Four incredible ingredients that should be in your skin-clearing routine

Four incredible ingredients that should be in your skin-clearing routine

Let’s face it. We’ve all been tempted to pinch, squeeze, zap, dry out and pick breakouts when they appear. Appearing thanks to a multitude of contributors, acne and breakouts all have one thing in common – we want them gone and we want them gone, fast.

Whilst you may think “the more products, the better” when trying to clear acne, it’s actually not the case! Acne is a delicate skin concern to treat and it makes our skin equally as delicate when we’re treating it. In a world where we’ve put everything from toothpaste to drying alcohol on breakouts, it’s time to put your trust in proven skin clearing ingredients that don’t strip your skin of all its good things in the process.

Experiment with these ingredients alongside the use of your Silvi pillowcase, and notice the positive impact they have on your skin.

 

Salicylic Acid

One of the biggest breakout no-no’s we see is people over exfoliating their skin in hopes that it’ll take the pesky breakouts with them. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple and often, those exfoliants are physical scrubs that spread the acne bacteria across the skin and make matters worse. Yikes.

When it comes to exfoliation and breakouts, it’s time to pop the scrubs down and say hello to chemical exfoliants. Despite the word ‘chemical’ in its title, a chemical exfoliant isn’t always as extreme as its name suggests. The must-have when combatting breakouts is Salicylic Acid, a beta-hydroxy acid (BHA) that is not only a powerhouse at reducing congestion but offers calming benefits in the process.

Unlike its counterpart, alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that works on the skin’s surface, Salicylic Acid can travel into the epidermis where many of our acne troubles originate. Its lightweight molecular structure allows it to separate the “glue” that’s keeping congestion in your pores, and deeply cleans them out. During this chemical exfoliation process, Salicylic Acid naturally takes any dirt, debris, and build-up with it when it’s cleaning out the pores. It’s safe to say your skin experiences a real treat from this superstar ingredient!

Salicylic Acid is recommended as the go-to exfoliant for those prone to breakouts even on those clear skin days. This is because it’s an anti-bacterial ingredient so when switching from a traditional scrub to a BHA like this, you can maintain your clean and calm pores. Sounds like a good deal to us!

 

Niacinamide

Anyone that has experienced acne knows that it’s not just the breakout itself giving us grief but the painful inflammation and unsightly redness that comes with it. There are an abundance of ingredients out there raving about their ability to calm and clear the skin, but one that truly lives up to its hype is Niacinamide or Vitamin B3.

The Vitamin B group are a collection of powerful antioxidants. Niacinamide, the star of the Vitamin B show, communicates with your cells and supports them to act younger than they actually are, meaning they behave more like healthy and happy cells! This means that the skin can experience the relief of soothed, calmer behaving skin. Pretty cool, right?!

What makes this ingredient so impressive is that it provides additional benefits beyond its ability to calm the skin. It’s also celebrated for strengthening the skin’s barrier which is the first to be compromised when we pack on skin-clearing, and ultimately intensely drying, products. It does this by kickstarting our production of moisture retaining ceramides. This process not only strengthens the canvas we’re working with, but also counteracts skin dryness, dullness and overall tone.

 

Retinol

Retinol is a potent derivative of Vitamin A, a protective antioxidant and powerful cell-communicating active. Its role is to stimulate cell turnover, bringing healthier cells to the skin’s surface sooner and removing the dead, useless ones.

Many forms of acne are caused by dead skin cells and debris clogging the pores, causing unwanted build-up and congestion. The reason why Retinol is a go-to ingredient for breakouts, is that its speedy renewal process can directly support the unclogging of pores. Retinol dives deep into these congested areas and not only cleans them out but helps to maintain the cleanliness ongoing.

The frequent turnover of dead skin cells keeps them regularly moving off your face and stops them from ending up in your pores. This process also means Retinol is fantastic for reducing the appearance of any scarring that has remained as a result of past acne.

When introducing a potent ingredient like Retinol, it’s important to start slowly and tread lightly. Build up your skin’s tolerance to the ingredient by applying every few days, increasing the frequency as the weeks go on. This ingredient will feature as part of your evening routine and will need to be supported with daily use of sunscreen to protect your refreshed complexion.

