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Mineral SPF – The Best Way to Protect Post-Procedure Skin

You should be wearing SPF every day, rain or shine. However, sun protection becomes especially important after undergoing an abrasive cosmetic procedure.

Chemical peels, laser treatments and micromodelling can be a great addition to your skincare routine to address texture concerns, persistent  pigmentation and deep wrinkles. But it’s important to keep in mind that these treatments leave your complexion raw and vulnerable to UV damage. Failing to apply proper SPF protection to vulnerable, post-procedure skin can not only erase all the benefits from your treatment but cause complications such as discolouration and inflammation.

Mineral vs Chemical Protection

Your skin is sensitised and vulnerable after a procedure, so you need to be cautious of harsh ingredients in your skincare that can further irritate the skin or slow down the healing process. The most common chemical SPF filters – benzophenone, oxybenzone and octocrylene, have been associated with irritation and photoallergic contact dermatitis reactions.

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This is why it’s better to opt for mineral-based sun protection in the first few weeks after your procedure. Mineral SPF acts like a physical shield that sits on top of your skin rather than being absorbed deep into its layers. Mineral formulas are gentler and easier to tolerate by vulnerable, sensitised skin. Powder formats are especially suitable for post-procedure use, since application doesn’t require rubbing or tugging of the skin.

The most common ingredients in mineral SPF products– zinc oxide and titanium dioxide offer benefits beyond UV protection. Zinc oxide has proven antimicrobial properties that soothe stinging irritation and help wound healing. If you are prone to rosacea and eczema flare-ups, titanium dioxide is a safe option for you.

The ZO Difference

Our new Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 is the latest addition to the Triple Protection range that brings exclusive antioxidant technology and superior skin defence.

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The mineral-based formula offers gentle and safe SPF protection for raw, post- procedure skin. It comes in a brush, densely packed with ultra-soft bristles, to ensure the powder is evenly applied on your skin. Colour pigments and light reflecting minerals make it easy to blend into all skin tones and avoid the dreaded ashy residue associated with most minerals SPFs.

Sunscreen + Powder SPF 30 is enriched with jojoba butter and seed sil that enable lipid replenishment and help skin barrier restoration. Fractionated melanin protects against blue (HEV) light, while a slow-release ZOX12® complex combats free radical damage and IR-A rays.

To ensure optimal protection, reapply every two hours.

4 Anti-Ageing Ingredients to Look For in Skincare Products

Do you know what makes your anti-ageing cream work? Healthy and young-looking skin is within reach at any age. Become better acquainted with your skincare products and look for active ingredients and powerful wrinkle fighters. No matter what products you decide to go for, it’s always important to choose quality over price.

So, here are the 4 real-deal anti-ageing ingredients to look for in skincare products:

#1 Retinol

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Retinol is an active form of vitamin A and your most powerful ally in the fight against premature ageing and skin damage. Retinol sweeps away the dead cells that cause dullness and stimulates cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. It also helps to improve the overall skin tone and texture by increasing blood-vessel formation and boosting blood circulation in your skin layers.
Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. It’s formulated with antioxidants and plant stem cell protectors to defend your skin against free radical damage and prevent future signs of ageing.

#2 Lipids

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Lipids fill the spaces between skin cells like mortar and cement and help your skin retain natural moisture. As we age, the epidermis loses lipids, collagen and elastin causing the internal support structure of your skin to collapse and lose its firmness and elasticity.
To keep your skin plump and smooth you need to reinfuse it with lipids. Ommerse Overnight Recovery crème reinforces skin’s barrier functions and protects against transepidermal water loss. It’s packed with ceramides (waxy lipid molecules) and retinol to support skin’s structure and boost collagen production.

#3 Antioxidants

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Antioxidants are superheroes against free radical damage. Free radicals form in your body when you’re exposed to UV rays, air pollution or other environmental assault. Unchecked, they can damage and destroy collagen, elastin and the very DNA structure of your skin cells.
Antioxidants are a crucial part of your skin’s defence system. As free radicals are highly charged and unstable, antioxidants bind with them to create a harmless stable molecule. Some antioxidants multitask too; Ossential C-Bright Serum contains vitamin C and E to protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and co-enzyme Q-10 to help stimulate collagen production and boost cell repair.

