Using skincare is only one part of taking care of your skin, there are lots of things you can be doing in your everyday life to help you achieve healthy, glowing skin. Here are just some lifestyle changes that your skin will thank you for.

Makeup Wipes: The Truth Behind What They Are Doing To Your Skin

One of the biggest skincare mistakes, which many people are guilty of, is using makeup wipes! They may seem like a quick and convenient way to cleanse the skin and remove your makeup, but are they? Is the health of your skin really worth trying to cut a few minutes out of your skincare routine? We take a closer look at why it’s time to ditch the wipes and grab yourself a cleanser.

woman makeup wipes, cleansing skin

Harsh On Your Skin

When using makeup wipes you need to apply a reasonable amount of pressure to the skin to remove your makeup. Over time, rubbing and pulling at the skin will not only cause irritation, but lead to an increase in fine lines and wrinkles! The is especially true for the skin around the delicate eye area.

Most wipes contain a high level of detergent chemicals and preservatives, to stop bacteria from breeding inside the pack. However, these chemicals can be highly irritating to the skin, sometimes even causing allergic reactions. Most dermatologists and skincare experts will advise against the use of makeup wipes, especially for those with sensitive skin conditions.

Makeup Wipes Can Cause Breakouts

Although you will see some evidence of makeup removal on the wipe itself, most of the dirt is still on your skin! Using a wipe will only smear the makeup and dirt around the skin on the face, and remove surface makeup. Without rinsing your face after using these wipes, a lot of residue will remain on the skin, leading to blocked pores and then subsequent breakouts.

Ineffective Skincare

Due to the dirt and grime remaining in the pores after using the wipes, any following skincare won’t be able to fully penetrate the skin. So your carefully selected ZO® skin routine won’t actually benefit the skin at all.

So to ensure your skin stays radiant and healthy looking, ditch the wipes. Invest time in a cleanser perfect for your skin type, your skin will thank you for it.

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AHAs & BHAs for Skin Exfoliation

Before we get into the breakdown of what a BHA or AHA is, and how they work, let’s look at the most important question. Why do we need to exfoliate? Helping you skin to exfoliate ensures the skin stays looking radiant, smooth and that the skin care products you apply are getting where they need to be.

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How are they similar?

Both AHAs and BHAs are chemical exfoliators which make great alternatives to traditional grains and scrubs. They smooth the skin to improve the look of dull, uneven skin tone but both have their own unique qualities making them preferable for certain skin types and conditions. Let’s take a look at each one in a bit more detail.

Alpha Hydroxy Acids

AHAs are water soluble which means they will only be effective on the top layer of the skin. This does make them perfect for someone who wants to exfoliate dry and sensitive skin. They are one of the most gentle effective exfoliants, so no more manual scrubbing which can cause extra damage and skin irritation. AHAs also have humectant properties, which means they hold moisture in the skin. AHAs can help with age spots, skin discoloration and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles! The most commonly used AHAs you will see in your skincare items are glycolic acid, mandelic acid and lactic acid.

Some of our favourite AHA containing ZO® products include Glyocgent, Offects® TE-Pads and Invisapeel.

Beta Hydroxy Acids

A big difference between AHAs and BHAs is that BHAs are oil soluble. This means that they can penetrate through any oil clogged pores, so they are working into a deeper level of the skin. BHAs are often used if you have tried to exfoliate with AHAs but need something a bit stronger, or of the needs of your skin have changed. They are generally encouraged for use on oily and acne prone skin, this is also due to their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The most commonly used BHA is Salicylic acid.

Many of our products contain BHAs, some of which include Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser, Cebatrol™ and Vitascrub™.

Something To Note

An important factor to remember with both AHAs and BHAs is you must wear a daily SPF 15 or higher! This is because where they exfoliate the skin’s surface, you will be more vulnerable to sun damage. The best direction is to apply your AHA or BHA product at night before bed, so it has time to really work on the skin, then apply SPF as part of your morning routine to keep you protected.

 

Creating a daily skin routine

Every person struggles with different skin problems whether its oil, acne, pigmentation, rosacea or dehydrated skin. Especially for those who live in the city, the polluted air and other external environmental factors take a huge toll on the skin. So Dr Obagi has created a step-by-step guide, to help you work out and understand with your physician, exactly what your skin needs, to help you to create your perfect skincare routine.

perfect skincare routine

GSR™ Getting Skin Ready

GSR™ Getting Skin Ready is an essential foundation block to building your perfect skincare routine. To be used in conjunction with both medical and non-medical ZO® protocols.

