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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. 

Is Your Smartphone Damaging Your Skin?

There is constant discussion on whether smartphones are detrimental to your emotional and mental health but smartphones could also be harmful to your skin health. Other than the spread of bacteria when you place your phone on your skin, new studies suggest that the HEV light emitted from your phone could cause premature ageing.

HEV light damage

What is HEV Light?

HEV light is short for high energy visible light. It appears blue in colour and is very close to UV light on the electromagnetic spectrum. You are exposed to it from the sun’s rays and from everyday technological gadgets. Mobile phones, computer screens and laptops all produce HEV light.

How Does it Damage the Skin?

It is still not known what exact effect this light has on the skin. However, in susceptible individuals, prolonged chronic exposure to HEV and UV light can lead to non-specific discolouration.  The electromagnetic spectrum can affect the intracellular minerals and their movement out and into the cells. This may lead to cellular dysfunctions.

Dr Obagi explains, “with chronic and long exposure the light from cell phones can cause damage to the texture of the skin. In my experience, I have been able to tell which hand a patient holds their phone in, as the skin takes on a dull, almost dirty texture, which has not been induced by the sun.”

HEV light damage

Ways to Combat HEV Light Damage

Dr Obagi insists that a DNA repairing agent and an antioxidant are necessary to encourage skin’s defence mechanisms against HEV light damage.

“I recommend ZO Skin Health Ossential Daily Power Defense as it uses DNA repair enzymes to enhance your skin’s recovery capabilities, regulate cellular functions and increases skin tolerance and immunity to UV radiation. Skin needs to be encouraged to defend itself. The special enzymes attach directly to your own DNA molecules and repair oxidative damage. It contains time-released retinol, enzymes and antioxidants to repair damaged cells and protect against future damage.

A new breakthrough: Liposhield HEV Melanin

Melanin occurs naturally in the human body. Melanocytes release it into the skin as the first line of defence against exposure to harmful light waves.  Liposhield HEV Melanin is a novel, patent pending ingredient. It is the first cosmetic ingredient designed to protect the skin from damaging high energy visible light.

Liposhield HEV Melanin is a fractionated melanin designed to be used topically as an additional defence. It shields the skin from high energy blue/violet visible light (HEV) that may induce premature ageing. Red visible light is deemed to have beneficial effects, and Liposhield HEV Melanin is tailored so that red light can be transmitted to the skin.HEV light damage

Dr Zein Obagi elaborates; “we have been able to successfully incorporate this breakthrough ingredient into a novel formulation while maintaining its efficacy. ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 is a highly advanced broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen designed to blend into almost any skin tone. Patented, customisable colour beads utilising a comprehensive UVA/UVB photostable sun protection system helps provide daily protection from damaging ultra violet rays, while fractionated melanin helps shield against HEV light damage. The addition of Vitamin C helps to achieve an even-toned complexion by inhibiting pigment formation, and we have enriched the formulation with skin conditioners to improve skin texture.”

The ZO Skin Health Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 also helps prevent future oxidative stress with DNA repair and protection. It also minimises the irritants that can cause skin redness. It has an exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant system to help guard against photo-damage. What’s more, the sunscreen restores hydration with skin conditioners that aid in strengthening the skin barrier.

Dr Obagi believes “that this novel ingredient represents the future of sun protection.”

Always at the cutting edge of science and innovation, Oclipse® Smart Tone Broad Spectrum SPF50 first launched 5 years ago with this patented and unique ingredient and in 2017 has introduced a new sunscreen the Oclipse® Daily Sheer SPF 50. This is the next step in sun protection shielding skin from HEV light damage, providing broad-spectrum UV protection but also formulated to be recreational-friendly. A non-greasy, perspiration and water-resistant sunscreen that blends seamlessly into the skin as a sheer matte finish. Swim and sweat this summer without worrying about your sunscreen washing away!

ZO® Triple-Spectrum Protection

ZO triple spectrum sunscreenSunscreens protect against UVA/UVB rays, and the ZO® sun protection portfolio offers both physical and chemical sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection against harmful, skin ageing UVA rays and skin burning UVB rays. Our physical sunscreens incorporate proven inorganic sunscreens, while our organic sunscreens incorporate a blend of safe chemical filters. Every ZO® sunscreen is oxybenzone-free.

Our sunscreens have actually been approved by the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

What Makes ZO’s Sunscreens the Best?

Each sunscreen not only shields the skin against UVA, UVC and UVB radiation but also provide protection from blue light, (also known as HEV light) and IR-A rays. Let’s break down these two lesser known harmful lights.

