ACNE: “Zits are beauty marks” – Kurt Cobain

ACNE: “Zits are beauty marks” – Kurt Cobain

Very often people can see acne as an inevitable feature on teenage faces and simply see them as an unavoidable part of growing up. Also, it’s not, of course, just the young that endure acne but acne in adults is very common too. Acne can be very broad ranging from the occasional hormonal breakout, moderate or severe acne. Treatment varies according to what type of acne you have. Whether you are treating minor acne yourself or severe acne through your doctor, the cause and management usually starts with hygiene, bacteria and hormones. So, the sensible starting point for anyone of any age is good hygiene through proper cleansing, toning and moisturising. A product we recommend for acne treatment at home is Acne Out.

Acne Out is a special care treatment, using a unique patented mix of ingredients, to prevent and clear mild, moderate and severe forms of acne on the face, back and neck. All products are free from parabens, as well as being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic (i.e. reduces blocked pores). Acne Out stops inflammation quickly, prevents pimples, suppresses the development of blackheads and regulates oil secretion. Acne Out is for oily skin with acne, enlarged pores and blackheads, single pustules, ingrown hairs after epilation and folliculitis.

Acne Out products explained:

Depending on your skin type and whether your skin suffers from the odd breakout or moderate or severe acne, Acne Out products are specially formulated to treat your skin type. Some Acne Out products can be used individually as part of your existing skincare routine or specific Acne Out products in the series for optimal results.

1. CLEANSING:

Acne Out cleansers come in a soap, wash or foam. 

Acne Out Soap – 100% natural vegetable soap is enriched with glycerin. Gently cleanses, tightens the enlarged pores, softens and moisturizes the skin, also protects from further appearance of breakouts. Free of animal ingredients.

Acne Out Oxy Wash – is gentle and mild cleansing gel, enriched with oxygen, for oily and blemish-prone skin. It sweeps away the impurities and the excessive oil and improves the appearance of your skin and its hydration levels. Tightens and cleanses the pores, without drying or irritating the skin. Soap free with organic rose water.

Acne Out Face Cleansing Foam – contains Lactic acid suitable for every skin type, even the most sensitive one. Removes the impurities and the excessive oil without causing irritation or dryness. Tightens and clears the pores in depth and gently lifts dirt and grime away from the skin.

2. TONING:

Acne Out Mattifying Tonic – an everyday tonic for oily and blemish-prone skin with enlarged pores and blackheads. Removes the excessive oil, tightens the pores and mattifies the skin.

3. HYDRATING:

Most of us agree that a moisturiser is essentially a good thing It makes our skin feel more comfortable and supple, look plumper, brighter and shields it against the elements. It should not be avoided no matter how oily your skin is or feels.

Acne Out Active Lotion – for oily and blemish-prone skin with frequent breakouts and clogged pores. Acne Out active lotion effectively removes the excessive oiliness, helps to eliminate and prevent imperfection, blemishes and blocked pores. The unique formula cleanses the skin and promotes its  good appearance. Soothes the irritations after shaving and depilation, hydrates and slightly exfoliates thus helping the liberation of ingrown hairs.

Acne Out Hydro Active Cream – a daily moisturizing cream that compensates side effect of over-drying skin treatments. A non-greasy and non-sticky formula provides soothing effect and replenishes skin’s hydration levels. Acne Out Hydro Active nourishes the skin and promotes its renewal. 

Acne Out Active Cream – suitable for use in cases of oily and blemish-prone skin with frequent breakouts and clogged pores. Acne Out active cream effectively removes the excessive oiliness, while hydrating, nourishing and gently exfoliates the skin. The unique formula promotes the good condition of the skin, helps to eliminate and prevent imperfections, blemishes and blocked pores. Effectively removes the excessive oiliness, while hydrating, nourishing and gently exfoliates the skin.

4. FEEDING:

Few things divide skincare specialists like nutrition. Our intake of vitamins and antioxidants through a balanced diet is what we should strive for to help improve our skin. Food and vitamin supplements for the skin are also available.

