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Summer Body Products

As the summer approaches we all frantically attempt to get our skin summer ready for bare arms and legs. The use of nourishing ZO products, packed full of active ingredients, can help get your skin looking firmer and more radiant.

Our products for the hands and body help erase signs of ageing by using powerful antioxidants, retinol, amino acid complexes and nourishing natural oils. See how your skin can be transformed with ZO. Become perfectly hydrated, exfoliated and nourished – from head to toe – ready for summer!

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Oraser® Body Emulsion Plus

This is arguably the best body moisturiser available without a prescription. It prevents moisture loss and allows your skin to regain its youthful appearance, texture, and tone with retinol, ceramides and emollients. An antioxidant-rich complex with lactic acid softens rough patches and can help battle frustrating conditions like keratosis pilaris.

Find out more about Keratosis Pilaris here.

Oraser® Cellulite Control

This body crème is probably the ultimate summer body product you need in your life. If there’s one product you get, let it be this. This cellulite cream is formulated with a breakthrough blend of ingredients that work around the clock to reduce cellulite appearance. It visibly smooths skin while providing a slimming effect, ideal for hips, thighs and buttocks.

Learn more about ‘How To Treat Cellulite’ here.

Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème

Once you hit 40, your hands can make you look older than you really are. To Zein Obagi, MD, that’s unacceptable but completely treatable. Oraser® Nourishing Hand Crème is packed with retinol, powerful antioxidants, and an amino acid complex to reduce pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. This is an anti-ageing treatment that will improve hands’ texture, tone and colour. What’s more, a brightening complex helps erase age spots while broad spectrum UV protection prevents against future skin damage.

Oraser® Correcting Hand & Body Scrub

A breakthrough in hand and body exfoliation. This scrub helps improve the appearance of hand and body areas that suffer from dry, rough, scaly skin. Its dual chemical and mechanical exfoliating system uses proven salicylic acid and sugar crystals for a multi-exfoliation approach. Daily use leaves skin soft and smooth. Shea butter, mango, and safflower oils moisturise and replenish to soften skin and make hands, feet and all areas of the body look and feel hydrated. Added redness reducers help to even skin complexion.

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50

A break-through, one-touch, all angle spray system. The Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 provides even coverage for the entire face and body with a weightless, non-greasy finish. This sunscreen is a non-irritating and water resistant formula that lasts up to 80 minutes. Plus, its exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps guard skin against photo-damage and future signs of ageing. Enriched with a dual moisture replenishment system and skin lipid restorers that prevent dry, flaky skin by combating the dehydrating effects of prolonged sun exposure. What’s more, it doesn’t just protect the skin from harmful UV rays but HEV light too!

Can the Sun Cure Acne? Debunking The Myth

Can the Sun Cure Acne? Debunking The Myth

We have always been told that the sun clears up spots and can help cure acne, but is this actually true?  Unfortunately, the answer is no. This is a complete myth and a very dangerous one, at that.

Can the Sun Cure Acne?

Acne Is A Genetic Skin Condition

The idea that natural sunlight can help fix all your skin woes while simultaneously giving you a gorgeous glow may sound attractive. However, the reality is that acne is just a genetic skin disorder. Sun exposure cannot miraculously clear up the skin and cure acne. The main factors that cause acne are; the overactive sebaceous glands and sebum, too many cells being formed, blocked follicles, bacteria, and inflammation.

A Pseudo-Acne Cure

Sun damage suppresses your immune system and consequently the immune cells in acne, from which redness is formed. When acne diminishes rapidly after sun exposure, this is actually your immune system shutting down. Thus, it appears as though inflammation has been reduced. In the short-term, this may be appealing, but in the long-term, it could be hazardous to your health. If your immune system can no longer function properly this leaves your body unable to fight off other health risks such as cancer cells. This is arguably not all that surprising as UV rays are known to be a primary cause of skin cancer.

In addition, the sun triggers the skin to produce melanin, making it look darker, which can diminish the appearance of acne. The skin redness induced by acne is disguised, leading some to believe that their acne has been cured.

Moreover, the sun dehydrates the skin. While your skin may temporarily feel less oily, this does not mean your acne has been cured. Your body will quickly kick into defense-mode and create excess oil to combat the dry skin, leaving your skin worse off than before.

Don’t Skip The Sunscreen

Many opt for skipping SPF because they believe that sunscreen is greasy and pore-clogging while the sun itself is much better for acne-prone skin. However, this is far from the truth. With new skincare technology, there are many sunscreens which are compatible with acne skin and do not worsen the condition.

Discover the differences in physical and chemical sunscreen and which one is best for you.

