Skincare Breakouts

Sudden acne breakouts can be because of numerous reasons, including Hormonal changes or hormonal imbalance, an unhealthy diet including lots of deep fried and junk food, alcohol, the release of cortisol hormones because of excessive stress, excessive production of sebum, the use of masks and much more.

Some Top Tips

Make sure you get good sleep, fresh air, and exercise, including some time outside every day, Daylight increases vitamin D levels, and we need vitamin D in order for our bodies to synthesise Vitamin C

Increase your intake of water this will help to flush toxins for the digestive system, he kidneys and liver, The stomach is known as the second brain so good gut heath and diet are important in skin health.

Cleanse your skin twice a day morning and evening, Be careful not to use harsh products packed with chemicals, as they will strip the skins natural barrier, leading to a further increase acne dermatitis and inflammation.

Choose an option with natural AHA acids (flower peel) which all help to break down the bonds between dead skin cells, eliminating them from the surface of your skin, remove excess oil, and helps to kills the bacteria that causes acne, BHA (salicylic acid) this will help to clean out pores out and keep them clear of further outbreaks

Overuse of exfoliators should be avoided One of the biggest causes of outbreaks is due to the disruption of the skins natural defence barrier, caused by over exfoliation too many active ingredients (skin layering) cuts scrapes bites etc shaving.

When we shave, we are also removing dead skin cells, but shaving over and area any with blemishes or abrasions can cause further out breaks and irritation. Donkey milk is one of the best products to use not only protect the skins barrier but it natural anti- microbial anti biotic effects calms sooths and renews the skin epidermis and reduces redness immediately

3 common Winter skincare problems

3 common Winter skincare problems

Here are the 3 most common winter skin problems and how you can take care of them to keep your skin looking its happiest and healthiest this winter time.

Remember, take care of your skin, you are going to be wearing it every day! 

Does your skin feel dry and tight? If so, read on…

It's time to investigate what's going on with your skin and discover if it's dull, dry or dehydrated
Find out more about what your skin type could be
There's a big difference as you'll discover...

Dry Skin 

  • Dry skin doesn't contain enough oil, so it lacks sheen and plumpness.
  • The look of pores can appear small.
  • It can look red, sore and get easily aggravated, itchy and flaky in places.
  • It can feel tight and possibly be difficult to rub moisture products into the skin.
  • After a shower or bath, your skin can feel tight and itchy. 
  • It can feel sensitive to some skincare products, especially those containing botanical ingredients. 

Dehydrated Skin 

  • Dehydrated skin has a feeling of tightness and dryness but can still appear oily in places.
  • Pores can appear enlarged in areas.
  • It quickly absorbs water in moisturisers and makeup, causing foundation patchiness and shine.
  • After a shower or bath your skin looks and feels better.

Dull Skin

  • Dull skin lacks lustre
  • Skin Appears flat and lifeless can look grey 
  • May look dry dehydrated and patchy  
  • Skin can look textured 
  • Pigmentation marks 
  • When you look in the mirror you look tired 

Here are some top tips to help.

In the winter months, humidity levels drop significantly. This is why your skin dries out in cold weather. Your skin may feel tighter, a little uncomfortable and you may see patches of flaking skin too. The key for keeping your skin as soft and supple as usual lies in your moisturiser. You may in fact need to moisturise a little more frequently in the colder weather or you may actually decide to step it up a gear and choose a different moisturiser to help your skin through a cold weather spell.

To help balance the skin try our Face Envy Superfood Cream  

Our skin can often look a little paler, duller and lack a glow in the winter. Here’s the thing, you can most definitely have radiant and bright skin all year round. If your skin has become dull or there are pigmentation problems, you can benefit a lot from a skin brightening complex. The best way to increase skin radiance is to use skincare that contains antioxidants and vitamins E and C.

A serum is a brilliant way of achieving results. A serum is highly concentrated and so is able to target specific skin concerns. Our Super Serum Plus   It is like a facial in a bottle, and great at tackling dull skin.

Between the cold air outside and dry indoor heating, your skin cells dehydrate and die out faster in winter. Using an exfoliator twice a week will help replenish your skin by buffing away the dead cells so new cells can be revealed.

As well as improving the texture of your skin, exfoliators improve the effectiveness of your moisturiser. Because skin is often drier in the winter, you’ll want to maximize the power of your moisturiser. You can easily do this by regularly exfoliating away the dead skin cells that block moisture from the layers of new skin cells that actually need it. Try our Flower Power Hibiscus exfoliator  It exfoliates renews and hydrates in one. 

You could also treat your skin to a face mask. Once a week, kick back and relax with a face mask. You relax whilst the mask does the work. or why not use it overnight ,

We love…. Our Face Envy Superfood Mask, it  is a dual purpose face mask  can be used as a treatment or overnight. 

Get Your Glow back and Improve Barrier Function

Get Your Glow back and Improve Barrier Function

When it comes to achieving that glow, it is tempting to lean on quick fixes to brighten, tighten and firm the skin. But while zapping breakouts with spot cream, applying a face mask to hide a hangover or booking in for a laser therapy facial may help in the short term, developing lasting habits to future-proof your skin will mean you can look forward to a healthier and more youthful complexion for years to come.

Be conscious of the damaging effects of UV rays and pollution on the skin, especially if you work outside or live and work in a city. Wearing and SPF daily or using a sun hat can help

Forget me not hydrating face cream SPF 30, is a natural, chemical free sunscreen

Focusing on maintaining your skin’s water content, as many issues sensitivity, dullness, fine lines, an uneven tone and texture can stem from dehydration. Keeping your skin well moisturized will also help keep the skin barrier stay healthy and protect against both water loss and external aggressors. It contains no chemical sunscreen, so safer for the skin and the environment. It has a wonderful natural sun protection factor of 30 from Rhatany Root, a natural and organic sunscreen while Micronized Titanium reflects both UVA and UVB solar rays.

