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While hyaluronic acid isn’t a new, fresh ingredient, you may be only just starting to hear about it now. This ultimate anti-ageing, skin hydrating booster isn’t entirely new to the skincare scene, but many people don’t know exactly what it is and what it’s used for.

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Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance created in our bodies already, but doesn’t always work to the best of its ability when it is not boosted by a topical formula. Simply put, hyaluronic acid is a hydrator. It binds 1000 times its weight in water, helping to diminish the ageing process.

The benefits of hyaluronic acid are clear:

  • Its moisture-binding properties attract and store moisture in the skin for optimal hydration 24/7
  • Hyaluronic acid plumps and hydrates, which weakens during the ageing process
  • Leaves skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated, making the skin look more radiant
  • Improves the appearance of dine lines by plumping and firming the skin
  • Hydrates and calms even redness-prone and congested skin types like rosacea sufferers

Hyaluronic acid is not only for those suffering from dry, red and dehydrated skin. It is suitable to use even on oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin, making it the ultimate multi-tasker for all skin types. While its lightweight formulation absorbs immediately, it allows enough time to maximise nourishing of the skin as soon as it is applied.

Image Skincare’s VITAL C range is the perfect solution to dry, dull and dehydrated skin with most of its product line containing hyaluronic acid as its key ingredient. VITAL C protects skin from harsh environmental stressors with a rich blend of botanicals, targeting visible skin dehydration with a multi-depth hydrating formula, to create a soothing and healthy way to improve skin

Products containing hyaluronic acid:

Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum

Hydrating Repair Crème

Hydrating Enzyme Masque

Hydrating Intense Moisturiser

Hydrating Eye Recovery Gel

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The biggest trend to hit the beauty industry is clearly and overwhelmingly K-Beauty, or Korean Beauty, where the nation’s trends of everyday beauty routines are only just hitting our shores to be utilised by anyone from local salons to big beauty brands in the trade.

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While most of our bathroom cabinets are likely full to the brim with a mixture of our classic staple beauty bits and skincare fads with exotic ingredients and a host of scents, nothing can compare to the beauty standards held in South Korea. While their well-known 15 step everyday skincare regime (cleanse, tone, moisturise, the list goes on) might be out of our achievable reach, there is some aspects of this routine that we can, and willingly, get on board with…

Now we know from these incredible Asian beauty care trends, your daily beauty routine is really not complete without the use of a sheet mask. This trend is seemingly perfect for a quick fix for every beauty need, with formulas being made for specific skin issues, from dry to ageing to sensitive skin.

If you need any more persuading of the rising popularity of sheet masks in your skincare routine, revisit the beauty invasion of BB Creams. 5 years ago this niche product was hardly heard of, but now this has become a true staple in everyone’s makeup arsenal, globally.

Sheet masks are now being produced globally, including Image’s new collection I MASK, which launches two new intense biomolecular sheet masks into the line for that needed hit of hydration.

Sheet masks are simply facial fabric sheets, as the name explains, infused with a serum or gel like product that is placed directly onto the face to soak for 10-20 minutes, in order to maximise the product’s penetration and results. The fabric locks in the treatment to ensure the most effective delivery of ingredients and in under 20 minutes, you are able to see physical results like improved tone, firmness and hydration. It is perfect to use in your everyday routine at home, and an ideal addition to services in salon, such as LED treatment or facials.

The best benefit from sheet masks is the instant hydration hit you receive. Sheet masks bring back the hydration we naturally lose daily, immediately. With ingredients like strong peptides and antioxidants, as well as brightening botanicals, sheet masks are guaranteed to leave your skin plump, dewy and glowing.

Here’s why we love them:

  • Each mask gives you the correct application dosage – Forget the days when you over or under-applied your face mask, with sheet masks each package has the exact dosage of hydration your skin needs without the worry
  • There’s a formula for every skin concern – Each sheet masks comes in different formulas to combat multiple skin concerns, including dull, dry and ageing skin
  • A-listers swear by them – If you didn’t trust the hundreds of incredible beauty trends that have come out of South Korea, just trust what Hollywood’s biggest celebs are doing. From supermodels like Chrissy Teigen and Karolina Kurkova, to Lady Gaga and Lena Dunham, sheet masks are officially the perfect treatment for all skin types and concerns

Image Skincare’s latest product launches included their new range, I MASK, which launched two new sheet mask formulas, designed to give your skin the ultimate hydration boost and skin rejuvenation at its most intense. With breakthrough hydrogel technology that stands above previous sheet mask formulations like biocellulose masks to deliver the patented biomolecular hydrogel mask, Image’s I MASK range will wow and impress.

I MASK Biomolecular Anti-aging Radiance Mask
Anti-aging sheet mask infuses skin with a unique fusion of volcanic water, brightening botanicals, peptides and antioxidants for the ultimate youthful appearance and radiance.

I MASK Biomolecular Hydrating Radiance Mask
Derived from red algae and carob tree, this revolutionary soothing hydrogel mask was developed to increase delivery of active ingredients to lift, brighten and deeply hydrate skin after a single application.

 


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What Is My Skin Type

October 2015

Unlike skin condition which may refer to problems such as acne, dehydration or pigmentation, skin type refers to the amount of oil produced by the skin. Skin type may be categorised into normal, combination, oily or dry.

Most children before they hit puberty have what is classified as normal skin – they are neither oily nor dry. When puberty occurs however, increases in adrenal hormones (such as testosterone) determine the size of the skin’s oil gland and how much oil is produced. People with an oily skin have a larger sebaceous (or oil) gland. This means more oil can be produced and distributed. People with a smaller sebaceous gland have drier skin as less oil is secreted and dispersed.

Sebaceous glands are most abundant on the nose, forehead and chin; these areas are commonly called the T-zone. A face with an oily t-zone but is otherwise dry is called a combination skin type. The sebaceous glands produce an oil also known as sebum. As men produce more testosterone than females, they can be up to five times oilier than women. As the sebaceous gland sits within a follicle, oil is distributed over the face and body by travelling up the tiny hairs that sit in each follicle. As there are no follicles on the lips, palms and soles, there is no sebum released onto these areas.

Determining your skin type can be easy. If your face is greasy and make-up slides off within 2 hours of washing, then this is the sign of an oily skin. Oily skins can often be afflicted with pimples, acne and excess shine. If only your t-zone starts to shine by lunch time, then your skin type most likely is combination. Combination skins can often experience blackheads on the nose and inner cheek areas. A dry skin can often feel tight and parched for moisture. Signs of a dry skin include flaking, dullness and almost invisible pores. Unlike children, adults very rarely have normal skin.

The Science Behind Retinol (Vitamin A)

In recent years, there has been increased confusion surrounding the use of retinol and whether or not it should be incorporated into topical skin care products. Much of this uncertainty is because people are unfamiliar with retinol and how it should be applied. Retinol is one of the main forms of vitamin A. It is an essential vitamin needed for new cellgrowth, and the health and maintenance of tissues and skin cells and plays an integral role in anti-aging skin care. While using retinol and other topical products is only part of an effective anti-aging routine.

