Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser the answer to my battle with scrubby exfoliators

As someone with sensitive skin, exfoliator and I have always had an uneasy relationship, especially since my sensitivity is more reactive to touch and abrasive material than the ingredients themselves. I had tried so many exfoliators even the Dermalogica daily microfoliant, which is to be fair much gentler but still meh. Then I discovered chemical exfoliators and hello joy of exfoliation!

Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser was something I had initially grabbed from my mother’s hoard of products. (I inherited my product piggery from my mother, her skincare stash is impressive!) I hadn’t used a chemical exfoliator before and was initially unsure of the tingly feeling, worried that I was going to be faced with red roaring skin when I looked in the mirror. But I needn’t have worried instead my skin was taut, clear and smooth.

Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser

Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser

Image Ageless Total Facial Cleanser contains 12% Glycolic Acid, which is excellent for exfoliating the skin, without the abrasive scrubbing of traditional mechanical exfoliators. This product is marketed as a 3 in 1 product acting as a cleanser, exfoliator and toner so is a great product for those of you who like a hard working product that does a lot in minimal time. However, as I have sensitive dehydrated skin, this would be too harsh for me to use as my main cleanser morning and evening. I use this primarily as my exfoliator using every second day keeping Image’s Vital C Hydrating Cleanser which I reviewed previously here as my main cleanser.

The key ingredients in this cleanser are Glycolic Acid, Citric Acid Blend and Eucalyptus. To use you apply a small amount of the product on to a damp face and massage well for 60 seconds. This product does tingle when you begin to use it initially. My therapist recommended I started by using this once a week, building up to twice a week and then every second day so that I didn’t overwhelm my skin to begin with.

This is essential as I’ve mentioned previously Image Skincare is a cosmeceutical product line and contains higher percentages of active ingredients than many cosmetic brands. It can therefore only be sold by licensed professionals which is important as they will guide you in what products are right for your skin and how best to use them. Someone with more congested or oily skin for example would be fine to use this every day, so it’s important to know what is right for you.

This product is fantastic for those with combo oily skin or those who wish to address pigmentation to use as a daily product, or for those like myself who wish to use as a chemical exfoliator for dehydrated sensitive skin. This will set you back about €30 for a 177.6ml bottle. I have been using this every second day and am still on the same bottle I got at the start of January. If you have oily skin and are using this daily morning and evening you could expect it to last at least six months. So it does offer good value for money. All in all I absolutely love this product and my skin has seen fantastic benefits since switching from mechanical exfoliators.

What are your exfoliators of choice this winter?

Thanks for reading!

Blathin x

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

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Blushing with Benefit!

Everyone has one “go-to” make-up item that makes them look alive on a no make-up/minimal make up day or completes their look for a night out, mine is blusher. Even if I don’t have one other scrap of make up on me, I just feel a swipe of blusher immediately makes me look fresher, perkier and put together. My blusher of choice for this important job is Benefit’s Coralista.

Coralista is shockingly enough a coral pink toned blusher. While the colour may look scarily strong in the pan this actually works beautifully on both fair and medium skin tones and really warms up your face and is just all round very flattering.

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As with a lot of Benefit blushes Coralista is scented, although not overwhelming so and I find this fades after time it also doesn’t irritate the skin so sensitive skin types should be ok with this.  It features a slight shimmer running through the product but this is very fine so you don’t need to fear a throwback to your youth where if you didn’t walk out of the door looking like a human disco ball you needed more make-up/glitter….. was this just me?? The shame!

Ahem, back to the blusher, the other fantastic thing about this, is how pigmented it is. You only need a light swipe to get a gorgeous flush of colour, and it can easily be built up to achieve a more dramatic pop of colour making it great for both daytime and nights out.

 

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Scary Blusher Pose!

So any downsides to this little box of wonder? Well two gripes with this blusher and Benefit box of powders in general which seem to be a pretty common consensus out there, is the packaging and the price. First the packaging, I adore Benefit packaging I love its quirky vintage style and it’s just so pretty looking! However as pretty as it looks the packaging doesn’t wear too well tending to get a bit battered and disintegrating slightly over time which is a pity because the blusher does last a long time which is great but the longer you have it the worse your packaging looks.

The second issue is price and that ever maddening Irish mark up. This retails at £23.50 which somehow converts to €34. Why Benefit why?? We love you so and yet you continue to do this with every product! Sigh…..

However all that been said I do adore this blusher. So tell me do you share the Coralista love or what other blushers do I need in my life?

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.

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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