Star Evangelista

48, Las Vegas, NV

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Obagi Nu-Derm® System

It took me a long time to be comfortable with myself, growing up in a country where dark skin is not considered as attractive as fair skin. Now that I am older, I have never been any happier with how I look. I am proud to say that I have not had any surgery nor wear heavy make-up, yet people think I am 15 years younger than I really am. I have used Obagi since 2000 and I can’t imagine using anything else. I attribute my success to hard work, my friends, my family, and my faith in God...the way my skin looks, it’s because of Obagi.

The safety and effectiveness of the Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established.

 

My Skin Care Physician: Dr. Ruel Aspacio

 

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Obagi Ambassador Michelle’s Inspiring Life Transformation

05.29.2014, 11:37 CDT | Posted In: Signs of Aging, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Obagi Stories

Michelle M. Obagi April Ambassador, Product Testimonial

Aging gracefully is as much about a can-do attitude as it is about taking care of our body, mind, and skin. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the newest face of Obagi, Michelle Milionis. After 18 years as a preschool teacher, Michelle made a bold and inspiring decision to become a police officer. That’s no small accomplishment! The transformation allowed her to see herself in a new light and to make a change in the appearance of her skin as well.

Name:
Michelle Milionis

Obagi® Products Used:
Obagi-C® Rx System
ELASTIderm® Eye Products
Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (included in the Obagi-C Rx System)

About Michelle:
I have been married for 23 years and I have an adult daughter who lives at home and two teenage sons. I sometimes pull a “hookie” day for the kids and take them to the beach or some place fun for the day. I call them “adventures” which sometimes end up not going as planned but we laugh about it later. Sometimes following the GPS for the shortest or alternate route is not always good. I spend time at the gym mostly lifting weights and I do some cardio. I mainly focus on being strong as it is a benefit with my job. I have competed in sprint triathlons and half marathons. I get bored easily so I always have to have a goal to reach to keep me focused.

My Obagi Story:
Exactly one year ago, at the age of 43, I went from being a preschool teacher of 18 years to a police officer. It has been one of the toughest years I can remember with the testing and training, but I did it. It is not uncommon in this field to see men in their 40’s change their career path but it is almost unheard of for a woman to become a police officer in her 40’s. About that same time I took a good look at the sun damage and wrinkles beginning to form on my face and decided I needed a new complexion to go along with the new job.

I have been using Obagi-C Rx system for approximately 2 months and I cannot believe the difference in the appearance of my skin. My husband cannot believe the difference and my squad mates don’t believe me when I tell them my age. My skin glows and the sun spots are gone. I used the Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 last summer during the long, hot, 10-hour shifts and it has kept the sun spots from coming back.* I will not use anything else from now on but Obagi. Individual results may vary. The safety and effectiveness of the Obagi-C Rx System beyond 12 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued.

We also asked Michelle some fun questions to get to know her better.

Tell us a fun fact about you:
I LOVE to watch NASCAR!! I have been to a couple of races and there is something about the sound of the engines, the smell of the fuel and the control the drivers have of the car at 180 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is my driver.

What would you consider your biggest achievement?
Some of my greatest achievements [are that I was] awarded scholarships for playing basketball at the collegiate level, raising three amazing children, being married for 23 years, [and] teaching pre-K for 20 years then becoming a police officer.

 

Last updated: 3/29/17 

*Using a Broad Spectrum sunscreen (like Obagi Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50) along with a comprehensive sun protection regimen including, wearing protective clothing, hats, sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10am and 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi-C® Fx System.

 

©2017 OMP, Inc. 4/17 OBG.0072.USA.17

Aging gracefully is as much about a can-do attitude as it is about taking care of our body, mind, and skin. That’s why we’re so excited to announce the newest face of Obagi, Michelle Milionis. After 18 years as a preschool teacher, Michelle made a bold and inspiring decision to become a police officer. That’s no small accomplishment! The transformation allowed her to see herself in a new light and to make a change in the appearance of her skin as well.