Retinol has value for skin on several fronts: it is a cell-communicating ingredient and antioxidant. Skin cells have a receptor site that is very accepting of retinoic acid, which is converted from retinol in the body. This relationship between retinoic acid and skin cells allows a type of communication in which the cell is told to function normally (that is, the way a young, healthy cell functions). Retinol helps the skin produce more robust, structural components, provides antioxidantsupport, and optimizes the differentiation of cells in the various layers of the epidermis

How Does Retinol Work?
Exfoliates: As skin ages, cell production slows. Retinol has exfoliation properties that gets rid of dead skin cells and allows new ones to grow. Regular use of retinol can help restructure the skin and encourage cell regeneration. When retinol converts into retinoic acid, it induces exfoliation which allows skin cells to function normally and continue regular cell renewal. This is effective in treating wrinkles as well as acne.
Aids in Production of Collagen: Skin loses elasticity over time, which causes the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Retinol will reverse this by encouraging the production of collagen, one of the essential building blocks of youthful skin. As collagen is replenished and old skin cells are shed, hyperpigmentation disappears, fine lines recede and skin begins to reveal a brighter, smoother texture. Collagen production may slow down as a person ages, but retinol helps to ensure that new collagen continues to form, and has been shown to reduce wrinkles and increase skin texture.
Fights Free Radicals: Retinol is an antioxidant, which means it helps to neutralize substances called free radicals that destroy healthy skin cells. By neutralizing free radicals, retinol calms the skin, decreasing stress factors that may damage the skin.
vitamin.aWith its numerous anti-aging and antioxidant benefits, vitamin A is a key ingredient in many skin care formulas. When looking for it in your favorite products, keep in mind that it may be used in several forms, including Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate and Beta–Carotene. Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. Along with using the appropriate topical skin care treatments, a three-pronged, inclusive health approach to beautiful skin and optimal wellbeing – external, internal and emotional is recommended. For a young, bright complexion, I suggest looking at skin care as full body care.

What Anti-Aging Product Should You Use?

If you’re confused about what anti-aging products will work best for you, or if your current regimen just isn’t giving you the results you’re looking for, the first thing to consider is how much moisture your skin needs. Creams, lotions and serums may all sound similar, but they’re formulations are different and each works best with certain skin types over others.

If you have oily, sensitive and normal skin, try lotions.
Light in weight, a lotion gives a bit of moisture to skin while also providing anti-aging actives. However, the formulation may contain filling agents and other ingredients that can water down the actives in some cases.

When using lotions, you’ll notice a lightness or dewiness on your skin that’s quick to absorb—some even leave behind a pretty sheen or healthy-looking glow.

All skin types can use serums.
The main function of a serum, which can be watery, liquidy or creamy in texture, is to deliver a concentrated dose of anti-aging ingredients into the skin. Heavier than a lotion, but lighter than a cream, serums have some slip to them, but not as much as an oil. “Serums are low in waxes, so companies can load them up with actives at efficacious levels for an intense treatment without penetration barriers in the product,” explains cosmetic chemist Ni’kita Wilson. Celebrity aesthetician Nerida Joy adds that they also tend to be less buffered, which allows them to absorb better and penetrate skin at a deeper level.

Serums glide onto skin and evenly coat it. And because they are more of a treatment, you may need to top them with a moisturizer for hydration.

If you have dry, mature skin types concerned with the effects of aging, try creams.
Whether you use a cream on its own or after a serum to seal in its effects, this is the heaviest option and usually has a moisturizing benefit. “Dry, mature skin types need a lot of moisture, which is why they tend to use heavier anti-aging creams, especially during menopause,” says Frauke Neuser, senior scientist for Olay. The downside to them: “Only so many anti-aging ingredients can fit into a cream base while still keeping it elegant and efficacious, which is why serums were invented,” says Wilson. The upside: These rich, thick creams are full of moisturizers, so your skin will feel softer and really hydrated.

This Is How You Eat for Your Skin

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We’d do anything for clear skin—and that includes changing the way we eat. No matter how you want your skin to improve, we’ve got the lowdown from experts on the foods you should add to your daily meals for a better complexion. From addressing sun damage to redness, there’s a ton of options packed with essential nutrients that you can easily squeeze into your day.

MORE: What It’s Like to Go Through a Homeopathic Health Assessment

First, customize your diet plan, no matter what it is:
Nutrients and vitamins for healthy skin can be found in a ton of foods, so you’re still able to follow a specific eating plan, like the Paleo diet or going vegan, without worrying about how it’ll show up on your complexion. “At the end of the day, that’s why you have to eat a variety of foods, so that you make sure you don’t miss out on any of these nutrients,” explains nutritionist, dietitian, and the author of The Small Change Diet. “And I think many times when we go on these limiting diets, we just think that it’s not possible. It’s totally possible, but we need to be aware of what we need to be choosing.”

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To Improve Skin’s Texture:
Eat Flavonols: Foods that have this antioxidant could play a part in helping to reduce roughness in the skin, explains Gans. Get your helping of this nutrient by eating things like blueberries, eggplants, tomatoes, and beans.

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To Improve the Appearance of Sun Damage:
For protection, eat Lycopene: The sun can really accelerate aging, and we’ll take all the protection we can get. Gans says that eating foods with this nutrient in it could possibly help eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by the sun’s rays. While it’s big in cooked tomatoes, you can get it from eating watermelon, pink and red grapefruit, and red cabbage. Since it appears in so many fruits, those following a low-carb diet should be sure they’re getting it in with their fruit portion.

And, eat Vitamin E: You see this ingredient pop up in many skin care bottles, and for good reason. Gans explains it “could protect the skin cells from UV light and other environmental factors.” Get your dose of it from olive oil (ideal for anyone following a Mediterranean diet), kiwi, papaya, and kale.

To reverse any damage, eat Catechins: “By neutralizing changes that may appear in your sun exposed skin, it may reverse the effects of sun damage, notes Gans. You can find it in cherries, blackberries, raspberries, plums, apples, pears, and even dark chocolate.

MORE: The Best Foods to Eat for Gorgeous, White Teeth

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Reduce Inflammation and Blotchiness:
Battle Wrinkles with Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Believed to attract water to your skin, Gans says these anti-inflammatory fats could possibly even reduce wrinkles. It’s found in foods like fish, tofu, and flaxseed.

Help with acne by adding Zinc: Another anti-inflammatory with an added plus, this substance plays a part in your sebum production. A deficiency in sebum, explains Gans, could contribute to acne. Look to oysters, chickpeas, cashews, yogurt, and milk.

Soothe skin with Niacin: Gans explains that the anti-inflammatory niacin, also known as vitamin b3, could soothe irritated or blotchy skin. It’s found in foods like barley, bulgur, tuna, salmon, chicken, and whole grains.

Calm blemishes with Riboflavin: This is another B vitamin that Gans says could possibly reduce the skin blemishes that pop up due to rosacea. Eat mackerel, trout, almonds, sesame seeds, and roasted edamame.

