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Worship and Blessing: your daily shot of youth

Worship and Blessing: Your Daily Shot of Youth

What’s the difference between a water-based and an oil-based serum? Can I use them together? Should I use them in a specific order? Which one is better for my skin condition? We get asked these questions all the time. Here is everything you need to know about getting your daily shot of youth with Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum and protect your skin using Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum.

Water based vs Oil based

Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum is a water-based serum. This means the formula is lighter on the skin, less moisturising and more quickly absorbed. The antioxidants from boysenberries, acai, coffee berry, kiwifruit and Vinanza Grape are soaked up by the skin fast, so there is no need to wait after applying, before moving on to your next product.

Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum is an oil-based formula. It is more viscous, moisturising and slightly slower to absorb than a water-based formula. Because it is oil-based, it helps to balance oil production on the skin and also combat dryness. This makes it great for both oily and dry skin types. The formula provides a light barrier against harmful pollution particles, even as it brightens and improves it.

 

Can I use these serums together?

Yes! Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum and Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum work beautifully together. By using both serums together, the antioxidant properties of both formulas are enhanced, leading to even better protection against oxidative stress on the skin, as well as helping to lighten and brighten your complexion like never before.

In what order should I use them?

Always use Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum first. The quickly absorbed, water-based formula absorbs swiftly into the skin, paving the way for Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum’s oil-based, light natural barrier to be applied on top. By using the oil-based formula second, skin is cocooned in protective moisture for all-day hydration, and can more easily absorb the nutrients from both formulas.

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Anti-Pollution Skin Care: Save your Haze Polluted Skin

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Malaysia is one of the countries in Southeast Asia that is worst affected by pollutions such as haze which are commonly caused by slash and burn practice by farmers and peat fires from Indonesia. The other common factor is the car emission since Malaysia has the highest level of car ownership per person in the world and thus, led to the high levels of carbon monoxide pollution in most major cities. 

 

There are many definitions of pollution and basically it is a mix of many different components and elements that are responsible for the changes to our health and skin. It is capable of penetrating through our skin, inducing collagen and elastin breakdown, and also releasing the free radicals. According to the recent study about the link between atmospheric pollution (eg. nitrogen and ozone oxides) and premature skin ageing, people living in populous cities have lower levels of vitamin E and squalene in sebum. The sizes of the particulate matters (PM) in the urban pollution are ranges from 2.5 to 10 microns, which seem to be one of the main threats to skin health which can cause cellular damage, dryness, inflammation and pigmentation.

 

Anti-pollution skin care has become the growing trend in the beauty industry in recent years. Some of the famous skin care brands, including natural and organic, have released products that can protect our skin from pollutions. One of the main ingredients in most anti-pollution skin care is antioxidant. Some examples of good antioxidants are vitamin C, retinol (vitamin A), vitamin E, resveratrol, coenzymeQ10, niacimide (vitamin B3) and polyphenols. Antioxidants have great many benefits to our skin since it helps to combat free radicals from further damaging our skin cells. Some of the benefits are they can help correct signs of ageing, prevent sunburn, help the skin to repair itself, brighten the skin tone and prevent skin cancer.

 

There are many great natural anti-pollution skin care products on the shelves, nowadays, that offer basically the protection you need from the pollutants around you such as antioxidant, anti-toxin, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and UV protection. Not only that, these anti-pollution ingredients will also offer the benefit of strengthening your protective skin barrier, increase hydration and repair damaged cells.

 

Discover some of our outstanding anti-pollution products which definitely live up to its name:

 

Antipodes Organic Worship Serum - 30ml

Antipodes Organic Worship Serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask - 75g

Antipodes Halo Skin-Brightening Facial Mud Mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Antipodes Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Herb Farm Protecting Skin Defend Mist - 100ml

The Herb Farm Protecting Skin Defend Mist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Herb Farm Radiance Boost Facial Serum - 20ml

The Herb Farm Radiance Boost Facial Serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Herb Farm Revitalising Face Mask - 50ml

The Herb Farm Revitalising Face Mask

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skincare Benefits of Vitamin C

According to board-certified dermatologist, Patricia Wexler, vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can neutralize free radicals and aid in your skin’s natural regeneration process which helps your body repair damaged skin cells. It can also help to accelerate the collagen and elastin production, keeping skin firm and plump. It also contains a property that inhibits the skin’s melanin production which causes skin discolouration like dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Due to these multiple benefits vitamin C can bring to the skin, it has been widely regarded by skincare professionals and dermatologists to be one of the most effective and proven ingredients to solve many issues relating to skin ageing and imperfections.

