Did You Know May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

05.02.2012, 13:45 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Products

Did You Know May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month?

May has quickly approached us, which means it’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Considering the disease is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States,1 it’s easy to see the importance of the initiative. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.Before heading outdoors this summer, we encourage you to educate yourself on ways to maintain superior skin health.

In the meantime, here are some of the most noteworthy skin cancer preventative tips.

Say no to tanning beds. Don’t believe the hype—just because tanning indoors is a controlled dose of ultraviolet radiation does not make it okay. Believe it or not, indoor tanners are typically less safe than the rays of the sun, as new high-pressure sunlamps can deliver as much as 12 times the annual UVA dose as natural exposure.3

Don’t feel confident just because you’re young. While the average age of those diagnosed with skin cancer lies somewhere between 45 and 55, it turns out a quarter of all cases occur in people under the age of 40.4 So regardless of age, make sure you protect yourself—always use sunscreen and wear protective clothing while outdoors.

Be vigilant with sunscreen—even if you’re not light-skinned. While it’s true that those with darker skin are less likely to develop the disease than those with lighter, fairer skin,5 the risk still exists for everyone. This is why it’s important for everyone to protect themselves. So lather up and protect all exposed areas with a broad-spectrum sunscreen, such as our award-winning Obagi Nu-Derm® Sun Shield SPF 50, before venturing outside. For all skin types, it applies with an elegant, matte finish that feels great on your skin.

Check non-exposed parts of the body for signs of the disease. Believe it or not, melanoma can be diagnosed anywhere from the soles of one’s feet to beneath the fingernails.6 That’s why it’s important to regularly see your dermatologist and continually check your moles for signs of any changes.

Looking for more tips on how to best protect you and your skin? Visit the Skin Cancer Foundation at SkinCancer.org for more information!

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Skin cancer statistics. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin/statistics/. Accessed April 30, 2012
2 Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin Cancer Awareness Month reminder.http://www.skincancer.org/media-and-press/press-release-2011/skin-cancer-awareness-month-reminderAccessed April 30, 2012.
3 Skin Cancer Foundation. Skin cancer facts. http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed April 30, 2012.
4 Melanoma Center. Melanoma statistics. http://www.melanomacenter.org/basics/statistics.html. Accessed April 30, 2012.
5 Skin Cancer Foundation. Myth vs. fact.http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts/myths-vs-facts. Accessed April 30, 2012.
6 Melanoma Research Foundation. Melanoma risk factors.http://www.melanoma.org/learn-more/melanoma-101/melanoma-risk-factors. Accessed April 30, 2012.

May has quickly approached us, which means it’s Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Considering the disease is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States,1 it’s easy to see the importance of the initiative. Fortunately, skin cancer is also one of the most preventable forms of cancer.Before heading outdoors this summer, we encourage you to educate yourself on ways to maintain superior skin health.

In the meantime, here are some of the most noteworthy skin cancer preventative tips.

Timeless Beauty at Every Age

04.26.2012, 11:17 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Red alarm clocks

It’s not just about looking younger. It’s about looking and feeling great at this moment in your life. Timeless beauty is natural, and it’s sharing the real you with the world no matter how many candles are on your cake. Here are a few healthy skin care tips to make sure you’re putting your best face forward as you navigate through some key stages of your life.

