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Pumpkin things we love

26 October 2018 10:28

Posted in: Ingredient Focus

 


Many people perceive pumpkins, as little more than a spooky Halloween decoration to carve once a year. However, we want you to rethink this plump, nutritious plant and how, not only can they be carved at Halloween, but also help you detox your way through Halloween, whilst they are so abundantly available.


Pumpkins can often be overshadowed by Squashes, when we cook, due to the fact they are part of the same family. However, pumpkins really do have a huge range of health benefits, that perhaps are sometimes overlooked, including being one of the best sources of Beta-Carotene.
Beta-Carotene is a carotenoid, carotenoids are a naturally occurring pigment, found in plants and are largely responsible for the vivid colour in some fruits and vegetables. The Human body uses Beta-Carotene in a few different ways, it can act as an Anti-Oxidant, protecting cells from the damaging effects of harmful Free-Radicals. It is also converted by the body into Vitamin A, a precursor of Vitamin A it can sometimes be referred to as “Pro-Vitamin A”. We need Vitamin A, for healthy skin, our immune system and good eye health, all in all, we should definitely be feasting on this delicious vegetable this October.


To make things easier for you, we have been treated to a sneak peak of Wahacas famous Dia de lo Muertos (Day Of The Dead) festival menu created by chef and Wahaca’s Co-Founder Tommi Miers, who has given us her “Crown Prince Day Of The Dead” recipe, which is not only absolutely Devine, but also scarily healthy, with Roasted pumpkin, kale, and cashew mole, what’s not to love?


If you want to indulge in more of Tommi’s delicious dishes make sure you get tickets to one of her supper clubs in London or Manchester (Tickets here), you can expect to be treated to passion fruit cured Trout, traditional slow cooked game with picadillo, Marigold Margaritas, or ice-cold Coronas. Be quick or you’ll miss out!

CROWN PRINCE DAY OF THE DEAD 
Mole is a Mexican word for sauce and describes an umbrella of delectable sauces that they cook in this incredible country (think guaca-mole meaning avocado sauce). This is a vibrant, modern and extremely healthy one that takes very little time to throw together and is dairy free. I love it with pumpkin, but the sauce is also delicious with lamb chops, or a pork tenderloin if you are feeding meat lovers.


Serves 4
For the pumpkin

• 1 large Delica pumpkin (or other delicious variety of squash like Crown Prince or butternut), about 1.2kg
• 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• A small handful of chopped fresh thyme
• 1 tsp fennel SEEDS
• ½ tsp dried chilli flakes, optional

 For the kale and cashew nut mole
• 140g cashew nuts, soaked overnight then drained
• 300ml water, or as needed
• 50g baby kale
• 1 garlic clove, peeled
• A large handful each of coriander and parsley
• A small bunch of tarragon
• The juice of 2 limes
• 75ml extra virgin olive oil, or as needed
• 3 spring onions, roughly chopped
• 1 tbsp cider vinegar

To serve
• 2 tbsp toasted hazelnuts
• 2 tbsp pomegranate seeds
• 1 bag baby kale leaves (I use purple if I can get them)
• Aged pecorino to shave (optional)

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.
  2. Halve the pumpkin and discard the seeds, then slice the flesh into wedges (you can peel them if you like). In a pestle and mortar or with a chopping knife, lightly crush the thyme, fennel seeds and dried chilli with salt and pepper and scatter over the pumpkin with the olive oil. Roast for 35-40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the mole. Blitz the soaked cashew nuts in a blender, then add the rest of the mole ingredients and blend to a smooth puree. You want it to be the consistency of double cream, so thin it down with more water or olive oil if needed.
  4. Transfer to a pan and warm the mole gently, then pour a little onto each plate and serve with the roast pumpkin wedges on top, scattered with the hazelnuts, pomegranate seeds and baby kale. Shave with pecorino, if using.

You can also see more at: #wahacadotd, @wahaca, @thomasinamiers

 

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Last Updated: 31 October 2018 12:06

Why You need Anti-Oxidants in your self-tanning products?

12 September 2018 12:08

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Before we explain why we decided to use anti-oxidants in our new self-tanning range let’s look at what we know about free radicals and what they do to our skin.

