Summer Body Products

As the summer approaches we all frantically attempt to get our skin summer ready for bare arms and legs. The use of nourishing ZO products, packed full of active ingredients, can help get your skin looking firmer and more radiant.

Our products for the hands and body help erase signs of ageing by using powerful antioxidants, retinol, amino acid complexes and nourishing natural oils. See how your skin can be transformed with ZO. Become perfectly hydrated, exfoliated and nourished – from head to toe – ready for summer!

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Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus

This is arguably the best body moisturiser available without a prescription. It prevents moisture loss and allows your skin to regain its youthful appearance, texture, and tone with retinol, ceramides and emollients. An antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid softens rough patches and can help battle frustrating conditions like keratosis pilaris.

Find out more about Keratosis Pilaris here.

Oraser® Cellulite Control

This body crème is probably the ultimate summer body product you need in your life. If there’s one product you get, let it be this. This cellulite cream is formulated with a breakthrough blend of ingredients that work around the clock to reduce cellulite appearance. It visibly smooths skin while providing a slimming effect, ideal for hips, thighs and buttocks.

Learn more about ‘How To Treat Cellulite’ here.

Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème

Once you hit 40, your hands can make you look older than you really are. To Zein Obagi, MD, that’s unacceptable but completely treatable. Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème is packed with retinol, powerful antioxidants, and an amino acid complex to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. This is an anti-ageing treatment that will improve hands’ texture, tone and colour. What’s more, a brightening complex helps erase age spots while broad spectrum UV protection prevents against future skin damage.

Oraser® Correcting Hand & Body Scrub

A breakthrough in hand and body exfoliation. This scrub helps improve the appearance of hand and body areas that suffer from dry, rough, scaly skin. Its dual chemical and mechanical exfoliating system uses proven salicylic acid and sugar crystals for a multi-exfoliation approach. Daily use leaves skin soft and smooth. Shea butter, mango, and safflower oils moisturise and replenish to soften skin and make hands, feet and all areas of the body look and feel hydrated. Added redness reducers help to even skin complexion.

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50

A break-through, one-touch, all angle spray system. The Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 provides even coverage for the entire face and body with a weightless, non-greasy finish. This sunscreen is a non-irritating and water resistant formula that lasts up to 80 minutes. Plus, its exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps guard skin against photo-damage and future signs of ageing. Enriched with a dual moisture replenishment system and skin lipid restorers that prevent dry, flaky skin by combating the dehydrating effects of prolonged sun exposure. What’s more, it doesn’t just protect the skin from harmful UV rays but HEV light too!

Can the Sun Cure Acne? Debunking The Myth

We have always been told that the sun clears up spots and can help cure acne, but is this actually true?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is a complete myth and a very dangerous one, at that.

Can the Sun Cure Acne?

Acne Is A Genetic Skin Condition

The idea that natural sunlight can help fix all your skin woes while simultaneously giving you a gorgeous glow may sound attractive. However, the reality is that acne is just a genetic skin disorder. Sun exposure cannot miraculously clear up the skin and cure acne. The main factors that cause acne are; the overactive sebaceous glands and sebum, too many cells being formed, blocked follicles, bacteria, and inflammation.

A Pseudo-Acne Cure

Sun damage suppresses your immune system and consequently the immune cells in acne, from which redness is formed. When acne diminishes rapidly after sun exposure, this is actually your immune system shutting down. Thus, it appears as though inflammation has been reduced. In the short-term, this may be appealing, but in the long-term, it could be hazardous to your health. If your immune system can no longer function properly this leaves your body unable to fight off other health risks such as cancer cells. This is arguably not all that surprising as UV rays are known to be a primary cause of skin cancer.

In addition, the sun triggers the skin to produce melanin, making it look darker, which can diminish the appearance of acne. The skin redness induced by acne is disguised, leading some to believe that their acne has been cured.

Moreover, the sun dehydrates the skin. While your skin may temporarily feel less oily, this does not mean your acne has been cured. Your body will quickly kick into defense-mode and create excess oil to combat the dry skin, leaving your skin worse off than before.

Don’t Skip The Sunscreen

Many opt for skipping SPF because they believe that sunscreen is greasy and pore-clogging while the sun itself is much better for acne-prone skin. However, this is far from the truth. With new skincare technology, there are many sunscreens which are compatible with acne skin and do not worsen the condition.

Discover the differences in physical and chemical sunscreen and which one is best for you.

