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Introducing ZO Skin Health Growth Factor Eye Serum

Whether it’s wrinkles, hollowness, discolouration or puffiness, the skin around the eyes shows signs of ageing before any other part of the body. There is a common misconception that the products you use on the rest of the face will work just fine on the delicate eye area too. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The skin around the eyes is fragile and especially vulnerable to external aggressors like UV exposure and pollution. To repair damage and slow down the ageing process, you need a powerful, targetted treatment.

What makes the eyes more vulnerable to both intrinsic and extrinsic factors of ageing?

  • The skin is very thin and has a sparse fat layer – because of that, collagen and elastin (the proteins that give skin strength and firmness) are more prone to degradation caused by sun and pollution exposure.

  • Muscular subsidence and microcirculation decline – the muscles that squeeze the eyelids shut decrease in strength with age and that leads to sagging and deep creases.

  • Anatomical peculiarity – the skin around the eyes covers the hollow space of the eye socket. As we age, the bony orbit of the eye changes in structure; the skin caves in, giving the eyes a sunken and darkened appearance.

The Solution

Powered by ZO Skin Health innovative skin restoration technology, Growth Factor Eye Serum targets the appearance of deep eye wrinkles, crease formation, hollowness and microcirculation decline.

The formula combines enzymatic and plant-derived growth factors that invigorate skin’s natural restorative mechanisms and deliver targetted treatment for the eye’s unique vulnerabilities.

growth factor eye serum

Key Ingredients:

Neuropeptide – improves the appearance of expression lines and smooths out wrinkles.

Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate – provides an instant boost in hydration and plumpness.

Growth factors – stimulate the production of type 1 collagen, increase fibroblast division and enhance skin density.

ZPRO antioxidant complex – increases hyaluronan contents in the skin which, in return, boosts collagen and hyaluronic acid production.

Growth Factor Eye Serum is suitable for all skin types and can be added to your skincare regime morning or evening as a targeted eye treatment.

The formula offers a unique blend of fast-acting and long-term correction ingredients; neuropeptides and sodium hyaluronate provide instant hydration boost and smooth out fine lines, while growth factors and antioxidants work within the deep layers of the skin to improve density and stimulate collagen production. It comes with a cooling applicator that makes it easy to apply just the right amount of product and can be used to alleviate swelling and puffiness.

Growth Factor Eye Serum is available to purchase form your nearest ZO clinic.

ZO Skin Health Firming Serum – Defying the Mechanism of Skin Ageing

Formulated with an exclusive biomimetric complex and anti-inflammatory system, ZO Skin Health Firming Serum reduces the appearance of sagging and skin laxity for a more defined facial contour.

The mechanism of skin ageing

The process of skin ageing is complex and influenced by a myriad of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The most prominent intrinsic biological processes involved in skin ageing are alterations in DNA repair and stability, mitochondrial function and cellular metabolism. Extrinsic factors such as UV radiation and free radical damage cause morphological alterations in the dermis, alter fibroblast activity and, ultimately, lead to a thinner epidermis, loss of collagen and weakened skin repair.

Over time, the loss of structural proteins collagen and elastin impact skin’s ability to maintain its shape and structural integrity. Unable to withstand mechanical shocks and environmental stressors, the epidermis slackens, collapses and loses its defined shape.

The Solution

Firming Serum’s bioactive formula supports the anchoring fibrils that connect the dermis to the epidermis and maintains the structural integrity of the skin.

Sodium DNA

Fibroblast cells in ageing skin become inactive and unable to restore collagen and elastin. Sodium DNA works alongside skin’s matrix formation process to support fibroblast activity and improve elasticity and firmness.

ZCORE Anti-Inflammatory Complex

Fibrillar degeneration weakens the dermal-epidermal junction and results in inadequate nutrient replenishment between the dermis and the epidermis. ZCORE complex features biomimetric tetrapeptide and sweet yellow clover to support the anchoring fibrils for dermal-epidermal junction integrity.

Clinically Proven Results

In a comprehensive clinical study of 45 participants, Firming Serum has been proven to improve the appearance of firmness, sagging and help maintain skin’s shape and strength.

97% of participants showed significant improvement in firmness by week 12 as measured by Cutometer, 88% demonstrated elasticity improvement while 93% of subjects showed significant improvement in mid-face and jawline sagging by week 12 measured by an expert clinical grader.

