Category Archives: Anti-Aging

HEV Light from Smart Phones May be Ruining Your Complexion

Electronic Devices: The HEV Culprit

46 – the number of times we look at our smart phones each day, according to a survey by Deloitte.

And phones aren’t the only device we are glued to, either. We spend around 10 hours each day on our computers, smartphones and tablets, Nielsen Company audience reports.

There has been much research about the damaging effects of the blue or high-energy visible (HEV) light emitted from these devices on our vision and sleep patterns. Now there is a small, but convincing, body of evidence suggesting that such exposure may also lead to pigment changes and accelerate the development of fine lines and wrinkles. Continue reading

WHAT TO DO ABOUT CROW’S FEET

Crow’s feet are fine lines that form around the eyes. They were given this name because they look a lot like … crows’ feet. They are also called laugh lines and are largely caused by sun exposure, although smoking also plays a role, according to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS).

There are two main types of crow’s feet:

Dynamic lines are the result of underlying muscle movement. (Think frowning, smiling and squinting.)

Static lines are always there and are caused by a long history of squinting, frowning and sun damage.

The real question, however, is what can you do about them?

Lots, says Norwalk, Connecticut plastic surgeon Rick Rosen, MD.

“Injections of neuromodulators such as Botox Cosmetic, Xeomin and Dysport are popular ways to address crow’s feet,” he says. “The results last about three to four months.”

Another option, Pelleve Wrinkle Reduction, also targets crow’s feet. Pellevé uses radiofrequency energy to heat inner layers of skin and stimulate collagen production. Collagen, the main protein that gives our skin the supple elastic qualities most associated with youth, will then plump and tighten the skin from within. Results appear gradually with improvement after just one treatment and last up to six months.

A dream cream such as Hydrafirm™ Eye Brightening Repair Crème will also help minimize the appearance of crow’s feet – among other benefits.

All three of these can be used alone – or together — for a combined rejuvenation effect that dramatically softens crow’s feet and improves skin’s overall texture. “Softening crow’s feet not only improves your appearance and can make you look younger, but it can also improve how you feel about yourself and boosts your self-confidence,” says Dr. Rosen.

If you are concerned about Crow’s feet, see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn about the best options out there.

To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you

FOREVER YOUNG: WHY STARTING AN ANTI-AGING PROGRAM EARLY MAKES SENSE

Tick Tock..Is it time for an anti-aging program yet?

We all want to get old of course, but none of us want to look the part – and with a solid anti-aging strategy, we don’t have to. The key is to start your anti aging program early and never let up.

Anti-aging skincare should start as early as your 20s (if not well before), and it starts with just saying no to tanning.

“Exposure to the sun’s UV light does more than increase our risk of skin cancer,” explains Beverly Hills Dermatologist Sameer Bashey, MD. “It also ages our skin exponentially, causing wrinkles, age spots and dryness that appear well in advance of aging.”

Choosing and using sunscreen can put the brakes on such photoaging as well as reduce risk for skin cancer, he says. Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB defense with a universal tint and a silky matte finish. It also protects against high-energy visible (HEV) light from computers, digital devices, fluorescent lights and LED sources.  “Wear sunscreen everyday – not just on beach days, and make sure to apply enough to cover all exposed skin.”

Cleansing counts for a lot too. A cleanser such as Offects® Hydrating Cleanser hydrates and rejuvenates your skin without disrupting its’ moisture barrier. “Apply a small amount to damp face and neck, and massage for one minute before rinsing thoroughly,” Dr. Bashey recommends.

While a good skin care regimen is an important way to protect your skin, other healthy habits count too. If you smoke, quit. Smoking causes premature wrinkling in addition to the dozens of other health ills associated with this nasty habit. Talk to your doctor about the best way to quit smoking as many new tools are available.

Stress also takes it toll on our looks. Find something that helps you chill and do it every single day whether yoga, meditation or even just deep breathing. Regular exercise can also help fight stress and improve health allowing us to live longer, healthier lives – and feel as young as we look.

To get started on this path, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you to locate a ZO skincare specialist near you.

BEAUTIFUL HANDS

Your face looks great but what about your hands?

Hands can take a real beating from your daily activities. Sun exposure, chemical exposure from washing dishes and cleaning, extended exposure to water and dry, cold air.