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Preserving Elastin:
Battle aging with Selenium: This vitamin may help with your anti-aging efforts. Gans says it could help preserve elastin, which is the protein that keeps your skin tight and can be found in tuna, turkey, low-fat cottage cheese, Brazil nuts, and oysters. However, those following a vegan diet need to be weary. “You’ve got to be careful though because many of these foods, like Brazil nuts—you eat too many of them and you ate too many calories,” says Gans.

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Collagen production.
Boost collagen production with Vitamin C: Gans notes this is a biggie for producing collagen and repairing skin cells. Find it in dark leafy greens, broccoli, strawberries, peppers, and oranges.

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Repair skin cells.
Maintain and repair cells with Vitamin A: This ingredient is essential for helping to repair and maintain our skin cells, Gans notes. Head to the produce aisle—it can be found in foods like cantaloupe, sweet potato, mango, and carrots.

Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty-high/healthy-skin-diet/#ixzz3jzO7aG4M

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Chemical peels are not something new. In fact, Cleopatra is one of the most famous users of skin peeling because she used to bathe in sour milk.  The lactic acid produced by the sour milk is still used today in many chemical-peeling formulas.

While there are a number of acids that can and are used these days for a chemical peel, glycolic acid, originally derived from sugar cane, is the most popular and safest of all.

There are several reasons why glycolic acid is the most popular of all alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs).  First of all it is extremely effective.  It is explained by the fact that it is the smallest of the alpha hydroxyl molecules, therefore the most active.

Second, it has very few side effects even when used in strong concentrations. Several studies have proved the merits of glycolic acid in reducing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin tone and hydration, and promoting the production of new collagen.  It is also known to greatly benefit acne sufferers.

The effect will vary depending on the strength of the peel.  The deeper the peel, the more extensive your skin renewal.

 

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Keep Your Pores Clear With the Right Cleanser

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If you’re prone to breakouts, it’s important to use a cleanser than helps prevent those nasty pimples instead of trying to treat them after the fact. Pick a cleanser with salicylic acid like our Clear Cell Salicylic Gel Cleanser to gently exfoliate your skin and clear those pores out before a breakout has the chance to sneak in.

If you are on the road a lot or need a quick cleansing solution after the gym, carry salicylic-based cleansing wipes  for the same pore-clearing benefits as the cleanser. Our Salicylic Clarifying Pads are perfect for use on-the-go.

Go Oil-FreePrevention+ daily matte moisturiser

Acne-fighting products can often make your skin dry and sensitive.  It’s important to use plenty of moisturiser to compensate for this.

Our Prevention+ Daily Matte Moisturiser will help to reduce oil on the surface of the skin while providing essential hydration. Just be sure to use oil-free lotion to keep your skin clear of future pimples. We also love products with added benefits like antioxidants for a healthy glow and skin brighteners to reduce the redness of existing acne lesions. Try our Clear Cell Medicated Acne Lotion to stop acne at its source.

Nourish Your Face

Kale Did you know that diet accounts for 80 percent of your skin’s health? Keep this in mind when planning your meals. Adding fresh fruit and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A will help normalize the production of skin cells. Try adding more mango, kale and broccoli to your diet. Healthy fats from salmon, walnuts and eggs will also help keep your skin nourished, helping prevent future breakouts.

 

 

Cover Up Carefully

When choosing a foundation, it’s important to consider the ingredients. Oil-free liquid foundations are a great option for those prone to breakouts.  Pick a foundation with skin-healing ingredients like Image IConceal Foundations.

Stress Less

With the hustle and bustle of work/family life, it can be often hard to find some peace and quiet.  When we stress out, our cortisol hormone spike and along with it, oil production. Take time for yourself every season by going for a walk, having five minutes of silence in the car or taking a yoga class once a week

Stress Free Skin

When we’re stressed, our body releases pro-inflammatory hormones, which can worsen cases of psoriasis and rosacea, cause inflammation and persistent breakouts, dry our skin out and impair our skin-barrier function, leaving our skin vulnerable to irritants, allergens and infections.

Bottom line – stressing out causes our skin to stress, and we all know what happens when our skin is stressed … breakouts, dryness, sensitivity, or even worse, wrinkles (that’s right, I said it!).

Most of us are lucky enough to experience minor effects from stress – a breakout here, a little dryness there – we often don’t realize our skin is feeling the effects of stress. It’s important to remember that these minor lapses in our skin’s condition can add up quickly, taking a toll on our skin’s overall health.

Don’t worry, there’s no need to stress … IMAGE is here to help. With just 3 Simple Steps, you can be well on your way to stress-free skin.


woman_stretching_silhouetteStep 1: Get Moving

Exercise is so important to your health and well-being. As little as 30 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week of getting your dance on in Zumba class, or going for a peaceful walk can improve your brain-power, boost circulation, decrease tension and keep your inflammation in check. Remember those pro-inflammatory hormones? Say “buh-bye” to those for good. Exercise also gives you endorphins, which improves your mood, boosts your energy, and gives your mind a break from the chaos.

 

sleepStep 2: Get Some Zzzs
 Sometimes it’s hard to fit in the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night when there’s just so many good (or bad) things going on during the day! Stress can actually cause restlessness and lack of sleep. To combat current stress and keep it away for good, it’s important to get those hours in.

Having trouble sleeping at night? Try turning off your TV and electronic devices an hour before bedtime. This helps calm your mind and free it of all outside stimulation that’s keeping you awake until the wee hours of the morning. Can’t go to bed without your favourite late-night show? Try adjusting the brightness of your screen at bedtime. Still having trouble falling asleep? Switch your workout routine to the morning, and drink some warm de-caffeinated tea before bed.

It may seem like sleep is not that big of a deal, but getting sleep sets the pace for the rest of your day. Wake up refreshed and ready to go for the day, and you’re already a step ahead of stress.

 spaStep 3: Pamper Yourself
Okay… now for the good stuff. Pamper yourself!

Pamper: to indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness. -Dictionary.com

That’s an order! If you’re feeling stressed (or even if you’re not), treat yourself to a little at-home pampering. Give your skin some TLC with IMAGE’s Ormedic Line. This line of skincare products is clinically proven to repair and rebalance skin for a stunning, moisturized look and feel. Ormedic is also effective for all skin types, which makes it perfect for undoing those signs of stress, no matter what they are. Balance and refresh your skin with Ormedic’s Facial Cleanser, Anti Oxidant Serum, Eye Lift Gel, and Balancing Gel Masque.

Still Feeling Stressed?
 If you’re in need of some serious TLC, make an appointment for a full body massage, or spend some time in your spa’s steam room. Another wonderful tip for calming your stress is to keep a small bottle of peppermint oil on hand. One whiff of this magical stuff can instantly calm your mind and alleviate stress and tension. Try it some time – it really works!

It’s not always easy being fabulous. All that hard work can cause stress from time to time. No need to panic, though. With a few changes in our daily routine, we can tackle stress like it’s our job, and enjoy the benefits of happy, healthy skin.

Tips for Radiant Winter Skin

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Drink a lot of water. Your skin is your largest organ, and just like any other organ in your body, the cells are made up of water. When you are not getting enough water, your skin will become dehydrated, because the water you do drink travels to all other organs first before it even reaches your skin. So drink up!