As a general rule, dermatologists do not recommend sunbathing as a legitimate way to cure acne. The sun and UV rays are very damaging to the skin and the risks are too great to even consider it a benefit to your appearance and health.

Find all ZO Skin Health Acne products HERE.

Find all ZO Medical Acne products HERE.

Chemical peel benefits, before and after

So you’ve made the decision to get a peel. You know all the ins-and-outs of what takes place during the treatment but do you know what to do before your facial peel or even after? Here’s how to make the most of your peel and ensure you get the full benefits and best result.

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Before Your Facial Peel

4-6 Weeks Prior to Treatment

To enhance the results of your peel, your physician should start you on a ZO® program based on your skin type. For patients with a high risk of pigmentation problems, your physician may recommend some form of bleaching and correcting creme.

5-7 days Prior to Peel

Avoid any form of laser hair removal, electrolysis, waxing or use of depilatory creams.

3-4 days Before Your Facial Peel Treatment

Discontinue the use of topical retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinol and other potentially irritating products.

N.B: If you have had any procedure such as IPL, laser or microdermabrasion, avoid having a peel treatment until your skin has completely healed.

After Your Facial Peel

  • Don’t panic! Redness, stinging, itching, tightness, mild swelling, flaking, and peeling, are all normal reactions following a peel. The severity of these responses varies for each individual.
  • Exfoliation generally will start 2-3 days after treatment and ends by approximately day 5.
  • Avoid rubbing, scratching or peeling/picking the skin with your fingers while healing
  • For at least 7 to 10 days following the peel, avoid direct sun exposure to best allow your skin to fully heal. If at any time throughout the healing process direct sun exposure cannot be avoided, use Oclipse-C Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 protection as necessary. Apply very lightly and gently to avoid premature exfoliation.
  • Besides the Retinol Crème, do not use alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, benzoyl peroxide, retinoids and other potentially irritating products until the skin has fully healed.
  • You should also avoid running water directly on your face while showering.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise and consequent sweating until the skin has completely healed.
  • Do not have any other procedures such as facials, hair removal, microdermabrasion and lasers until the skin has fully healed.
  • Once your skin has healed, return to the daily ZO® program your physician would have recommended.

ZO® Triple-Spectrum Protection

ZO triple spectrum sunscreenSunscreens protect against UVA/UVB rays, and the ZO® sun protection portfolio offers both physical and chemical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection against harmful, skin ageing UVA rays and skin burning UVB rays. Our physical sunscreens incorporate proven inorganic sunscreens, while our organic sunscreens incorporate a blend of safe chemical filters. Every ZO® sunscreen is oxybenzone-free.

Our sunscreens have actually been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

What Makes ZO’s Sunscreens the Best?

Each sunscreen not only shields the skin against UVA, UVC and UVB radiation but also provide protection from blue light, (also known as HEV light) and IR-A rays. Let’s break down these two lesser known harmful lights.

ZO triple spectrum sunscreen

Protection against HEV Light

Fractionated melanin in all our sunscreens protects the skin from the ageing effects of HEV light. Protection from this light is especially important, as exposure comes from many daily sources including the sun, fluorescent and LED lighting, smart phones, computers, tablets and more. HEV light generates the same amount of ROS (reactive oxygen species) damage as UVA and UVB combined. It also causes DNA damage, inflammation and an onset of premature ageing skin. So sunscreen protection is essential.

Defence against IR-A Rays

Antioxidants protect against IR-A rays (Infrared Radiation). Research suggests that more than half of the sun’s radiation is IR-A which results in an increase of free radicals which in turn causes DNA damage and prematurely ageing skin. Every ZO® sunscreen is engineered with our exclusive 12-hour, time-release ZOX12™ to help shield the skin from harmful IR-A rays. They assist in protecting the skin from free radical damage and prevent future signs of premature ageing.

Learn more about ZO Skin Health Sunscreens.

Learn more about ZO Medical Sunscreens. 

Choosing the Right Sun Care for You

Damage from UV rays and HEV light can create a wide berth of problems for the skin. From hyperpigmentation and an early onset of wrinkles to more dangerous health risks such as skin cancer. So sun care products are essential to protecting yourself against these harmful rays. But which type of sun care is ideal for your skin type? sun care

There are two types of sun care; chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Below we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each formulation to help you decipher which is the most compatible and beneficial for your skin type and lifestyle.

