How I managed to get clear skin for the first time in my life- this is what worked for me.
I had suffered with oily and acne prone skin from the age of 18 until the age of 28
and I remember it really got me down at times. My skin was so oily and shiny all of the time, to the point that I didn’t dare wear a moisturiser as it felt far too heavy mixed with the amount of oil I was already producing. But I knew I was getting older and needed to start wearing moisturiser as my skin was dehydrated. I was clueless as to what to do to combat this, and had tried so many expensive products on the market.
Along with being slightly lazy when it comes to my skincare routine, and never fully having faith in the products I was using, I opted to stick to using gentle face wipes to remove my makeup and only using water to wash my face with, in fear of causing any further breakouts.
Until I came across Image skincare!
This came about around 4 years ago, when I went on a training course to further my journey into the aesthetics side of the beauty industry. I had no intention of finding a new skincare product, and in fact, was extremely sceptical about the whole course before I got there. I had never, until that point believed that you could change your skin from what you put on it, I thought I was just born with bad skin.
The training course was incredible! A real eye opener for me, and I learnt so much about skin over those few days. Everything I learnt about skin was so interesting, and for the first time ever, made a lot of sense to me.One of the main things that I learnt, was that there are 3 different levels of skincare, cosmetic, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical.
Pharmaceutical– products require a medical prescription due to the side effects that these products can cause.
Cosmetics– are the products that we can buy over the counter. Because consumers can “self diagnose” and choose a skincare product that’s easily accessible from a department store, or chemist, they need to be made safe, resulting in the fact that they contain little or no amount of ‘active ingredients’. So they will feel and smell good, but won’t have a deep affect on the skin or skin health.
Cosmeceuticals (this is the category that Image skincare products fall into)- bridge the gap between cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. In order for a product to be classed as a cosmeceutical, it must have scientifically proven levels of concentrations that have an effect on the skin. The ingredients must also be in a delivery system that ensures the active ingredients can penetrate the skin, which means, they have the ability to bring about real visible changes in the skins structure. Cosmeceuticals are real, results driven products, ad although they often smell and feel great too, their main focus is to correct skin complaints and produce the results we are looking for.
For more info on these different types of skincare, visit this blog which explains in more detail- http://www.debraspence.com/cosmeceuticals-vs-cosmetics/
So with this new found knowledge, and after trying a chemical peel on the day to which I had no reaction whatsoever ( after leaving it on for 10 minutes) due to my skin being so clogged up through years of using the wrong type of skincare (the chemical peel could not penetrate through the top surface of my skin) … I decided I would give these products a chance! And I was excited to see the results.
I decided to choose the Clear Cell cleanser and the Prevention Plus moisturiser to begin with.
As I knew how rubbish I was at sticking to a lengthy regime, I thought this would be simple enough to follow. Luckily, the clear cell cleanser contains Salicylic acid, which works as a liquid exfoliator, as well as having its own built in toner, so I figured I was doing 3 steps of my routine in one hit, bonus! I was wary of the moisturiser as this was the first time I had ever used one, but chose the Matt SPF 30 version, to help keep shine to a minimum. (this moisturiser also contains zinc oxide, which I later found out is the essential ingredient to protect your skin from premature ageing)
After 2 weeks, my skin was already starting to feel better.
I had experienced a bit of a breakout at first. This was caused by the active ingredients getting to work on a deeper level, and de-clogging my pores, pushing all of the buildup of dirt up to the surface. It’s also common to experience some initial dryness with this product, as the liquid exfoliator (salicylic acid) helps to shed layers of dead skin that had been building up.
I decided to try another chemical peel, to test out my trainer’s theory that my skin had been too clogged for the peel to penetrate my skin the first time I had one. I couldn’t even leave it on longer that 2 minutes! (I’d managed over 10 minutes the first time) I experienced the tingling sensation immediately, which was all the evidence I needed that my skin was thoroughly de-clogged, giving me the motivation to carry on using my products.
Within 4 weeks, my skin was totally clear!
Breakouts had stopped occurring, it wasn’t dry, but I had become addicted to using the moisturiser and wouldn’t go a day without it. My makeup was going on so much nicer, and I had finally got a handle on my skincare routine. Only using a cleanser and a moisturiser, I found it incredibly easy to stick to, and have been converted ever since.
I can honestly say, in the last 4 years, since using these products, I haven’t had 1 single breakout.
And I often have comments made on how clear my skin is. As the structure of my skin has changed, and I no longer produce excessive levels of oil, I have been able to switch to the ‘Max’ range, which targets the prevention of ageing, and have added some serums and an eye cream into my routine (when I remember to use them)
These products have made such a huge difference to my skin and my confidence, and I hope they can work for you too. If you have any questions about our chosen product range ‘Image skincare’ feel free to call our salon or comment below. We look forward to helping you and your skin 🙂