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Are you using the right serum?

15 February 2019 15:21

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus, Serums

 



WHAT IS A SERUM?
A serum is a concentrated blend of targeted actives in a very light textured fluid. Unlike a moisturiser they do not offer proper hydration or lipid protection (you need oils for that) and are usually designed to target particular concerns.

DO I STILL NEED A MOISTURISER?
Yes. Even though most offer some form of hydration you will still need to use a moisturiser, though oily skin types can get away with just using a serum in the summer. Hyaluronic Acid serums are very popular as they are believed to hydrate the skin. In actual fact, they can often dehydrate the skin especially when used in very arid and dry weather conditions, as the water molecules at HA attract are most likely to be those at are already in your skin. To get around this, always use an HA serum on damp skin.

WHEN AND HOW TO I USE A SERUM?
Unless a strong retinol or acid serum (which should be used once at night), to get the most out of your serum, always use twice a day, morning and night, directly onto freshly cleansed skin. If you use a derma roller, use straight after as it will boost penetration. The rule of thumb is to always start with water-based to oil-based, and lighter texture to heavier texture. So, cleanse, tone, serum, moisturiser then oil.

CAN I MIX SERUMS TOGETHER?
Unless the serums are specifically formulated to be mixed, I would be wary of mixing serums together. Many many ingredients are very volatile and mixing can alter perfectly-formulated pH stable formulations which can have a huge effect on ingredients and efficacy. Formulations can take a very long time to get right, so you don’t want to fiddle too much. Never mix acids with other products, unless you want to buffer the effect of the said acid. The wonderful thing about serums though is that they are very lightweight, so you can use more than one at a time - three or four if you wish - just always allow each to fully absorb before applying the next. This way you will get the most out of each one. If you have the time leaving a few minutes between each will be very beneficial.

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Last Updated: 15 February 2019 18:02

Serums - what & why?

15 February 2019 11:36

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

WHAT IS A SERUM?
A serum is a concentrated blend of targeted actives in a very light textured fluid. Unlike a moisturiser they do not offer proper hydration or lipid protection (you need oils for that) and are usually designed to target particular concerns.

DO I STILL NEED A MOISTURISER?
Yes. Even though most offer some form of hydration you will still need to use a moisturiser, though oily skin types can get away with just using a serum in the summer. Hyaluronic Acid serums are very popular as they are believed to hydrate the skin. In actual fact, they can often dehydrate the skin especially when used in very arid and dry weather conditions, as the water molecules at HA attract are most likely to be those at are already in your skin. To get around this, always use an HA serum on damp skin.

WHEN AND HOW TO I USE A SERUM?
Unless a strong retinol or acid serum (which should be used once at night), to get the most out of your serum, always use twice a day, morning and night, directly onto freshly cleansed skin. If you use a derma roller, use straight after as it will boost penetration. The rule of thumb is to always start with water-based to oil-based, and lighter texture to heavier texture. So, cleanse, tone, serum, moisturiser then oil.

CAN I MIX SERUMS TOGETHER?
Unless the serums are specifically formulated to be mixed, I would be wary of mixing serums together. Many many ingredients are very volatile and mixing can alter perfectly-formulated pH stable formulations which can have a huge effect on ingredients and efficacy. Formulations can take a very long time to get right, so you don’t want to fiddle too much. Never mix acids with other products, unless you want to buffer the effect of the said acid. The wonderful thing about serums though is that they are very lightweight, so you can use more than one at a time - three or four if you wish - just always allow each to fully absorb before applying the next. This way you will get the most out of each one. If you have the time leaving a few minutes between each will be very beneficial.

WHICH SERUM IS FOR YOU?

 

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Last Updated: 15 February 2019 17:20

Beauty Bible Awards 2019.

23 January 2019 13:06

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Last Updated: 24 January 2019 21:37

The OSKIA Teams New Years Resolutions.

11 January 2019 14:49

 


Now the entire OSKIA team is back in the office after the New Year, we are going full steam into 2019, refreshed, motivated and excited for the year ahead! We have all agreed it's not about going into the New Year and giving everything up, or restricting yourself, instead we are all trying to take on a healthier, more balanced way of life; drinking plenty of water, eating our five day and learning new things. We are all trying to put our general wellbeing at the forefront this year, whether that be our mental or physical wellbeing. We think it's really important to set yourself achievable goals and thought we would share some of ours with you, as a little inspiration.

GEORGIE CLEEVE: Founder

“I strongly don’t believe in giving things up, but rather taking things up. So, this year, I’m taking up something manual and therapeutic.... sewing. We’ve just moved to a new house, so there must be something I can try and make...perhaps a curtain or two.”

VICTORIA: New Product Development Manager

“I started de-cluttering last year (clearing out cupboards at home etc) and although it’s a bit of a bore to start with, you feel good getting rid of stuff, taking unwanted things to charity and they say a de-cluttered house is a de-cluttered mind. I think the New Year is a time when you naturally reflect on the year gone by and I always try and set goals for myself in the areas of health, finance, career etc.”