Choose the right cleanser. Washing your face twice daily with a good moisturising cleanser will prevent your skin from drying out. Our Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser incorporates nourishing anti-oxidants and Vitamin C to gently clean, repair and sooth.

Moisturize daily. Apply an SPF moisturiser in the morning and a hydrating crème before you go to bed. OurVital C Hydrating Repair Creme, Prevention + Daily Hydrating Moisturiser with SPF 30+ and Body Spa Rejuvenating Body Lotion are a well-balanced trio to keep not just your face, but entire body looking radiant.

Use a humidifier. The drastic change from dry heat used to warm your home, and the cold outside air, will cause your skin to dry out faster. Using a humidifier will allow you to stay warm and retain your skin’s moisture.

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Take hot showers. Even though a long relaxing shower seems like the best idea on a cold day, your skin will not thank you for it. Your body produces a thin layer of oil to protect the skin and help retain moisture. The hot water causes that oil barrier to soften, allowing moisture to escape, and leaving your skin vulnerable to harsh environmental elements.

Use bar soap. As mentioned above, the skin is covered in a thin layer of oil, and bar soap will only strip the barrier leaving your skin irritated and dry. Instead of bar soap, use a body cleanser designed to gently exfoliate and moisturise such as the Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub.

Rub your skin dry. When you get out of the shower, gently pat your skin with a towel. Rubbing will only cause irritation or exasperate other skin conditions such as eczema.

How does vitamin c help your skin?

We’ve all seen vitamin c, or its scientific name ascorbic acid, listed as an active ingredient in various skincare products – and for good reason. This incredible water-soluble sugar acid serves the complexion by protecting from and reversing damage to the skin, no matter the skin type in question. For those in search of anti-aging effects or healing from troublesome skin conditions, Vitamin C should be the cornerstone of the skincare routine.  But do you really know the extent of how it works for your skin?

Let’s start with the basics. As mentioned, the chemical name for vitamin C is ascorbic acid: a (no) scorbitus (scurvy). Scurvy is a disease caused by a vitamin C deficiency. We definitely don’t want that! Using vitamin C helps to protect the skin against many unpleasant skin problems. Our studies show that it significantly improves hydration, small wrinkles, glare, brown spots, roughness, and suppleness.Vital C Range

Ascorbic acid is a sugar acid and an antioxidant that protects your skin against UVA and UVB radiation. It inhibits melanogenesis (the formation of melanin), prevents cell damage caused by free radicals, and helps to fight infections, heal wounds, and keep tissues healthy.

Adding vitamin C to products prevents and treats the aging of skin, as well as increases elastic fibers. These fibers tighten skin to look younger and firmer.

After completing a study of the effects of vitamin C on the skin, our very own Dr. Ronert stated, “overall appearance of photodamaged skin was improved in the skin treated with ascorbic acid”.

Vitamin C is a key ingredient in our Vital C line. This line includes a Facial CleanserHydrating Anti-age SerumRepair CrèmeEye Recovery GelEnzyme MasqueA C & E serum, and Intense Moisturiser. Suitable for both men and women, this entire range of products has the most uplifting and fresh scent about it, which awakens your senses each and every time you use it and results in radiant, healthy looking skin!

3 ways to rid your client’s rosacea woes

The red menace of the beauty world   

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More likely than not, you’ve come across a client embarrassed by the flush they get after a mere glass of red wine or from eating spicy food. They may notice red bumps on their chin, nose and forehead and just the thought of being in a humid environment or a freezing one for that matter, increases erythema and surface capillaries.

Chances are they are of the one in 20 people that suffer from rosacea. While there is no known “cure” for the condition, there are several things a client can do to minimize their embarrassing redness and you can educate and help them manage it with 3 simple steps…

1. Identify the triggers

Encourage them to keep a journal for 1-2 weeks detailing diet, environmental changes and emotional status to identify core triggers. It’s widely known that spicy dishes, thermally hot food/drinks and alcohol can spark flare-ups, but did you know that foods like avocado, citrus fruit and even chocolate can aggregative individual cases! As can vigorous exercise, so light workouts like yoga or walking and using cool compresses afterwards can help.

2. Recommend the right skincare and cosmetics

Many rosacea sufferers have sensitive and easily irritated skin so patients should avoid using any products that irritate or burn them. Steer away from ingredients like alcohol, peppermint, fragrances, menthol and eucalyptus.  A useful rule of thumb is to choose products that contain soothing and hydrating ingredients such as Vitamin C, aloe, allantoin, arnica, chamomile, mallow, green tea, emblica, meadowsweet, hyaluronic acid and licorice to help calm their skin, repair damage, and create a healthy complexion. Image’s Vital C hydrating anti-aging serumVital C range is high in anti-oxidants for protection and nutrition and is ideal for clients with rosacea.

Mineral make-up can also benefit the client as they typically use anti-inflammatory ingredients that can help calm and soothe skin. Try a good line, such as Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics, which is free from talc, parabens, oil, fragrance and petrochemicals- basically all of the common irritants found in conventional makeup.

3. Limit exposure to the elements

Extremes of heat and cold are common triggers- direct sun can spark a wildfire of unwanted inflammation. It is important to limit exposure to the elements of the great outdoors and use a (fragrance free) sunscreen that allows the skin to breathe.

If the inflammation causing rosacea is not treated, over time the blood vessels in the skin can permanently enlarge, possibly causing worsening redness. If you think you have a client at risk, this advice might very well be a life-changer for them!

The Power of Enzymes in Skincare

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We know how important it is for our body that we eat fruit and veg daily, but what about applying fruit to our skin?  We don’t mean literally putting pieces of fruit on our face. We are referring to the enzymes that come from fruit and are found in skincare products.  The transforming effects that natural fruit and plant enzymes have on the complexion are even more delicious than the fruits themselves!

Enzymes, which are proteins that increase the rate of chemical reactions, make wonderful exfoliators and carry essential vitamins and healing properties to promote youthful, glowing skin. It may sound a little strange at first, but these enzymes actually digest and remove dead skin cells, leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. Enzymes are gentle options for this process, as they tend to be more delicate on the skin than standard scrubs or microdermabrasion. So if your usual exfoliators leave you with red, irritated skin, enzymes will be your new BFFs.

These proteins also protect from environmental pollutants and damage from the sun, which is ideal for those of us who are always on the go. If you’re struggling with inflamed skin or are in need of free-radical scavengers, enzymes act as the Prince Charmings of skincare to soothe and rescue the complexion. And the best part is, these enzymes work quickly, meaning you’ll see the fast results you’d hope for before a big event, date night, or important meeting with that scary boss.

If you’re on the market for skincare products containing fruit enzymes, some of the best to look for are:

Papaya – This delectable tropical fruit also holds delightful benefits for the complexion! Taken from both the fruit and leaves of the papaya, these enzymes have a keratin protein digesting ability that aids in exfoliation and provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Using papaya enzymes in skincare promotes healing of damaged tissue and inflamed lesions, and helps produce the connective tissue collagen to increase elasticity in the skin. We’re warning you – you might even start getting carded at bars again.

