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Ingredient Focus: Avocado Oil

2 March 2018 11:37

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Nutrition

 

Avocados, also called the Crocodile Fruit, have been smashed, pureed and frozen all in the quest to steal their amazing health and beauty boosting qualities. OSKIA founder Georgie Cleeve eats one a day, with plenty of chilli and lime, for exactly this reason.

Avocado Oil is also becoming recognized as an amazing skincare ingredient, bursting with over 20 nutrients (including Niacin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Potassium) but most importantly Chlorophyll and over 70% Oleic Acid (Omega 9), which is highly nourishing and a great anti-inflammatory to help soothe and heal.

Find it, cold-pressed, in our new Cupid’s Bow Lip Balm - a rich, soothing and nourishing lip balm containing anti-ageing Vitamin A and shimmer-release pigments to provide a little gloss and highlight.

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Last Updated: 2 March 2018 11:37

Georgie's 2018 Nutritional Resolutions

26 January 2018 15:16

Posted in: Skin Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition

We all know that good intentions start on the 1st of January but peter out by the 21st, so to ensure you end 2018 as you started, make sure to choose resolutions that will really make a difference but without the effort.
I have never counted calories, but I do count nutrients. For me it is always about what you are not eating rather than eating that counts. It doesn’t matter if you eat a pizza if you know you are eating all the right nutrients.

These are a few of my nutritional tips which are easy as pie to include in your daily diet.

1.    Look after your gut and it will look after you. The Gut and its biome has probably been one of the most talked about topics of 2017. However, it’s something that having grown up surrounded by the most wonderful and weirdest doctors and scientists, including one of the world leaders in gut bacteria, is something that’s second nature to me. Unfortunately taking a probiotic doesn’t really cut the mustard as the majority of the bacteria are dead by the time they reach the gut. The best way to love your gut is to introduce fermented foods. Which takes me on to my second top tip - and a delicious one for the sweet toothed amongst us…

2.    Ama-Koji - a fermented sugar alternative. Naturally we all have a sweet tooth and we all love cakes, so don’t give up chocolate or cakes and make life a misery (you will fail) but cook with Ama-Koji instead. It’s a koji fermented rice extract, very popular in Japan, that has a very sweet taste but also the brilliant benefits of fermented foods. I use it to both cook with and add to my morning coffee.

3.    Add Adaptogens to your diet. We sadly live in a very fast paced and stressful life, a life where no one at any time really can switch off (thanks, Internet!). The more disconnected-time of our parent’s off-line generation is at an end. Personally, I can’t bare this, and rather wish someone would ‘break’ the Internet for good, but as no one will, and there is no sign of things changing, we need to find ways to help our bodies and minds slow down. Stress is the one of the biggest causes of illness, mental problems, and skin damage by causing cortisone spikes. Adaptogens regulate the body’s stress hormones and include Ashwaganda, Astragalus, Ginseng, Liquorice root, Holy basil, some mushrooms such as Chaga and Rhodiola.

4.    Forget Lemon - Yuzu is what you want. More Vitamin C than Lemons, but basically rather the same, swap your Lemon and hot water in the mornings for this.

5.    Add a little spice in your life…Turmeric tea isn’t that tasty - let’s be honest - but pop a teaspoon into a curry (or sweet potato soup) and it’s delicious and you will benefit from the wonderful anti-inflammatories it’s famous for (one of the reasons we use it in our gorgeous Restoration Oil).

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Last Updated: 27 January 2018 10:07

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

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