Those of us who go head-to-head with our oily skin daily will relate to the eternal struggle of wanting to have hydrated skin, but trying not to look like a high-shine mirror throwing out spotlight reflections from our faces. IS THIS TOO MUCH TO ASK, PEOPLE?
It’s fine. I’m fine. The shine show must go on.
Now that it’s Winter, the game is changing. We’ve put together a Beauty Bible of sorts on the Great Oily Skin Battle of 2018. It’s a thing.
Our skin of course is more than just dry, oily, acne-prone etc. We are nuanced beings, and this is no different when it comes to our skin.
The question is, why do some of us suffer more from oily skin in the winter, and others suffer with dryness?
It seems unfair, between having to glue ourselves to our hot water bottles and getting up when it’s still dark, why should our skin be causing us problems on top of that?
Michele Farber of Schweiger Dermatology Group claims that: “Skin can become more oily as a mechanism to compensate for excess dryness. The skin will overcompensate in sebum or oil production to moisturise itself.”
Rude much? Never fear, we're here to save the shiny day. Here are our top tips for combating oily skin during winter, thank us later…
You might think that moisturising skin which is already oily is a mistake, how ever oily skin compensates for excess dryness, so keeping it hydrated is KEY.
The right moisturiser for you is like getting a bra fitting, it can be a hassle but so worth the results if you’re patient enough. Each and every one of us has unique skin cells, so it can be next to impossible to find the skin regime for us.
There are dozens and dozens of moisturisers on the market, but our personal recommendation is to use one with Vitamin E.
Yon-Ka ESSENTIALS have the BEST lotion on the market – it’s an alcohol free invigorating mist for normal to oily skin and contains five essential oils. Their ESSENTIALS range start your beauty regime the right way- with cleansing.
They work to gently purity and optimise the effectiveness of your everyday care regimen, and leaves your skin soft and hydrated.
Use after cleansing and spray onto the face as a mist in the morning and at night for best results.
3. Avoid using petroleum jelly
According to make-up artist Katey Denno, petroleum jelly (Vaseline) can create the illusion of granting us moisturised skin, but actually the substance suffocates your pores.
It’s water-repellant and not water-soluble, so it actually just seals the barrier so that moisture cannot leave the skin.
Basically you're actually drying out your pores by keeping out the air and moisture, while it's thick texture makes it tricky to cleanse the skin. It's literally a lose-lose, gals.
Hot showers in the winter are widely recognised as stripping your skin of it’s essential oils, thereby preventing it from achieving moisture.
By using tea tree oil with warm water, this makes up for the loss of moisture and brings your skin back to its supple self in no time.
5. It’s all about keeping the pores happy
Changes in the weather make our pores hella cranky.
Environmental causes are some of the major factors in skin issues, meaning that our pores have a bit of a ‘mare in the winter especially. Our skin has its own survival techniques which can be the bane of our facial lives, but really it’s just trying to do it’s job.
6. Don’t let it dry out
Farber also claims that “If your skin is dry, it’ll often feel tight and have a white-ish flaking more diffused all over the face. Oily skin will often concentrate around sebaceous areas, like the T-zone, and pores in this areas may be visibly larger.”
Dry skin translates to an overproduction of sebum and oils, most likely because of the extreme temperate changes from freezing cold outdoors to overheated indoors.
7. Keeping your skin cleansed is a MUST- no matter what type you are.
Yon-Ka ESSENTIAL Masque 103 is a purifying, clarifying mask which may actually save your skin, become the love of your life and have your kids all at once. A bold claim for a bold product.
This detoxifying mask contains three types of clay which purify the skin, tighten pores, brighten the complexion and leave it with an exceptional glow.
Glow up, shine down. It's ideal.
8. Stay THURSTY
Drink as much water as you are physically capable of every day, and your pores will thank you for it- guaranteed. Everyone needs different amounts, the two litres per day ‘fact’ is most likely a myth but if your body is dehydrated then so is your skin, that math adds up.
9. Use a clean towel whenever you are washing that lovely face of yours!
You don’t want any bacteria present in the towel to be transferred right back onto your face. Pat your skin dry instead of roughly trying to rub the make-up or skin cells off.
