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IMAGE Skincare Ageless Serum

February 15, 2012 Reviewed by Marta 18 Comments

IMAGE Skincare Ageless Serum is a great skin brightener and its glycolic acids exfoliate and perfect for getting 30-something skin that is starting to dull on to an antiaging regime. It works for all ages though.

Is a product that hasn't always been easy to pin down. It is sold only through limited distribution channels such as licensed esthetitians and it has been through at least two incarnations, changing  its formula to drop Matrixyl and include apple stem cells and jacking up its price.

It still remains an excellent glycolic serum. However, it is on the strong side (although it doesn't reveal its glycolic concentration) and is (as IMAGE's customer info people explained to Michelle) too stronger for skins younger than 30-ish.  The frequency of use depends on your skin. If you have a fair bit of damage and the skin is dull and aging then start out with IMAGE every other day. As your skin improves you can decrease to three times a week and eventually just once or twice a week (you don't want to over exfoliate).

On being hard to find, one esthetician wrote to use and said:  I would like to address Image being hard to find… They prefer that purchasers work with someone who can evaluate the skin and decide the best course of action and product for different skincare needs. It is a strong line, so it’s important that you get the proper products that match your particular needs. I won’t sell over the phone unless it’s a reorder. I need to evaluate the skin first. Image is a terrific line–and actually much more cost effective than other pro lines I have worked with. Plus, all of my clients see results. Can’t say that about too many of the other pro lines I have worked with…

What the TIA community said:

Anna: I recently ordered Ageless serum from Marta’s aesthetician, and together with the Clarisonic brush and Suki’s brightening masque have seen the most gratifying change in my 36 year old skin.

Jennifer said: I’ve used Image for a couple of years now and wouldn’t dream of putting anything else on my skin! They have a product for everything and it actually works! Not to mention I can still afford to buy the products in today’s economy. I know everyone loves the convenience of online shopping–but what I love about this company (Image) is that they want to make sure you are always treating your skin correctly. This is so important because the products are medical grade and if they are not used appropriately they can do more harm than good. I want to spend my $$ with a company that looks out for my well-being–not to mention they are manufactured in the United States!!!!

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Water, aloe barbendensis leaf extract, lactic acid, glycolic acid, sodium hyaluronate, algae extract, artemesia vulgaris, polysorbate 20, hydroxyethylcellulose, phospholipids, cucumber, arnica montana, yeast (faex) extract, chamomile, grape seed, spearmint oil, eucalyptus leaf oil, disodium EDTA, malic acid.

  • June 9, 2014

    by Lisa

    I am very versed in the Image Skincare line, and the Vital.C is packed with the most stable forms of vitamin C available. Would definitely recommend the Clear Cell Li e for acne prone skin but as so well stated by the Aesthetician quoted in this article, it truely IS BEST to go to an Aesthetician to have them look at your skin and make recommendations for you! I do not recommend purchasing online because they do that go into detail on how to use for SPECIFICALLY your skin.

    Best wishes.

  • May 29, 2014

    by Jenna

    Does this serum help keep comedones away and pores clear? I am 33 as well

    I use Image Vital C products...amazing

  • February 10, 2014

    by Christina

    Hi Renee. No, vitamin C is not listed among this product's ingredients, based upon the information we have.

  • February 10, 2014

    by Renee

    I love this product, but i was wondering does it contain Vitamin C?

  • September 12, 2013

    by skincarebyalana

    My favorite serum for zapping wrinkles on my skin and my clients skin. I have been using it for years and selling it in my store... Here is my store so you know this review is legit:
    :) Stay away from this product if you have sensitive skin or post peel...

  • December 27, 2012

    by Terry

    My mother, 46, has been using this for a year now and I can see that the results are outstanding. As for me, I've been using their <a href="">Daily Defense</a> moisturizer as advised by my doc. It being hard to find is fine because that would mean that only specialists who know what they are doing can sell it.

  • October 12, 2012

    by Lisa Harvey

    I've been using the image line for a year now and I'm constantly getting compliments on how great my skin looks. I agree at age 39, my skin has improved a lot in the year, although I always took pretty good care, used Arbonne or Estee Lauder, but I can definitley see a difference with Image. It is a little pricey, but it lasts forever! I bought the cleanser 2x this year and the ageless serum is only half empty so I think its actually a bargain. Also, my aesthetician explained that these products are cosmoceuticals, meaning they are proven to actually get into the dermis and work, unlike the stuff you buy at the cosmetic counter for more $$.

