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HOW DOES POLLUTION AFFECT THE SKIN?

19 January 2018 18:07

Posted in: Skin Health

City life, fun though it is, exposes us constantly to particularly high levels of air pollution. This starts from the moment we wake, taking in our daily commute, exercising or just enjoying a coffee outside, through to less obvious sources such as air conditioning, office life, even cooking and cleaning, meaning our skin is constantly exposed to the damage caused by indoor and outdoor pollution.

Pollution is also common in the countryside, especially in areas where large-scale manufacturing or farming might be taking place.
The average home or office contains 60,000 different chemicals.

The effects of toxic fumes on skin are being seen in western cities, such as London, Paris & New York, as well as in more visibly polluted Asian cities. In many cases it may be the primary cause of ageing or significantly contributing to more pronounced visible signs. Pollution is also being linked to worsening skin conditions such as eczema and hives. The 2017 American Lung Association’s annual 'State of the Air' report revealed that nearly 40% of people live in counties with unhealthy levels of ozone or particle pollution.

The mixture of Particulate Matter (PM), Ozone, Heavy Metals, VOC'S and Free Radicals can cause major damage to our skin. Free radicals, caused by pollution, attack the cells and the skin’s own anti-oxidants. PM and heavy metals can both cause problems on the surface of the skin or penetrate through the pores leading to deeper cellular damage.


• CELLULAR AND DNA DAMAGE
• BREAKDOWN OF COLLAGEN
• INCREASED FINE LINES
• LOSS OF ELASTICITY & LACK-LUSTRE
• BREAKDOWN OF THE LIPID BARRIER
• ABNORMAL SENSITIVITY
• INCREASED INFLAMMATION
• HYPER-PIGMENTATION & DARK SPOTS

To start protecting your skin from the effects of pollution and minimise the signs of ageing you don’t need to completely change your routine but you need more than a simple anti-oxidant. Our CITYLIFE range is designed to complement your favourite products and it can be used alongside your existing routine. The CITYLIFE Booster is clinically-proven to protect your skin against:

98% of PM (Particulate Matter) and
Up to 97.7% of free-radical activity. *†

 

It also protects against ozone & heavy metals found in city pollution & cigarette smoke, including nickel & iron. Our NEW CityLife Detox Mask not only contains anti-oxidant and anti-pollution ingredients but is incredibly soothing, calming and perfect for city-stressed or inflamed skins.

 

*Independent clinical trials 2017.

 

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Last Updated: 19 January 2018 18:08

NEW LAUNCH: Introducing CityLife Detox Mask

16 January 2018 17:58

Posted in: News, Product Focus, Skin Health

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest addition to the CityLife range. The CityLife Detox Mask is the first 100% natural peel-off mask on the market and works to detoxify, decongest and calm city-stressed skins.

Before we go into the ins-and-outs of our newest mask we’d love to share why OSKIA founder Georgie Cleeve loves this product and what was her inspiration behind it.

“I have a thing for peel-off masks which I find so satisfying, but to find one that is entirely natural and one that doesn’t strip my skin is like searching for water on the moon. I also have a thing about pollution which causes my skin to become red and inflamed and was desperately in need for a detoxifying mask that tackled city pollutants but also calmed and caressed my stressed-out skin. This new cooling mask is like a cashmere glove for my skin and took a long time in development. We worked very closely with our packaging partner to produce the first circular dual sachet so the there is no need for messy bowls and mixers - yay!”

What does it do?
Along with other skin benefits, our Detox Mask has four key actions and it’s designed to purify, protect, hydrate and calm. It’s cooling and calming properties will help soothe inflamed complexions while a host of detoxifying ingredients work to remove impurities and clear the skin from damage-causing free radicals.

                                

What’s inside?
As part of the CityLife range this mask is packed with anti-oxidant and anti-pollution ingredients such as Activated Binchotan (Charcoal) Powder, Malachite, Camelia Japonica Flower and Astaxanthin along with deep cleansing, soothing, calming and firming ingredients such as Kaolin (Black Clay), Horse Chestnut, Gotu Kola and MSM.

Who needs it?
Our new Detox Mask is perfect for all skin types - dry, combination & oily - as well as anyone in need of detox when skin is feeling particularly stressed. Everyone living in high-pollution areas will benefit of the purifying and calming action.

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Last Updated: 17 January 2018 12:17

The Morning After

17 December 2017 09:31

Posted in: Skin Health, How-To

Sleeping in your makeup isn’t actually the worst thing you can do if it’s only once in a while. You’re simply missing out on the goodness your night time products provide and extra hydration loss. Rather it’s the lack of sleep, not your makeup, that causes you to look less than perfect the next day. ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) is the magic chemical that is manufactured in your brain while you sleep and distributed around the body and provides the energy for all cellular functions all over your body, including the all important nocturnal skin cell regeneration. Think of it is as the battery power of your cells. Fewer hours of sleep simply results in less ATP being made, which results in less cellular activity, less respiration and less cell energy. It is true that lack of sleep is one of the biggest causes of skin ageing.

Treat your skin to a little TLC with these quick tips.

1. Extra Hydration. Your skin naturally loses moisture at night and alcohol’s dehydrating effect magnified that lack of moisture, so double cleanse with an oil or balm cleaner. Your first cleanse is to remove your makeup, and the second to gently cleanse the skin. To perk up the complexion, mix a little physical exfoliator into your cleanser, such as our Micro-Exfoliating Balm, or choose a cleanser with added exfoliants to brighten skin. (Photo - The pumpkin enzymes in our Renaissance Cleanser will gently dissolve the dead skin cells and intercellular glue that binds them together to reveal fresh cells and a more radiant, smoother complexion.)

