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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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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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