Rebecca Newman’s ZO Journey – Week 6: Christmas Party Ready

A success! I attended the GQ Christmas party – rockstars, models etc – and not one flake.

The event was a Friday. On the Tuesday I dropped down to the ZO Essential regime:

Cleanser, Polish, Pads, Daily Power Defense, Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30.

The flaking stopped and revealed the most gloriously radiant skin. Amazing.

A facial with the fabulous Kate Kerr, and I was Christmas party ready (pic below).

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I also stopped by Dr van Eeden who looked at my skin under a lens which showed him how in just a few weeks my pigmentation is visibly less, and how the regeneration of the lower layers of skin is therefore under way.

It is now Monday; I went back on the regime and I am back to skin shedding: as ever, I went a bit hard to start, and the creases by my eyes and mouth smarted so I have pulled back a little (but just a little).


Rebecca Newman’s ZO Journey – Week 5: Natural Moisturising Factors

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This week I wanted to unpack what Dr van Eeden told me about how ZO products bring back the skin’s ability to keep itself hydrated with its natural moisturising factors (why Dr. Obagi believes we should all step away from the moisturiser bottle).

Our skin is rich with natural moisturising factors

These are highly effective humectants: molecules which draw water from the atmosphere into the outer layers of skin. They become less effective as they age and reach the top levels of skin – so maintaining the correct program of exfoliation will be beneficial.

In our deeper layers of skin are aquaporins

The discovery of aquaporins was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1993 – we’ve known about them a while and yet very few skin brands mention them. Aquaporins are a bit like reservoirs: they keep the water level in the dermis stable BUT if you keep putting moisturiser on top, then they believe that they must help the skin to balance by terminating their hydration process

Glyco Amino Glycans

Located on the surface of our cells, these are a kind of highly efficient, naturally occurring Hyaluronic Acid. As long as our skin is healthy, we remove the sebum, wash off external pollutants and nourish it (especially if we aren’t eating diets full of antioxidants if we are stressed etc) – as long as the skincare regime gives support, our skin should not need hydration. Let alone skin oils. But that is another story altogether.

P.S. to make a change I attach a flaky pic and one with makeup for an evening party: next week I will rise to the challenge of a seriously smart lunch time party (i.e. close up conversations with supermodels!)

The ZO Skin Health Circle

Under the guidance of Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health, Inc. has developed a wide spectrum of Therapeutic, Maintenance, Daily Skincare and Prevention protocols to create and maintain healthy skin. Based on the latest advances in skin therapy technologies – unique delivery systems, bioengineered complexes, and exclusive formulations – these products and protocols provide continuous skin health for all skin types, genders and ages, and are represented by Dr. Obagi’s ZO Skin Health Circle. zo skin health circleDr. Zein Obagi developed the ZO Skin Health Circle to illustrate how ZO therapeutic solutions and ZO daily and preventative solutions allow everyone to continually experience healthy, vibrant and youthful-looking skin. Dr. Obagi’s vision, the ZO Skin Health Circle, represents the ultimate continuum of products and protocols available today. This continuum provides skincare systems for:

• Therapeutic treatments that address specific skin conditions and diseases
• Maintenance programs to extend the benefits of therapeutic treatments
• Daily Skincare regimens to keep skin active and healthy
• Preventative products to protect skin from intrinsic aging and future damage

Below we elaborate on each stage of the ZO Skin Health Circle and what it entails:


Treatments provided by healthcare professionals using prescribed products and unique protocols to correct medical skin conditions. Have a restricted amount of time to prevent resistance and reduce complications.


Designed to prevent reoccurrence of persistent skin problems and to keep skin strong and healthy while looking and acting younger. Can be used indefinitely after the therapeutic phase.

Daily Skincare

Effective daily solutions designed for cleansing, stimulating, calming, nourishing and protecting skin. Keep skin healthy, prevent premature ageing and help avoid future skin damage.


Improves overall skin health by minimizing UV damage, preventing DNA damage and protecting against environmental aggressors.

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With these new, comprehensive and continuous solutions, the new world of skin health is waiting for you with ZO products and protocols.