Obagi Introduces Its First Skin Care System for Sensitive Skin

11.02.2013, 12:00 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Signs of Aging, Company News, Products

Obagi Gentle Rejuvenation System

Our goal at Obagi is to provide transformational skin care for every age and any skin type. Obagi® skin care systems have helped patients with skin concerns ranging from dry skin to hyperpigmentation to acne, and now we have a system for sensitive skin. We are proud to introduce the latest addition to our Obagi family, the Gentle Rejuvenation System. This system is Obagi’s first-ever professional skin care line formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.

Just as the name suggests, the Gentle Rejuvenation System provides a gentle solution to rejuvenating your skin to address signs of premature aging. The Gentle Rejuvenation System offers ingredients that are designed to address the signs of mild aging in patients with sensitive skin such as the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, rough texture, sun damaged skin, dull skin, dehydrated skin, and blotchiness. The key ingredients in this system are proven effective:

  • Zeatin has been shown to improve skin’s roughness by 86%1
  • Kinetin increases skin’s ability to retain moisture by 26% over 24 weeks2

The system contains 4 essential products to cleanse, calm, correct, and protect sensitive skin.

  • Soothing Cleanser gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion while soothing skin
  • Skin Calming Cream with plant-derived growth factors Kinetin and Zeatin to improve texture, tone, and blotchiness in sensitive skin affected by the sun
  • Advanced Night Repair packed with peptides to improve the appearance of fine lines, deep wrinkles, rough texture,  tone, resiliency, dehydration, and brightness
  • Fortified Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 with Vitamin C to help protect your skin against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays

The Gentle Rejuvenation line also offers 4 complementary products that may be used with the system:

  • Skin Rejuvenating Serum includes rare Swiss apple stem cell extract to help complement skin’s natural cellular turnover
  • Skin Calming Lotion to diminish redness, itching, burning, and stinging that are common in compromised skin
  • Ultra- Light Repair SPF 30 Sunscreen Cream for multitasking sun protection, moisturization, and help in correcting visible signs of photoaging
  • Ultra-Rich Eye Hydrating Cream to improve the appearance of wrinkles around the delicate eye area  

If you have sensitive skin, are pregnant, nursing, have allergies or are sensitive to hydroquinone, or are not yet ready for more aggressive skin care therapies, ask your skin care physician if the Gentle Rejuvenation System is right for you.

References:
1. Cruz, Jr PD, Reece, BT. A Clinical Study of Topical Zeatin (0.10%, 0.025%) for improving the appearance of photodamaged skin (RCTS Study Number: 1837). 12-week final analysis, September 2005. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 
2. Mean Results based on the percentage of improvement after 24 weeks using Kinetin 0.1% Lotion, p<0.001. McCullough J., Weinstein G. Clinical Study of Safety and Efficacy of Using Topical Kinetin 0.1% (Kinerase®) to Treat Photodamaged Skin. Cosmetic Dermatology. 2002; 15(9):29-32.

Except as where otherwise indicated, all product names, slogans, and other marks are trademarks of the Valeant family of companies. OBG 13-062B© 2013 Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

Our goal at Obagi is to provide transformational skin care for every age and any skin type. Obagi® skin care systems have helped patients with skin concerns ranging from dry skin to hyperpigmentation to acne, and now we have a system for sensitive skin. We are proud to introduce the latest addition to our Obagi family, the Gentle Rejuvenation System. This system is Obagi’s first-ever professional skin care line formulated specifically for people with sensitive skin.

Product Details

  • Nu-Derm System for Normal to Dry Skin

    Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to dry skin to help transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Gentle Cleanser

    Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion.

  • Toner

    Non-drying toner helps adjust the pH of your skin.

  • Clear

    Effective prescription-strength hydroquinone helps correct the appearance of age and sun spots for a healthier, more even skin tone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Exfoderm®

    A lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dull, old skin cells, while revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion.

  • Blender®

    A unique formula containing prescription-strength hydroquinone for the gradual lightening of sun spots, age spots, and other types of discoloration.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Hydrate™

    A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.

  • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    A sunscreen that combines UVA and UVB protection in an elegant matte finish that is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types.

  • Nu-Derm System for Normal to Oily Skin

    Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to oily skin to help transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Foaming Gel

    Gently removes makeup and everyday impurities for a clean, fresh complexion.

  • Toner

    Non-drying toner helps adjust the pH of your skin.