Clean towels prevent oily skin and breakouts, so they’re essentially your undercover guardian angel. Wash them at LEAST once a week, folks.
There you have it, nine core tips for surviving the winter with oily skin.
Remember that each person is totally unique, and research and discover what products feel right for you. Treat your skin with the care and calm it deserves, you’ll be radiant and glowing in no time without the unwanted shine.
It is winter – there is no escaping that now that we're into November.
And while that means good news like cosy jumpers and mugs of hot choc, it also means slightly shittier news for people with dry skin.
It is the bane of our lives when the temperatures dip and our sensitive skin is exposed to the rain, hail and sleet etc. that an Irish winter comprises of.
So what can you do to help yourself?
Read on to gain some tips and tricks to treat flaky skin as the weather changes – you're welcome in advance.
First things first, there are a few miracle products that will help your skin to survive the colder months – people with dehydrated skin, meet your new BFF in Derm Acte moisturising serum.
This refreshing serum moisturises even the most parched skin. Slap it on in the morning and/or evening, on cleansed skin. It's priced at 69 quid but worth every cent
Is your skin irritated by various aggressions like the freezing cold Irish weather? Then you gotta try Derm Acte moisturising cream. It helps restore the hydrolipidic film, ensures efficient and long-lasting hydration.
Who doesn't love an intense hydration mask? Yonka Masque Intense Hydration repairing is a gel-cream mask that provides immediate, time-released, deep hydration: +54% after 1 hour and +96% after 8 hours It is ideal for sensitive or super irritated skin, whether dry or oily.
Also by the same fab brand is a phyto-aromatic healing water – Yonka Dry Skin Toner. It's more than just a toner though, it is a healing mist that refreshes, tones and sanitises the skin. Amaaaazinng.
There are so any ways to protect your skin against the elements of winter – even things like prepping your home. Think of it like this – the drier the air, the drier your skin.
So why not invest in a humidifier to increase the moisture level in the air?
Also, don't forget to buff your skin because dry skin won't f*ck off without some exfoliation first – and it means that the moisturisers and serums will work better then.
And last but not least, your diet will always contribute to the state that your skin is in. Walnuts, olive oil and avocados are all unreal for your skin whereas booze and caffeine are not so much.
And dry skin sufferers do drink TONS of water and good luck – it'll be spring before you know it.
Why switch to vegan products? How to get the beauty benefits on a budget
Here’s a statistic worth noting: our skin absorbs up to 60% of any product which is applied to it.
If the beauty brands we use are processed, synthetic and jam-packed with toxins, chemicals and preservatives, that’s a lot of possibly harmful material we’re consuming.
Not to mention that many brands are ambiguous at best when discussing their animal testing.
Vegan beauty products are all made without harm to animals and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products.
Some common animal ingredients used in skincare beauty include beeswax, lanolin (grease from sheep’s wool – ew), carmine and uric acid from cows.
Some haters suggest that vegan products can’t possibly be as effective, but actually this is merely a myth. Formulas which don’t contain animal ingredients are actually far better for your skin.
Plant-derived ingredients contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which repair and hydrate the skin.
It’s largely unsurprising then that millions of people around the world have switched to vegan beauty.
In the last decade, beauty addicts around the world are raving about new and natural vegan creations. Returning to nature is becoming more and more attractive, except finding the best quality products with all-natural components has a hefty price tag.
Listen up ladies, we've done the digging on the latest and greatest beauty products on the scene right now, so you don't have to spend hours stalking MUA's on Instagram searching for the answer to all your cosmetic questions.
Four party perfect skin products that will have you glowing from head to toe!
All four packs include three amazing products: high-tech Instant Facial (Super Hydration, Brightening, Correct & Calm or Charcoal Detox) as well as a Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure and a Rosy Hands Instant Manicure.
Looking for the perfect warm-toned eyeshadow palette for winter? The Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette in Rosé in the Air comes with a mix of coveted colours from shimmery daytime hues to sultry shades for your nights out with the gals.