#4 SPF

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Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen all year round is the easiest way to protect your skin from premature wrinkling, sagging and discoloration.
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young-looking, an SPF of 30 or higher should be the core of your skincare regime. Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and I-RA radiation. Its ultra-lightweight formula contains customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into every skin tone. The sunscreen is enriched with 12-hour release antioxidant complex to give your skin an extra layer of protection against free radical damage.

The Right Way to Detox Your Skin Post-Holidays

Christmas is a magical time of the year, filled with celebration and overindulgence on comfort foods, wine, sweets and canapés. After all, tis the season to relax and be jolly.

Sadly, the Christmas break has flown by quickly, we’re back to our normal routine and the not-so-pretty consequences of the festive overindulgence are showing on our skin. If your your skin is dull and spotty, and the dark circles under your eyes are bigger than your friend circle, don’t panic – we’ve got you covered. Here is how to detox your skin and get back your pre-holiday glow:

#1 Skip the dessert


Let’s face it, Christmas just isn’t the same without the abundance of sweets and goodies. We won’t judge you (we’ve all been there) if you’ve consumed your body weight in mince pies or eaten an entire box of Quality Streets by yourself. While an occasional sweet binge is okay, regular sugar indulgence wreaks havoc on your skin.

When sugars hit our bloodstream, they form molecules (AGEs) that break down collagen and elastin – the proteins that keep skin firm and elastic. On top of that, high-glycemic foods are responsible for excessive insulin production. Insulin spikes send our body signals to produce certain growth factors that exacerbate hormone imbalance, causing breakouts and irritation. So, do your skin a favour and skip the dessert as often as you can. Your waistline will thank you, too!

#2 Go salt-free for a week

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When it comes to skin health, salt is just as bad as sugar. Pretzels and other salty treats are most likely the reason behind those under-eye bags that we all hate so much. While sodium is a very important nutrient in our diet, excessive amounts prompt the body to hold onto water, giving the face a bloated appearance and causing puffiness around the eyes. You should really pay attention to your salt intake if you have acne-prone skin. Excessive consumption dehydrates your skin and tricks your glands into producing more oil to compensate for the water loss.

#3 Go Dry This January

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If you’ve hit the cocktail bars a little too heavily over the Christmas break, you should give Dry January a try. Especially if you suffer from rosacea or have dry and sensitive skin. Alcohol dehydrates your body generally, including its largest organ – your skin. Wonder why those nasty face flushes won’t go away? Alcohol has a lot to do with it because it causes blood vessels to dilate, triggering redness and irritability.

Regular alcohol overindulgence can also cause permanent skin damage such as broken capillaries and spots. So, for the sake of your skin health, take a break from alcohol this January and stock up on herbal teas, coconut water and juices that are rich in antioxidants.

#4 Go to Bed Earlier

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Did you know that your skin cell turnover is working 8 times faster while you are sleeping at night? Well, it is called beauty sleep for a reason. If you are regularly short of sleep and going to bed late, you are likely to suffer from hormone imbalances that are tied to skin problems such as eczema and irritant dermatitis. In addition, your sleep-deprived body is releasing more of the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol not only increases inflammation in the body but is also directly correlated with acne breakouts.

Search no more for an excuse to sleep in! Go to bed on time, sleep at least seven hours per night and wake up with glowing skin in the morning.

5 Skincare Resolutions to Follow in 2018

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! That time when we are all promising ourselves that in the New Year we will hit the gym harder, eat better, work harder at our jobs, but also make more time for our hobbies. Usually by the end of February our enthusiasm has drained, and we go to the gym every fortnight and drink soda instead of a smoothie.

This year instead of making big promises,  we are unlikely to keep, we have put together 5 small easy tips to help you with your skincare resolutions, that are going to make a big difference for your skin.

1. I will wash my makeup brushes at least once a month.

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Makeup and oils from your skin build up on your brushes making them a breeding ground for bacteria. Ideally you should be cleaning your brushes every week, but it’s more realistic to make a monthly commitment. Wash them with lukewarm water and gentle soap and leave them to dry thoroughly.

2. I will exfoliate regularly

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Baby’s skin takes 14 days to replenish itself completely. With ageing the skin dries out quicker and takes longer to replenish. If you don’t want your skin to lose its smoothness and glow, you need a good exfoliator to remove dead cell build-ups and kick-start the renewal process. Make sure you use products that clean your skin without breaking its natural barrier. Offects® Exfoliating Polish contains vitamins C, A and E that give your skin an antioxidant protection and preserve its natural hydration. Exfoliate regularly to achieve a smooth, glowing complexion.