Comprehensive Solutions

Targeted treatment of laxity and sagging cannot replace the basics steps of a healthy routine – cleanse, exfoliation, UV and antioxidant protection. Firming Serum’s lightweight formula is mild enough to be tolerated by all skin types and suitable for sensitive skin areas. It can, therefore, be added to all anti-ageing programmes. Firming Serum is applied AM and PM after GSR and Daily Power Defense and before high molecular weight products such as Growth Factor Serum.

 

 

ZO Skin Health Wrinkle + Texture Repair – New, Improved Formula

ZO Skin Health’s comprehensive anti-ageing solution has been reformulated to increase efficacy and accelerate treatment results.Beneath the surface, the first manifestation of skin ageing begins with the degradation of skin’s collagen network.

Wrinkle + Texture Repair targets the underlying pathophysiology of skin ageing and stimulates the restoration of collagen-1, fibronectin and hyaluronic acid aids in skin’s collagen network. The formula features a blend of retinol, carprooyl tetrapeptide-3, melilotus officinalis extract, Buddleja davidii meristem cell culture and phospholipids that work synergistically to restore natural hydration and minimise the appearance of wrinkles and all signs of ageing.

zo skin health wrinkle + texture repair

Advanced Delivery System

The key to Wrinkle +Texture Repair lies efficacy in its new delivery system. ZO Skin Health has introduced a microemulsion delivery system that enables the rapid release of retinol and accelerated penetration in the deeper skin layers.

Clinically Proven Results

  • The Study

A 12-week clinical study, including 43 subjects was conducted to evaluate the effect of Wrinkle + Texture Repair formula on the facial skin of female subjects.

All subjects were initially analysed at baseline, and then reassessed at 2, 4, 8, and 12 weeks of product use. Skin changes in all subjects were analysed by an external grader, utilising a visual scale to measure lines, wrinkles and changes in skin texture.

Bio-instrumental analyses were also conducted utilising Tewameter to assess trans-epidermal water loss and digital images were obtained with a Clarity 2D system at all study timepoints, and analysed by a trained technician. All data points were compared against baseline visit results.

  • The Results

After 12 weeks of application, a significant improvement in all expert graded skin attributes was found, and no significant adverse events were reported during the study. Participants were overwhelmingly satisfied with the results, with 93% of participants showing improvement by the end of the study. 98% of participants showed improvements in crow’s feet and facial fine lines by week 12, and 95% of participants showed improvements in skin function by week 12.

Furthermore, none of the expert graded results showed any plateauing effect at the conclusion of the study, which suggests that patients may expect to see even further benefits when using the product for longer than 12 weeks.

4 Ways to Get Rid of Dark Circles That Actually Work

dark circles under the eyes, panda

Dark circles under the eyes don’t really look cute on anyone except pandas. If you look tired and rundown all the time because of those pesky purple bags under your eyes—we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about under-eye bags and how to get rid of them:

What causes dark circles under your eyes?

  • Agedark circles under eyes, age

As we get older, our blood circulation deteriorates and the collagen in our skin depletes, which causes blood vessels under the eyes to show through more prominently.

  • Genetics

dark circles under the eyes, genetics, DNA

Dark circles under the eyes often run within a family and can also be down to skin type. People with olive skin are more susceptible to hyperpigmentation under the eyes because their skin has more melanin. Those with very fair and thin complexions are also likely to get visible dark circles because dilated blood vessels appear more visible under thin, pale skin.

  • Sun damage

dark circles under the eyes, sun damage

The skin beneath the eyes is 40% thinner than the rest of the face which makes it especially prone to sun-induced damage and hyperpigmentation.

What can do you to prevent dark circles?

Stay hydrated

dark circles under the eyes hydration

When your body is dehydrated, it desperately tries to retain water, causing your eyes to swell and under-eye circles to become more visible. Make sure you drink eight to ten 8-ounce servings of water per day to keep your eyes clear and sparkling and the skin beneath them tight and plump.

Get enough sleep

dark circles under the eyes, sleep

It’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason. Your body recovers and repairs itself while you sleep and that leads to a long list of benefits for your health and appearance. If you skimp on sleep regularly, you are likely to end up with a drab, sallow and lifeless complexion.

Watch your diet

dark circles under the eyes, salt, snacks

If you want to keep your skin healthy, plump and wrinkle-free, it’s important to pay attention to what you eat and drink. Too much, salt, refined carbohydrates and alcohol dehydrate your skin and make dark circles beneath them look worse.

