How Often Should You Apply Sunscreen?

We all know by now that SPF is an essential for any summer holiday. It protects your skin from UV rays, health risks as well as premature skin ageing. But how often do you need to apply sunscreen, to ensure that it is at its utmost effective?

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Before Sun Exposure

A common mistake many make is waiting till they are lying out on their sunbed before they begin to apply sunscreen. Yet, in fact, you need to apply sunscreen about 20-30 minutes before you expose your skin to the sun. This will ensure that the ingredients in the SPF can really begin to work the moment you step outside.

During Sun Exposure

SPF should be reapplied every 2 hours. If you go swimming, play a sport or simply sweat from the summer heat, sunscreen should be immediately reapplied.

When it isn’t Sunny

Even when it is cold or cloudy, you must still wear SPF. It is a misconception that UV rays are non-existent or cannot penetrate the skin when it isn’t hot or sunny. You must always apply sunscreen because up to 40 percent of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation reaches the earth on a completely cloudy day.

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Vitamin C for skin

Vitamin C is a true hero ingredient as it provides a huge range of benefits for the skin. From fighting ageing skin and dealing with pigmentation to defending the skin from environmental harm. Vitamin C can help keep your skin look younger for longer. Find out just a few of the incredible benefits this ingredient can do for your skin below. vitamin c

Free Radicals

Free radicals are said to cause ageing skin in a number of ways. They are linked to hyperpigmentation, inflammation, and the breakdown of collagen and elastin. Vitamin C defends the skin against free radical damage and as a result, it helps to prevent these skin conditions from occurring.

Protects Against Skin Discolouration

In addition to protecting the skin from skin discolouration, it can also help to treat any pre-existing damage as vitamin C is skin brightening. It can help with all levels of skin pigmentation from freckles to brown spots.

Heals Wounds

Vitamin C is also essential for replacing damaged tissue and helping to heal wounds. It is part of the process which improves skin elasticity and helps to create scar tissue for a speedy recovery.

Production Of Collagen

This vitamin is also a must-have anti-ageing ingredient. It helps to bind the molecules that produce collagen which in turn ensures the skin is firm and lifted, reducing any fine lines and wrinkles.

Ossential® C-Bright Serum

The ZO Skin Health Ossential® C-Bright Serum provides a potent dose of pure vitamin C that is stabilised to brighten and re-texturise the skin. This serum maximises the exfoliation and brightening effects, revealing radiant, even-toned skin. Plus, this vitamin C serum also helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Top Benefits:

  • Rapidly exfoliates the skin’s surface hyperpigmentation for a brighter complexion and even tone.
  • Prevents new pigment from forming.
  • Helps to defend against environmental triggers that can initiate new pigment formation.
  • Hydrates and supports skin barrier restoration.
  • Minimises the appearance of fine line and wrinkles.

Find out more about C-Bright.

Hydroquinone: The Controversial Skin Lightener

The controversial skin lightener hydroquinone can be effective for certain indications but prolonged use has the potential to cause severe side effects. Dr Zein Obagi discusses skin brightening alternatives and combination treatments

While I am a strong proponent of hydroquinone, there are good reasons for physicians to prescribe alternatives for patients with chronic discolouration concerns. Used in reasonable concentrations and under physician supervision, hydroquinone is safe and effective for pigment problems such as sun damage, melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It can also prepare skin for rarer issues, like nevi of Ota and Huri, which require laser treatment.

However, to save money and avoid paying consultation fees, some patients continue hydroquinone treatment for years without medical supervision. This is dangerous and can result in severe consequences that are difficult to reverse.


Even under the best medical supervision, patients can develop resistance to the lightening effects of hydroquinone. In my practice, I have found 4% concentration of hydroquinone, used for four to six months, to be the most effective. After this time, some melasma patients stop showing improvement in their skin pigmentation. As the hydroquinone no longer affects the dark spots of melasma, the bleaching effects appear more pronounced in unaffected areas. As the active melanocytes in the affected areas develop resistance to hydroquinone, the patient’s hyperpigmentation in these areas worsens.


To avoid such problems, after no more than five months of hydroquinone application, all patients should stop using this drug for two to three months. This allows melanocytes to stabilise, so they can withstand external and internal factors that might otherwise increase their activity, and restore the skin’s natural melanin. During this phase, patients can use other lightening agents and then resume hydroquinone if necessary afterwards.

