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Granactive Acne and Salicylic Acid: Your Acne’s Biggest Enemy

If you haven’t already heard, Image Skincare has introduced two NEW products to our CLEAR CELL range; an Restoring Serum and a Mattifying Moisturiser (oily skin).

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Perfect for those with acne-prone skin; these two new products contain a brand new wonder ingredient; Granative Acne! At Image Skincare, we aim to give you the best skin of your life, from preventing long-term ageing, pigmentation and removing signs of acne, our new range of nine products have raised the bar for effectiveness and skill, and you will notice.

Our new ingredient in CLEAR CELL – granactive acne – helps to reduce lesion count on your skin, helping you receive less and less blemishes and painful acne from popping up on your face, back and décolletage. And of course, bringing back the all effective salicylic acid, in order to exfoliate the skin and reduce skin irritation, which is perfect for treating acne due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.

You can trust your problem skin is good hands, improving skin thickness, barrier functions and collagen production to remove those unwanted everyday spots, turning your problem skin into no-problem skin.

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Do you still need to use sunscreen in winter?

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The sun feels weaker, you’re spending less time outside and you think it’s ok to slack off on your usual SPF protection. You’re not getting burnt so you think you’re safe. Right? Wrong.

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The sun’s harmful rays can be almost just as powerful and damaging despite what the thermometer says – especially UVA rays which are responsible for ageing. 90 per cent of visible ageing is due to sun damage – and it doesn’t all happen in summer.

UVB rays (which cause that tell-tale sunburn) are indeed less intense in the winter months, however UVA rays are still out in full intensity – all day and all year-long they hit with the same ferocity as in the very peak of summer.

“There is hardly a day that goes by when UV radiation does not threaten some acceleration in skin ageing or bring forward the time when skin cancer appears.”

— The Skin & Cancer Foundation’s Dr Rod Hannaford

 

UVA rays, which account for up to 95 percent of UV rays that reach the Earth’s surface, penetrate deeper into skin, cause wrinkles and have been associated with melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. According to a 2014 report by The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Australia and New Zealand have the highest rates of melanoma in the world. In fact, one person will die every six hours from melanoma in Australia. While 90% of cases are treatable, prevention is the best cure.

Not only does year-round sunscreen application significantly reduce the risk of developing melanoma it also delays the signs of ageing. A 2013 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that test subjects who used sunscreen daily decreased the speed of the skin’s ageing process by 24% compared to the group that did not.

It’s important to remember that UVA rays can even penetrate clouds and glass, so you’re still in harm’s reach when the sun isn’t shining, while driving to and from work, while sitting by the window in your office, or when going for a walk on a cloudy winter’s day. It may not feel particularly warm but the UV index is still high and can still lead to skin damage.

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Winter skin is also more sensitive to sun than tanned summer skin. During winter the skin is no longer accustomed to UV radiation and melanin concentration is reduced, making it more susceptible to the sun’s effects . Melanin is the skin´s own pigment (responsible for the pigmentation or tanning of skin) and is built in response to UV light to protect the skin’s cells against damaging UV radiation. With less UV exposure in winter time, skin produces less melanin and as a result becomes more sensitive to UV radiation when the sunshine finally hits.

Hitting the slopes? UV protection is a must. Reflection of radiation from snow calls for aggressive sunscreen protection show can reflect some 80-90% of the sun’s UV rays. You may be actually safer on the beach mid-summer, with sand reflecting only 25% of UV radiation.

And if you think the added sunscreen in your moisturiser or makeup will suffice for the winter time, think again. While it’s definitely a great start for the time poor, unfortunately it doesn’t leave you fully protected from the effects of UV exposure. The SPF of sunscreens is measured using 2mg/cm-squared but studies have shown that most of us use less than half the amount necessary, which means we only end up getting a square root of what is written on the bottle (ie SPF 5 instead of 25).

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Sun protection should be a habitual part of the daily routine and ideally it should be practised all year round. The harmful effects of UV rays are cumulative, and their long-term and irreversible effects – think increased skin ageing, reduced elasticity, wrinkle formation, uneven pigmentation and sunspots –  might not be seen until many years later.  Why risk it?

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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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