Tips for Radiant Winter Skin

Winter is almost here. Time to pack away your shorts, sandals and swimmers and make room for oversized jackets, boots and lip balm—lots and lots of lip balm. That dry crisp winter air can leave your skin feeling chapped, dehydrated and flaky—an annoying side effect of an otherwise nostalgically joyful season. But never fear, here is a list of dos and don’ts that will leave your skin looking radiant this winter season.

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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. Our Vital 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.

DON’T

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.

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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!

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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!

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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?

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Winner of Professional Choice Awards

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

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Adult Acne- How to treat it and beat it!

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.

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Give the gift of glowing skin this Christmas!

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.

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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 Crème should 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.

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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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