4 ways to get your skin ready for Spring!

4 4 ways to get your skin ready for Spring!

The days are slowly getting longer and you know what that means it’s almost time for cute tops and sandals. But before you start stocking your wardrobe with short shorts, sleeveless tops and sundresses, there are a few skin issues you need to take care of.

Brighten your skin by exfoliating
Just like animals shed their winter coats, you too need to shed all the dry, dead skin from your body to brighten and refresh your look. To do this, invest in an exfoliating cloth or brush and use it with a good exfoliating scrub all over your face and body while you’re in the shower. Once you’re done, make sure to replenish your skin’s hydration by applying a hydrating body lotion all over. Try Image Skincare Ageless Total Resurfacing Masque and Body Spa Exfoliating Body Scrub.

Get rid of unwanted hair
Your legs haven’t seen the light of day since May so why bother shaving them? But as the warmer days make bare-legged outfits more acceptable, you’ll want to get back into your hair removal routine – be it shaving, suagring, waxing, or lasering. Make sure you moisturise afterward any hair removal and try to stay out the sun as skin is more sensitive after hair removal.

Stock up on sunscreen
Sunscreen is important all year round, but now that there’s actually an opportunity for you to spend hours basking in its glow, it’s more important than ever to make sure you protect yourself from harmful UV rays. If you don’t have one already, make sure you pick up a moisturiser with at least SPF 15 that you can (and will) wear every day. Try Image Skincare Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturiser 

Get a skin tune-up
You’re consistent about getting your oil changed and touching up your roots, so here’s another thing to put in your calendar to do every few months: Get a skin tune-up. Visiting the salon for regular facials will help you get rid of blemishes and dead skin, plus, who doesn’t love getting pampered?

Get Spring ready with our skin rescue remedy – an Oxygenating Facial! Click here to find your nearest Image Skincare salon.

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Image Returns to Beauty Expo

Did you attend Beauty Expo in August? After two years away from the event, Image Skincare returned to Sydney Beauty Expo with a bang! You couldn’t deny that we were excited to return to such a prestigious and fun-filled show. Walking into the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Sydney, we knew the weekend certainly would not disappoint!

Beauty Expo brings together international beauty industry experts, salon owners, and skin, beauty and body brands to learn what the latest trending ingredients, services and treatments are new in the industry, and discover new brands entering the fold.

Image Skincare’s stand was rife with skincare fanatics and experts alike discovering what Image has to offer the industry, from our innovative ingredients and revolutionary formulas to service the world’s skin! Between our visitors getting treated to mini peels and facials on the stand, as well as receiving new information and insights of what’s to come for Image, it was a non-stop weekend for visitors and our team alike.

Our visitors were lucky enough to witness Image Skincare’s Global Educator Dawn Clifford at work on the stand, expelling her wealth of knowledge in between peel sessions. Dawn joined us for the weekend, flying all the way from the USA to take part in on-stand demonstrations, education classes, and even teach a room of Professional Beauty Solutions salon partners about the ingredient revolution that Image is pioneering, the Monday following expo.

With decades of experience in the skin industry, Dawn needed to introduction to the event, her reputation preceding her, by showing salons exactly what our powerful formulas can do for changing your skin’s health for the better.

See our snapshots from the incredible weekend:

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Autumn is the Perfect Time to Peel

As the cooler weather starts to move its way in, your skin starts to really feel it. Cold weather can affect the skin in many ways, from dry and sallow skin, to more bouts of acne. Anyone with any form of sensitive or problem skin knows the woes that come with the season change, and just changing up your at-home skincare routine won’t cut it.

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If you want to improve your skin and any signs of ageing that have come from time in the summer sun, autumn is the perfect time to peel.

The autumn and winter seasons are great times to opt for treatments that can help improve your complexion. With time having passed since you were last hit by the powerful sun’s rays, and months before you will be out in the sun again, your skin is more protected from the difficulties that can occur from too much exposure while your skin is in recovery mode, and healing from your latest peel.

Depending on what Image peel you choose, our powerful peel treatments can address skin concerns ranging from pigment changes and sun damage to extensive wrinkles or lesions. Fine lines and wrinkles can become prominent in the cooler months due to the dry air, so this may be the solution for you!

What is a peel? A chemical peel is a treatment where the skin is cleared and treated with a solution, intended to encourage the growth of new skin over the place of older skin over a period of time. Over the following days, skin will peel and begin the process of creating new layers to replace those that have been destroyed. Skin must be cared for during recovery to ensure proper healing.

Since there are lower UV levels during the colder seasons, it is optimal for recovery. You can indulge your complexion with radical regeneration without risking your beautiful skin, allowing you to enhance the texture, clarity and overall appearance of your skin.

What do peels do to help your skin?

  • Rejuvenate and anti-age
  • Regenerates, hydrates and improves overall look of skin
  • Brightens the complexion
  • Increases the elasticity of the skin
  • Smooths wrinkles
  • Unifies uneven pigmentation and hyperpigmentation
  • Softens rough, uneven skin
  • Eliminates minor acne scars and improves condition of acne-prone skin
  • Reduces the size of pores

Autumn is the perfect time to resurface your skin back to beautiful. Find your local Image stockist to book in a peel.

