retinol

NEW Skin Care Technology

For anti-aging skin care and cosmeceuticals, technology is the driver. Some of the most important categories of ingredients for anti-aging used today include; DNA repair enzymes, plant stem cells, growth factors, retinol, and peptides. Retinol triggers natural skin hydration from deep within, by upregulating extracellular matrix production (collagen-1, hyaluronic acid). You can find a potent form of retinol in ZO Skin Health Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, for example. DNA repair agents and synthetic growth factors promote faster repair of the DNA damage induced by both intrinsic (genetic) and extrinsic (environmental, sun exposure, pollution) aging. According to…

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The Benefits of Retinol

We are constantly being bombarded with glossy ads and wild claims about products that will “reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles,” and “rejuvenate sun damaged skin,” and “take years off your skin.” It is enough to give you more wrinkles, just trying to figure it all out and sort through the hype. Dr. Obagi is a huge proponent of using retinol in your daily skincare regimen. “To evaluate whether an ingredient or formulation can deliver what it promises, we have to look at the science.” Retinol is one skin care ingredient that is frequently touted…

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You Multitask – So Should Your Skincare

If you know how to do five things at once, most business professionals would refer to you as a fine multitasker. You know that to get everything you want out of life, multitasking isn’t a choice, but a requirement. The same can be said for your skincare: to get everything you want for your skin, your products simply must multitask. If anyone can appreciate this concept, it’s you—today’s modern woman. That’s why Dr. Obagi created products like ZO Skin Health’s Oraser Body Emulsion, which accomplishes a multitude of tasks at once. We’re talking hydration, exfoliation, hyperpigmentation…

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Skincare Spending Priorities

We all have our spending priorities. We all have things in our life that, to us, justify reaching a little deeper into our pockets. So what are your spending priorities where skincare is concerned? Are you getting the most bang for your buck? For instance, the ZO Skin Health DNA Kit is a go-to recommendation for newcomers to the brand. Why? It’s the best way to familiarize them with all that ZO can do for them—and it stretches their dollar the furthest. Many of our customers come back for DNA Kit seconds once they’ve run out. These are…

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Environmental Skin Aging vs. Intrinsic Skin Aging

Dermatologists like to tell people what they can do to treat lines and wrinkles caused by UV damage, wind, smoke, etc. It’s easy. There are lots of good ingredients for treating environmental aging. But intrinsic aging—meaning, you and your skin are just getting older—is different. Until recently, if you asked dermatologists what ingredient worked best, they wouldn’t be able to give you a straight answer because they didn’t know what ingredients worked for natural skin aging! But now, that’s changed. We have something to say to people who are getting older—and look that way. Intrinsic skin aging…

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Retinol for Sensitive Skin

Many people think that sensitive skin means that they have delicate or fine skin. In reality, sensitive skin is weak skin. No one is born with sensitive skin. Rather, skin becomes lazy from the use of too much moisturizer, and intolerant from the use of products with perfumes, dyes, and additives. In order to successfully treat symptoms—redness, itching, and bumps—we have to improve overall skin quality and reduce the reactive nature of sensitive skin. The best treatment for sensitive skin is a program of skincare products with retinol, which strengthens and enables skin to renew itself. A…

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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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Key Ingredients To Look For

When you get serious about skincare, ingredients become priority number one.  As a formulator, that is the way Dr. Obagi develops his products. He don’t have time to waste on the ineffective skincare, and neither do you. But we often hear women say that they just don’t know which ingredients are the real deal. Let’s start with the anti-oxidants. They protect your skin cells from UV damage, pollution, and free radicals. The most common ones (and the most important!) are Vitamins A, C, & E. Retinol (aka Active Vitamin A): This ingredient’s main function is skin cell…

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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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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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