Acne Out Food Supplement – a skin supplement specifically suited for oily and acne-prone skin, that contains brewer’s yeast, vitamins A, E and D, magnesium, zinc and selenium. This combination helps maintain healthy, clean and fresh skin. It also supports the normal function of the immune system. Brewer’s yeast is a natural source of vitamins B, valuable amino acids, minerals and trace elements that make the skin smooth and supple. Vitamin A controls the strength of the epithelium, the elasticity and skin repair processes. It stimulates the activity of the proteins keratin and collagen. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that also supports the microcirculation in the tissues and improves their nutrition. Vitamin D3 helps the generation of new cells and contribute to the normal hormonal balance of the entire organism. The perfectly balanced formula positively influences the metabolism  of the organism and does not lead to increase in appetite. The use of these capsules compliment and increase the efficacy of other product use from the Acne Out range.

Acne Out Food Supplement is not a substitute for a varied diet. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose!

What is the best treatment plan for your skin:

For mild forms of acne with oily skin, open (blackheads) and/or closed (milia/whiteheads) comedones:

Use Oxywash, Mattifying Tonic, Hydro Active Cream and Food Supplement

For Moderate forms of acne with oily skin, open and/or closed comedones, papules, pustules:

Use Soap, Active lotion orActive Cream, Hydro Active Cream & Food Supplement

For Severe forms of Acne with oily skin, open and/or closed comedones, papules, pustules, nodes, nodules and cysts

Use Cleansing Foam, Active Lotion, Hydro Active Cream & Food Supplement

All Acne Out products can be found on our online store and instore.

Team Eske x

A New Trend in Cleansing

A New Trend in Cleansing

Have you tried the 60 second rule yet? (We don’t mean the amount of time that is socially acceptable to eat food that has fallen on the ground!)

Lead esthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith of LABeautyologist is a firm believer in washing your face with your preferred cleanser for 60 seconds, effectively allowing the cleansers ingredients to really penetrate the skin.

Makeup, dirt and oil are a lot harder to remove from the skin than most people realize. By taking 60 seconds, twice daily, out of your daily regime your cleanser breaks down and dissolves products and grime from the skins surface.

Over time, with the combined increase of circulation due to the extra time and care, skin can become brighter, less congested, less irritated and overall healthier.

We think it is well worth a try. Take a look at some of our favourite cleansers below:

Cheat the Glow this Autumn/Winter in 5 simple steps

Cheat the Glow this Autumn/Winter in 5 simple steps

Cheat the Glow this Autumn/Winter in 5 simple steps

With the drop in temperatures and the increasing use of home heating, our skin can become dull, grey and lack lustre, the complete opposite of the youthful glow that we are all striving for! Here are the steps and some of the products to achieve glowing skin.

1. Preparation is everything

The first thing with any makeup application is prepping the skin. When trying to achieve that dewy glow we need products that plump, hydrate and brighten.

Hyaluronic is an acid that helps attract moisture to the skin and can diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reverse the effects of dehydration caused by lack of water, heating at home and in the workplace or incorrect skincare. Using a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid will work wonders at re-plumping the skin, and achieving a nice, heathy-looking glow that is otherwise lacking in dehydrated skin.

To maximise the effects, try using an exfoliating acid e.g. lactic acid or glycolic acid beforehand to remove any dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.  This allows the Hyaluronic Acid to reach deeper in to the dermis, enhancing its performance.

Products we love are the Declare Oceans Best Hyaluron Triple Booster €59.50 and The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid €6.99.

Bonus tip: Incorporate a sheet mask into your skincare routine to pack in more moisture to the skin and give it a beautiful glow. Our top picks are the Seoulista Beauty Brightening Instant Facial €8.99, packed with Vitamin C and AHAs (never use more than 1 AHA product in one day) these sheet masks exfoliate and hydrate the skin revealing a brighter, more uniform complexion. If you’re on the go try Add On Beauty Dry Mask Selfie Glow €18.00, a revolutionary dry mask which, once activated, delivers 91-94% active ingredients to the skin, making them 2.5 times more effective than other brands on the market. If that’s not enough, there is literally no mess and it can be used up to four times.