Featuring absolutely gorgeous shades of pink, beige tones, vibrant reds and glittery maroon vibes, we cannot get enough of this. Just don’t let anyone borrow yours because you will legit never see it again… #thief #MINE
The world has gone nuts for the royal family this past week. We are, however, choosing to focus on how Meghan Markle gets her skin to glow in that incandescent way – and her favoured skin care products just might have something to do with it.
The Duchess of Sussex has been known to use Eminence Organic Skincare products since she first appeared in Suits, favouring the brand's firming, alternative-to-retinol, anti-ageing solutions. Lucky for her (and those of us in a similar boat whose skin needs a pick-me-up), all of these products are safe for use during pregnancy.
If your skin is particularly used to retinol (which is contraindicated in pregnancy as it can be harmful to unborn babies) you can use their Bamboo Fluid (approx.€63) to maintain your anti-ageing regime throughout the nine months which contains a natural retinol alternative made from chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree which smoothes the appearance of wrinkles.
Next up, their Coconut Age Corrective Moisturiser is said to be another favoured product (€64.00). It hydrates your skin with Natural Retinol Alternative (contains chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree) smooths the appearance of wrinkles. Skin instantly looks and feels firmer and tighter.
Meghan is also believed to use the citrus exfoliating wash. The formula contains fresh lime juice, which removes impurities; while grapefruit seed and silica leave skin appearing luminously clear. Though a little goes a long way; a coin-sized amount is all you need for a perfect cleanse.
Also important to note is that their products are also cruelty-free, something which is very important to the royal mum-to-be. Eminence is internationally recognised as a member of the Leaping Bunny Program; which means they have never, ever, tested on animals, and they also plant one tree for every product it sells in an effort to preserve the natural environment we live in. So, your skin will look and feel as good as a royal (that is the hope!) and you're going green in terms of your skincare.
With whispers around the internet of cult beauty brand The Ordinary possibly closing down, we’ve decided to round up a list of The Ordinary’s best products to nab before it leaves us forever.
Renowned for its accessibility and affordability, the relatively new brand has recently found itself in the media for all the wrong reasons, after the founder Brandon Truaxe had a MAJOR Instagram rant.
Alleged major criminal activity has resulted in reported shutdown for the company, with Truaxe claiming that The Ordinary will close effective immediately.
SOB. While waiting lists are a mile long, you can still battle until the end and make sure you have all of these gems…
The Ordinary Serum Foundation with SPF 15 by The Ordinary Colours 30ml (Various Shades)
Their famous lightweight foundation sold out within seconds of being launched, and the waiting list is still years long. The Ordinary’s Serum Foundation is considered one of the best lightweight face bases on the market, it’s definitely the one to watch before the stores say goodbye to us.
Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5: Your go-to for dry skin
Their products mainly focus on only one or two ingredients, so you know they haven’t put any unwanted chemicals in there, and each element is sustainably sourced.
The Ordinary "Buffet" + Copper Peptides: for stressed out skin
This one is your absolute winner if you are plagued with blemishes, and is totally cruelty free just like all of their other products.
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion: Pigmentation or ageing concerns
This one gained recognition for being a staple of Kim Kardashian’s personal skin-care routine, needless to say it flew out of the stores after this came to light
The Ordinary works to educate their customers on the presence of every ingredient involved in skincare by naming them after the core component, so the company completely evaporates any sense of transparency.
There are no tricks, false advertising or flowery language usages involved, just honest products, and cheap prices.
Founder Brandon Truaxe explains on the company’s website that “The Ordinary exists to communicate with integrity and bring to market effective, more familiar technologies at honourable prices."
French Skincare brand Académie are launching their stunning limited-edition Eternal Youth Cream N°260 in collaboration with Swarovski Crystal, and we are LOVING it.
By reinterpreting their famous Eternal Youth Cream N°260 (50ML- €110), Académie are aiming to totally revive our skin's youthful complexion.
The limited-edition cosmetic treasure has been gorgeously reimagined to deliver us the face cream of dreams containing precious active ingredients such as diamond peptides and powder which grant you the glow you’ve always wanted.
The beautifully re-created jar with its silver cap covered in Swarovski crystals is the perfect gift for someone special, not to mention for treating yourself.
