skin types, we recommend using the Bedtime Beauty Boost in the day time too.
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:19
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
5 April 2016 17:48
When it comes to introducing new products into our skincare routines, it can sometimes prove difficult to figure out where exactly they fit in, how often they should be used and which products they should be used alongside.
A few weeks on from the launch of our Renaissance BrightLight and Renaissance 360, we’re sharing a few tips on how best to introduce them into your existing routine for maximum skin benefits.
The Renaissance BrightLight is a high performance, targeted anti-pigmentation serum. It has been scientifically designed to help combat all forms of pigmentation and melanin production, from dark spots and sun damage to acne scarring. This product contains 13 brightening actives as well as AHAs and fruit enzymes which work together to illuminate, even skin tone and boost radiance.
A few drops of the Renaissance BrightLight serum should be applied to cleansed skin under your moisturiser or oil. This product can also be used in conjunction with other serums if using multiple serums to address particular skin concerns. When layering serums, be sure to allow the first serum to fully absorb before applying the second, or you may choose to alternate between two serums and apply one in the morning and one in the evening. Please note that if using our Renaissance BrightLight serum, apply twice a day and in conjunction with our Renaissance 360 for best results. Don’t forget to apply a high-level SPF when in direct sunlight!
The Renaissance 360 is a hydrating day cream that is packed full of active ingredients to fight the ageing process on all fronts and improve elasticity whilst deeply nourishing the skin. It also contains targeted actives to reduce pigmentation and fade discolouration for a more even skin tone and illuminated complexion. It is perfect for all skin types, especially more mature skins.
Gently massage 1-2 pumps into the skin each morning after applying your choice of serum(s).
For unbeatable skin brightening results, use in combination with our Renaissance BrightLight serum.
For more tips on how to make the most out of your skincare routines, head over to our Layering Your Skincare blog!
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:19
24 February 2016 13:16
OSKIA went backstage at London Fashion Week, prepping skin for the glamourous models in the Amanda Wakeley Collection so we thought it only right to share some of our therapist’s top tips from the show!
The Glow Facial, exclusively designed for the show, was created to reflect the healthy, athletic Icelandic warrior vision of the designer’s collection, leaving skin feeling firmer, energised and refreshed, ready for make-up application.
Read on for a step-by-step guide outlining the products used along with some tricks to get skin catwalk ready!
Step 1: Renaissance Cleansing Gel + Renaissance Mask
- Add 1 pump of Renaissance Cleansing Gel to 1 spatula scoop of the Renaissance Mask, and apply to the skin using long stroking movements for a super-charged fruit enzyme boost.
Step 2: Facial Massage
- Starting on the jawline make small circles with your thumbs, starting close to the centre to the face, and gliding up towards the ears. Repeat this movement in 3 to 4 rows until you reach the hairline to stimulate the blood flow and lymphatic system.
- Lift & glide the thumbs across the brows, then use your ring fingers in lifting movements underneath the eye area towards the top of the ear. This helps to maintain a more youthful appearance by gently reversing sluggish circulation and brightening the eye area.
Step 4: Stimulating Compress
- Use a warm muslin or flannel to remove the product in long gliding movements to further remove any dead skin cells.
Step 5: Cooling Compress
- Hold a cool muslin to the skin for 5 – 10 seconds. Place on cheek & jawline and then forehead. Repeat on the other side. Using a cool cloth leaves the skin feeling firmer, energised and refreshed whilst also helping to soothe and calm sensitive skins.
Step 6: Nutri-Active Day Cream
- Apply 2 pumps of the Nutri-Active Day Cream. Rich in vitamins, hyaluronic acid and omegas, this lightweight moisturiser hydrates and leaves skin silky soft.
Step 7: Restoration Oil
- Finish by lightly pressing 2 drops of Restoration Oil into the skin, focussing on the cheeks for a gorgeous dewy finish ready for make-up.
Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:04
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
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
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
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
27 July 2015 15:15
Have you noticed a goosebump-like rash on the tops of your arms and thighs? Keratosis Pilaris, a hereditary condition, 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.
The good news is that these pesky bumps are easily manageable with the help of a few simple tricks to unclog pores and make skin noticeably smoother.
