Fab news! I attended my first Total Beauty event last week in New York, and met a skincare guru that has taken Beverly Hills and the nation by storm (we’re talking at least a hurricane Dolly level alert here).
Zein Obagi is a no nonsense skincare guru who’s been practicing dermatology for decades. He just turned 65 but I’m sure his genes must have been dipped in some anti-aging potion because he didn’t look a day over forty.
Obagi spoke about how so many brands lead you to over moisturize the skin. His latest “Fight Aging, Fight Hard” ZO Skin Health line gives us no skin-deep promises. He is determined to spread the word that over moisturizing does more harm than good (and yes, I almost tumbled off my chair when he said this…I actually thought he was losing it for a minute). So you’ll see that the ZO Skin Health line does not include any moisturizers.
“Moisturizers are a quick fix,” he says. “They give skin a smooth and silky feeling, but with repeated use skin becomes addicted to them.” Obagi wants skin to fight and work hard, and his products aim to “wake up” the dormant cells that have been so pampered that they can’t even take care of themselves. ZO Skin Health uses pure retinol (the highest OTC dosage) and no moisturizers — to combat aging, wrinkles, fine lines, discolorations and other major skin problems without resorting to Five Star Spa Quality Skin Pampering.
In the Anti-Aging Jumpstart Program kit were the Offects Exfoliating Polish, which is a very gentle mineral-rich polish that combines the therapeutic minerals of the Dead Sea; the Radical Night Repair; the Growth Factor Serum and the Sunscreen with Primer. These four products are a great introduction to ZO Skin Health.
You start off with an exfoliating cleanser:
Then follow with the OSSENTIAL Growth Factor Serum which contains retinol and advance lipopeptides to support collagen production. I applied this every AM and PM as the insert advised me to for the past four days, to fab results.
During the day, top off the regimen with OCLIPSE Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30.
At night, dribble OSSENTIAL Radical Night Repair (which has 1.0% concentrated retinol)over your face – but your skin will never know the concentration because it doesn’t sting or irritate.
What I noticed: Brightness of the skin and improved clarity. Within four days, my skin was luminous as a light bulb and my blemishes were starting to clear up. My two pesky wrinkles on my forehead that had resembled the Grand Canyon now looked like minor trenches. Not bad!
There are more products to this line than what is reviewed above. Check them out at Nordstrom. Even though they are pricey, they are pure and give you unvarnished skin health. So put down that tub of moisturizer already!
Products available now at Nordstrom.com and at www.zoskinhealth.com