Some dermatologists may choose to treat resistant melasma by increasing the concentration of hydroquinone. I strongly advise against this approach. Aggressive application of 4% hydroquinone combined in equal parts with retinoic acid for five months works well, after which patients should use retinol alone for two to three months and then resume hydroquinone treatment if needed.


Sun exposure is the main cause of the over production of melanin, but exacerbating factors include hormonal fluctuations, acne, medication and aesthetic treatments. Any condition causing redness and inflammation can enhance the discolouring effects of UV exposure, including overuse of hydroquinone.

We now know that decreasing the amount of melanin in skin, as hydroquinone does, creates photosensitivity. Without proper sunscreen use (SPF ≥30, with frequent reapplication), photosensitivity leads to inflammation which stimulates melanin production.

The sun can also affect melanocytes directly, increasing melanin production and possibly leading to rebound pigmentation. In addition, phototoxic reactions can trigger a chemically altered bluish melanin compound which is responsible for ochronosis. This is tough to treat because it involves pigmentary changes deep in the dermis associated with altered skin texture.

In the last few years, I have observed a higher incidence of ochronosis in patients who have used various concentrations of hydroquinone, often for years on end. In these patients, ochronosis has occurred in the areas of the face that experience the most sun exposure.

Using multiple modalities such as chemical peels, IPL and fractional laser treatments simultaneously with continuous hydroquinone use, also contributes to ochronosis. This serves as a reminder that when treating hyperpigmentation, we should not use exfoliative procedures, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, or other thermal rejuvenating devices as our first step.

Instead, we should focus on proper skin conditioning—using hydroquinone, hydroquinone plus retinoic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and any disease-specific agents necessary—for four to six weeks before and after any procedure, once skin healing is complete. This helps to restore normality and functionality to the skin and improves treatment results.

Hydroquinone Combinations  

A number of products combine hydroquinone with ingredients such as retinoic acid, glycolic acid and topical steroids. But prolonged use of such products can worsen pigmentation and create additional issues. This is especially true of products that combine hydroquinone, retinoic acid and steroids, and the combination of hydroquinone, tretinoin and fluocinolone. Long-term use can lead to skin atrophy, telangiectasias, skin sensitivity and more stubborn pigmentation.

The topical steroids in these formulations aim to suppress inflammation. This is critical because inflammation excites melanocytes, stimulating melanin production. However, topical steroids only work on pigmentation induced by trauma or disease—post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. In contrast, we must avoid prescribing topical steroids for patients with pigment problems not caused by inflammation, such as melasma.

To avoid disrupting cellular function, these triple-combination products should not be used for longer than five to seven days, in accordance with their instructions. As an alternative, a combination of hydroquinone and retinoic acid without a steroid can be used. It is safer and quite effective when used properly for three to five months with strict sun protection.

Brightening Alternatives

Non-hydroquinone brightening agents may also be prescribed instead of hydroquinone as a healthy maintenance system and to avoid atrophy, carcinogenesis and other local or systemic side effects with long-term exposure.

You should have multiple approaches for each condition and be able to choose the right one for your patients. We have created a non-hydroquinone protocol—not to bleach, but to stabilise cells in order to stop the melanocytes from being active all the time.

ZO Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System

The ZO Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System is a five-product regimen formulated to reverse discolouration, prevent new spots from forming and fight lines, wrinkles and rough texture. Brightenex Skin Brightener and Correcting Crème is the protocol’s anchor, formulated with retinol, vitamin C, melanin inhibitors and antioxidant vitamins E and C to target the three stages of discolouration.

For Redness and Flaking

If redness or flaking occurs, the system includes Restoracalm Soothing Recovery Crème that can be applied as needed. Retamax Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion supports the lightening effects of Brightenex, and fights signs of age with a blend of retinol, plant stem cells and bio-mimetic proteins to stimulate collagen and restore the skin’s barrier function.

Restoring Skin Functionality

Ossential Daily Power Defense is a daytime treatment that features retinol, antioxidants and DNA repairing enzymes to help minimise UV oxidative damage and uneven pigmentation, while restoring skin function and elasticity.