Formula

The most obvious difference between physical and chemical sunscreen is its actual appearance. Physical sunscreen is commonly a thicker, milky white formula that needs to be thoroughly and generously rubbed in. In contrast, chemical sunscreen is a thinner, clearer formula that can easily be absorbed into the skin.

Sun Care Depending on Skin Conditions

Physical sunscreen is better for sensitive, acne and rosacea skin as it is less likely to cause skin irritation and clogged pores. However, the multitude of ingredients required in chemical sunscreen to allow full broad-spectrum protection results in a higher likelihood of irritation for sensitive skin.

 

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What’s more, physical sunscreen can deflect heat from the sun away from the skin which is ideal for rosacea sufferers. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs and transforms UV rays into heat energy, meaning that for those with rosacea skin, there is a higher chance for redness and flare-ups.

Longevity and Effectiveness

While physical sunscreens instantly protect the skin from the sun, chemical sunscreen requires approximately 20 minutes to be fully effective. Similarly, physical sunscreens last longer when in direct sunlight, while chemical sunscreens require more frequent re-application to remain useful.

However, physical sunscreens are not effective when the body gets wet or sweaty. Any physical activity can easily make it rub off. Plus, if physical sunscreen is not applied thoroughly, the skin may not have total protection. In comparison, the molecular formulas of chemical sunscreens have no spaces between molecules so there is no risk of UV getting between and into the skin.

Find all ZO Skin Health’s various sun care products here.

Different types of skin pigment conditions

Did you know there are actually various types of pigmentation? Freckles, Solar Lentigines, Melasma, Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation and Hypopigmentation are not all synonymous with each other. We break down and explain the different pigmentation types, so you can have a better understanding of what’s going on with your skin.

pigmentation types

Freckles

Freckles are the most common type of pigmentation. Though your genetics can influence whether you get freckles, these little dots are often the very first signs of sun damage. They develop after repeated sun exposure and are particularly prevalent on those with a fairer complexion. They tend to become more prominent and appear darker during the sunnier months.

Solar Lentigines

Solar Lentigines are the pigmentation types also known as liver spots, sun spots, brown spots or age spots. They are pigmented spots which vary in colour from light brown to black. They can appear anywhere on the body and are caused by UV rays from the sun exposure. These types of pigmentation must be monitored as they have the potential to develop into skin cancer and melanoma.

Melasma

Melasma (or chloasma) is more common in women. It appears on the face as larger tan or brown patches with an indistinct border. Though causes are unknown, they are often triggered by hormonal changes but the condition can be made worse by excessive sun exposure, certain medications, stress and pregnancy (which is why it’s sometimes referred to as the ‘pregnancy mask’).

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH)

PIH is often the result of acne, burns, friction or aggressive clinical treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser and IPL. This type of pigmentation can improve with time and is treatable with topical products.

To discover the best treatment for your skin, find your nearest ZO Skin Health professional here: http://bit.ly/ZONearYou

Chemical Peels vs. Face Scrubs

An effective exfoliator is essential for any good skin care routine but what’s the difference between using a face scrub or getting a chemical peel? And which one is right for you? To help you come to a decision, it’s good to understand all the ins-and-outs of these two types of exfoliators.

Do chemical peel results outweigh those of a facial scrub? Or maybe, a scrub is more time-friendly for you. Find out below. 

What is a Chemical Peel?

peel is a chemical exfoliator that usually has a watery, gel-like consistency. They are designed to remove the top layer of skin to reveal a fresh, healthy layer beneath it. There are at-home peels and in-office peels. At-home chemical peels, such as the ZO Medical Invisapeel™ are more moderate in their treatment intensity and can be applied by yourself.

Increasingly aggressive chemical peels are used to treat more stubborn skin problems like melasma or severe acne. These must be carried out by a skin health professional.

Discover the different chemical peels ZO® offers here.

What is a Face Scrub?

A facial scrub is a manual exfoliation that is usually a liquid-type product with a gritty texture. When applied and massage into the skin helps to slough away dead skin cells, to reveal smoother skin. Scrubs are easier to attain as you can find them in most beauty aisles in high-street stores. But you should avoid those that contain naturally derived grains as their exfoliating ingredient such apricot kernels, or natural seeds as they can cause skin irritation, especially for sensitive, rosacea and acne skin. An exfoliator such as the Offects® Exfoliating Polish contains round magnesium crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells without aggravating the skin.

Which is Better On the Whole?