2. Top tip from the catwalk Grab an ice cube from the freezer and gently massage over your entire face, including the eye area, to tone, tighten and boost circulation to bring fresh nutrients to your tired skin.

3. Cheat your skin into thinking it’s had a good night’s sleep by using a product that boosts ATP such as Get Up & Glow, which contains D-Ribose, a pentose that occurs in all living cells and obtained from the humble corn on the cob - not the most glam of vegetables but one that instantly increases cellular respiration and ATP synthesis by 37%, as well as reducing fine lines by 30% (after 28 days if used daily). (Photo - GUG - This Hyaluronic Acid based serum also contains micro light reflectors to enliven skin and help mask imperfections as well as peptides and vitamins to brighten.)

4. Gleam - Apply a good facial oil. Not only will it instantly rehydrate partied-out skin, boost your vital lipid barrier and repair your Acid Mantle to protect, but give your skin an instant healthy-looking gleam. (Photo - RO - Restoration Oil is light enough to be used over the entire eye area to give extra hydration and protection and makes a fantastic primer.)

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Last Updated: 17 January 2018 11:08

What is your Acid Mantle & why does pH Matter?

12 December 2017 19:55

Posted in: Skin Health

The acid mantle is a very fine and very vital film on the surface of your outermost layer (stratum corneum) on top of the outer layer (epidermis) of your skin. It is slightly acidic (ranging from 4.4-6 pH) and your body’s first layer of defence against bacteria, viruses and harmful foreign bodies. It also prevents cellular water loss and keeps your skin soft, elastic and supple.

It is made up of sebum secreted from your sebaceous glands, sweat from your pores, flat dead skin cells knitted together, lactic acid, urocanic acid, fatty acids and pyrrolidine carboxylic acid. It is designed to keep bad things out and good things in.

The bad news
However, this delicate layer can be easily and very commonly damaged and stripped leaving the skin open to infection and bacteria which damage our health, but also our visual complexion. If you have ever experienced a tight feeling after cleansing, for example, your acid mantle has been stripped.

What can damage it
Over cleansing, regular use of acids/peels, extreme heat & cold, sun, air conditioning, pollution, free-radicals, skincare ingredients, such as SLS’s.

How to love your acid mantle
The good news is that the skin’s pH can naturally right itself within about 30 minutes - the body really is amazing. However, the damage that is done can take weeks to repair.

1. Use pH appropriate products, within 1pH difference to the skin natural level. Higher (alkaline) pH products, such as soap, dilate follicles (swelling them), which increases the permeability of skin making it more vulnerable to microorganisms and irritants.

2. Do not over cleanse or exfoliate. Cleansing is an important part of all our skin care routines to remove makeup and grime and keep pores nice and clear. However, over cleansing can strip away this important layer. Additionally over exfoliation will also remove this layer.

3. Be careful with chemical exfoliators and peels. Not all acids are made equal and some are stronger than others. All acids alter the skin’s natural pH allowing exfoliation to occur, however they can also change the skin’s pH making it inhospitable to the skin’s vital flora and therefore open to the colonisation of harmful bacteria. A strong peel should always be followed by an 'buffer' to return the skin to its normal pH immediately.

4. Choose ingredients wisely. Keep away from soap - face and body - which is alkaline and SLS’s.

5. If you have dry or sensitive skin, regularly replenish your skin’s natural barrier with plant oils. Like acids, not all oils are equal so it’s important to choose an oil with the correct omega ratios to suit your skin type.

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Last Updated: 1 January 2018 19:57

OSKIA Christmas Shop & Holiday Shipping

30 November 2017 16:46

Our OSKIA Christmas shop is now open!

Shop our beautiful skincare gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or treat yourself to a favourite. This year’s OSKIA gift store includes an edit of your favourite products, from limited edition of our best-selling Renaissance Cleansing Gel to our indulgent Rose De Mai Treatment candle.

We are also offering gift wrapping for all OSKIA products to make your Christmas a little less consumed by excessive bows and ribbons. Simply added to your shopping bag together with your products of choice.

Gifts to give and get:
Rose De Mai Treatment Candle – For the ultimate luxury skin treatment

Exclusive limited edition Renaissance Cleansing Gel 40ml – Our best-selling gel-to-oil cleanser in a beautifully luxurious rose gold packaging. The perfect stocking filler for anyone who love skincare or likes to travel.

Renaissance Mask – At home spa treatment with immediate results. It’s a pampering treat that reveals brighter, more even, hydrated and radiant skin in minutes.

Bright & Healthy Essential Skin Nutrition Gift Box - Our Skin Nutrition Kit is made for happy, healthy and more radiant skin. It contains 3 of our award-winning Renaissance best-sellers for a simple routine wherever you are.

Vitamin E Bath Oil - Our newest addition to the range and exclusive to OSKIASkincare.com, a deeply nourishing blend of pure Vitamin E and over thirty floral and super berry oils would make for a beautiful gift.


To avoid the disappointment in not receiving your presents please see our last guaranteed shipping dates:

- UK only – 20th December
- Europe – 15th December
- Worldwide – 13th December

OSKIA factory will be closed from 22nd of December to 2nd of January. Any purchases after 22nd of December will be dispatched for delivery on the week commencing 2nd of January.

Happy shopping!

 

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Last Updated: 5 January 2018 10:29

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