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All Cleansers Are Not The Same

There are a wide range of ingredients used to formulate facial cleansers, so it is important to understand how cleansers work. Facial cleansers function in three basic ways: To remove surface debris, make-up and oil. To dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. To prepare the skin to better absorb treatment and moisturizing products. Most drug-store cleansers remove surface dirt and oil, but they do little to promote cell turnover and prepare the skin for the benefits of the products that follow. In fact, many cleansers leave the skin feeling either tight and dry…

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Night Skincare Rituals

Unlike your body, your skin doesn’t go to sleep at night. It could even be argued that nighttime products are more important than daytime, because that’s when the skin repairs itself. In fact, there are many reasons why skincare products should be applied before bed. Nighttime products are different from daytime products, because the skin’s needs are different. During the day, skin is bombarded with wind, makeup, pollution, and sweating—all of  which exhaust the cells. Why? Because the sole purpose of skin is to protect our bodies from outside insults and contaminants. So during the daytime, the skin…

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Preparing Your Skin for Spring

The story goes that if world-famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, we’re in for six more weeks of winter. At the beginning of the month, there was no shadow in sight, and Phil says we can look forward to an early spring. That means it’s almost time to store the sweaters, pull out the beach towels, and put the top down. But what are you doing to get your skin ready? According to Dr. Zein Obagi, it takes hard work to get great skin, and preparing it for the changing seasons is no exception. “Your…

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Men’s vs. Women’s Skincare: What’s The Difference?

Skin doesn’t recognize differences in gender, so why does it seem like there so many differences between skincare products for men and products for women? The truth is, there really aren’t that many difference—men’s skincare products and women’s skincare products are basically the same. The only real differences between a men’s line and a women’s line are these: (1) Packaging. Packaging that appeals to men is generally more “robust”—with bold type and dark colors. It assures men of their masculinity. (2) Fragrances. Men may be more partial to outdoorsy scents (like wood and leather),  and women to floral notes and…

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Turning Back the Hands of Time

So caught up with skin damage control and repair above your neckline, you might forget all about the other two body parts that can give away your age if not properly cared for: YOUR HANDS. Yes, your hands. You know, the things you use to punctuate a lively story, greet people for the first time, exchange money, make a toast, break bread, hold your steering wheel, check the time, and ,well, do just about every other human function? We realize your face is your face, but your hands attract their fair share of attention, too. And,…

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Winter Skin Care Survival

Thanksgiving has come and gone. With our skin starting to feel the dehydrating effects of winter winds and cold, dry air, what’s a woman to do?  Slather their skin with moisturizers, right? Wrong. A moisturizer is like “dessert” to your skin—it feels good, nice, and smooth, but does little to nothing for your skin cells that lay beneath the surface—the source of skin aging. That’s why it’s important to remember the “main course” of skin care: products that activate, stimulate, and protect your skin. During winter, it’s especially important to: Exfoliate. The dull, dry skin cells on the…

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Love Your Body

What do you like best about your body lotion? If your answer has anything to do with the smell of vanilla, brown sugar, lilacs, roses, tangerine, or watermelon—you’re using the wrong lotion. Dr. Zein Obagi wants you to have a long list of things you like best about your body lotion and he wants them all to do with the way they make your skin look and feel. That’s why he formulated Body Emulsion, which hydrates, firms, fades dark spots, smooths rough patches, and improves fine lines and wrinkles. Like all the products Dr. Obagi is known for, this one…

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Water, Water Everywhere

The number one ingredient in most skincare products (even the high-priced ones!) is—you guessed it—water. Water, of course, is excellent for your skin, especially if it is supplied from the food and water that you consume. Water applied to the surface has much less value. A principal ingredient in most moisturizers, water does in fact help to plump the skin, thereby helping to smooth and hydrate—but it won’t affect a real change in your skin. And, there are several other problems with water: Most creams and lotions take up to 30 minutes to be fully absorbed by…

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Use It or Lose It

Why do so many skincare companies put products in 1-to-6 ounce containers? Why not supersize them, like some discount retailers do? The problem is that supersized products may be false economy. Here’s why: 1. Just about all personal cosmetic products have a shelf life. You can see that date printed on the jar; it’s called the PAO (Period After Opening)—an illustration of a little open jar, with a number inside, like 6M, 12M, etc. This number stands for how long the product will stay fresh after it has been opened. Skincare companies are not required to…

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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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