 

Jojoba Oil

Now you might be thinking, “an oil with MY skin?” right now but trust us - this isn’t the same kind of oil. If you’ve dealt with acne for some time now, you’re probably used to trying to reduce oil rather than add more to your skin and we get it. Whilst the likes of coconut oil and shea butter should be actively avoided during a breakout, there’s one oil that’s going to speed up the healing process – Jojoba Oil.

What makes Jojoba Oil so special is that it’s as close to the skin’s natural oil structure as you can get. It is celebrated for its ability to deeply hydrate the skin, which is an absolute win for acne-sufferers. What many don’t realise is that for oily skin types, a lack of hydration is a contributing factor to acne and breakouts.

Dehydrated skin is so thirsty that it produces more and more oil to make up for the lack of moisture. When it has nowhere to go, it lands on the skin and finds its home in congested, clogged pores and eventually, turns into a breakout. Jojoba oil comes to the rescue by being able to mimic this natural sebum and hydrate the skin - whilst sealing in moisture. As a result, the skin becomes hydrated and slows down oil production which results in fewer breakouts!

With the added benefit of being a good source of Vitamin E and Vitamin B, Jojoba Oil offers anti-inflammatory relief to breakout redness and discomfort whilst it’s working its magic below the surface.

Sometimes this golden elixir is mixed with other oils that aren’t designed to support breakouts so when looking to add Jojoba Oil to your routine, look for it in its purest form.

June 25, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Breakouts got you down? Here’s four unexpected contributors

Breakouts got you down? Here’s four unexpected contributors

If you’ve found yourself shouting into the mirror “what’s with all these breakouts?!”, this one’s for you.

Whilst every skin tells a different story, even the most disciplined skincare routines can’t work their magic if you’re repeating these breakout blunders on the reg. If breakouts are popping up unexpectantly, it’s time to take a holistic look at your skin health habits and find out if one of these unexpected contributors could be playing their part.

How’s your sleep game?

A good night’s sleep does wonders for us all. It helps us to be on our A-game throughout the day, leaves us feeling rested and recharged and also allows our skin the time it needs to replenish. When we don’t get enough sleep or the quality of our sleep is poor, our skin can suffer.

If you’re in bed all night scrolling, liking and sharing, it’s likely you awake the next morning feeling like you’ve barely slept at all. Your skin feels the same! Poor sleep habits stop your body’s natural circadian rhythm from beginning and causes your skin to think it’s not time for sleep and that it doesn’t need to repair and replenish itself. This causes your breakouts to continually form with a much slower and longer healing process.

We recommend checking out our blog on healthy sleep habits to learn more about the skin-sleep connection and how to establish a nightly routine that works for your skin, not against it.

The role of stress

Stress can create a vicious cycle when it comes to breakouts. Stress causes breakouts, breakouts cause stress and suddenly, we feel like we’re stuck on a spinning hamster wheel! When we’re feeling overly stressed and anxious, our skin can produce more stress-related hormones such as cortisol. Cortisol can be directly linked to the overproduction of oil as it encourages your glands to make testosterone. This results in clogged pores and ultimately, breakouts.

We get it, lowering your stress levels can be much easier said than done but knowing it’s connection to the skin seriously opens your eyes to the root cause of your breakouts. It comes down to finding outlets of stress relief that prevents that release of stress hormones.

There’s no right or wrong answer to how you manage your stress. For some, it’s all about exercise where for others, meditation, mindfulness or even completely going offline for a while works a treat. Take the time to find out how you best unwind so that you can start to build a toolbox of skin-loving and stress-relieving solutions.

When was the last time you washed your pillowcase?

Go on, be honest. If you can’t remember the last time you gave your pillowcases a good wash, this could be a leading contributor to your breakouts.

Think of it like this. Each night, if you’re heading to bed without properly cleansing your skin, the days dirt, grime and oil are making their way onto your pillowcase. When you wake up in the morning, those impurities are still on your pillowcase, waiting for you at the end of the day to, you guessed it, build up with that days’ worth and transfer their way onto your skin! Yep, for real.