  • Clear

    Effective prescription-strength hydroquinone helps correct the appearance of age and sun spots for a healthier, more even skin tone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Exfoderm® Forte

    A lightweight lotion that helps exfoliate the top layer of the skin, removing dull, old skin cells, while revealing new skin cells for a brighter complexion.

  • Blender®

    A unique formula containing prescription-strength hydroquinone for the gradual lightening of sun spots, age spots, and other types of discoloration.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. For an effective, cosmetic skin-brightening option, learn about the Obagi Nu-Derm Fx™ System.

  • Hydrate™

    A moisturizing cream to be used as needed to soothe areas of dry, flaky skin.

  • Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50

    A sunscreen that combines UVA and UVB protection in an elegant matte finish that is non-comedogenic, allergy tested, and dermatologist tested. Sheer, PABA-free, and fragrance-free for all skin types.

  • Sunfader®

    With SPF 15, helps to minimize uneven skin tone and brown spots with 4% hydroquinone.* Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

    *Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

    Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices.

  • Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35

    A sunscreen with 9% micronized zinc oxide and 7.5% octinoxate that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

  • Physical SPF 32

    A sunscreen with 18.5% zinc oxide that provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection.

Obagi Nu-Derm® System

Complete skin care system specially formulated for normal to oily skin to help transform the appearance of aging skin. Valid prescription required. Please see Important Safety Information below and Prescribing Information.

How It Works

Nu-Derm Transforms Your Skin From the Inside Out

Skin aging is a natural process, but daily sun exposure can contribute to premature aging. Sun-damaged skin appears dull, with older, damaged cells accumulating due to slower skin cell turnover. 

The Nu-Derm System helps transform the skin’s appearance by reducing darks spots, revealing younger, healthier-looking skin. 

Nu-Derm is ideal if you have:

  • Age spots
  • Rough skin
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Sallowness (yellowish complexion)
  • Hyperpigmentation (discoloration)

Real Results

Transform the look of your skin with a clinically proven hyperpigmentation system that corrects unwanted age spots and significantly lightens the look of your skin.1,†

The safety and effectivemess of the system has not been evaluated beyond 24 weeks. If there is no improvement after 12 weeks, please discontinue use of the system. See below for Important Safety Information.

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

Obagi Nu-Derm System with 1.0% Retinol* Before & After

Obagi Nu-Derm Before

BEFORE

Obagi Nu-Derm After

WEEK 24

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

*Retinol 1.0% sold separately.

Study results for a 24-week evaluation of the efficacy and tolerability of twice-daily use of the Obagi Nu-Derm Normal to Oily System with 1.0% retinol, N=33

 

Reference: 1.OMP, Inc. Data on file.

Success Stories

Changing Skin. Changing Lives.

See what real people have to say about their experiences with Nu-Derm.

Meet Corinne

Watch Corinne’s video as she describes how Nu-Derm helps her keep signs of aging at bay. With her skin tone and confidence back, it’s no wonder she was selected to be one of our 2013 Obagi Ambassadors.

Meet Kristen

Hear Kristen’s story and watch her transformation as she describes how she tried everything to achieve healthy-looking skin without success, until she discovered Nu-Derm.

Meet Wendy

Watch Wendy’s transformation on Nu-Derm as she made a commitment to her skin to reverse the appearance of skin damage that has occurred over the years.


Hear what others are saying about Nu-Derm:

“We have used the Obagi Nu-Derm skin care system for 17 years and I have not found any other system that is comparable to the excellent results for rejuvenating and maintaining healthy skin.”

Jody Comstock, MD
Founder/Physician
Skin Spectrum, Tucson, AZ

“I really didn’t like the texture of my skin, my pore size and I had a lot of hyperpigmentation. I was a little intimidated to have to use so many products and have to buy into some sort of system. I was skeptical. But all I can say is WOW! What a transformation.”

Paige
Orinda, CA

“I started the Obagi [Nu-Derm] System about 2 weeks ago to improve melasma on my face after my dermatologist recommended that I try it.

“WOW! In only 2 weeks, most of my melasma has improved and the really tough spots I've had for years are noticeably faded!* I am so delighted with your product! Even the redness and peeling (which I was warned ahead of time would happen) were very manageable.