What are free radicals?
Free Radicals are atoms that are missing one electron. They are everywhere. They go around desperately trying to scavenge another electron from any normal atom they meet along their way in order to complete themselves. This includes the complete, happy atoms found in our skin cells.

How do free radicals harm the skin?
Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation. (This is why free radical damage is also called “oxidative damage.”). It causes a huge amount of stress to our cells and can degrade the collagen and elastin fibres which leads to premature ageing.

What are anti-oxidants and how do they help?
Anti-oxidants donate the free radical atoms with electrons and prevent them from harming the skin while effectively protecting against oxidative stress and early signs of ageing. It is for this reason that anti-oxidants are one of the biggest trends and most important active groups in skincare and beauty.

Okay! But why in self-tanning?
A study done at Gematria Test Lab in Berlin found that DHA (the key active ingredient in fake tans that changes the colour of your skin) treated skin had 180% more free radicals when exposed to sun than non-DHA treated skin. Not only that UV light activates a free-radical cascade making sunlight extra damaging to skin cells. This is why we think it is imperative to add lots of powerful anti-oxidants to our New Adaptive Tanning Drops and Tanning Mist, to ensure that if you want to avoid UV damage by using fake tan, your skin is fully protected. Using our new Adaptive Tanning Drops and Tanning Mist will not only help you maintain a healthy Stratum Corneum but also give you a gorgeous sun kissed glow.


 

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Last Updated: 31 October 2018 12:07

Marine Mania

30 August 2018 17:30

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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: 31 October 2018 12:08

Vitamin C vs Astaxanthin

11 August 2018 14:16

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Skin Health

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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Last Updated: 31 October 2018 12:08

Ingredient Focus: Avocado Oil

2 March 2018 11:37

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Skin Health

 

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: 31 October 2018 12:13

The Benefits of Pumpkin Enzymes

26 October 2016 16:01

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner - which means that pumpkin season is officially upon us! Did you know that as well as being a nutrient-rich and nourishing food to eat, pumpkin also has fantastic properties when applied topically to skin? Here’s all you need to know…


Pumpkin is a fantastic source of Vitamin C, is rich in minerals including potassium, iron, copper and zinc, as well as Carotenoids. These skin-boosting ingredients all work together to leave skin younger-looking, protected, soothed and supple.


Our Renaissance BrightLight serum and Renaissance Cleansing Gel both contain pumpkin enzymes, derived from the pumpkin plant, which are known for their powerful brightening, softening and illuminating skin properties.
Pumpkin enzymes work to naturally loosen the ‘glue’ that holds together dead skin cells, to reveal a glowing, balanced complexion. This gentle exfoliation deeply cleanses pores, refines skin’s texture, restores elasticity and corrects uneven skin tone. The process of removing dead cells also encourages cell renewal, allowing newer, smooth skin beneath to be revealed.

Our vitamin-packed Renaissance Cleansing Gel melts into the skin leaving you with healthy, radiant skin that feels silky smooth, whilst the Renaissance BrightLight serum also contains papaya enzymes which work alongside the pumpkin enzymes for unbeatable pigmentation-fighting results.

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Last Updated: 31 October 2018 12:21

Celebrating the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

24 May 2016 10:06

Posted in: Skin Health, Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

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!

Rose Water
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.

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:18

INGREDIENT FOCUS: AHAs & FRUIT ENZYMES

8 March 2016 13:08

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What are AHAs & Fruit Enzymes?

α-Hydroxy acids, or alpha hydroxy acids, aka AHAs, are a group of organic carboxylic compounds that may be naturally occurring or synthetic. We use gentle organic AHAs and fruit enzymes derived from passion fruit, lemon, grape, pomegranate, pumpkin, papaya and pineapple.


How do AHAs & Fruit Enzymes benefit my skin?
AHAs actively unbind cells in the top layer of the skin, exfoliating dead skin cells and surface melanin to boost regeneration and skin smoothness.
This benefits the skin in a number of ways, helping to reduce the appearance of pigmentation and fine lines and wrinkles, illuminate the skin and help combat acne which often happens as a result of dead skin cells congesting pores. AHAs have also been proven to stimulate collagen production making skin appear firmer, whilst fruits enzymes also work to eliminate age spots and pigmentation in addition to improving the skin’s overall suppleness and boosting hydration.