  • Twenties – Time to get serious. This is an exciting time. Graduation. Your first real job. Investment clothing that suits your career. Everything about your life is more adult and maybe it’s time to take a more serious approach to skin care, too, by upgrading from everyday drugstore brands. Healthy skin starts with a plan and that plan begins with protection. Start with Obagi Professional-C Serums™. These Vitamin C serums deliver topical antioxidant benefits to help correct and protect your skin from signs of future damage and aging.
  • Thirties – Make it a habit. This is a nonstop, multitasking, multirole time of life. You may be too busy to notice the effects of time on your skin, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t starting to show. A consistent daily skin care routine can be a key contributor to healthy, beautiful skin and helping to minimize future damage. Protect and help prevent your skin from showing the early signs of aging with the Obagi-C® Rx System.
  • Forties and Fifties – Facing new challenges. You have embraced who you’ve become and are comfortable in your own skin. Your goal is to look like the fabulous person you are today. Tackle the inevitable skin concerns that come from age with the Obagi Nu-Derm® System, the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system specially formulated to reveal healthy skin. And for those pesky crow’s feet, try the ELASTIderm® Eye Cream to help improve resilience and increase elasticity of the skin all around your eyes!
  • Sixties and beyond – Shining in your golden years. Just because you’re over 60 doesn’t mean you can’t be as beautiful and vibrant now as in your younger years. Even if you’ve been diligent with skin care on your face over the years, you may have neglected the skin on your neck and chest area, which tends to be thinner, less moisturized, and often overlooked when it comes to sun protection. ELASTIderm® Décolletage Products can help diminish the signs of aging and helps to restore healthy skin on your neck and chest. Your overall appearance now matches the grace and wisdom you’ve earned throughout your years.

Of course, no matter what your age, there are some skin care basics that are universal to help maintain healthy skin for life, such as washing your face every night and using sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun. For a sheer, matte finish sunscreen, try our award-winning Nu-Derm Sun Shield SPF 50 for broad-spectrum protection.

Another area not to overlook? Your eyes! Your eyes convey confidence, show empathy, and share your sense of fun. Make the most of this powerful asset by achieving the appearance of thicker, fuller lashes with the ELASTILash® Eyelash Solution.*

We’d love to know how you define timeless beauty, and hear any tips or tricks that make you look and feel beautiful at every age! Please share your thoughts by commenting below.

*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

It’s not just about looking younger. It’s about looking and feeling great at this moment in your life. Timeless beauty is natural, and it’s sharing the real you with the world no matter how many candles are on your cake. Here are a few healthy skin care tips to make sure you’re putting your best face forward as you navigate through some key stages of your life.

Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye!

04.16.2012, 16:14 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye!

Bad skin care habits can increase your risk of acne, premature aging, wrinkles, and more. Some are habits you’re totally aware of and others are seemingly innocent things you do every day that can impact the health and beauty of your skin. Here are a few skin sins to shed, starting today.

  • Sun sins. Indoors or out, tanning is considered the number one skin sin no-no. Always, always use sunblock when you go outdoors and if you simply must have a little color, consider alternatives like sunless tanners and bronzers.
  • Lifestyle issues come to the surface. Too much alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate your skin and give it a dull appearance. Smoking has been reported to contribute to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. If you sleep less than 8 hours a night, you’re shortchanging your skin, which could mean dark circles under your eyes.
  • Don’t be picky. Resist the urge to pick that blemish. This quick fix can be nothing but trouble for your skin. It may look like you’re getting rid of the problem, but you’re actually pushing the bacteria deeper into your skin, which could lead to the formation of even more acne spots. Long-term picking can also create the possibility of scars—so stop picking, pronto. If you have acne-prone skin, make sure to be vigilant about skin care with the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System.
  • Put this bad habit to bed. Going to bed with your makeup on is a skin sin that can leave the entire day’s accumulation of dirt, grime, and oil on your skin to seep into pores, clogging them and putting you at risk for acne. Make a clean break with this habit by creating a healthy evening routine where you cleanse, tone, and moisturize.
  • Some like it too hot. You may enjoy a long hot shower, but your skin can’t take the heat without being stripped of its natural oils. This can result in dry, flaky, itchy skin. Eliminate this skin sin by turning down the heat and lingering less in the shower.
  • Let’s talk about your phone. Holding your phone against your cheek creates a warm and moist environment where bacteria can thrive, which can lead to skin irritations. Make sure to lightly wipe your phone off daily and alternate which side of your face you hold your phone against to minimize the risk of developing skin problems.

Did we miss your skin sin? Have you recently reformed a bad skin care habit? Share your skin sin story by commenting below!