Needless to say, it’s crucial to wash or switch out your pillowcases every few days, especially if you’re experiencing breakouts. Also, if you haven’t made the switch to a silk pillowcase, these breakout truth bombs may just seal the deal. 4.5x more breathable than cotton and designed to destroy 99.7% of acne-causing bacteria, our 100% Mulberry Silk Pillowcases are the bedtime switch your skin and hair will thank you for.

Balance your skincare routine

Most forms of breakouts are triggered by an overproduction of oil. The root cause of the overproduction varies from person to person but one of the most common causes is a lack of moisture in the skin.

When the skin is experiencing severe dehydration, it overcompensates with an oil called sebum. When there’s too much of this oil, it has nowhere to go and builds up on the skin. This is what leads to blackheads, whiteheads and congestion. As a result, we need to have our essential skincare steps covered to ensure our skin can find the balance it needs.

It’s not uncommon to see people intensely scrub and dry out their breakouts, hoping they will fade away, but this could be exacerbating the condition even more. Instead, keep things simple and switch to a thorough double cleanse to effectively remove all dirt, makeup and impurities before exfoliating with a salicylic acid-based exfoliant 2-3 times per week.

Switching to chemical exfoliation takes away the aggravating scrubbing and instead, focuses on treating where the breakouts originate. Salicylic acid-based exfoliants have a very light molecular structure which means they can travel down to the foundation of breakouts and dissolve the pore-clogging debris. It also helps to calm the redness and inflammation that comes with active acne.

When it comes to the treating stage of your skincare routine, look for products that are non-comedogenic, otherwise known as non-pore-clogging. Products that are too heavy for your delicate skin or intensely drying are not your friend. Instead, you want to find products that welcome much needed moisture into the skin and support slowing down your oil production.

June 03, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Are You Making These 4 Skincare Mistakes?

Are You Making These 4 Skincare Mistakes?

Knowledge is power, and skincare knowledge is the best of them all. Luckily, we've done the hard work for you and researched the most important do’s and don'ts when it comes to your face, so you can spend your time doing better things (like going to brunch, cuddling your dog, or taking a nap. Or all of the above).

The internet is riddled with skincare tips, tricks and myths – and it’s no wonder we get confused or make the odd mistake here and there, most of the time without even realising it! Let’s clean up our act together, starting now.

Not Knowing Your Skin Type

DON’T: While seemingly obvious, you’d be surprised how many people don’t know their own skin type and are in turn, buying the wrong products and eliminating the possibility of getting to the root cause of any skin issues they’re having altogether. Oh, and your bank account won’t be crying in the corner either when you figure this one out.

DO: Know your skin before you begin! But wait... you’re pretty sure you know your skin type but are now second guessing yourself? Try this trick to know for sure: it’s called The Bare-Faced Method and is super simple to do.

Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser and pat dry with a towel. Now, the key is to wait 30 minutes to an hour to observe how your skin naturally behaves, without any products on it. After the time is up, take a look at your complexion. Is it flaking anywhere or feels tight? If so, your skin is likely dry. Or, are you shiny around your t-zone? In this case, you’d be classified as oily and are likely no stranger to the odd breakout (or 10). If you’re finding a mix of both oily and dry areas, you likely have combination skin.

Layering Your Products In The Wrong Order

DON’T: Dermatologists and beauty therapists near and far will tell you that the order of your products does (definitely!) matter, including Melbourne Dermal Therapist James Vivian. “Applying eye cream over moisturiser? Don’t let your potent and potentially expensive eye cream have to fight its way through your moisturiser.” We take this advice seriously, James is known in the industry as ‘the face whisperer’ after all. And why should your products be pitted up against each other rather than made to work together?

DO: When you buy a new product (and please do the same with your existing ones too), take the extra time to read about its ingredients, consistency, thickness and purpose to understand what position it’s going to take in your routine.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to start with your thinnest products and end with your thickest. Try this for a top tier order to follow: Cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream, spot treatment, moisturiser, face oil and last but not least your SPF. Write it down! Put it on your fridge! Set a reminder on your phone! Whatever it takes to make this order stick.

Mixing Incompatible Ingredients

DON’T: So you’re buying the right products for your skin and layering them in the right order, but did you know that not all products are made to work together? Without getting too scienc-ey on you, think of it this way: you can’t force a friendship, and some friends are just better off apart.

