Former Australian Olympian Michael Klim started his skincare brand 8 years ago and is now rebranding it, deepening the connection of the range to its founder. Michael recently spoke with Men’s Style.
The range was called Milk but is now Klim – why did you undertake a rebrand?
About a year ago we decided we wanted to keep evolving. Some of the feedback we’d got was that males don’t necessarily realise that I’m very hands-on with the brand and designed the range as its founder so we decided to make the connection stronger with the rebranded range called Klim by Milk & Co.
As a new parent, one of the most important things is to bond with your baby and what better way than a nice, soothing massage? But how to start? Which strokes are too hard for her or which oils to use? To help you with some of these answers, we have put together a few must-knows!
Let’s start with a few benefits of baby massage:
1. Massages use the baby’s first sensory stimulation, touch – which first started in the womb so that becomes a good point of connect with the mother!
Some of us are morning people, some of us are night people. When it comes to looking after your skin we’re here to tell you – you should be both!
Your skin has different needs at different times of the day. This is why it’s important for you to devote a little bit of time when you wake up and before you go to bed to look after your body’s largest organ – your skin! Whether it’s 5 minutes, 10 minutes or half an hour, every bit of time counts towards you having healthy, glowing skin.
In the morning your skin needs products that protect it from the day ahead and the numerous stressors it’s exposed to such as make up, natural oil production, sun exposure, dirt, bacteria and other environmental pollutants. The above factors are all likely to stress out your skin and encourage free radicals.
What are these free radicals you speak of??
Free radicals are organic molecules responsible for ageing and tissue damage.
How do I fight these nasty things?
By incorporating antioxidants into your diet you not only suppress free radicals but you boost skin protection. The main micronutrient antioxidants are found in Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene. Beta-Carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A and is present in a number of fruits, vegetables and dairy products. To find out more about these antioxidants and how you can incorporate them into your diet – check out our blog post on healthy eating here. You can also incorporate these vitamins into your skincare routine as many of our products contain Vitamin A, C and E!
Cleanse: With lukewarm water, wash your face with a cleanser (our oil based cleanser and cream based face wash are both great for all skin types.) At night your skin secretes toxins, these toxins can interfere with your skincare products and prevent them from working as effectively. It’s important to wash these toxins away –along with any of last night’s products – before you apply your daytime products to ensure maximum absorption.
Moisturise: By moisturizing your skin you aid it’s natural barrier to protect it from the elements. Moisturiser evaporates over time so by re-applying morning and night you ensure your skin stays hydrated. Our Ultra Light Moisturisers are great to use every day as they are light and fresh, and provide long lasting hydration.
Protect: It’s vital to use a sunscreen daily to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays. Even if you spend the majority of your day in an office your skin is exposed to small amounts of sun which can damage your skin. We suggest Face Moisturiser Sunscreen SPF15 for light every day wear, and Sports Moisturiser SPF30 for those who spend long hours in the sun. Remember to reapply!
Night time Essentials
At night your skin is in a reparative state as your body’s cells are being replenished and regenerated. For that reason you should focus on using products that nourish and re-hydrate your skin.
Before you hydrate though, you must rid your skin of the day’s dirt and oil with a cleanser, face wash or exfoliating scrub. By washing and cleansing your face you lessen the amount of oil on your skin eliminating the chance for blemish causing bacteria to thrive. We suggest alternating the use of a cleanser and scrub, as it’s important not to over-exfoliate your skin. In doing so you can irritate and dry out your skin, which lessens its protective barrier.
At night it’s time to optimize the delivery of raw materials that your skin craves so try a thicker moisturiser that can set in over night. As unlike during the day where you can reapply your moisturiser, at night it’s ideal to use a heavier moisturiser that will provide ultimate hydration while you sleep. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing!
The number one question we get asked at Milk & Co is ‘’If I have sensitive skin, can I use your products?”. This is a very difficult question to answer because our skin is so different from person to person. The products that you and your skin swear by, that do wonders for you – may have nightmare effects on the next person. This is why we can’t tell you with absolute certainty that our products will be the best for you and your skin. But what we CAN do is help you understand what sensitive skin is, why it’s so sensitive and give you some tips and tricks you can follow to avoid nasty flare ups.
What is sensitive skin?
If you regularly experience itching, burning, stinging or breakouts – you’re dealing with sensitive skin. Sensitive skin is a very intolerant, reactive skin type. Not to be confused with a skin condition i.e. dermatitis or eczema which have particular reactions, triggers and healing methods; sensitive skin unlike other skin types (dry, oily, combination) reacts to different stimuli more severely and often unexpectedly.
What causes sensitive skin?
The list of causes for sensitive skin is endless but some of the most common causes for skin sensitivity are:
Undiagnosed skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, rosacea or psoriasis have hyper-reactivity to a range of factors including those mentioned below.
Weather conditions; sun exposure, heavy wind, pollution.
Allergic reactions to ingredients, chemicals and fragrances in common products.
Allergic reactions to food.
Varying temperatures i.e. prolonged exposure to air conditioning and heating
Hormone imbalances (During teenage years, pregnancy)
Tips & Tricks
The most important tip we can give you when testing out new products is to test first, apply second. If you’re unsure of whether our products are right for you, conduct a patch test prior to using. Apply a small dab on either your hand or behind your ear and wait 24 hours for signs of irritation (48 if you’re super sensitive!) All clear? Then you’re good to go!
Avoid alcohol based toners, course scrubs or anything containing known irritants; for you that might be fragrances, essential oils or nuts etc.
Moisturise regularly. When your skin is dry and cracked it is more vulnerable, the more you moisturize the stronger the barrier of your skin is to protect it from irritating external stimuli. Use products that contain Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Vitamin E as they help hydrate and protect your skin. You will find these ingredients in all 4 of our moisturisers!
Minimize sun exposure by covering up and wearing a non-chemical sunscreen. Milk Baby Protect Me Plus sunscreen is Zinc based (not chemical) and can be used by all ages. It also smells like ice cream.
Avoid hot things that can give you flushes such as spicy foods or hot showers, use lukewarm water as it is less irritating to your skin.
Keep your skincare products in the fridge. Using cool temperature products (cleansers, moisturisers) will constrict the capillaries in your skin and ease redness and irritation.
Drink plenty of H20. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, it’s important to keep it hydrated.
Say no to soap. Binders that hold soap together have a high pH balance which strip the water and natural oils out of your skin, causing the surface of your skin to become dehydrated and sensitive.
Choose the right make up. Ditch the heavy foundation that clogs your pores and switch to a light tinted moisturiser. Pick dewy over matte formulas as matte formulas and powders will draw attention to dry flaky skin.
Try and identify your triggers. Is it certain foods you eat? Is it particular ingredients in your products? Do you only break out during your time of the month or when you’ve been really stressed at work? Through process of elimination, eliminate particular triggers you think may be affecting you. It’s important that you eliminate one potential trigger at a time so you can isolate exactly which trigger is having an effect.
If you are concerned about your skin or want to learn more about your skin type and the best treatments for you – contact your local GP or dermatologist for more in depth advice and guidance.