How to treat it?
The key is to avoid over-scrubbing and stick to gentle exfoliants such as our Micro Exfoliating Balm which uses the tiniest silica and MSM particles to gently buff away dead skin cells whist nourishing the lipid barrier.Follow up with a vitamin-rich moisturiser such as our Renaissance Hand & Body Cream which has been specifically formulated with gentle pineapple, lemon, grape and passion fruit AHAs help to further exfoliate the skin and break down excess keratin. Further enriched with Swiss Garden Cress Liposomes, this nourishing cream also helps to reduce pigmentation, even skin tone and improve radiance meaning you’ll be wearing those sleeveless tops again in no time!
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:20
16 June 2015 16:46
The huge popularity of fermented foods in recent months has led to an increased interest in the nutritional benefits of fermented products, particularly in relation to skincare.
What are fermented foods?
Fermented 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. They help optimise the immune system and also aid the body’s natural detoxification process. The beneficial bacteria in these foods are highly potent detoxifiers, capable of drawing out a wide range of toxins.
How does my skin benefit from fermented ingredients?
During the fermentation process, ingredients are slowly processed over a period of several weeks in a controlled, oxygen-free environment. This not only preserves the ingredients, but allows for harmful bacteria to be removed, and particles are broken down making them more bio-available. This means that essential nutrients, minerals and actives can be more easily absorbed deep into the skin and used to hydrate, nourish and repair, producing optimum results.
Where can I find them?
Fermented minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, Copper and Iron can be found in our Renaissance Hand & Body Cream. This luxuriously hydrating daily hand and body treatment is packed with the very best nutrients and bio-actives to soften, nourish, rejuvenate and stimulate cell renewal.
03 Stressed Yeast Lysate increases cell respiration and the skin’s energy to stimulate new tissue growth, repair, regenerate and protect DNA. It can be found in our Eye Wonder, Get Up & Glow and Nutri-Active Day Cream.
Read "Why fermented skincare is the latest beauty fix" by Lisa Armostrong for The Telegraph and "Fermented Beauty: A fad or the future of skincare?" by Katie Robertson for GetTheGloss.com
Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:21
30 April 2013 16:32
by Georgie Cleeve, Founder
I get asked numerous times a week why our products don't contain a sunscreen. As a natural brand, the SPFs available to us are mineral sunscreens (physical), such as Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. They work by forming a barrier on the skin to protect the epidermis from UVA & UVB - a wonderful and highly effective barrier - but a barrier. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin rather than sitting on top. Octisalate (found in 59 percent of products), oxybenzone (found in 52 percent) and avobenzone (found in 49 percent) are the most common. Oxybenzone presents the most concerns; it can trigger allergic reactions, is a potential hormone disrupter, and penetrates the skin in relatively large amounts, according to the EWG.
So why don't we use mineral SPFs in our products? In regards to mineral sunscreens which form a protective barrier on the skin, they unfortunately also prevent actives penetrating into the skin and therefore all actives you find in a day cream become obsolete. The product will indeed protect you from the sun, for a limited time, but not carry out any of its intended purposes. We want a product to really really work, therefore when you apply a sunscreen, which you must when the sun in shining, please do so on-top of your skincare products and re-apply regularly. I'm afraid application once in the morning is not enough protection to last throughout the day. If you are using a day cream with a sunscreen, please do remember that you will need to top up your protection regularly.
Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:06
16 April 2013 14:56
A new study conducted by Poznan University, in Poland has found that taking green tea extract may help control the blood sugar levels in people that are overweight, allowing weight to be managed more effectively. Green tea has often been hailed as a super food, previously being linked to improved cardiovascular health, but new research finds that it may affect the body’s ability to control insulin levels. This new finding could potentially lead to preventative measures being implemented amongst those at risk of obesity.
The study of 56 patients also found that as well as affecting insulin levels, the individuals that were subject to green tea extract had significantly reduced blood pressure, glucose levels and inflammation in comparison to those that were taking a placebo. The researchers believe that inflammation may contribute to poor blood sugar control and high blood pressure, leading to wider health concerns.
Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:07