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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.

 

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.

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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.

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. 

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!

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.

What Dermatologists Wish You Would Do

Discover what dermatologists find to be the most common skin mistakes and habits. The likelihood of you being guilty of one of these is high. So check out the list below and see how you could make a huge difference to your skin’s appearance.

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Cleanse Properly

One of the most important skincare steps for women is to take your makeup off every evening.  One of the worst things dermatologists you could do to your skin is sleep with your makeup still on, even if you plan to wash it off in the morning. Your skin needs a gentle, yet thorough cleansing both morning and night to rid the skin of any lingering dirt and bacteria. So make sure to exfoliate and cleanse!

Don’t Pick Your Spots

This one is pretty obvious, but one that many need to be reminded of! Stop picking or popping your spots. The minute you touch a spot you’re only making it worse. If you pick, scratch or squeeze a spot you’re introducing bacteria to the area and spreading the bacteria from that spot to other parts of your face. This resulting in more spots! So, the best thing for you to do, no matter how tempting it may be, is to keep your hands away and only treat it with the right products.

Skipping Conditioner

You’re probably wondering why this is even included since hair has nothing to do with your skin. But what about your scalp? Your scalp is skin after all, so if you skip conditioner when you shower, you’re essentially skipping the hydrating stage for your scalp. If your scalp is kept nourished and hydrated then your hair will be healthier, bouncier and shinier than ever.

Be More Gentle

Last but not least, just be more gentle with your skin. Many handle their skin so roughly; rubbing, pulling or picking at it, but you need to stop. The harsher you handle your skin the more damage you are doing to it. You could even cause premature wrinkling. For example, the skin around your eye is very sensitive, so when applying anything whether it be an eye cream or eye makeup, you must make sure to be extra gentle when applying eyeliner. Even when removing your eye makeup, do not scrub and rub your eyes, be very gentle with them.