LOUISE: Operations Manager

“Spurred on by my daughter who has continued to enjoy her art and painted all of her own Christmas cards this year, I am going back to something which I enjoyed so much when I was at school. I have enrolled on a silver smithing course, and after just one session I’m already planning to have a little work bench at home. It’s totally me time!” 

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Last Updated: 11 January 2019 19:31

NEW! ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR NEW MSM BIO-PLUS

4 January 2019 14:06

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus


Georgie Cleeve founded OSKIA and the concept of nutritional skincare in 2009 after witnessing first-hand the skincare benefits of MSM, a sulphur derivative more commonly known as the 'Beauty Mineral'. She was initially introduced to MSM by her father who introduced MSM to the market as a joint supplement for race horses over 30 years ago. Taking it to repair serious cartilage damage in her own knees she experienced a phenomenal response to the MSM and her joints repaired more than any surgeon had thought possible. But what had been less expected was the major improvement in the symptoms of her acne, eczema and generally poor skin, together with striking benefits to her complexion and the condition of her hair and nails. OSKIA has spent over 10 years perfecting the bio-availability of all our nutrients.
MSM, a naturally-occurring organic sulphur compound, supports the efficiency of healthy skin cells, helping to improve skin structure, elasticity and condition for a healthy-looking complexion, as well as helping to maintain the strong condition of hair and nails. These benefits have now been increased by blending MSM with an extract from black pepper fruits.


WHAT MADE YOU CREATE THIS PRODUCT?
“I’m always looking ways to improve the bio-availability of our nutrients, which is what OSKIA specialises in. MSM had such a profound effect on my life, my mobility, my skin and my confidence, that it is cornerstone of our brand’s ethos. So when I discovered a method of how to make our MSM even more potent, then I jumped at it. This combination is entirely unique to OSKIA.” Georgie 


HOW WILL THE SUPPLEMENT AFFECT MY SKIN?
MSM is known for a number of properties, including its ability to support the body’s production of collagen, keratin and glutathione (the body’s own key cellular anti-oxidant). It also has an amazing history of helping reduce inflammation, together with an ability to improve cellular function by making the cell walls work more efficiently which supports detoxification. Improving collagen levels, reducing inflammation and detoxifying skin cells are all major contributors to improved skin condition. It has been clinically proven to reduce fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation but also help calm skin conditions such as acne and eczema.


HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM OSKIA’S PURE MSM SUPPLEMENT?
Our Pure MSM has been a hero product since we launched OSKIA and we have so many devoted fans across the world who have seen amazing benefits to their skin condition since taking it. MSM and it’s remarkable benefits was the founding story behind the brand and OSKIA was the first to bring it to the cosmetics market. It would have been easy to keep it as it is, but we are always looking at how to improve our products, as science can move so quickly, so with MSM Bio-Plus we’ve seen an opportunity to enhance those results even further – to super-charge the benefits of Pure MSM – and in a more easily digestible capsule too, so we have jumped at the chance to keep on evolving and improving what we do.


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BLACK PEPPER INGREDIENT IN THE SUPPLEMENT?
MSM Bio-Plus still contains our pure, quadruple-distilled MSM, the purest available on the market. The Black Pepper extract has been incorporated to further increase the bio-availability of MSM, meaning the body is capable of absorbing even more of this amazing mineral. This specific patented extract has been proven in trials to increase the bio-availability of nutrients by up to 220%.

HOW LONG WAS THE PROCESS OF MAKING IT?
We have been looking for the right technology to super-charge our MSM for some time. Having found it, we then spent well over a year testing the inclusion levels and ensuring we had the perfect delivery system.


WHEN WILL WE SEE THE RESULTS?
Our advice to anyone taking supplements for skin health and condition is to wait for two skin cycles before judging the results, typically a minimum of 8 weeks. We do however have a whole host of feedback from people who have seen the benefits in a much, much shorter time frame.


HOW OFTEN SHOULD I TAKE IT?
We recommend you start with two capsules, twice a day, before reducing to two capsules every day. The design of these capsules makes them much easier to swallow. Is it pregnancy safe? Our founder continues to take MSM throughout all her pregnancies. However, it is always recommended to speak to your doctor. Often the advice is to only take a pregnancy supplement.


HOW OLD DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO TAKE IT?
The benefits that MSM Bio-Plus brings, are appreciated by all ages. There are lots of customers who take it as part of a general routine to support visibly healthy skin, others who look to its more ‘anti-ageing’ benefits. We also receive incredible feedback from people with problem skin, including acne, rosacea and eczema. MSM BioPlus’s ability to boost collagen and keratin production, but particularly its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying benefits, really help reduce the symptoms of these conditions, improving skin condition and with it, people’s confidence, which is the goal of all our products.


IS IT VEGAN? Yes

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Last Updated: 7 January 2019 12:46

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