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Worldwide Launch Party 2017 Event Recap

Every year, the top licensed skincare professionals, estheticians, industry professionals, and select beauty & wellness media convene across the globe at IMAGE Skincare’s highly anticipated Worldwide Launch Parties. These launches are already the largest skincare events in the World, but every year, the events somehow manage to top the last, both in attendance and sheer excitement. Bruno Mars’ 24k Magic was the theme of the 2017 launch and it certainly lived up to it, with launch parties across the globe laden with black and gold accents to set the party – for the launch of Image Skincare’s NEW product releases – in motion.

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From the moment our guests sashayed into the pumping room, with masquerade masks on and balloons filling the room, the excitement was palpable if our wired team had anything to show for it! Guests were treated to not only product unveilings and playing around with the new formulas and products, but the powerful story behind the brand, and what motivates them to continue in their venture for effective, clinically proven skincare for everyone, no matter their circumstance or condition.

Sipping on champagne, taking YANA Collagen shots and partaking in the “Masquerade Selfie Challenge”, guests were also thrilled to receive a gift bag of the revolutionary new products.

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In 2017, we are excited to unveil our best and brightest launch events to date, and we’ve got more than just a few reasons why…all will be unveiled soon.

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Why you should be using Hyaluronic Acid

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

Vital C Group

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THE Quick Beauty Fix: The Rising Popularity of Sheet Masks

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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5 Steps to the Perfect Skincare Routine

men's skincare routineFinding the right skincare routine can get pretty complicated when you start adding in layers. We’ve got the perfect 5-step plan to simplifying your layering routine. Image Skincare offers a variety of products for each step to fit your skin’s unique needs. Let us know in the comments below what Image products are in your layering routine. 

Step 1: Cleanse

Have you ever thought, “I didn’t wear any makeup today, so I can definitely skip washing my face tonight”? We’ve all been there. It’s easy to assume if you have nothing to wash off, you are good to go. However, as you go about your day, dirt, oil and unwanted debris from the environment around you have made a home on your skin. Washing your face with a balancing cleanser like the  Ageless Total Facial Cleanser removes the impurities and works to exfoliate and tone the skin. 

hydrating anti-aging serumStep 2: Restore + Correct

Our serums contain healing antioxidants and vitamins which protect your skin from environmental factors. They also provide anti-aging benefits. It’s never too early to start using aging-preventative serums on your skin. There are a variety to choose from, but if you’re new to serums, try our Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, a great choice for all skin types. 

balancing bio-peptide cremeStep 3: Hydrate

Choosing the right moisturiser for your skin type can be a confusing process. We have a variety of hydrating crèmes to fit your skin’s needs. Our moisturizers are formulated to hydrate and heal the skin while you go about your day and while you sleep. Our Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Crème is an organically blended moisturizer that delivers essential anti-aging nutrients and vitamins to the skin, helping to restore and balance. This is a great choice for all skin types. 

Step 4: Protect

Protect your skin year-round with Prevention+ daily hydrating moisturiser. We swear by this stuff! The sheer formula won’t clog your pores, and goes on smooth without leaving any residue. As an added benefit, it’s enriched with a blend of anti-oxidants, vitamins and green tea as an anti-inflammatory agent. Plus, it smells amazing! Note: when choosing an SPF, make sure it has broad-spectrum high UVA/UVB protection. This will ensure you get the very best protection against the sun’s harmful rays. 

I Prime flawless blur gelStep 5: Prime

Before you apply your daily makeup, try our I Beauty I prime flawless blur gel. Prime your skin to perfection with this ultimate blur gel. This powerful blend of antioxidants, plant-derived stem cells and botanicals fights free radical damage while reducing the appearance of fine wrinkles and imperfections. Your skin will be camera-ready in one application!

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Lighter, Brighter, Illuminated Hands

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The colder months are on their way and will be here before we know it. Say goodbye to summer problems, and hello to winter woes. Very often it is our hands that we neglect the most during the long winter months. For most of us caring for our face and dare I say body may be part of our daily routine, but sometimes we neglect our hands leaving them dry, blotchy and irritated.

Our hands are usually the second impression we give others when we offer a handshake, so it’s very important to tak192e34f58e20d3546991946b7bd106a0e the time to implement good care of your hands albeit with very little effort!

Image Skincare’s Iluma range works effectively to take care of the skin, from face to body to the delicate skin on your hands. The Iluma Intense Lightening Hand Crème is not just your daily hydrating hand moisturiser for dehydrated skin. It also contains intense skin lightening agents which diminish those tell-tale age spots on the back of the hand – often caused by sun damage.

This revolutionary hand cream provides daily UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection and powerful antioxidants, to fight against free radicals and further effects from the environment.

