In today’s article I’m sharing my detailed and honest IMAGE Skincare review. I tested five of their bestsellers, including Ormedic Balancing Cleanser, Vital C Hydrating Anti-Aging Serum, Clear Solar Gel SPF 30, Biome Smoothing Cloud Cream and Purifying Probiotic Mask.
This is a massive skincare range with 15 different collections each targeted to specific skin concerns. Image Skincare was founded by an esthetician and plastic surgeon and offers medical-grade skincare that targets signs of aging, acne and hyperpigmentation. They have a clinical focus and I often see them used by skincare professionals in med spas and aesthetic offices.
But is Image Skincare worth it? Keep reading for my brutally honest thoughts and what I liked and didn’t like.
Is Image Skincare actually clean beauty?
Image Skincare claims to be a clean, clinical skincare brand. But are they actually clean beauty?
I would not consider Image Skincare to be a truly clean skincare line, since they do use synthetics and phenoxyethanol as a preservative.
Their formulas are better than mainstream skincare brands, but not the best compared to other organic skincare lines. Some of their products do have more natural formulas than others.
Specifically, their Ormedic line is cleaner than their other products and has a stronger focus on certified organic ingredients.
Image formulates without parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, synthetic dyes or animal testing.
ORMEDIC Balancing Facial Cleanser Review
This is a gel cleanser with mild foaming ingredients and an impressive blend of botanicals in a base of organic aloe vera.
It’s absolutely packed with antioxidant-rich botanicals that will nourish skin like lotus flower, turmeric, tamarind, clover blossom, burdock root, calendula, green tea, banana fruit, apple fruit, apricot fruit and orange fruit.
The ORMEDIC Balancing. Facial Cleanser has a super rich and thick gel consistency that would be great for even the driest skin types and an uplifting fruity scent.
Because of how thick it is, it’s a little hard to spread around on dry skin. Make sure to use on damp skin or mix with some water first.
It’s also a very gentle cleanser that only has mild foaming action, if any. For being so gentle, it was still able to take off sunscreen and makeup pretty effectively. It did leave my skin feeling a bit tight.
The main downside for me is that, despite all the amazing ingredients, there is phenoxyethanol high up in the ingredients list.
BIOME Smoothing Cloud Creme Review
I tested the Smoothing Cloud Creme from Image Skincare’s BIOME collection which is formulated to comfort and nurture the skin’s microbiome. This moisturizer is certified natural (Biorius Natural Certified), certified vegan by The Vegan Society and PETA certified.
It has a whipped, fluffy consistency that’s still quite rich yet not overly heavy. I found that it absorbs well and quickly!
The packaging is far from luxury, but I appreciate that it’s eco-friendly with an aluminum lid and glass jar.
Let’s take a deeper look at the Smoothing Cloud Creme’s ingredients.
This has a mostly natural formula (except for a few synthetics) and some interesting botanicals like certified fermented squalane, micro-sunflower extract (sustainably grown extract from sunflower microgreens), pink rock-rose extract, adaptogenic snow mushroom extract, and flax and celery super-seed extracts. These are all very supportive of the skin barrier and promotes a stronger and healthier barrier.
The BIOME Smoothing Cloud Creme leaves my skin feeling soft, smooth and hydrated and feels like something that would be extra comforting to red, irritated or inflamed skin.
Do I think it’s worth the $72 price tag? Sadly no. I feel like this moisturizer is very expensive for what it is.
Unless you’re really keen on using the unique natural actives it contains, there are many other clean face creams that feel similar and offer the same benefits in my experience.
Vital C Hydrating Anti Aging Serum Review
IMAGE Skincare’s vitamin C serum is an award-winning product that helps decrease the look of fine lines, brighten dull skin, fight environmental damage and improve hydration.
It has four different forms of Vitamin C which is more than most Vitamin C serums on the market. There’s tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, ascorbic acid, magnesium ascorbyl phosphate and ascorbyl palmitate which help fight the damaging effects of free radicals and promote collagen production.
I feel like a Vitamin C serum is a good benchmark for the quality of a clinical, medical-grade skincare brand, and the Vital C serum definitely goes above and beyond in terms of ingredients.
It not only has a whopping 4 forms of Vitamin C, but also plenty of actives and antioxidants like Green Tea, Hyaluronic Acid, Pea Extract, Yeast Polysaccharides, olive leaf extract, clove leaf oil along with multiple peptides. Its downsides is that the serum contains phenoxyethanol, dimethicone and a few other synthetics that it doesn’t truly need.
But does it really work? I tested their serum for 2 months and felt like it did a good job at protecting my skin from the elements during the day.
It also feels very hydrating and has a really pleasant smooth consistency and texture. I noticed a subtle brightening effect, but didn’t notice any major difference with my dark spots.
I don’t feel like it’s AS potent as other high-potency clinical Vitamin C serums I’ve tried and the $88 price tag is pretty high.
There’s no artificial fragrance added but it does have a sweet citrus scent.
For my favorite clean Vitamin C serums check out this article.
PREVENTION Clear Solar Gel SPF 30
This is a clear gel sunscreen that’s completely free of water and protects skin with chemical UV filters. Unfortunately, Prevention Clear Solar Gel was a major miss for me.
I didn’t enjoy the consistency or texture at all and found the formula to be lacking compared to their other products I tested.
It has an oily texture and left my skin feeling slick. Unless you prefer a slick gel to a hydrating gel, I wouldn’t recommend this.
There are some great skin-nourishing actives like Green Tea, Vitamin C and Squalane but it’s very heavy in silicone content.
Check out my favorite natural sunscreens here.
I MASK purifying probiotic mask review
This is a creamy clay mask that helps detoxify and deep clean pores! It’s made with yogurt-based probiotics, Brazilian green clay, activated charcoal, willowherb and a superfruit complex (goji, pomegranate, mangosteen and acai).
I love how hydrating this deep green mask feels. A lot of clay masks tend to feel overly drying, but I Mask gently dries up without leaving my skin feeling uncomfortably tight.
There’s a slight cooling sensation while it’s sitting on my skin, but it’s not uncomfortable like some other masks I’ve tried.
It left my skin feeling super clean and smooth. I recommend using a detoxifying mask like this once a week to really get into those pores and thoroughly cleanse skin so skincare products can actually penetrate!
Andrea is a clean beauty expert from Los Angeles, California with 10 years of experience in clean beauty, natural skincare and organic living. She writes for Organic Beauty Lover using her expertise to guide readers in choosing the best clean beauty products. Andrea graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 and has worked at multiple skincare companies, big and small. Connect with her @organicbeautylover.