There’s a brand new skincare collection from Image Skincare on the block and it’s pretty nifty. Combining natural botanical ingredients for a gentle regime that soothes, nourishes and protects, it’s harnessed the ability to deliver high performance results that mean you can fight the early signs of ageing without upsetting the skin or disrupting it’s natural pH balance. Sound too good to be true? I can testify that’s it’s a range you’ll want on your bathroom shelf asap. So here’s a very thorough Image Skincare Ormedic Review..
If you guys follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that a few weeks ago I headed into the city to a breakfast date with Image Skincare as they prepared to launch the new Ormedic Range. Having tried a few select products before with my favourite being the Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex (which I previously featured here) I was excited to see how it had been revamped and extended. Because if there’s any type of skincare that intrigues me: it’s the products that are designed to help me show as little signs of ageing as possible, which the Ormedic range is all about.
The whole collection has not only had a visual overhaul but the products have had their own transformation too. Everything’s been reformulated with a clear steer into ‘clean’ beauty using organic extracts and mineral enriched products that now mean the range is even more gentle and soothing – which is great for Image customers with sensitive skin. Finding the right blend of botanicals and ingredients that support the ‘clean’ promise of the range and still deliver the top level results you associate with Image Skincare meant the process was deep and the research thorough – which is always encouraging to hear and gives reassurance in the products.
You’ll no longer find any of the big nasties inside the Ormedic range – no parabens, sulphates, synthetic dyes or artificial fragrances as they’ve all been given the chop. Instead replaced with pH friendly ingredients of organic source that means theses plant-powered products are great for helping the skin’s natural barrier to maintain an optimal level of moisture.
What does this actually mean though?
Well what it means is that the mindful formulas of the Ormedic range have been created to encourage skin’s natural pH level to be maintained during skincare application and throughout the day and night. Preserving the way you skin holds moisture is key in fighting the early signs of ageing as dehydrated skin that lacks moisture will show those signs (lines, wrinkles and creases etc) more prominently and earlier than you’d like. It’s like when your body needs water to function well and healthily – your skin is the same and it’s the first thing you should consider when skin shows troublesome signs – that it needs more ‘water’ or moisture, should we say. So Image Skincare have created their whole Ormedic range around this principle – oh, and it just so happens to protect against pollutants, toxins and all the other everyday nasties that can affect your skin. Sounds good right?
How does it actually work?
Having been so impressed by everything Image have done to create this plant-friendly reformulated range, I began trying the products out as soon as I got home – which has now meant I’ve been using them solidly for almost two weeks. And while I usually like to wait about 4 weeks before deciding on my overall impressions of skincare, there are already some clear differences in my skin and some products that have impressed me enough to slot into my daily regime on a continued basis. I’ve noticed that my skin feels more plump overall, and what I mean by that, is my skin feels like it’s holding more moisture across the whole face. As someone who gets through the day on copious amounts of coffee and caffeine, I have learned in recent months that as much as I need it to help me stay awake, the impact on my skin is not good. And a general moisturiser just isn’t enough to overcome the effects of that one-too-many-coffees. So my current observation of this range is just how much fuller my skin feels and looks – plumper, just delicately so, to a level that now means the overall appearance is smoother and more even in tone. When you commit to a dedicated range designed to help moisture levels in the skin, it’s actually quite astonishing how quickly you notice skin responds – and how much better it looks and feels.
What’s In The Range?
Well there’s 8 products in the range but six that I’ve been enjoying most or have strong feelings about. Let’s unpack which those are and why I recommend you check them out asap…
Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex
One of my favourite nurturing lip products, ever, revisiting this formula was great and reminded me just how good the product is! It’s kinda like a lip balm that nourishes and moisturises the lips so it’s great in the cooler months when you keep it in your handbag for daily essential use. Not just that, but if your lips tend to get so dry that they crack or chap then it instantly soothes them – which is what you need if that’s a problem for you. As well as this though, the formula encourages the lips to fill and plump, so technically you’re getting fuller looking lips too – winner! This is a product I’ve reached for so much in the past two weeks – constantly reapplying when needed throughout the day to keep my lips nourished and give me the inner satisfaction that I’m also improving the appearance of my lips too. (There’s also a pink-tint version available if you want something with a little colour.)
Ormedic Balancing Facial Cleanser
The best-selling Image Skincare Cleanser was one of the products to be reformulated – and it was pretty good before so I was eager to see how it worked after its revamp. After removing my make up, a double-cleanse is always my next step, so it was easy to add this one into my regime. At it’s most fundamental, a cleanser should clean your skin of dirt, debris, build up, remaining make up traces and pollution etc. And this one does that in a way that’s gentle and non-drying. Sometimes a strong cleanser will leave my skin feeling tight, especially after washing it off with water. But this one has mild, sulphate-free ingredients that means my skin feel soft as well as clean after each use. And it’s good at pulling all those nasties away too so while I get to enjoy soft skin that’s not dry or taught, it’s also clear of all traces of my day. I apply a generous amount, massage across my face and rinse with a sponge and warm water. If you need a new cleanser and you’re trying other items in the Ormedic range then definitely pick this up at the same time – a gentle and refreshing cleanser that’s non-drying isn’t always easy to find.