Not all your skincare products will be best buds and that’s just a fact of life - learning how to harness the optimum results from the products you spend your hard earned paychecks on will not only save you money and time, but actually ensure you’re seeing the results you’re striving for.

Our biggest pairing faux pas? Don’t mix retinol (which repairs the skin overnight) with Vitamin C (which repairs the skin during the day), and it's best to keep your oil-based products and water-based ones in separate routines.

DO: Take the time to learn what ingredients are in your products and how these work to complement your skin. Some of our favourite product pairings? Retinol and Hyaluronic Acid is a combo that truly works harmoniously together, especially if you’re new to retinol.

Thanks to the hydrating and gentleness of hyaluronic acid (the name deceives!), it will help to minimise the irritation of highly reactive ingredients like retinol, without interfering with the process. Hyaluronic acid also pairs nicely with AHAS and BHAS for similar reasons! Importantly, SPF can be layered over any skincare ingredient, so if you’re going to use one skincare product in your whole routine, make it SPF.

Using Face Wipes Instead of a Reusable Cloth

DON’T: We need to have a chat. A heart to heart. You’re seeing someone who’s not good for you. We hate to say it, but it's for the best for everyone involved. You need to break up with your makeup wipes, for good this time. Makeup wipes, albeit convenient, do not dig deep enough to properly remove makeup, but rather wipe it around your skin. In fact, their uselessness is in their name - makeup wipes - and their below par job of cleaning shows it.

Not to mention how damaging they are to the environment when disposed. While they may seem like a great idea at the time (queue; lazy, DGAF, hungover and just want to go to bed NOW moods), makeup wipes really are better left on the shelf.

DO: Once you’ve formally dumped your previous lover (A.K.A goodbye wipes forever), it’s time to meet your new boo. Oh yes, you two are going to get along just fine, we can feel it. A product such as a reusable pad will be your eco-friendly alternative for makeup removal that reaches deep into the pores to thoroughly remove product and dirt thanks to its microfibres, and can easily be washed up to 200 times for repeat use. This will replace hundreds of single-use makeup wipes from entering landfill and waterways, meaning you’re reducing your environmental footprint whilst saving money. Great for your face, and the earth! Of course depending on your skin type, there are other great options for makeup removal such as an oil cleanser, gel cleanser or micellar water.

May 04, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Your nightly routine for your best sleep yet

Your nightly routine for your best sleep yet

Are you one of the thousands, if not millions, of people that feel that they don’t get enough sleep each night? Whilst the internet is loaded with sleep training and bedtime hacks for children, it’s forgotten that adults need these routines too! Creating an evening routine, as an adult, is one of the smartest moves you can make to set each following day up for success.

So, why are people struggling with sleep more than ever? Our day-to-day lives are high pressure environments that put stress on our minds and body’s. For many of us, feelings of overwhelm, mental fatigue and anxiety are our new normal and when it’s time to wind down and head to bed, it feels like they are working on overdrive. When we throw our addiction to our devices into the mix, our brain is overloaded with messages and activity. It’s no wonder so many people struggle to fall asleep!

By crafting a nightly routine, designed around your individual lifestyle, you’re able to encourage your body into a more relaxed state that by the time you’ve finished it, your body is ready for lights out.

Studies have shown that having an evening routine, at any age, improves our overall mood. As an adult experiencing the hustle and bustle of professional and personal life, we can easily translate better sleep hygiene into mental clarity, emotional balance and reduced anxiety and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want that?

There is no rule to how long your routine should be, but it must give you enough time to unwind and relax without the feeling of being rushed through the process. This is generally around 60 minutes before lights off. Whilst the first few days may feel arduous, it’s all about consistency. Continuing training your mind and body into its new routine and reap the benefits of productivity the following day.

Set a time and stick to it

 

Now, this isn’t your bedtime but the time you’re going to begin your evening routine. Setting a time that your routine begins keeps you accountable and begins the process of creating a new habit. By setting a time, and sticking to it, you’re telling your mind and body that it is time to start winding down and get ready for an incredible night’s sleep.

The promotion of good sleep hygiene has become so important that even your iPhone now has the capability to set up these alarms and routines on your phone. When you’re just getting started having an alarm on your phone or prompts, like this, can do wonders for keeping you accountable.