Image Skincare incorporates important natural ingredients into this cream:

  • ILUMA intense lightening hand cremeCoenzyme Q10, which is a super antioxidant
  • Kombuchka – which is a potent antioxidant with brightening properties
  • Kojic Acid and Mulberry – both natural skin lighteners
  • Heliopan and Parsol – sunscreen ingredients which protect against photo damage and premature ageing of the skin
  • Senestem – significantly lightens pigmentation (age spots) and increases dermal and epidermal thickness
  • Purple Passion flower – which protects against UV rays
  • BV-OSC –  stable Vitamin C ester, antioxidant, accelerates collagen synthesis up to 50% better than L-ascorbic acid

Applying regularly throughout the day offers the best results. Make it part of your daily routine and you will soon see smoother and younger looking hands.

Remember that the Iluma Intense Lightening Hand Crème contains SPF 15. One of its key ingredients is 43% Parasol 340 which acts to protect against the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun and reduce premature signs of ageing – an extra essential for people who spend a lot of time driving with your hands on the wheel, exposed to those dangerous UV rays.

Find your local Image Skincare stockist today and pick up your Illuma hand crème so that even your hands can age later with Image.

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Top Skincare Hacks to Revolutionise your Routine

We love our makeup hacks, but we often forget about how to hack our skincare routine to make it easier and quicker, and much more effective on our skin. Any beauty routine starts with great skincare, which means without top tips and tricks that make our skincare better, well we just wouldn’t survive!

From inflammation soothing to makeup removal, here are Image Skincare’s skin hacks to revolutionise your routine and your skin…

Mix face oils with your moisturiser. Adding just a drop of oil into your moisturiser can remove an extra few steps in your routine by adding added hydration at the source. Apply to your face as usual, mixed in with your day or night cream for additional glow to your skin. Not only are you getting that extra hydration to your face in half the time and effort, but on the outside you look refreshed and dewy. We recommend adding the VITAL C Hydrating Facial Oil to your favourite Image moisturising cream for the look.

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Keep your eye cream in the fridge. Suffering from constant puffiness? The perfect (and refreshing) solution is to chill your signature eye cream in the fridge before you use it at the end of your skincare routine. Not only is it great on the surface, but it can help decrease under eye puffiness and boost circulation to the skin. Our top choice for this is the ORMEDIC Balancing Eye Lift Gel, just be sure not to fully freeze it.

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Time to try out multimasking. Mixing, matching and layering your facemasks is one of the biggest trends to hit the skincare scene. The technique is designed to target different skin concerns at once, like acne on the t-zone and rosacea on your cheeks. Your skincare routine has never been so personal, we recommend the CLEAR CELL Medicated Acne Masque with our VITAL C Hydrating Enzyme Masque to target different areas of the face, depending on your skin condition.

Tame your brows with a dab of sunscreen. Whether your brows are preened to perfection or not, there is always a stray hair that pops out by the end of the day. Using a dab of SPF moisturiser or sunscreen, slick those stray hairs back into place and also provides that extra bit of protection on skin that is forgotten. Our PREVENTION + Daily Matte Moisturiser would work wonders for this hack.

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Apply wrinkle ridding crème with your ring finger. We are all concerned about the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, with all that pulling, tugging and swiping across delicate areas of the skin. Experts say that applying skincare with your ring finger will prevent more from showing up, and the ones that do exist will look less noticeable. Your ring finger, being the weakest finger, does the least amount of tugging, making it the perfect tool for applying eye crèmes and masques. Lightly dab our the MAX Stem Cell Eye Crème across your under eyes and crow’s feet for a firmer look.

Do you use any of these skin care hacks? What other skin care tricks have you tried?

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Your Night Time Skincare Routine

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Step 1 | Cleanse

Start your evening routine with a gentle cleanser. Your skin tends to need a little bit more washing in the evenings since you have been out and about all day, wearing makeup and eating food so swipe your favourite cleanser on your damp face (we recommend the Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser) a wash it off with warm water.

Step 2 | Serum

Next, it’s time to focus on the problem areas of your face. Serums are a great solutions for uneven skin tone, dull skin, fine lines and more. With a few drops of our current favourite Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum, lightly cover your face with the cooling serum, focusing specifically on your t-zone or other problem areas.

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Step 3| Moisturise with a Repair Crème

Promote healthy, more youthful skin with a heavier more nourishing repair crème in the evenings. Due to its greater density, it diminishes wrinkles and tightens the skin while you sleep. Your skin will drink up the antioxidants in the crème (we recommend the Ageless Total Repair Crème) for you to wake up to a radiant, hydrated face.

Step 4 | Masque (weekly)

It’s important to exfoliate each week with a masque that resurfaces and rejuvenates the skin, leaving the skin ultra-smooth. Opt for a weekly night routine that includes this step, allowing your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells that build up, refreshing your skin for the week. With revolutionary stem cell technology, the MAX Stem Cell Masque with vectorize-technology works to revitalise dull skin from the week and your day for a radiant look in the morning.

 

 

 

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