Containing the first age-recovery skincare from Académie, it radiantly restores your skin to its youthful softness.
The Diamond acts as the heart of the new formula, adding beautiful Swarovski features to Académie’s products for the absolute match made in heaven.
The diamond particles in the powder diffuse all wavelengths of the light, reducing lines, pigmentary spots and imperfections.
The powder which acts as a liposome, includes age-recovery peptides as it’s primary ingredient. The creams bio-availability enables a better delivery of peptides, stimulating the fusion of anti-ageing proteins which help to fight early signs of wrinkles.
Eternal Youth Cream is the ultimate velvety perfection for any woman who wants to fight against the signs of ageing, hydrate their skin and have a flawless complexion, whatever their skin type.
At the start and end of your day, simply apply Eternal Youth Cream Morning on a cleansed skin with light massages to the face, neck and décolletage.
The limited-edition Eternal Youth Cream n°260 (50ML- €110) will be available October 2018.
The Académie Beauté range is available from select professional salons nationwide, for your local Académie salon, please contact 01 6205493.
I must admit there have been nights when I’ve curled up in my bed with the remainder of the day's makeup still on my face. I’d go to bed feeling slightly guilty and fully aware that I’d be greeted by some delightful spots when I looked in the mirror the next morning.
As someone who suffers from acne, I’m usually really strict with my skincare regime, but I’m sure everyone’s had those nights when all you want to do is jump into bed and abandon your skincare routine.
One night won’t do any harm we mutter to ourselves, but we’re so wrong.
The best thing we can do after wearing makeup all day is to let your skin breathe.
Cleansing the skin is one step we should never avoid, especially if you’re wearing a lot of makeup on a daily basis.
Makeup artists Lauren Murphy and Elizabeth Rita shared their top skincare tips at the launch of Nivea’s MicellAIR Skin Breathe Professional range.
Both Lauren and Elizabeth said double cleansing is the best thing you can do to keep your skin feeling clean and looking healthy.
They explained how cleansing once removes the makeup, oil and dirt on your skin, which is essential but many of us are guilty of neglecting the double cleanse.
Lauren stressed the importance of double cleansing because the second time you cleanse actually cleans your skin leaving it feeling smooth and supple.
She also reminded us of the areas we tend to forget about when cleansing. Lauren said cleansing the hairline, jaw, neck and ear area is just as important as any other part.
We found a product that will encourage you to double cleanse every night, even when you come crawling home after drinking one too many G&T's.
The MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water is bound to become your new holy grail product this winter. It has a unique and innovative light-weight formula that effectively removes long-wear face and eye makeup while deeply cleansing the skin, in one easy step.
Pick up a bottle of the MicellAIR Professional Micellar Water for a mere €6.99. You can thank us later.
We all want the appearance of an effortless glow, don’t we? Call off the search, because NUXE Aquabella® have released a new combination skincare regime that gives you fresh, clear skin in just three easy steps!
NUXE has combined two ingredients, White Waterlily and Natural Hyaluronic Acid, to end the eternal struggle of targeting specific areas of our face with moisture.
We can’t thank them enough, our skin definitely needs a boost for the coming winter months! Not to mention for the damage the sun did over the summer, that sunburn still needs moisturising.
NUXE is using their Natural Blur Complex as a skin-beautifier to visibly enhance and mattify the skin, creating a radiant and dewy complexion.
Their goal is to achieve fullness in dehydrated and a pure, clear complexion in oily areas, so your face has a natural freshness without any unwanted shine.
They’ve also added the scent of sweet floral jasmine with a water note of cucumber and zesty nuances of lemon.
Say goodbye to your layers of make-up, concealers and foundations that only temporarily and artificially smooth the skin’s texture.
NUXE are offering rejuvenated skin quality with no illusions, their National Blur Complex means you won’t have to spend hours applying make-up in front of a mirror. It’s the ultimate time-saver.
Their use of white waterlily blossoms helps to maintain effective moisturising due to its concentration in mucilages which retain water molecules.