Found in: Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque, Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Body Spa Body Exfoliating Scrub, O2 Lift Enzymatic Facial Peel, I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

Pumpkin – When we think of pumpkins, we’re met with visions of Halloween or wintery soups. It turns out that pumpkin is more than that – it has some pretty incredible benefits on the skin too! It is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals. Pumpkin peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients, helping you can get the most out of your skincare products.

Pumpkin Enzymes are used in skincare for two purposes – exfoliation and anti-inflammation.   As we age, our cell turnover rate decreases and can result in a dry, rough, or dull appearance to the skin. Because the enzymes exfoliate quickly, dissolving dead surface skin within a matter of minutes, they are an excellent choice for those needing instant results. Immediately after treatment, skin will be noticeably softer, smoother and brighter, which never fails to boost confidence.

Found in:  I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution, Ormedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Pineapple – We all know how good pineapple tastes in a cocktail, but many people are unaware of the full power of this unsuspecting tropical fruit. Also known as bromelain, pineapple enzymes are extracted from the stem and fruit. When used in skincare, the enzymes fight inflammation, redness, and swelling, in addition to exfoliating the complexion. The high vitamin C and bromelain content of pineapple juice make it an effective acne treatment to boot! Who knew the fountain of youth was so scrumptious?

Found in:
  Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Body Spa Body Exfoliating Scrub, O2 Lift enzymatic facial peel, I-Peel Ormedic lift™ Solution

Passionfruit –For a serious boost of antioxidants, passionfruit enzymes are the perfect option. They contain compounds piceatannol and scirpusin B that help prevent the skin from free radicals and repair itself from UV damage. The passionfruit enzyme is also known to promote elasticity for firmer skin, which gives any ingredient major bonus points in our book.

Found in: I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

To incorporate these awesome enzymes into your routine, check out the variety of Image Skincare products featuring the power of enzymes. Whether you want to firm and exfoliate the skin with our Cell.U.Life Body Crème, brighten your complexion with our Hydrating Enzyme Masque, or receive an in-salon I Peel Ormedic Lift, Image has an enzyme-featured product for every skin type and concern (as well as taste in fruit!). Now, who else is craving a smoothie?

This Week’s Recommended Foods for Healthy Skin

 

Did you know that your diet can have a significant impact on the appearance of your skin? After all, “You are what you eat,” so if you want to keep your skin looking youthful, radiant and clear for many years to come, you should make a habit of sticking with foods that promote healthy skin. Below is a list of our five favorite foods for skincare (for more recommendations, check out the skin clearing foods article from Glamour Magazine UK).

Dark Berries

Dark berries are packed with fiber. They are also rich in antioxidants (as are most natural berries). Antioxidants provide our skin with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that guard against environmental damage. This also protects the skin at the cellular level against free radicals while encouraging tissue growth. One landmark study showed how just one cup of berries provides all the disease-fighting antioxidants you need within a single day. Our Vital C line is replete with this well-known, powerful skincare ingredient that is especially important for stopping the cycle of free radicals by protecting and repairing damaged cells.

Oysters

Oysters are packed with skin clearing nutrients such as Vitamin A, Zinc, and Omega 3 Fatty acids. The acids can help prevent acne breakouts and simultaneously decrease the appearance of wrinkles. The acids make fat cells in our skin’s third layer thicker, smoothing out fine lines.

Artichoke

Artichokes also contain high levels of antioxidants and fibers. This vegetable has also been linked to improved skin luminosity for that healthy skin glow.

Broccoli

Rich in vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and K, broccoli also contains the wondrous omega 3 fatty acids that heal and rebuild skin tissue. Not only does broccoli improve skin luminosity, it helps other body functions (such as balancing our inflammatory system activity). In other words, broccoli can revive skin tissue while keeping the rest of your body feeling strong and healthy as well. Broccoli is best served raw, which keeps the maximum amount of nutrients intact.

Peppermint

You should definitely consider adding peppermint to your next cup of tea. For starters, tea in itself can help relieve stress, which is a known acne instigator. This alone can do wonders for your skin. Moreover, mint has long served as a natural astringent for treating skin inflammations such as acne. High concentrations of salicylic acid can be found naturally in mint, which can also be used in treating acne.

Indeed, your diet can have a big influence on how you feel and how you look. Do you have any favorite foods that are also great for skincare? Let us know!

 

 

 

 Suffering with acne? you CAN have clear skin

 

Fight acne and age later with IMAGE.The truth about acne is, while it poses some complexities, it’s absolutely possible to improve this condition. To do so, you’ll need to understand the different types of acne, and have an individualized treatment plan. Not every acne treatment or product works the same for, or on, everybody, so be patient.

In addition, don’t overdo, too much of a good thing may worsen your condition! Over-drying your skin no matter how oily it is, will only lead to increased oil production. Likewise, over exfoliating skin compromises the skin’s barrier, allowing bacteria in and aggravating acne. The idea is to treat your specific type of acne while keeping your skin healthy and balanced.

Acne is categorized in four stages:

• Grade 1/Mild: Open Comedones (more commonly known as whiteheads/blackheads)

• Grade 2/Moderate: Open and Closed Comedones/some Papulopustules

• Grade 3/Severe: Pustular Acne

• Grade 4/Cystic: Nodulocystic Acne

Once you know what type of acne you have, you can begin a treatment protocol. The plan starts with a professional assessment and products from Image Skincare’s Clear Cell line. The line is manufactured with treatment-focused ingredients targeted at improving the condition of various types of acne.

Acne skin care case studies.

 

For example, take a look at Acne Case #1, the client came in with Grade 2 and 3 acne, was put on a 4-week regimen that included Clear Cell plus Vital C products, plus a series of Image Signature Acne Lift Peel™. You can see the remarkable results of this treatment in the before and after pictures. To illustrate the point even further, Acne Case #2 client presented with Grade 1 and 2 acne, and was also treated with Clear Cell products combined with the Daily Defense line, but no peel series, with great results. If these two clients had been treated exactly the same, and used the exact same products, the outcome would have been very different for one of them.

The good news is, acne is treatable, with a little help from Image Skincare. Consult your Image Skincare professional and get started on the road to clear skin today.

 

Want Instantly Better Skin? Exfoliate!

 

Everybody needs to exfoliate, no matter your age or skin condition. Getting better skin fast is quite easy. Just make sure to add a product that exfoliates into your daily routine, and you’ll get glowing skin in no time. Exfoliation helps skin look better right away by removing dead cells from the skin’s surface.

As we age our cell turnover rate decreases, taking longer for your new cells to reach the outer layer of skin and leaving your complexion dull and lifeless. Additionally, those dead cells cause congestion resulting in black heads, bumpy or acne prone skin.

To rid your skin of the offending dead cells, choose one of Image Skincare’s products with exfoliating ingredients such as:

Ageless Total Facial Cleanser. This 3 in 1 cleanser (cleanser, exfoliator, toner) contains Glycolic Acid, a highly effective Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliant.

Ageless Total Anti-Aging Serum. Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids help speed cell turnover rates leaving skin smooth and renewed.

