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ARE YOU SABOTAGING YOUR SKIN CARE?

Follow these tips from the ZO® team of skin care experts for how to avoid the most common skin saboteurs.

Choosing the wrong products

If you’re looking for visible skin improvements, sticking with a routine customized for you by a skin care professional is where you should start. ZO® Skin Health develops clinically advanced products that work synergistically. Your ZO® doctor will recommend when to use each product, what order your products should be applied, and how much of each to use. They can make the process simple so you will see results.

Skipping vital steps

If you’re getting started on a skin care routine with active ingredients like retinol and glycolic acids, start slowly with only a few products at a time. This will allow your skin to adjust to new products. Once your skin begins to normalize and can tolerate more intensity in the active ingredients, your ZO® doctor may upgrade your regimen. Skipping steps, like not cleansing properly at bedtime or forgetting to use your sunscreen, or not being consistent is going to slow down your progress. Follow the plan designed for you and return to see your ZO® doctor periodically to check on how you are doing.

Not using sun protection properly

Sun protection is needed 365 days of the year, even in winter and when the sun isn’t shining. Most of us don’t use nearly enough sunscreen to get adequate coverage. Don’t get lazy about sun protection or you will reverse some of the benefits you have achieved by using ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical products. Sun exposure causes DNA damage that shows up as premature aging. Over time this damage leads to more lines and wrinkles and mottled pigmentation that will make you look older.

Missing out on the benefits of retinol

Beverly Hills dermatologist Zein Obagi is a huge proponent of adding retinol to your skin care routine. He believes that retinol is the cornerstone of every effective skin care program. Ask your ZO® doctor to recommend the retinol that is best for your skin type and concerns. You may start with ZO® Ossential Advanced Night Repair and move up to using ZO® Medical Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion as your skin gets acclimated to it.

Giving up before you see results

If you get lazy or give up after a few weeks of consistent use of your ZO® plan, you will miss out on the real benefits. Stick with your regimen for 6-8 weeks and you will see your skin improve. Good skin care formulations are an investment in your skin’s future, and it takes time to reap the rewards. But it will be worth it when you experience the difference ZO® can make for your skin.

The Anatomy of Dark Circles

The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on the body, which accounts for why it is so prone to environmental abuse and the effects of stress and sun exposure. The skin around the eyes is one of the first places signs of aging like crow’s feet, crepey skin, puffiness and dark circles. The area around the lower eyelids is also prone to dryness because it is so thin, which can make fine lines and wrinkles appear earlier and become more visible over time.

The lower lid area is also quite sensitive so it is recommended not to overdo it with intensive and aggressive anti-agers. Use a moisturizing eye cream with essential fatty acids to combat dryness and smooth the skin around the eyes.  You want to decrease the potential for irritation while increasing the skin’s ability to build new collagen to strengthen the skin that has thinned with age.

Dark circles under the eyes are the result of several factors. For starters, genetics will determine whether you are more prone to darkened areas. Fair skin and thin skin around the eye area can make dark circles look worse and more prominent. Dark circles can also be the result of increased pigmentation, thinning skin that reveals blue and purple veins, or hollowness of the under eye area from fat loss that can create a shadow.

Eye creams with skin lighteners and brighteners such as Vitamin C, can be used to treat pigmentation of the area. Eye creams with ingredients that increase collagen production can help to thicken the skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of dark circles due to underlying blood vessels.

ZO Medical Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme contains active vitamin A and biomimetic proteins to encourage natural collagen production and help restore skin’s elasticity. Our exclusive blend of bioengineered plant stem cells provides potent antioxidants and inflammation management to protect against future signs of skin aging. We also added enzymatic vasodilators, caffeine and coenzyme A to reduce the appearance of puffiness along with optical diffusers soften the appearance of dark circles. Nourishing shea butter moisturizes and replenishes the delicate skin barrier.

 

What is Healthy Skin?

Dr. Zein Obagi first introduced the definition of skin health in 1983 and expanded it in 2008. His definition provides specific, easily recognized physiological, histological, and clinical attributes that can be represented by the skin of a baby as a model for healthy skin. According to the author, skin treatments must correct any abnormality in skin health that deviates from the definition so that it attains the desirable attributes.

“Currently skin health does not have a widely accepted definition or model, as it means different things to different people throughout the world. Healthy skin is frequently described as beautiful, flawless, glowing, and young, but these terms are imprecise and reflect subjective and non-quantifiable characteristics,” says Dr. Obagi.