Sun Protection

Sun protection is vital in any regime. Oclipse-C Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 contains fractionated melanin and antioxidants to shield skin from high-energy, blue violet light. I recommend always using a mineral-based broad-spectrum sunscreen as in Oclipse-C for effective UV protection without potential reactions.

Ascorbic Acid

The C-Bright 10% Active Vitamin C Serum harnesses the brightening powers of ascorbic acid. It’s a water-free formula that self activates upon contact with skin. Our non-hydroquinone skin brightener, Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener uses a multi-vectored skin pigment management approach with alpha-arbutin and bio-engineered plant phytotechnology to inhibit melanin production.

The face, chest and the back of the hands are the most common places for discolouration, although dark spots can also develop on the arms and legs. Brightening products developed specifically for the body is a new category and takes into consideration the difference between facial and body skin.

Full Body Treatment

Brightamax Non-Facial Brightener is a full body treatment formulated to manage every stage of skin discolouration on contact. Retinol and vitamin C work to brighten existing pigmentation. Gluccosamine, glutathione, and soy isoflavones prevent future dark spots and discolouration. Stachys officinalis and acetoside mediate redness caused by histamine release, preventing post-inflammatory pigmentation.

Through careful management of hydroquinone usage—optimally four to six months at the most—followed by non-hydroquinone treatments for maintenance, hyperpigmentation can be lessened and controlled. Every case is different, and some patients require additional modalities, such as chemical peels or laser treatments, although in many instances topical treatment is adequate as a solo approach.

Dr Zein Obagi is a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California and is Medical Director of ZO Skin Health

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UV Light and Tanning: Is the Sun Making Your Skin Age Faster

Getting older is an inevitable part of life but looking visibly older doesn’t have to be. Ageing skin is generally due to external environmental factors, particularly exposure to the sun and harmful UV light. These  factors not only accelerate, but change the process of ageing for the skin, damaging and make it vulnerable to blemishes and skin diseases.

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UV Light

Skin damage caused by the sun and UV light is generally located in the most sun-exposed parts of the body. In women, it is especially common on the face, hands and decolletage, while for men, on the back.

Photo-ageing is a particular state of skin ageing caused by chronic damage from UV rays and sun exposure. The latter, in the long run, causes long-term damage to the DNA of skin cells, as well as contributing to biological ageing.

The harmful habit of tanning whether on a sunbed or by the beach, repeated over time, will damage collagen in the skin and ultimately speed up the ageing process, resulting in:

  • deep wrinkles
  • loss of elasticity
  • dry and rough skin
  • the presence of dilated capillaries on the cheeks, nose and ears
  • dark spots
  • flaking
  • actinic keratosis
  • skin cancer

The most common signs of sun damage include solar lentigo, wrinkles and loss of elasticity, hemangiomas and seborrheic keratoses (brown, black or light tan growth on the face, chest, shoulders or back).

ZO Skin Health and Medical offer solutions to prevent and treat the visible signs of UV light sun damage:

 Brightamax  Brightenex  C-Bright  Restoracalm

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 Oclipse-C  Oclipse Sun Spray 50  Oclipse
Sunscreen + Primer
 Oclipse Smart Tone
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Does ZO’s Growth Factor Plus Serum Work?

Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus delivers daily DNA repair and antioxidant protection to slow and correct signs of ageing. Two growth factors in Growth Factor serum support collagen production for increased skin density. A combination of retinol and amino acids in this serum stimulate cellular function, reduce collagen degradation and restore elasticity for total skin rejuvenation.

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Who is it Suitable For?

This serum is a lightweight gel that helps strengthen skin, supports skin repair and protects against future signs of ageing. It’s perfect for all skin types, even the most sensitive skin.

How Exactly Does the Growth Factor Serum Benefit the Skin?

  • Boosts elastin and collagen production to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to tighten and firm the skin.
  • Growth Factor serum promotes cell turnover to help smooth the skin and provide a more even skin tone against skin pigmentation.
  • Helps protect against DNA damage and encourages healthy DNA repair.
  • Growth factor plus includes antioxidants to provide protection against free radical damage.

What ZO® Customers are Loving

Sometimes it’s good to hear from the everyday users of a brand to be fully convinced of its effectiveness! So we’ve got rounded up some customer reviews, who love ZO® just as much as we do!