Bad skin care habits can increase your risk of acne, premature aging, wrinkles, and more. Some are habits you’re totally aware of and others are seemingly innocent things you do every day that can impact the health and beauty of your skin. Here are a few skin sins to shed, starting today.

Did you know April is Rosacea Awareness Month?

04.03.2012, 9:06 CDT | Posted In: Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Products, Skin Care

Did you know April is Rosacea Awareness Month?

Most of you may not know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month. In fact, even though 1 in 20 Americans have rosacea, most people with it don’t even realize they have it. Because you, a loved one, or a friend could develop rosacea, take a few minutes to learn a little about this common, yet barely known skin condition.

  • Rosacea by the numbers. It is estimated that rosacea affects more than 14 million Americans.1 It occurs most commonly in adults age 30 to 60.2 And 30% to 40% of patients with rosacea have a close relative with the condition.3 It tends to occur more often in women but more severely in men.2
  • Menopause is a red flag. Many menopausal women tend to think they have adult acne when they see red bumps and pimples. However, it is possible that it could be rosacea. In fact, hot flashes might cause the first appearance of rosacea, so visit a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis.
  • The sooner the better. People often delay treatment, thinking they have a temporary condition that will go away quickly, yet rosacea is reported to worsen with time—so the sooner treatment is started the better. If you have facial redness, acne-like pimples, flushing of the cheeks, nose, chin, and/or forehead, meet with your physician for a diagnosis and to discuss the prescription-based Obagi Rosaclear® System.*
  • Avoid the aggravation. Prevent future flare-ups by avoiding things that can trigger rosacea. It might be helpful to keep a journal because everyone has different triggers. The most common ones include sun exposure, vigorous exercise, caffeine, stress, spicy food, excessive sugar and sweets, and alcohol.
  • Keep your chin up. According to a National Rosacea Society survey, nearly 70% of rosacea sufferers reported experiencing embarrassment and anxiety because of their condition. The Rosaclear System incorporates a therapeutic prescription component, as well as products that help calm your skin and minimize the visible redness and blotchiness associated with rosacea. Even better, it is a skin care regimen that is noncomedogenic, so it won’t clog your pores. This can make it easier for rosacea sufferers to face the world and it helps improve their quality of life.

*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

References: 1. American Academy of Dermatology and the National Rosacea Society
2. www.medicinenet.com/rosacea/article.htm
3. www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160281.php

Most of you may not know that April is Rosacea Awareness Month. In fact, even though 1 in 20 Americans have rosacea, most people with it don’t even realize they have it. Because you, a loved one, or a friend could develop rosacea, take a few minutes to learn a little about this common, yet barely known skin condition.

Spring into Wedding Season!

03.21.2012, 15:32 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Spring flower bouquet

The picture perfect wedding is the result of a year of planning on average. The dress. The flowers. The guest list. It’s no secret the stress of it all can take a toll on your health, especially your skin. If you’re a spring bride or the mother of the bride, there are steps you can take now to help your skin look picture perfect on the big day.

  • Spring is here but winter took a toll. Exfoliating once a week with the use of a moisturizer and broad spectrum sunscreen* helps address the dry, flaky skin exacerbated by the low humidity and dry harsh winds of the winter. It turns over skin cells to help your skin look dewy fresh as you walk down the aisle. And don’t forget to exfoliate your arms, shoulders and back, especially if the design of your gown draws attention to these areas.
  • Small switch. Big results. Gradually reduce your caffeine consumption. Try replacing your lattes with water. Drinking water helps rid the body of toxins and increases hydration. And pumped up hydration helps create radiance and that famous bridal glow.
  • Be ready for close-ups. A professional photographer will most likely be capturing the day’s events so both the bride and her mother will want to take special care with their makeup. Starting with a primer creates a base for wedding makeup by helping to give the skin the appearance of smoother texture, minimizing the appearance of open pores, and blurring the look of fine lines to help make them less obvious.
  • Get your beauty sleep. It’s not easy when you’re a bride, but try to get some rest. The simple fact is it helps skin look better after a good night’s sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to dark circles under your eyes. So if you want your skin to look beautiful–get your beauty sleep!

