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UV Radiation and DNA Damage: The Science of Healthy Skin

We all know that unprotected sun exposure is never a good thing for your skin. But do you know exactly how deep UV damage runs in the skin and what long-term implications it can have on the health and appearance of your complexion. We sit down with ZO expert clinician and founder of Clinic 1.6, Dr Raul Cetto to explore the science behind UV radiation and its effects on the skin.

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•  How exactly does UV radiation affect our skin?

Dr Cetto: Regular exposure to UV radiation essentially causes chronic inflammation of the skin. Inflammation weakens the skins immunity and impedes cell function – in particular it reduces Langerhan cell count. The  Langerhan cells belong to the skin immune system and help to remove pathogens and repair mutated cells. Regular exposure to UV rays mutates our DNA and because our defence is hampered, the skin is unable to repair these mutated cells. The results of this can include discolouration, sensitivity, accelerated skin ageing and, potentially, skin cancer. All of these problems result from DNA mutations which disturb the cells’ normal functionality.

• So, we can attribute all of our skin woes to sun damage?

Dr CettoDNA mutations caused by UV radiation can cause many types of cells to function abnormally or develop in a mutated form. Discolouration can occur due to abnormally functioning melanocytes, or due to the present of their mutated forms. Dryness and roughness can be caused by dysfunctional keratinocytes making abnormally hard keratin and allowing increased water loss. Sensitivity is caused by barrier function disruption and reduced cell turnover. Redness can occur due to due to injured blood vessels and a leathery texture can develop due to dysfunctional collagen and elastin, which also causes deep folds and wrinkles in later years. Most importantly, mutation of the DNA of the cells in the skin is how skin cancers develop.

• Can the damage be repaired?

Dr Cetto: Once damaged by UV radiation, the DNA in skin cells  will affect normal skin function negatively. This damage can be limited by increasing your tolerance to UV radiation with ZO’s sun protection, formulated with melanin which enhances skin’s ability  to renew itself and the proper use of sunscreen. The new technologies found in the ZO range, for example in Daily Power Defense, can help repair damaged DNA and restore normal cellular function.

How can you incorporate DNA repair in your daily skincare routine?

Pile on the Antioxidants

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The skin’s repair capacity and barrier function can be reinforced by using product rich in antioxidants, DNA repair enzymes, fractionated lipids, and anti-inflammatories. Agents that repair elastin, collagen and keratin should also be used to improve regeneration.  Our award-winning skin restorer Daily Power Defense stimulates collagen production and uses a blend of powerful enzymes that encourages cellular activity to aid DNA repair and offset damage caused by pollutants.

Get Serious About SPF

All sunscreens, regardless of the labelled SPF, can protect your skin for a maximum of 90 minutes. After that, they wipe away, disintegrate or get removed through perspiration. Therefore, you should be strict about reapplying your SPF every two hours and avoid exposure all together when the sun is at its most intense.

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Water and perspiration resistant, Daily Sheer SPF 50 delivers powerful protection during outdoor activities. Formulated with skin hydrators and natural nourishing ingredients, Daily Sheer does not only guard your complexion from the harmful UVB/UVA rays but also prevents dryness and supports the natural moisture balance of the skin.

 

 

5 Surprising Causes of Melasma

Melasma is a very common skin condition. It causes dark irregular patches on skin, otherwise known as hyperpigmentation. Most people, at some point of their lives, come across this patchy brown discoloration and while it’s not a dangerous condition, it’s certainly an unpleasant one. Although, most people would not pay much attention to it, an old saying goes – “forewarned is forearmed”. Here are five causes of melasma which will make you scratch your head:

 1. Birth control pills may cause melisma

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Besides their main function of preventing pregnancy, birth control pills are used to ease many different things – period pains, acne, oily skin. It is a little wonder-pill which helps with different small but important problems in life. But like all the good things in life – it all comes with a cost. This time the cost is an increased chance of hyperpigmentation. Big word, right? Not really, just means some skin cells are darker than normal. Simple! Contraceptive pills cause oestrogen imbalance and promote development of dark spots in the facial area.

2. You may have a higher chance of having melasma

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Yes, one of the factors of having melasma is genetic predisposition. Usually, for example, it is the people with a darker skin tone who are most likely to be affected by this skin condition. Unlucky tanners!

