I've told ya'll before that when it came to makeup, 6 months ago I was clueless. I hadn't take the time to learn the best techniques or products to use. Well, the same goes for skincare, besides the every morning, every night wash my face routine, my knowledge & effort in the skincare realm was non-existent. I had always watched my mom use specific creams (usually costly) and thought "oh geeze, I have plenty of years before I need to do that". WRONG.
Sun cancer runs in my family, specifically on our face. (both my mom & dad have had skin cancer). Once again, I was naive to the topic of skin cancer, the dangers of tanning and the long term affects of sun damage. It wasn't until this last year I started to notice the pigment and the texture of my skin begin to change. I naturally have fair skin (thanks mom!), so I have always felt better when I was tan to add a little pigment to my skin! I also felt like it helped make my dark circles under my eyes less noticeable! What I couldn't believe was the rough texture tanning had given my cheeks. That rough texture then led to dry spots & I knew something had to change.
Here I am, day 20 of not tanning and my skin has already began to show big changes! By coincidence around the same time I stopped tanning, I began using Image Skincare & a variety of the products they offer! (Thank you Image Skin Care for the big box of goodies to try!)
I wanted to be able to give an accurate deptiction of what the products did for my skin, as well as my honest opinion! I will start by saying I have combination skin, oily in the "t" area and dry spots on my cheeks (from tanning). I have extremely sensitive skin, and easily break out from products, sweat, certain makeup, etc. Some of these products are better for different types of skin & if it wasn't the perfect product for me, I will explain who it would be great for!
I will review the products in the order that I use them, & let you know if I use them day or night, or both!
If you haven't noticed, the less fancy the face wash, the better it is for you! What do I mean by that? You should be cleansing twice a day, AFTER you remove your makeup. (I use micellar water). Since you cleanse so often you want to make sure your cleanser isn't filled with extra ingredients your skin doesn't need, this can cause it to be extremely oily or extremely dry, depending on your skin type! Stay away from fragrant face washes (this is where I would splurge on skin care, having a good cleanser will change your entire routine!) Please, please, please stay away from drugstore bought face washes filled with alcohol, and other dangerous toxins! Image Skin Care's stem cell face wash is full of poly peptides! (these help penetrate the skin and bring collagen to the surface. It quickly balances the pH level of your skin, leaving it neither oily or dry! (which is great for all skin types!) I use this in the morning with just water and my hands, and in the evening 2-3 times a week with my Clarisonic to buff off excess dead skin!
uys, I've been reading lately on the importance of vitamin C for your skin! The affects it has for anti aging, wrinkle preventing and the boost of collagen it gives is amazing! I use this both day and night after I cleanse! (tip: in the morning, if I do wake up more oily than normal, I will sometimes use this as a moisturizer & it gives my skin the wake up it needs!)
It's no secret that I struggle with dark eye circles, and this was a common issue I received messages & questions about! Concealers & makeup can only do so much! (plus they eventually wear off) I would love to be able to wake up, put on some eye cream and moisturizer and go on with my day (not having to put a full face of make up on) but not looking like a walking zombie. I use this brightening creme in the morning after my Vital C Serum, but before moisturizing! You can use this at night as well, or during the day as needed! You only need a tiny bit on your ring finger and massage it in circular motions under the eye and under the eyebrow for a brightened eye all day.
THE ANSWER TO ALL OF YOUR PROBLEMS. But really... I am always wishing my face had a little more color, but I didn't want the damage of sun to come back to bite later on. Now that I am using self tanner, I am still skeptical about putting it on my face. This tinted moisturizer gives you just the right amount of color, (I have used this in place of foundation on a light makeup day). It also has an SPF 30+ which is SO SO important! It is incredibly light weight & it has changed the smoothness of my foundation! I have begin using this as a primer because it keeps my makeup set longer!
I'm not gonna lie, I didn't try this product right away. Not for any specific reason, solely for the fact that I was enthralled with the rest of the products listed above. I didn't grab for it until one evening when I couldn't find my go-to chapstick. Well... good thing I did, because now it's my go-to chapstick (lip enhancement) and I use it at least 3-5 times a day. Hands Down the product I saw the most results with. It diminished the wrinkles in my bottom and top lip as well as I saw an increase in "plump" in my bottom lip! I love it! The moisture it adds back into my lips is amazing! I use this both day and night and everything in between, but definitely put it on before heading to bed for the best results!
This mask isn't an everyday product! Like I mentioned I have extremely oily skin & it is extremely sensitive to certain products! I used this mask overnight like suggested & unfortunately my skin was very oily the next morning. Let me be clear... this mask is suppose to rejuvenate, adding much needed oils back into your skin! If you struggle with dryer skin, or dry spots then this is for you!! The next time I tried this mask I applied it to my dry spots (mostly my cheeks) and wore it overnight! The dry spots were much smoother in the morning! Use this once or twice a week overnight following your cleanse, vital C serum and eye creme!
Have you read on the benefits of collagen? Until recently, I didn't even know what collagen was. I lived on biotin gummies or pills, praying for strong hair, nails and skin. Collagen is SO important, especially for women! These shots have a citrus flavor and I add it to my juice, water or even coffee sometimes! I have seen so much change in my skin, hair and nails & overall health & the way I feel!
No matter your skin type, Image Skincare has the products for you! I love that they alter each "collection" for specific needs! If you're like me, I always wait until the last minute to go re buy my skincare, Image offers the option to have an automatic shipment, so you don't have to spend a day without their amazing products! PLEASE take care of your skin, stay out of the sun & most importantly take the time to care for yourself.
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