The extract has a dual “moisturising/purity” action that alleviates bacterial proliferation in oily area of the face. Its immediate and lasting smoothing effect is the key to your healthy glow.
This gorgeous crystalline gel provides deep cleansing action yet somehow doesn’t leave your skin feeling dry. Miracle, much?
It uses core active ingredients of white waterlily and the Natural Blur Complex to remove excess sebum, and its natural blue micro-beads gently smooth away textured impurities in the skin.
Women immediately feel the effects of this gel, and after 28 days the skin is at its clearest. Every morning and evening use the Aquabella® Purifying gel on damp skin using your fingertips, and then rinse off. Easy!
This essence lotion is a master of refreshment. It veils the face in a moisturising layer with white waterlily from Madagascar and natural origin Hyaluronic Acid.
The lotion provides a level of comfort for your skin, leaving it feeling soft and pampered.
The exclusive Natural Blur Complex corrects and improves the quality of the skin, and after four weeks, the pores are tightened and the texture is even. Use the lotion in the morning and evening with a cotton pad, and keep it out of the eye area for the best results!
The beauty revealing light emulsion is perfect for achieving that ultra-fresh bare skin finish. It adapts to the needs of your face, moisturising the dry areas while targeting and mattifying oily areas with Silica Power.
The white waterlily and hyaluronic acid combination work effectively with the Natural Blur Complex to diffuse the skin-beautifier all over the face.
Your complexion will feel so much better for it, trust us! Use it every morning and evening after the Essence-Lotion to get the maximum moisture. We’re sold.
These three products are your triple threat to get your skin glowing and radiant in no time!
NUXE are a pioneering French brand in natural cosmetology, dedicated to combine the strength of nature with the efficacy of science to make the highest quality skincare products that put the woman back in touch with nature itself.
There are few women in this world who don’t genuinely care about what they look like, and usually that begins with their skin. Whether they have suffered from acne as a youth or are experiencing the premature signs of aging, they want to look their best (and youngest of course!) because that makes them feel better.
Sometimes it isn’t even about the way others perceive them but rather how they want to see themselves. Unfortunately, too few of us truly understand what it takes to have that radiant skin we see on models and our favorite celebs, but believe it or not, you can have that beautiful skin you want but it might take some work and a few well-chosen, anti-aging skincare products.
What Makes a Histotechnician Expert in Skincare?
This is a question you might well ask! To many of us outside the medical arena, this is a term we’ve probably never heard. However, you have heard of a pathology lab and a pathologist, haven’t you? Actually, it is the histotechnician who prepares slices of tissue (biopsies) to be analyzed by a pathologist to determine whether or not it is diseased, and if it is, what the nature of that disease is.
So, while a histotechnician doesn’t actually diagnose diseased tissue, they do spend hours behind a microscope and have learned to identify the leading markers of diseased tissue. So, having said that Svetlana Wickstrom is an experienced histotechnician, you can understand why it’s a big deal that the skincare she prefers and uses is from a small new company called Birdie and Peppers, featuring all-natural products for the entire body.
Leading Causes of Problem Skin
Bringing her knowledge of histotechnology with her to the cosmetics arena, Svetlana knows how to identify damaged skin and is better able to identify the root causes than even the leading estheticians. This is how she knows that many of the problems we experience today are the direct result of unhealthy chemicals and additives to the products we have been using for so many years. Included in this list of taboo ingredients are such things as parabens, fragrance and oils.
Each has its own set of problems but suffice it to say that each of those sets of ingredients can do more damage than good. However, fragrance is something which is altogether too often misunderstood. Not all products that have a fragrance are unhealthy, but those which include the words ‘fragrance’ or ‘scent’ on the label are probably formulated with chemicals mimicking natural scents. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and oils, well, everyone knows how some oils clog the pores leading to everything from acne to ugly red splotches that become inflamed.
Learning Where to Place Your Trust
So then, who would you entrust with your skincare regimen? Would you rather give your skin over to a member of an $84 billion dollar industry or someone with a medical background who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is? Yes, Svetlana Wickstrom is a member of the cosmetics industry, but she is outspokenly vocal about the dangers of cosmetics as they stand today. Where do you place your trust?