3. I will wear sunscreen every single day

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Smoking and  unprotected sun exposure are the top reasons for premature ageing. Forget about tanning this year and apply SPF every time you are about to go outside. Yes, in the winter months, too! Don’t use a sunscreen with a SPF lower than 15 even if you don’t burn easily. In sunscreen feels “heavy” on your skin, choose a non-greasy formula such as the Oclipse® Daily Sheer which blends seamlessly into the skin and gives you a long-lasting protection.

4. I won’t skip cleansing before bed.

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After a long hard day at the office it might be tempting to skip your cleansing routine and head to bed or just use makeup wipes. While swap and slumber is quick and convenient, makeup wipes are not a friend of your skin.  They often contain detergent chemicals that can be highly irritable and more importantly wipes will not remove all the dirt from your pores.

So, if you don’t rinse your face after using makeup wipes or, even worse, don’t clean your makeup at all, you are likely to wake up with a breakout. You will enjoy much healthier skin this year, if you toss out the makeup wipes and resolve to a nightly wash with a gentle and hydrating cleanser.

5. I will stick to my resolutions and my skincare regimen.

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It is natural to expect immediate results when you start a new skincare regimen. However, some product and ingredients take weeks or even months to work. And ultimately, beautiful skin requires a continuous, lifelong routine. Don’t give up on your skincare regimen, if you don’t see the expected results straight away, it takes time. Take a few steps now and your skin will thank you later.

 

 

 

Anti-Pollution Skincare

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How does pollution affect your skin?

Anti-Pollution skincare is the buzzword of the moment in the beauty industry. But how does pollution affect our skin, and what do we need to look for to protect our skin from pollution?

We love the hustle and the bustle of the city, but it seems we’re only just realising the adverse effect it can have on our skin. Pollution levels are at an all-time high, for example London’s Oxford Street has the worst pollution levels in the world – with 10x the legal limit of nitrogen dioxide. All those chemical, dirt and dust particles can not only make your skin feel unclean and irritated, it can also affect how the skin ages.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that high levels of nitrogen dioxide are linked to increases in age spots and hyper pigmentation. Pollution can also break down the skin’s natural barrier, leaving it exposed to free radical damage, which can damage the DNA of your skin, leading to damaged elastin fibres, impaired collagen synthesis and melanin production.

The resulting sagging skin, wrinkles and age spots can make your skin look up to 10x older than those who live in less polluted areas!

Starting an anti-pollution skincare regime

Cleansing your skin every night is essential to remove dirt and toxins from the skin’s surface. All ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical cleansers are the first step in your anti-pollution skincare regime, and remove dirt and oil without leaving a residue.

Exfoliating also works to give your skin a deeper clean, and help your serums and other skincare products penetrate the skin. Offects Exfoliating Polish is ideal for all skin types, and contains vitamin C, A and E for antioxidant protection and to help achieve glowing skin.

An antioxidant serum is crucial to protect skin against pollution damage. Antioxidants interact with free radicals, and stops them from damaging the skin. Vitamin C is a great anti-oxidant and is also essential to produce collagen. ZO Medical C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum provides a high dose of stabilized pure vitamin C, perfect to reduce the effects of pollution on the skin. The addition of coenzyme Q10, another powerful antioxidant, helps to defend against other environmental triggers that cause inflammation.

The last step in your anti-pollution skincare regime should always be an SPF – many people forget that their skin needs UV protection all year round, and an SPF adds an additional layer of protection to your skin. Zo Skin Health Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 gives daily multi-defence protection from UVA rays, UVB rays and HEV light, as well as continuous antioxidant protection against free radical damage and the harmful effects of IR-A rays.

How to get rid of dark eye circles

Dark under eye circles are a common problem for most skin types. Sometimes it seems that no matter how much sleep we get, we still look tired and aged because of dark circles!

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Why do we get dark under eye circles?

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body. This thin skin is more susceptible to environmental abuse and sun exposure, and is one of the first places signs of ageing such as crows’ feet, puffiness and dark circles occur.  This skin is also prone to dryness, which can make these signs of aging more visible.

Dark circles under the eyes are the result of this, as well factors like genetics, whether your skin is fair, and if you have naturally thin skin.

How to get rid of dark circles under eyes

ZO Medical Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Crème has been specially formulated to help treat signs of ageing around the eyes, such as dark under eye circles.  It contains the skin brightening Vitamin C, which is used to treat the pigmentations on the area. It also works to increase collagen production, to combat thin skin around the eyes. This can reduce the appearance of dark circles due to underlying blood vessels.