“Some women in my office approached me the other day to ask what I was doing to my skin because it looked so smooth and radiant. I was floored! Again, thank you.”

Christine
Bedford, NH

*Results may vary.

New to Nu-Derm? Join our exclusive program for helpful tips along the way to optimize your results.

Looking for next steps after Nu-Derm? See how to maintain or continue your transformation for beautiful results.

Important Safety Information for Obagi Nu-Derm Clear and Blender®

(contains 4% hydroquinone)

CONTRAINDICATIONS:
People with prior history of sensitivity or allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients should not use it. The safety of topical hydroquinone use during pregnancy or in children (12 years and under) has not been established.

WARNINGS:
Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. In case of accidental contact, patient should rinse eyes, nose, mouth, or lips with water and contact physician.

Sunscreen use is an essential aspect of hydroquinone therapy because even minimal sunlight exposure sustains melanocytic activity.

Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

PRECAUTIONS (ALSO SEE WARNINGS):
Treatment should be limited to relatively small areas of the body at one time since some patients experience a transient skin reddening and a mild burning sensation, which does not preclude treatment.

Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with topical hydroquinone. It is also not known whether hydroquinone can cause fetal harm when used topically on a pregnant woman or affect reproductive capacity. It is not known to what degree, if any, topical hydroquinone is absorbed systemically. Topical hydroquinone should be used on pregnant women only when clearly indicated.

Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical hydroquinone is absorbed or excreted in human milk. Caution is advised when topical hydroquinone is used by a nursing mother.

Pediatric Usage: Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 years have not been established.

Use of the product should be discontinued if hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients is noted.

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Show Mom Some Love With Obagi

04.11.2017, 16:37 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Eye Area, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Mother's day graphic

Mother’s Day will arrive before you know it, so instead of rushing around at the last minute for that “perfect bouquet,” why not prepare early this year, and make sure you treat mom to something she can truly enjoy and appreciate more than any box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers?

Every woman deserves the gift of excellent skin care, and Mom perhaps more than anyone. After all, how many times did Mom lose sleep over your late nights as a teenager, or get that small forehead wrinkle from when you brought home your first girlfriend or boyfriend? Mom was there through it all, so why not show your appreciation by treating her to one of these thoughtful and much-needed gifts?

For The Eyes

The eyes are the first area to show the signs of aging, as the skin around the eyes is the thinnest skin on the body. Mom is more than likely to have a few fine lines and wrinkles around her eyes, and perhaps some under-eye puffiness too, from those late nights worrying about you!

Our ELASTderm® Eye products contain clinically proven ingredients to refresh the appearance around the eyes for firmer-, smoother-looking skin.

For the Look of Aging Skin

As we age, our skin becomes drier and begins to show the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, therefore requiring more concentrated products to help address these concerns. Our absolute favorite antioxidant to help brighten the skin, retain moisture, and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is Vitamin C. If Mom’s skin needs a pick-me-up, then look no further than our Professional-C™ products, formulated with Vitamin C to perk up not only Mom’s skin, but her spirits too!

For Hydration

Hydration is key to youthful-, radiant-looking skin, and a lack of it will show up as lackluster skin that is more prone to the appearance of aging. A lightweight moisturizer just won’t cut it, but our Obagi Hydrate® moisturizers reduce water loss with innovative Hydromanil Technology that delivers long-lasting moisture for up to 8 hours.

For Sun Protection

Sunscreen is one skincare product every person should wear on a daily basis. The sun is skin’s worst enemy, so be sure to help Mom protect hers with one of our broad-spectrum, dermatologist-tested sunscreens.* With a sunscreen for every skin type, you are sure to find one that’s perfect for Mom... and perhaps yourself!

If You Aren’t Sure

If you aren’t sure what to choose, are torn between a couple of products, or would prefer to let Mom pick for herself, then contact one of our authorized resellers and inquire about an Obagi gift certificate, so that you can be sure Mom loves her gift.

For Some Extra Pampering

Another wonderful gift idea to show Mom some hands-on love, is to find an Obagi provider near you, and treat Mom to an in-office treatment that will leave her floating on air. Treat Mom to one of our signature Blue Peel® treatments performed by professionally-trained specialists to help reveal younger-, healthier-looking skin one layer at a time, or a customized Obagi Facial to cleanse, hydrate, and revitalize the look of her skin, so that it glows for days!