Rebecca Newman’s ZO Journey: Week 4

The other night at dinner I explained to five girlfriends about my ZO regime: they were rapt. Quite simply, it ties together all the information they had vaguely heard about the benefits of retinols, peels etc and places it together into a comprehensive program. Which makes such sense.

So, where am I?

week 4 - ZO regime - Telomeres

Definitely I am learning how much product to put on to keep my skin turning over nicely – to encourage the renewal, to wake it up, to bring it back to its own natural balance – but not tip into being sore: I had a couple of skin cracks around my mouth for a few days and so I pulled back a touch on the amounts until they had gone.

Dr Sam van Eeden called me to check in with my progress, reminding me that skin that may be red or dry or peeling is OK – all part of the process. He also reminded me how important it is to pull product up into the hair line and also down under the chin and throat so I don’t leave any untreated patches (1. they’d look less good and 2. they might not be prepared for the ZO peel I will have later).

Dr van Eeden also reminded me about why such ‘extreme’ side effects are totally fine: they are the visible demonstration that the ZO regime and it’s products are encouraging skin turnover.

As we discussed last week, cell turnover (or mitosis) slows with age. This week let us also contemplate telomeres, next year’s beauty buzz word.

Telomeres act like the nylon on the end of a shoelace – only they are protective caps on the ends of the DNA strands within the body’s cells. As the cells become less efficient at reproducing themselves, due to age, due to glycation (sugar damage), due to oxidative stress (your screen, pollution, those cocktails etc), they reproduce with shorter telomeres. When there is not enough telomere to protect the end of the DNA strand, then the DNA degrades and the cells lose their function. So your skin’s structure starts to become loose, inelastic – and old looking.

This is why a skincare line which works on a cellular level is revolutionary. And why each morning I happily polish off my flaky skin.

ZO® Ultimate Regeneration Treatment: HydraFacial MD®


The HydraFacial MD® is great for all skin types. It is a treatment that utilises super-solutions filled with antioxidants, peptides, and hyaluronic acid to boost skin’s hydration. In addition to fighting signs of ageing and protecting the skin from environmental damage. Your skin will be left feeling and looking recharged, renewed and invigorated.

HydraFacial Step 1: Cleanse

The first step in this treatment is to cleanse the skin. If you have normal to dry skin then the Offects® Hydrating Cleanser is ideal for you. This cleanser hydrates and rejuvenates the skin without disrupting the moisture barrier in your skin. What’s more, it has properties that help remove dead skin cells and support cell renewal while simultaneously soothing, repairing and restoring skin to its natural state.

Equally, for all skin types, you can use the Foamacleanse™ which can remove impurities and deep cleans pores, leaving the skin feeling refreshed, clean and hydrated. Furthermore, it is loaded with antioxidants to help protect the skin from the harmful effects of daily environmental exposure.Foamacleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser ZO Medical

HydraFacial Step 2: Exfoliate

The next step in your HydraFacial treatment would be to exfoliate. For all skin types, the HydraFacial MD® Activ-4™ solution deeply cleanses and exfoliates the skin, softening sebum and dislodging dead skin cells. It simultaneously provides hydration that promotes skin brightening and firming. Additionally, the Glucosamine HCI in this stage exfoliates skin and helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The Algae Extract included is rich in hydrating antioxidants that will leave skin feeling soft, smooth, and radiant as well as help. detoxify and replenish the skin with essential vitamins and minerals.

HydraFacial Step 3: Activate

This advancement in skin resurfacing technology combines the benefits of aggressive exfoliation and chemical peels into a one-step resurfacing procedure. The result combines accelerated benefits from a peel with visible skin rejuvenation and none of the irritation! A 7.5% Glycolic Acid is used to remove dead skin cells and help clear congested skin. It also aids in reducing the appearance of fine lines and pores leaving skin feeling refreshed and renewed.

In addition, a 2% Salicylic Acid at this stage acts as an exfoliating agent, sloughing away dead skin cells. This is extremely effective for those who need to target oily and congested skin because it helps reduce the build-up of dirt and sebum within the pores.