Where to find them:
AHAs can be found in our Renaissance BrightLight and Renaissance Mask. Our Renaissance BrightLight contains 13 targeted skin correcting actives to help combat pigmentation and the different mechanisms of melanin production for a visibly brighter complexion and even skin tone. The luxuriously-textured Renaissance Mask refreshes the complexion through gentle exfoliation by unbinding dry skin cells, activating cellular renewal. It’s a great way to energise, revitalise and brighten the skin for an instant health & radiance boost.
 

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Last Updated: 14 September 2016 16:05

INGREDIENT FOCUS: COCONUT OIL

10 February 2016 18:44

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

What is it?

Derived from the coconut of the palm tree, Coconut Oil is a widely used, highly-versatile natural oil. Coconut oil is known for its nourishing, protecting and soothing properties.

How does Coconut Oil benefit my skin?

Coconut Oil is rich in both fatty acids and Vitamins K & E, meaning it benefits the skin in a variety of ways. Not only is it incredibly nourishing and deeply hydrating, it is also a gentle exfoliator helping to remove dead skin cells, leaving the skin with a gorgeous, healthy glow. Perfect for all skin types including sensitive skins, coconut oil is naturally extremely soothing and works to even skin tone, protect and rejuvenate the skin.

Where to find it:

Coconut Oil can be found in our Rose De Mai Treatment Candle and Perfect Cleanser. Our gorgeous candle has been designed using the purest Coconut Oil, Soybean Oil and Beeswax, and can be poured directly onto the skin once melted to smooth, soothe and soften the skin whilst the delicate natural fragrance engages the senses and leaves skin beautifully scented.

Our Perfect Cleanser also contains Coconut cleansing extract to cleanse and lift impurities, in combination with youth-boosting vitamins, minerals and prebiotics leaving skin smooth, deeply nourished and balanced.

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Last Updated: 13 May 2016 16:40

INGREDIENT FOCUS: ROSEHIP SEED OIL

18 January 2016 17:40

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What is Rosehip Seed Oil?

Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Rubiginosa Seed) is cold pressed from the seed of a native, wild rose growing in the cool, mountainous regions of Chile. The oil is made up of three-quarters essential fatty acids: oleic, linoleic, and linolenic, which help maintain healthy skin. The oil has been used for centuries in South America for its effective moisturizing qualities.

How does my skin benefit from Rosehip Seed Oil?

Scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of scarring and wrinkles, Rosehip Seed Oil is extremely nourishing and calming for the skin, and also helps to even skin tone. It replenishes dry and damaged skin and promotes elasticity and firmness naturally.
A brilliant source of Vitamin A, Rosehip Seed Oil rejuvenates and regenerates the skin by encouraging vital cellular processes such as collagen production to reveal a more glowing, plump complexion. This soothing oil is also great for treating a variety of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, age spots, hyper-pigmentation and UV damaged skin as a result of its essential fatty acid and antioxidant properties.

Where to find it:

Rosehip Seed Oil can be found in a range of our products such as Perfect Cleanser, Nutri-Active Day Cream, Bedtime Beauty Boost, Restoration Oil and Micro Exfoliating Balm.

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Last Updated: 18 January 2016 17:41

INGREDIENT FOCUS: PUMPKIN ENZYMES

28 October 2015 16:59

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

What are Pumpkin Enzymes?
Pumpkin is not only delicious and nutrient-rich to eat, but can in fact be put to fantastic use when applied topically to the skin. Pumpkin Enzymes, derived from the pumpkin plant, are proven to brighten, soften and illuminate the skin.

How do Pumpkin Enzymes benefit my skin?
Pumpkin Enzymes work to naturally loosen the ‘glue’ that holds together dead skin cells, to reveal a glowing, balanced complexion. This gentle exfoliation encourages skin renewal whilst simultaneously deeply cleansing pores, refining the skin’s texture, and correcting uneven skin tone.

Where to find them:
Fermented Pumpkin Enzymes can be found in our Renaissance Cleansing Gel. We use fermented Pumpkin Enzymes which are more bio-available, meaning our skin can put them to optimum use at a cellular level. This vitamin-packed illuminating cleanser melts into the skin leaving you with healthy, radiant skin that feels silky smooth.

