Just as we observe our gut health, so too should we deal with life at a dermal level. The little creatures applied to your face through the Esse serum are lactobacillus that grow on human skin, and which I learned are part of the same family used in good yoghurt to reduce your lactose intolerance. “We used skin isolates, taking samples from people with fantastic skin, and cultured the microbes that were growing there. Then followed a series of tests. We used three separate strains that have been optimised to produce hyaluronic acid, keep skin pH low, and to communicate to skin cells to improve barrier function.”
WHAT THE EXPERT RECOMMENDS
For my active lifestyle that involves frequent travel, I’m always trying to reduce the number of products in my toiletry bag and my skincare regimen. I asked Steyn for his recommendations for a man on the move.
Firstly, he insists that we don’t use soap to cleanse our faces as it just washes your natural sebum down the drain. Sebum also melts at 32°C and the average shower is 44°C. Applying petrochemicals on your face also doesn’t help. (Most mineral oils that go into cosmetics are a byproduct of the petroleum industry).
“Women need a more ‘hardcore’ regime to get makeup and other products off their faces, but for guys, the simpler the better. The Sensitive Cleanser is one of our top-selling products that doesn’t strip the oil off your face. I’d then choose one sensitive moisturiser, either the Hydro or Nourish. If you want the anti-ageing effect then you can add on something like the Protect Oil or the Probiotic Serum.”
Sun protection without the use of chemicals doesn’t come cheap at Esse. But for sensitive skin, the fragrance-free, “coral-reef friendly” Esse Sunscreen is SPF30, only uses zinc, and will complete your selection.
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