3. Your beloved skin products can cause it

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Actually, not all of them, but it’s true. Skin products that tend to irritate, inflame or burn your skin can cause hyperpigmentation. If you use skincare products that sting or burn, consider buying softer ones to avoid black spots. We recommend using ZO Skin Health products for a combination of gentle treatment and effective results.

4. Sun protection

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And more precisely, the lack of it. Ultraviolet radiation is prone to penetrate the skin cells on the face and cause a mutation leading to darkening of the skin cells. It is always useful to wear adequate clothing and we also remind you that the use of sun protection is crucial for healthy looking skin. At ZO Skin Health, you will find products that combine sun protection with treatment of hyperpigmentation and discoloration.

5. Mysterious condition

The unusual thing about melasma is that the principal cause of this condition is yet to be known. This creates lots of room for speculation about its cause and unreasonable tales about traditional remedies. Our advice is, keep out of the sun if you aren’t wearing sunscreen, lead a healthy lifestyle, use ZO Skin Health Fundamental Five regime and you will be fine!

3 Products That Will Transform Your Rosacea-Prone Skin Forever

Is your skin itchy, flushed and inflamed? We’ll spare you the preamble about how difficult to manage rosacea can be because if you are affected by this condition – and approximately 10% of the UK population are- you know this. However, building a proper skincare routine can go a long way in helping you keep minimise your flare-ups and restore your skin health. Here are the products that are specifically designed to tackle rosacea symptoms and ease your skin woes:

#Sun protection

Did you know that the sun ranks as the top trigger for rosacea flare-ups? Protecting your skin from the harmful ultraviolet radiation is key not only to easing rosacea symptoms, but also to preserving your skin’s youthful appearance.

oclipse-c Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 ZO Medical, rosace-prone skin

Oclipse-C™ SPF 50 is the perfect solution for sensitive, rosacea-prone skin. It provides a non-irritating mineral protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and IR-A rays, while its slow-release antioxidants complex supports the healthy skin barrier function.

#Cleansing

Rosacea, similar to acne, is a disease within the skin’s pilosebaceous glands, so keeping your skin free from excess sebum will also help to stave off your flare-ups. However, harsh cleansing products and abrasive exfoliators can cause further damage to your skin barrier function and irritate your skin.

ZO Medical Rozatrol Rosacea treatment, rosacea-prone skin

So, what’s the alternative? Rozatrol™ is an ultra-mild enzymatic exfoliator that cleans and prevents excess sebum production. It not only cleans your skin thoroughly but also reliefs existing redness and inflammation thanks to its amino acid complex.

#Hydration

Rosacea disrupts the healthy functions of the skin’s protective barrier which causes the skin to lose its natural moisture and be more susceptible to environmental stressors. That is why you need to include a powerful hydrator in your routine and help your skin retain as much of its natural hydration as possible.

RESTORACALM Soothing Recovery Crème, rosacea-prone skin

For a quick flare-up relief, use the Restoracalm™ soothing recovery cream. It provides immediate comfort to dry, flushed skin and stimulates the natural restoration of the skin barrier. Restoracalm™ has been developed with silk sericin protein to support skin’s recovery process and prevent future irritation and signs of ageing.

4 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles That Actually Work

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Dark circles under the eyes don’t really look cute on anyone except pandas. If you look tired and rundown all the time because of those pesky purple bags under your eyes—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about under-eye bags and how to get rid of them:

What causes dark circles under your eyes?

  • Agedark circles under eyes, age

As we get older, our blood circulation deteriorates and the collagen in our skin depletes, which causes blood vessels under the eyes to show through more prominently.

  • Genetics

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Dark circles under the eyes often run within a family and can also be down to skin type. People with olive skin are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation under the eyes because their skin has more melanin. Those with very fair and thin complexions are also likely to get visible dark circles because dilated blood vessels appear more visible under thin, pale skin.

  • Sun damage

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The skin beneath the eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face which makes it especially prone to sun-induced damage and hyperpigmentation.

What can do you to prevent dark circles?