If you take our advice, you will be on the nice list all year. Go on, treat Mom, because she deserves it!

 

*Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 30 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

©2017 OMP, Inc. 4/17  OBG.0061.USA.17

Mother’s Day will arrive before you know it, so instead of rushing around at the last minute for that “perfect bouquet,” why not prepare early this year, and make sure you treat mom to something she can truly enjoy and appreciate more than any box of chocolates or bouquet of flowers?

Is it Time for a Cosmetic Spring Clean?

04.04.2017, 9:17 CDT | Posted In: Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

woman looking through cosmetics cabinet

We’ve all been there…

While getting ready for a special occasion, we reach for a beauty product that isn’t part of our normal routine. You know, the glittery navy blue eyeliner or that tube of extra lash plumping mascara. Maybe you reach for a special shade of sparkly lip-gloss that you don’t wear often. Then BOOM! You apply a dried out, goopy product to your freshly clean face. That is the worst right?

We’re here to remind you that this time of year is a good one for Spring cleaning, and not just our clothes closets, but our bathroom drawers and cabinets too.

It’s a great time of year to throw out those old skin care products that sit there cluttering up your precious space, and let’s be honest: you probably don’t even remember the last time that you used them. Remember, beauty products do go bad!

Read on to find out the main reasons that you know it’s time to throw a skin care product out, and get tossing!

Expired

Unopened beauty products have a longer shelf life, but once opened, their expiration date speeds up since they have been exposed to oxygen and toxins in the environment.

It is best to toss liquid products after a year of being open and powder products after two years. Mascara has a shelf life of three to four months, and should be frequently replaced because it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Lipstick should be tossed after a year and gloss after six months.1 SPF products should be replaced yearly after open, as their effectiveness significantly decreases over time.

Color has Changed

Over time the color of a skincare product can change indicating a change in its chemical makeup or possibly indicating that unwanted agents have contaminated it. It is best to get rid of these products immediately, and you also don’t want to accidentally apply the wrong shade!

Been Open for Over a Year

When a product has been open for over a year, its purity and quality are very likely to have degraded. Exposure to oxygen introduces particles to the formulation that can change the makeup of the product or even promote harmful bacteria growth. When in doubt, toss it out!

Change in Texture and Consistency

When their texture and consistency have changed, it is sometimes best to toss your beloved products. This is because they may no longer apply evenly and can therefore leave you with unwanted variations in appearance.

No Longer Serves its Purpose in Springtime

Springtime is time for skin rejuvenation. You might want to think about switching your heavy moisturizer for a lighter lotion, since skin will not tend to be so dry in the warmer months.  

Above all else, there is no better feeling than a fresh skin care area or bag with little clutter and fresh products. Why not start off the Springtime with your best foot forward and a fresh face?

 

References:

  1. How Long Should You Keep Makeup? WedMD. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/features/toss-makeup. Accessed 2/20/2017.

 

©2017 OMP, Inc. 2/17 OBG.0057.USA.17

We’ve all been there…

While getting ready for a special occasion, we reach for a beauty product that isn’t part of our normal routine. You know, the glittery navy blue eyeliner or that tube of extra lash plumping mascara. Maybe you reach for a special shade of sparkly lip-gloss that you don’t wear often. Then BOOM! You apply a dried out, goopy product to your freshly clean face. That is the worst right?

We’re here to remind you that this time of year is a good one for Spring cleaning, and not just our clothes closets, but our bathroom drawers and cabinets too.

Prepare Your Skin For Winter With These Top Tips

02.02.2017, 11:43 CST | Posted In: Dry Skin, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

woman's face, winter day

The New Year is finally here and that means we are right in the midst of Winter too. Being the coldest time of year with plummeting temperatures, this prevents many of us from leaving the warmth of indoor heating.

If you love being outdoors during the frosty season, you know that your skin is subject to harsh, drying effects from the cold, bitter air. But did you know that even indoor heating can take a toll on your skin?

This can get frustrating because whether you are indoors or outdoors, you just don’t seem to win when it comes to keeping your skin hydrated. This, however, is where you are wrong.