Antia aging serum

Anti aging serum

Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser. An organic 3 in 1 cleanser that utilizes Decyl Glucoside, a natural exfoliant and sugar surfactant that exfoliates, moisturizes, and protects skin.

Ormedica cleanser

Ormedic Facial cleanser

The Clear Cell Line. All products in this line contain a variety of effective exfoliating ingredients, which are paramount to aiding in reducing skin lesions. AHA and BHA acids, Salicylic Acid, and Micro-Exfoliant beads help loosen congestion while protecting and balancing skin.

Clear Cell line

Clear Cell line

No matter your skin type, make exfoliation part of your daily skincare routine. You’ll see brighter, healthier skin instantly.

 

Stem Cells In Skincare: A Breakthrough In Anti-Aging & Preventitive Technology

While stem cells are now being utilized in products applied topically to the skin, they aren’t embryonic, or human cells. Rather, skincare experts are incorporating plant-derived stem cells combined with special peptides, which are producing amazing anti-aging and protective properties for our skin.

Image Skincare has a wonderful line of plant based stem cell products call the MAX. These products are based on the CPN™ Systems by Image – Correction, Prevention and Nutrition. The line consists of:

The MAX Serum

This super concentrated serum offers an unparalleled combination of effective ingredients that dramatically reduces the appearance of expression lines, wrinkles, skin laxity, and aging. Nutripeptides in conjunction with stem cells derived from Apple Technology synergistically plump skin, nourish, and prevent further damage. Crows feet relax, wrinkles soften, and cells are protected from damage. Paraben free. Grape, Edelweiss,

The MAX Crème

Among the first crèmes to use dual strain stem cell technology, Apple and Leontopodium, the Max crème works on skin to correct the signs of aging as well as to prevent further damage done by the sun, free radicals, and genealogy. Maintenance of the extracellular matrix keeps skin structure healthy and intact. The combination of Argireline® and multi-peptides offer Botox® like inhibition of muscle contraction, while preventing the formation of wrinkles and fine lines associated with repetitive movement by modulating muscle contraction. Skin is smoothed, hydrated, protected and balanced.

The MAX Facial Cleanser

This gentle cleanser was formulated to balance as well as optimize your skins PH. Sulfate-free, Paraben-free, and Acid-free it contains the plant-derived stem cells from Grape, Edelweiss, and Leucojum Aestivum aimed at slowing the aging process while extending cell life. Oat Kernel soothes and prevents redness; Hydrolyzed Rice Protein promotes collagen synthesis.

The MAX Eye Crème

A corrective peptide blend rejuvenates eyes day and night. Plant stem cells derived from Grape, Edelweiss, and Apple protect and prevent from further damage. Prevents cells from aging, reduces puffiness and inflammation.

Looking for the best anti-aging products that will correct, prevent, and nourish your skin. Look no further than MAX.

Brighten Up! Banish Age Spots And More With Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum.

Image skin serumBrighter, more even skin-tone is a goal a lot of us have. Freckles, sun damage, pigmentation abnormalities and acne lesions can make our skin look less than luminous. Using Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum daily gives your skin the ammunition against unsightly skin irregularities, leaving you with an even complexion.

Most of us have some form of pigmentation issue. Maybe you cannot see it with the naked eye, but it is there. Have you ever looked at your skin under an ultraviolet light like a Woods Lamp? If not, ask your skin care professional to let you take a peek, you may be shocked to see the damage your skin has endured.

Those issues that you can see with the naked eye make your skin look dull, uneven and rough. The cause of these abnormalities is in our melanin cells, which gives our skin its color. When these cells are damaged or otherwise compromised, they react by clumping together, which produces these types of skin issues.

Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum uses a combination of proven ingredients to lighten freckles, age spots, melasma (dark patches) and even calms the redness associated with Rosacea, sunburn, and post peel treatments. This serum contains Rumex, a plant derived botanical that is a tyrosinase (the enzyme that produces melanin cells) inhibitor. In addition, Kojic Acid, Mulberry, Bearberry and Licorice lighten skin naturally. Green Tea reduces inflammation, while antioxidants including Vitamin C and Emblica work to prevent further damage from free radicals. The serum is oil-free, and great for all skin conditions. In addition to the lightening benefits, you will see tighter, younger looking skin.

Using this serum daily is a great step to more beautiful skin. In addition, to decrease the chances of further damage, do not pick at your acne, this leads to scarring and worsening of the condition. Always use a sunscreen like Prevention + Daily and limit your sun exposure.

Using Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum plus following these simple rules will get you the glowing, even, gorgeous skin you’ve been longing for, naturally.

 

It’s a Guy Thing: Mens Skincare Tips

 

 

Typically, men don’t think much about taking care of their skin beyond grabbing a bar of soap to wash it. However, while men tend to have thicker, less sensitive skin than women, shaving can present a host of issues such as irritation, redness, and ingrown hairs. Knowing what to do (and what not to) is as simple as knowing our top 7 tips for keeping men’s skin in tip top shape:
DO:
CLEANSE – everyone, needs to. Men usually prefer a bar to gels or cleansers. That said, soap could dry out skin and compromise the protective barrier, so look for a bar that is soap free. We recommend the Ageless Total Facial Cleanser, a gentle Glycolic Acid blend begins the exfoliating process to help reduce blackheads and ingrown hairs.

EXFOLIATE – this simple step goes a long way in alleviating ingrown hairs, which clog follicles and lead to acne and irritations. Regular exfoliation should take care of this issue and leave your skin smooth and clear.

(Tip: We recommend the Ageless Total Facial Cleanser, a gentle Glycolic Acid blend begins the exfoliating process to help reduce blackheads and ingrown hairs while leaving the skin completely clean in one easy step.)
MOISTURIZE – balanced skin needs hydration, no matter if it is oily, dry, or somewhere in between. Find one that is right for you and use it! If you tend to be on the oilier side, choose a light gel or oil free product.
PROTECT – sunscreen is essential even on cloudy days.

(Tip: Protect skin from the aging effects of the sun while keeping oil at bay with Prevention +, our all-in-one broad spectrum line of moisturizers with broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection.)

DON’T:
ALCOHOL – in after shave, or any other product you choose, alcohol can ravage your skin. It’s just not good for it. Alcohol dries skin and strips it of its natural moisture and PH levels.
FRAGRANCE – ditto for any products that have added fragrance. Sure you want to smell good, but you can pick a product that uses natural fragrance (think essential oils and such) instead. Artificial fragrance is one of the number one irritants in skin care.
Be mindful of these simple tips and you’ll be sure to have the best skin, and shave, of your life.

The Power of Enzymes in Skincare

Posted on December 22, 2014

Bromelain

We know how important it is for our body that we eat fruit and veg daily, but what about applying fruit to our skin?  We don’t mean literally putting pieces of fruit on our face. We are referring to the enzymes that come from fruit and are found in skincare products.  The transforming effects that natural fruit and plant enzymes have on the complexion are even more delicious than the fruits themselves!

Enzymes, which are proteins that increase the rate of chemical reactions, make wonderful exfoliators and carry essential vitamins and healing properties to promote youthful, glowing skin. It may sound a little strange at first, but these enzymes actually digest and remove dead skin cells, leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. Enzymes are gentle options for this process, as they tend to be more delicate on the skin than standard scrubs or microdermabrasion. So if your usual exfoliators leave you with red, irritated skin, enzymes will be your new BFFs.