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Favourite ZO Products for Beating Blemishes

A Review on the Ossential® Daily Power Defense and Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

Introducing Ossential Daily Power Defense and Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Anti-aging retinol, peptides, and ceramides defend your skin from pollutants, while the sunscreen + primer preps and protects your skin from damaging UVA, UVB, and HEV rays. Both products come from the @zoskinhealth line and are available right here at Thermae Center for Advanced Aesthetics​. Purchase this powerhouse duo together and take 20% OFF, only until August 31st! @sar_carruthers2016 @agesmarter . . . . . . . . . . #yycbeauty #yychealth #antiaging #antiagingskincare #skincare #skincarecanada #zoskinhealth #ossential #oclipse #sunscreen #retional #skindamage #sundamage #uva #uvb #hevlight #hevrays #hevprotection #skincareroutine #yycdeals #yycdiscounts #yycsale #artpieces in the background by @tiffanywollman

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Oraser® Cellulite Control: The Miracle Cellulite Cream

Sunscreen Recommendations: ZO® SmartTone

As a dermatologist, patients often ask if I stay out of the sun?. Growing up in Southern California, I was on the beach almost every day ?. I love to surf?‍♀️, swim ?‍♀️ and I love the ocean ?However, I have always protected my skin by using smart sunscreens and I am religious about re-applying throughout the day ?? So no, you do not have to stay out of the sun☀️ , but just be smart and protect your skin? Sunscreens with physical blockers such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are best ✅ . They physically reflect the UV rays off the skin. Smart sunscreens ?can also reverse sun damage that has occurred in addition to protecting from future damage ?? I recommend Total Defense+Repair by SkinMedica, ZO Oclipse SmartTone and the ColorScience brush on sunscreen for easy re-application. #summer #surfergirl #summertime #sunscreen #skinmedica #colorscience #zoskinhealth #sun #beach #beachlife #beauty #la #oc #beautiful #skincare #skincancer #stefanikappelmd

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A Review on ZO Medical: Post-Procedure Kit

A True Passion for ZO products: Especially the Exfoliating Cleanser 

THIS is the first thing I look for when I wake up every morning (alright alright.. I'll be honest, it's my phone). But I kid you not, this is the first thing I look for when I get out of bed. And if you don't believe me, hear this – About four years ago, I was flying back to Mumbai from New Zealand when the security officer retained my face wash as a punishment for carrying more than 100ml on the flight #stupidme. He might as well have sentenced me to death as back then ZO skin care wasn't available in Mumbai #panicmodeon. Believe it or not, I actually had someone get this product collected from Dubai and had it delivered to the Mumbai airport before my touch down. This is just one of the million (zillion rather) examples of my what-will-I-do-without-my-ZO moments. And THAT is how much their products mean to me. I have been using Zein Obagi (ZO) products for about a decade now, and I swear by them. I've met Dr. Obagi in person too, the founder of this brand and I have no doubts about the fact that he is the God of Hollywood and Bollywood celebrity skincare. So don't say I didn't warn you, as once you see the results you'll actually get addicted to this drug; cause we all know that flawless skin gives a different high. #ZOSkinHealth #exfoliatingcleanser #facewash #anti-aging #moisturizing #foodforskin #skinlover #skincare #dailyregimen #loveyourskin #healthyskin #firmerskin #lookyoung #feelgood #ZeinObagi #ZO #Spasociety for #Spalovers #spagasm #spaaddict #spatrotter #mypassion #lml PC – @rabea_natasha_ahmed

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Move Over Everyday Scrub: Glycogent™ is the Ultimate ZO Medical At-Home Exfoliant

Men Love ZO® Too!

Loving these 3 new additions by #ZOSkinHealth and they fit in so well with my current skincare regimen! ? The amazing blue scrub contains magnesium crystals to exfoliate dead skin cells and help create a clearer, smoother, more even-toned complexion. It also contains vitamin C, A and E for antioxidant protection and to help achieve glowing skin. Advanced Radical Night Repair contains skin defenders that target the multiple signs of ageing. Formulated with a 1% retinol concentration that targets UV-damaged, aged skin more effectively than any other anti-ageing treatment. This radical skin repair serum features the highest concentration of retinol you can find in over the counter products. Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 uses a multiple-defense sun protection system that provides full-spectrum defense against UVA rays and UVB rays. This multi-tasking SPF sunscreen and makeup primer combination delivers a universal tint and silky matte finish to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections. These products come highly recommended!! #theskinbro #skinfluencer #skinblog #skinblogger #skinadvice #skintip #skintips #skin #productreview #skincare #skinfaves #formen #mensskincare #maleskincare #skinhealth #menshealth #skinfit #facial #bluescrub #spf #primer #radicalnightrepair #serum #maleblogger #malebloggers #irishblogger #bblogger #bbloggers #beauty

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The Exfoliating Polish: Another Firm Customer Favourite

Is Your Smartphone Damaging Your Skin?