 

Pure vitamin C powder, also known as ascorbic acid, is the most stable form of vitamin C since it is the most effective in referring its potency and penetrating the skin barrier. However, once exposed to air and water, its efficacy begins to deteriorate rapidly due to oxidation, and this has remained one of the major challenges in applying vitamin C in skincare products. To solve this problem, Trilogy, the leading natural skincare brand from New Zealand, has successfully formulated the real Vitamin C Booster Treatment to deliver an effective vitamin C treatment for consumers who are looking for an effective, fast delivering solution to brighten, rejuvenate and even-up their skin complexion.

 

Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment provides an intense 2-week topical treatment with 6% high-potency natural vitamin C that is freshly activated when you begin your treatment. Antioxidant powerhouse vitamin C kickstarts the skin’s renewal processes that help improve brightness, pigmentation and skin tone. To ensure the optimal skin benefits, ingredient components are kept separated until you start your treatment. Once activated, fresh vitamin C powder is mixed with hyaluronic acid concentrate to create a booster treatment that helps brighten and smooth skin, while daisy extract illuminates and rosehip oil nourishes.

 

To further visibly boost your glow, the Vitamin C Booster Treatment can be paired with the new Trilogy Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion which is rich antioxidants and stabilised vitamin C to further enhance the results.

 

Both Trilogy Vitamin C Booster Treatment and Trilogy Vitamin C Moisturising Lotion are suitable for all skin types and are certified natural. 80% of the participants experiencing an improvement in overall radiance in 2 weeks (Use twice daily).

 

 

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Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

We all know that sleep is important and most of us love it! The importance of quality sleep is becoming more recognised as our daily lives have become busier and we are more ‘switched-on’ 24/7 with technology and devices.

As you sleep your brain and body has a chance to repair and rejuvenate, your sympathetic nervous system relaxes, melatonin and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) flood your body and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels lower. Wow there is real magic that happens while we sleep!

What does your skin do while you sleep?

Sleep is also a chance for your skin to work it’s magic, it repairs damage from the day (including stressors and pollutants), HGH accelerates skin repair and renewal, between 11pm and 4am cell regeneration can actually double, replacing aged cells.

Your skin is more permeable as well, meaning it is more receptive to topical treatments, the other side to this is the permeability also means the skin can easily lose moisture and hydration overnight.

It is important to optimise your skins repair, regeneration and hydration through the night and that is where our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask comes in.

We developed this amazing product knowing that people are becoming more aware of the importance of sleep – and how this directly impacts how we feel and look, and we wanted to help optimise and support your skin while you sleep for beautiful healthy skin.

Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask is a creamy face mask that deeply hydrates overnight so you wake up to soft, radiant and nourished skin.

Powerful natural extracts help to prevent moisture loss and provide collagen support as your skin repairs while you sleep.

Bor?aline® Expert is a natural extract from the Red Maple and is scientifically proven to fight against the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production.

Powerful natural ingredients boost your skins moisturise for long-lasting hydration.

Peony Extract is a powerful antioxidant and promotes repair and rejuvenation for soft, smooth skin.

Evening Primrose Oil contains omegas and GLA (gamma linoleic acid) which skin requires to stay supple and smooth. GLA helps to trap moisture and prevents water from disappearing from the surface of the skin.

Who is the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask for?

Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask is recommended for people with;

Normal Skin that needing a boost of hydration or is starting to lose elasticity and show signs of ageing.

Dry Skin needing deep hydration and repair.

Mature Skin or skin showing skins of ageing where collagen and elastin support is needed for fighting fine lines and wrinkles.