There are a few ways that you can amp up the moisture levels in your skin so that you can enjoy all the season has to offer without dealing with dry, flakey skin.

Follow these tips to enjoy hydrated skin that feels soothed and has a beautiful glow whether you choose to snuggle up on the couch or hit the slopes!

Moisturize

This tip may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many people skip the moisturizer as they just don’t realize the benefits.

Whether your skin is oily or dry, a good moisturizer is essential to not only hydrate your skin, but to add a protective barrier that helps shield the skin against harsh weather conditions.

Apply a good moisturizer morning and night, and even reapply if you spend loads of time outdoors.

Choosing a moisturizer can be tricky, but here at Obagi we have various ones suited to your specific skin care needs.

Our Obagi Hydrate® provides 8 hour moisturization with innovative technology and all natural ingredients including avocado oil, shea butter, and mango butter.

Our Obagi Hydrate Luxe® provides ultra-rich, overnight moisturization and includes key biomimetic peptides that complements the body’s natural biorhythms for a rejuvenated-looking complexion.

As the name suggests, our Gentle Rejuvenation Advanced Night Repair does its job while you sleep, adding deep hydration to combat wrinkles.

If your skin is very oily and prone to breakouts, then our CLENZIderm M.D.™ Therapeutic Moisturizer is just what you need.

Click here to see how much we love our moisturizers!

Drink Up

The last thing you may want to do when it’s cold out, is sip on water all day, but a lack of hydration internally, will show up externally as dry, dull, and flakey skin.

You don’t have to drink cold water to boost your hydration though! Herbal teas count towards your water content for the day, so take a break from caffeine and sugary drinks, and treat your body to a comforting mug of herbal tea. There are endless varieties so you are sure to find one that tickles your tastebuds!

Invest in a Humidifier

If you have no idea what a humidifier is, you’ll want to know after learning how it can benefit your skin!

Humidifiers simply shoot a continual stream of moisture into the air, helping to put moisture back that may have been lost through artificial heating. This is a simple way to hydrate your skin without putting in any effort.

The bonus of humidifiers is that you can add essential oils into them. Add peppermint if you need to focus or lavender to help you relax at night. There’s an essential oil for every mood!

Follow these simple tips to help you enjoy a happier, hydrated skin in no time at all. Do you have any tips for Winter skin that are not mentioned here? Feel free to share in the comments below!

 

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The New Year is finally here and that means we are right in the midst of Winter too. Being the coldest time of year with plummeting temperatures, this prevents many of us from leaving the warmth of indoor heating.

If you love being outdoors during the frosty season, you know that your skin is subject to harsh, drying effects from the cold, bitter air. But did you know that even indoor heating can take a toll on your skin?

Product Details

KèraPhine™ Body Smoothing Lotion

Clinically proven to1,*:

  • Exfoliate and remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin
  • Help smooth rough and bumpy skin
  • Reduce dryness on the arms

Used daily, KèraPhine helps to restore healthy-looking skin.1,*,‡

*Study results for a 4-week evaluation of the effectiveness of KèraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion; N=81.
No statistically significant reduction in dryness was seen on the thighs.
Do not use on damaged skin and avoid contact with the eyes. Discontinue use if rash occurs.

Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Patients should use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

Reference: 1. A single-center clinical study to assess the efficacy of two topical products for improving the appearance of moderate dry, persistently rough, bumpy skin on the body. OMP, Inc. Data on file.

How It Works

Key Ingredients Make the Difference

KèraPhine works to reduce bumpy skin patches on arms and legs using rich emollients and powerful exfoliants including:

  • 15% glycolic acid1,2, II
  • 5% Ammonium Lactate1,3

IISunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.

At week 1§:

  • 89% of patients reported their skin felt smoother
  • 92% of patients said their skin felt softer

By week 4§:

  • 92% of patients felt smoother skin
  • 97% of patients felt softer skin

§Patients responded “strongly agree” or “somewhat agree” to self-assessment questions.

References:
1.
Valeant body lotion tentative ingredient list (for United States). OMP, Inc. Data on file.
2. Aging skin and skin care products. American Academy of Dermatology website. https://www.aad.org/media/stats/cosmetic-treatments. Accessed September 27, 2016.
3. Ammonium lactate. Environmental Working Group Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database website. https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ingredient/700371/AMMONIUM_LACTATE/. Accessed December 15, 2016.

