Hydraluron – You need this in your life!

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Hydraluron is one of those much hyped products in beauty circles and has become something of a cult product amongst beauty bloggers, between that and the beauty guru Caroline Hirons adding it to her hall of fame product,  it’s safe to say that you need a bit of Hydraluron if your life. (By the way if you don’t know who Caroline Hirons is please see her blog immediately here  your skin will thank you I promise)

So does Hydraluron live up to all the hype and why do you need it?  Well to put it simply yes and – in two words hyaluronic acid.

Now far from being something scary hyaluronic acid is actually something that is found naturally in our skin. A hydration ingredient it acts to retain moisture in your skin and is found in abundance in younger skin. However as your skin begins to age it begins to decrease in these moisture levels which is why it’s such a popular ingredient in our moisturisers and serums.

Hydraluron uses a premium grade of hyaluronic acid from the Netherlands that can attract 1,000 times its weight in water. It basically works on your skin as a magnet drawing in moisture from products put on top of it and helping bind the water into your skin.  Better hydration levels in your skin mean brighter skin, an improved skin tone, and banishment of the signs of ageing caused by dehydration like fine lines and wrinkles.

Hydraluron aka my secret weapon!

Hydraluron aka my secret weapon!

So how do you use this wonder product? Very simply this is a product that will help your moisturiser perform better it doesn’t replace it. So you apply a small amount over the entire face before applying your other moisturising creams twice a day. If you use a serum, apply your serum first, and then Hydraluron and then your moisturiser last.

The other fantastic thing about Hydraluron is it literally suits all skin types. Even if you have oily skin chances are you still suffer from dehydration. According to Caroline Hirons (seriously, a guru I tell you!) 95% of skin types are dehydrated so every skin type benefits from this as quite simply it is a product that makes your own skin perform better.

Adding this to my regime has helped tackle my dehydration issues and while I knew my skin was more hydrated it was a subtle improvement, but then I ran out and whilst waiting for pay day took two weeks to replace this in my routine and I can tell you I really noticed its absence then. I was still using my usual ahem army of products, but my hydration levels definitely dropped, and I found myself piling on more moisturiser then usual just to keep up.

This is available from boots and will set you back €32.50 for 30 ml but you only need a pea sized drop so this should last you awhile. Added to that as over times it increases your skins own ability to hold on to moisture you should also find yourself using less moisturiser so you should see that lasting longer for you too so double win!


The cleanser that made me fall in love!

Cleansers are one of the most important steps in your skincare regime but while they do an important job, they can be a bit well boring compared to the more exciting results often seen by serums, masks and night creams.

So I thought that is, until Image Vital C Hydrating Cleanser came into my life.  Having used some of my mother’s cleanser one evening when I had run out of mine I was immediately hooked! I have extreme love for this product to the extent that now when I use other cleansers I kind of feel like I’m cheating on my own…. I know I know! but honestly it’s just that good!  Unlike so many other cleansers that just you know, take off your make up and well cleanse your face,  yes fine but just functional. This was the first cleanser I ever used that actually felt loaded with benefits for my skin.

Image Vital C Hydrating Cleanser

My holy grail cleanser – Image Vital C Hydrating Cleanser

Not only does it cleanse your face beautifully, removing make up and the days grime but it’s so creamy and hydrating that your skin actually feels moisturised after using before you’ve even followed up with your other products.  And after using this cleanser I found my skin was more hydrated and had a definite glow to it without changing anything else in my regime.

So what makes this cleanser so good?  Well it boasts an impressive 20% Vitamin A, C and E for a start which are the like the holy grail of anti-ageing skincare ingredients.  As Image Skincare is a cosmeceutical product line it also contains higher percentages of active ingredients than many cosmetic brands and can therefore only be sold by licensed professionals.

You might think this would make it more expensive but Image skincare is very competitively priced this cleanser will set you back about €30 for a 177.6ml bottle.   Using this twice a day and double cleansing when wearing make-up this lasted me a good six months so it really does go a long way for your money.

According to Image this cleanser is ideal for dehydrated, sensitive skin types as well as those exposed to pollution, smoking and all skin types looking for more hydration.  I would agree with this, my sensitive, dehydrated skin LOVED this cleanser but equally its ingredient content and hydrating formula means anyone who is looking for a cleanser with some serious anti-ageing benefits added in will get on with this.

About Image Skincare

“Image Skincare products are developed and formulated by internationally recognized chemists working together with a board of physicians. All Image Skincare products are manufactured in the USA and are unparalleled in their quality in today’s marketplace. Our philosophy is to use superior ingredients to achieve outstanding results. Image Skincare is dedicated to offering safe products without the use of chemical preservatives like parabens. The use of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics is controversial. There are clinical studies suggesting that parabens have potential health risks, including estrogen activity. Image Skincare is one of the first skincare companies that started to remove parabens from its product line beginning in early 2007.

All of the lines of Image Skincare are paraben free.

Products not tested on animals

No petrochemicals

No chemical preservatives

Fragrance composed with 100% essential oils

Respect of the environment

No parabens

Image Skincare’s FDA-certified laboratory utilizes the most scientifically advanced formulas in today’s marketplace to create pharmaceutical grade skincare products that give licensed physicians and aestheticians the ability to offer professional treatments and products that yield unparalleled results.”

See here for a list of Image Skincare stockists