Travellers to counteract the drying effects of flights, dehydration and climate changes.

People who spend a lot of time outdoors.

Dull or tired skin needing some additional support to repair and rejuvenate.

How do you use the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask?

Complete your usual night-time routine including moisturising.

Smooth the mask generously and evenly over your face gently massaging it in until fully absorbed. Use twice a week, or as desired, for optimum results.

Trial Results

Our Hydrating Overnight Face Mask was a huge hit with our external trial group! This amazing product delivers visible results quickly and is beautiful to use.

100% of trialists said their skin was softer after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

96% of trialists found their skin was more hydrated after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

92% of trialists said their skin was healthier after using the Hydrating Overnight Face Mask

Find out what our trialists are raving about and experience yourself waking up to amazing soft, hydrated and smooth skin!

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The Avant-Garde Scents of Antipodes

Fresh. Natural. Exotic. These are just some of the adjectives that describe the fragrances Antipodes uses in its range of natural cleansers, moisturisers and serums.

Our range of fragrances are specially developed by a French-born expert from natural, sustainable plant sources. These include fragrant Bulgarian roses and classic vintage gardenia, as well as the sharp accents of lime and black pepper.

The Antipodes point of difference is using interesting scents in unusual combinations, that also evoke memories of fragrances found in New Zealand nature. The layering and juxtaposition of these scents produces some notable fragrance profiles:

Spearmint and cardamon: A match made in olfactory heaven, this minty fresh scent with a spicy, smoky edge is what makes our Nirvana Hand & Body Wash smell so good.

Jasmine and sweet orange: A key ingredient in our certified organic Divine Face Oil, the rich sweet aroma of jasmine revitalises the mind, body and soul while the citrus kick energises damaged skin.

Lime and patchouli: This crisp but earthy aroma is an essential element of our Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser.

Wild blackcurrant: The invigorating, refreshing scent is an essential part of our protein-packed Joyous Night Replenish Serum.

Lime and black pepper: Exotic and sharp with sweet base notes, sweet lime and black pepper can be found in Namaste Hand & Body Wash.

Vanilla and mandarin: These pure plant fragrances add a clean and spicy fragrance to our Vanilla Pod Hydrating Natural Day Cream.

Ylang ylang: This soothingly sweet perfume is extracted from the bright yellow flowers of the cananga tree and is used in our Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream.

Fig and feijoa: The rich and intense perfume from two of Autumn’s most popular fruits are a perfect fit for our Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Hand & Body Cream.

Vintage gardenia: Soft and fresh as a summer morning, this classic scent is used in our Delight Hand & Body Cream.

Apple and cardamon: The crisp, spicy aroma of fresh green apple and cardamon lends a refreshing autumnal fragrance to our Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

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Friday Night Multi-Masking

There’s nothing quite like finishing off the week, coming home and putting your feet up. Add a bit of skincare to the mix and you have the ultimate Friday night pamper session sorted! The ultimate way to unwind and give your skin a bit of TLC is to apply a face mask, but beware: the days of the single face mask are gone and the age of the multi-masking craze is here.

What is multi-masking?

Multi-masking is the process of applying several different face masks to different parts of the face at the same time to target specific skin concerns. Because your skin concerns can vary, a mix of face masks which are especially formulated to treat different needs are the optimal way to target your skin. If you have dry skin on the cheeks but breakouts on your T-zone, this is the beauty trick for you.

Do products need to be especially formulated for multi-masking?

The short and sweet answer is no! You can use your current masking favourites and apply them as you need to the different parts of your face to whip up a skin pampering mix.

The Trilogy range contains three superstar face masks that you can be used in the multi-masking process. Read on to find out more about them and where they should be applied:

Age-Proof Overnight Mask

What is it: Dull and dry skin? This superstar has got you. With new super-ingredient L22®, botanical complex Glycablend™ and radiance-boosting Vitamin C, it’s a one stop shop for nourishing, firming and bringing out your glow. Typically worn during the night, Age-Proof Overnight Mask can also be used to nourish and give your skin a boost whenever it needs it.

