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WHY YOUR SKIN NEEDS ANTIOXIDANTS

Antioxidants are vital to a healthy skin care regimen.  The major antioxidants found in the skin are Vitamin C and E, which we should get from our diet, and coenzyme Q10, glutathione and lipoic acid, which are produced by our bodies.  Free radicals cause chronic damage to your skin cells, and antioxidants can neutralize these dangerous molecules.

Increasing these antioxidants with supplements can replenish your natural reservoir, but you need pretty large amounts to get only a modest effect.

Many antioxidants are basically unstable compounds, so their ability to get delivered into the skin in topical preparations is not always a guarantee.  But there are health benefits and anti-aging benefits to getting more Vitamin C, for example. Ask your doctor if you should increase your oral intake of antioxidant vitamins, and use topical Vitamin C therapy. Vitamin C is Ascorbic Acid and is essential for the production of collagen, the strong connective tissue that holds the skin together. Think of it as your skin’s glue.  Because Vitamin C can theoretically both prevent free radical damage to the skin and promote new collagen production in the skin, it is ideal for topical therapy using a serum that helps it penetrate through the superficial layers of the skin.

ZO® Medical C-Bright 10% Vitamin C Serum provides a potent, pure dose of stabilized vitamin C that brightens and re-texturizes skin. Containing a full 10% of ascorbic acid, C-Bright exfoliates surface pigmentation for a more even tone and brighter complexion. The addition of tocopheryl acetate & coenzyme-Q10 provides multiple antioxidant protection and squalane mimics your body’s own natural moisturizer factor for added hydration.

HOW TO COPE WITH ECZEMA

Itchy, red, inflamed patches, blisters and cracking…these could be signs of eczema or atopic dermatitis, a very skin common problem. Depending on the cause, eczema can flare up with severe symptoms at times. It can also be a chronic problem for many people with less intense symptoms and less frequent flares. Eczema means different things to different people.

Up to 20 percent of children and one to three percent of adults develop atopic dermatitis, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Some of the most common causes and irritants are detergents, soap, synthetic fabrics, sweating, household chemicals, certain foods, dust mites, fragrance, pets, plants and other allergy triggers. If you tend to have many allergies, hayfever and other conditions, you may be more prone to eczema or atopic dermatitis.

Avoid things that may trigger outbreaks is the first step to take. The worst thing you can do is to scratch. Scratching the skin can cause it to become thickened and red. It can also create wounds that may become infected if left untreated. You should avoid using potent skin care products, scrubs with large particles, and rubbing your skin with a loofah or anything rough that can increase irritation and cause the problem to spread.

If you think you may have dermatitis, see your Dermatologist who can make a diagnosis and prescribe the right medications if needed. Treatments range from simply avoiding the allergic triggers that cause flare-ups, to antihistamines, antibiotics and steroid drugs applied to the skin or taken in a pill form.

Find a dermatologist near you at aad.org or visit the ZO®DoctorFinder.

SMART SUN PROTECTION

The new buzzword in sun protection isn’t UVA or UVB. It’s HEV – high-energy visible light. HEV is an enemy of healthy skin due to its ability to damage cells.

Exposure to powerful forms of light can be a safety hazard. This hazard concerns doctors more and more as people are continuously surrounded by an increasing variety of artificial light sources, such as computers, digital devices, fluorescent lights and LED sources. These unnatural forms of light release large amounts of powerful radiation known as High-Energy Visible Light.

High-Energy Visible (HEV) Light is made up of certain colors that you can see.  When you look at a rainbow, these particular colors are visible as a thin edge of deep purple and blue on the one side.  HEV light is very closely related to Ultra-Violet (UV) light and has similar physical characteristics.  Invisible ultra-violet (UV) rays cause sunburn, tissue damage and eye disease.  HEV light has been shown to cause similar damage.

Developed by Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi, the newest sun protection technology from ZO® Skin Health is Oclipse® Smart Tone, that offers a powerful dose of UVA and UVB all day sun protection, while also helping to shield the skin from HEV light. The multi-tasking formula helps to skin support its own natural repair process to helping tackle irritation and pigmentation, while softening and soothing skin with rich conditioners. ZO® Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 (SPF) is also formulated with patented color-bursting beads that match any skin tone. These micro-beads burst when rubbed into skin to create customizable color on any skin tone, creating a perfect tint to be worn alone or as a primer under foundation.

