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Posted by 04.10.14

What should top your to-do list when it comes to reversing the visible signs of skin aging? Dermatologist Zein Obagi says, it’s to get skin ready. To make it easy for you, his skin care range, ZO® Skin Health, Inc., recently introduced two new GSR™ Systems (an acronym for Get Skin Ready), home care kits designed for normal to dry and normal to oily skin types.

These convenient new systems from ZO Skin Health, Inc. are essential regimens developed to normalize skin function during treatments and help to maintain healthy skin. Each is delivered in an easy-to-use 3-step system for day and night time use. Just add an SPF and you’re good to go.

ZO® Medical GSR™ System-Normal to Dry: Designed to strengthen dry, weak skin and improve the effectiveness of any ZO® treatment program. For normal to dry skin, Step 1 is cleanser twice daily. Step 2 is a scrub to be used daily. Step 3 is oil control pads. $88

ZO® Medical GSR™ System-Normal to Oily: Created to stabilize skin, mitigate inflammation, and control oil production. For normal to oily skin, Step 1 is a cleanser twice daily. Step 2 is a scrub 2-3 times per week to remove dead cells and wake up the skin. Step 3 is a toner to soothe and hydrate skin. $110

Photo Credit: ZO Skin Health, Inc.

Photo Credit: ZO Skin Health, Inc.

“Dr. Obagi and I believe that the first and most important step in creating and maintaining healthy skin is Getting Skin Ready,” said Beverly Hills Dermatologist Monika Kiripolsky.

Known all over the world as the “Pasha of Pigmentation,” Dr. Obagi has also introduced two new specialized treatment programs to target sun damage, hyperpigmentation, and skin discoloration.

ZO® Medical Multi-Therapy Hydroquinone System: Designed to treat hyperpigmentation, severe textural damage, sun damage, pre/post laser and peel skin conditioning, and general skin health restoration, this is a prescription strength system consisting of 5 key ZO products including their bestselling Oclipse SPF 50, and is only available from dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

ZO® Medical Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System: Developed for treating hyperpigmentation without the use of hydroquinone, this system is also ideal for maintenance after being on a course of hydroquinone for 4-5 months. $265

According to Michigan Plastic Surgeon Anthony Youn, “I believe that Dr. Zein Obagi’s ZO Medical line is the cream-of-the-crop in treating hyperpigmentation. The new ZO kits make the process of removing unwanted pigment and sun spots as easy as possible and very tolerable. They are an essential component of a comprehensive skin care regimen.”

These exciting new launches center around Dr. Obagi’s philosophy of the ZO® Skin Health Circle™, which represents a continuum that addresses treatment, maintenance, prevention, and daily skincare with skin health as the main objective.

ZO Medical products are exclusively available through physicians

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Posted by 04.08.14

Elizabeth Arden unveiled its newest skincare range—Elizabeth Arden Rx—at the AAD in Denver in March 2014, effectively entering into the race for professional skincare domination. The range is based on an innovative topical skin protection product, Triple Protection Factor Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+, or TPF 50, that is the hero formula featured in the comprehensive skincare line designed for exclusive distribution in physicians’ offices.

Uber cosmetic chemist Joe Lewis is the brains behind the new skincare range. Lewis first partnered with Elizabeth Arden, Inc. in 2005 to launch Prevage®, which has gone on to win more than 160 international beauty awards. He is well known for discovering mega cosmeceutical ingredients including alpha-hydroxy acid in 1983, idebenone in 2004 (found in Prevage®) and CoffeeBerry® (found in Revaleskin®)  in 2007. This new collaboration marks another win for Lewis’ unique formulations.

TPF 50 contains a triple cocktail of key skin saving ingredients—broad spectrum SPF 50, an Antioxidant Complex, and a DNA Enzyme Complex- in a lightly textured, silky moisturizing base. In a recent study in March 2014 in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, the DNA Enzyme Complex was proven to be more effective in reducing the risks associated with premature signs of aging and skin cancer than other commonly used products in head to head comparisons. The authors concluded that, “Taken together, our results indicate that TPF50 improves the genomic and proteomic integrity of skin cells after repeated exposure to UV radiation, ultimately reducing the risk of skin aging and non melanoma skin cancers.”

According to study author, James M. Spencer, MD, Professor of Clinical Dermatology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, “Sunscreens prevent DNA damage but they do not have the ability to repair DNA damage. In the first study done in St. Petersburg, FL, subjects were applying this product topically for eight weeks and doing skin biopsies before and after and stained for pyridime dimers—a signature mutation—which is only caused by UV light. We also looked at P53, a tumor suppressor gene. After  eight weeks, there was a significant decrease in pyridime dimers, and mutated P53. If you already have sun damage, TPF50 can repair the skin. It has SPF in it so it combines prevention with repair enzymes. You can’t take back damage that was done twenty years ago. This is actually repairing the skin. We also compared it to other products on the market that contain DNA repair enzymes in them, but TPF50 was superior.”

