Help! How do I treat my skin concern?

Help! How do I treat my skin concern?

01 May 2024 – 6 min read

Struggling with sensitive skin or scarring? Not sure how to handle fine lines and wrinkles? Blackheads bumming you out? Kester Black skincare is here to help. 

If you have fine lines and wrinkles

As we age, our bodies naturally produce less collagen and elastin (translation: we wrinkle). Sure, it's part of life, but that doesn't mean there aren't ways to slow down the visible signs of ageing. If fine lines and wrinkles are your major concern, seek out retinal, the gold standard in plumping and smoothing because of its ability to boost cell turnover and collagen production. Side note: you can read up on why retinal is better than retinol here

Enter Super Retinal Vitamin A Serum, a powerful treatment to firm, plump and brighten while you snooze. This innovative formula, featuring next-generation retinal, is clinically proven to work 11 times faster than retinol,* effectively smoothing, brightening and firming the skin. Crafted to be gentle yet potent, it delivers transformative results without irritation, making it suitable even for sensitive skin. 

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Another of the most effective anti-aging ingredients to look for in skincare, peptides create proteins that boost collagen production, smooth skin appearance and improve skin elasticity.  That’s why you’ll find peptides in Super Retinal Vitamin A Serum, as well as Skin Drench Moisturiser - a jelly-like formula that leaves skin feeling smooth and taut.

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If you have dry, dehydrated or red skin 

If your skin is dry and/or dehydrated (learn the difference here), look for ingredients that boost hydration and support skin barrier function such as vitamin B3 (or niacinamide). A collection of clinical papers (including this one) have proven that vitamin B3 not only penetrates the stratum corneum (the skin’s barrier to transepidermal water-loss), it supports skin cell renewal by improving its ability to retain moisture. 

Your saviour? Back In Balance Vitamin B Serum, a quick-absorbing formula when skin needs a reset. Hardworking niacinamide and vitamin F support the skin’s moisture barrier, provitamin B5 soothes and Japanese blue-green algae delivers serious hydration. 

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Also key? A moisturiser formulated with humectants (ingredients that bind water to skin), emollients and/or occlusives (ingredients that lock in moisture by creating a barrier of sorts) to ensure skin is hydrated, happy and healthy. 

We were never going to make a run-of-the-mill, basic moisturiser. Our Skin Drench Moisturiser packs a hydrating punch to ensure your skin is nourished 24/7. Formulated to be used for both day and night, we spent ages making the formulation just right - we wanted to deliver superior moisture without weighing down your skin and feeling thick and heavy.

And so our lightweight, jelly texture super hydrator was born. Packed with so many skin-loving, barrier-building ingredients (like snow mushroom extract, ceramides, squalane, hyaluronic acid, peptides and niacinamide), it works to penetrate deeply in your skin to deliver, lock in and maintain moisture while supporting your barrier function. Translation? Soft, plump and strong skin.

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If you have acne, blackheads or congestion 

When it comes to clearing acne, blackheads and all manner of congestion, BHAs are your BFF. Beta hydroxy acids (or BHAs) are oil-soluble, meaning they can get up and under the oil clogging your pores to dissolve grime and gunk where it counts. Salicylic acid is the most common BHA and is often used to regulate oil production, target congestion, reduce blackheads and control inflammation from acne and pimples without stripping your skin - that’s why we included a hint in Clean Canvas Gel Cleanser for gentle daily use. P.S. learn more about physical vs chemical exfoliation here.

Also powered by vitamin E, goji berry extract and passion flower, our balancing water-based gel lifts away dirt and excess oils. Aloe vera and propanediol help to hydrate, leaving skin feeling soft, supple and ready to take on your serums. 

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If you have dull or pigmented skin

If it’s dull, uneven skin you’re dealing with, vitamin C is here to help. The powerhouse antioxidant improves radiance, helps fade hyperpigmentation, and promotes collagen production. Talk about a multitasker.   

Of all the forms of vitamin C, ascorbic acid (also known as L-ascorbic acid) is the most researched in terms of its beneficial effects on the skin. That’s why it’s the hero ingredient in Daybreak Vitamin C Serum, a potent formula to boost radiance and tackle hyperpigmentation. A combination of powerful antioxidants astaxanthin, ascorbic acid, vitamin E and ferulic acid work to get you glowing and even out skin tone. Ectoin helps to support skin from pollution, sunlight and blue light exposure while increasing moisture. 

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If you have irritated, sensitive skin or scarring

If you're constantly red and itchy or often flare up when trying new products, you need a gentle, nourishing serum that will calm you down. Vitamin E is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there, meaning it’s working hard to shield your skin from environmental stressors like UV and pollution, which contribute to premature signs of ageing, pigmentation and skin irritation. But it’s got a few more skin benefits we think you’ll love - it works to deliver and lock in long-lasting moisture, it helps smooth skin and is great for helping soothe sensitivity.

But our humble green oil, The Caretaker Serum, is so much more than just vitamin E with a gorgeous, calming scent. We’ve combined it with a few of its best friends to ensure your skin is left feeling happy, healthy, and strong - and more radiant than ever because of it. Think: vitamin F, sea buckthorn and squalane (plant-based, of course) help to support the skin’s integrity and promote skin barrier preservation, plus vitamin C to promote collagen production and target pigmentation for brighter skin.

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If you wear sunscreen or makeup 

This one applies to everyone because we’re all wearing sunscreen every. Single. Day. Right? (If not, here’s a reminder why SPF is key to preventing premature ageing). 

Cleansing balms use oils and emollients to remove sunscreen, makeup, dirt and buildup from the day without stripping the skin of its natural oils and damaging your skin barrier. So it’s a no-brainer for your evening skincare routine, ideally as part of a double cleanse.  

Starting as a rich, buttery solid balm, Overachiever Balm Cleanser works by effortlessly shifting and removing dirt, oil, makeup and sunscreen when massaged into dry skin, and turns into a luxurious milk cleanser upon rinsing to leave skin clean, soft, radiant and non-greasy.  

Formulated with babassu seed oil to draw out impurities while adding hydration back and mimosa flower extract to support skin integrity, moisture loss and maintain skin plumpness, it’s also great for all skin types as a treatment mask and as a morning cleanser for drier skin types.

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If you have dry, chapped lips

Whether caused by the elements, arctic office air con, lip licking, cumulative UV exposure or irritating ingredients in your products, chronically dry, chapped lips are incredibly common and just as frustrating. The solution? Lip products loaded with skincare ingredients that soothe and support skin barrier function.

Along with the moisturising, nourishing benefits of vitamin E, Dawn to Dusk Lip Balm contains watermelon extract to hydrate and protect plus shea oil to condition and lock in moisture. Bonus: the sheer peach balm leaves lips feeling plump and non-sticky all day long.  

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Keen to learn more? 

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