“I developed this sunscreen to protect the skin, restore the skin, and maintain skin health,” says Dr. Zein Obagi. “Now everyone can reap the benefits of this science.”

This advanced formula is also super-charged with soothing extracts of Petasites Japonicus Root Extract and Beta Glucan to minimize irritants that can cause redness. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil also moisturizes and aids in lipid repair, as well as Vitamin C to protect against the formation of pigmentation and sunspots.

Back to School With Clear Skin

College is calling your name – and unfortunately, so are stress, sleepless nights, partying, and forgetting about your good skin habits. What comes next? Acne breakouts, pimples, blackheads and more, of course.

Stay calm and carry on. ZO Skin Health has solutions that are easy and simple enough even for an overscheduled student to stick with.

Acne may be caused by genetics or hormones, and usually it’s a combination of multiple factors.   Contributing factors may include diet, sleep patterns, hygiene, lifestyle, exercise, and did we mention stress? If you are not exfoliating regularly because crashing for exams take precedence, dead skin cells will build up on your skin’s surface and inside the pores. These dead cells and debris mix with trapped oil and the end result is pores that get clogged, along with blackheads and whiteheads or pustules can’t be far behind.
To keep breakouts under control requires a 24/7, 365 days/year regimen. Even when you are not breaking out, but have a history of acne, don’t get lax. Stick with a program to achieve and maintain clear skin.
ZO Skin Health makes it easy – even for sleep deprived, stressed out college and grad students.  Try the ZO Skin Health Acne Prevention and Treatment Program that includes:
  • Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser
  • Offects® Exfoliating Polish
  • Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Pads
  • OSSENTIAL® BIO-SULFUR MASQUE
For even more convenience, Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment Pads now also come in single use packets, so you can through a few in your backpack or gym bag to keep acne prone areas clean and free from oil and dirt building. And the super effective blue Ossential Bio-Sulfur Masque doubles as a terrific spot treatment to prevent pimples from erupting.
With daily consistent use, these 4 best sellers will keep your skin clear and healthy all semester long!
NOTE: If your acne is severe or you get deep, painful nodules or cysts, see a Dermatologist. You may also required medical treatment with peels, lasers and prescription drugs.

The M Word

Menopause is a word most women would rather not ever hear. But sadly, it can start in your 30s and last til your 60s in some cases. Among the many changes that women experience during this time are those affecting the skin, and unfortunately it’s not great news.

Menopausal Skin Changes

  • Dry skin as oil glands become less active
  • Skin thinning
  • Decrease in collagen and elastin
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Deepening of wrinkles and folds
  • Increased levels of testosterone and facial hair
  • Pigmentary changes

The best defense against all these changes is a comprehensive skin care program along with sun and nicotine avoidance, a healthy diet, regular exercise and sleep, as well as cutting down on alcohol intake. The healthier your skin is when you approach menopause, the better it will be able to manage the hormonal shifts.

According to ZO Faculty Member Anthony Youn, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon in Michigan, “The key ingredients women should look for in skin care include retinol, antioxidants, pigment regulators, growth factors, and DNA repair enzymes. During perimenopause, we may also consider doing treatments that help tighten slack skin and boost collagen production.”

The ZO Medical range represents Dr. Obagi’s newest thinking in maintaining healthy skin with therapeutic treatments, new protocols, prescription pharmaceuticals and products that treat a wide range of anti-aging concerns.

Your ZO physician may start you on BRIGHTENEX 0.5% Retinol Skin Brightening & Correcting Crème that contains a potent blend of retinol, melanin inhibitors and antioxidants to rapidly brighten and even skin tone quality. As your skin gets used to Brightenex, you may be switched to the higher strength of 1.0% Retinol. Another one of our most popular products is C-Bright™10% vitamin C Serum that gives skin a mega-dose of pure vitamin C to retexturize the skin.

To design a daily regimen that is right for your skin, consult with your ZO Physician.