This is actually kind of a trick question. As we’d actually say both. Dr Obagi believes that a scrub should be part of your daily skincare routine. It is actually a necessary step in his GSR™: Get Skin Ready protocol and recommended to use for prepping the skin prior to a peel. A face scrub can ensure your chemical peel better penetrates the skin for optimal results. 

Although getting a chemical peel is dependent on your skin type. If you have very sensitive and intolerant skin, for example, a peel may be too unbearable for you. You should work with your skin health professional to build up your skin’s tolerance before starting on chemical peels. A chemical peel is more powerful and penetrates much deeper within the skin than scrubs do. They are fantastic for those with skin problems such as severe acne, uneven textured skin tone, hyperpigmentation and ageing skin.

 

Find your nearest ZO® Skin Health professional here. 

 

The Dangers of Sun Exposure

So you’ve got a holiday coming up and you can’t wait to get a healthy tan. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might want to re-think getting that sun-kissed skin. Find out everything you need to know about the dangers of sun exposure and the skin problems that can arise because of it. dangers of sun exposure

What makes sun exposure so problematic?

Sun exposure induces chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is a destructive process that leads to abnormal cellular function and weakens skin’s immunity, specifically the immunity that helps skin repair itself. Very simple, sun exposure weakens your skin’s ability to repair damaged DNA and with repeated exposure, more damaged DNA-mutated cells appear. These are initially pre-cancerous cells that will eventually mutate into skin cancer. So, in the short term, you may think that holiday glow makes you look healthy, but in the long-run, it’s actually extremely dangerous for your skin.

Sun exposure also disturbs many cellular functions and normal skin texture, resulting in:

  • Discoloration.
  • Dryness and roughness.
  • Sensitivity and redness.
  • Damaged skin collagen and elastin, which will lead to a leathery skin texture and accelerated skin ageing (earlier and deeper wrinkles and folds), later in life.

Sun Exposure Before Age 20

Think you’re safe from sun damage before the age 20? Think again.

The skin is rich with vitality due to proper and active cellular function and repair, but this doesn’t mean your skin is damage-proof. The earliest sun-damaging effect seen in this age group is the appearance of freckles in light-skinned individuals. This freckling is an indicator of early photosensitivity and susceptibility to severe sun damage later in life. This can affect skin texture and lead to a high possibility of skin cancer. So, unfortunately, you may think your freckles look ‘cute’, but they’re actually an indicator of sun damage.

Those who tan well may have less chance of skin cancer in the future as tanning represents the presence of strong natural resistance (due to stable, real melanin, also known as eumelanin). However, they will suffer from severe textural damage, resulting in skin with a leathery feel and solar elastosis. So, no one escapes sun damage if the skin is not protected at an early age. Even in individuals who tan well, as tanned skin is essentially the skin screaming “help.”

Sun Exposure After Age 20

After age 20, sun damage is manifested by skin dullness, discoloration and roughness. In your 30s and 40s, it is characterised by the appearance of actinic keratosis and lentigines. During your 50s, full-blown textural damage and precancerous lesions are evident, as is the appearance of skin cancer in some.

Those with fair skin will experience more damage than darker skin. Similarly, for those with thin skin, you will find that you show earlier sun damage signs compared to thick skin.

What’s more, if you suffer from other skin problems such as acne or rosacea, these skin diseases can increase susceptibility to sun damage. Equally, certain diseases and genetic disorders (i.e. lupus, xeroderma pigmentosum) can increase photosensitivity, accelerate the appearance of sun damage and result in skin cancer.

Keep note that sun-damaging effects are stronger near water, snow or at high altitudes.

Discover the ZO® Sun Protection Principles designed to protect you from sun exposure.

Types of ZO chemical peels

So we’ve told you all about the different ZO® Signature Peels we offer, but how does a peel in itself work to achieve skin rejuvenation? If you’re feeling apprehensive about getting a facial peel, it can help to know what exactly they are. Learn what a chemical peel entails and how it manages to give you revitalised and youthful skin.

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An Overview on Peels

A chemical peel is very simply a chemical solution that can be applied to the skin. It is designed to give a deeper exfoliation than your average at-home scrub, to help actually peel off the damaged upper layer of skin to reveal new, revitalised skin underneath.

Chemical Peel Benefits

Peels are one of the most effective ways to treat signs of ageing, discoloration and UV damage. Commonly used for the face, chemical peels can also be used on the body such as the neck and hands. They can be used to correct and reduce conditions such as a damaged skin surface, pigmentation, uneven texture, lines and wrinkles. They can not only reverse these skin problems but also increase the overall health of the skin.