Real Results

Results you can feel1,*

Used daily, KéraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion helps to restore healthy-looking skin.1,*,†

KéraPhine Before & After

Keraphine left arm before

BEFORE

Keraphine left arm week 4

WEEK 4

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

KéraPhine Before & After

Keraphine right thigh before

BEFORE

Keraphine right thigh week 4

WEEK 4

Photos have not been retouched. Results may vary.

 

 

Clinical proof that KéraPhine works1,*

Statistically significant improvements in upper arms at week 4

upper arms at week 4, chart

Statistically significant improvements in thighs at week 4

upper arms at week 4, chart

 

* Study results for a 4-week evaluation of the effectiveness of KéraPhine Body Smoothing Lotion; N=81.
† Do not use on damaged skin and avoid contact with the eyes. Discontinue use if rash occurs.

Reference: 1. A single-center clinical study to assess the efficacy of two topical products for improving the appearance of moderate dry, persistently rough, bumpy skin on the body. OMP, Inc. Data on file.

Fun Ways To Shed Those Extra Holiday Pounds

12.28.2016, 12:00 CST | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Fun Ways To Shed Those Extra Holiday Pounds

We all love the delicious festive treats that are a part of the holidays, but we may not love how they make our jeans a little harder to zip up. Ladies, you know what we’re talking about!

A few extra pounds may seem inevitable at this time of year, but don’t despair, because there are some very simple, and super fun, ways you can shed those extra pounds, no gym membership required!

Keep reading to find out a few ways you can get fit and healthy without a boring treadmill workout.

Get Creative In The Kitchen

The quickest way to shed those extra pounds is to watch what you eat. Exercising is pointless if you are filling your body with unhealthy calories every day in the form of processed carbs and sugar laden cookies.

We aren’t referring to dieting here, because that’s no fun, but rather to switching up a few staples in your pantry for healthier alternatives. Switch up processed sugar for coconut sugar, and purchase whole grains in the form of brown rice and quinoa, rather than white bread and white rice. A good rule of thumb is to ditch any refined white foods in your cupboard or fridge. White flour, rice, bread, pasta, etc. These foods may taste good, but they do absolutely nothing for you in terms of nutritional content, except leave you feeling sluggish and bloated.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring! Just check out these delicious superfoods you can munch on, or this nutrient rich smoothie you can enjoy without any guilt!

Go Ice-Skating

Take advantage of the frosty season, gather up your nearest and dearest, and enjoy a day or evening on the skating rink.

Ice-skating is so much fun it won’t even feel as if you are working out, but while you glide along the ice you are treating your body to a complete cardiovascular workout. This type of exercise mainly targets your leg muscles, but your abs stay engaged too as you constantly work on keeping your balance. You get your blood pumping, calories burning, and feel-good endorphins released for a “workout” that will leave you feeling happy and rejuvenated.

Try A Dance Workout

Ever tried a YouTube workout, but quickly given up after what feels like the thousandth squat? We know we have.

Instead of trying a traditional (and boring) strength workout, why not try something a little different like a dance workout? You know when you are home alone, you turn the music up and get your boogie on? Well, this is the same thing. The difference is that you have an instructor to guide you to really get the most out of your workout.

So put on some comfy clothes, tie your hair back, and get ready to get your groove on!

Join A Class or Team

Nothing will make you give up quicker than trying an activity or exercise program you don’t enjoy. That’s why we recommend finding a physical activity you truly enjoy and then signing up to be part of a class or team. This can be soccer, basketball, tennis, yoga, you name it, but just make sure it’s something you enjoy.

When you find an activity you love, and you feel part of a team, you will end up having such a good time, you won’t even notice those extra pounds melting off ‘til the next time you try on your skinny jeans.

Follow these fun tips and you’ll be feeling fit in no time! Remember, it’s not just about fitting into those favorite jeans, but rather about taking charge of your health and feeling good within yourself.

Can you think of any additional activities that are fun and don’t feel like a workout? Please share in the comments below!

 

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Gained a little weight this holiday season? Not to worry! Here are some fun ways to shed those extra pounds.

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