Category Archives: Grooming


Planning to travel this summer? Vacations are often filled with overindulgence in food, sun and fun – and light in exercise and healthy choices.

And that’s kind of the point, but it’s easy to keep your skin in shape with Dr. Zein Obagi’s travel and TSA-friendly portable skin care regimen.

“Don’t stop taking care of your skin just because you are going off the grid for a vacation,” says Frank Barone, MD, a plastic surgeon in Toledo, Ohio. “Keep up with your skin care regimen, so when you come back you will look as rested as you feel, and remember that beautiful and youthful skin requires consistency and commitment in any season.”

This starts with a regimen:

  1. Cleansing daily. Even if you are exhausted from travel or long day at the beach, cleanse your skin daily with Offects® Hydrating Cleanser,Normacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Dry SkinOilacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin or Foamacleanse™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser for All Skin Types.
  2. Treating acne, rosacea or pigmentation as needed. Don’t take a break from your skin care when you are on a break, as any issues such as acne, rosacea or hyperpigmentation may come back or worsen. Make sure to pack your Aknetrol Acne Treatment, Rozatrol for your rosacea and/or Brightenex 1.0% Retinol for lightening brightening dark spots.
  1. Wearing sunscreen. Don’t take a break from you sun protection either. Make sure to use sunscreen such as Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 judiciously and reapply it regularly throughout the day after sunning and sweating. Whether your vacation is spent relaxing by the surf, hiking in the Berkshire mountains or taking a road trip across the country, SPF is SOP.
  1. Exfoliating twice per week –even when you are on holiday. Offects Exfoliating Polish gets the job done brilliantly which is why it is one of ZO’s best sellers.

If you are checking your bags or just tossing them in the back of your car, size doesn’t necessarily matter – but if you are taking them with you on your flight make sure your skin care products are packed in a resealable container that is 3.4 ounces or less and that all containers must fit in one clear, plastic, resalable 1-quart-sized bag.

Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist before your summer vacay. It’s a great time for your annual skin cancer exam and will give you a chance to review your skin care needs.

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We don’t have the time or bandwidth for overly complex 12-step skin care rituals anymore. Today’s skin care is all about multi-tasking and it must be low-maintenance to become a habit.

Glowing skin is as easy as 1-2-3 – or at least it should be according to Zein Obagi, MD.

1. Cleanse.

A cleanser to remove dirt and debris is the first step in your new ZO-approved super-simple skin care regimen. There are many options available to suit your skin type and needs including Offects® Hydrating Cleanser, Normacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin, Oilacleanse™ Cleanser for Normal to Oily Skin and Foamacleanse™ Gentle Foaming Cleanser for All Skin Types. Follow instructions on the label for maximum cleansing benefits.

2. Exfoliate

Exfoliation is the best way to get rid of old, dead skin cells and make way for newer healthy ones. It also helps refresh dull skin tones, and evens dark spots on the skin. According to plastic surgeon Dr. Aaron Kosins in Newport Beach, CA, “Offects Exfoliating Polish is one of our most popular products, especially for southern Californians who live an active lifestyle. It also works great for keratosis pilaris, those little red bumps that form on the back of your arms and thighs. Use it in the shower daily for smooth skin year round.” uses ultra-fine magnesium crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells for all skin types, providing the benefits of microdermabrasion in the comfort of your own home.

3. Tone.

Toners help skin retain the perfect Ph balance. For example, Balatone™ Calming Toner, pH Balancer helps invigorate dry, weak skin, removes impurities and balances the skin’s pH to optimize the penetration of other treatments. Maintaining an ideal Ph Balance on your skin is the best way to assure optimum skin health.

What can you expect? Following this simple regimen for just one week will result in glowing, dewy and youthful skin, even skin tone, and fewer blemishes. The longer you continue this skincare regimen, the greater and more long-lasting the improvements.

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Beautiful Bride Bootcamp

You found the perfect dress, but there’s still so much do before you walk down the aisle and say “I do.” Your big day is coming and it will be all eyes on you. So how can you make sure that your skin is ready for prime time? Start six weeks ahead on an intensive skin care regimen to purge pores, smooth lines and creases, and reverse pigmentation for a flawless look.

Try this simple and effective home regimen to look positively gorgeous from the rehearsal dinner to the honeymoon. Start at least 6 weeks ahead.


For normal to dry skin, start with this basic plan:


For oily or acne prone skin, add these important steps:

  • Use ZO Skin Health Offects TE Pads Acne Pore Treatment twice daily to prevent breakouts and clogged pores
  • Avoid all skin care and cosmetic products that are not oil-free and non-comedogenic
  • Cleanse and exfoliate diligently on your decollete and back to guard against pimples that may show in your dress from the front and the back
  • See your ZO doctor if your acne increases due to the stress and hormonal flux of being a new bride


Good Hair Days Ahead

A full head of healthy, shiny hair is a very coveted thing. Stress, genetics, vitamin deficiencies, styling damage, and chemical processing can all contribute to hair thinning over time in women and men.  On average, we lose 50-100 hairs day, which is part of the natural growth cycle. However, if you start seeing more hairs on your pillow, in the bathroom sink, or in your brush, hair loss may be a bigger problem.

Making some simple changes to your daily hair care routine may help slow down hair thinning.

