IT’S PARTY TIME: IS YOUR SKIN UP TO TASK?

Tis the season for holiday party after holiday party after holiday party. Between office parties, college friends, your partner’s office party and all of the family-friendly fetes, you have one busy dance card. Your head is likely spinning when you start to think about all the prep and primping you’ll need to look your best at each event. Dr. Zein Obagi has a practical solution with long-lasting benefits. The ZO® 3-Step Peel targets hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines, rough texture, large pores and dullness, and works on all skin types. Step 1 is the actual peel itself,…

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YOUR NO. 1 WINTER SKIN WOE: SOLVED

Walking in a Winter Wonderland can be anything but wonderful for and on our skin. Harsh winter weather can leave skin dry, flaky and itchy. Our skin becomes dry when it loses too much water or oil, and this tends to occur more dramatically in winter months. Extremely dry winter skin, in turn, can lead to inflammation. Prevent this vicious cycle by stepping up winter skincare today with: Exfoliation Dr. Zein Obagi recommends exfoliating daily during the winter months to get rid of dead, dry skin and allow younger, healthier skin cells to emerge. ZO® Skin…

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KEEP CALM AND REVERSE ROSACEA

More than 16 million Americans have rosacea, according to the National Rosacea Society. The first signs can include redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead that may come and go. With time, the redness often becomes more persistent and visible blood vessels can appear. Left untreated, bumps and pimples can develop and the nose may grow swollen and bumpy from excess tissue, a condition called rhinophyma (think Santa Claus, W.C. Fields, Bill Clinton). The laundry list of rosacea triggers ranges from sun exposure, emotional stress to wind, exercise, alcohol, fragrances and spicy foods. Changes in…

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THE NON-SUGAR-COATED GUIDE TO SAVING YOUR SKIN

A recent New York Times article alleged that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and instead, throw shade on fat. With the sugar-heart disease connection in the spotlight today, sugar’s effects on the skin is also getting some much-needed attention and fat is getting a bit of a reprieve. Sugar has always been on the “most-wanted” list when it comes to skin saboteurs. Sugar contributes to chronic inflammation, and that can age our skin more rapidly. Put another way, sugar equals wrinkles. Here’s the…

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LOVE YOUR PORES AGAIN

Are you obsessed with your pores? If the answer is a resounding yes, you are not alone. Many of us would do just about anything to shrink our pores. Pores actually slack off with age as they get lazy. Therefore, they look larger or more open. Sun damage also contributes to the shape your pores are in and how visible they are. Chronic oil production and clogging from daily debris and dead skin is also a major culprit. You may find that the pores that bother you most tend to be in the oilier areas of…

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GET TO KNOW YOUR HEV’S FROM YOUR UVA’S AND B’S

Blocking HEV light has been found to be as important as blocking UVA and UVB. There’s a new buzzword in the sunscreen world – it’s called high-energy visible light (HEV). And if you haven’t heard about HEV yet, it’s time to get with the program as what you don’t know may hurt your skin and your eyes. Here’s the 411 on HEV and why blocking it really matters to your skin. What it is: The sun’s HEV, also called blue light, may actually be as harmful as UVA and UVB light combined. It may not cause redness…

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EAT YOUR OMEGA-3 FATS

Healthy skin needs the basics like plenty of H20, key vitamins and minerals, and specific nutrients like essential fatty acids that keep skin supple. Your body’s organs, including the skin, which is the largest organ, need these fatty acids to function optimally. Omega-3 is called an essential fatty acid because it is essential to your health.  Because the human body doesn’t produce it, it is also essential in your diet. Fatty acids are the building blocks of fats, which are vital nutrients. Omega-3 is used to regulate blood clotting, build cell membranes and support cell health….

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TEEN ACNE VS. ADULT ACNE  

You survived high school. You sailed through college. Your breakouts were still showing up in your twenties. But you hit your thirties and your acne is still flaring up, and you thought you would be done by now… You’re not alone. Adult acne is more common than you think. But it is different than the acne you had during your teens in several ways. The key difference is that teenage age is caused by active oil glands and excess oil production, whereas adult acne is caused by hormonal activity. As we age, cell turnover slows down,…

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ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SKIN CARE?

Follow these tips from the ZO® team of skin care experts for how to avoid the most common skin saboteurs. Choosing the wrong products If you’re looking for visible skin improvements, sticking with a routine customized for you by a skin care professional is where you should start. ZO® Skin Health develops clinically advanced products that work synergistically. Your ZO® doctor will recommend when to use each product, what order your products should be applied, and how much of each to use. They can make the process simple so you will see results. Skipping vital steps If…

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WHY YOUR SKIN NEEDS ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are vital to a healthy skin care regimen.  The major antioxidants found in the skin are Vitamin C and E, which we should get from our diet, and coenzyme Q10, glutathione and lipoic acid, which are produced by our bodies.  Free radicals cause chronic damage to your skin cells, and antioxidants can neutralize these dangerous molecules. Increasing these antioxidants with supplements can replenish your natural reservoir, but you need pretty large amounts to get only a modest effect. Many antioxidants are basically unstable compounds, so their ability to get delivered into the skin in topical…

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