Maintaining soft, young and supple hands requires a constant adherence to a diligent regimen, wearing gloves in cold, frigid, dry weather, and applying sunscreen 365 days of the year.

To prevent the natural wear and tear on your hands, you need to give them some TLC. You can keep your hands looking healthy and youthful by treating them well and keeping them protected.

After age 30, your skin gets lazy and cell production decreases by about 10 percent, making it less efficient at repairing itself. The tops of your hands, where the skin is thinner, tend to show signs of aging first from sun exposure. The skin of your palms is thicker and is usually not exposed to sunlight nearly as much. With advanced aging, the hands also lose their youthful plumpness due to the breakdown of collagen and elastin and the loss of fat. Bulging veins and wrinkled knuckles will start to look more prominent.

What can you do to keep your hands as beautiful as the skin of your face?

6 Steps to Fabulous Hands:

  1. Avoid overwashing delicate hands. Wear gloves when using harsh household detergents and only wash with lukewarm water, never very hot water that can be more drying. Apply hand crème immediately after getting hands wet.
  2. Regular sunscreen wear with SPF30+ is critical to protect the skin on the top of your hands when you will be outdoors and your hands will be exposed to damaging UV rays.
  3. Brush or dab on a nail oil twice every day to keep cuticles soft.
  4. Peels are an ideal treatment for aging hands, and work the same way they do for your face and décolletage. We recommend Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel for at home use to exfoliate the surface of the epidermis, and improve skin texture and tone. Leave on for 1-3 hours or overnight, and for best results, use 2-3 times per week. Using Invsapeel regularly will also help your topical skin care products to penetrate better and more evenly.
  5. Exfoliate daily with Correcting Hand and Body Scrub , our own chemical and mechanical exfoliating system that combines salicylic acid and sugar crystals to leave hands soft, smooth and younger-looking.
  6. Ask your dermatologist, plastic surgeon or cosmetic doctor about BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dysport® or Xeomin® or dermal fillers like Radiesse®, Juvederm® or Restylane® to help camouflage bulging veins and plump up shriveling, old-looking hands.

To keep your hands looking their best, also try the NEW Beautiful Hands by ZO Kit

With our rich moisturizing formula Nourishing Hand Crème plus three perfect polishes in ZO’s signature colors: royal blue, platinum silver and pearl white.

All ABOUT VITAMIN C

Vitamin C aids the natural process of cell renewal.  It helps the body’s collagen production, the protein that supports our skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and blood vessels. But did you know that Vitamin C is also an antioxidant so it blocks some of the DNA damage caused by free radicals?

Vitamin C was isolated in 1928 by scientist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi and its chemical structure was explained by Norman Haworth in 1933. [1]

What does Vitamin actually do for your skin?

The better question would be: what doesn’t it do!

Vitamin C has achieved a cult status among skin experts as a multi-tasking powerhouse antioxidant. Suitable for all skin types, Vitamin C targets a long list of the most common anti-aging concerns, including but not limited to improving skin clarity, radiance, texture, tone, and reducing pigment. It has been shown to inhibit the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that causes pigmentation.

According to Dr. Rachael Eckel of The Skin Health Institute of Trinidad, “Vitamin C is a vital component of any anti-aging skin care program, and I recommend it for all of my patients for prevention, maintenance and skin rejuvenation.”

Sunlight and pollution deplete the skin’s natural vitamin C supply. But the challenges with delivering Vitamin C into the skin is all about stability. When exposed to air and light, Vitamin C tends to break down quickly rendering it virtually ineffective.

For this reason, ZO products are dispensed in air-restrictive containers to insure their stability and make them last longer so you can reap the benefits. Vitamin C also comes in many forms, including the most popular water-soluble L-ascorbic acid, as well as ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorabe, tetrahexyldecy ascorbate, ascorbyl glucoside, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, which can be confusing if you are reading labels.

At ZO Skin Health, we believe that all skin types need an extra boost of potent Vitamin C to stay healthy and beautiful. Our high-concentration Vitamin C products offer super effective targeted solutions for all ages.

Check out this ‘must-have’ trio of potent Vitamin-C infused ZO products:

C-Bright Serum 10% Vitamin C

This lovely light textured serum provides a pure dose of Vitamin C that is stabilized to help brighten and re-texturize your complexion and allow for maximum absorption. It’s one of ZO’s best sellers and fan favorites!