Wind down with a shower or bath

 

Think about the difference between your morning shower and an evening one. During your morning shower, you’re jumping in and out as quick as you can whereas during your evening shower or bath, you don’t have to rush off to that meeting or make the morning train, so you’ve got time to enjoy it.

The relaxing feels of warm water on your body start to slow down the body and mind before bed. It’s a space that gives you a moment to reflect on your day and practice some deep breathing exercises to help you prepare for thorough rest.

Stepping out of a warm bath or shower, your body temperature significantly drops which can lead to you feeling relaxed and sleepier. This is why many effective evening routines feature the comforting warmth of a shower or bath, especially one with the added benefits of aromatherapy.

Put pen to paper

 

For many, the anxiety of either the day that was or the one to come can make it difficult to gain a good night’s sleep. When our mind feels like it’s racing with our ever-growing to-do list, we cannot effectively wind down. That’s why having a pen and paper next to your bed or even a journal can be an incredibly powerful and productive way of slowing down your mind for the evening.

By putting pen to paper, instead of typing it on your phone or computer, you’re limiting potential distractions. Notebooks don’t have emails, messages or games!

Handwriting tomorrow’s to-do list, things to remember, creative ideas that have come to mind or a reflection on the day that was get those things out of your racing brain and out onto paper for you to pick back up tomorrow. Not only is this incredibly cathartic for people that experiencing stress and anxiety but it’s super productive too! Many find that when they begin the following day, they’re already set up for success with a list of goals to accomplish.

Break up with your device

 

This is the big one. More than ever, we’re in committed relationships with our devices. From laptops, smartphones, watches to tablets, we’ve got access to the world at our fingertips whenever and however we like.

Some of the habits we’ve created, like scrolling social media until just before you fall asleep, are setting us up for a difficult night’s sleep. Not only is our imagination running wild with what we’ve been consuming (which attributes to nightmares) but the blue light emitting from our devices stimulate our circadian rhythm, aka our body’s internal clock.

The blue light from our devices keeps our minds buzzing and whilst you may feel like it’s easy to fall asleep after hours of scrolling, the quality of sleep you’re experiencing is very poor. It has been proven that the blue light emitted from our devices reduces our levels of melatonin and delays our REM cycle. That’s why our leading advice when establishing an evening routine is to set serious boundaries with your devices.

To assist you in waking up the next morning and limit your technology distractions, we recommend charging your phone at night somewhere other than your bedside table. That way, when your alarm goes off in the morning, you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. If you’re well and truly ready to break up with your device, switch it out for an old school alarm clock and charge your phone in an entirely other room! The technology addiction is real so we know you may have to work your way up to this one.

Get your best night’s sleep yet by implementing these steps to a solid evening routine tonight! Even if you only tick off one of these items, you’re pointing yourself in the right direction for better sleep hygiene and a happier, clearer mind. Sweet dreams!

April 21, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Your skin clearing glossary

Your skin clearing glossary

Finally navigating your acne seemed like a good idea until you were 100 Google searches deep and left feeling confused and in serious need of a dictionary (and a dermatology degree). Enter our skin clearing glossary! Your cheat sheet to understanding and managing acne, we’ve worked our way through the alphabet to explain key skin clearing terms, ingredients and products to leave you feeling empowered and in control of our skin. This is the one you’ll definitely want to bookmark for later.

A is for Activated Charcoal

A deep cleaning ingredient for your skin. Activated Charcoal acts as a magnet to oil and dirt within the skin and absorbs it. Often found in skin clearing masks and cleansers.

B is for Blackhead

The result of sebum (oil in the skin) becoming blocked by dead skin cells, dirt and debris. When exposed to air, it darkens and becomes the blackhead we know (and hate) them for.

C is for Cystic Acne

A severe form of acne that results in sore, pus-filled breakouts that severely impact the walls of our pores and spread to the surrounding tissue. Often tougher to treat and painful to manage.

D is for Double Cleanse

The holy grail of evening cleanses to tackle oil, dirt, impurities and makeup. Often beginning with an oil-based cleanser to melt away makeup and spf, followed by a gel or hydrating cleanser.