HEALTHY SKIN IS NATURALLY:
•    Smooth
•    Even in color tone
•    Firm and tight
•    Hydrated
•    Tolerant
•    Contour rich
•    Free of disease

Dr. Obagi’s goals to achieve optimum skin health include the following 4 steps:

  1. Restore skin smoothness, tolerance, and even color tone
  2. Provide uniform hydration
  3. Improve circulation
  4. Regulate skin cellular functions

 

“Most of us begin life with healthy, unflawed skin, but environmental, internal, and hereditary factors and the normal process of aging proceed to undo what was ours at birth. Over time, activities promoting skin health decrease and deterioration begin. Intrinsic aging and/or photoaging (sun damage) cause anatomical, physiological, and clinical changes. These range from a sensation of dryness and dull, weathered skin to wrinkling, jowling, laxity, skin thinning, and easy bruising. Although these changes may not be detectable in youth, they are occurring and will become visible with age,” Dr. Obagi says.

 

To reverse the signs of aging skin and restore skin to a healthy state, consult with a ZO Authorized Physician

 

 

6 Things That are Aging Your Skin

How your skin ages will depend on many factors, some of which you have control over and some of which you don’t. For starters, aging is partly hereditary; that is, your genes help to determine whether your upper eyelids will sag in your 30s or stay perky well into your 50s, etc. Among the factors that contribute to wrinkled, damaged skin include normal aging and the inevitable breakdown of fatty tissue that supports your skin and muscle, collagen and elastin.

However, your lifestyle, diet, and other personal habits play an even more important role and can speed up the aging process. Let’s look at what you can control – so you can get a handle on the aging process and add years to your life.

1. Don’t Smoke Ever. Smoking can produce free radicals, those nasty little oxygen molecules that become overactive and unstable. Free radicals damage your healthy cells, leading to premature wrinkling, and a whole list of potentially life shortening conditions. Cutting back to a little nicotine helps but not as much as you might think. Any amount of nicotine can have a negative impact on your health and longevity.

2. Keep Your Weight Stable. Maintaining a healthy weight will help to avoid premature sagging and skin slackening. Years of yo-yo dieting is another common cause of lax skin quality. As you age, the more weight you carry, can have a dramatic effect on your joints, in particular knees and hips, making you feel older and less mobile as well. Excess fat around the mid section is a known cause of other health conditions, including heart disease.

3. Avoid the Sun and Pollution. Ultraviolet (UV) rays cause damage to the fibers in your skin that give it a plump, cherub-like texture and tone. The breakdown of elastin fibers causes sagging and reduces the resiliency that young, healthy skin has. The skin also bruises more easily, and with additional thinning, may take longer to heal. Furthermore, discoloration and brown spot (also known as age spots) will show up from prolonged sun exposure without adequate protection. The effects of sun and pollution on your aging complexion are cumulative, so they may not show up until later in life.  Stock up on ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30

4. Sleep on Your Back.  The position in which you sleep can actually have an effect on lines, wrinkles and sagging. Sleeping on your side will inevitably cause a deeper furrow on one side of your face. The best position tends to be sleeping on your back whenever possible to avoid what is commonly referred to as “sleep creases.” Just as with excessive facial movements, lines become more visible as your skin loses its elasticity, sleep with your face dug into your pillow can exacerbate facial lines and wrinkles.

5. Manage Your Stress. Stress is a silent killer. It creates all sorts of skin problems, from acne to rosacea, due to hormonal flux. It also affects your ability to rest and get enough sleep to keep you going. Stress can actually damage your cells, and ages your brain, according to numerous studies. When you are embattled by stress, you also tend not to take such good care of your body, your skin and your health.

6. Don’t Overdo Alcohol. Although the occasional cabernet may deliver some much needed resveratrol, downing the whole bottle in one sitting will not serve you well over time. Alcohol, like caffeine, is notoriously dehydrating. Too much alcohol can contribute to other health conditions, such as cirrhosis of the liver, inflammation, dry skin, and a dull, grayish tone to your complexion.

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.

SOS for Aging Hands

Do your hands give away your age? Exercise and diet keeps your body in shape, and proper skincare (along with peels and microdermabrasion) maintains facial tone and radiance, but when it comes to our hands, we often forget to give them the care and protection they deserve. But we should; along with crow’s feet, laugh lines, and sagging skin, spotted, wrinkled, and sinewy hands can age us. In fact, a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) shows that most people can tell your age just by seeing your hands.