There is constant discussion on whether smartphones are detrimental to your emotional and mental health but smartphones could also be harmful to your skin health. Other than the spread of bacteria when you place your phone on your skin, new studies suggest that the HEV light emitted from your phone could cause premature ageing.

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What is HEV Light?

HEV light is short for high energy visible light. It appears blue in colour and is very close to UV light on the electromagnetic spectrum. You are exposed to it from the sun’s rays and from everyday technological gadgets. Mobile phones, computer screens and laptops all produce HEV light.

How Does it Damage the Skin?

It is still not known what exact effect this light has on the skin. However, in susceptible individuals, prolonged chronic exposure to HEV and UV light can lead to non-specific discolouration.  The electromagnetic spectrum can affect the intracellular minerals and their movement out and into the cells. This may lead to cellular dysfunctions.

Dr Obagi explains, “with chronic and long exposure the light from cell phones can cause damage to the texture of the skin. In my experience, I have been able to tell which hand a patient holds their phone in, as the skin takes on a dull, almost dirty texture, which has not been induced by the sun.”

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Ways to Combat HEV Light Damage

Dr Obagi insists that a DNA repairing agent and an antioxidant are necessary to encourage skin’s defence mechanisms against HEV light damage.

“I recommend ZO Skin Health Ossential Daily Power Defense as it uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities, regulate cellular functions and increases skin tolerance and immunity to UV radiation. Skin needs to be encouraged to defend itself. The special enzymes attach directly to your own DNA molecules and repair oxidative damage. It contains time-released retinol, enzymes and antioxidants to repair damaged cells and protect against future damage.

A new breakthrough: Liposhield HEV Melanin

Melanin occurs naturally in the human body. Melanocytes release it into the skin as the first line of defence against exposure to harmful light waves.  Liposhield HEV Melanin is a novel, patent pending ingredient. It is the first cosmetic ingredient designed to protect the skin from damaging high energy visible light.

Liposhield HEV Melanin is a fractionated melanin designed to be used topically as an additional defence. It shields the skin from high energy blue/violet visible light (HEV) that may induce premature ageing. Red visible light is deemed to have beneficial effects, and Liposhield HEV Melanin is tailored so that red light can be transmitted to the skin.HEV light damage

Dr Zein Obagi elaborates; “we have been able to successfully incorporate this breakthrough ingredient into a novel formulation while maintaining its efficacy. ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 is a highly advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen designed to blend into almost any skin tone. Patented, customisable colour beads utilising a comprehensive UVA/UVB photostable sun protection system helps provide daily protection from damaging ultra violet rays, while fractionated melanin helps shield against HEV light damage. The addition of Vitamin C helps to achieve an even-toned complexion by inhibiting pigment formation, and we have enriched the formulation with skin conditioners to improve skin texture.”

The ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 also helps prevent future oxidative stress with DNA repair and protection. It also minimises the irritants that can cause skin redness. It has an exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system to help guard against photo-damage. What’s more, the sunscreen restores hydration with skin conditioners that aid in strengthening the skin barrier.

Dr Obagi believes “that this novel ingredient represents the future of sun protection.”

Always at the cutting edge of science and innovation, Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 first launched 5 years ago with this patented and unique ingredient and in 2017 has introduced a new sunscreen the Oclipse® Daily Sheer SPF 50. This is the next step in sun protection shielding skin from HEV light damage, providing broad-spectrum UV protection but also formulated to be recreational-friendly. A non-greasy, perspiration and water-resistant sunscreen that blends seamlessly into the skin as a sheer matte finish. Swim and sweat this summer without worrying about your sunscreen washing away!