E is for Epidermis

Your skin’s top layer. It is where fresh new skin cells begin their journey and the layer we need to protect the most.

F is for Fruit Enzymes

A form of exfoliation often derived from papaya, pumpkin and pineapple. Fruit enzymes offer a gentler form of exfoliation, free from scrubbing, as they eat away at dead skin cells.

G is for Glycolic Acid

An alpha hydroxy acid, or chemical exfoliant, that is derived from sugar cane. Glycolic Acid can travel deep within the pores to unclog pores, manage oil production and kickstart collagen and elastin production to improve your skin’s texture, especially where acne scarring may reside.

H is for Hyaluronic Acid

One of the most well-known skincare ingredients. It is a molecule that is found naturally within the skin and holds 1,000 times its weight in water! Brilliant for retaining skin moisture and preventing water loss.

I is for Injestable Beauty

Clear skin comes from within. In conjunction with proper skincare, Injestable Beauty such as beauty powders, supplements and vitamins can support a healthy gut for healthy skin.

J is for Jojoba Oil

An incredibly unique oil that can mimic the natural oil in our skin. This means it can penetrate deeper into the skin to hydrate, soothe inflammation and manage acne-causing oil flow.

K is for Kaolin Clay

A clay rich in a mineral called Kaolinite. It is a natural detoxifier and exfoliant that is attracted to dirt, pollution and bacteria without clogging the pores. It is uniquely soothing and calming too!

L is for Lactic Acid

An alpha hydroxy acid, a chemical exfoliant, that works on refining skin texture such as acne scarring and pigmentation. It has a larger molecular weight than Glycolic Acid which means it focusses more on the surface of the skin and is kinder to sensitive and compromised skins.

M is for Microneedling

A dream for those experiencing acne scarring. Microneedling is an advanced skin treatment that is an absolute boss at regenerating new tissue, stimulating collagen and elastin production and diminishing the appearance of acne scarring.

N is for Niacinamide

A form of Vitamin B that is loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It’s a very gentle vitamin that you’ll often find in the form of a serum that delivers exceptional skin benefits including the regulation of oil production, redness reduction and barrier strengthening.

O is for Omega-3

Remember how we said clear skin comes from within? Essentially fatty acids, like Omega-3, play a big role here! Our body doesn’t naturally produce this, so we need to supplement it and support calming inflammation internally for clearer and calmer skin externally.

P is for Pores

Small openings in the skin that release our oil and sweat. They’re also connected to your hair follicles which is where blockages and disruptions in the skin originate. Many say you can shrink them but actually, you can’t permanently change the size of your pores, just their appearance!

Q is for Questions

The solution to your acne confusion? Asking questions. Don’t be afraid to consult your skin therapist, dermatologist or doctor with your acne questions to get the clarification and support you need.

R is for Retinoids

A derivative of Vitamin A, this is a high strength ingredient that promotes cell turnover. It’s a vitamin recommended to start slow with and build your way up. It keeps dead skin cells regularly moving which aids to maintain clear and open pores and allow other skin clearing products to penetrate more effectively.

S is for Salicylic Acid

At the top of the skin clearing list. A beta hydroxy acid, a chemical exfoliant, that can travel into the pores of the skin much deeper than other acids. It breaks down the “glue” between the skin cells, dissolves the debris that is clogging pores (and causing breakouts) and soothes the inflammation that comes with breakouts.

T is for Toothpaste

One of the many things we don’t want you to put on your acne, please. The internet is filled with skin clearing “hacks” that often leave your skin inflamed and even more compromised. Just don’t do it.

 

U is for UVA/UVB

Think A for ageing and B for burning, UVA and UVB are the two forms of UV rays produced by the sun. UVA penetrates much deeper and is responsible for pigmentation, sun damage and ageing. UVB is what’s behind sun burn. The harmful UV rays stimulates inflammation and can aggravate your acne.

V is for Vitamins

Just like this glossary, there’s a A-z of vitamins out there with all uniquely wonderful benefits. Get to know the vitamins in your skincare, food and supplements to ensure you’re covering the right bases.

W is for Water

Hydration is key for EVERY skin type and condition. Dry and dehydrated skin can trigger the overproduction of oil and contribute to unwanted breakouts.