For Normal to Oily Skin, you need to:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Scrub
  3. Oil Control

For Dry and Weak Skin, you need to:

  1. Cleanse
  2. Scrub
  3. Tone

Daily skin routine

Use Ossential® Daily Power Defense every day to:

  • Provide improved barrier function
  • Suppress skin inflammation
  • Provide DNA protection and repair

Use C-Bright™ 10% Vitamin C Serum to:

  • Help address pigmentation problems wherever they exist (use in AM)
  • Provide improved barrier function

perfect skincare routine

Provide Deep Renewal and Stimulation

ZO® offers the following products for renewal and stimulation of the skin:

General repair agents or products: Treatments that address multiple skin conditions such as disease, sensitivity, and dryness. Can only be recommended by your skin health professional.

Specific repair agents or products: Treatments that target or correct one skin condition at a time including sun-damaged skin, uneven skin tone and rough texture. Such as:

Provide Hydration and Calming

All ZO® products help suppress skin inflammation.

Defend with Sun Protection

ZO® offers the following products for sun protection:

Recommended Autumn Skincare Essentials

For those who want to give their skin a boost for the autumn, here are a few of our favourite skincare essentials that we believe will make a visible improvement to your complexion.

autumn skincare essentials

Cleanser

It’s essential to cleanse your skin both morning and night to ensure you remove all the impurities and dead skin cells to promote cell turnover and thus have a fresher, younger looking skin.

For Normal to Dry skin we recommend: Offects® Hydrating Cleanser

Dry skin requires a gentle cleanser that will not disrupt sebum which is why Offects® Hydrating Cleanser is perfect. It hydrates by helping to retaining moisture during the cleansing process and rejuvenates with it’s calming properties such as panthenol, which soothes, repairs and restores skin. In addition, this cleanser stimulates collagen production and contains allantoin, which cleans away dead skin cells and supports cellular renewal. All on top of it removing dirt, oil and makeup without leaving any residue. Washing your face never felt so good.

For Normal to Oily Skin we recommend: Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser

Cleansing is an important first step for all skin types, but for oily, acne-prone skin, it’s critical. The key to managing oily skin is gently exfoliating dull, dry skin cells that trap bacteria; reducing excess oil; and neutralising free radicals. Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser does all of that and goes one step further, by providing encapsulated Vitamin E, the most important antioxidant for healthy skin.

Nourishing Hydrator

No matter what your skin type, one of our skincare essentials is a good hydrating crème for both day and night. Even those with oily skin need to hydrate as without the proper hydration your skin will produce even more excessive oils as an overcompensation for the lack of hydration.

For the day we recommend: Ommerse® Renewal Crème 
This crème is packed with pure retinol, powerful anti-oxidants and a soothing agent to repair the skin barrier and rejuvenate the skin. Oh, and one more thing. It’s a great all-day hydrator, too.

For the night we recommend: Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème
While you sleep, your skin becomes more active, repairing and regenerating skin cells. This is the most important time to strengthen and nourish your skin. Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème is the natural counterpoint to an active day–a little bit of R and R to calm and nourish the skin. It’s not sheer indulgence, though. While you sleep, retinol works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, ceramides nourish and calming agents protect against inflammation.

Peel

Peels are always a firm recommendation from dermatologists and one of our favourite skincare essentials. As it lifts off the rough, dull surface layer of dead skin cells to help give skin the reflective glow that only comes from a smooth, even surface.

We recommend: ZO Medical’s Invisapeel™

This formulation uses a unique process to renew the epidermis, providing enhanced exfoliation without any flaking or peeling, leaving skin noticeably smoother, firmer and brighter. Specialized enzymes and alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) promote exfoliation to improve the texture and help even skin tone in addition to enhancing and accelerating the repair of most epidermal problems such as discoloration, flaky skin and roughness. What’s more this product is excellent for both facial and non-facial skin such as hands, arms and legs!

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Is it ever too early to start using anti-ageing products? The short answer is no. Prevention is always easier than treatment so starting the fight against ageing in your twenties is a smart move.

