Why is it so important to cleanse your skin?

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Carolina Öberg is a licensed skincare therapist at Emma S. We asked her about why it is so important to have a good cleansing routine.

– A good daily cleansing routine is the foundation for beautiful skin. With daily cleansing, I mean both morning and evening, and preferably in at least three steps in the evening.

But why is it so important to do it? 

– Let’s take a look on what can end up on your face on a daily basis; sunscreen, primer, makeup, dirt, exhaust gases, pollutants, sweat and bacteria. Makeup today is better than ever and can be tough to remove. All of these things pile up on your face and will eventually build up a layer. This layer does not only clog your pores (which can lead to unflattering blemishes and blackheads), but will also block you skin and make it impossible for all your yummy serums, moisturisers and luxurious face masks to penetrate the skin and work their magic.

– The skin is also a super important part of your immune system where the outer layer has a so called “acid mantle” consisting of fats and lipids with a natural acidic pH-level. This acidic environment works as a great protection against bacteria since the microorganisms don’t like this acidity.

Can’t I just use good old soap and water?

– If you treat your skin poorly and e.g. use a regular hand soap with a high pH-value you will disrupt the skins natural pH-balance. This can both make your skin dry as well as lower the immune protection which can lead to a reactive and sensitive skin.

So, how should I cleanse my skin?

– To get perfectly clean skin (and save up on laundry from makeup dirty towels) I always recommend following a three-step routine:

  1. Remove makeup – If you use makeup you should always start with an effective makeup remover. Choose a remover that suits your individual needs and preferences. If you use a lot of eye makeup or waterproof mascara, opt for a fragrance-free eye makeup remover. If you are more of a foundation-, rouge- and bronzer- kind of girl, reach for the 2 in 1 makeup remover and use it together with a cotton pad. If you have sensitive or very dry skin, gently massage a cleansing oil directly onto your dry face to dissolve your makeup.
  2. Wash – When you’ve said bye bye to your makeup, use a face wash to get rid of the last traces of dirt and excess oils. Use a facial wash especially made for the face with the right pH-level.
  3. Balance – neutralize the skin’s pH-level with a facial toner to make it ready for your following creams and serums.

– The result you’ll get from having a good skincare routine is not just a fresh and clear complexation, but you will also get the benefits of more glow, less visible dryness wrinkles and better effect of the rest of your skincare routine.

But seriously, how am I supposed to have time for all of this?

– I am myself a mother of two young ones so I know how hard it can be to make time for it all and especially time for myself. First of all, it isn’t as complicated and time consuming as it may sound, and second of all we are all human. The important thing isn’t that you do it perfect, as long as you do something.

Find your cleansing-routine here.

 

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Emma’s Picks for Oily Skin

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Oily skin can be troublesome, especially for many young people. A small consolation may be that oily skin is said to prevent some of the wrinkles that come with age. Oily skin is characterized by a shiny T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and for instance enlarged pores and pimples.

Cleansing-fet-hyBe extra thorough with your cleansing routine and use a en pre-cleanser to remove all traces of makeup.

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Foaming Cleansing facial wash.

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A facial toner helps to balance your skin.

Cleansing. Be extra thorough with your cleansing routine if you have oily skin. Cleanse your face both in the morning and the evening, but avoid using products that risk drying out the skin. If the skin is deprived of its natural oils the sebaceous glands will react by producing even more sebum! Instead, choose products that leave the skin clean and fresh at the same time as they soothe, balance and add moisture.

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Lightweight day cream with Vitamin E.EmmaS-Hydration-fet-hy-eye-gelRehydrating eye gel.

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Lightweight serum.

MoisturisingChoose a moisturiser that fits your skin, preferably one that will add lot of moisture. Oily skin does not need a rich cream, instead opt for lighter day and night creams that can add a lot of moisture and that quickly can be absorbed by your skin. If you have very oily skin, you can try to only use a moisturising serum and skip the cream altogether.

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Remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.

TreatmentUse a gentle enzyme peeling once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells, dissolve blackheads and prevent new breakouts. Enzyme peel is an exfoliating mask, without scrubbing beans, that contains AHA- and BHA-acids (salicylic acid) that have a deep cleansing effect and that will keep your skin fresh and luminous. Avoid using exfoliating products containing mechanical scrubbing beans in your face since they may damage your skin.


My best tip to battle dry winter skin

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… is to adjust your skincare routine after the season and to apply your moisturiser more often and more liberally. We are so good at always applying hand cream to keep our hands soft, and you simply have to treat the skin in your face the same way. Try applying your moisturiser more liberally and you will see a difference.