Sunscreen is your skin’s best friend

dark circles under the eyes, sun protection, sunscreen

Sun damage accounts for about 80% of visible signs of ageing and the thin skin under the eyes is especially prone to hyperpigmentation and fine lines. To protect your eyes (and the skin around them) from the sun’s harmful rays, apply sunscreen with SPF of at least 15 all year round and wear sunglasses that can filter out UV radiation.

Skincare

If the dark circles under your eyes are getting bigger than your friends’ circle despite your efforts to maximise your beauty sleep and eat a skin-friendly diet, maybe it’s time to rethink your skincare routine:

  1. The Quick Fixer

Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme, dark circles under the eyes

Hydrafirm is specifically designed to help minimise all signs of ageing around the eyes. You will get visibly smoother and firmer skin after just one application. Packed with vitamin A, proteins and enzymes, Hydrafirm stimulates the production of collagen to restore skin elasticity and immediately softens the appearance of dark circles under eyes.

  1. The Antioxidant Superhero

ossential c-bright serum, dark circles under the eyes, antioxidant

Ossential C-Bright Serum Plus provides a potent dose of 10% pure vitamin C that brightens and re-textures the skin. Vitamin E and co-enzyme Q-10 protect your skin from free radical damage and prevent new pigment formation.

  1. The Night Time Solution

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair, dark circles under the eyes

Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol that targets sun-induced damage and pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Formulated with vitamins C, A and E as well as plant stem cell skin protectors, Advanced Radical Night Repair improves skin brightness, improves skin texture and elasticity and protect the skin from future damage.

5 Bad Habits Ruining Your Skin

If healthy, glowing skin is at the top of your beauty priorities, you need to kiss these bad habits goodbye:

1. Smoking

bad habits ruining your skin, smoking, smoking effects on skin

If you smoke, you already know you need to quit. You know smoking is bad for heart, lungs and brain but do you know that every puff is also adding ages to your face?
Every time you light up, you inhale over 4 000 toxic chemicals that cause oxidative stress and inflammation in your skin. Long-time smokers develop wrinkles earlier in life because the chemicals in tobacco smoke deprive the skin from oxygen and damage collagen and elastin molecules. Quitting smoking cold turkey isn’t easy, but the overall health and wellbeing of your body and skin, it’s surely worth it. If you are struggling to stop smoking, then why don’t you consider an alternative like vaping? It’s not quite the same but it is certainly better and easier then going cold turkey. You could check out sites like this Portuguese one called Grossistas de Vaporizadores if you are interested in finding an alternative method to stop smoking.

2. Skipping on SPF

bad habits ruining your skin, unprotected sun exposure, SPF

Sun damage doesn’t discriminate. It can happen all year-round, affects all skin types and the damage builds up each year. If you want to protect your skin from getting wrinkled, saggy and unevenly pigmented, SPF should be a non-negotiable part of your daily skincare routine. Choose a broad-spectrum formula that includes protection against UVB, UVA and HEV radiation.

3. Eating too much junk food

bad habits ruining your skin, junk food, carbohydrates

What is wrong with the occasional burger and chips? Nothing! But if you are a junk food junkie or have a monster sweet tooth, you are damaging your skin. Refined carbohydrates cause spikes in your blood sugar level and trigger a surge of insulin. Overproduction of insulin leads to hormonal imbalances that can exacerbate breakouts and irritation. Make your diet work with you rather than against you and load up on antioxidants and skin-friendly foods.

4. Squeezing pimples.

bad habits ruining your skin, squeezing pimples, spots, picking acne

We know, there’s something too irresistible about squeezing a spot out of existence. However, you should resist picking your pimples if you don’t want to end up with some nasty scars and acne hyperpigmentation. Squeezing zits just pushes bacteria and deeper into your skin (and transfers new germs from your fingers), causing inflammation, irritation and scarring.

5. Over-exfoliating

bad habits ruining your skin, over-exfoliating, signs of over-exfoliation

Going overboard with exfoliation (physical and chemical) does more harm than good to your skin. Scrubbing too hard and too often can damage the protective barrier of your skin and hinder its ability to retain moisture. Watch your skin for the sneaky signs of over-exfoliation and scrub no more than three times per week.

