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Anti Aging Skincare Tips

For the essential product in your anti-ageing skincare routine, look no further than Ossential Growth Factor Serum Plus. This anti-ageing all rounder delivers daily DNA repair, as well as antioxidant protection. This both corrects current signs of ageing and protects the skin from any future skin damage too.

What makes it anti-ageing skincare?

It also contains two growth factors to support collagen production, which increases skin density and helps cure signs of ageing like fine lines and wrinkles. Also included is anti-ageing hero retinol and amino acids, which stimulate cellular function, reduce the degradation of collagen and restores elasticity for all round skin rejuvenation.

 

This super serum is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and is also a part of the Stage Two Anti-Ageing Skincare Regime.

 

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.

Top 6 tips for beautiful hands

We follow great advice on how to look after our faces but what about skin care tips for our hands?  Our hands are constantly exposed to the weather, harsh cleaning products and more. This everyday wear and tear can really take it’s toll on your hands if they aren’t cared for in the right way. As the skin on the tops of your hands is thinner, it tends to be one of the first places to show the signs of ageing. From the age of 30 cell production decreases by about 10%, making the skin less efficient at repairing itself. With ageing continuing, the collagen and elastin in the skin begin to breakdown, causing loss of plumpness. This means veins and knuckles become more prominent. So what steps can you take to keep your hands looking young and beautiful?

skin care tips for hands

Skin Care Tips

6 Simple Steps To Healthy Looking Hands

  1. Avoid over washing your hands. When washing the dishes, for example, never use very hot water as this can strip away the hands natural oils. To prevent dryness opt for warm water instead. An even better option is to wear gloves when using any household detergents. Also, always use a good hand cream, like Oraser® Nourishing Hand Creme, after getting your hands wet.
  2. As your hands are always exposed to harmful UV rays it is essential to protect them. One of the most important skin care tips is to regularly wear SPF30 or higher to protect the skin on the tops of your hands whenever you are outside.
  3. Don’t forget your cuticles! Try to brush, or dab, on a nail oil twice a day to keep your cuticles soft.
  4. Your hands can have a peel just like your face! Peels are a perfect treatment for ageing hands. We recommend Invisapeel™ for an intense at home exfoliation treatment to improve the texture and tone of the hands. Leave on for 1-3 hours or overnight, and for best results, use 2-3 times weekly.
  5. Which set of skin care tips would be complete without mentioning the importance of regular exfoliation. Exfoliate daily with our Correcting Hand and Body Scrub. It combines salicylic acid and sugar crystals to leave hands smooth, soft and youthful looking,
  6. If you’ve tried all of these steps and still feel you hands could do with something more, speak to a medical professional about the option of dermal fillers to help plump up any loss of volume in the hands.

Crow’s Feet: How To Reduce Wrinkles Around The Eyes

What Are Crow’s Feet?

Crow’s feet, or laughter lines, are the small lines or wrinkles which appear around the outer edge of the eye. Generally they start to appear in the late twenties and gradually deepen over time. These lines occur naturally as collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid production decreases. They can be accelerated by things such as sun exposure or smoking. Natural movements such as smiling, laughing and squinting will also all contribute to deepening these lines.

crow's feet wrinkles

Crow’s Feet Treatment

One way to try and avoid crow’s feet would be to never show emotion on your face. No smiling, no laughing or no frowning. As that is pretty much impossible, we will take a look at products which can be used to delay or reduce the appearance of those wrinkles. The first step you can take is to ensure that you are using a daily SPF, as exposure to UV rays is one of the most common ways the skin loses collagen and elastin, leading to premature ageing.

Take A Closer Look At ZO® SPFs

Investing in a high quality eye cream should be an essential part of any skincare regime. To help reduce the visibility of crow’s feet you need an eye cream which increases collagen production and protects the skin from any possible environmental damage.There are two ZO® eye creams available, they are:

*ZO® Medical products are exclusively available through a physician. Find Your Nearest Skin Expert Here.

Care should be taken when applying products to the delicate skin around the eye area. Never pull, rub or tug the skin. Apply small dots of product around the orbital bone and gently tap into the skin until fully absorbed.

The final piece of advice, which applies not just to your eyes but general skin health, is to make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Skin dryness can lead to wrinkles and fine lines so always keep your moisture levels topped up.

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. 

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!

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!

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. 

 

Post-Workout Acne

Sweaty gym environments combined with a lazy skincare routine can cause all sorts of problems! Exercise obviously causes sweating which is why without the proper post-workout cleanse; breakouts or dehydration can occur. If you already suffer from problem skin such as oily skin, then skipping on cleansing makes you a real victim to post-workout acne.

 

Avoiding Post-Workout Acne

Of course, prevention is always easier than treatment and with post-workout acne, and there is actually quite a lot you can do to help yourself.

