Familiar with Obagi? I’m willing to bet there’s a 99% you’ve come across it when attempting to combat issues with your complexion, The first ever prescription type skincare system, its reputation remains one of the strongest across the beauty industry.
No longer affiliated with his original concept, Dr. Zein Obagi launched ZO® Skin Health and ZO® Medical in 2007. Elevating his approach to new levels of efficacy and implementing the latest in technology and ingredient innovation, the new formulas are a modern day option to custom treat even the most stubborn skincare conundrums.
Bart meets ZO®
A handful of ZO® Skin Health gems landed in my hands a month ago as I was trying to transition my regimen from Summer to Fall and (thankfully!) the range has proven to be a superb asset. Addressing issues across the damage spectrum–acne through dehydration to discoloration–Dr. Obagi’s ZO® remedies and custom plans help create and maintain healthy skin.
This scrub, mask and overnight treatment enthusiast gravitates toward crystals, acids and any resurfacing-related products. My combination skin is often congested, semi uneven, and sadly aging. Below I highlight four items anyone with skin should consider.
Offects® Exfoliating Polish
Though I prefer scrubs to be packaged in tubes, I’m issuing a pardon to ZO® Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish, which comes in a jar. The thick paste has a slight blue hue and a delectable fresh aroma. Heavy on the magnesium crystals, the grit is very much noticeable (which I looooove) so proceed slowly and adjust the pressure as you work it on damp skin so as not to overdo it. Infused with Vitamins A, C and E, it delivers antioxidant protection to a freshly exfoliated complexion.
Mainly a fan of chemical exfoliants, a great physical formula can also be incredibly satisfying. ZO® Skin Health is genius. It rinses off easily and leaves nothing behind; (Think eyebrows, which has happened with others. Trust me.). Your skin will glow healthy pink and will absorb treatment products much more effectively. Enjoy it twice a week or so. OMG tip: a must before a mask. $67 (50ml)
Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus
A stand out in the sea of traditional dropper bottles, this serum in a jar has the texture of a gel and dispenses through a press down lid. Firming and hydrating, this Retinol infused blend of anti-aging ingredients highlights skin regenerating Red Ginseng Extract and enzymes to stimulate collagen production and a proprietary DNA repair complex. Strengthening and restoring, the Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus is a gentle and effective compound ideal for those trying to address fine lines and sagging issues.
Beyond universal and suitable for all skin types, this non-greasy serum contains just a hint of silicone, which results in a notable slip factor. It glides on like a dream. Enjoy it at bedtime and allow for it to absorb completely (20 minutes or so) before following up with a moisturizer or facial oil. OMG tip: do not skimp on the neck! $148 (30ml)
Ossential® Advanced Radical Night Repair
Retinol novices will want to ease in to this potent solution, but it gets quite a workout during my evening routine. An alternate on nights when I choose this over my Growth Factor Serum Plus, the Advanced Radical Night Repair lives up to its name. It contains high potency micro-encapsulated Retinol, Vitamins C and E, Sunflower and Sacha Inchi Seed Oils as well as Glycerin, so it can brighten, protect and soothe the skin overnight.
Ensuring the stability of its active ingredients, this anhydrous (water-free) formula is all around excellent. The gel, which is barely scented, comes in an upright tube with an airless pump, stabilizing the Vitamin A. Personally, I’ve noticed a significant improvement in tone correction and radiance. Do not layer anything over Night Repair. OMG tip: always wear a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 during the day as Retinol products make you more prone to sunburn. $170 (60ml)
Offects® Sulfur Masque
ZO® Skin Health for the win! A sulfur mask is a staple in my arsenal since my skin refuses to grow up. OZ Skin has created one that does not smell like sulfur! Fueled by a 10% Sulfur concentration, this phenomenal decongestant also includes Glycerin, Kaolin and Bentonite Clays. Calming and balancing, it absorbs excess oil, mattifies and refines the look of pores for clear, radiant looking skin in 15 minutes.
Why do I love it? Most importantly, it works! A thin layer is all you need, It doesn’t crack as it dries and smells clean. It makes for a fantastic spot treatment that minimizes breakout related damages. OMG tip: be selective, with Sulfur you may want to focus only on areas that need purifying most, like your T-Zone. $45 (3 oz.)
Head over to my Instagram @omgbart and try your luck in scoring your very own ZO® Skin Health Ossential® Growth Factor Serum Plus – the rules are simple. Follow me, follow @zoskinhealthinc and comment with something nice. All you need to know HERE.