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New ZO Skin Health Hydrating Crème – Just The Thing For Dry Skin!

Having dry skin isn’t fun in any form. The various symptoms, associated with the condition include itching, redness, uneven texture and take a serious toll on sufferers’ self-esteem.  In a survey conducted by FEMAIL, seven in ten participants agreed that having dry skin impacts their overall confidence.

So, what causes it?

Dryness can be a symptom of an overactive immune response and skin conditions such as eczema and atopic dermatitis. Sore, itching skin can also be a result of a compromised protective barrier which is often caused by improper skincare regime and environmental factors such as cold weather and low humidity.

The Solution

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Our new Hydrating Crème is a lightweight formula designed to relieve the symptoms of severely dry skin, soothe irritation and replenish skin’s natural hydration levels. It is ideal for treating moderate to severe dry skin on the face and body, including skin showing visible signs of eczema.

Benefits

• Smoothes skin texture
• Reduces itching
• Restores hydration
• Calms redness
• Supports skin barrier function
• Reduces intensity and frequency of flare-ups

Key Ingredients

Ophiopogon Japonicus Root Extract

Works in the epidermis to speed up healing and reduce the intensity and frequency of skin flare-ups. It inhibits bacteria intrusion and helps restore skin barrier functions and natural hydration levels.

Myristoyl Pentapeptide – 11

Stimulates cell renewal and helps regulate tissue repair. The multipeptide complex provides anti-inflammatory benefits and speeds up wound healing.

ZOX12

Our exclusive slow-release antioxidant complex that protects the skin from free radicals and prevents premature aging.

Clinically Proven Results

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In a clinical study conducted on patients with moderate to severe eczema, Hydrating Crème was clinically proven to be effective in restoring hydration, reducing redness and improving skin texture.
• 90% of participants reported a visible improvement in skin dryness by week 8.
• 87% reported reduction in itching by week 8.
• 85% reported reduction in redness by week 12.
• 90% reported visible improvement in skin texture and smoothness.

5 Easy Skincare Swaps That Will Save Your Skin This Winter

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Let’s face it – winter is already here. In London, we’ve been hit by biting wind and pouring rain and in a few weeks, we’ll definitely be in the thick of things.

So, if the combination of artic wind, lower humidity and stuffy office air leaves your skin dry, dull and blemish-prone, keep reading  to find out how to keep yourself glowing from head to toe with five simple skincare swaps in your routine:

#1 Go easy on exfoliation

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If you only make one change in your skincare routine, switch the gritty exfoliator for a gentle cleanser to help your skin adjust to cooler, drier weather. Our Gentle Cleanser For All Skin Types is formulated with BHA (beta-hydroxyl acid) that thoroughly removes dead cells, sebum and dirt, while lipids and antioxidants stimulate protective barrier function and help the skin retain its natural moisture level.

#2 Keep drinking water

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No, water in your coffee doesn’t count! Drinking enough water does not only help your internal organs function properly, but also keeps your skin plump and radiant. Aim for six to eight glasses per day and keep alcohol and caffeine consumption to a minimum.

#3 Introduce a serum to your routine

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Your skin needs hydration to stay plump and healthy in the harsh winter conditions, so now is the perfect time to introduce a hard-working serum such as Growth Factor Serum which stimulates cell turnover, reduces collagen degradation and infuses a hefty amount of antioxidants into the skin to fight free radical damage and encourage DNA repair.

#4 Load up on enzymes

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Sloughing off dry patches with a physical exfoliator is only a short-term fix that can actually backfire by irritating dry skin and causing the flakes to come back worse. Instead, use a product with ceramides – the natural enzymes that help the skin rid itself of dead cells. Our Renewal Crème reinforces the skin barrier function and supports moisture retention.

#5 Wear (and reapply!) your SPF every day

It sounds counterintuitive, but sun damage can be even worse in the winter! Snow reflects 80% of the sun’s rays while sand and water only reflect around 10-15%. Also, long-wavelength UVA rays (the wrinkle-causing type) can penetrate through clouds, fog and window glass, wreaking havoc on your skin. If you are worried about clogging pores, our Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 blends seamlessly into all skin types thanks to its customisable colour beads, while the exclusive ZOX12 blend provides continuous antioxidant protection and hydration replenishment.

 

Hydration vs Moisture: What is the difference?

Do you know the difference between hydration and moisture? While these two words are often used interchangeably by beauty brands, they are not the same thing. Skin hydrators and moisturisers are two very different types of products and serve a different purpose for your skin. Here is everything you need to know to navigate successfully thought the maze of skincare products:

How to tell if your skin is dry or dehydrated?

Dry skin is a skin type characterised by a lack of skin oils and epidermal lipids. Common signs of dry skin are flakiness, tightness and increased sensitivity. You might have naturally dry skin, but it can also be due to environmental factors such as ultraviolet radiation and pollution.

Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is a skin condition. Dehydrated skin has a lack of water in the top layer of the epidermis. It can affect all skin types, including oily and combination. Dehydrated skin shows accelerated signs of ageing such as fine lines, sagging and overall dull appearance.

How to treat dry skin

· Protect your skin from the elements

External elements such as ultraviolet light, heat and air pollution can zap the moisture from your complexion, exacerbate irritation and cause further damage to your skin’s lipid layer. So, the most important step in your skincare routine is sun protection.

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Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 shields your skin from harmful UVA, UVB and HEV rays and restores healthy moisture levels. It’s enriched with antioxidants and skin barrier replenishers to help your skin stay soft, firm and hydrated.

· Help your skin keep its natural hydration

If your face is dry and flaky, your first instinct may be to scrub until it’s all smooth and soft, right? Wrong. The worst thing you can do to your dry and parched skin is use harsh, gritty exfoliators. Aggressive physical exfoliation will strip the epidermis from its already insufficient oils and leave your face tighter and drier.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to tackle cleansing and hydration all at once? Offects Hydrating Cleanser acts both as a cleanser and moisturiser. It removes dirt and dead cells from your skin and replenishes its natural moisture levels.

· Repair your skin barrier

When you have a healthy functioning skin barrier, your complexion is plump, soft and hydrated. The lipids in the protective layer of the skin fight off dehydration by locking water molecules inside the stratum corneum –the top layer of your epidermis–and protect your skin from external factors.

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Ommerse Renewal Crème is packed with powerful ingredients to give your skin a major hydration boost. Formulated with sodium hyaluronate to restore the healthy functioning of your skin barrier, along with jojoba esters and antioxidants soothe irritation.

How to treat dehydrated skin

· Drink plenty of water (no, water in your coffee doesn’t count)

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All cells in your skin, especially those responsible for collagen production, require water to function properly. Inadequate water intake causes your skin to lose elasticity and makes wrinkles and pores more visible. So, drinking enough water is crucial to your skin looking and feeling great. Aim for eight to ten 8-ounce servings daily and try to spread them throughout the day as your body can only absorb 17 ounces each hour.

· Add a serum to your skincare routine

There is a tricky part with hydration – simply drinking water is not enough to fix your dehydrated complexion because it will reach all the organs inside your body before it goes to your skin. So, don’t skip topical hydrators, if you want to get rid of dull skin.

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The key to proper hydration lies in supplementing your skincare with moisture-enhancing serums that penetrate the deeper layers of the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Ossential® C-Bright Serum contains naturally occurring lipids that replenish hydration and boost skin barrier function.

· Cut back on alcohol

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Cocktails and wine, like many other things we enjoy on a Friday night, can wreak havoc on our skin. Alcohol is a double whammy for your skin; it forces water out of your system and hinders the production of vasopressin – the hormone that helps your body (and your skin) restore its hydration levels. So, if your skin looks tired and sallow all the time, maybe it’s time to replace your glass of wine with a cup of green tea.

4 Mistakes That Are Giving You Dry Skin

Struggling with dry, flaky skin? Your skincare routine may be to blame. We break down the 4 most common mistakes that dry out your complexion and easy ways to avoid them:

#1 Skipping out on SPF

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You may think that wind and cold are the major causes for those cracks and flakes, but when it comes to weather, sunlight is the one to watch out for.Just because the sun rays don’t feel as strong as in summer months doesn’t mean you should leave your skin unprotected. If skin cancer risks and accelerated ageing aren’t reason enough for you, there’s another incentive to wear SPF all year round. Sunscreen doesn’t only protect you from harmful sun radiation but also reinforces skin’s protective barrier and helps your complexion withstand the harsh winter conditions.

#Soaking in a hot bath

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Yes, taking a long relaxing bath can be a glorious reward to a gruelling day at work, but it also might be the reason why your skin is tight and itchy. Hot water strips the natural oils in the epidermis that keep your skin smooth, soft and plump. So, if you want to get dewy, radiant complexion, you need to discover another way to find your zen and start taking short, lukewarm showers.

#Slathering on thick creams

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Getting more moisture is only half the battle with dry skin. You also want to use products that help your skin retain newly stored hydration. The molecules of thick moisturisers are too large for your pores to soak them up and penetrate the deeper layers of your skin.

Applying coats of thick, greasy creams will only lead to clogged pores, so instead grab a targeted product packed with active ingredients that hydrate your skin from within. Ommerse Renewal Crème is supercharged with hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to give your skin a major hydration boost and protect it from free radical damage. Willowherb extracts and jojoba esters minimise redness and soothe sensitised skin.

#Applying products in the wrong order

Finding the right products is only the battle with dry skin. Slathering creams and serums at random order will reduce their efficacy. So, layering is key.  

An easy rule of thumb to follow is to apply products with the thinnest consistency to thickest or from liquid to oil. Here’s the right order to apply your skincare products:

1.    Cleanse

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Offects Hydrating Cleanser will gently remove dirt and dead cell build-ups from your skin and restore moisture levels.