 

 

The Redness of Rosacea

Picture this. Your face flushes for no reason and without notice. Your cheeks often look ruddy and you can see tiny spider veins. You sometimes have breakouts in those areas too. You get flare-ups sometimes after eating spicy foods, drinking alcohol, and when the weather get hot and humid. If this sounds familiar, you could be suffering from Rosacea.

April is Rosacea Awareness Month, which calls out the symptoms of Rosacea to make people more aware of this all too common problem. Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that is often called “Curse of the Celts” because it is common in people with fair skin, and often in those of Irish or Celtic descent. Just a small fraction of the millions of people who suffer from rosacea are even aware of the condition and seek treatment from a dermatologist and even less of them receive the most effective treatments.

Flushing and persistent redness are the most common early signs of Rosacea. For some people, symptoms may only include mild, intermittent facial redness and flushing. For others, symptoms may be more severe and persistent such as redness, pimples and broken capillaries, or thickened, rough skin. Rosacea onset typically occurs any time after age 30. In some cases, it can affect the neck, chest, scalp or ears as well as the face.

Although exactly what causes the inflammation and redness is not completely understood, hormonal fluctuations and genetics, hyperactive oil glands that lead to increased oil production can all be culprits. While there is no cure for rosacea, effective treatments can be tailored to each individual by a dermatologist to keep Rosacea under control.It is also important to recognize and avoid triggers; the activities or habits that can cause flares.  These can include extreme temperatures, sun exposure, alcohol, spicy food, and stress.

For mild rosacea, Dr. Obagi recommends a daily skin care regimen consisting of ZO® Skin Health products to soothe and calm the skin and repair the skin barrier, such as:

If your case of rosacea is more severe, a combination of in-office treatments and at-home use of redness-reducing products can help improve symptoms. The first step is a consultation with a dermatologist, doctor or skin care professional to find out what is right for you.

 

Pre-Valentine’s Day Lip Shape Up

With Valentine’s almost here, luscious lips are taking center stage.

The first thing you should be mindful of is preventing and restoring healthy, soft lips. Cold weather and sun exposure are the major culprits when lips get dehydrated.  Cool air, reduced humidity and wind can leave the thin lip skin with deep cracks. When lips get dry and uncomfortable from moisture loss, chapping and painful cracking and peeling are not far behind.

The consistent use of a protective balm can prevent your lips from drying out. Emollients in tubes or pots can also reverse the problem. But once lips are chapped, the more often you apply an emollient balm, the  faster the healing process can begin. Look for lip products containing ingredients like shea butter, lanolin, vitamin E, beeswax and dimethicone. They work to create a barrier against dehydration while the moisturizing ingredients keep chapping to a minimum.

ZO Medical LIPREBUILD Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment was developed to reverse and restore severely dry, cracked and wrinkled lips using a clinically proven moisture recycling technology. This hydrating formula contains plant stem cell antioxidants, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, fruit extracts to soften and repair lips. It does double duty by plumping up lips to actually improve their shape, size and contour while restoring them to their natural, rosy color. Now that’s what we call a win-win!

Once your lips are brought back to optimum health, keep them supple with a moisture-rich lipstick or lip balm with an SPF that you apply several times daily.

The Truth Behind Anti-Aging Claims

The anti-aging movement has fostered an increased public awareness that many of the cutaneous changes associated with aging can now be prevented and reversed. Yet sorting through the anti-aging claims in today’s skincare market can often become a lesson in separating fact from fiction.

Case In point, the recent crack down by the FDA on products that claim to affect the genetic structure of the skin. These products have not been adequately tested to prove this benefit, and if they did act as claimed, they would be considered a drug and not a cosmetic.

On the other hand, many ingredients have been clinically proven to improve, enhance, and boost the appearance of skin.

Growth Factors: A type of protein, these greatly buzzed about ingredients are inspired by the natural growth factors found in the dermis and epidermis. They play an important role in promoting healthy tissue repair, boosting collagen and elastin production, and helping other proteins to mend injuries. Skincare treatments that contain growth factors work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin, enhance elasticity, and even out skin tone. Try Ossential® Growth Factor Serum.