4 Anti-Ageing Ingredients to Look For in Skincare Products

Do you know what makes your anti-ageing cream work? Healthy and young-looking skin is within reach at any age. Become better acquainted with your skincare products and look for active ingredients and powerful wrinkle fighters. No matter what products you decide to go for, it’s always important to choose quality over price.

So, here are the 4 real-deal anti-ageing ingredients to look for in skincare products:

#1 Retinol

anti-ageing ingredients in skicare, retinol, vitamin A

Retinol is an active form of vitamin A and your most powerful ally in the fight against premature ageing and skin damage. Retinol sweeps away the dead cells that cause dullness and stimulates cellular repair at the deepest level of the skin. It also helps to improve the overall skin tone and texture by increasing blood-vessel formation and boosting blood circulation in your skin layers.
Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains 1% retinol which is the highest concentration you can find in over-the-counter products. It’s formulated with antioxidants and plant stem cell protectors to defend your skin against free radical damage and prevent future signs of ageing.

#2 Lipids

anti-ageing ingredinets in skincare, lipids

Lipids fill the spaces between skin cells like mortar and cement and help your skin retain natural moisture. As we age, the epidermis loses lipids, collagen and elastin causing the internal support structure of your skin to collapse and lose its firmness and elasticity.
To keep your skin plump and smooth you need to reinfuse it with lipids. Ommerse Overnight Recovery crème reinforces skin’s barrier functions and protects against transepidermal water loss. It’s packed with ceramides (waxy lipid molecules) and retinol to support skin’s structure and boost collagen production.

#3 Antioxidants

anti-ageing ingrediants in skincare, antioxidants

Antioxidants are superheroes against free radical damage. Free radicals form in your body when you’re exposed to UV rays, air pollution or other environmental assault. Unchecked, they can damage and destroy collagen, elastin and the very DNA structure of your skin cells.
Antioxidants are a crucial part of your skin’s defence system. As free radicals are highly charged and unstable, antioxidants bind with them to create a harmless stable molecule. Some antioxidants multitask too; Ossential C-Bright Serum contains vitamin C and E to protect your skin from the harmful effects of free radicals and co-enzyme Q-10 to help stimulate collagen production and boost cell repair.

#4 SPF

zo skin health oclipse smart tone, anti-agein ingredients in skincare, sun protection

Yes, you’ve heard it a million times, but wearing sunscreen all year round is the easiest way to protect your skin from premature wrinkling, sagging and discoloration.
If you want to keep your skin healthy and young-looking, an SPF of 30 or higher should be the core of your skincare regime. Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA, UVB, HEV and I-RA radiation. Its ultra-lightweight formula contains customisable colour beads that blend seamlessly into every skin tone. The sunscreen is enriched with 12-hour release antioxidant complex to give your skin an extra layer of protection against free radical damage.

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.

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. 

ZO® Signature Peels

Peels can be used to correct and reduce various skin conditions. From sun damage and hyperpigmentation, (including melasma) to rough texture, dullness and dryness. In addition, lines and wrinkles, laxity, scars and the overall increase of skin health are the benefits a peel can give you. But what makes the ZO® Signature Peels different? Find out everything you need to know below.

ZO® Signature Peels

There are peels for every skin colour, type, and condition:

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is used during skin treatments for better, faster and deeper results. It is ideal for those will flaky, dull or dry skin
ZO® Retinol Stimulation Peel™ is used for anti-ageing benefits, but only after the skin has become tolerant to retinol or retinoic acid. This peel is recommended for those who’s skin has a rough texture, an uneven tone, dull or has lines and wrinkles.
ZO® 3-Step Peel™ is used for general exfoliation and offers a wide range of benefits. Consequently, it is great for many skin conditions from acne, to lax skin, sun damage, uneven tone or lines and wrinkles.
ZO® Controlled Depth Peel™ can be used on all skin types and ethnicities for deeper repair, texture improvement, and skin tightening. For those who suffer from melasma, scars, severe laxity or severe texture damage, this peel is for you.

ZO® Signature Peels

A little more information on ZO® Signature Peels

The intensity of the peel relates directly to the improvement you will see and the downtime and irritation you will experience post-peel. Although depending on your time-demands, at-home peels may be more appropriate for a slower, yet still effective, cumulative treatment. Pre-conditioning the skin prior to a peel will improve skin health as well as accelerate post-peel healing. Furthermore, using retinol or retinoids consistently before a peel will help strengthen the skin to improve barrier function. If the skin is weak or dehydrated, it is not ready to be peeled.