Stay hydrated

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When your body is dehydrated, it desperately tries to retain water, causing your eyes to swell and under-eye circles to become more visible. Make sure you drink eight to ten 8-ounce servings of water per day to keep your eyes clear and sparkling and the skin beneath them tight and plump.

Get enough sleep

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It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Your body recovers and repairs itself while you sleep and that leads to a long list of benefits for your health and appearance. If you skimp on sleep regularly, you are likely to end up with a drab, sallow and lifeless complexion.

Watch your diet

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If you want to keep your skin healthy, plump and wrinkle-free, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Too much, salt, refined carbohydrates and alcohol dehydrate your skin and make dark circles beneath them look worse.

Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend

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Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing and the thin skin under the eyes is especially prone to hyperpigmentation and fine lines. To protect your eyes (and the skin around them) from the sun’s harmful rays, apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 all year round and wear sunglasses that can filter out UV radiation.

Skincare

If the dark circles under your eyes are getting bigger than your friends’ circle despite your efforts to maximise your beauty sleep and eat a skin-friendly diet, maybe it’s time to rethink your skincare routine:

  1. The Quick Fixer

Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme, dark circles under the eyes

Hydrafirm is specifically designed to help minimise all signs of ageing around the eyes. You will get visibly smoother and firmer skin after just one application. Packed with vitamin A, proteins and enzymes, Hydrafirm stimulates the production of collagen to restore skin elasticity and immediately softens the appearance of dark circles under eyes.

  1. The Antioxidant Superhero

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Ossential C-Bright Serum Plus provides a potent dose of 10% pure vitamin C that brightens and re-textures the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect your skin from free radical damage and prevent new pigment formation.

  1. The Night Time Solution

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, dark circles under the eyes

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol that targets sun-induced damage and pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with vitamins C, A and E as well as plant stem cell skin protectors, Advanced Radical Night Repair improves skin brightness, improves skin texture and elasticity and protect the skin from future damage.

Reduce and Prevent Crow’s Feet Following These 3 Simple Steps

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Crow’s feet AKA the fine lines around your eyes, that seem to develop overnight, are usually the first signs of ageing to show up on your face. The delicate eye area has the thinnest skin in our body – 40% thinner than the rest of our face – making it prone to wrinkles at an earlier stage. If crow’s feet have started to appear on your face, here is what you can do to slow them down and prevent deeper wrinkles:

#1 Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

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Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing. No matter how careless you’ve been with sun protection in the past, get religious about it right now to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from getting worse.

Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides a broad-spectrum protection against the harmful effects of UVB, UVA and HEV radiation. It’s formulated with customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into most skin tones and provide a sheer matte finish.

#2 Add Vitamin A to your skincare routine

Active vitamin A supports the healthy function of skin’s protective barrier and encourages collagen production to restore and maintain skin elasticity.

Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme, crow's feet

Hydrafirm™ is a potent repair eye cream that addresses all signs of ageing in the delicate eye area. It’s packed with active vitamin A, hyaluronic acid and enzymatic vasodilators to smooth fine lines around the eyes, soften the appearance of dark circles and reduce puffiness.

#3 Protect Your Skin from Free Radicals

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You can’t see it, but your skin is constantly under attack by unstable, reactive molecules called free radicals. Environmental factors such as UV radiation, air pollution, cigarette smoke can spawn free radicals, but they can also form through natural physiological processes. Unchecked, free radicals attack proteins like collagen, lipids and elastin fibres which causes your skin to lose firmness and elasticity. So, how can you protect your complexion from the harmful effects free radical damage?

Antioxidants, vitamins C and E in particular, are your most powerful allies in the fight against free radicals. Vitamin E binds with free radical to create stable molecules and neutralises their damaging effects. Vitamin C boosts collagen  production and helps your skin heal itself faster. Ossential C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% vitamin C, combined with vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10, to protect your skin from environmental damage and minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  

Eat Your Way to a Flawless Complexion: 4 Essential Vitamins for Healthy Skin

When it comes to skin health, the old adage ‘you are what you eat’ holds true more than ever before. If you are hankering after spotless, radiant complexion, what you put in your body matters just as much (or even more) as what you put on your skin. Here are the 4 essential vitamins for healthy skin and foods that contain them:

1. Vitamin A

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Why is it good? 