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*Following a comprehensive sun protection program including applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing including hats and sunglasses and avoiding the sun between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM decreases the risk of certain types of skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.

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The picture perfect wedding is the result of a year of planning on average. The dress. The flowers. The guest list. It’s no secret the stress of it all can take a toll on your health, especially your skin. If you’re a spring bride or the mother of the bride, there are steps you can take now to help your skin look picture perfect on the big day.

Beauty in Many Shades of Color

03.07.2012, 16:41 CST | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty

Beauty in Many Shades of Color

Women of color come in beautiful shades and tones, and we get a lot of questions about skin care that’s specific for women with darker skin. So today we want to share a few beauty tips specially for those with a naturally darker skin tone.

  • Face the facts of acne. Darker skin is especially susceptible to dark spots and discolorations because of the higher amount of melanin in the skin. Especially in women who have acne, blemishes and scarring may be more prominent. Acne causes post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, a fancy word to describe a darkened spot on your skin after a cut, scratch, or acne blemish. So it is especially important to avoid picking, squeezing, or otherwise irritating acne blemishes.
  • Even out dark spots or hyperpigmentation. According to a 2011 survey of more than 1000 women with skin of color, dark spots, uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation was a prominent concern. Products that contain hydroquinone can help diminish dark spots and even out your skin tone.
  • Wear sunscreen. The myth that skin cancer only affects light-skinned people is FALSE. A woman with dark skin does have more melanin in her skin for natural protection, but that extra melanin doesn’t protect against the UV damage that accelerates aging or causes cancer. If you have dark skin, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher.
  • Match your makeup to your skin tone for a natural look. These days, makeup comes in so many different shades and tones, it’s easier than ever to find foundation, powder, or concealer that matches your natural skin color.
  • Go for the gold. Eye shadows with silver undertones tend to look a bit harsh on darker skin, so use warmer colors that have more golden or bronze tones for a naturally flattering look.

And, of course, don’t forget the basics. No matter what your skin tone and color, basic skin care needs are essential for healthy, beautiful skin—so remember to cleanse, moisturize, and don’t forget your SPF!

If you know of any other beauty tips or secrets especially for darker skin, share by commenting below!

Women of color come in beautiful shades and tones, and we get a lot of questions about skin care that’s specific for women with darker skin. So today we want to share a few beauty tips specially for those with a naturally darker skin tone.

March is National Nutrition Month!

03.01.2012, 12:05 CST | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

March is National Nutrition Month!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook® and Twitter®, then you’ve probably been reading up on our healthy skin food updates. We know that eating right is not only good for your overall health, but it’s also good for your skin, and in honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re breaking down some important nutrition facts that can help you feel good—and look good. After all, you are what you eat!

  • Color your plate. A rainbow of foods creates a palette of nutrients that are good for your skin. Shop for primary colors of fruit and vegetables when putting together an antioxidant-rich diet. Green foods like spinach and broccoli are full of chlorophyll, which is a natural detoxing agent and can help restore your skin’s radiant glow. Orange and yellow foods such as carrots and yellow bell peppers are rich in carotenoids—powerful antioxidants that can help protect you from skin-damaging free radicals. Blueberries, blackberries, and red grapes are full of antioxidants, flavonoids and vitamin C. It has been reported that they can help form collagen and prevent premature aging. Remember, the more colorful and vibrant, the better!
  • “Essential” essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to play a crucial role in brain development and improving heart health, but they can also help nourish and improve your skin’s tone and texture. But because the body cannot produce them on its own, they must be obtained through diet. Salmon and other seafoods are rich in omega-3s, so slurp down some oysters for a pearly complexion!
  • Peel appeal. Chemical peels from your dermatologist can give you great results, but peeling into an orange can offer antioxidant benefits for your skin, too! Eating fruit high in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruits, strawberries, and cherries can help you achieve the appearance of tighter skin and help prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Milk does a body good. Cleopatra must’ve known the secret to beautiful skin when she bathed in fresh milk. Milk is rich in vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as lactic acid, that can help renew skin cells and reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Eating and drinking a lot of dairy can help you achieve that creamy complexion you want.