Anti-Ageing in Your Twenties

Prevention Over Treatment

The skin is no different to any other organ in the body that suffers age-related degeneration. It’s much easier to prevent the decline than it is to reverse the process after it has happened.

To give your skin a fighting chance, you need to start taking care of it from a young age. However, that does not mean that solely using an anti-ageing cream lets you off the hook. Alongside using the right products such as ZO’s Ommerse® Renewal Crème  and Ommerse® Overnight Recovery Crème, you need to unlearn bad habits like leaving your makeup on overnight. By leaving makeup on, your pores get clogged, you get breakouts and your skin is just generally left looking dull and worse-for-wear. So it is essential that you always cleanse your skin properly before you go to bed.

Additionally, one of the biggest mistakes made by those in their twenties, is overlooking the importance of protecting skin from the sun. Exposure to the sun, no matter if its bright blue skies or a dull, overcast day, the UV rays emitted from the sun are harmful and damaging to the skin. Thus for skin to remain healthy and taut as you age, twenty-somethings should get a lead on using sunscreen like Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30. Not only does this product protect your skin from harmful UV rays and HEV light (the blue light omitted from smartphones) but it also doubles up as a makeup primer! A very nifty thing to have in your skincare routine!

See all the sun protection products we offer here. Find your perfect match. 

Skin Superfoods

Are you frustrated that your skin still looks like it’s going through puberty? More than 80% of cases of adult acne occur in women. It’s thought that many cases of adult acne are caused by the changes in hormone levels that many women have at certain times. And whilst there is no evidence to suggest that certain foods can directly cause acne, having a good healthy diet with with plenty of exercise, and a good ZO skincare regime can all add up to make a huge improvement for your skin.

Discover our favourite superfoods for healthy skin below.

skin superfoods Avocados are real skin superfoods because they are a great source of vitamin E, which boosts the skin’s vitality and luminosity. In addition to having vitamin C which can be used to reduce skin inflammation, while the avocado oil is thought to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, which improves its tone and texture and so gives you a better complexion. What’s more eating a regular portion of avocado can also improve the skin’s ability to keep itself moisturised, perfect the colder coming months!
skin superfoods Dark berries are filled with antioxidants and fibre but they are also great for regulating insulin production and staving off hunger pangs!
skin superfoods Broccoli is packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, B, C, E and K. These vitamins all help to increase luminosity in your skin as well as aiding in tissue revival. The omega 3 fatty acids, calcium and folate support the proper function of skin cells, helping cell turnover and stimulating new skin cells.
skin superfoods Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep the skin firm and taut by aiding collagen production. They also contain lycopene, which is the red pigment that gives the fruit their bright red colour, while also stimulating skin circulation and cell turnover.
skin superfoods Make sure you drink the recommended eight glasses of water a day to help your body flush out toxins as well as increasing your fluid levels to help keep your brain fully functional and thus making you more alert.

How Eating Less Is Actually Damaging Your Skin

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they are trying to lose weight is by eating less. Many try to cut corners with weight loss by using fad-diets or simply eating next-to-nothing. However, eating less and malnutrition are a quick road towards ageing your skin. Low body weight has been linked to low oestrogen and DHEA levels (two of our ‘youth’ hormones) and high cfaortisol levels (stress hormones). Low oestrogen and high cortisol levels are key factors involved in the acceleration of skin ageing. So for the sake of long-term skin health and vitality, it is important not to let your body weight fall below your BMI.

eating less

However, it’s not just damaging diets that can advance ageing, the combination of eating less with exercising more also puts your skin under strain as it increases your levels of cortisol and adrenaline. This causes your body to ‘eat itself’ from within.

So it is essential that you keep a balanced lifestyle with a steady workout regime and a healthy diet to lose weight the right way!

Exercise and Skincare

It is also important to remember the importance of maintaining a good skincare regime. Try to avoid wearing makeup when you are working out and make sure to cleanse your face properly after the workout. Read our post on Post-Workout Acne, to find out what you need to do keep your skin clear after exercising!