Aging hands show the signs of sun exposure and collagen breakdown just like aging skin on the face, hands, and chest. Because the skin on the hands tends to be very thin, sun damage takes its toll resulting in brown spots, slackening, and wrinkles. Plus with age, veins become more obvious—a further sign of aging.

But no need to fear, many options exist for turning back the hands of time; you just need to prioritize your main concern: bulging veins, brown spots, volume loss, thin skin, or slackening.

Discoloration, tone, and texture: Talk to your skincare professional about starting a series of chemical peels and/or intense pulsed light treatments (IPL). IPL addresses photoaging and sun damage and will lighten brown spots more and more with each additional treatment. If your spots are more highly pigmented, lasers can lighten them quickly and effectively. Generally for sun damage, non-ablative fractional laser devices like Fraxel® can dramatically reduce hyperpigmentation after one or more treatments. Healing takes about a week, but the redness and flaking you will experience won’t prohibit you from engaging in your daily activities. Skin tightening devices such as Pelleve® and Ultherapy® can also work wonders on hands to improve texture.

Thin skin, volume loss: Just as with lost volume in the face, injections and fillers such as Restylane®, Radiesse®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic can work to improve the appearance of knotty veins and loose skin. Injections of fat from your stomach or hips can also bring a youthful plumpness back to your hands. Even Botox® and Dysport® can be used off-label to soften the appearance of enlarged veins.

Maintenance: Given the small surface area of the hands, chemical peels, IPL treatments, and lasers are fast and easy treatments, but as the aging process progresses you will need repeat sessions. Be sure to wear SPF every day of the year to maintain your skin improvement or, even better, delay the need for professional treatments. An anti-aging hand regimen should include broad spectrum SPF30, overnight renewal cream, and regular exfoliation.

The ZO® Skin Health quartet of Oraser® Topical treatments for hands works beautifully at home to maintain the youthful appearance of your hands.

Give Your Skin The Rub

Lotions, creams, serums and other skin care products that sit on the surface of your skin have little to no benefit. Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi recommends massaging creams and lotions into your skin until they have completely disappeared and absorbed fully.

Here are the added benefits:

  • Apply products vigorously in a circular motion giving your skin added exercise to stimulate dormant cells.
  • You will enhance the activity of the functional ingredients, because you’re increasing penetration and absorption.

It only takes a few extra seconds to do it correctly and reap the full benefits of your skin care regimen.

Give your skin a little extra exercise today!

So You Think You Have Sensitive Skin?

Dr. Zein Obagi doesn’t believe in sensitive skin. He believes that skin needs to be strengthened by using the right skin care regimen to restore it to optimal health.

Classic symptoms of so-called sensitive skin include:

  • diffuse redness and irritation, especially in the T-zone
  • tingling, tightening, dryness, and flakiness
  • reaction or discomfort to procedures or products—shaving, waxing, cosmetics
  • blotchiness, swelling, edema, which sometimes can advance to rosacea

In fact, these are really signs of skin weakness, and it’s sometimes caused by the use—or overuse—of the wrong products, particularly moisturizers. It seems antithetical—a moisturizer was probably the first product that you used on your skin, and the one you trusted and used most frequently. But it could also be the one that harms and ages your skin the most—either accelerating skin aging, or inducing skin sensitivity.

With young and healthy skin, the cells in the dermis collect water from the food we eat and water we drink, and deliver that water to the surface of the skin. It’s a natural part of cellular nourishment and repair. That’s why it’s so important that we keep skin cells active and functioning normally. But when you apply a moisturizer to hydrate and plump the skin, the skin cells in the epidermis send a message to the cells in the dermis: slow down, we’re fat and happy up here. That causes the cells in the dermis to become lazy and go dormant—and the skin becomes drier, thinner, and less elastic. At that point, the skin is compromised and begins to lose its ability to function as a natural and protective barrier. That induces sensitivity and leads to redness, irritation, wrinkling, and accelerated aging.

Crazy as it seems, moisturizers—which supposedly are calming and soothing—are frequently just the opposite. If you’re going to use a moisturizer, use one that suppresses irritation, that calms the skin, and  that contains some retinol to awaken dormant cells. And don’t ever use a moisturizer to the exclusion of products that activate and stimulate your skin.

Kick the moisturizer habit. Make sure that your skin is rejuvenating and repairing itself. It’s one of the best strategies for well-nourished, healthy skin.