Product Spotlight: Daily Power Defense

Ossential® Daily Power Defense is a lightweight skin restorer serum designed to help protect and repair skin. Formulated with retinol, enzymes and antioxidants to help repair damaged cells and protect against future damage. A skin restorer that promotes collagen production, uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities and encourages cellular activity to aid in skin cell repair. The special enzymes in this daily defence serum attach directly to your own DNA molecules and repair oxidative damage such as skin pigmentation caused by UV exposure.

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Who is The Daily Power Defense Suitable For?

This serum is suitable for all skin types but is ideal for those who want to target signs of ageing such as brown spots, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles.


  • Provides hydration.
  • Packed with antioxidants and DNA repair enzymes to protect skin and battle against environmental aggressors, oxidative stress and pollutants.
  • Retinol helps improve the texture of skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles, brightening imperfections for an overall smoother complexion.
  • Repairs DNA damage and protects skin against future damage.
  •  Strengthen skin’s barrier for long-term healthier and stronger skin.
  • Speeds up skin’s natural recovery system.

Top 3 Summer Product Picks

With warmer weather comes fewer layers, so wanting your skin to be at its best is completely understandable. Which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite products for summer.

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Summer Product Picks

Oraser® Cellulite Control: A cellulite cream that actually works. The Oraser® Cellulite Control is one of our top summer product picks as it offers instant firming effects to radically reduce the appearance of cellulite. Ideal if you’re hesitant about wearing a swimsuit. In addition to smoothing skin and diminishing the appearance of cellulite and its dimpling effect, the crème also helps improve microcirculation, reduce skin contour, encourage the production of collagen for firmer skin, and restore hydration to support a healthy skin barrier function. But the benefits don’t stop there. This cellulite cream also works 24/7 to prevent new cellulite from forming. So it doesn’t just make it go away, Cellulite Control ensures it stays away.

Ossential® C-Bright Serum: Formulated with 10% Ascorbic Acid, this serum retexturizes the skin for a brighter more luminous complexion. A potent vitamin C serum that helps remove skin discoloration, prevents new pigment from forming and defends against oxidative stress and environmental triggers that can cause pigmentation. Additionally, this pure dose of vitamin C helps to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. So your skin will look radiant and younger for the summer.

Oclipse® Daily Sheer: Give your skin unparalleled sun protection with this sunscreen. Of course, a sun protection cream would be in our top summer product picks and our brand new Daily Sheer is currently one of our favourites. In addition to its advanced triple-spectrum protection that shields skin against UVA/UVB, HEV, and IR-A (infrared) rays, this sunscreen SPF is non-greasy and quick-drying enabling it to blend easily into the skin for a sheer matte finish. This water-resistant sunscreen delivers exceptional protection for up to 80 minutes, ideal for those who like outdoor activities during the summer.

Why a Dairy-Free Diet is Bad for Your Skin

If you’ve been trying to go dairy-free in a last minute bid to get a summer body ready for your holiday, you may want to know that going dairy-free could spell trouble for your skin. The two main problems that come with a dairy-free diet are a lack of a calcium and an increase in sugar intake.

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While you may think to swap your regular milk for soya milk is an achievement, soya milk is often sweetened with sugar to give it the same taste that natural cows milk provides. There can even be up to 12g of sugar per soya milk carton! Of course, that much sugar is never a good thing for your skin. It can contribute to glycation in the skin which is when sugar molecules damage collagen in the skin resulting in a loss of firmness, elasticity and consequent premature ageing.

But don’t panic, you can combat the effects of deepened wrinkles and saggy skin with serums that include grapefruit oil or vitamin C such as ZO®’s Ossential® C-Bright Serum.


It’s common knowledge that a lack of calcium can mean a loss in bone density. But did you know that a calcium-deficiency can also exacerbate signs of ageing in the face as well? A dairy-free diet and insufficient calcium consumption can cause eye sockets to expand, making your eyes look more sunken, deep set and tired. Furthermore, it can reshape your entire facial structure, losing bone density in your jawline.

If you’re insistent on continuing your dairy-free diet, you can opt for an increase in fruit and vegetables in your diet, such as broccoli, spinach and kale as well as almonds, figs and oranges.

It’s important to remember that if you want to cut out a major food group, you need to make sure to balance it out, so your body still gets the correct nourishment it needs.