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Last Updated: 14 November 2018 14:25

INGREDIENT FOCUS: TURMERIC

23 September 2015 16:52

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What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice originally derived from the root of the curcuma longa plant. A wonderful anti-inflammatory, Turmeric has long been used in both Ayuverdic and Chinese medicinal practices to treat a variety of conditions including skin diseases and wounds. Also a powerful antioxidant, this spice is associated with a host of brilliant skincare benefits.


How does Turmeric benefit my skin?
Due to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, turmeric is incredibly effective at treating skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. It also helps even out skin tone, regulate sebum production in oily skin types, eliminate dark circles and tackle the signs of ageing through stimulating the growth of new cells all whilst gently exfoliating to remove dull, dead skin cells.

Where to find it:
Turmeric can be found in our Restoration Oil. This oil is a beautiful, delicate blend of nutrients, floral oils & extracts to help restore the skin’s youthful vitality. High tech natural actives help firm, heal, hydrate and replenish for a healthy, radiant complexion.

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Last Updated: 23 September 2015 16:52

Ingredient Focus: Swiss Apple Stem Cells

6 August 2015 10:10

Posted in: Ingredient Focus

What are Swiss Apple Stem Cells?

Swiss Apple Stem Cells are one of today’s most innovative active ingredients, cultivated from the stem of the rare Swiss Uttwiler Spatlauber apple. 


How does my skin benefit from Swiss Apple Stem Cells?
Rich in phytonutrients, proteins and long-living cells, research shows that Swiss Apple Stem Cells have an incredible ability to maintain, renew and prolong the life of healthy skin cells. This is as a result of their capacity to help protect skin cells from stress and environmental damage and promote the skin’s self-renewal process. This in turn reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and produces long-term healthier, younger looking skin.


Where to find them:

Swiss Apple Stem Cells can be found in our Get Up & Glow, Nutri-Active Day Cream and Eye Wonder. These products combine Swiss Apple Stem Cells with a multitude of active ingredients such as MSM, Galactoarabian (a natural alternative to collagen), and Hyaluronic Acid to visibly lift, firm and illuminate the complexion.

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Last Updated: 6 August 2015 14:33

INGREDIENT FOCUS: BAKUCHIOL

29 June 2015 16:41

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Bakuchiol, a natural alternative to Retinol, is a meroterpene phenol derived from Indian Psoralea corylifolia (Babchi) leaves and seeds. Chinese and Indian medical practitioners have utilised Backuchiol for centuries to help heal cuts, soothe rashes and calm redness. It has since been discovered that Bakuchiol has a wide range of anti-ageing benefits, and is additionally a brilliant treatment for skin conditions such as acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Studies show that the use of Bakuchiol in skincare products has a positive effect on two of the most vital skin proteins – collagen and elastin. This results in a significant improvement in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, and increased elasticity and skin firmness through boosting and regulating types I, II and IV collagen. Bakuchiol has also been proven to supress the effects of melanin-producing cells, resulting in a reduction of the appearance of age spots and pigmentation. The Bakuchiol in the OSKIA Super 16 has been clinically compared in trials to Retinol with outstanding results, but without the usual Retinol-associated side effects such as sensitivity.

Where to find it:
Bakuchiol can be found in our Super 16 Anti-Ageing Serum. This product is a dynamic fusion of 16 super nutrients and bio-actives designed to increase collagen synthesis, lift and firm the skin and reduce fine lines whilst providing high-level hydration and anti-oxidant protection.

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Last Updated: 3 June 2016 13:03

Fermented Skincare

16 June 2015 16:46

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, News, Skin Health

 

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

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:21

KEY INGREDIENT SWISS GARDEN CRESS LIPOSOMES

19 May 2015 11:14

Posted in: Ingredient Focus

Swiss garden cress liposomes, derived from Swiss garden cress sprouts, are brilliant at combatting a range of skincare conditions such as hyper-pigmentation and age spots. 


Swiss garden cress is naturally extremely rich in sulforaphane, a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient which targets both the neutralisation of reactive oxygen species and inhibits the α-MSH hormone, which is responsible for stimulating pigmentation, thus reducing overall melanin production.


OSKIA uses garden cress extract incorporated into liposomes in order to allow for optimum absorption into the skin. Research suggests that in addition to reducing melanin production by up to 67%, Swiss garden cress liposomes are also proven to help brighten the skin, even skin tone and improve skin radiance.

