For the past few weeks, I've been feeling under the weather and the #1 thing I've been craving is oranges. Fun fact: Did you know the foods you crave is what your body is lacking? (i.e. oranges = lacking vitamin C)
Speaking of which, I recently visited The Maui Spa & Wellness Center in Boca Raton, Florida where I received the most AMAZING 80-minute facial I've ever had. The spa is decorated to resemble Hawaii and you feel like you've been transported to the much-needed vacation of your dreams on the beautiful island of Maui, allowing for ultimate relaxation. The difference between this spa and other spas is that they took the time to learn about my skin and tailored the products to fit my individual needs, as opposed to using the same products on everyone.
My 8-step facial consisted of all IMAGE Skincare products, specifically the VITAL C collection, which contains a high potency of vitamin C so everything smells like oranges... so delish! This line is geared towards brightening and evening out skin tone, improving the appearance of blemishes, speeding up the healing of scars, reducing discoloration, providing hydration and boosting collagen production for younger, healthier-looking skin.
The Maui Spa provided me with a handful of products to take home courtesy of IMAGE Skincare and I've noticed a drastic improvement over this past month.
Let's talk skin care.
As previously mentioned, our bodies crave the nutrition we lack, and it turns out my skin was heavily deprived of vitamin C. My skin gets extremely dry from the Florida heat and I used to suffer from acne in my late teens which, of course, resulted in scars (that have thankfully faded since the damage wasn't too severe.) If you've been a teenager at some point, most likely you've experienced some sort of a breakout. It's also likely that you've tried nearly every product or method on the market, yet nothing seemed to work. Why? Because the products you were using didn't target your specific needs. A person with naturally flawless skin shouldn't be using the same products as someone with severe acne - you simply can't place the two in the same category. The beauty of IMAGE Skincare is they have a line designed for every skin type - 12 to be exact - so there truly is a product line for everyone.
Since everyone has different skin, it’s recommended to mix products from the different IMAGE lines to suit your every need for optimum results. The PREVENTION+ line, in particular, goes hand-in-hand with the VITAL C products, as both are geared towards restoration and prevention. Not to mention all of the products in the PREVENTION+ line contain SPF, which is the key to avoiding sun spots and wrinkles in the future. Lather up, friends!
The first step is their VITAL C hydrating facial cleanser, which is recommended for both morning and night. It's rich in vitamin C and soothing to the skin. I've tried a ton of different cleansers and I feel like none of them actually clean my skin quite like this one. An added bonus to this cream-based cleanser is that it removes all make up!
One skin care step I've always overlooked is exfoliating; however, it's an essential factor to achieving healthy skin. The exfoliators I've used in the past always seemed so harsh and too grainy for the skin to the point where it was painful. This ILUMA intense brightening exfoliating powder by IMAGE contains coconut milk and is extremely gentle, yet still gets the job done. It's ideal for all skin types and can be used daily either mixed in with your cleanser or separately. Not to mention you can use this exfoliator every day. In fact, it’s recommended and also helps to remove excess makeup for a deeper, more thorough clean.
When you're young, you don't always think about the future. And by that, I mean prevention. The key to looking years younger is being proactive before the fine lines, dark circles and sun spots become visible. The VITAL C hydrating eye recovery gel reduces fine lines, puffiness and tired eyes - something we all could use since everyday life can get exhausting and unfortunately it begins to show at some point if we don’t take precaution. Use this gel morning and night and remember the only way eye products should be applied is gently with your fourth finger since it applies the least amount of pressure as your orbital area is extremely delicate and should be treated as such.
If you ask any middle-aged woman with fantastic skin what her secret is, the #1 answer is always sunscreen. Most people suffer from sun damage to some degree, which can easily be prevented, or at least drastically reduced, by using sunscreen daily. The beauty of this daily tinted moisturizer (pictured left) from the PREVENTION+ line is that it contains 30 SPF, so it's one less step for your morning routine and one step closer to beautiful skin.
I suffer from severely dry lips and have tried everything on the market (no joke), but nothing seemed to work. That is, until, I tried the ORMEDIC balancing lip enhancement complex (pictured right.) Not only does it hydrate the lips for a long period of time, but it also helps heal the dryness, rather than provide a temporary fix.
Last but not least, The VITAL C hydrating repair crème. It contains vitamin A that helps to restore your cells, promotes collagen and should be the last thing applied before you go to bed so the ingredients can get to work as you enjoy your beauty sleep.
Regardless of your skin's needs, I highly recommend IMAGE Skincare products. Each line has its own focus so depending on what you're looking to repair, you'll really get to the bottom of the issue and build your way up to healthy, radiant skin! After all, #imageiseverything.
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