Sweaty Skin

Sweat is unavoidable when you have a good workout, and of course, it’s necessary to help balance your body temperature out. But when your sweat mixes with the natural body oils, product residue and potential dirt that has been pushed out of your pores during the workout; this can lead to trouble. Leaving your skin (both face and body) unwashed for too long after a workout is a breeding ground for acne. This gross mixture could re-settle into your skin, blocking pores and inflaming skin leading to acne breakouts.  Your body could be especially prone to post-workout acne if your wear tight-fitting exercise clothes. So try to wear loose-fitting clothing or go for the outfits specifically designed for working out, with moisture-absorbing abilities. Plus, of course, just try to take a shower as soon as you can after your workout.

Dirty Equipment

Gym equipment is enemy number one when it comes to your skin. Yoga mats, weights and exercise machines all tend to harbour bacteria and dirt collected from use by lots of different (sweaty) people. Yuck! So, to avoid transferring bacteria to the skin and prevent post-workout acne, always wipe down your equipment before and after every use. Also, try to avoid touching your face or any other areas that are prone to breaking out.

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Treating Post-Workout Acne

If you haven’t managed to avoid the dreaded post-gym breakout. Don’t worry. We’ve got some tips to help you treat it.

  • To treat blemishes, use products with salicylic acid in them. So we recommend cleansing your skin with the Offects® Exfoliating Cleanser which will help to gently remove impurities and excess oil. What’s more, it’s exfoliating ingredients, including salicylic acid, unclog pores, ease out blackheads and keep skin clear.
  • If you want to disguise your acne, till it goes away, use the Offects® Correct and Conceal Acne Treatment. This is a concealer for acne designed to both cover visible blemishes and provide an effective spot treatment. This concealer is also an anti-inflammatory to calm the skin and soothe redness as well as helping the skin clear away bacteria to reduce breakouts.
  • For a deep-pore treatment, use the Offects® Sulfur Masque. This face mask for oily skin absorbs surface oil, sloughs off dead skin cells and removes dirt from pores to leave you with refreshed skin. Formulated with 10% sulfur for an extremely effective acne treatment; the Offects® Sulfur Masque reduces sebum production and calms irritated skin. What’s more, this face mask includes ingredients to replenish hydration in the skin and restore skin’s barrier function to avoid future damage. So, your skin won’t feel parched or stripped of its natural oils.

For more products to treat post-workout acne click the links below:

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How Dr Obagi Treats Skin Inflammation

Skin inflammation is commonly regarded as something negative, however, this is not necessarily always the case. Inflammation is caused by many factors from disease, bacteria and irritants to UV light and even your diet. These elements force the body to fight back, which is where inflammation or specifically acute inflammation occurs. This fight is essential to keeping the body healthy. However, if acute inflammation loses the fight, it will convert to chronic inflammation, which is destructive to your body’s organs. Chronic inflammation causes cellular dysfunction, alteration of skin texture, true sensitivity, dyschromia, poor response to treatment, poor healing and accelerated ageing. This is why Dr Obagi decided to find a way to tackle it.

dealing with skin inflammation

Treating Skin Inflammation

Understanding and treating inflammation is complex. Traditional practice in current skincare has not addressed inflammation, though it is a major factor in a variety of skin problems. Medically, practitioners often treat the symptoms rather than identifying and treating the cause.

Dr Obagi has observed violent and prolonged inflammatory response to certain topical agents in some patients. While other patients demonstrated minimal to no reaction to the same agents. These observations inspired him to add anti-irritant ingredients to his skin health restoration products. Proper topical anti-inflammatory agents can be helpful in reducing skin inflammation. These agents are incorporated in most new formulations of ZO® Medical and ZO® Skin Health products and have greatly diminished the violent response from agent-induced skin inflammation.

If acute inflammation is not treated, chronic inflammation will follow. So, to arrest or eliminate chronic skin inflammation, it is necessary to create a 2-6 week phase of acute inflammation by applying the proper concentration, frequency and amount of topical agents. This process enables skin to generate a natural mechanism designed to stop the acute inflammation as well as prevent and eliminate chronic inflammation.

Every patient in Dr Obagi’s practice – whether with acne, rosacea, melasma, sun damage, ageing or textural abnormality – is started with a 2-6 week course of induced acute inflammation known as the ‘Repair Phase’. The patient will show acute inflammation symptoms (redness, dryness and flaking)  in this phase. This phase is followed by the ‘Improvement Phase’ and, later, by the ‘Completion/Tolerance Phase’. Stabilising topical agents can be used indefinitely to maintain skin health.

On the other hand, medical topical agents should be limited to 3-5 months to avoid resistance, continuing irritation or photosensitivity. Upon termination of medical treatment, a maintenance program can begin. Stabilisation can be achieved using Retinol, antioxidants, DNA repair agents and anti-irritant agents.