Are You in Hot Water?

You already know that it’s best to stay away from proverbial hot water. But when it comes to your skin, it’s best to stay out of the real stuff, too. Long showers, especially during the cold winter months, dehydrate the skin, causing not only a loss of water, but also electrolytes. When your skin is dehydrated, it becomes scaly, taut, irritated—and makes you look older. So let’s face the facts and see how best to protect your skin. Wash with tepid water and shower only once a day. Hot water will dehydrate and damage your skin. Keep…

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So You Think You Have Sensitive Skin?

Dr. Zein Obagi doesn’t believe in sensitive skin. He believes that skin needs to be strengthened by using the right skin care regimen to restore it to optimal health. Classic symptoms of so-called sensitive skin include: diffuse redness and irritation, especially in the T-zone tingling, tightening, dryness, and flakiness reaction or discomfort to procedures or products—shaving, waxing, cosmetics blotchiness, swelling, edema, which sometimes can advance to rosacea In fact, these are really signs of skin weakness, and it’s sometimes caused by the use—or overuse—of the wrong products, particularly moisturizers. It seems antithetical—a moisturizer was probably the…

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It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Wrinkles happen. Gray hair happens. Age spots happen. But they are all reversible to some extent. Look in the mirror—you already know that what’s really important and it may not be visible on the surface. The same is true with your skin. The cells that are visible on the surface of your skin are all dead. The cells that are really important reside deep in the epidermis and the dermis, way beneath the surface. It’s there that the skin cells renew themselves and produce collagen and elastin, which give your skin its elasticity, firmness, and vitality….

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Fight Aging Through Better Sun Protection

There is a reason why there are so many dermatologists and plastic surgeons in California and Florida: not only are people there concerned about their appearance, but they have more sun damage than most anywhere else. Tans—once considered healthy and attractive—are really the precursor to weathered, aged skin. Of course, anti-aging skin care products are popular all over, but especially in the sunbelt states where the sun’s UV rays pose increased risks of skin damage. And we’re not talking about a few little crow’s feet here and there. Dr. Zein Obagi lives in the unofficial sun-damage…

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Do Your Hands Give Away Your Age?

At about age 35, your hands begin to look older. Wrinkles, age spots, loss of elasticity, protruding veins start to appear. In fact, 68% of women claim that their hands make them look at least 10 years older. So why do most hand lotions fall short? As we get older, the skin on our hands begins to thin. Because there’s so little fat and muscle in our hands, the bones, wrinkles, and veins all begin to show. You need to thicken the skin on your hands—and retinol is the best ingredient for that. Retinol is the only ingredient…

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Asian Skin—Part Nature, Part Nurture

Asian women are often the envy of women around the world because they tend to look younger than their chronological age. Why are they so fortunate? Asian skin generally contains more melanin, so photoaging is less visible. By avoiding sun exposure, they can maintain a more even-tone complexion and their skin is less prone to the tell-tale signs of aging—like wrinkling and sagging. What are some of the characteristics of Asian skin types? Sensitivity. Asian skin is susceptible to discoloration from UV rays, hormonal changes, hot water, saunas, and steam. Asian skin also reacts badly to the use…

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Stretch Your Skin Care Budget with ZO

Want to save some money on your beauty routine? Here’s one easy way: start with a simple regimen from one skincare company. If you mix and match brands, you’re likely to have redundancy (too much of one ingredient), or voids (not enough of another). So when you find skin care that really works for your skin, stick with it. Your regimen MUST include these basic products: a good gentle daily cleanser treatment product (that activates cellular function) antioxidant blend (to suppress free radicals) moisturizer (for occasional use) SPF 30+ broad spectrum sunscreen nighttime repair product If you…

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