2. Prime:

For a long lasting makeup application, always prime the skin first. Primers create a second layer between the skin and makeup, ultimately blurring imperfections and smoothing the skins surface. For a dewy look, opt for a primer with highlighting particles which eliminates dull skin and gives the skin a natural, healthy glow. Products we highly recommend for this job are Flormar Double Radiance Primer €12.95, La Girl Luminous Glow Skin Illuminator €10.50 and Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Beauty Base €24.95

3. Foundation:

A good base really does make a huge difference to your overall appearance and every woman should own one – even if you wear it only on special ccasions. A great foundation’s job is to perfect the skin, making you appear clearer, brighter, more youthful and never like you’ve been dipped in paint! A suitable foundation depends on your skin type, your skin colour, your needs and grooming levels. When choosing a suitable colour for your skin decide whether your skin type best suits a bb cream, tinted moisturiser, sheer foundation, liquid foundation, mineral foundation powder, cream foundation or powder foundation.  

Some of the brands in store range from lightweight, medium to full coverage foundation with illuminating filters include La Girl Pro Coverage Illuminating Foundation €12.95, Flormar HD Invisible Cover Foundation €11.95 and Note Rejuvenating Foundation €9.95. All three are of medium coverage but can be easily built to a fuller coverage whilst maintaining a natural feel and look to the skin.

If needed, apply Note Cosmetics Full Coverage Stick Concealer €4.95 to hide any stubborn imperfections.

Bonus Tip: If concealing dark circles, try colour correcting with L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Colour Correctors €6.95 under your concealer.

Light Yellow corrector: Corrects dullness caused by blue/purple undertones and brightens under eye circles in fairer skin tones.

Yellow Corrector: Corrects dullness and brightens under eye circles in medium to darker skin tones.

4. Conceal, Highlight and Define:

As with your foundation you should also choose a concealer which radiates luminosity. The eye area is one of the first areas that shows signs of fatigue and dehydration so always prep with a good, hydrating eye cream to start. This will prevent your concealer from showing up any signs of dry patches and settling in to any fine lines and wrinkles. Concealers such as L.A. Girl Pro Conceal €6.95 are creamy and lightweight which keeps the area hydrated and crease resistant. If you’re looking for a more prominent glow, try Note Perfecting Pen €8.95, which contains light reflecting particles.

To keep the look soft, always go for a cream contour over powder. Cream contours are less harsh looking on the face and produce a more natural, healthy finish. This would be especially recommended for older clients. Products such as Flormar Contour Stick €9.95 and Sosu Contour on the Go €12.95 would be beneficial for this task.

Follow up with a dab of Aimee Connolly Beauty Base on the highpoints of the face and lightly dust a transparent, loose powder to any areas prone to oiliness or creasing such as the T-zone and under the eyes. For an extra glow apply a powder highlighter like BPerfect MMMMitchell Subzero Palette €36.99 back over where you first applied the cream highlighter. Concentrate your highlighter on the tops of the cheekbones, the tip of the nose, the cupids bow on the lips and above the highest point of the brows. For more mature skin, instead of applying the highlighter to the top of the cheekbones, try apply to the tops of the apples of the cheek, as it has a more lifting and youthful effect.

5. Finishing Touches:

If you want to go the extra mile, finish the look off with a shimmer eyeshadow such as the BiaBelle Bronzed Honey Eyeshadow palette €24.95.  These eyeshadows are buttery soft and create a subtle glow on the eyes. Alternatively, if you want something that stands out, try Jordana Ticia Base and Sparkle shadow pots €19.75.  These 2 in 1 pots create the most beautiful glow on the eyes and are super easy to use. Add a bit of highlighter to the inner corner of the eye and brow bone and you are good to go.

A pop of colour is always needed to warm up the face, again try using a product that promotes a glow to the skin. Blushers such as Milani Baked Powder Blush €11.50 and Flormar Terracotta Blush-On €11.95 are amazing as they contain a slight iridescence and can really make the cheeks pop.

No makeup is ever complete without a swipe of lippie. To keep the look fresh, choose a lipstick with moisturising properties  Even try a touch a gloss on the middle of the lips to create a slight plumping effect.

Finish the look off with a spritz of setting spray. Setting sprays are great for longer lasting makeup applications and, if you prefer to use more powder products for your highlight and contour, it helps to get rid of that powdery, heavy, cakey feel on the skin. For drier skins we love to use Ella & Jo 3 in 1 Hyaluronic Skin Mist €20.00 or for more luminosity to the skin, Milani Make It Dewy Setting Spray €14.50 and Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Illuminating Fixing Spray €7.99 to add a touch of sparkle to your end result.

All products are available in store and online.

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