Where to apply: The drier or lacklustre areas of your face are generally around your eyes and forehead, but can also apply to your cheeks and temples.

Mineral Radiance Mask

What is it: With kaolin clay, evening primrose and rosehip oils, Mineral Radiance Mask is a certified natural, luxuriantly textured and creamy clay mask that offers deep cleansing, impurity drawing and excess sebum absorbing action! Revitalising, energising and purifying, it leaves the skin soft, smooth and glowing.

Where to apply: Areas of your skin that tend to be oily or suffer from breakouts. This is typically the T-zone, but can also be on the cheeks, chin or temples.

Very Gentle Hydra-Mask

What is it: Treat stressed-out skin with a serious hydration boost with this luxurious mask. Maqui berry, sweet almond and botanical complex SyriCalm® make up protective, hydrating and calming ingreidnets (while also strengthening the weakened skin barrier for added protection and helping you say goodbye to irritated skin!).

Where to apply: This one is a must for any areas of your face that are dry or irritated. Unfortunately, this can strike any area of your face, so indulge with this nourishing mask to keep calm and carry on.

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Facial Yoga

Yoga expert Lydia Sasse shares on how facial yoga benefits the complexion.

What exactly is facial yoga? How long has it been around?

Facial yoga is part of the Sukshma vyayama yoga tradition which is also know as the yoga of micro-movements. It is part of a lineage of yoga that focuses on bringing heightened awareness to where we hold our stress in our body and face, so that we can learn to release that tension and gain greater control over our muscles. Face yoga is one element of this and it involves simple repetitive physical movements of the facial muscles.

What are some of the known benefits to our faces if we practise facial yoga?

Unlike the rest of our body; the skin on our face is attached directly to the muscles below without a padding of fat in-between. This means that when the muscles of our face atrophy from lack of use and age they begin to sag and then drag the skin of our face down with them: resulting in some of the “typical” signs of aging such as sagging eye lids, pouches under the eyes, hollowed cheeks and jowls around the neck.

With regular practice facial yoga teaches us to tone and plump those muscles which in turn leaves the skin covering them; smoother, pumper and with less obvious wrinkles.

You will also learn the places that you typically hold tension in your face for example, furrowed Brow, clenched jaw or tight neck and learn how to undo those patterns: which can result in less tension headaches, better posture and less teeth grinding. A lot of the facial yoga poses also involve benefits to the skin quality itself such as increased lymphatic drainage, circulation and collagen production resulting in more youthful looking, glowing skin.

Here’s some facial yoga you can try at home!

The Cheek Pat

Benefits: Boosts circulation and tones the cheeks

Directions: Take a large inhale and puff up both cheeks until they are full of air. Holding the cheeks to full capacity rapidly pat each cheek with the palms of your hands for 30 seconds.

The X and O

Benefits: Tones the muscles of the cheeks

Directions: Repeat the letters X and O out loud for thirty seconds. This will force the muscles of your cheeks to contract and relax repeatedly.

The Marilyn

Benefits: Plumps and defines the lips and tones the cheeks

Directions: Pucker your lips into an exaggerated kiss. Place your index finger on the centre of your lips and then simultaneously push your lips into your finger and your finger into your lips, providing resistance. Hold for 30 seconds.

The Puppet Face

Benefits: To minimize the lines from nose to mouth

Directions: Smile and press your fingers into the lines between the mouth and nose. Lift the muscles up and press into the area for resistance. Repeat 20-30 times

The Owl

Benefits: Firms up the forehead, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and release forehead tension.

Directions: Make large ‘C’ shapes with your thumbs and index fingers and place them on your face around your eyes, with the index fingers curling over the eyebrows and the thumbs resting on the cheek bones. Open your eyes wide and look up. Start to pull down with the index fingers whilst simultaneously trying to raise your eyebrows. Maintain this resistance for 2 seconds then repeat 3 times. Finally hold and resist for 10 seconds then rest.

The Eyelid Flutter

Benefits: Tones the skin around eyelids and eyebrows and helps to improve lubrication of the eyes.

