When it comes to caring for your skin, not all beauty products are created equal. Here we provide a review of one of the most trusted cosmeceutical brands on the market — ZO Skin Health.
What are cosmeceuticals?
Medical-grade products — also called cosmeceuticals — are only accessible via a physician, and are formulated with higher concentrations of active ingredients than over-the-counter products, thus making them more effective.
For example, medical-grade exfoliation products can contain up to 70% of glycolic acid, whereas over-the-counter products generally contain less than 10%.
According to a study published by the Facial Plastics Surgery Clinics of North America, cosmeceuticals offer a wide range of benefits — they can activate certain stem cells, stimulate collagen genes, reduce free radicals, and decrease the breakdown of both collagen and elastin.
In short, medical-grade skin products are a must-have for any anti-aging skin care regimen.
Dr. Zein Obagi: A Trusted Name in Dermatology
The ZO product line was designed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, a world-renowned skin care expert.
Dr. Obagi is considered a pioneer in the industry, and was among the first to promote the very concept of maintaining healthy skin, instead of just treating damage. He is also the author of several best-selling books, such as Obagi Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation (1999), and The Art of Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation (2015).
The ZO product line is based on cutting-edge scientific research, decades of clinical experience, and exclusive formulations. This is why dermatologists across the country trust the Obagi name and recommend his products to their patients. It’s also why countless Hollywood celebrities use ZO’s skin care line and consult with Dr. Obagi at his Beverly Hills clinic.
Zo Skin Health’s Top Products
ZO products work from the inside out, activating and stimulating your skin’s cells to nourish, repair and maintain themselves. Here a few of the brand’s most popular and highly recommended products.
Ossential Growth Factor Serum
ZO’s Growth Factor Serum is especially popular, with users raving about its ability to take years off their appearance. And while the ingredients it contains are powerful, it remains remarkably lightweight and suitable for all skin types.
Ossential minimizes the appearance of expression lines and hydrates the skin, giving it a smoother, more glowing appearance. It contains a combination of fermented red ginseng extract, neuro-peptides, Buddleja plant stem cells, and other skin-replenishing ingredients that reduce fine lines caused by UV rays and aging while preventing future damage to the skin.
Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme
ZO’s Hydrafirm Eye Brightening Repair Creme minimizes the appearance of fine lines, puffiness, and dark circles around the eyes.
It contains retinol (vitamin A) and hydrolyzed sericin, two ingredients that helps stimulate collagen production and fight skin aging. This product is also formulated with arnica montana flower extract, which is an antioxidant.
Topical retinol has been scientifically proven to reduce fine wrinkles by increasing collagen and elastic fiber production, but it should be used in small quantities. Using your ring finger, gently pat the product under your eyes and along the orbital bone until it is completely absorbed, both morning and night.
Renewal Moisturizer Creme
This is another one of ZO’s top-rated products. It hydrates and repairs the skin while reducing redness caused by sun damage and other common skin issues.
ZO’s moisturizer contains sodium hyaluronate and jojoba ester, which repair the skin’s natural protective barrier. Research shows that jojoba is especially effective as an anti-aging and anti-inflammatory ingredient. The addition of oat and Canadian willowherb extracts soothes and reduces redness, making it ideal for those with particularly sensitive or irritated skin.
Retinol not only stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production, but also evens out skin tone. Oxysomes (vitamin C and E) and coenzyme Q-10 provide additional antioxidant and skin-repairing benefits.
Along with its hydrating properties, this product also regenerates the skin through its use of DNA-repairing photosome enzymes. It should be applied to clean, dry skin every morning, or on an as-needed basis.
This treatment is designed to address visible signs of aging (including freckles caused by sun damage), dark spots, redness, and pigmentation issues.
ZO’s Wrinkle and Texture Repair treatment delivers noticeable results within a short amount of time. It contains broccoli extract and sunflower seed oil, which means that it won’t cause irritation — even while the skin is turning over new layers.
As an anti-aging treatment, this cream is made with high potency vitamin A, which helps reduce fine lines and give the skin a fresher, younger appearance.
It also contains hydrolyzed sericin, which increases the production of both hyaluronic acid and collagen. Research has suggested that sericin’s moisturizing power makes it a great option for stimulating cell growth and protecting the skin against harmful sun rays.
Other ingredients include Buddleja plant stem cells, beta-glucan, and vitamin E, all of which protect against future damage.
Where can I buy ZO Skin Health products?
If you live in the Paramus, New Jersey area, you can purchase them at the Breslow Center for Plastic Surgery, or visit our online store here.
To find out more about ZO Skin Health products, contact our medical spa aestheticians today!