 

Where to find them:
Swiss garden cress liposomes can be found in our Renaissance Mask, Renaissance Hand Cream, and Renaissance Hand & Body Cream. These deliciously-scented products contain a luxurious blend of natural actives and nutrients to help reduce pigmentation and age spots, soften, hydrate and boost skin radiance.

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Last Updated: 10 June 2015 17:11

KEY ACTIVE INGREDIENTS

1 April 2015 19:09

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Most commonly associated with good nutrition and often confused with probiotics (the live bacteria found in yogurt, fermented foods and microalgae), Prebiotics are in fact powerful ingredients that nourish the microflora on the skin, keeping it healthy and protected against harmful bacteria and fungi. This in turn prevents skin redness, excess dryness, irritation, breakouts, and helps restore and maintain the skin’s natural lipid barrier.

OSKIA uses a unique, scientifically-proven prebiotic complex, derived from Chicory Root & natural sugars, to help support the skin’s healthy condition. Chicory Root isn’t just a great source prebiotics but is also known for its strong anti-ageing properties; it helps to lift and firm the skin as well as increase collagen synthesis. Not to mention it’s also a powerful antioxidant and a fantastic source of vitamins A, C, K, B and P.

Where to find it:
The prebiotic complex can be found in our Perfect Cleanser. This nourishing cleansing balm, rich in youth-boosting vitamins, prebiotics, minerals and essential fatty acids deeply cleanses, decongests and hydrates to reveal a healthy, glowing complexion.

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Last Updated: 18 August 2015 15:15

GET SKIN GLOWING!

1 May 2012 22:28

Posted in: Nutrition, Ingredient Focus

NIACIN AND SWEET POTATOES

In connection with our desire to get skin glowing, this delicious recipe is based around the wonderful health and skin benefits of Niacin (Vitamin B3) or Niacinamide as found in our skincare products. A vital skin health nutrient, it is also a key anti-ageing topical ingredient: Niacinamide increases skin hydration by 67%, fibroblast production by 20%, collagen secretion by 54% and most importantly evens out skin tone and reduces hyperpigmentation by reducing the transfer of the melanosomes to the surrounding keratinocytes by up to 68%.

Specially designed for us by the wonderful Thomasina Miers, this delicious SPICY SWEET POTATO AND FETA FRITTATA recipe is a welcomed escape from chilly Spring days.

Thomasina says: “Sweet potatoes are a rich source of niacin but more importantly are incredibly delicious. Serve this frittata with a green salad, full of mint, coriander and basil leaf to complement the chillied sweet potato. I love to eat this at room temperature, but it is hard to have the patience to wait for it to cool down!”

We say: perfect for a wintery supper (or a soggy wet May's) snuggled up in front of a roaring log fire with a good book, cashmeres and a good glass of claret.

Spicy Sweet Potato and Feta Frittata

600g sweet potatoes
3 red onions, peeled
2 cloves garlic
2 dried red chillies
Olive oil
10 free-range eggs
50ml milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
A small handful of mint leaves, roughly chopped
150g feta cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C

You will need a large paella dish or a shallow circular ovenproof dish about 28cm in diameter.

1. Scrub the sweet potatoes and then cut them up into 2.5cm chunks, skin and all. Peel the red onions and cut them into one-eighths. Mash the garlic cloves in a pestle and mortar with a teaspoon of sea salt, the dried chillies and, when they are smashed into a puree, drizzle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Toss the sweet potatoes and onion wedges in the chilli oil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes until cooked through and turning golden. When the potato is cooked, turn the oven down to 180°C.

2. Meanwhile break the eggs into a large mixing bowl and whisk with salt, pepper and the milk. Stir in the mint, feta, onions and sweet potatoes when they are cooked together with another tablespoon of olive oil.

3. Heat the paella dish on the stove until very hot. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, allow to come up to heat and then pour in the egg mixture. Cook for 5 minutes on the stove before transferring to the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes until the eggs look just set and the frittata is more or less firm to the touch.

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Last Updated: 9 June 2016 11:22

VITAMINS

30 April 2012 21:48

Posted in: Ingredient Focus

Vitamin B3
Reduces water loss by 24% in 4 weeks, boosts fatty acid and ceramides by 67% and 34% respectively; stimulates new fibroblasts by 20% and collagen secretion by 54%; inhibits pigmentation by 68%.

Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate) helps diminish the appearance of fine lines on the skin, while leaving it soft, smooth, and supple. It encourages cell renewal, increasing epidermal thickness and skin elasticity, giving the skin a youthful appearance, and prevents skin roughness resulting from UV exposure.Vitamin A can act as a keratinisation regulator, helping to improve the skin’s texture, firmness and smoothness. Vitamin A esters, once in the skin, convert to retinoic acid and provide anti-aging benefits. Retinoic acid alters collagen synthesis by stimulating the growth of fibroblast cells (which produce collagen and elastin) and the extracellular matrix. Vitamin A is believed to be essential for the generation and function of skin cells and a deficiency of Vitamin A is shown by thick, dry skin. Topical application of Vitamin A helps keep skin healthy, clear, infection free and help significantly in the fight against premature ageing.

Vitamin B5 (Panthenol) is an excellent, penetrating moisturizer. It appears to stimulate cellular proliferation and help tissue repair. Studies show that when panthenol is applied on the skin it is converted to pantothenic acid, a B complex vitamin. It also protects the skin against sunburn and acts as a humectant, holding water within the product or attracting water from the environment. It acts as a skin softener providing suppleness.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is a well known antioxidant. When Vitamin E reacts with a free radical it becomes damaged. Vitamin C comes in to repair this free-radical damage in Vitamin E, allowing Vitamin E to continue on its free-radical scavenging duties. Current research has suggested that Vitamin C is also photoprotective and adds protection against UVB (burning) damage when combined with UVB sunscreens. Mixed with Vitamin E, the three actually offer greater protection together than any on their own. Vitamin C is clinically proved to stimulate collagen production, and can lightening the skin and boosts the immune system.

Vitamin D can be absorbed though the outer layers of the skin and act as a keratinisation regulator, helping to improve the skin’s feel and firmness. Research suggests that it is an important factor in skin cell turnover.

Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is widely found in nature, particularly in Wheat germ oil. It is considered the most important oil-soluble antioxidant and free-radical scavenger when applied topically. A good moisturizer and absorbed well through the skin, it is also protects against UV and helps protect the cellular membrane from free-radical damage. It serves a preservative function due to its ability to protect against oxidation. Vitamin E is also considered to improve the skin’s water-binding ability and can help reduce water loss from the surface of the skin, improving the appearance of rough, dry and damaged skin. Vitamin E also helps maintain connective tissue, protects against cell damage caused by inflammation, and counteracts the decreased functioning of the sebaceous glands, which reduces with age, and reduce skin pigmentation.

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Last Updated: 30 June 2015 18:23

BEAUTY BOOSTING MUSHROOMS

24 May 2010 11:59

Posted in: Ingredient Focus, Product Focus

If you are a fan of Thomasina Miers and mushrooms, you must try her delicious beauty-boosting 'Spring Tacos with Mushrooms' recipe before the St. George's mushroom season ends, any day soon. Not many people know that the humble but glorious mushroom is one of the best sources of the beauty nutritients Selenium, B Vits Niacin and riboflavin, as well as a great source Zinc and Vit D.

Hang on, mushrooms in Spring? It’s not a month that most of us connect to mushrooms, but with St George’s day just behind us, my thoughts turn inevitably to these delcious, creamy wild mushrooms. They are easy to spot, often sprouting out of the ground in rings, and can be found in all sorts of habitats from woodland to pasture. We have even found them in Hyde Park.

To celebrate the launch of Thomasina Miers new book, Mexican Food Made Simple (Hodder & Stoughton, £20) and the St George’s mushroom season (May), we’ve taken a break from the beauty boosting recipes Thomasina writes especially for OSKIA and picked this delicious, super skin friendly recipe ‘Spring Tacos with Mushrooms’, from the unending list mouth-watering recipes from her book.

"The Mexicans love wild mushrooms. In the spring, morels and St. George’s mushrooms come out in Britain among other varieties. If you can get wild mushrooms, add some sliced to normal field mushrooms or include a little dried porcini for a real treat. This filling is also really delicious in quesadillas."  Thomasina Miers

CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE

 

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Last Updated: 31 October 2018 12:37

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