Hyaluronic Acid: The key ingredient in injectable fillers like Juvederm® and Restylane®, hyaluronic acid also works wonders as a topical agent. It reinforces the moisture barrier of skin, adding moisture and suppleness to the skin and reducing the flaking caused by dry skin. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and has no known reactions. Look for it in skincare products for its hydrating and plumping benefits. Try Offects® Hydrating Cleanser and Ommerse® Renewal Crème.

Peptides: Short chains of amino acids, peptides occur naturally in the body and work to regulate the activity of other molecules, provide antibiotic benefits, and assist in hormonal balance. When used topically in skincare, peptides boost production of collagen and miraculously help prevent the degradation of key building block proteins in skin cell membranes. Products that contain peptides reduce signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, sagging, and loss of radiance. Use these products regularly and expect to see improvement in the appearance of texture, lines, and wrinkles. Try our top selling Ossential® Daily Power Defense and Olluminate® Intense Eye Repair.

Soy Isoflavones: Products formulated with soy isoflavones are particularly good for menopausal women. Derived from soybeans, these ingredients are high in anti-oxidants and a type of mild phytoestrogen that helps offset the effects of decreased estrogen in the skin. Products formulated with soy isoflavones work to boost collagen production, reduce redness, and improve skin tone. Soy isoflavones also prevent melanin pigments from sticking to skin cells, so they work well as skin brighteners. Try ZO® Medical Brightenex™.

The Great Skin Care Conspiracy

Sometimes the odds of getting a good product are bad when it comes to skin care. The creams and lotions that claim to clear, lift, firm, tighten, and correct your complexion don’t always do what they say they’re going to. Less than 50% of the products you put on your face actually help you look younger. And even fewer than that are worth what you pay for them.

Why are skin care products so confusing? And why is there so little brand loyalty? Part of the problem is that the last 20 years have brought a tsunami of new skin care products, new ads, and new claims. The splashy advertising, the celebrities, and the offers combine to produce instant hype. Every new product promises a new “advance” or “technology” or “significant improvement.” Because this revolution is so new, everyone—retailers, consumers, dermatologists, editors—is struggling to figure it out.

Some cosmetics companies like it that way. They invent funny names for molecules. They retouch the living daylights out of those “unretouched” ads. They cleverly (yet legally) manipulate the copy. These deceptive practices are called “smoke and mirrors”—a metaphor for deceptive or fraudulent practices first used to describe the way in which magicians make objects appear or disappear. It’s clever, but also deceptive.

It works for magicians, and it works for the skin care industry.

Willing and unknowing customers plunk down big bucks because they want to believe the magic. It’s a national addiction because people everywhere want to fight aging and are looking for solutions.

If you’re going to spend money on skin care products, spend it wisely. Make sure that you’re not being conned and make informed decisions. Invest in products that really work. Discriminate. Know how the channel of distribution affects the quality of the merchandise, and the price that you pay. Understand how ads are delicately written and carefully crafted.

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:

  1. To remove surface debris, make-up and oil.
  2. To dissolve the bonds that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin.
  3. 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 or like a film of oil has been left on the skin, counteracting the effects of applying additional products. Additionally, they typically include fragrances, dyes, or oils that can irritate skin, leaving it red or sensitized.

A good facial cleanser is usually very lightweight, most likely a gel-based formula rather than a cream-based formula, and contains some concentration of either salicylic acid for oilier skin, or hyaluronic acid for drier skin. Cleansing is an important first step for all skin types, but for oily, acne-prone skin, it’s critical. The key to managing oily skin is gently exfoliating dull, dry skin cells that trap bacteria, reducing excess oil with salicylic acid, and neutralizing free radicals.

ZO Skin Health Exfoliating Cleanser does all of that and goes one step further by boosting collagen production. It uses encapsulated beads with Vitamin E—the most important anti-oxidant for healthy skin. For dry skin types, you’ll want a gentle cleanser that will not disrupt the moisture barrier. ZO Skin Health Hydrating Cleanser hydrates, rejuvenates, and uses panthenol to soothe, repair, and restore skin, allantoin to clean away dead skin cells and support cellular renewal, and hyaluronic acid for additional hydration support. Dirt, make-up, and premature aging down the drain—washing your face never felt so good.