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


To tone or not to tone?

We all know the mantra, cleanse tone and moisturise! But I must admit I just never bothered with the toner section, that is until my recent purchase of White Tea Facial Mist by Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Once part of the trinity of skincare, toner has become the somewhat forgotten addition in recent years.  There is much disagreement out there as to whether it is needed at all. Some claim it’s no longer necessary. In the past cleansers tended to leave heavy residues and toner was an essential next step to remove this before moisturising. However changing formulas means that this is no longer a problem so many people no longer bother with toner.

The toner that converted me!

The toner that converted me!

Of course some people still see toners as an important part of skincare as they can remove excess oils, so are a worthy addition for those with oily skin or acne. I have dehydrated, sensitive skin so I’ve just never felt the need to add toner, especially since the number of products in my regime is reaching ridiculous proportions. However there is a reason they reached these levels and being the product junkie I am of course when the opportunity to test the waters came, I gave in without much of a fight.

At the recent Pro Beauty show in the RDS I wandered over to Neal’s Yard Remedies stand with the intention of picking up the Wild Rose Beauty Balm but much to my disappointment this was already sold out and the White Tea Facial Mist found its way into my hands instead.

Described as a gentle facial mist which can be spritzed for a hydrating boost, or used after cleansing as a toner, this works to calm, refresh and rehydrate the skin. It is infused with antioxidant white tea, calming organic aloe vera, aromatherapeutic organic essential oils and soothing Bach Flower Remedies.  It is also 92% organic, paraben free and vegan friendly.

Perfect to hydrate and boost dehydrated and sensitive skin with anti-oxidants I decided this would be just the product to pop my toner cherry, and it didn’t disappoint! I found this hydrating, soothing and refreshing and my skin has been noticeably smoother and more hydrated since adding this to my routine which is always a good thing.

I love the Neal’s Yard vintage style blue glass bottles; they look so pretty and dainty. I really love packaging that looks nice enough to leave out on your dresser.   You can pick up 45ml of this for a very reasonable €14.50 through the NYR Organic website here or use it to locate a local consultant to buy products.

This very successful foray into the world of toners has made me curious to sample more and I’ve heard rave reviews about Pixie Glow tonic so that may be next on the list. Do you use toner as part of your routine and what others should I try?