X is for seriously; we’ve got no clue. Moving on!

Y is for Your Skin Therapist

Your knight in skincare armour. If you’re experiencing breakouts that you can’t seem to take control of, it’s time to leave it to the pros. A Skin Therapist is your expert in skin clearing and can point you in the right direction of products and treatments to kick your skin goals.

Z is for Zinc Oxide

You may have heard of a physical sunscreen before. Unlike a chemical sunscreen, a physical one is crafted with Zinc Oxide. Not only does it provide exceptional sun protection, but this ingredient is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial which makes it a leading choice for acne sufferers.

Congratulations for making your way through the alphabet! We hope that our skin clearing glossary has helped you understand some of the most common skincare terms and left you feeling informed and in control of your skin clearing journey.

April 08, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Time for a new pillowcase? Here’s four signs it’s time to make the switch to Silvi

Time for a new pillowcase? Here’s four signs it’s time to make the switch to Silvi

Have you ever given much thought to the materials your pillowcase is made of? Surely, as long as it’s clean, it’s all good, right? We hate to break it to you but when it comes to beauty sleep, what your head rests on each night truly does make a difference.

If you’re tired of spending big money on skincare that isn’t delivering on its promise or totally over the bad hair days, it’s time to look at the pillowcase staring back at you on the bed. Today, we’re diving deep into why we’ve made the switch to silk pillowcases and why you should too.

Your mane is more manic than magic

If you’ve dreamt of maintaining that perfect blow out on day two or even day three (we won’t judge) only to wake up with frizzy, bed hair then chances are your mane is resting on a cotton pillowcase. Regular pillowcases cause friction between the material and your hair which leads to damage in the hair follicle and a lack of moisture. This means despite nodding off with perfectly luscious locks, you’re waking up with tangles and frizz.

Formulated with a similar fibre structure to your hair, silk pillowcases don’t steal moisture away from your hair and allow it to glide rather than get snagged. Ideal for those with thick, textured or curly hair, the switch to Silvi sees many say bye to bed hair and hello to the smooth, frizz-free life.

You’re not seeing great results from your skincare

Let’s face it. We’ve all got miracle skincare products on our shelves that claim to work extra hard overnight but despite lathering on the creams and serums, the products don’t seem to be tackling the signs of ageing like we’d hoped.

Now, we can’t speak for all skincare products but many of these truly do kick the skincare goals they claim! Unfortunately, most of it ends up on our pillowcases thanks to the absorption and friction-causing qualities of a regular pillowcase. Luckily, silk is not absorbent like regular pillowcase materials and our skin (and wallets) can truly reap the benefits of those dreamy face creams and masks.

Those fine lines and wrinkles are creeping up

Ever woken up in the morning with strange lines and creases on your face, neck or décolleté? You can blame your pillowcase for those.

Cotton doesn’t allow the skin to slide whilst we sleep which causes it to get snagged or caught during all the weird sleeping positions, we find ourselves in. Multiply that by a solid 7- or 8-hour sleep each night and your skin really does struggle to bounce back from that creased position.

Whilst these lines may subside as you get on with your morning, the longer-term damage has already been done. Additionally, taking away necessary moisture from the skin overnight, regular pillowcases can contribute to dehydration which is another leading contributor to accelerated ageing. Our skin needs moisture and hydration to keep that healthy plumpness and bounce to it!

Continuing this sleeping habit over time is going to lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles that require investment in skincare and treatments to subside. Switching to a silk pillowcase is like an insurance policy against premature ageing as the pillowcase provides a smooth surface for your skin overnight. During any tossing and turning, your skin doesn’t get snagged and instead, moves with the pillowcase. It also allows your skin to lock in moisture and maximise that natural glow.

You can’t quite pinpoint the cause of your breakouts

One of the hero benefits of switching to a silk pillowcase like Silvi is that it seriously supports the management of breakouts and blemishes. Regular pillowcases trap all of the dirt, moisture and bacteria in your skin and hair overnight. Each night that you go to sleep, you’re exposing your skin to 1000x times more bacteria than that found on a toilet seat! Yes, seriously! Yuck.