These proteins also protect from environmental pollutants and damage from the sun, which is ideal for those of us who are always on the go. If you’re struggling with inflamed skin or are in need of free-radical scavengers, enzymes act as the Prince Charmings of skincare to soothe and rescue the complexion. And the best part is, these enzymes work quickly, meaning you’ll see the fast results you’d hope for before a big event, date night, or important meeting with that scary boss.

If you’re on the market for skincare products containing fruit enzymes, some of the best to look for are:

Papaya – This delectable tropical fruit also holds delightful benefits for the complexion! Taken from both the fruit and leaves of the papaya, these enzymes have a keratin protein digesting ability that aids in exfoliation and provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Using papaya enzymes in skincare promotes healing of damaged tissue and inflamed lesions, and helps produce the connective tissue collagen to increase elasticity in the skin. We’re warning you – you might even start getting carded at bars again.

Found in: Ageless Total Resurfacing MasqueVital C Hydrating Enzyme MasqueBody Spa Body Exfoliating ScrubO2 Lift Enzymatic Facial Peel, I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

Pumpkin – When we think of pumpkins, we’re met with visions of Halloween or wintery soups. It turns out that pumpkin is more than that – it has some pretty incredible benefits on the skin too! It is excellent for use on all skin types, but especially if your skin is damaged from environmental conditions such as overexposure to the sun. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A, which soothes and softens your skin, and vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help to remedy damage produced by free radicals. Pumpkin peels nourish your skin and promote the absorption of these nutrients, helping you can get the most out of your skincare products.

Pumpkin Enzymes are used in skincare for two purposes – exfoliation and anti-inflammation.   As we age, our cell turnover rate decreases and can result in a dry, rough, or dull appearance to the skin. Because the enzymes exfoliate quickly, dissolving dead surface skin within a matter of minutes, they are an excellent choice for those needing instant results. Immediately after treatment, skin will be noticeably softer, smoother and brighter, which never fails to boost confidence.

Found in:  I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ SolutionOrmedic Balancing Eye Lift Gel

Pineapple – We all know how good pineapple tastes in a cocktail, but many people are unaware of the full power of this unsuspecting tropical fruit. Also known as bromelain, pineapple enzymes are extracted from the stem and fruit. When used in skincare, the enzymes fight inflammation, redness, and swelling, in addition to exfoliating the complexion. The high vitamin C and bromelain content of pineapple juice make it an effective acne treatment to boot! Who knew the fountain of youth was so scrumptious?

Found in:  Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Masque, Body Spa Body Exfoliating ScrubO2 Lift enzymatic facial peel, I-Peel Ormedic lift™ Solution

Passionfruit –For a serious boost of antioxidants, passionfruit enzymes are the perfect option. They contain compounds piceatannol and scirpusin B that help prevent the skin from free radicals and repair itself from UV damage. The passionfruit enzyme is also known to promote elasticity for firmer skin, which gives any ingredient major bonus points in our book.

Found in: I-Peel Ormedic Lift™ Solution

To incorporate these awesome enzymes into your routine, check out the variety of Image Skincare products featuring the power of enzymes. Whether you want to firm and exfoliate the skin with our Cell.U.Life Body Crème, brighten your complexion with our Hydrating Enzyme Masque, or receive an in-salon I Peel Ormedic Lift, Image has an enzyme-featured product for every skin type and concern (as well as taste in fruit!). Now, who else is craving a smoothie?

Winner of Professional Choice Awards

Posted on December 3, 2014

Image Skincare Australia is the proud recipient of the following American Spa 2014 Professional Choice Awards:

  • Favourite Anti-Cellulite Line
  • Favourite Lightening Line

We were also finalists in these categories:

  • Best Product Education
  • Favourite Skincare Line
  • Favourite Suncare Line
  • Favourite Anti-aging Line
  • Favourite Sensitive Skin Line

American Spa Professional Award

Adult Acne- How to treat it and beat it!

Posted on December 1, 2014

One in 5 women between the ages of 25 and 40 suffer from adult acne, affecting more women than men.

We often associate acne with the pubescent days, but hormones, genetics, and daily stressors often trigger acne in adulthood as well, sometimes even for those who never dealt with it when they were young. And while teen skin may heal relatively quickly once the acne passes, adults who struggle with acne should take extra care in treating their complexion properly to avoid scarring later on.

That is why it is so important to carefully consider what ingredients you use to treat the acne, especially on the face.

Benzoyl peroxide is widely known for its bacteria killing function, and salicylic acid for exfoliating blocked pores while also calming redness. But if you want to opt for a natural way to treat the acne, tea tree oils can be very effective.Clear Cell medicated acne lotion

For even better results, make sure the range you choose includes Glycolic Acid (an AHA exfoliator) and Oligopeptide-10 (an anti-microbial), as these ingredients work wonders in sloughing away dead skin cells and reducing lesion count. Other important ingredients to incorporate are classic Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint Leaf, and Horse Chestnut to sooth red skin, as well as the antiseptic Witch Hazel.

And while choosing the right ingredients will play a big role in smoothing the way, women with adult acne need to also rethink the make-up products they’re using and it may also be affecting their skin.

Many people believe that pimple-ridden skin needs to breathe and make-up will only exacerbate the problem. This is only half true. Not all make-up is the enemy- it’s important to advise your clients to use a pure mineral makeup that is non-comedogenic, which means it allows the skin to breathe.

In fact, simply changing to a mineral based make-up is all that is needed to solve the problem for some people as it doesn’t aggravate acne or clogged pores so it is worth suggesting this to them during their first consultation.

After a few weeks of using these promising ingredients/products and making sure they follow a diligent skincare routine, thanks to you their adult acne, like teen acne, will be a thing of the past!

Click here to read more about Image Skincare’s Clear Cell line, designed specifically to help fight adult acne.

 

Give the gift of glowing skin this Christmas!

Posted on November 27, 2014

Image Skincare Christmas Bag

Take a look at the seasonal Merry and Bright Anti-Aging Set from Image Skincare, the perfect gift with top rated Image products! Complete with four full-sized products including the Max cleanser and Max serum for anti-aging and repair, Prevention + SPF to protect the skin and the Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement to hydrate and plump the lips, this pack is suitable for just about any skin type and condition. The beauty of this pack is it also comes with a FREE cosmetic bag and two free full sized products!

 

Tthe MAX stem cell facial cleanserHE MAX STEM CELL CLEANSER
This daily anti-age facial cleanser is acid free, sulfate free and as with all Image Skincare products, Paraben free. The Plant derived stem cells and plant extracts, nourish the skin and protect from

environmental pollutants.  It balances and optimises the skin’s pH, helps to extend cell life, slows the aging process and can be used morning and evening.  The unparalleled high concentration of effective ingredients will give you the MAXimum benefit.