2.    Stimulate

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Ossential C-Bright Serum will penetrate the deeper layer of your skin and stimulate the healthy function of your skin’s protective barrier.

3.    Repair

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Ommerse Renewal Crème stimulates the skin’s DNA repair mechanism and helps retain newly stored hydration.

4.    Protect

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Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 protects the skin from the damaging effects of UVB, UVA and HEV light. It’s enriched with skin conditioners and antioxidants to support healthy moisture levels and protect the skin from free radical damage.

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.

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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. 

 

ZO® Signature Peels: Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel

Invisapeel™ Intensive Resurfacing Peel is a unique at-home peel formulation. It uses a novel combination of papain and bromelain plant enzymes in combination with glycolic acid to exfoliate the surface of the epidermis, improving skin texture and tone. This safe and well-tolerated ZO® peel shows no apparent signs of exfoliation and is suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions. This at-home treatment breaks down the stratum corneum, allowing faster treatment results when additional ZO® products are used. It also allows for deeper benefits from any ZO® treatment protocol.

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Features and Benefits of Invisapeel™

  • A unique enzymatic at-home peel.
  • Smooths uneven, rough-textured skin.
  • Minimises acne post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH).
  • Reduces flakiness.
  • Stimulates epidermal renewal.
  • Replenishes moisture within the stratum corneum.
  • Revives dull-looking skin.
  • Aids lipid replenishment for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Improves the visible signs of sun damage.
  • Suitable for all ages, skin types and conditions.
  • Easily applied to the face or other skin surfaces such as the hands, arms, and legs.
  • Can use as a continuous skin health treatment.
  • Helps stabilise the epidermis and skin barrier function.
  • Enhances the results of all topical agents.
  • Safe and well-tolerated with no apparent signs of exfoliation or irritation.
  • Optimises and accelerates treatment results from any ZO® protocol.

Key Ingredients

  • Papain, Bromelain Enzymes and Glycolic Acid (AHA): Provides epidermal renewal with invisible exfoliation.
  • Kukui Seed Oil and Safflower Seed Oil: Replenishes hydration and lipids for skin barrier restoration and reinforcement.
  • Dyglycerin and Methylheptyl Isostearate: Replenishes moisture within the epidermis.
  • Broccoli Extract and Sunflower Seed Oil: Reduces advanced glycation and minimises irritation.

How to Use

Invisapeel™ can be used for both the face and body as a continuous skin health treatment. After your GSR™ routine (cleanse, scrub and oil-control/tone), apply product and leave on for 1–3 hours. Cleanse skin thoroughly before applying other ZO® products. Use 2–3 times a week for best results. Depending on your skin’s tolerance you can leave this on overnight. This peel is ideal for non-facial skin, such as upper arms and back, especially when textural damage or uneven skin tone is present (acne, early scarring, pigmentation problems). Distinguished by its remarkable safety and tolerance (in rare cases, burning and stinging can occur on weak or sensitive skin and this can be eliminated by washing the skin).

Note: ZO Medical products should be prescribed and used under the advice and guidance of your skin health professional.

Why you shouldn’t use moisturisers

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Everywhere you look there are bombarding messages from self-proclaimed beauty gurus and skincare brands insisting that moisturising your face is an imperative. But guess what? Your face does not actually need any moisturisers. It is more likely that you have made your skin addicted to this product.

Your skin has its own mechanisms to hydrate itself, moisturisers are just a crutch. As Dr. Zein Obagi explained to Refinery29.uk, “Moisturisers in general, weaken the skin’s barrier function because they alter the natural function of skin self-hydration. Natural hydration comes from within the body – the only thing moisturiser usually really offers is instant gratification. Your skin will feel soothed after applying cream but this wears off after a few hours and then you want more.” Sounds exactly like an addiction, doesn’t it?

What’s more, moisturisers don’t just inhibit your skin’s own natural hydration process, but can also speed up the ageing process! Moisturisers slow down the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen which means dull skin and wrinkles.

What To Do If You Think Your Skin is Dry

If you think your skin is dry, it’s more likely that it is actually dehydrated. On average, only 10% of the population actually have dry skin and they usually have eczema and dermatitis because of it. Dehydrated skin is skin that’s not particularly oily, but has simply gotten used to moisturiser.

So the best skincare advice you could get is to lay off the moisturiser, and stick to serums! It may be tough at first, and don’t worry if your skin gets some adverse reactions to the lack of moisturiser. It is simply readjusting itself and getting used to the sudden absence of its former crutch. Plus, a little tip before you apply your serum. Press a warm wet flannel against the face to help open up your pores. This will ensure your skin gets the maximum benefits from the serum.

Why Not Try…

Ossential Daily Defense Power

This product restores skin’s functionality and elasticity. It uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities.

 

 

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