With Silvi, we’ve found the perfect combination to eliminate over 99% of acne-causing bacteria. Pairing our incredibly soft Mulberry Silk with positively charged silver ions, we’re able to abolish bacteria and germs that contribute to acne before they make their way into your skin. This Silver Ion Technology is a game changer for acne sufferers and an enormous long-term benefit of making the switch to a silk pillowcase.

Just like the friction to our hair and skin, Silk assists in preventing rubbing on painful blemishes which creates not only a more comfortable sleep but happier skin the next morning. Not contributing to unnecessary irritation or inflammation, cooling silk pillowcases can help sooth acne discomfort so you can relish from a better night’s sleep.

So, ready to make the switch? Bring the beauty back to your sleep by snoozing with Silvi.

March 04, 2021 — Ben Goodman
Suffering from acne under your mask? Here’s how to combat it

Suffering from acne under your mask? Here’s how to combat it

Happy to pop on your mask when you need to but concerned about the impact it’s having on your skin? Firstly, you’re not alone. Maskne made its way to the top end of the buzzwords of 2020 list after time and time again, people were rummaging through their skincare shelves to find a solution for the breakouts and inflammation.

Our masks need to be securely fitted to work effectively which causes moisture, bacteria and friction. The boost of sweat, dirt and oils creates the perfect breeding ground for acne and flare ups as our skin doesn’t have that space to breathe like it regularly would. This is why people are experiencing unexpected breakouts and inflammation on their chin and cheeks more than ever.

Whilst wearing our masks can aggravate maskne, how we take care of our skin once we’re home is just as important. If you’re not already double cleansing at night, this is the perfect time to start. Double cleansing supports your entire skin health journey (including maskne) by ensuring you’ve effectively removed all dirt, grime and makeup from that day.

Your first cleanse, traditionally an oil-based cleanser, helps to melt away thick foundations, sunscreens and dirt. Your second cleanse, often a gel or cream-based cleanser ensures you’ve covered all bases and takes care of any additional bacteria and sweat. A perfectly prepped and primed canvas for the remainder of your skincare routine, double cleansing is a serious anti-maskne hack to have in your toolkit.

Up to 3 times per week, follow your cleansing with a gentle exfoliant remove dead skin cells and give your pores a deep clean. The exfoliation process will help to remove dirt, grime and bacteria from your pores and stop them from producing excess oil and ultimately, breakouts.

If maskne has already made its way onto your complexion, we want to tackle this by choosing the right products. We recommend keeping your occlusive skincare products, such as thick moisturisers, to the evening to avoid them from trapping in unnecessary bacteria under your mask. Clarifying skincare such as salicylic acid exfoliants, soothing licorice root serums or detoxifying clay face masks* (*the skincare kind) are going to work wonders to soothe your inflamed skin but also tackle the acne where it matters most – deep within the skin itself.

Another habit that could be contributing to your maskne is how often you’re changing or washing the mask itself. Disposable masks are meant to be changed every 4 hours so if you’re out for a busy day, make sure you’ve got a few spares in your bag that you can switch out. If a reusable mask is more your style, you need to be vigilant in washing it. Regularly washing your mask ensures you’re not reapplying trapped bacteria and dirt to your skin because let’s face it, who wants that.

Whilst cotton fabric is the most well-known option when choosing a reusable mask, it’s definitely not helping you avoid maskne. Cotton isn’t as breathable as other options and can cause additional sweating and bacteria to show up on your chin and cheeks. Pulling moisture from your skin and trapping it underneath your mask, cotton is increasing your chances of bacteria making a home on your face and populating in the mask.

Silk fibres on the other hand, like our Silvi pure mulberry silk, is much smoother in nature and considerably less abrasive on your skin. That’s why we’ve created our Silvi Anti-Acne Face Mask to keep your breakouts under control without compromising on safety or style.

When our skin feels less agitated, its able to protect itself better and stop maskne-causing bacteria in its tracks. Our masks pair ultra-protective silk with Silver Ion Technology which is the gold standard in antimicrobial innovations. Chemical free and totally nature, Silver Ion Technology keeps maskne away by eliminating 99.7% of the bacteria mask wearing can cause.

Breathable and kind to all skin types, our masks have been clinically tested to ensure your skin is always looking and feeling its best.

February 12, 2021 — Ben Goodman