Some further key ingredients are: Polypeptide Complex – which is a Potent anti-aging blend, Argirelene NP – which reduces facial expression wrinkles by inhibiting muscle contraction, Oat Kernel – which is soothing, anti-inflammatory and reduces redness and Hydrolized Rice Protein – which promotes collagen synthesis.

Max Stem Cell Serum
THE MAX STEM CELL SERUM
the Max Stem Cell Serum is a revolutionary day and night serum that rejuvenates your skin in a new dimension.  Vectorize-Technology™ delivers complex of encapsulated ingredients that are time released for up to 48 hours for a long lasting, intense effect.

The multi-layered technology of nutripeptides work concurrently to plump your skin while stem cell technology, in an exclusive complex, supports natural defence mechanisms and repair cell damage.  This amazing formula dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines due to facial expressions, wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Apply and massage in the morning and evening to cleansed skin for best results. Allow penetration before applying the PREVENTION+ ultimate protection moisturiser.

Prevention+ daily ultimate protection moisturizerPREVENTION + DAILY ULTIMATE PROTECTION MOISTURISER
This ultra-sheer, lightweight moisturiser with a built in broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB broad-spectrum sunscreen provides skin with ultimate protection and prevention all year round. Next generation technology combines a physical sunscreen ingredient transparent zinc oxide with effective antioxidants to prevent free-radical damage and to protect against environmental exposures. Contains plant-derived stem cells to delay the aging effects of the sun on skin cells. Suited for post-procedure skin.

Apply to cleansed skin every morning as a daily moisturiser and for ultimate protection. Re-apply every 2 hours when exposed to sun or as needed.

Some key ingredients include: Plant-derived stem cells protects epidermal stem cells against UV damage, Aqualance improves skin hydration, BV-OSC (tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate) is an antioxidant and an oil soluble and stable form of Vitamin C. Thiotaine (ergothioneine) provides large spectrum, potent antioxidant

ormedic lip balanceHYDRATING BALANCING LIP ENHANCEMENT COMPLEX
And last, but by absolutely no means least, also in this gift set is a full size Ormedic Balancing Lip Complex.  This ultra-hydrating, anti-ageing polypeptide lip complex dramatically enhances the appearance of lip contours.  It adds up to 40% more moisture, volume and reduces fine lines with repeat usage. It also reduces inflammation after lip injections. Use of product will complement and enhance the effects of professional dermal fillers.

Key ingredients include: Palmitoyl oligopepide (Biopeptide CL™), a messenger peptide for collagen renewal, retinoic acid like activity without irritancy. Persea gratissima (avocado oil), (organic), a rich, nourishing organic oil. Contains high amounts of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids and is an excellent emollient oil. Ubiquinone Super antioxidant, regenerates aging skin. Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Antioxidant – derived from soy oil. Vitamin E has antioxidant effects, which help to support the stability of other ingredients (oil, fats).

The Image Skincare Anti-Aging Gift Set is the perfect gift for someone new to the Image Skincare brand, who wants incredibly effective results from a skincare routine or if you already use these products yourself it’s a great way to treat yourself, stock up and save!

Contact your local Image Skincare stockist for further details and availability.

Time Passes, Your Skin is Ageless

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Women all over the world spend so much time and money trying to get their skin back to the tight, wrinkle and blemish free appearance of their youth. While there are procedures to aid in this goal, the truth is that having a skincare routine is the most effective way to combat the signs of aging—and it doesn’t need to be complicated either.

Step One: Cleanse Morning and Night
As in any skincare routine, start with cleansing the skin both in the morning and at night. Glycolic acid is a key factor in your routine, because it will exfoliate dead skin cells and lighten pigmentation while stimulating the collagen in your skin. Our Ageless Total Facial Cleanser is the perfect anti-aging cleanser.

Step Two: Masques and Serums
A good micro-exfoliating masque that acts like a mini-peel should be applied several times a week, depending on your skin type and desired outcome. The Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque has a blend of micro crystals and hydroxyl acids to rejuvenate the skin while also containing lightening agents to diminish dark spots. This masque is suitable for application and removal after the skin has been cleansed in the evening.

The Ageless Total Anti-Aging Serum with Vectorize-technology is a blend of alpha hydroxy acids with anti-oxidants that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles by removing dead skin cells, allowing new cells to take their place. This can be applied both day and night.

Retinol is another name for vitamin A, which is an antioxidant. Retinol also increases the collagen production on your skin. It is beneficial in managing discoloration, wrinkles, and acne. The Ageless Total Retinol-A Crèmeshould be applied at night, after skin has been cleansed, and can be combined with any Image serum or crème.

The Ageless Total Pure Hyaluronic Filler will instantly fill fine lines. This serum is especially beneficial for dry, inflamed or post treatment skin. It too can be mixed with any other Image serum or crème and may be used morning and night.

Step Three: Eye Crème
We also can’t forget about that delicate area under the eyes. Ageless Total Eyelift Crème blends retinol and polypeptides. Polypeptides are strands of amino acids and are related to protein molecules. Since collagen is essentially protein, when peptides are applied to the skin, it causes the skin to produce more collagen. The eye crème could be used both day and night.

Step Four: Moisturise
In the morning, you’ll want to use a moisturiser with UVA/UVB sun protection, such as Prevention +.

For the evening, use the Ageless Total Repair Crème, which is filled with nourishing anti-oxidants and exfoliating properties such as glycolic and retinol. Applying the crème at night will promote cellular turnover while you sleep.

5 Fruits for Skin Health

Just because summer is gone, doesn’t mean you can ditch those colourful fruits for good! What you eat is just as important to the health of your skin as what you put on it. Here are 5 surprising fruits you can include in your diet to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside out:

avocadosAvocados
Avocados are considered a “super food” for their heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats. Beyond that, they are also amazing for your skin and contain anti-aging antioxidant carotenoids like alpha carotene, beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, and lutein. These antioxidants protect your skin from environmental damage that can cause wrinkles and fine lines.

Tomatoes
Although most consider the tomato a vegetable in the kitchen, it’s actually a fruit!tomatoesTomatoes contain the antioxidant, lycopene, which acts to protect the skin from sun damage and neutralize harmful molecules. Lycopene also strengthens the skin by slowing the breakdown of collagen, which is what keeps your skin firm and wrinkle-free! Chop up some of this healthy fruit in your next salad, or add it to your fall chili recipe.

pomegranatesPomegranates
Pomegranates seeds are not only delicious, but have some great health benefits as well! They contain, polyphenol antioxidants that help fight free radicals all around us and regulate our skin’s blood flow. Throw some in your smoothie or yogurt in the mornings and you’ll be glowing all day.

Blueberries
In addition to their skin protecting antioxidants, blueberries are vascular constrictors. blueberriesSimply put, blueberries help to decrease redness in the skin. This is great for those with sensitive skin prone to redness and irritation.

dark chocolateChocolate
Okay, we know it’s not a fruit, but we HAD to sneak some chocolate in! Dark chocolate contains high levels of a potent type of antioxidant called flavonols. Plus, as an added benefit, dark chocolate is high in caffeine, which may assist in reducing skin’s puffiness. Now there are no excuses, get out there and buy yourself a chocolate bar! (Just make sure it’s 70% cacao or higher for the added

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