ZO triple spectrum sunscreen

Protection against HEV Light

Fractionated melanin in all our sunscreens protects the skin from the ageing effects of HEV light. Protection from this light is especially important, as exposure comes from many daily sources including the sun, fluorescent and LED lighting, smart phones, computers, tablets and more. HEV light generates the same amount of ROS (reactive oxygen species) damage as UVA and UVB combined. It also causes DNA damage, inflammation and an onset of premature ageing skin. So sunscreen protection is essential.

Defence against IR-A Rays

Antioxidants protect against IR-A rays (Infrared Radiation). Research suggests that more than half of the sun’s radiation is IR-A which results in an increase of free radicals which in turn causes DNA damage and prematurely ageing skin. Every ZO® sunscreen is engineered with our exclusive 12-hour, time-release ZOX12™ to help shield the skin from harmful IR-A rays. They assist in protecting the skin from free radical damage and prevent future signs of premature ageing.

Learn more about ZO Skin Health Sunscreens.

Learn more about ZO Medical Sunscreens. 

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

How To Fight Signs of Ageing

anti ageing tips

Do you want to grow old gracefully? Then follow our top tips on preventing, protecting and fighting against signs of ageing.

Use Your Skincare Products as Directed

While this might sound like common sense, it’s very common practice for some to go overboard with their skincare. Whether it’s excitement at having a new product or impatient at slow results. Active ingredients can do more harm than good when used too much. Applying more than recommended can cause clogged pores, an uneven complexion and many other unwanted effects. So just be patient and follow instructions to get the best results.

Stop Using Products that Sting or Burn Unless Prescribed by a Dermatologist

Irritating the skin makes signs of ageing more noticeable. Some anti-ageing products prescribed by a dermatologist may burn or sting.  When using a prescription anti-ageing product, this can be okay. Just be sure to let your dermatologist know.

Give the Product Time to Work

As mentioned above, while a hydrator can immediately plump up fine lines, most products take some time for results to appear, so be patient.

Do Not Sunbathe

Regardless of whether you get your tan from natural sunlight or a tanning bed, these are both dangerous practices. This is because you are exposing your skin to harmful UV rays that can accelerate ageing, such as an onset of wrinkles, brown spots and a blotchy complexion. What’s more, it can cause skin cancer. As an alternative, if you are absolutely desperate for a tan, why not apply a self-tanning cream to achieve a summer glow, the safe way.

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Sun Protection

Speaking of harmful UV rays, you must wear an SPF year round to protect your skin. 80% of UV rays still penetrate a cloudy sky, so you’re still susceptible to sun damage, even it’s not blazing hot. Why not use the Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer. This multi-tasking beauty works to protect your skin and doubles as a makeup primer!

If you Smoke, Stop Now!

Apart from the countless health complications, smoking also greatly speeds up ageing skin. It causes wrinkles as well as a dull, sallow complexion.

Avoid Repetitive Facial Expressions

When you make a facial expression, such as squinting or frowning you contract the underlying muscles. If you repeatedly contract the same muscles for many years, these lines become permanent. So try to get out of the habit.

Follow ZO’s Recommended Daily Skincare Program

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Of course, alongside all these lifestyle tips, following a regular skincare regime is an absolute must.

Daily Skincare Programme

Step

Morning

Evening

1

Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds. Apply a generous amount of Oilacleanse™ and wash your face for 40-60 seconds.

2

For Dry Skin: Use Offects® Exfoliating Polish 2-3 times a week, only.

For Oily Skin: Apply a small amount of Vitascrub™ to a damp face and neck and then massage it into your skin for 40-60 seconds.

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

3

For Dry Skin: Apply Balatone™ with a cotton pad.

For Oily Skin: Use 1 Cebatrol™ pad

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair 2 times week and then increasing as tolerated. However, make sure to skip days between applications.

4

Apply 1-2 pumps of Glycogent™ for each application or as directed by a physician. Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus to face and neck on nights when Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair is not used.

5

Apply 2-3 pumps of Ossential® Daily Power Defense on your face and neck to strengthen skin.

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6

Apply Oclipse-C™ Sunscreen SPF 50 or Oclipse® Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 generously to the face and neck. n/a

How To Get Vitamin D Safely From The Sun

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Why is vitamin D important?

Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones, teeth, and muscles, as it helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphate from your diet. Suffering from a vitamin D deficiency could lead to some really bad health problems like soft and weak bones. The sun is one of the best sources for this vitamin but is also one of the biggest causes of skin cancer. Consequently, you just need to find the right balance between a healthy dose of sunlight and excessive sun exposure.

How long can you be under the sun?

