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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.

Ingredient Spotlight: Retinol

The one ingredient that we’re hearing about time after time, it’s Retinol. We’re always reading about it’s benefits, from reducing the appearance of fine lines, or refining skin texture. It’s even been proved to reduce the appearance of pores. But what exactly is it, and why should you use it?

Retinol is the antioxidant derivative of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a powerful ingredient that speeds up cell turnover, and protects the skin from free radical damage. This can prevent lines, wrinkles and spots from forming in the first place. It works by absorbing into the skin, and breaking down into retinoic acid. This is a compound that affects the chemistry of skin cells and their behaviours. This can help increase collagen production, and improve skin elasticity. It can also increase skin thickness, improve skin texture, and create a more even skin tone, making it an idea ingredient for those with skin discolouration, or damage from the sun.

If you’ve never used Retinol before, you should be aware of initial side effects, such as skin dryness and peeling. This will subside as your skin gets used to the product, and then you’ll start to see the amazing benefits.

Here are our top products from ZO Skin Health and ZO Medical.

Advanced Radical Night Repair

Our best-selling, award-winning formula with a 1% retinol concentration that targets UV-damaged, aged skin.

Brightenex™ 1.0% Retinol

Targets skin discoloration and breaks up existing pigmentation and works to brighten skin and helps even skin tone.

Brightenex™ 0.5% Retinol

Formulated to even skin color and tone, and can also be used as a maintenance product after more aggressive treatments.

Retamax™ Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion

Lighweight, high potency retinol lotion that helps reverse the signs of skin aging and reduce lines and wrinkles.

 

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?

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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.

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.

 

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.

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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. 

Treating Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are a form of scarring that appears when the skin has been stretched beyond its capacity and the dermis has consequently been torn. They commonly occur after either dramatic weight gain, weight loss or from pregnancy.stretch marks

What Do They Look Like?

Stretch marks tend to appear as long and thin reddish-purple marks to start with, before gradually fading to a silvery-white colour. They usually affect areas where fat is stored but can occur anywhere where the skin is stretched.

The most common areas you can find stretch marks are:

  • tummy (abdomen)
  • breasts
  • upper arms
  • buttocks
  • thighs
  • shoulders (usually in bodybuilders)

How Can You Treat Stretch Marks?

The best way to treat these imperfections is to exfoliate and hydrate the skin. By using a good resurfacing exfoliator in your daily routine and combining it with a nourishing repair serum, you can dramatically improve the appearance of stretch marks.

The ZO’s Oraser Body Emulsion Plus  is the best body product available without a prescription. With ingredients like retinol, ceramides and emollients, it prevents moisture loss and allows your skin to regain its youthful appearance, texture and tone. Plus, the formulation contains an antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid to soften rough patches. The Body Emulsion Plus works to perfectly exfoliate, hydrate and nourish for revived and smoother looking skin.

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:

ZO Skin Health

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What is Retinol?

Retinol is a highly effective topical vitamin A treatment, promoting cellular turnover and epidermal renewal. It’s useful for treating a wide range of skin ageing, photo-ageing and pigmentation conditions. It’s essentially one of the best ingredients for anti-ageing and maintaining youthful skin.

Topical Retinol is an effective treatment for a wide range of skin ageing, photo-ageing and pigmentation conditions. Dosage tolerance can vary significantly depending on the person. However, for it to be topically effective, it must reach a concentration of at least 0.6% in the skin. ZO Skin Health and Medical product have been formulated to include an incredible 1.0% concentration. 

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How Does Retinol Benefit the Epidermis?

What is retinol’s effect on the inner layer of your skin?

  • It helps to restore the water, lipid and protein balance, restoring barrier function and reversing skin sensitivity.
  • Improves the skin’s protective barrier.
  • Improves a healthy skin cycle.
  • Promotes cell turnover and improves overall skin texture.
  • Leads to a softer and smoother outward appearance.
  • Breaks up existing pigmentation to improve skin tone and complexion.

How Does Retinol Benefit the Dermis?

What is retinol’s effect on the outer layer of your skin?

  • Stimulates fibroblasts, resulting in healthier collagen and elastin production.
  • Improves skin firmness and elasticity due to its ability to increase collagen and elastin.
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Improves natural hydration.
  • Stimulates the skin’s natural rebuilding and repairing process.
  • Delivers firmer skin with a more even texture.
  • Exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to allow for better penetration of other skin products, consequently maximising the delivery of nutrients.
  • Provides protection against future damage.

Precautions to Keep in Mind

Side effects, generally referred to as retinoid dermatitis, can include chronic skin peeling, flaking, stinging, burning and severe inflammation. In some severe cases, oedema (skin swelling) can occur.  Peeling is normal upon initial usage and will eventually subside although inflammation and/or stinging and burning may not, depending on the person. However, you should discontinue use if any of the effects and symptoms persist for a prolonged period of time. The frequency of use is determined by your comfort level and tolerability which is why consulting with a skin health professional is highly recommended prior to use.

Retinol when used for skin is also photosensitizing, and for this reason, broad-spectrum sun protection is essential. Sunscreen should be used all the time but is especially vital when retinol is part of a skincare regimen.

We also advise pregnant women or women who intend to become pregnant in the near future from using retinol products.

Secret anti aging solutions

Over the years, your skin starts to change at both its cellular and structural level. Resulting in a gradual and slow change of its appearance. External conditions affect the skin more than any other organs. Sun exposure, pollution, temperature fluctuations, stress and hormonal changes are just a few of the factors that can impact the skin. The initial modification happens at the dermis level, with a gradual degeneration elastin and collagen production. This then causing visible changes on the surface such as dryness, dehydration, wrinkles and sagging skin. So what is the solution to dealing with ageing skin?

 

Slowing Down Ageing Skin

In order to slow down the signs of ageing, it is necessary to lead a healthy and balanced life. This means everything from no smoking to engaging in regular exercise. Alongside a healthy lifestyle, the use of anti-ageing skincare plays an important role in protecting the skin from aggressive external factors. Having a solid daily skincare routine is crucial. Learn what products you should be using for your skin type on a daily basis here.   

Anti-Ageing Power Product ageing skin

ZO Skin Health and Medical offer a range of products that keep the skin healthy, preventing premature ageing and avoiding future skin damage. However, one of our favourite products for battling ageing skin has to be the Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair. When it comes to anti-ageing, Dr Obagi doesn’t mess around and this product proves it.

Retinol is the most effective topical ingredient for ageing skin but for it to be truly effective, it has to reach a concentration in the skin of at least 0.6-0.7%. Typical over-the-counter retinol products only contain about 0.15% which is not enough to make a difference to the skin. Which is why Dr Obagi was formulated a truly effective over-the-counter anti-ageing product.

Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair has a 1% concentration of retinol. This can effectively activate and stimulate your skin cells. It repairs and rebuilds collagen, brightens the skin, minimises redness and defends against future damage, to name a few benefits. If you pick one product for ageing skin, let it be this one.