It’s January and so, of course, our minds turn to the annual post-festive detox. After weeks of overindulging, our bodies and complexions are a little worse for wear and we’re in need of a serious boost. While the new year is a good time to set some healthier beauty resolutions, pledging to eat right and look after our skin properly isn’t always easy to stick to.
MSM is Oskia’s hero ingredient, what is it and what are the benefits?
It’s a form of sulphur which is needed for over 150 bodily compounds, including collagen and keratin production. It’s also an anti-inflammatory, detoxifies skin, and boosts your own body’s antioxidant called glutathione.
What product would you recommend to someone trying Oskia for the first time?
The most famous is the Renaissance Cleansing Gel – we sell one every two minutes. I love it because it’s an exfoliating cleanser, but doesn’t use any acids. Plus it’s gentle enough to use twice a day and smells delicious.
What do you think are the most important nutrients for beautiful skin?
The thing to remember is nutrients can do different things based on whether you eat them or apply them topically. For application, I’d recommend Vitamin A; it’s the most researched, proven nutrient on the market. There’s also an anti-oxidant called Astaxanthin which is 6000x stronger than Vitamin C, and can be found in algae.
What foods would you recommend for maintaining healthy skin?
The brighter the better. Foods full of carotenoids like red peppers, sweet potatoes, tomatoes – but only cooked tomatoes, not raw. Zinc is a key element, which you can actually get from one oyster.
For skin hydration, water you get from food stays in your system longer than the water that you drink. Watermelon or cucumber, which are full of micro-nutrients, will actually rehydrate your skin better than drinking water.
What’s the best way to detoxify and re-balance skin?
Cut out alcohol, that’s a no-brainer. But mainly, I would say it’s about going back to un-processed foods more than anything. I’m not the sort of person to say ‘cut out this’, but you should try and go back to cooking your own food rather than eating out or Deliveroo.
Tips for protecting skin from urban pollution?
Clinically-proven antioxidants – they’re far more important than SPF. I say they should be ‘clinically-proven’ as antioxidants are incredibly volatile. Our City Life Booster took two years to formulate – it’s proven to protect skin from 97.7% of free radicals and 98% of particulate matter (the sum of solid and liquid particles), which I’m very proud of.
You should start using an antioxidant from your teens to your thirties, as what you do over this period is going to affect how you look when you’re 40 or 50.
Favourite ingredients/products for…
You’ve got to work out why is your skin not bright – is it dryness? Is it rough skin? Is it pigmentation? So there’s not one-fits-all solution, but I would say the one thing that will help all of those is exfoliation. Either an acid – I would go for a lactic acid – or a physical one and then an oil.
Oily/acne prone skin
MSM again is great, it detoxifies – it is the magic ingredient. There are so many different reasons why you can have acne – but it is very much gut-related and also eco-system-related, so acids would be great and will help neutralise bacteria. You could do a weekly peel and then exfoliate after using enzymes. You really want to build up your good bacteria.
Dry / dehydrated skin
The big difference between dry and dehydrated – dehydrated is all about internal hydration, so you just need to drink more water. Dry skin – you have less pores, so it’s not about the water in your skin cells, it’s about lack of oil. So you’ll want to use a nice facial oil.
MSM again is great – it’s an amazing anti-inflammatory. Eczema is more gut-related, so internal nutrients are key. Anything eczema or psoriasis-based means your lipid barrier is compromised, so you need to protect that more. A really good oil would also help.
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