Take the Time

Take time out once or twice a week to massage give yourself a mini facial and mask. The use of massaging techniques or rollers work by encouraging circulation and improving the lymphatic drainage system, which can help your skin de-puff and rid itself of toxins. Improves blood circulation and stimulates collagen production

Try our Face Envy Superfoods face mask

Protecting the skins natural barrier is a must, the skin barrier is important to human life. Physically, it protects for external threats such as infectious agents, chemicals, systemic toxicity and allergens. A healthy skin barrier performs two very important functions. First, it helps your skin retain moisture by preventing water loss from deeper skin layers. Second, it helps protect your skin from harsh elements like UV rays, pollutants, microbes, and chemicals. Face Envy Superfood Face Mask with donkey milk, retinol, and collagen

Containing all the vital ingredients for healthy skin, a perfect platform for optimum skin health. Made with nutrient-dense superfood organic donkey milk, this high-performance, moisturizing, and hydrating superfood face mask is enriched with multi-molecular weight hyaluronic acid to plump and hydrate. Argan, Andiroba, and Grapeseed oils, packed with antioxidants that replenish, soothe, rebalances, and nourish the skin, while the pro-aging, anti-acne, and photoaging skin protection benefits are provided by 99.9% purity Bakuchiol – natural retinol has been clinically proven to be as effective as synthetic retinol. Packed with vitamins (A, B, C, D, E, K), minerals, amino acids, ceramides, proteins, and omega 3, 6 & This mask offers superior hydration, smooths, lifts, nourishes, rejuvenates, renews, and exfoliates the skin.

Regain your skin barrier and reverse skin damage

The health of your skin barrier’s function is a direct result of many factors. This includes nutrition, age, your daily skincare routine, and your surrounding environment. Over time, the barrier starts degrading and gets weaker and a little worse at performing its function. To complicate matters, every time you cleanse, fats and lipids are stripped from the skin, weakening the skin’s barrier function. This brings on moisture loss, and lets in external aggravators, which further damage the deeper layers of skin by breaking down structural proteins like collagen and elastin. Over exfoliation with harsh products can also be a major cause of skin barrier issues. But we have the perfect answer with this amazing serum. Its ultra-lightweight, fast-absorbing, providing an instant boost while infusing the skin with the nutrient-dense superfood of organic donkey milk, a powerhouse for brightening dull, uneven, scarred or UV damaged skin. Three types of multi-molecular weight Hyaluronic acid provide 24-hour multi-layer hydration which creates a three-dimensional plumping moisturizing network to soften the appearance of dehydration lines. The added cocktail of ingredients including Retinal O5 combines the safe protective activity of Halorubin and Retinaturel, a strong booster of cell protection, the unique combination protects against blue light and provide anti-photo-aging activity. anti-aging, anti-acne and treats redness and rosacea.

After Your Workout

How to do... Post-Workout Skincare

Your post-workout skincare routine should always start with cleansing to wash away sweat and bacteria and prevent your pores from clogging. Clogged pores can lead to breakouts called “sweat pimples”, as well as blackheads and white heads. Sweat contains salt which can cause skin irritation and dehydration, so it’s important to do this as soon as possible after completing your workout – ideally within 15 minutes. 

Working out can create a breeding ground for bacteria on your skin, especially in confined spaces like gyms or with groups of people. Wash away sweat, bacteria and dead skin cells with a good quality antibacterial cleansing bar to minimise the risk of breakouts. 

We recommend the Smart Ass Cleansing Bar, which is formulated with multivitamin and mineral complexes to bolster the skin’s natural defences. It also has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, making it the perfect post-workout skin snack! 

Showering after exercise should also be an important part of your post-workout routine. It not only gets you clean and protects you from breakouts, but it can also help your heart rate and core temperature naturally decrease. Taking a lukewarm or cool shower works best. 

Interesting Fact 

Did you know that regular blasts in the shower with cool water can give your immune system a quick boost? Studies have found that taking a daily shower that starts warm and ends with a 30 to 90 second burst of cold water significantly reduced the number of sick days that participants used at work. 

Post-workout skincare routine

Smart Tips 

🥛Always clean your face with tepid rather than hot water, as hot water can cause skin redness and inflame rosacea. You need to cool your skin down to prevent breaking blood vessels and return the skin to normal temperature. 

🥛Don’t wear makeup to go to the gym - your skin needs to breathe! If it's something you can't live without then try a tinted moisturiser or mineral makeup instead. 

🥛Don’t use harsh chemical-filled cleansers after exercise, as this can cause skin irritation and redness. 

🥛A final rinse with cold water after cleansing can give your skin a heathy glow, as cold water tightens and constricts the blood flow. 

🥛Keep hair off your face as much as possible this to prevent oils, hair products, and other pollutants from getting into pores. 

🥛Finally, and most importantly - try not to touch your face! Gyms are full of other people and bacteria and it’s super easy to spread bacteria from your hands to face, hence why it’s also important to keep your hair tied back. 

Best Post-Workout Skincare Products

Our Smart Ass skincare products are formulated with your lifestyle in mind. Gentle enough to prevent irritation and breakouts, and powerful enough to nourish and balance your skin, they're the perfect partners for a post-workout pamper.

Check out our favourite goodies to follow up your workout:

Luxury Cream Cleansing Bar

Face Envy Superfood Face Cream

Balance and Revitalise Shampoo and Body Bar