  • February 25, 2012

    by Kelly Owens

    I've been using Image Skincare for almost5 years, and I have tried other products at much higher & lower price points, from drugstore, department store, and physician lines, and I keep coming back. Image doesn't use the extraneous ingredients that I have problems with, particularly the silicones that are so ubiquitous in virtually every skincare product. The high levels of active ingredients do mean that used without proper guidance at the beginning, you can easily end up with a peeling, red face if you just start using the Ageless line with its high levels of glycolic acid and retinol (I am 48 and primarily use this line, with some products from their Ormedic and Vital C as well for my "off" days when I'm taking a break). My dermatologist told me that whatever I'm doing, do NOT stop. Whoever said that Image's prices are too high may be shopping somewhere they are marking it up high; the plastic surgery office I buy it from is priced well below the other lines they carry (Vivite, Obagi, NIA 24, iS Clinical, TNS), so for the price of one TNS Essential Serum ($260) containing dimethicone(!!), I can buy my cleanser, serum, sunscreen/day moisturizer, and night cream. The packaging isn't meant to be part of an arty display on my vanity; it's opaque, utilitarian, and meant to protect the actives inside. Believe me, I have tried to use more readily available products just for the convenience, but I keep coming back. I can't vouch for what propaganda goes on at their sales meetings and what their distributors say, but I happen to be in Image's home market (the Palm Beach area), so it is likely most of the plastic surgeons, derms, aestheticians, spas/salons that carry it here were probably educated and trained originally by the company's core group, which included the owner and founder, and that could make a real difference in how the products are marketed in TIA readers' areas, since Image is now distributed in 27 countries and all over the US. I'm sure things have changed a lot as they've grown and introduced new products, probably at higher price points and perhaps with less ingredient integrity. But I stick with what works, and when I keep hearing that I look 10-15 years younger than I am, I have absolutely no impetus to switch. Thanks TIA readers, for slogging through such a long-winded post!

  • February 24, 2012

    by Marta

    Hi DNA, its a really long time since I used this product, but I had a similar reaction. It has exfoliant AHAs in it. Personally, I wouldn't use it more than 3 times per week.

  • February 24, 2012

    by dna

    I notice a redness to my skin after i use the serum. No pain, no peeling thus far... but i feel a warmth on my skin and the overall redness... i've been using it a week and now, not so sure if i should continue using the product... is this a normal thing for a new user?

  • January 23, 2012

    by liese

    I've been using the Ageless Image Skin Brightening Serum for only about four days, twice a day. Now my face is itching like crazy. I'm wondering if its the yeast in the serum. I haven't seen any changes in my skin other than the horrible itching. Has anyone else had this issue??

  • October 11, 2011

    by Ayn Rogers

    Regardless of the propaganda Image is putting forth, the product can be bought on-line. I attended a Image seminar and was told that it could not be purchased on-line. However, there is a website skincarebyalana or something like that, that according to the customer service dept @ Image, has the owners permission to do so. Also, the product is found on Amazon and ebay. When questioned the customer service gal, said they were aware, but were unsure if it was truly their product. I suggested to her that the company should be up-front about this at the seminar. Also, the "scientific studies" quoted by the owner, may not be scientifically sound or reliable, so don't buy into that either. Do a little research before purchasing the line.

  • August 17, 2011

    by Tiffany

    Hello Anja,

    You can buy this products at schoonheidssalon Noorderkroon in Veenendaal. I buy my products there and tehy also have very nice treatments with these line.

    Good luck!

  • May 27, 2011

    by Anja


    Can I buy this product on internet? I live in the Netherlands?

  • January 23, 2011

    by Sandy

    Worth every penny! Being 40 something, I LOVE the Ageless line :) I use the cleanser, serum and creme. After peels I use the orange C line. Who care if I can't buy it online? I prefer to purchase my skin products from a professional. I have had women ask me what kind of "work" I've done to my face. They can't believe it when I say, "It is skincare products, not surgery!"

  • June 30, 2010

    by Danielle

    This product is priced at $54.00, not $80. It's an amazing product. The Retinol A Creme is amazing and can be mixed into a night creme. IMAGE is the first skincare line in 26 years to prove to me [a clinical aesthetician] it does what it says it does. I'm not only impressed, but can produce dozens of testimonials of clients who say the same.

  • June 2, 2010

    by anna

    The products are way over priced and my experience with image has been a nightmare .
    As a medi spa owner I must say there are much better products with better pricing available.
    don't let the fancy schmancy trade shows fool you,the image line is no better then others at half the cost

  • February 15, 2010

    by Alicia Ruhland

    Thank you for the information. I am a licensed esthetician and have been eyeing Image's products for some time and finally opened an account with them. Really looking forward to trying clear cell and a couple of anti-agers! Have you tried the retinol A creme?

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