Why Face Masks Aren’t Ideal for Everyone

You will undoubtedly have read countless beauty blogs and websites that claim face masks are fantastic for every and all skin types. However, in correlation with Dr. Zein Obagi’s belief that moisturisers are actually a crutch for your skin, in the same way, moisturising face masks are not good for the skin either. The only skin type that needs a face mask is oily and acne skin.

face masks

For anyone starting to experience increased oiliness and breakouts, the ZO® Acne Prevention + Treatment Program is a routine that can really help the skin. The build-up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface can cause clogged pores which consequently lead to comedones, papules, cysts and possibly scarring.  This ZO® program slows sebum activity and breaks down surface oils, while exfoliating dead skin cells to help repair surface damage, tighten pores and improve skin texture.

 

Step

Product

AM/PM

Direction

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser

AM + PM

Apply a generous amount and wash face for 40-60 seconds.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

Offects® Exfoliating Polish

AM

Apply a small amount to damp face and neck. Massage 40-60 seconds.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

Offects® TE-Pads

AM + PM

Use one pad 2x/day.

Treat

Ossential®  Sulfur Masque

AM + PM

Apply to face or affected area 2-3/week. AM or PM as needed.

Protect

Oclipse-C™ Sunscreen SPF 50

AM

Apply generously to face and neck.

Support

Ossential® Daily Power Defense

AM

Apply 2-3 pumps to face and neck to strengthen skin.

Support

Blemishbright™

AM + PM

Apply a thin layer to affected area up to 3x/day.

The Autumn Skincare Advice You Need To Hear

Autumn has started to show itself; temperatures are dropping, and the weather’s getting wetter. But with this change in the seasons, many tend to neglect their skincare routine. Since the body is hidden under a ton of layers, it’s common for people to forget about the importance of maintaining healthy skin. But just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there! Your skin probably needs more attention as the weather worsens. So here are the autumn skincare tips you absolutely need to know about for radiant skin this season.

autumn skincare

Exercise

Regular exercise boosts circulation and your immune system resulting in stronger and healthier skin.

Eat Your Greens…

and your reds, yellows and oranges! Basically, load up on your vegetables as they’re packed with antioxidants and other benefits. They help to protect your skin from pollution and UV rays.

Vitamin C

Speaking of UV exposure, your skin is likely still suffering from the after-effects of  summer. If you have an uneven skin tone, sun spots and hyperpigmentation, you can repair your skin with a vitamin C-packed brightening serum.

Use Sunscreen

Although it may not be sunny anymore, you should still use sunscreen in your autumn skincare routine.  UV rays can still penetrate the skin even if the weather is grey and gloomy! But the SPF in your foundation isn’t enough either, so use a sunscreen like ZO’s Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer with SPF30  to protect yourself. Apply it to the face, neck, and chest every day in the morning. What makes this sunscreen even better is that it doubles up as a makeup primer too!

Eat more fish

Healthy fats, like the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, help lubricate the skin, keeping it elastic and supple over time. However, if you’re not a fan of seafood, don’t worry, taking a fish oil supplement will do the trick too!

Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!

We can’t stress enough, how important it is to exfoliate your whole body. The dry autumn weather causes dead skin cells to build up on your body so be sure gently exfoliate twice a week. This will both remove dead skin cells and promote skin cell turnover to let your skin glow!

To keep your lips equally smooth, delicately scrub them with your toothbrush right after you brush your teeth. This will clear away flakiness and help prep lips for balm or color. As for dry, cracked heels, apply a hydrator with salicylic or lactic acid at night, then put on socks. Follow this with a pumice stone the next morning during your shower to promote exfoliation.

Avoid steaming hot showers!

They may be tempting, especially with the temperatures dropping. All you want to do after being out in the cold is to jump into a hot bath or shower but it’s the worst thing you could do! Hot showers strip the skin of its natural oils which then causes your skin to dry out, crack and peel. Hot water is one of the worst causes for dry skin, so try to take warm showers instead of blistering hot ones. Then, pat your skin dry after you’re done, do not rub.

Retinol

Include a retinol in your autumn skincare routine. Every other night, before bed, apply ZO’s Ossential® Daily Power Defense to help your skin maintain its youthful summer glow. Plus it’s a fantastic ingredient to fight against signs of ageing too! To manage the dryness associated with retinol apply a hydrator over the top.

Drink water!

It’s important to try to remind yourself to drink water. Even though you don’t necessarily feel thirsty, your body still need its. What’s more, the dry autumn air combined with indoor heating can cause your skin to dry out. So make sure to keep yourself hydrated!

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.

Why not try…

Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 for the sun protection that also doubles up as a makeup primer!

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Source: 
Skincancer.org