As a general rule, dermatologists do not recommend sunbathing as a legitimate way to cure acne. The sun and UV rays are very damaging to the skin and the risks are too great to even consider it a benefit to your appearance and health.

Find all ZO Skin Health Acne products HERE.

Choosing the Right Sun Care for You

Damage from UV rays and HEV light can create a wide berth of problems for the skin. From hyperpigmentation and an early onset of wrinkles to more dangerous health risks such as skin cancer. So sun care products are essential to protecting yourself against these harmful rays. But which type of sun care is ideal for your skin type? sun care

There are two types of sun care; chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Below we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of each formulation to help you decipher which is the most compatible and beneficial for your skin type and lifestyle.

Formula

The most obvious difference between physical and chemical sunscreen is its actual appearance. Physical sunscreen is commonly a thicker, milky white formula that needs to be thoroughly and generously rubbed in. In contrast, chemical sunscreen is a thinner, clearer formula that can easily be absorbed into the skin.

Sun Care Depending on Skin Conditions

Physical sunscreen is better for sensitive, acne and rosacea skin as it is less likely to cause skin irritation and clogged pores. However, the multitude of ingredients required in chemical sunscreen to allow full broad-spectrum protection results in a higher likelihood of irritation for sensitive skin.

 

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What’s more, physical sunscreen can deflect heat from the sun away from the skin which is ideal for rosacea sufferers. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, absorbs and transforms UV rays into heat energy, meaning that for those with rosacea skin, there is a higher chance for redness and flare-ups.

Longevity and Effectiveness

While physical sunscreens instantly protect the skin from the sun, chemical sunscreen requires approximately 20 minutes to be fully effective. Similarly, physical sunscreens last longer when in direct sunlight, while chemical sunscreens require more frequent re-application to remain useful.

However, physical sunscreens are not effective when the body gets wet or sweaty. Any physical activity can easily make it rub off. Plus, if physical sunscreen is not applied thoroughly, the skin may not have total protection. In comparison, the molecular formulas of chemical sunscreens have no spaces between molecules so there is no risk of UV getting between and into the skin.

Find all ZO Skin Health’s various sun care products here.

Product Spotlight: SPF

Photoageing is one of the biggest causes of premature ageing leading to an increase in fine lines, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and pigmentation. Sun damage is cumulative, the damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not always externally visible. Early pigmentation damage occurs within the deeper layers of the skin and becomes more apparent on the surface as we age. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well as the elasticity of the skin weakening, resulting in leathery and wrinkled skin.

With options for every skin type and lifestyle, ZO Skin Health’s sunscreens provide protection from the harmful effects of the sun while also improving the health of your skin.

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50

  • The combination of UVA and UVB sunscreens offer broad spectrum, photostable sun protection
  • Fractionated melanin goes an extra step to shield against damaging high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Fractionated Melanin provides 6-8 hours of protection rather than the regular 1hr 45 minutes.
  • Fortified with vitamin C to inhibit pigment formation
  • Sheer tint that can be worn alone or as a makeup primer
  • Patented colour bursting beads release a subtle hint of customisable colour and radiance for a healthy glow that compliments any skin tone
  • Anti-redness inhibitors
  • Restores hydration with skin conditioners and skin barrier replenishers to skin stays youthful, soft and smooth

Key Ingredients

  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high energy visible (HEV) light
  • Iron Oxides and Mica: Pressure-release colour system for customisable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbic Acid, Retinyl Palmitate: 12-hour time release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage

Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50 

  • Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 for Face & Body. Protects the skin from UVB, UVA and HEV exposure
  • Retains SPF for up to 80 minutes of water exposure
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system helps protect the skin from reactive oxidative species
  • Provides anti-irritant and soothing benefits to help reduce redness and discomfort
  • Helps restore hydration and enhance the natural skin barrier to prevent dehydration from daily environmental exposure
  • Breakthrough one touch, all angle spray system provides uniform, even coverage for the entire face and boy with a non-greasy, weightless feel

Key ingredients

  • Octocrylene 10% (UVB), Octisalates 5% (UVB), Homosalate 15% (UVB), Avobenzone 3%(UVA): Provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopherol: Provides DNA protection

Oclipse® Sunscreen Primer SPF 30

  • Provides daily multi-defence protection from UVA, UVB and high-energy visible (HEV) light
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release vitamin antioxidant system guards against photo-damage
  • DNA protection and repair
  • Helps minimise inflammation
  • Restores hydration and enhances skin barrier
  • Provides additional support to restore lipids and enhances skin barrier function
  • Helps to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines

oclipse-sunscreen-primer-spf30Key Ingredients

  • Titanium Dioxide (8.2%): Broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) protection
  • Fractionated Melanin: Designed to shield the skin from high-energy visible light (HEV)
  • Helianthus Annus Seed Oil, Ethyl Ferulate, Rosmarinus Officinalis Lef Extract, Disodium Urine Phosphate: Helps provide DNA protection