Vitamin A is also an active ingredient, which combined with biomimetic proteins encourages natural collagen production and skin elasticity. And the exclusive blend of bioengineered plant stem cells give the skin antioxidants and manage inflammation to protect your skin from any further signs of ageing.

Finally, it’s packed with caffeine, enzymatic vasodilators and coenzyme A. These work to reduce the signs of puffiness and the appearance of dark circles.

The powerful combination of ingredients in Hydrafirm work together to rapidly improve the skin around your eyes. Use only a pea size amount for the entire under eye area in the morning and evening – and blend in gently with fingertips. This product absorbs quickly and can be used year round.

To help avoid further damage to the eyes, be gentle with your eyes. Never pull, tug or rub the skin as it is so delicate. And of course always wear sun protection!

Why should you wear an SPF all year round?

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Now that the weather’s cooling down, and the summer is finally over for another year, you might have started skipping the SPF and sun protection as part of your skincare routine.

Although, while it’s especially important to protect your skin from the sun in the hotter months, and in warmer climates, many people don’t realise that we need to protect our skin from sun damage all year long – even in winter.

Why do we need sun protection in winter?

The sun’s UV rays can damage the skin throughout the year. UVA rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles and ageing, while UVB rays can burn the skin. Even on a cold, overcast day, up to 80 percent of these rays can actually penetrate clouds.

New studies have also shown that our skin pigment cells can not only be damaged by these UV rays from the sun, but also by lower doses of ambient and infrared light! This means your computer screen, mobile phone or lightbulbs could inadvertently be causing your skin to age.

Finally, wearing sunscreen daily is proven to slow down the ageing process by 24%.

Luckily, ZO Skin Health have a way for you to easily incorporate sun protection into your winter skin routine. ZO Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer has SPF 30 and protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as well as HEV light, it also doubles up as a makeup primer, so it’s easy to incorporate into your morning routine. With a universal tint to match all skin tones, it’s silky matter finish also works to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections, and can be worn either alone or over makeup.

Find out more about ZO Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer

Click HERE for more sun protection products!

Top 6 tips for beautiful hands

We follow great advice on how to look after our faces but what about skin care tips for our hands?  Our hands are constantly exposed to the weather, harsh cleaning products and more. This everyday wear and tear can really take it’s toll on your hands if they aren’t cared for in the right way. As the skin on the tops of your hands is thinner, it tends to be one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. From the age of 30 cell production decreases by about 10%, making the skin less efficient at repairing itself. With ageing continuing, the collagen and elastin in the skin begin to breakdown, causing loss of plumpness. This means veins and knuckles become more prominent. So what steps can you take to keep your hands looking young and beautiful?

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Skin Care Tips

6 Simple Steps To Healthy Looking Hands

  1. Avoid over washing your hands. When washing the dishes, for example, never use very hot water as this can strip away the hands natural oils. To prevent dryness opt for warm water instead. An even better option is to wear gloves when using any household detergents. Also, always use a good hand cream, like Oraser® Nourishing Hand Creme, after getting your hands wet.
  2. As your hands are always exposed to harmful UV rays it is essential to protect them. One of the most important skin care tips is to regularly wear SPF30 or higher to protect the skin on the tops of your hands whenever you are outside.
  3. Don’t forget your cuticles! Try to brush, or dab, on a nail oil twice a day to keep your cuticles soft.
  4. Your hands can have a peel just like your face! Peels are a perfect treatment for ageing hands. We recommend Invisapeel™ for an intense at home exfoliation treatment to improve the texture and tone of the hands. Leave on for 1-3 hours or overnight, and for best results, use 2-3 times weekly.
  5. Which set of skin care tips would be complete without mentioning the importance of regular exfoliation. Exfoliate daily with our Correcting Hand and Body Scrub. It combines salicylic acid and sugar crystals to leave hands smooth, soft and youthful looking,
  6. If you’ve tried all of these steps and still feel you hands could do with something more, speak to a medical professional about the option of dermal fillers to help plump up any loss of volume in the hands.

Makeup Wipes: The Truth Behind What They Are Doing To Your Skin

One of the biggest skincare mistakes, which many people are guilty of, is using makeup wipes! They may seem like a quick and convenient way to cleanse the skin and remove your makeup, but are they? Is the health of your skin really worth trying to cut a few minutes out of your skincare routine? We take a closer look at why it’s time to ditch the wipes and grab yourself a cleanser.

