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OSKIA X Sweaty Betty Live

11 September 2018 13:16


We loved meeting you all at this year’s incredible Sweaty Betty Live at the Truman Brewery, we hope all who attended it loved it as much as we did and found time to indulge in the delicious food stalls, take part in some of London’s most vibrant workout classes, and pamper yourself in the biggest beauty area to date.
OSKIA was there giving the full low down on the effects pollution has on your skin, and the steps you can take to protect your skin and also de-pollute your life. If you didn’t manage to make it this year, don’t worry, you can learn about the effects of pollution here! See you next year, and head over to our Instagram for more.


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Last Updated: 11 September 2018 13:34

Marine Mania

30 August 2018 17:30

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Nutrition, Skin Health

Globally we produce a staggering 300 million tons of plastic each year with 8 million tons of that ending up in our oceans. Not only is plastic killing our marine life, but new data suggests that it is also finding its way into the food chain.

We feel that those who manufacturer and create the demand should accept responsibility and make themselves part of the solution. So as a start we will cease to use plastic tubes and move over to tubes made from natural, sustainably-sourced sugarcane. This not only has a very low carbon footprint but is also 100% recyclable. The majority of our packaging has always been glass and we currently only use plastic tubes for three of our core products. We’re starting with our Perfect Cleanser and the rest will follow as soon as possible. Look out for the Sugarcane symbol on our packaging. Our eco-footprint is very important to us, we are sourcing actives from as close to home as possible, making sustainability at the core of our purchasing decisions, and evaluating all of our supply and production processes to take whatever steps we can to reduce that footprint. We’re not perfect, but our Perfect Cleanser just got cleaner and greener and as a business we’re doing the same.

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Last Updated: 4 September 2018 10:11

10 Pollution Facts & 5 Solutions.

23 August 2018 12:05



• There are two types of air pollution: ozone and particulate matter. Ozone is released into the air by cars, trucks, airplanes, and anything else that emits toxic gases. Particulate matter is a mixture of solid particles that are found in the air. These include dust, dirt, and smoke.

• 92% of the world’s population live in places where air pollution levels exceed the recommended limits set by the world health organisation.

• The average home or office contains 60,000 chemicals.

• Kings College London has shown Oxford Street has up to 10 times the legal limit of Nitrogen Dioxide.

• Pollution particles are sometimes 20 times smaller than pores and can penetrate the deeper layers of the epidermis causing cellular damage,including the breakdown of collagen and elastin as well as inflammation and irritation.

• This year London reached the legal limit for the whole of 2018 less than a month into the year.

• Cigarette smoke contains over 6000 chemicals.

• The mixture of Particulate Matter (PM), Ozone, Heavy Metals, VOC and Free Radicals can cause major damage to our skin.

• Carbon Monoxide, Nitrous Oxide and ozone destroy the skins natural oils, which act as protective barriers.

• 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 damage.


• UP YOUR ANTI-OXIDANTS: These vital and exceptionally clever compounds inhibit oxidation and the damage and breakdown of cells. They are our body's own mini-martyrs and give up their extra electrons to free-radicals to prevent them damaging other cells.

• - EUK-134
• - Astaxanthin
• - Niacinamide (VIT B3)
• - Malachite

• Salmon (Anti-Oxidant + Vitamin E + Astaxanthin)
• Broccoli (Vitamin E + Vitamin C)
• Turmeric (Anti-Inflammatory)
• Almond (Vitamin E)
• Chia Seeds (Omega 3’s)
• Ginger (Anti-Inflammatory)
• Avocado (Vitamin E)
• Tomatoes (Lycopene)

• USE ECO FRIENDLY PRODUCTS: Studies have shown that synthetic cleaning products are not only extremely harmful (due to the frequent ammonia and chlorine content) but that breathing in the fumes is comparable to smoking twenty cigarettes a day. So swapping your cleaning products to natural ones could really do wonders for lowering the amount of toxins you ingest.

• INVEST IN HOUSE PLANTS: In the UK we tend to spend around 90% or our time indoors, so another easy way of decreasing indoor pollution is to increase your indoor greenery. House plants turn toxic compound into lovely clean air through photosynthesis, in fact NASA did a study that showed some were able to remove 90% of toxic compounds!