Directions: Place your fingers gently, pointing inwards towards your nose, on your cheekbones. Look upwards and begin to flutter your upper eyelids rapidly for 30 seconds. Close your eyes and rest them for 3 breaths then repeat.

ABOUT LYDIA SASSE

Lydia did her first yoga class in the Himalayas when she was a little girl and loved it.

Yoga has been a life long pursuit, but to give her a greater understanding of how the body works, and why it sometimes doesn’t, Lydia has also trained as a Bowen therapist and completed a diploma in physiology and anatomy.

Having spent the last decade working with children and pregnant mums,she decided that working as a pre and post natal yoga teacher was the next step.

Lydia passionately believes that practicing yoga throughout your pregnancy and beyond, strengthens both the mind and body in preparation for labour, and paves the way for a more balanced and healthy life for you and your child.

More recently lydia has started sharing her love of health and wellness with people in the workplace, she gives wellness coaching workshops and classes within corporate settings. She has developed a yoga for your classroom series that she teaches in schools around the country to train primary school teachers how to deal with emotional and self regulatory issues in the classroom to make it a more friendly place for everyone.

Lydia has specialized in a lot of the more unique areas of yoga and has a love of yoga for the face and eyes. She wants to move away from the idea that the body and head are seperate entities and just as we exercise our body, so too, we should exercise our faces. She teaches yoga for your face and skin workshops and talks, which look at the health of your skin from without and within. In her regular yoga classes and workshops she like to focus on yoga for the organ body.

Lydia has recently launched a health and wellness podcast with her friend and health-food store owner Finn Murray that is set outside in areas of natural beauty around ireland. You can find it on youtube or podcast app @Wanderingintowellness

Reference: https://www.trilogyproducts.com

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Eliminating Dry and Irritated Skin Around the Eyes

Who of you out there are guilty of using extra concealer or foundation under the eyes to hide the dark circles of everyday life? Or using oily and chemical enhanced make up removers and wipes due to the low cost and ease of use? These are a few of many reasons why we can suffer from dryness and irritation around the eyes.

Your eyes are an extremely delicate feature of the body and the skin around them is much thinner than other areas of the face, meaning we need to do everything we can to help it retain moisture. However, where people go wrong is they apply so much product to add moisture that it clogs up the area under the eye, this then increases the chances of looking like you’ve been out until 4am the night before.

Every one person out there is different, you may have certain foods or products that increase irritation to your skin, you may have mild or extreme skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Coming into summer we have the added effects of over exposure to the sun and air conditioning at school, work, the mall etc. Its all about listening to your body and even noting down things that cause dry patches or sore redness, that way you can begin to learn what works and what doesn’t for you.

Firstly, Listen to your body

Our bodies are funny things, if they’re not happy they like to be heard one way or another. For some it may be a sore tummy, for others it may be bags under the eyes, this is why noting things down can be so helpful in recognizing a pattern for the problems you may be facing. These are just a few of the reasons you may experience dryness, heaviness or irritation around the eyes.

  • Allergies to foods or environments, such as hay fever and eczema may cause the skin to flare up – getting to the bottom of the problem and treating that will allow you to soothe the effected areas and treat it from the base of the issue rather than from the outside.
  • High sodium (salt) intake – sodium is found in so many of todays processed foods and if we consumer too much it can cause us to retain fluid and cause puffiness and swelling around the body. Try and base your diet around wholesome, grown food to keep your sodium intake at a healthy level.
  • Keep hydrated – Water helps the body flush out any toxins and if we are consuming enough we don’t tend to hold onto water weight causing fluid retention, also it’s other hydrating effects on the skin can help with redness in and around the eyes.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, while we sleep our eyes rest and repair any dryness from the day

Skin care and make up routines

One of the main preventable causes of irritation around the eyes for woman is the use of make up and the process it involves. Now i’m not saying you have to go make up free in order to have healthy skin (although this would help) because I, myself like to practice what I preach, but there are a few habits to get into which will work to improve the skin around the eye. As you may know we promote 100% natural products here at Oxygen and believe what your putting into your skin is what you will get out.