The line is categorized into four regimens—Anti-Aging, Brightening, Clarifying, and Hydrating—each includes a pre-treatment cleanser and Triple Protection Factor Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50+ (TPF 50). There are seven products in all; two cleansers, Anti-aging Serum, Brightening Serum, Clarifying Serum, Hydrating Cream, and the signature TPF50. The addition of Elizabeth Arden Rx Mineral Skincare, a loose sheer mineral powder in five wearable shades with SPF27, plus one Finishing Touch, completes the collection.

For physician use only, there are also four peeling systems that complete the treatment selection, for Clarifying, Hydrating, Anti-Aging, and Brightening skin. The peels are designed as an in-office treatment to be administered by a trained medical professional, and the selected products are to be used at home, as well, for maintenance.

Look for the Elizabeth Arden Rx Skin Optimizing Platform™ coming next,  a clever little handheld device with  interchangeable treatment heads for cleansing, skin smoothing, and the infusion of topical agents all in one.

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Posted by 03.31.14

Angelina, Scarlett, Rihanna, Jessica….they are some of the lucky girls blessed with naturally sexy, gorgeous, full lips (among other things). But if you weren’t born so fortunate, follow this cheat sheet for 5 ways to get your own killer pout and shhhh….no one has to know.

THE INJECTABLE: If your lips need more volume that you can get from just the right lip plumper, it’s Juvederm to the rescue. Hyaluronic acid gel is the perfect way to achieve soft, kissable lips, with a better shape and definition. According to David Shafer, MD, New York City plastic surgeon, “Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, have revolutionized lip augmentation. The pre-mixed numbing medication and predictable results makes Juvederm a natural choice for lips. HA products are easily reversed or ‘melted’ with hyaluronidase for the unusual case of undesired results. There is a need for moderation and restraint as there is nothing worse than over-inflated duck lips. With the right amount of filler to add definition and replace volume, dermal fillers enhance your natural beauty and give you back a youthful, sexy, rejuvenated smile.”

THE RF LIFT:  If you’re looking for a way to smooth the skin around your mouth, and improve smoker’s lines and wrinkles in less than an hour, Pellevé may be just right for you. Pellevé Wrinkle Reduction treatment uses radio frequency energy to tighten, firm, and smooth over lax tissues around the mouth, and also helps fine lines. Think of it as framing your lips. A series of three treatments are recommended, but you can see a visible improvement after the first one. The best thing about Pellevé is that it doesn’t hurt, and it is safe for all skin types.

THE SKINCARE: “It’s not just dry lips that you’ve got to worry about, but lips get thinner and paler over time and their definition gets blurred. They lose pigment and turn from a sexy, rosy red to a dull pink tone. No one wants old lady lips,” said Beverly Hills Dermatologist Monika Kiripolsky. ZO® Medical Liprebuild Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($50) restores severely dry, cracked old lady lips by increasing microcirculation for subtle plumping.  It also helps gives lips a better shape and brings back the natural color. We love this daily lip rejuvenation treatment for under lipstick or gloss, and especially in cold weather or after a day at the beach.

THE EXFOLIATORS: Lips take a beating and need exfoliation, especially after winter’s dry, cold air, and sun exposure. TARTE Maracuja Lip Exfoliant ($16) gets the job done with raw sugar granules in a mixture of healing antioxidants and vitamin C. Maracuja oil leaves lips rejuvenated and smooth so lipstick glides on perfectly. The Lip Scrub™ by Sara Happ® ($24) is another beauty that wipes away dry, flaky lip skin. Comes in yummy flavors like peppermint, blood orange, vanilla bean, brown sugar, sparking pink grapefruit, sparkling peach, red velvet, creme brulee, and green apple.

THE LIP PLUMPERS: Create the illusion of full, pouty lips with a lip plumper. Most of these contain an irritant that causes swelling and tingling, such as cinnamon, mint, wintergreen, and capsicum which makes peppers hot. These ingredients boost blood flow to the lips, which makes them look fuller by making them slightly red and swollen, but only temporarily. Plumpers can come in various forms, the most common being a gloss, balm, stick, gel, tin, or pot. Laura Mercier Lip Plumper ($30) works well and is not sticky as some lip plumpers tend to be and makes your lips tingle. It comes in 7 shades, including Lychee, which is a clear white that is perfect over lipstick. Dior Addict Lip Maximizer High Volume Lip Plumper ($32) will give your lips instant shine and volume with collagen and marine-based fillers. It smells vaguely of vanilla and mint, which can be slightly addictive, and comes in a pale sheer pink tint for use over lip color or worn au naturale.

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