Melamin-C™ Skin Bleaching and Correcting Crème

Melamin-C contains prescription-strength (4%) hydroquinone combined with a potent 20% vitamin C for optimal melanin inhibition to correct the most advanced forms of hyperpigmentation.

Oclipse-C SPF50

Our lightweight mineral sunscreen safe for even the most sensitive skin types that offers broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, IR-A, and high-energy visible (HEV) light. Ideal for sensitive skin and use after peels, lasers, injections and post cosmetic surgery when skin is compromised.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/labs/articles/23183299/

ALL ABOUT VITAMIN A

Did you know that the potent skincare ingredient we know as Vitamin A was actually discovered in 1913 by an English biochemist named Frederick Gowland Hopkins?

Hopkins called this nutrient “factor A”, which later became known as Vitamin A. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1929 for this important discovery. [1]

Fast forward to 2017 and skin-loving vitamin A derivatives is one of the most important ‘go to’ ingredients in anti-aging as well as anti-acne skincare.

According to New York plastic surgeon Bryan G. Forley, “Vitamin A thickens and stimulates the dermis which is where collagen, elastin and blood vessels reside, which makes it an essential component of an effective anti-aging skin care regimen. Tretinoin and retinol are very useful and proven ingredients.”

Dr. Zein Obagi, Medical Director of ZO Skin Health, is a huge proponent of retinol and retinoids (vitamin A derivatives) because they are proven to boost collagen production, which reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and increases cell turnover to even skin tone and improve skin texture.

Tretinoin (pronounced Tret-in-oh-in) has been clinically proven to decrease fine lines, even skin color, improve texture and tighten pores. Retinol, which is the milder form of Tretinoin, also encourages skin cell turnover.

Looking for the best Vitamin A anti-agers for you skin?

Check out these 4 hero retinol products from ZO Skin Health, and ask your ZO skin expert which are right for you.

Advanced Radical Night Repair

Our best-selling, award-winning formula with a 1% retinol concentration that targets UV-damaged, aged skin.

Brightenex™ 1.0% Retinol

Targets skin discoloration and breaks up existing pigmentation and works to brighten skin and helps even skin tone.

Brightenex™ 0.5% Retinol

Formulated to even skin color and tone, and can also be used as a maintenance product after more aggressive treatments.

Retamax™ Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion

Lighweight, high potency retinol lotion that helps reverse the signs of skin aging and reduce lines and wrinkles.

NOTE: Tretinoin and retinol are known to make your skin more sun sensitive, so it is vital to use high protection sunscreen during the day when you are using products containing these ingredients. We recommend Daily Sheer SPF50 a non-greasy, quick drying formula with a sheer matte finish offering broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, IR-A, and high-energy visible (HEV) light.

[1] http://www.news-medical.net/health/Vitamin-A-History.aspx

WRINKLE REDUCTION JUST GOT MORE SERIOUS WITH REFISSA

A derivative of vitamin A, ReFissa’s® new formulation of tretinoin reduces fine lines and tactile roughness of the skin and helps delete irregular pigmentation from the sun.

It is the only US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved prescription cream with a .05% strength emollient base designed to reduce fine facial wrinkles, correct irregular pigmentation, and smooth substantial skin roughness. ZO Skin Health, Inc. now owns ReFissa® as well as its generic equivalent tretinoin.

So how effective is ReFissa? 71% of women saw improvement in their fine facial wrinkles, and 83% saw improvement in hyperpigmentation in a company-sponsored study. Moreover, continued improvement occurred over the 6-month study period. Side effects may initially occur, which include: flaking, irritation or redness. Dr. Zein Obagi suggests using the product every other night until the skin adjusts, which typically occurs within a month. Gently wash face using a mild soap or cleanser, pat dry and wait 20 to 30 minutes before applying ReFissa as this can reduce the chance of skin irritation, he notes.

A pearl-sized amount of is enough to cover your cheeks, forehead and chin. Spread evenly on the face, avoiding eyes and the skin around nose, ears and lips.

Refissa works in tandem with the ZO® Melamix® skin lightener to help blend the skin to create a more even skin tone.

Using sunscreen such as Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 is important as retinoids like Refissa can increase sun sensitivity. To locate a ZO skincare specialist near you, visit https://zoskinhealth.com/zo-near-you.

