To Retinol or not to Retinol: That is the Question

Ageless total eye lift cremeWhat is retinol? Chances are you’ve heard of it, perhaps even used it before. But do you know what retinol is, and what it does for your skin? Are you hesitant to try it because you’ve heard of the possibility of harsh side effects? Let’s take a closer look at what retinol is, what it does, dispel some rumors, and figure out if it is right for your skin. 

Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A—an excellent antioxidant and cell communicator. It works by attaching itself to the skin cells and telling them to act healthy and younger, causing cells to turn over faster, making way for new growth. It also hinders the breakdown of collagen and thickens the deep layer of skin where wrinkles first start, thus making retinol extremely effective in not only decreasing fine lines, but also reducing pore size, improving texture, stimulating collagen production, and also managing acne and discoloration. 

While many dermatologists agree that retinol is the best age eraser available, it doesn’t come without side effects. For some, retinol can cause the skin to become irritated. This is far more common when using the prescription form of retinol known as Retinoic Acid, Retin-A or Tretinoin, which as you might suspect, is a much higher concentration. Retinol on the other hand is milder and is converted into retinoic acid when absorbed into the skin.

One of the reasons retinol products cause less irritation is because of the combination of other ingredients formulated to sooth and hydrate. For example, the IMAGE Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème uses retinol combined with green tea, cucumber extract and Echinacea, which are all natural anti-inflammatory ingredients—giving your under eye area all the benefits of retinol, but with less irritation. The Ageless Total Repair Crème blends retinol with AHA exfoliators to repair sun damage and reduce wrinkles, along with Hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin. Both the Eye and Repair crème are applied nightly, a general rule for all retinol products, as the skin renewal process makes your skin more sensitive to the sun.

When deciding if retinol is right for you, it’s important to note that even with the soothing agents, retinol based skincare products can still cause irritation. Often symptoms subside as your skin adjusts, but if the irritation worsens, it’s time to discontinue use and perhaps look into a milder repair line such as Ormedic. Still, it’s hard to dismiss the scientific proven results of this “miracle” product, and it’s well worth checking out the variety of retinol products that Image offers.

Before the Holiday Parties: Prep Your Skin

Skin prep before the holidays.Are you tired of applying layers upon layers of foundation in order to achieve a smooth, flawless look, only to have all your efforts vanish before the night is over? If this is the case, it’s possible that you are skipping an important step—skin prep. So before you head out to your next holiday party, follow this step-by-step guide to get your skin ready, so you’ll be looking fabulous all night long. Read on…

3 Beauty Benefits of Working Out

dumbbell for imageIt’s no secret that breaking a sweat is great for your overall health and physique. However, what many don’t realize is that working out can also improve the look and health of your skin. Here’s how:

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How Oxygen Can Get You the Hollywood Glow for Holiday Parties

IMG_7638 - CopyWhen a celebrity steps out onto the red carpet we expect a flawless appearance, high fashion, a well-toned physique and a glowing, seemingly never aging, complexion. After all, behind every A-List celebrity is a team of stylists working together to achieve what looks effortlessly beautiful. But most people can’t afford their own glam squad (wouldn’t that be nice though!). However, it is possible to achieve that Hollywood glow on your own, and have your skin looking radiant for your next holiday party.
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Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving within frameIn the spirit of Thanksgiving, we here at IMAGE wanted to share what we are most thankful for. Providing innovative skincare products that revolutionize the industry is our mission. But during this time of thanks, we are most thankful for the opportunity we have to witness the positive effects that these products have and share the testimonials of those whose lives have been changed by using IMAGE skincare products.
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Ideal IMAGE Products for Holiday Gatherings

christmas ballsIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! This season, our calendars quickly fill with holiday parties, family gatherings and festive outings. And let’s not forget about all the fun we get to have with our beauty routine. There’s a lot that goes into beauty prep this season, and with little time on our hands it can be hard to find the perfect routine for looking fabulous hopping from party to party. We’ve got you covered with this list of holiday beauty prep must-haves: Read on…

Time Passes, Your Skin is Ageless

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Women all over the world spend so much time and money trying to get their skin back to the tight, wrinkle and blemish free appearance of their youth. While there are procedures to aid in this goal, the truth is that having a skincare routine is the most effective way to combat the signs of aging—and it doesn’t need to be complicated either.
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Tips for Radiant Winter Skin

Winter is almost here. Time to pack away your shorts, flip-flops and bathing suits and make room for oversized jackets, boots and lip balm—lots and lots of lip balm. That dry crisp winter air can leave your skin feeling chapped, dehydrated and flaky—an annoying side effect of an otherwise nostalgically joyful season. But never fear, here is a list of dos and don’ts that will leave your skin looking radiant this winter season.
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5 Fruits for Skin Health

Just because summer is gone, doesn’t mean you can ditch those colorful fruits for good! What you eat is just as important to the health of your skin as what you put on it. Here are 5 surprising fruits you can include in your diet to keep your skin healthy and glowing from the inside out:
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An Effective Acne Routine

IMG_7174-2If you suffer from acne, whether you are a teenager or in your forties, it is a bothersome, and sometimes embarrassing battle that you want to win. But where do you start?
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