Why should I use a Cleansing oil?

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Cleansing your skin with oil is still quite new and may feel strange to those who haven’t tried it yet. A lot of people believe that oils will make their skin go shiny, when in fact it’s a great way to both moisturise and nourish the skin, as well as giving it a beautiful glow.

How to use a Cleansing oilApply 1-3 pumps to dry skin and gently massage until your makeup is dissolved. When you rinse off with lukewarm water, the oil will transform into a milky formula. Your skin will feel soft and refreshed, without a greasy feeling.

Cleansing oil is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.


Give your skin a fresh start after New Year’s!

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Emma-nyhetsbrev-nytt-ar-2After the Holidays, your skin might not be looking its best and you are probably longing to restore some of its former lustre and suppleness. Follow these five tips to help your skin recover from the Holidays.

Remove ALL makeup. Apply eye makeup remover on a cotton pad and sweep over your eyes to remove all traces of your New Year’s Eve makeup. Repeat until there is no trace of makeup left on the cotton pad. Use a foaming facial wash or a gentle cleansing oil afterwards to remove the rest of your makeup, leaving your skin feeling clear and refreshed.

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Do a deep cleansing. After you have removed all your makeup, use an enzyme peel that contains Salicylic acid to do a deep cleansing, neutralize bacteria and remove dead skin cells. Your skin will regain its former glow, and you’ll prevent future breakouts.

Chapped lips, be gone! Cold nights, lipstick, champagne and New Year’s kisses is a sure recipe for dry and chapped lips. Create a homemade lip exfoliator by mixing a tablespoon of honey with white sugar and gently massage onto your lips. Wash off and apply a thick layer of lip balm.

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Give your eyes some extra attention. A soothing and rehydrating eye gel is perfect if you tend to feel a little bit puffy around your eyes the day after. Be prepared and store your eye gel in your fridge for an extra cooling sensation.

Boost with oil. Use a softening facial oil and gently massage your skin with circular motions for a couple of minutes. Your blood circulation will get going again and your skin will get some well-needed colour and glow.


How to get a natural (fake) tan overnight

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Are you dreaming of a natural, golden tan in time for New Year’s Eve? Follow these three steps to get an even bronze overnight:

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1. Peel. Exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. Use a body scrub for your body and an enzyme peel for the sensitive skin in your face. Be thorough and pay extra attention to your knees and elbows that tend to be dry.
2. Moisturise. Make sure to really saturate your skin, and be careful not to miss any parts. Dry skin tends to soak up more bronzing product which can give you an uneven result.
3. Even out. The secret behind an even result is to take your time and massage the product into your skin. If you’re applying bronzer to your face, remember to fade out the colour around your hair line, brows, neck and ears.

Wash your hands repeatedly when you are done to avoid stains on hands, and don’t forget your cuticles and nails. Wait a few minutes before you get dressed, and make sure to use dark clothes that won’t suffer from discolouration. Magic!

Our favourite products for a natural bronze: Ageless enzyme peel, Body Scrub, Body lotionBare Minerals Faux Tan Face & Body, Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow, Lancôme Flash Bronzer Night Sun


Always on my night stand!

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  1. Hand cream. The best trick to remember to use hand cream is to keep it nearby the bed. A thick layer of cream and some extra on the cuticles will take good care of your hands during the night.
  2. Cotton gloves. Cover your well-moisturised hands with cotton gloves during the night. This will lock in the moisture and work as a caring treatment throughout the night. You can find simple cotton gloves at the pharmacy.
  3. A great book. I try to read a couple of pages every night, that is if I don’t fall asleep during the first page… Right now I’m reading “Sthlm Delete” by Jens Lapidus.
  4. Lip balm. During the winter I always apply a thick layer of lip balm right before bed. Right now I use one from Decubal. Perfect for chapped lips!
  5. A big glass of water. Always.

(Night stand from Zara Home).


Don’t forget your makeup brushes

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If you’re having a hard time maintaining a clear complexion even though you have a good cleansing routine, there may be several hidden reasons as to why. One of them could be your makeup brushes that often hide both bacteria, dirt and excess oil that ends up on your skin. Wash them with regular shampoo and conditioner once a week and they’ll feel like new.

 


Cotton Seed Oil

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We are always looking for safe and effective ingredients with well-documented effects when developing new products. For our sensitive line, we chose to work with several natural oils where Cotton seed oil is one of them. The oil is perfect for sensitive skin, and rich in fatty acid Omega 6 which helps to balance dry skin. Cotton seed oil is quickly absorbed into the skin and is therefore perfect in our sensitive day cream.