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First Signs of Spring

The first day of Spring is finally in our sights. In many parts of the country, the first sign of tulips and green leaves on the trees with birds chirping will bring a welcome relief from a cold, harsh winter. And the anticipation of spring making its way is also a reminder that it’s time to step up your skin care regimen as the seasons are changing.

Springtime will naturally be about spending time outdoors, running, jogging, playing sports and taking the kids and dogs to the park. So your first defense against UV rays and protect your skin from free radical damage is a broad spectrum sunscreen. To insure adequate protection, the general rule is to use a tablespoon of SPF 30+ for your face and a shot glass to cover your body. ZO Medical Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50 offers daily multi-defense protection. If you plan to sweat or go swimming, reapply your SPF as needed to maintain coverage.

Think of spring as the season to exfoliate and get rid of lingering dead skin cells that have built up during the winter and can cause your complexion to look dull and pale. Slough off dead skin cells with gentle scrubs for your arms, legs, chest, neck and face that contain microbeads, such as our bestselling ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Polish.

For your face, dead cells and debris will come off to reveal softer, fresher, rosier skin beneath with a dose of ZO Medical Invisapeel Intensive Resurfacing Peel.  Use Invisapeel several times weekly, or once per week if your skin is thin or tends to be dry, and watch your radiance return.

Since skin tends to be dry the during cold winter months, switch out the heavier creams you may have been using for lighter lotions or serums. In the spring, your skin will benefit from retinol to help improve tone, texture, fight acne, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and pores. ZO Skin Health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair is the pen ultimate retinol serum for daily use.

If your skin is oily, make sure to use ZO Medical TE Pads Acne Pore Treatment to keep breakouts under control, as skin tends to have more oil production when the weather starts to warm up.

Lastly, spring is the ideal opportunity to see your dermatologist for a full body check to make sure your skin is free of any suspicious lesions that could be pre-cancerous or skin cancer. It could save your life!

Go To The Gym to Workout Your Skin

People usually workout with a very specific goal in mind: to chisel their abs, drop 15 pounds by the reunion, or just firm up for bikini season. But, when was the last time you heard someone say they were heading to the gym to clear up their acne or improve their wrinkles?

Most people don’t realize that working out benefits your skin just as much as your body.

As a board-certified dermatologist and the creator of ZO Skin Health, Dr. Obagi formulates anti-aging products with potent ingredients that combat wrinkles and fine lines. But the battle doesn’t stop there. He tells his patients all the time that products and procedures do most of the work; the rest is up to them.

You’ve probably noticed that many anti-aging products claim to boost collagen—that stuff youthful skin has a lot of and aging skin doesn’t. But guess what else boosts collagen? Yep, exercise.

A great cardio workout kicks your blood flow into motion. When that happens, your skin cells get a healthy delivery of oxygen and nutrients—the picture-perfect setting for natural collagen production. And how does that benefit your skin? You’ll see fewer dry patches, firmer skin, and fewer wrinkles.

For those who are acne-prone, the reasons to workout are even more attractive. Regular exercise improves blood circulation, which makes it easier for your pores to get rid of the toxins in your body that can lead to blemishes.

On top of this, stress levels drop. It’s no coincidence that pimples show up when they’re least welcome—right before big events. You’ve likely had a lot of headache-inducing planning prior to such events, which brings on a mountain of stress. Exercise balances out the hormones that go into overdrive when stress revs up. It may not produce an immediate difference in skin, but you’ll definitely take note of the absent flare-ups during your next big event.

It doesn’t stop here. Cellulite can improve, the elasticity in your face can bounce back, and a nice rosy glow often results from regular workouts, too. So, the next time someone asks what you’re trying to accomplish at the gym, tell them you’re toning and tightening—your skin.

Incredible Shrinking Pores

Large pores: how can  something so small be such a big deal? Probably because enlarged pores make it difficult to have smooth, firm, tight, youthful-looking skin. Correcting large pores can be a challenge, and it’s even harder for men who tend to have larger pores and more oil glands than women.

Here are a few do’s:

  1. Make sure that you use the right cleanser. Use  one designed for oily skin—look for ingredients like salicylic, glycolic, or lactic acid, and make sure that you use it for one full minute—it takes that long to break down sebum. Even if you think you have “normal” skin, we recommend a cleanser for oily skin, like ZO’s Exfoliating Cleanser. That’s the first part of the regimen, twice a day—morning and night.
  2. Exfoliate! Once a day is not too much. You need to get rid of the dead surface skin cells so that the younger, healthier, living ones can emerge. If you don’t exfoliate regularly, your skin will appear dull and dry. We like a good scrub, like ZO’s Exfoliating Polish. It has round magnesium crystals so won’t irritate the skin. And scrub diligently—what you really want to do is to stimulate your skin cells, keeping them alive and active!
  3. Deep cleanse your pores with TE pads—they’re soaked  in a combination of salicylic and glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin, thus speeding  up skin renewal.
  4. Retinoids (like Retin-A) or high potency  retinol products (like ZO’s Radical Night Repair Plus) may reduce pore size because they help decrease the activity of the oil glands. Active Vitamin A treatment doesn’t reduce pore size for everyone, but many people are successful with it.
  5. Try a quick fix at home. Egg white masks (combine two egg whites and a few drops of lemon juice) can provide a quick, albeit temporary, fix.
  6. Microdermabrasion administered by a professional aesthetician will help exfoliate the skin and provide temporary improvement, but it, too, not a permanent solution.

And a few don’ts:

  1. Don’t get overzealous. Avoid the use of harsh astringents and toners, as they can exacerbate the problem.
  2. Don’t overuse moisturizers. They compact dead cells and decrease cellular turnover. When your  pores get clogged and skin isn’t allowed to exfoliate normally, you increase the probability that pores will be enlarged.
  3. Don’t try to cover up the problem with foundation or powders, it won’t work and will only irritate the pores.

Bottom line, when treating large pores, work with the basics—a cleanser and an exfoliant—daily.