Here are 5 tips:

  1. Use a brush made with boar bristles. Plastic brushes can be abrasive on your hair and scalp.
  2. Switch your hair appliances to a cooler setting, or hold your dryer further away from your hair (6-12 inches). Prolonged exposure to heat can be extremely damaging to hair.
  3. Use a protein-based nourishing conditioner to restore the natural oils that are removed from the hair and scalp during the washing process. Also use only sulfate-free shampoo.
  4. Avoid wearing your hair in a too tight ponytail or using an elastic band that can weaken strands and cause breakage.
  5. Eat your share of green leafy vegetables and Omega 3-enriched eggs. Diets rich in calcium, protein and iron can help reduce or even prevent hair loss.

If excessive hair loss persists, see your dermatologist to find out what the underlying cause may be.

6 Tips for a Safe Manicure

Nothing beats a luxurious mani/pedi in a spa or salon for pampering and relaxation, but be sure that you’re getting a safe manicure without the risk of infection.

Read these 6 tips for getting a beautiful manicure without any problems or surprises:

  1. Serious nail infections can be caused by excessive cutting of the cuticle,  or the use of manicure instruments that have not been sterilized properly, or soaking tubs that are not been cleaned sufficiently in between clients.
  2. The general appearance of the salon or location does not necessarily indicate how safe and clean the instruments and tools are, or how experienced the nail technicians may be, no matter how professional, beautiful, or expensive the decor looks.
  3. Read online reviews of the salon before making an appointment, and ask your manicurist directly about any safety concerns you may have.
  4. To be on the safe side, always bring your own equipment to the salon, including nail clippers, scissors, and even files. Some salons will allow you store your own personal set right there with your name on it for convenience.
  5. Keep your instruments clean by using rubbing alcohol after every use.
  6. If you see yellow, greenish tinge or thickened nails, that could be the sign of a fungal infection that needs medical treatment. Nail infections can be hard to treat and tend to linger on, so be careful about who does your mani/pedi!


Tips for the Perfect Pedi

Nothing says party like a strappy pair of sandals and the perfectly pedicured feet to go with them. “With a little time and the right tools, you can give yourself a colorful and relaxing pedi right in the comfort of your home, “ says Dr. Monika Kiripolsky. Read on for Dr. Kiripolsky’s 6 tips for the perfect pedi.

Soak It: After removing old polish, fill a large bowl, tub, or basin with warm water. Add bath salts, Epsom salts, or even a dash of your favorite aromatherapy oil. Soak feet for 10 minutes, longer if they are very calloused. An interesting twist is to throw in a quarter cup of milk instead of the salts. The lactic acid in milk naturally exfoliates and compensates for the water’s dehydrating effect.

Shape It: Remove your feet from the water and pat dry. Softened from the water, toenails are now easy to trim and shape. Start with a pair of nail clippers and cut your toenails just short enough to see a bit of white at the tips. Use the natural topline of your toes as a guide to create a slightly squared shape. Avoid a rounded shape as this can promote ingrown nails. Finish with an emery board to buff down the sharp edges created by the clippers.

Push It: Next apply a cuticle oil or remover to the base of your nails. After a few minutes, push the cuticle back with an orangewood stick using a gentle circular motion. Just push the cuticle, not the skin of the toe. To avoid hangnails and potential infection, don’t cut your cuticles.

Scrub It: Next, tackle those callouses and spots of dry skin with a good foot scrub. You can use a wet pumice stone or foot file, or apply an exfoliating scrub. Look for scrubs that contain lactic or glycolic acid to help remove the dead skin cells. You’ll want to scrub the balls of your feet, bottoms and sides of your heels, and around the toes. The goal is to smooth, not remove; the tough skin is there for a reason.

5. Massage it: Ease any tension left after your soak by massaging in a moisture rich cream. Products with shea butter will go far to lock in moisture and keep those tootsies smooth. ZO® Skin Health Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus promotes smoothness and overall health of your skin.

6. Polish It: Pick an eye-catching color to fit the season. Red is always a winner. Dip the brush into your polish, and wipe off any excess. Place brush in the middle of your nail at the cuticle line, and pull it toward the tip. Repeat on the sides, adding more polish, if needed. Remember, to apply a topcoat to preserve your pedi and prevent chipping.

Now – kick up those heels!

What Your Brows Say About You

If eyes are the windows to the soul than your eyebrows are the window dressing, and like heavy drapes vs. sleek wooden shades, your brows say a lot about you.

Sporting thick bold, but groomed eyebrows, like those spotted on runways and in glossy magazines, says this woman is a risk taking fashionista. Thin, highly arched brows may be a throw back to the 90s, but also express a sense of subtle chic.

Whatever your style, brows are an important part of your face that deserve frequent grooming to keep them neat, trimmed, and symmetrical.

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the most out of your brow shape.

Oval Shaped: Longer than wide, oval faces will do best with a brow that draws attention away from the chin and forehead. A strong, defined brow will bring focus to your eyes and a bit of width to your face.

Heart Shaped: Charmingly romantic, beauties with heart shaped faces have narrower chins and foreheads and cheekbones of equal width. Soften the point of the chin and balance your face with a softer arch.

Square Shaped: Forehead, cheekbones, and jaw line are about equal in width with square faces. Draw attention away from your jaw by sporting a well-defined angular arch with a sharp peak.

Round Shaped: The objective here is break up the roundness and bring some definition to your bone structure. A well-defined brow with a high arch will create angles in your cherubic visage.

Small Eyes: Counter balance your smaller peepers with a fuller brow that has a natural arch to make your eyes look bigger.

Large Eyes: Lucky you, just enhance those attention getters with a bold brow that follows your natural arch.

Close Set Eyes: Open your face by starting your brows farther away from your nose.