Improving Dull Skin: Layer Your Skincare Correctly

Plenty of people buy lots of new products and use them at random to find that it has made no difference to their skin’s appearance. This is because slapping on skincare products in any random order is probably one of the biggest cardinal sins a beauty lover could make. To get the benefits of each item, there is actually a correct order to layer skincare products.layering skincare products

An easy way of remembering the order of your skincare application is by going from light to heavy. Before any heavy-weight creams, products with the lightest consistency should be applied first. Keep reading below to find out what order you should be layering skincare products, for optimal results

5 Rules To Layering Skincare Products

1. Cleanse:

Your routine should always begin with you washing your face with a cleanser, regardless of whether it is the morning or the evening. In the morning, cleansing helps to remove the dead skin cells your nighttime products will have exfoliated from your skin. While, in the evening this will make sure that any oils, grime, and dirt that may have clogged your pores are washed away.

2. Scrub:

Unless specified by a dermatologist, exfoliators should not be used every day. Exfoliating up to 2-3 times a week can prevent a dull, lacklustre complexion by removing dead skin cells and promoting cell turnover.

3. Tone:

In order to rebalance the skin, a toner will soothe and calm your skin.

4. Stimulate:

Any serums you plan to use should be applied now. If you need to brighten your skin or treat it for sun damage, the Ossential® Brightalive is the revolutionary skin brightener you need. It uses technologically advanced, multi-action complexes to treat hyperpigmentation and sun damage without the use of retinol and hydroquinone.

5. SPF:

Since it has the heaviest formula and its role is to shield the skin from external factors, your SPF should be applied last. Never forget to apply SPF. Regardless of rain or shine, UV rays still penetrate and damage your skin. So you need to stay protected.

The Necessity of UV Protection; Even in Winter

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It can’t be stressed enough, how important UV protection is year-round. UVA and UVB rays still penetrate the skin even when it’s grey and cloudy! Your skin is just as susceptible to developing skin damage or skin cancer in the winter months as in the summer.

Sun damage is connected to signs of premature skin ageing. Even a few minutes of exposure daily throughout the years can cause damage to the skin. From hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles to loose, leathery skin. The damage caused by repeated exposure to the sun is often referred to as photo-ageing. The skin loses its ability to repair itself, prohibiting the breakdown and production of collagen, as well weakening skin elasticity. This is what results in skin looking loose, leathery and wrinkled.

The intensity of photo-ageing is dependent on a person’s skin colour combined with their history of sun exposure. People with fairer skin tones commonly suffer more than those with darker skin. Those with darker skin tones are fortunate to be limited to fine lines, wrinkles and possibly an uneven, pigmented skin tone. However, it is important for all skin tones to take the proper precautions for UV protection.

Some important things to remember for the colder months…

  • While UVB rays may decrease during the winter, UVA rays are still ever-present and dangerous. They can play a major role in premature skin ageing alongside risks of skin cancer.
  • Cloudy weather does not offer much protection. Up to 80% of UV radiation can penetrate this deceptive cover and cause harm to your skin.
  • Sun damage is cumulative. Many do not realise that skin cancer and premature ageing can occur at its worst from a day in and day out exposure to UV rays, not just in the summer. 
  • The damage over the years from daily exposure to UV rays is not necessarily externally visible, but rather a collection of micro-scars that damage the skin.

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Make sure to protect your skin with a good sunscreen for UV protection

ZO Skin Health’s, Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 is clinically proven to be a non-irritating UVA & UVB blocker. It fights the damaging effects of the sun with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as well as providing additional protection with natural melanin. But that’s not all, it also multitasks as an anti-ageing product, helping to smooth the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. Plus it doubles up as a makeup primer! So it’s something you’ll want to wear every day. Have you ever said that about a sunscreen? It’s the smart sunscreen. So if you’re going to do just one nice thing for your skin this is it.

5 Factors That Increase Risk of Sun Damage

Summer is coming and we are ecstatic because when the sun is shining, our spirits just seem to get an instant lift! However, we don’t want your skin to get damaged by the summer sun, so we believe it is important to be informed about the dangers of sun exposure at all ages. Keeping reading below for everything you need to know about sun damage, what it does to your skin and what you can do to protect yourself. sunscreen

Why is sun exposure so bad for the skin?