  • Clean your make up brushes regularly – this will ensure you are not spreading bacteria around such a sensitive area of the face.
  • Choose your make up for your skin type – using thick and oily make up will increase the chances of blocking your pores. Be extra careful when applying make up around the eye and be sure not to poke or rub anything coarse over the skin.
  • Choose your make up removers wisely – while make up wipes are an amazing invention its important that you don’t rub the eye area to roughly or with products containing parabens and other nasties. I use the Oxygen Skincare Creme Cleanser, the Jojoba oils help with removing make up and I find it even removes my eye make-up such as mascara, without any added products. Ensure you are toning and moisturising after each cleanse so you are replenishing your pores with goodness after giving them a good clean out.
  • Our Oxygen Skincare eye creme has avocado oil, NZ organic hops and NZ tree fern working its magic in it’s little pot. These ingredients all promote healthy collagen production and its richness in vitamins helps the skin absorb the moisture and fight away fine lines and protect from infection.

In times where your finding irritation some of my personal soothing remedies include:

  • The good old cucumber on the eyes – I like to lather on some soothing Oxygen Skincare Purifying Honey Masque and sit back with some nicely refrigerated cucumber slices on my eyes. Our honey masque is NZ Manuka Honey and Organic hops which both naturally soothe the skin and stimulate your senses – you can literally eat it, its that good for you 😉
  • Dip green or chamomile tea bags in chilled water and rest under your eyes.
  • Minimise make up around the eyes until irritation subsides.

Source: https://oxygenskincare.co.nz/

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That Skin You Live In

There is no doubt you’ve read it, heard it and seen it with your own eyes, that the skin is the human bodies largest organ. It protects you, holds you together and dictates how you look and feel on a daily basis.

The amount of times I have stood in the supermarket and tried to justify getting a chemically enhanced product for a few dollars less, or decided I’d treat myself to an expensive product because it must be ‘good’ if it costs that much, is slightly ridiculous.

Until, I came to the realization that the skin has the capability to protect your entire body, produce its own collagen, replenish its outer layer to look fresh and revived and it even houses the blood cells that circulate throughout your body. So instead of worrying about purchasing expensive products that could influence production of all these things, why not focus on reducing the external factors and products that impair the skins own ability to protect and regulate them itself?

As it turns out the skin isn’t just one layer on the outside of the body that keeps our bones from popping out. It actually has three important layers; the Epidermis, the dermis and the Subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis works like a protective big brother or sister (only they are not so easy to shed at times) this layer largely effects the appearance of your skin and is what we shed so often – fun fact: apparently, that dust around your household is in fact made up of almost 50% of shed skin cells (UGH!) 

The dermis is the thickest of the three layers and holds all of the collagen and elastin making cells (all those great things that help keep the fine lines & wrinkles away), it also houses touch receptors, hair follicles and blood vessels.

The deepest layer is the subcutaneous layer which is made up of collagen and fats which help absorb shock and protect your internal organs.

So in theory, as the top layer works to fend off the free radicals of everyday life, the middle layer uses blood cells to regulate your temperature and it houses our hair follicles and oils which are there to keep your skin glowing and healthy, while being the interceptor of senses like touch and pain. Meanwhile the third layer protects the important stuff like the organs we need to keep going on the daily.

I found a cool fact on the internet one day when I was self diagnosing an allergic reaction (still not officially an allergic reaction but near enough) that your body renews its top layer of skin completely over an average 35 day period, so by the time your 20 you have lived in around 200 cycles of skin.

As it starts to make sense how the free radicals around us externally impact our overall wellbeing, it can get slightly daunting in prioritizing what exposure is more important to avoid than others so here is a couple of pointers:

Get rid of the junk . Our pores provide a direct exit for unwanted chemicals and toxin build up in the body, if these are congested and blocked it prevents the skin from performing this function leaving all these nasties present in our flowing blood stream. Make sure you are constantly keeping your skin free of product, dirt and sweat build up to prevent the exits from becoming a dead end.