Peels go beyond exfoliation to provide dermal and epidermal stimulation that help stabilise skin functions and support skin renewal. Designed to improve and correct a wide range of skin disorders, each treatment helps to achieve a specific skincare goal for every patient’s skin condition, lifestyle and skin health objective.

Are Peels Painful?

Chemical peels do sting but do not cause an extensive amount of pain. It’s a discomfort but you should not worry about experiencing unbearable levels of pain. Your tolerance is generally built up, with your skin health professional but you should always speak to them openly about what you can and cannot tolerate.

Find your nearest ZO Skin Health professional here.

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Types of Peels

There are three basic levels of intensity when it comes to peels; superficial, medium and deep. The intensity of the peel is entirely down to you, in terms of what improvement you want to see, the downtime you can afford to take and the level of irritation you can tolerate. Browse our chemical peels.

Superficial peels

These peels only penetrate and gently exfoliate the outer layer of skin (the epidermis). It’s suitable for mild skin discoloration, rough skin and for general skin rejuvenation. Your skin may feel tight for a couple of hours afterwards but will return to normal following this. However, due to the mildness of this peel, regular treatment is needed to maintain its effects. 

Medium peels

This peel can penetrate the outer and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. This type of peel can be used to improve skin pigmentation such as freckles and age spots in addition to moderate skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkle. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat skin growths such as actinic keratosis (chicken skin). Learn more about ‘chicken skin’ here. With a medium intensity peel, you may experience a slight stinging sensation when the peel is applied. Your skin may also go slightly brown or red in the days following the treatment and can take up to 6 weeks to return to normal. Although, you only need to return every 6 – 12 months to maintain its benefits.

Deep peels

This level of intensity is the most aggressive treatment that targets the deeper layers of skin. You can expect to see a dramatic improvement in your skin with this peel as it can help remove tougher skin problems such as melasma, deeper wrinkles and scars. This peel can cause some discomfort and visible peeling for a few days. Swelling can last up to 2 weeks, whilst skin redness can take up to 3 months to diminish. However, it all depends on the individual and your skin’s level of tolerance. Which is why it is so important to speak openly with your skin health professional and discuss the best option for you. Note that this peel can only be performed once.

 

Product Spotlight: Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

Looking for a new sunscreen? Well, look no further. The Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 is a must-have in your skincare arsenal.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

The Smart Tone SPF 50 is an advanced sunscreen that feels lightweight and blends seamlessly into the skin with no white cast left behind. This SPF sunscreen provides daily broad-spectrum protection against harmful, UVA rays and UVB rays. UVA rays are what cause your skin to age and UVB rays are the root of that painful sunburn you get from sun exposure. So protect your skin from sun damage induced skin problems such as melasma, hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation with this smart SPF 50 sunscreen.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

It’s also perfect for daily use as it contains patented colour beads which are designed to blend into most skin tones. Plus, this sunscreen is packed with skin conditions to ensure skin maintains a soft and smooth appearance. So, this SPF doesn’t just protect the skin, it gives it a healthy, youthful glow too!

But the benefits don’t stop there.

Oclipse® Smart Tone is formulated with fractionated melanin to help shield the skin against the damaging, ageing effects of HEV light. Learn more about HEV light (aka the blue light from your smartphones) and how it’s been linked to premature skin ageing.

Smart Tone SPF 50 Breakdown

What are is this sunscreen formulated with to enable it to provide such multi-faceted benefits?

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • Avobenzone is included to absorb the full spectrum of UVA rays so it does not penetrate the skin.
  • Homosalate, Octisalate and Octocrylene work to protect the skin from UVB rays.
  • Fractionated Melanin is the innovative ingredient in this sunscreen which shields the skin from HEV light.
  • Iron Oxides and Mica are the ingredients which provide a pressure-release colour system which can customise itself to match your skin tone.
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate inhibits pigment production to defend against future hyperpigmentation.
  • Sunflower Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate and Tocopherol are all formulated in this sunscreen to provide DNA protection and encourage the repair of damaged DNA to ensure your skin is safe from future damage.
  • ZOX12™ is an exclusive 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex (including vitamins A, C and E) that helps protect the skin from free radical damage and prevents future signs of premature ageing.
  • Petasites Japonicus Root Extract and Beta-Glucan provide anti-redness benefits for the skin, to ensure a soothed and calm complexion.
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil aids in lipid repair.