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Harsh On Your Skin

When using makeup wipes you need to apply a reasonable amount of pressure to the skin to remove your makeup. Over time, rubbing and pulling at the skin will not only cause irritation, but lead to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles! The is especially true for the skin around the delicate eye area.

Most wipes contain a high level of detergent chemicals and preservatives, to stop bacteria from breeding inside the pack. However, these chemicals can be highly irritating to the skin, sometimes even causing allergic reactions. Most dermatologists and skincare experts will advise against the use of makeup wipes, especially for those with sensitive skin conditions.

Makeup Wipes Can Cause Breakouts

Although you will see some evidence of makeup removal on the wipe itself, most of the dirt is still on your skin! Using a wipe will only smear the makeup and dirt around the skin on the face, and remove surface makeup. Without rinsing your face after using these wipes, a lot of residue will remain on the skin, leading to blocked pores and then subsequent breakouts.

Ineffective Skincare

Due to the dirt and grime remaining in the pores after using the wipes, any following skincare won’t be able to fully penetrate the skin. So your carefully selected ZO® skin routine won’t actually benefit the skin at all.

So to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy looking, ditch the wipes. Invest time in a cleanser perfect for your skin type, your skin will thank you for it.

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The Autumn Skincare Advice You Need To Hear

Autumn has started to show itself; temperatures are dropping, and the weather’s getting wetter. But with this change in the seasons, many tend to neglect their skincare routine. Since the body is hidden under a ton of layers, it’s common for people to forget about the importance of maintaining healthy skin. But just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there! Your skin probably needs more attention as the weather worsens. So here are the autumn skincare tips you absolutely need to know about for radiant skin this season.

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Exercise

Regular exercise boosts circulation and your immune system resulting in stronger and healthier skin.

Eat Your Greens…

and your reds, yellows and oranges! Basically, load up on your vegetables as they’re packed with antioxidants and other benefits. They help to protect your skin from pollution and UV rays.

Vitamin C

Speaking of UV exposure, your skin is likely still suffering from the after-effects of  summer. If you have an uneven skin tone, sun spots and hyperpigmentation, you can repair your skin with a vitamin C-packed brightening serum.

Use Sunscreen

Although it may not be sunny anymore, you should still use sunscreen in your autumn skincare routine.  UV rays can still penetrate the skin even if the weather is grey and gloomy! But the SPF in your foundation isn’t enough either, so use a sunscreen like ZO’s Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer with SPF30  to protect yourself. Apply it to the face, neck, and chest every day in the morning. What makes this sunscreen even better is that it doubles up as a makeup primer too!

Eat more fish

Healthy fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, help lubricate the skin, keeping it elastic and supple over time. However, if you’re not a fan of seafood, don’t worry, taking a fish oil supplement will do the trick too!

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

We can’t stress enough, how important it is to exfoliate your whole body. The dry autumn weather causes dead skin cells to build up on your body so be sure gently exfoliate twice a week. This will both remove dead skin cells and promote skin cell turnover to let your skin glow!

To keep your lips equally smooth, delicately scrub them with your toothbrush right after you brush your teeth. This will clear away flakiness and help prep lips for balm or color. As for dry, cracked heels, apply a hydrator with salicylic or lactic acid at night, then put on socks. Follow this with a pumice stone the next morning during your shower to promote exfoliation.

Avoid steaming hot showers!

They may be tempting, especially with the temperatures dropping. All you want to do after being out in the cold is to jump into a hot bath or shower but it’s the worst thing you could do! Hot showers strip the skin of its natural oils which then causes your skin to dry out, crack and peel. Hot water is one of the worst causes for dry skin, so try to take warm showers instead of blistering hot ones. Then, pat your skin dry after you’re done, do not rub.

Retinol

Include a retinol in your autumn skincare routine. Every other night, before bed, apply ZO’s Ossential® Daily Power Defense to help your skin maintain its youthful summer glow. Plus it’s a fantastic ingredient to fight against signs of ageing too! To manage the dryness associated with retinol apply a hydrator over the top.

Drink water!

It’s important to try to remind yourself to drink water. Even though you don’t necessarily feel thirsty, your body still need its. What’s more, the dry autumn air combined with indoor heating can cause your skin to dry out. So make sure to keep yourself hydrated!