Use natural and nourishing products where your body has a high exposure to that product. For example; bathing products, body lotions/powders, moisturisers, pretty much anything you apply and leave on you for a long extended time.

If you’re ever unsure of why a product is causing your skin to act a certain way, make sure you get in touch with us so we can help you tailor your everyday skin habits to what works for your skins needs.

Source: https://oxygenskincare.co.nz

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Caring for Combination Skin

It’s dry, flaky, oily and completely normal at all once – yes, we’re talking about the tricky thing called combination skin! Despite it being the most common of skin types, finding just the right products to cleanse, hydrate and balance this skin type can seem impossible. Luckily, bringing balance back to combination skin is easier than it seems.

What is combination skin?

Combination skin is typically characterised by a complexion that is oily in some areas and dry in others. The nose, chin and forehead (a.k.a. the T-zone) are usually shiny and prone to breakouts, while areas such as the cheeks, jaw line and temples can feel tight and dry. Large pores and a propensity for blackheads and blemishes can also be common characteristics of combination skin.

What causes combination skin?

Much like other skin types, combination skin usually comes down to a matter of genetics. However, using harsh or drying products can encourage skin to produce more oil in the T-zone while drying out already parched areas, making it important to care for your skin with the right mix of gentle yet effective products.

How to tell if you have combination skin?

It can be hard to identify your own skin type. If you do suspect you may have combination skin, here’s a super simple test: cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and simply wait! If after ten minutes you find that your cheeks, jaw line and temples are dry but your T-zone area appears shiny, the signs are pointing to combination skin.

How to look after combination skin?

The effects of combination skin can vary between people. While there is no one-size fits all approach to effectively caring for this skin type, balance and a gentle skincare regime are essential to bringing the skin to a healthy, balanced state. It is also beneficial to use a mix of products on different areas of your face, as these can require different treatments.

Cleanse gently

Cleansing the key to keeping skin healthy and radiant, but it’s important to find a cleanser with a gentle, balancing formulation. When any part of the skin is oily, it might seem like the logical step to reach for a harsh cleanser but in reality, this can make the problem worse.

“The most common mistake people with combination skin make is using a harsh cleansing routine. If your cleanser strips oil from the skin, it will disrupt the skin’s protective mantle, leading to a vicious cycle of oil overproduction and uncomfortable surface tautness,” advises Trilogy in-house beauty expert Corinne Morley. Avoid any cleansers formulated with chemicals like sulfates or alcohol, or those formulated with comedogenic ingredients, as these can block pores and increase oiliness and breakouts. Look for one especially formulated to cleanse while rebalancing the complexion.

Avoid harsh toners

Toners which balance skin are a must, but it’s again essential to avoid any containing harsh ingredients or chemicals. Look for products with gentle ingredients and those that are formulated to rebalance the skin’s pH balance without stripping it of its natural oils.

Buff away the rough

Exfoliating once a week is a recommended must for any skin type, allowing dead skin cells and surface debris to be buffed away. However, it’s important to use a gentle exfoliant and treat the dry areas of your face gently by only lightly sweeping the exfoliant over it, while paying particular attention to the oily parts prone to breakouts. Stay away from harsh facial scrubs and anything which has rough abrasives in it.

Layer up on hydration

Lastly, hydrating your skin is a must for any beauty regimen! Because the different areas of the face have different needs, it may be beneficial to use two moisturisers; look for a lightweight, oil-free one for your T-zone and a more nourishing and heavier option for the drier areas of your complexion. Night moisturisers are also a must, and those packed with antioxidants are key to helping calm skin while also replenishing and balancing. Start a good day the night before.

For an added nourishing boost, finish your routine with a goodness-packed facial oil. “Superfine oils like rosehip are readily accepted and absorbed by the skin, won’t clog or irritate pores and help to promote normal, healthy skin cell function. With a molecular structure similar in design to our own natural skin oil (sebum), rosehip can help to regulate the skin’s own oil production so, far from causing breakouts, it can actually be beneficial for re-balancing oily skin,” Corinne explains. However, if you find an oil is too heavy for your T-zone, limit its application to the drier areas of your face.