Vitamin D

UV rays are an important—and very efficient—source of Vitamin D, which helps prevent osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and cancer. But you can still apply sunscreen every day, and get all of the Vitamin D that you need. You only need about 10-15 minutes of exposure per day, and that can come through any part of your body—your hands, your arms, etc. If you’re going to be outdoors, you still need sunscreen on your face! That UV exposure doesn’t have to be between the hours of 10-2. Go outside during off-peak hours. You can get vitamin D…

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Under a lot of stress? It shows.

Stress. There’s just no getting away from it. And all that stress shows—in fact, it’s written all over your face. Problem: Chronic stress triggers a hormone called cortisol, which reduces the ability of the skin to retain water. The result: a dull, dry complexion. Solutions: Although it seems counter-intuitive, reduce the amount or frequency of moisturizer. It causes your skin to stop collecting water from the food and water that you consume. Avoid the use of hot water and highly fragranced skincare products. Don’t use cleansers that strip your skin of its natural oils. Problem: A furrowed brow,…

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Get Smart About Fillers

If you’re in your 40s or 50s, chances are you’ve noticed some vertical lines in your face—not wrinkles, but loss of volume. To the rescue: facial fillers. There are several on the market now, some of which you’ve probably heard about. But which one is right for you? Your doctor may be the best judge of that, but here are some things that you should know. After you have lost collagen and elastin, fillers help the dermis return to a more youthful condition. They work underneath the skin to trap water, plump the skin, and restore…

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Menopause, Wrinkles & HRT

Menopause represents enough problems, and accelerated skin aging is one of them. With menopause comes a decline in hormones—particularly estrogen—which induces increased wrinkling and dryness. While we don’t advocate the use of hormone replacement therapy for the treatment of skin aging, there’s significant anecdotal and clinical proof that the use of hormone replacement therapy significantly slows skin aging: hydration, elasticity, and thickness of skin all improve. After just six months, wrinkles are reduced and skin is firmer and tighter. Not only do people report improvement, but physicians observe the changes as well. In a study conducted…

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Our focus is your skin, nothing else.

“Keep your eye on the ball.” It’s such a simple concept. So, why trust a skincare company that’s got its eye on five other balls, from fragrances all the way to fashion? Dr. Obagi’s focus is your skin—always has been, always will be. You won’t ever find yourself browsing the cosmetic counters and coming across a hot new mascara with the ZO Skin Health logo on it. Nor will you stumble across our new shampoo and conditioner at your corner salon. We respect the two fields, but prefer to play the game for which we’re known—the…

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Skincare Products—Who is the fairest of them all?

Are skincare companies treating you fairly, or are you being ripped off? There have been a number of articles and ads comparing the effectiveness of a skincare products to their cost. While these reports raise some interesting questions, they generally don’t provide any meaningful answers. Consumer Reports concluded that just because a product is expensive doesn’t mean that it’s effective, and just because it’s inexpensive doesn’t mean that it’s worthless. We agree—to a point. How do you know? That’s a complex issue. We want you to make informed decisions, so let’s face the facts and see…

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You multitask and so should your skincare

If you know how to do five things at once, most business professionals would refer to you as a fine multitasker. You know that to get everything you want out of life, multitasking isn’t a choice, but a requirement. The same can be said for your skincare: to get everything you want for your skin, your products simply must multitask. If anyone can appreciate this concept, it’s you—today’s modern woman. That’s why Dr. Obagi created products like ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Body Emulsion, which accomplishes a multitude of tasks at once. We’re talking hydration, exfoliation, hyperpigmentation…

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Spending Priorities

We all have our spending priorities. We all have things in our life that, to us, justify reaching a little deeper into our pockets. So what are your spending priorities where skincare is concerned? Are you getting the most bang for your buck? For instance, the ZO Skin Health DNA Kit is a go-to recommendation for newcomers to the brand. Why? It’s the best way to familiarize them with all that ZO can do for them—and it stretches their dollar the furthest. Many of our customers come back for DNA Kit seconds once they’ve run out. These are…

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The Benefits (and Dangers) of Hydroquinone

Hydroquinone is a topical agent used in dermatology for reducing pigmentation and discoloration in the skin. It is available in the U.S. in over-the-counter strengths of up to 2 percent, with higher concentrations available only by prescription. Because of dangers associated with hydroquinone several countries, such as the U.K. and Japan, have banned its use. Consumers are now getting hydroquinone on the internet without the benefit of medical supervision, which can have dangerous consequences. Over the past six years, the internet has been inundated with discounted skincare products, including hydroquinone-based skin bleaching creams that are being…

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The Battle of the Sexes

When it comes to fighting aging, men win. If you’re thinking, “it’s just not fair,” you’re probably right. It’s a double-whammy. We already suspected that men find it easier, and quicker, to lose unwanted pounds. But we now know that women also age faster than men, meaning their skin loses collagen and elastin at a faster rate—and at an earlier age—than men. This helps explain why women spend more time and more money on cosmetic products, injections, and procedures. It’s not just vanity—it’s reality. Lasers can now image the deeper layers of the skin, where collagen and elastin…

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