Vitamin A is a miracle worker against fine lines, spots and wrinkles. Similar to retinoids, which are derived from it, vitamin A speeds up tissue repair and supports the healthy functioning of skin’s protective barrier.

It is also a great supplement for oily and acne-prone skin as it can help reduce excess sebum production and clear rough patches on your face.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A: 

  • Liver and liver products such as pâté (but no more than once a week, too much vitamin A can be harmful to your health, especially if you are pregnant or trying to conceive)
  • Eggs
  • Oily fish
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Carrots and leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale
  • Yellow fruit such as mango, papaya and apricots

Best Vitamin A Product: Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair

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Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest retinol concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. Retinol is an active form of vitamin A that clears up uneven pigmentation and diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation. Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair is formulated with multiple antioxidants to neutralise free radicals and prevent future damage to your skin.

2. Vitamin C

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Why is it good?

We all know vitamin C can help us fight off colds and flu, but its antioxidant properties are great for skin, too. Vitamin C protects your complexion from free radical damage and boosts collagen production. Exposure to sunlight and pollutants depletes the amount of vitamin C in your skin, so add vitamin-rich foods to your diet to ensure you are getting your daily dose.

Natural Sources of vitamin C:

  • Oranges and orange juice
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Red and green peppers
  • Blackcurrants

Best Vitamin C Product: Ossential® C-Bright Serum

Ossential C-bright Serum provides a potent dose of 10% pure, stabilised vitamin C to combat spots, dullness and wrinkles. The serum activates upon contact with the skin’s natural water content to maximise exfoliation and reveal radiant, even-toned skin.

3. Vitamin E

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Why is it good?

Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation and neutralises free radicals before they harm the cells in the upper layers of your skin. Studies have shown that vitamin E protects better when it’s combined with vitamin C. When used together, vitamins C and E help reduce the damaging effects of UV radiation twice as effectively than when administered alone.

Natural Sources of Vitamin E:

  • Plant oils such as soya, corn and olive oil
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wheatgerm – found in cereals and cereal products
  • Avocado
  • Olives

Best Vitamin E Product: Ossential C-bright Serum 

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To optimize the benefits of both vitamins, Ossential C-Bright Serum is formulated with 10% pure vitamin C, vitamin E and Q-10 to protect your skin from environmental damage and stimulate healthy collagen production.

4. Vitamin D

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Why is it good?

Vitamin D is vital for skin cell growth and repair. It prevents the onset of premature aging and enhances skin’s ability to retain and replenish moisture. Vitamin D plays a big role in fighting off bacteria and its deficiency is strongly linked to acne breakouts and inflammation.

Natural Sources of Vitamin D: 

  • Oily fish such as salmon, herring and fresh tuna
  • Mushrooms
  • Egg yolks
  • Fortified cereals
  • Red Meat

Best Vitamin D Product: Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

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Vitamin D is also known as the “sunshine vitamin” because our body synthesises it from sunlight exposure. However, letting the sun beat down on your face and body without SPF protection is not the right way to get your daily dose of vitamin D.

The World Health Organisation has identified solar UV radiation as a proven human carcinogen, linking to 90% of nonmelanoma skin cancers and about 86% of melanomas. Unprotected sun exposure is also the number one reason for premature skin ageing. So, is there a way to get vitamin D without abusing your skin and putting your health at risk?

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 protects your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation and enhances skin barrier functions. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent of UVB rays, which means that 2 to 7 percent of solar rays still reaching your skin; this is more than enough to get the vitamin D your body needs.

 

4 Mistakes That Are Giving You Dry Skin

Struggling with dry, flaky skin? Your skincare routine may be to blame. We break down the 4 most common mistakes that dry out your complexion and easy ways to avoid them:

#1 Skipping out on SPF

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You may think that wind and cold are the major causes for those cracks and flakes, but when it comes to weather, sunlight is the one to watch out for.Just because the sun rays don’t feel as strong as in summer months doesn’t mean you should leave your skin unprotected. If skin cancer risks and accelerated ageing aren’t reason enough for you, there’s another incentive to wear SPF all year round. Sunscreen doesn’t only protect you from harmful sun radiation but also reinforces skin’s protective barrier and helps your complexion withstand the harsh winter conditions.