Sun exposure induces chronic inflammation. This type of inflammation is a destructive process that leads to abnormal cellular function and weakens skin’s immunity, specifically the immunity that helps skin repair itself (reduced Langerhans cells). Sun exposure will weaken skin’s ability to repair damaged DNA. With repeated sun exposure, more damaged DNA-mutated cells appear (pre-cancerous cells that will eventually cause skin cancer). Sun exposure will also disturb many cellular functions and normal skin texture, resulting in:

  • Discoloration due to abnormally functioning melanocytes or their mutations (melanoma or lentigo maligna)
  • Dryness and roughness due to increased transepidermal water loss and the appearance of hard keratin due to the abnormal functioning of keratinocytes
  • Sensitivity and redness, as skin becomes photosensitive due to inflammation induced by sun and disruption of skin-barrier function, initiating a negative body response, creating abnormal blood vessels (telangiectasia) and redness
  • Damaged skin collagen and elastin from repeated sun exposure, which will be apparent later in life as leathery skin texture and accelerated skin aging (earlier and deeper wrinkles and folds)

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Sun Exposure Before Age 20

Before the age of 20, the skin is rich with vitality due to proper and active cellular function and repair. The earliest sun-damaging effect seen in this group is the appearance of freckles in light-skinned individuals. This freckling is an indicator of early photosensitivity and susceptibility to severe sun damage later in life (due to unstable and false melanin, known as pheomelanin) that can affect skin texture and lead to a high possibility of skin cancer.

Individuals who tan well may have less chance of skin cancer in the future as tanning represents the presence of strong natural resistance (due to stable, real melanin, also known as eumelanin). However, they will suffer from severe textural damage, resulting in skin with a leathery feel and solar elastosis. It should be clear that no one escapes sun damage if their skin is not protected at an early age. This is true even in individuals who tan well, as tanned skin is essentially skin that is screaming “help.”

Sun Exposure After Age 20

After the age of 20, sun damage is manifested by skin dullness, discoloration, and roughness. In your 30s and 40s, it is characterized by the appearance of actinic keratosis and lentigines. During your 50s, full-blown textural damage and precancerous lesions are evident, as is the appearance of skin cancer in some.

5 Factors That Increase Risk of Sun Damage

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  • Skin Type: Fair skin will have more damage than darker skin; thin skin will show earlier sun damage signs compared to thick skin.
  • Skin Diseases: Skin diseases that cause inflammation (i.e. acne, rosacea) can increase susceptibility to sun damage.
  • Autoimmune Diseases and Certain Genetic Disorders: Certain diseases and genetic disorders (i.e. lupus, xeroderma pigmentosum) can increase photosensitivity, accelerate the appearance of sun damage and result in skin cancer.
  • Location: Sun-damaging effects are stronger near water, snow or at high altitudes.
  • Medication: Some blood pressure medication, antidepressants, Isotretinoin and Tetracycline are among the many medications that can induce photosensitivity.

So What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

In the ZO® sun protection principle, a combination of organic and/or inorganic sunscreens plus fractionated melanin offer protection that is both short-term (with the sunscreens) and longer-term (with the fractionated melanin). By increasing skin tolerance, stimulating skin renewal and using proper sunscreen, the skin will be better protected. The ZO® Triple Approach combines tolerance, renewal and protection for safe and healthier sun exposure. The table below displays what this approach consists of and how each step helps your skin.

Step

Product(s)

Benefit

1

Ossential® Daily Power Defense (AM/PM) Strengthens skin’s barrier function to increase its tolerance to sun exposure and its ability to repair itself using a topical formula containing antioxidants, DNA-repair agents, and anti-irritants agent.

2

• Mild stimulation: Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus (PM)

• Strong stimulation: Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair or Retamax™ Active Vitamin A Micro Emulsion (PM)

Stimulates skin’s ability to renew itself during the night with a formulation that helps upregulate elastin, collagen and keratinocyte production in addition to increasing skin’s strength.

3

Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30

Oclipse-C™ Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50

Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum SPF 50

• Oclipse® Sun Spray SPF 50

Increases and lengthens sun protection with ZO® specially developed sunscreens containing both physical blockers and fractionated melanin. The added melanin creates an umbrella-like protection on the skin’s surface that helps protect it longer than using SPF alone.

Final Notes on Avoiding Sun Damage

A few final pointers on how to avoid sun damage excluding the obvious that you should avoid sun exposure whenever possible are:

• Wear protective clothing
• Observe proper sun exposure guidelines
• Limit exposure to before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m.
• Avoid daily exposure (follow one day of exposure by a day of minimal or no exposure)
• Use sunscreen (organic and inorganic blockers)

Dr. Zein Obagi on The Morning Blend