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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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