#Soaking in a hot bath

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Yes, taking a long relaxing bath can be a glorious reward to a gruelling day at work, but it also might be the reason why your skin is tight and itchy. Hot water strips the natural oils in the epidermis that keep your skin smooth, soft and plump. So, if you want to get dewy, radiant complexion, you need to discover another way to find your zen and start taking short, lukewarm showers.

#Slathering on thick creams

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Getting more moisture is only half the battle with dry skin. You also want to use products that help your skin retain newly stored hydration. The molecules of thick moisturisers are too large for your pores to soak them up and penetrate the deeper layers of your skin.

Applying coats of thick, greasy creams will only lead to clogged pores, so instead grab a targeted product packed with active ingredients that hydrate your skin from within. Ommerse Renewal Crème is supercharged with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to give your skin a major hydration boost and protect it from free radical damage. Willowherb extracts and jojoba esters minimise redness and soothe sensitised skin.

#Applying products in the wrong order

Finding the right products is only the battle with dry skin. Slathering creams and serums at random order will reduce their efficacy. So, layering is key.  

An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply products with the thinnest consistency to thickest or from liquid to oil. Here’s the right order to apply your skincare products:

1.    Cleanse

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Offects Hydrating Cleanser will gently remove dirt and dead cell build-ups from your skin and restore moisture levels.

2.    Stimulate

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Ossential C-Bright Serum will penetrate the deeper layer of your skin and stimulate the healthy function of your skin’s protective barrier.

3.    Repair

OMMERSE RENEWAL CREME zo skinhealth, dry skin, hydrating creme

Ommerse Renewal Crème stimulates the skin’s DNA repair mechanism and helps retain newly stored hydration.

4.    Protect

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Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 protects the skin from the damaging effects of UVB, UVA and HEV light. It’s enriched with skin conditioners and antioxidants to support healthy moisture levels and protect the skin from 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.

 

 

 

The importance of a regular skincare regime

Why is it important to keep a regular skincare regime?

 

Keeping up a regular skincare regime can be difficult to juggle with a busy work and social life. With everything else going on in our lives, applying skincare products each morning and evening can be difficult to religiously keep up! However, keeping a regular skincare regime is a very important investment, that will lead to healthy and clear skin.

The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and we put it through harsh weather, pollution, UV damage and abrasion every day, so it’s so important to take good care of it. And there are so many benefits to maintaining a regular skin regime

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Good Condition

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your skin in good condition for years to come. Many people only think about starting a consistent skin regime after their skin shows signs of acne, congestion or ageing. However, keeping a regular skin regime can help prevent these issues, and should take no longer than 5 minutes every morning and evening.

Visible Results

A lot of people will try a new skincare product, only to give up after a few uses if they don’t see immediate results. Active ingredients and a regular skincare regime can take up to a few months before you start to see visible results – so don’t give up if you don’t see overnight results! Think of your skincare regime like an exercise routine, it takes consistent practice and time, but you will start to see subtle improvements if you keep at it.

ZO Fundamental 5

The ZO Fundamental 5 is the perfect starting point for your skincare regime. These are a carefully selected group of products recommended to rejuvenate and revitalise dull, tired skin.

In 5 easy steps, you can start your regular skincare regime. Wash, scrub, oil-control, stimulate and protect.

1. Wash: Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser

This cleanser and exfoliant combination targets oil, dirt and bacteria in the skin leaving it deeply cleansed, without stripping the skin of its natural oils.

2. Scrub: Offects® Exfoliating Polish

This exfoliant instantly polishes skin to restore a smoother texture and deliver healthy glowing skin.

3. Oil-Control: Offects® TE-Pads™ 

A dual-chemical exfoliation removes dead skin cells to prevent clogged pores and help decrease a potential acne breakout.

4. Balance: Ossential® Daily Power Defense™ 

Formulated with retinol, enzymes and antioxidants, this skin restorer helps to stabilise skin by repairing damaged cells and protecting skin against future damage.

Protect: Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

A broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF that uses a multiple-defence sun protection system to provides full-spectrum defence against UV rays in addition to shielding skin from the ageing effects of HEV light (high-energy visible light).