Updated: May 6
Not only is our skin the largest organ in the body, our face is our first feature that we present to the world. There are SO many skincare products out there these days it’s hard to know what really works. Investing in medical grade products and proper sun protection are the first steps towards achieving ultimate skin health. This blog post is focused on teaching you a little bit about some of the products I love and use daily.
My year round go-to products come as a packaged kit known as the ZO Anti-Aging Program - by Dr. Zein Obagi - world renowned skin care expert and dermatologist. The Anti-Aging program is designed to reduce early signs of environmental and chronological aging and help you maintain a youthful complexion. The products help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles promoting a more even-looking skin tone and finer pore appearance.
The ZO Skin Health anti-aging kit comes with a total of five products which are used in the morning and/or night time.
My morning routine:
Exfoliating Cleanser: A gentle cleanser that helps to rid the skin of dirt and surface oils. It calms and soothes irritated skin and unclogs pores with gentle exfoliation. It has Vitamin E beads which are a great antioxidant for the skin.
Exfoliating Polish: This is by far my favorite products. It contains magnesium citrate fine crystals which work to manually exfoliate and remove that dead skin cell layer. It polishes the skin to restore a smoother texture and healthy glow.
Complexion renewal pads: These dual exfoliation pads contain glycolic acid which help to remove dead skin cells and prevent clogged pores. These are great for oil control and minimizing surface oils.
Daily Power Defense: A powerful antioxidant serum designed to improve the appearance of lines and wrinkles and promote overall skin health. Daily Power Defense is like a Multi-Vitamin for your skin. The skin god Dr. Obagi says that if he had to choose just one product to use on your skin this would be it. DPD has DNA repair which repairs your skin in two hours what your body can do in 24.
ZO Oclipse Sun Block: A great physical sheer sunblock with an SPF of 50. There are so many great sun blocks out there it is important to choose one that you like and don’t mind wearing daily.
I do most of this while in the shower and the routine in total takes less than five minutes.
The evening is much more straightforward. I use the exfoliating cleanser as well as Growth Factor serum. This peptide serum has a velvety finish to it. GFS is designed to strengthen skin, support rejuvenation and protect against future signs of aging.
During the fall and winter months I also incorporate Hydroquinone products into my skin care routine (along with a retinol). These help to treat hyper-pigmentation, sun spots, sun damage as well as aid in skin restoration. I pair the hydroquinone programs with IPL treatments in the fall to even out my complexion, minimize redness and freckles and give my skin a nice healthy and radiant glow. It is important to note that these products contain active ingredients. Your skin takes about six weeks to adjust and for your new healthy skin cells to turn over. You may experience some redness, dryness and flaking initially when starting on active products. But trust me, wait out the adjustment process and your skin will thank you!
If you’re interested in learning more about how to achieve healthy, glowing skin give us a call at Clinic 805 to have your very own customized skin care consultation at 250-595-3888.
ZO Skin Health Anti-Aging Kit, and ZO SPF and Primer
These are known as GSR "Get Skin Ready" products if you're looking for a more basic skincare regime