HydraFacial Step 4: Extractions

The next stage of this treatment is the HydraFacial MD® Beta-HD™. This is a multi-action specialised solution formulated for oily and congested skin but can still be beneficial for all skin types. This blend cleanses skin deeply while the Salicylic Acid gently exfoliates the skin preventing any build-up of dirt and sebum within pores. Honey Extract is an excellent ingredient included for natural hydration of the skin. This moisture-balancing extract consists of various minerals and amino acids that make skin soft and supple and also helps to soothe the skin. Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract helps to calm and soothe skin by maintaining its natural hydration.

You can also use Offects® TE-Pads to reduce surface sebum, remove dead skin cells and deep clean congested pores. The botanical extracts can calm any inflammation and soothe irritation.OFFECTS TE-PADS ACNE PORE TREATMENT zo skinhealth

HydraFacial Step 5: Masque

This step is dependent on the type of masque chosen which is subject to your physician’s recommendation for your skin type and condition.

HydraFacial Step 6: Antioxidant Infusion

The Antiox-6™ used at this stage delivers deeply moisturizing Hyaluronic Acid  and detoxifying antioxidants including Vitamins A, E, White Tea Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, and Rosemary Extract for a hydration, firming and tightening antioxidant boost. This powerful formula naturally detoxifies and protects skin from environmental free radicals and replenishes skin’s natural elasticity and hydration.

The Antiox+™ delivers antioxidants, peptides, low molecular weight Hyaluronic Acid and TonePerfect™ complex to reduce melanin production while firming and tightening the skin.

Liprebuild™ is also required to help reverse and restore severely dry, cracked and wrinkled lips. It uses bioengineered and clinically proven moisture recycling technology. It also plumps the lips to improve the overall shape, size and contour while restoring them to their natural rosy colour.

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This is then followed by LightStim® LED. This is a light therapy that emits beneficial light rays to energize cells and stimulate the body’s natural process to build new proteins and regenerate cells. The lamp contains three different wavelengths of light

  1. Amber – which reduces and eliminates fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.
  2. Blue – which works to heal and calm existing breakouts, destroy acne-causing bacteria to minimize future breakouts, and restore the skin’s clear and healthy appearance.
  3. Red – which reduces inflammation and stiffness while increasing blood circulation to speed healing, and diminish bruising.

HydraFacial Step 6.1: Arm and Hand Massage

In conjunction with step 6, above, you can receive an arm and hand massage with the Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus and Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème.

The Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus formulation effectively delivers improvement in the quality, smoothness and overall health of the skin. Specialised hydrators work to immediately soften and resurface rough, dry skin.Oraser Body Emulsion Plus zo skinhealthThe Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème contains powerful retinol and enzymatic skin resurfacers to help reduce the signs of aging in hands. Added skin brighteners help minimise and prevent pigmentation. Added skin lipid replenishing ingredients and hydrators restore and maintain skin softness and texture.

Note: Both Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus and Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème contain retinol and therefore, should not be used on pregnant women. Grape seed oil can be used in place of Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus.

HydraFacial Step 7: Stabilise and Replenish

For this stage, there are three main products which help to boost collagen, fight ageing and generally strengthen the skin.

The Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus contains two growth factors to support collagen production for increased skin density. A combination of retinol and amino acids stimulate cellular function, reduce collagen degradation and restore elasticity.

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The Ommerse® Renewal Crème contains encapsulated retinol, powerful antioxidants and a natural anti-irritant agent to calm, replenish, rejuvenate and repair the skin’s barrier.

Hydrafirm™ is specially designed to help minimize the appearance of multiple signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness.

HydraFacial Step 8: Protect

The final step is to have a multiple defense sun protection system that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB defense. The Oclipse Sunscreen® + Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is formulated with fractionated melanin to help shield the skin from the ageing effects of high-energy visible light. Plus, an exclusive 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex provides all day protection to neutralize damaging free radicals.OCLIPSE SUNSCREEN + PRIMER SPF30 zo skinhealth