SOS for Aging Hands

Do your hands give away your age? Exercise and diet keeps your body in shape, and proper skincare (along with peels and microdermabrasion) maintains facial tone and radiance, but when it comes to our hands, we often forget to give them the care and protection they deserve. But we should; along with crow’s feet, laugh lines, and sagging skin, spotted, wrinkled, and sinewy hands can age us. In fact, a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that most people can tell your age just by seeing your hands. Aging hands show…

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The Truth Behind Anti-Aging Claims

The anti-aging movement has fostered an increased public awareness that many of the cutaneous changes associated with aging can now be prevented and reversed. Yet sorting through the anti-aging claims in today’s skincare market can often become a lesson in separating fact from fiction. Case In point, the recent crack down by the FDA on products that claim to affect the genetic structure of the skin. These products have not been adequately tested to prove this benefit, and if they did act as claimed, they would be considered a drug and not a cosmetic. On the…

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New Year, New Skin

Some New Year’s resolutions are meant to be broken: get to bed by 11 pm, cut out carbs, spend less money on shoes, really??? But new healthy skin habits, that’s a no-brainer. Healthier skin is possible for all skin types and skin tones, which is the premise of the ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical regimens. Instead of approaching troubling skin conditions like pigmentation, fine lines, acne, rosacea, wrinkles, and even sagging with an arsenal of injections, lasers, and radio frequency treatments, Dr. Obagi believes that the basic health of skin should be addressed. And some…

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Taking Care of Your Dry Skin

Winter weather takes a beating on skin, leaving your skin flaky, red, and rough. These are indications of dry skin that show up on your arms, hands, lower legs, and ankles. Making a few changes in your daily skin regimen can help beat dry skin. When taking a bath or shower, try to keep it short. Hot water strips the essential oils from your skin, drying out your skin. Limit yourself to a single 5- or 10-miute warm shower or bath. When you’re shopping for a shower gel, look for unscented, soap-free, or mild soap cleaners….

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Tip: Multi-Tasking Eye Creams

Want to save some money? Get your skincare products to multi-task—a good eye cream can work very well for the fine lines around your lips. Here’s what to look for: For anti-aging, nothing beats retinol. It stimulates cellular turnover and revs up collagen, reducing age spots and fine lines. Just be sure to wear a sunscreen, because retinol does make your skin more photo-sensitive. Ingredients that hydrate your skin (ceramides, hyaluronic acid) will plump the fine lines quickly. No eye cream—even the most expensive one—is smart enough to know the difference between the lines around your…

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Tip: Botox could be something to frown about

Did you ever notice that sometimes Botox seems to work better—or last longer—than others? It could be the doctor, it could be the quality, or it could be that there’s some funny business going on in the office. Botox is delivered to physicians in a freeze-dried form, and the doctor then mixes it with saline. The Botox itself is very expensive, and many women have complained about getting Botox injections that aren’t doing much for their wrinkles. Are they building up some kind of immunity, or could it be that doctors are watering down the Botox?…

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Preposterous Anti-Aging Claims—They’re getting kind of old

When it comes to anti-aging skincare claims, who can you trust? The FDA wants you to know, so they have published a list of companies that are making false and misleading claims. In our opinion, it’s long overdue. While the industry was unregulated, companies began making more and more unproven claims and publishing increasingly misleading photos. And the companies they’re naming reads as a who’s who list of the top names in skincare: Helena Rubinstein, Guerlain, L’Oreal, Lancome, Coty, Lancaster, Avon, Chanel, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido… the list goes on and on! Dr. Obagi has…

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Tip: Eat more water

Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is easier said than done. Are you looking for alternatives? Try eat more fruits and veggies, especially in the summer when fresh produce is easy to come by. Not only do they offer a healthy blend of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and fiber, they’re also high in water. Here are some of the best. F​ruits Strawberries—a 149 gram serving has 92% water. Melons—a typical portion of watermelon or cantaloupe is 160 grams, but the water content is 90-92%. Blueberries and apples—you can count on getting 84% of their weight in water,…

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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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