Ormedic Balancing Gel Polisher
If you’re looking for an exfoliating product then the Ormedic Balancing Gel Polisher is highly worth checking out – and it’s gentle enough to use daily. Most deep exfoliating products can again, cause dryness and are quite often too much for my skin to take daily and I’ll have to commit to every-other day use instead. But this formula offers that gentle blend that means my skin can tolerate daily use without any irritation. While traditionally those exfoliating products mean harsh buffing, this one is simple and gentle – I apply after my cleanser, massage across the face for a minute or so and wash away with warm water. What it does is remove everything that’s resting below the skin-level and within my pores, and buffs away the top layer of dead skin that then allows the brand new layer below to be revealed – and because it’s new skin, it’s brighter and more radiant looking. So overall you find that skin looks 10x better just from a daily use of this one. And where traditional exfoliators can use harsh ingredients to do the job, this contains Pomegranate extract which is a natural fruit enzyme that does the same job without any nasties. And the ‘beads’ within the formula that do the physical buffing are earth-friendly and they dissolve on the skin so there’s no danger to the environment (or your skin.)
Ormedic Balancing Antioxidant Serum
If a good serum is something you have in your regime – like I do – then I have happy news, there’s a new Ormedic version to compliment the rest of the range! The Balancing Antioxidant Serum can be used twice daily but I am currently using it at night only, and I’ve found that within the rotation of the range that’s how it’s working best for me personally. I like to apply a nice and deeply hydrating serum before bed as it can aid the skin’s natural restorative process while you sleep. This one just gives me that daily dose of hydration that I need while giving me the reassurance that I’m getting serum-level skincare which is a step I’ve come to rely on for something ‘deeper’ in my regime.
Ormedic Balancing Bio-Peptide Creme
This is the product I use in the morning as my daily cream/moisturiser product and it’s nice as a primer for make up too because it gives a subtle and smooth base to work with. It’s also ideal if you prefer a glowy or dewy look to your make up as it does create a radiance that’s natural to the skin. While the serum above is recommended morning and evening, this one is recommended in the evening, but I’ve found that my best results come from serum in the evening and cream in the morning, but everyone will find an application process that works for them. The fast way this creme absorbs into the skin means it’s perfect for daytime wear as it’s not oily or greasy and it gives me a good level of moisture throughout the day. My skin feels nourished and prepped throughout the day and this one smells divine, almost like the actual scent of a holiday in a pot which I assume comes from the mango butter within the formula!
Ormedic Balancing Gel Masque
No skincare range is complete without a good mask and personally nothing helps me relax in the evenings more than some skincare time with a good mask while I watch Netflix! I keep this in the fridge for about 20-30 minutes before applying it and it aids that cooling sensation that’s really relaxing. And while you can use it up to 3 times per week, I’ve used it about 3 times in two weeks as I do like to mix up my face masks. Each use has soothed my skin and given it a heavy hit of hydration so that afterwards I notice it looks and feels nice. Which is what we all want from a face mask, right? If you suffer from redness, dry patches or you’ve had a stressful day then this mask is a must-have on your bathroom shelf as it will revive, relax and nourish the skin with each use.
Seeing as I’ve been using all of these products together, the results have clearly been a combined effort and it’s been a range that I’ve genuinely enjoyed trying out. Like I mentioned at the beginning, too much caffeine causes havoc with my skin so this range has been a much-needed dose of hydration and the benefits have been noticeable within just 2 weeks. Not just have I seen a plumper texture to my face that’s felt healthier and more moisturised, but it’s not lost on me that my monthly-breakout time has been virtually nonexistent at the same time. Which is something that never happens to me! And while it’s no revelation that moisture and a better balanced pH level can do wonders for the skin appearance, it’s taken actually seeing it for myself to thoroughly sink in.
If you’re in your early 30’s and noticing the signs of ageing or you’re wanting to add a more plant-friendly and ‘clean’ skincare range into your regime then the Image Skincare Ormedic collection will offer you exactly what you’re looking for. And to testify to it’s quality, these products are the actual ones used in the spas by the Image Skincare consultants when you have a facial. Which shows their high-performance abilities.
The range is available from November 1st on the Image Skincare website but if you can’t wait until then, there’s a competition to win a starter set worth £130 over on my Instagram here!
**This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Image Skincare but as ever all opinions are entirely my own. Please refer to my Disclaimer page for more details.