NEW YEAR, NEW SKINCARE

I will lose weight … I will join a gym …I will get a clearer complexion. A coming New Year often heralds a laundry list of resolutions about things we will do more of or less of in the future. Many are set ups to fail. In fact, fully 45 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions every year, and just 8 percent of us keep them, according to Statisticsbrain.com.

The key to sticking with your New Year’s resolutions is to create an actionable plan that is not too overwhelming yet provides clear and visible benefits. If your resolution is to get your glow on and achieve a clear, youthful complexion, Dr. Zein Obagi’s “GSR Getting Skin Ready” plan can help. GSR eliminates skin sensitivity, restores hydration and enhances skin health.

Start fresh

Starting fresh is the perfect way to ring in a new year. That’s why the first step in Dr. Obagi’s GSR regimen is to use a cleanser such as Offects® Hydrating Cleanser to remove surface debris.

 

ZO Rx: Moisten your hands and apply a small amount to your damp face and neck. Massage for one minute and then rinse thoroughly.

Out with the old

Sticking with the New Year’s theme here, the best way to jumpstart skin health is to exfoliate regularly. This helps get rid of dead skin cells and makes room for newer, healthier ones. Offects® Exfoliating Polish does just this.

ZO Rx: Exfoliate your skin two to three times a week. Bonus: regular exfoliation enhances the penetration of other your skincare products.

Oust Oil

 

Oil control puts the brakes on breakouts and keeps skin healthy and vital.  Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment works well on all skin types, and gets the job done.

ZO Rx: Use pads twice a day, AM and PM.  A toner may also help eliminate oil. Dr. Obagi suggests using Balatone™ Calming Toner, pH Balancer in the morning and evening after cleansing.

Following the GSR plan will surely reboot your outer glow and keep your complexion healthy for the rest of the year.

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 deal: Sugar and high glycemic ingredients, which are also found in refined grains such as pasta and bagels, convert to sugar which causes blood sugar to spike. This in turn raises insulin levels and puts a burden on your body to handle the food you ingested. This leads to an inflammatory response that produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, resulting in sagging skin and wrinkles. Collagen and elastin are the building blocks of healthy, youthful and resilient skin. They give young skin its bounce factor.

There’s more: undigested sugar attaches to the collagen in your skin through glycation, forming harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products (AGEs). This process can accelerate aging and exacerbate skin conditions like acne and rosacea. This is another good reason to minimize your sugar intake, aside from just managing your waistline and cellulite.

Among the worst skin offenders are all of the simple carbohydrates (and there are a lot of these), including candy, fried foods, ice cream, fruit juice, pasta, sugary jams and jellies, pizza, processed foods like packaged snacks, cookies and chips, and sodas. There is also a long list of foods that may contain hidden sugars that you aren’t even aware of, like ketchup and cream cheese.

3 Ways To Save Your Skin

  1. Go for complex carbohydrates. Switch over to whole grains like brown rice and wheat bread alternatives to their less healthy white rice and bread counterparts. These break down at a slower rate (and won’t cause a blood sugar surge).
  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory diet replete with healthy fats like olive oil, avocados and salmon. Healthy fats keep your skin aglow.
  1. Choose and use products regularly that contain potent retinoids such as our hero anti-aging products: ZO® Skin Health’s Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair and ZO® Medical Retamax Vitamin A Micro Emulsion. Retinoids have been clinically proven to help build new collagen to undo the negative effects of sugar from the inside out.

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.

Omega-3 fatty acids are an important component of a healthy skin diet. Two crucial ones, EPA and DHA, are mainly found in fish including salmon and tuna. Another vital omega-3 fatty acid, ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), can be found in plant sources such as nuts like walnuts, and seeds such as wheat germ. Edamame, pinto, or kidney beans are great sources to boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Look for oils that are high in omega-3s for sautéing, baking, and dressing salads include canola, soybean, and walnut oils.

It is important to note that Omega-3 is easily damaged by oxygen, light and heat, so eating foods that contain them raw is the best way to get them into your system. If you can’t eat them raw, baking or broiling will cause less nutrient loss than frying or boiling. So if you are eating Omega-3 enriched eggs for example, eating them scrambled in a pan or in an omelet may be more beneficial than frying them up. And throwing in some spinach or kale is a great idea because leafy greens are loaded with Omega-3 too.

If you can’t get enough Omega-3 in your daily diet, fish oil supplements are a last resort. Eating a variety of healthy foods is the best way to get the nutrients your body and skin need.