• GO ORGANIC: One of the easiest ways to lower your body's total toxin intake is to eat organic foods, Organic foods contain less toxins, but also often have more beneficial nutrients such as anti-oxidants than non-organic foods.

• DONT SMOKE: Smoking effects your skin in the same way a polluted environment would, in fact it's like creating your own personal polluted environment. Smokers deprive themselves and their skin cells of oxygen, which accelerates the aging process. It also depletes your body the vitamins it needs to heal itself.


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Last Updated: 23 August 2018 12:07

OSKIA X Sweaty Betty Live

22 August 2018 13:44


We’re so thrilled to be part of this year’s Sweaty Betty Live. Come and join the OSKIA team at the Truman Brewery on the 8th of September and immerse yourself in the wellness event of the year. Prepare to workout with London’s most esteemed fitness studios, indulge in healthy street food and pamper your self in a bigger beauty area than ever.

Team OSKIA will be there talking about pollution, the effects it has on our skin and the steps you can take to protect your skin. Did we also mention, you get an incredible goody bag worth £70? Don’t miss out and get your tickets before they’re gone.

Click here to book tickets now!

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Last Updated: 28 August 2018 13:34

Vitamin C vs Astaxanthin

11 August 2018 14:16

Posted in: Vitamin C, Anti-Oxidants, Astaxanthin

Vitamin C v Astaxanthin…..Which is 6000 times stronger than the other?

Using a powerful topical anti-oxidant is the most important thing we can do for the long term health of our skin, even more than using an SPF. Vitamin C has been the traditional darling of the anti-oxidant world for years. However, there are new generation of anti-oxidants paving the way that are bigger and better in terms of protecting against free-radical damage. Astaxanthin is one that should be on the tips of everyone’s lips.

First of all, what are free radicals? They are loose atoms that roam around looking for Free Radicals are found all around us and can wreak havoc with the health of our skin, inducing premature ageing, diseases, inflammation and cancers. The skin damage or cellular breakdown (including collagen and elastin) caused by Free-Radicals manifests itself in several forms, from changing the colour of your skin (brown spots & hyperpigmentation), sagging and loss of elasticity to fine lines and wrinkles.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has long been hailed by the beauty industry as the king of anti-oxidants, reigning supreme in the past year because of its additional ability to stimulate fibroblast cells to produce collagen and gently brighten and smooth skin helping to diminish any unwanted pigmentation. But as an anti-oxidant, it simply can be beaten, both in terms of stability and efficacy.

Astaxanthin (pronounced Asta-xan-thin) is a blood-red pigment that naturally originates in rainwater micro algae and travels through the food chain providing the beautiful pink colour of shrimp, prawns and flamingos. We are familiar with carotenoids - and we know that the brighter the food, the better it is for us - for example Beta Carotene in carrots, tomatoes, peppers and sweet potatoes.

Unlike other anti-oxidants including Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene, Astaxanthin does not become pro-oxidant in the body nor does it break down into Vitamin A, making it ideal for topical skincare due to its stability.
It is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than Green Tea Catechins and 75 times stronger than Alpha Lipoic Acid. 

Apart from its exceptional anti-oxidant capacity, Astaxanthin has also been proven to have a positive effect on collagen production but also sun protection. It does not shield or absorb UV light, but has amazing photo-protective benefits. Recovery is quicker and pigmentation issues reduced. Fibroblasts are skin cells that act as a skin defence system, providing antioxidant enzymes such as Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT). When skin is exposed to sunlight, ROS formation and its build-up occurs. Astaxanthin can protect and enhance the ability of the fibroblasts to reduce the formation of ROS and also scavenge ROS after its formation.
Sunburn is the formation of erythema (redness and swelling) - an inflammatory process. Due to potent anti-inflammatory properties of Astaxanthin, it can help protect the skin from developing sunburn or to sooth a sunburn after its formation.

So, if you are looking for the ultimate anti-oxidant protection, forget Vitamin C, and keep your eyes peeled for Astaxanthin or alternatively get your hands on our CityLife range packed with Astaxanthin to help prevent cellular and DNA damage, breakdown of collagen and potential fine lines.

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2. Nishida Y. et. al, Quenching Activities of Common Hydrophilic and Lipophilic Antioxidants against Singlet Oxygen Using Chemiluminescence Detection System. Carotenoid Science 11:16-20 (2007).

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Last Updated: 12 August 2018 08:49

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