Most people can make enough vitamin D from being out in the sun daily for short periods. What’s more, you only need to have your forearms, hands or lowers legs uncovered to get an effective amount of vitamin D production. So we are sorry to say that for those who love to sunbathe, it is both detrimental to your health as well as being an entirely unnecessary risk.

What factors are at play with vitamin production?

It is important to remember that there are several factors that can impact how much vitamin D is made from sunlight, such as your skin colour. People with dark skin will need to spend longer in the sun to produce the same amount of vitamin D as someone with lighter skin.

However, regardless of skin colour, you should still be vigilant about protecting your skin from burning. According to Cancer Research UK, though people with naturally brown or black skin are less likely to develop skin cancer, it does not make them invincible to it. Often, the most common parts of the body that are not exposed such as the soles of the feet can be affected by skin cancer.


Sources:
Cancer Research
NHS

Winter Skincare

Winter Skincare
We all know we shouldn’t be lazy when it comes to our winter skincare regime. Yet every year when the colder months come around, we find ourselves slacking on the routine we were so dedicated to, during the summer. It’s easy to become indifferent to skincare when you’re covered by a ton of layers, but trust us when we say, your skin will thank you for being attentive year-round!
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when updating your winter skincare routine.

GSR™: Getting Skin Ready

ZO Skin Health’s first steps to achieving healthy skin are; cleanse, scrub and oil-control. These objectives enable the skin to function properly and to tolerate all daily exposure and activities.

Correction

You can correct and restore the surface texture of your skin through exfoliation. Exfoliating promotes skin-cell turnover and avoids a build up of dead skin cells to allow your skin to look it’s freshest.

SPF

Remember to ensure that your daily primer or cream has SPF such as our Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer in SPF30. UV rays can still damage your skin even in winter so an SPF is always essential.

Stabilisation

As the temperatures drop and indoor heating rises, it will cause your skin to become dull and lack-lustre. So after you’ve cleansed your face, it’s essential that you strengthen your skin and restore normal hydration to it. ZO’s Ossential Daily Power Defense is the perfect serum as it speeds up the skin’s natural mechanism to repair DNA damage and protect against future oxidative damage. In addition to providing antioxidant protection to combat free-radical damage and restore the skin’s barrier system.

Diet

During the summer you’re constantly drinking water because of the warmer weather but in the winter it’s still just as important to keep yourself hydrated. It doesn’t matter how good your skincare routine is, if you’re not drinking enough your water, your skin will be negatively affected. Alongside a healthy supply of water, your body also needs as good a diet as ever, so avoid the comfort foods and stick to healthy alternatives.

Anti-Aging skincare for those in their mid-20s

Interview with Dr. Petrou-Amerikanos, Agno Aesthetics, about anti ageing skincare program for mid 20s.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

Under the Skin: Effects of HEV Light – Dr Eccleston

Interview with Dr. David Eccleston, Medizen Clinic, about the harmful effects of High Energy Visible (HEV) Light.
Under the Skin is a one-to-one interview that addresses different skin issues and concerns, providing the latest information about ZO Skin Health protocols and treatments for the consumer clients.

ZO Skin Health on Aesthetic Medicine • June 2015

See below for the review of ZO Skin Health Oclipse® suncare product line and Ossential® Lash Enhancing Serum in the June issue of Aesthetic Medicine

 

ZO introduces new  Suncare Products and Ossential® Lash Serum

Dr Zein Obagi has added two new products to his best-selling Oclipse® line of suncare products –  Smart Tone Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF50 and  Sun Spray SPF50. Featuring fractionated melanin to protect against damaging high-energy visible (HEV) light, believed to cause premature ageing and erythema, users now have the choice of a spray or lotion application, for all day, all year-round care.
“The new ZO Skin Health Oclipse® line of suncare products provides a multimodal defense against UV light using groundbreaking science and technology”, said Dr Rachael Eckel, cosmetic dermatologist. “Inorganic filters stymie UVA and UVB rays, while fractionated melanin extends protection into the HEV spectrum.Key anti-inflammatory agents and physiologically relevant lipid fractions further help quell irritation and maintain barrier integrity. Together these significantly increase the binding of the inorganic sunscreen molecules to their active anatomic site, thereby boosting coverage.
An exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant complex is further added to afford all day protection against free radical stress. ,  enzyme catalysts and precursors act like a built in ‘first aid kit’ to remedy injured proteins.”
The company has also introduced Ossential® Lash Enhancing Serum, a powerful blend of peptides proven to enhance eyelash thickness and length and improve the appearance of thinning, sparse lashes and brows.

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