The best part about eating healthy for your skin? It strengthens your heart and body, improves your immune system, increases your energy, and helps you live longer and better!

For more nutritional tips and skin-enhancing food ideas, be sure to Like Us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter!

If you’ve been following us on Facebook® and Twitter®, then you’ve probably been reading up on our healthy skin food updates. We know that eating right is not only good for your overall health, but it’s also good for your skin, and in honor of National Nutrition Month, we’re breaking down some important nutrition facts that can help you feel good—and look good. After all, you are what you eat!

Obagi featured in People® and Weight Watchers® Magazine

02.29.2012, 16:27 CST | Posted In: Company News, Products

Obagi featured in People<sup>®</sup> and Weight Watchers<sup>®</sup> Magazine

The word is spreading, and everyone is talking about the skin-transforming wonders of Obagi! In the February issue of People en Español, Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% was on their must-have list. Our light-textured serum was featured as a product rich in vitamins and antioxidants to help improve the look and feel of your skin.

Additionally, our Obagi ELASTILash® Eyelash Solution* was also featured in Weight Watchers Magazine as a nonprescription alternative for thicker, fuller-looking lashes. Especially in women older than age 30, lashes tend to become thinner, shorter, and lighter, so a lash booster like the ELASTILash Eyelash Solution can help you achieve the appearance of luscious lashes!

If you haven’t tried our Professional-C Serum or ELASTILash Eyelash Solution yet, now’s the time! Find a skin care professional in your area who carries these Obagi products.

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*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

The word is spreading, and everyone is talking about the skin-transforming wonders of Obagi! In the February issue of People en Español, Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% was on their must-have list. Our light-textured serum was featured as a product rich in vitamins and antioxidants to help improve the look and feel of your skin.

This Valentine’s Day, Love the Skin You’re In!

02.13.2012, 16:40 CST | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

This Valentine’s Day, Love the Skin You’re In!

Whether you’re planning to spend the day with your sweetheart or with a group of your best friends, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pamper yourself and indulge in some of your favorite things! Show some love to your skin with these great beauty tips:

Love is in the air. Fresh air not only revitalizes our minds, but it also does wonders for your skin. Oxygen revives and replenishes skin cells, helping to prevent skin from looking dull and aged. Go for a romantic stroll outside and allow your skin to breathe in some fresh air (but don’t forget to protect your skin from the sun year-round)!

Eat your heart out! It’s a fact━chocolate IS good for you! Dark chocolate is especially rich in antioxidants that defend against free radicals and may help prevent signs of aging. So indulge in those heart-shaped chocolates without all the guilt.

Get flirty. Be irresistible with full, flirty lashes! Sure, you can wear false eyelashes, but they can be difficult to apply and look unnatural. Instead, try our nonprescription ELASTILash® Eyelash Solution* for the appearance of naturally thicker, fuller-looking lashes.

Soft skin is sexy skin. Get closer this Valentine’s Day with beautifully soft skin. Invest in and follow a good skin care regimen to achieve that radiant glow with healthy, younger-looking skin.

How do you plan to spend this Valentine’s Day? Share by commenting below!

*This product has been discontinued and is no longer available for purchase.

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Whether you’re planning to spend the day with your sweetheart or with a group of your best friends, Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to pamper yourself and indulge in some of your favorite things! Show some love to your skin with these great beauty tips:

Why You'll Love the New ELASTIderm® Eye Complete Complex Serum!

02.13.2012, 16:38 CST | Posted In: Eye Area, Products, Videos

Here at Obagi, we live by our products. We don’t just talk about how great our products are, we also experience them all ourselves! And our latest product, the ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum, is no exception. Hear from our very own Michelle Stringer, as she describes our newest addition to the ELASTIderm family. She’ll also show you how to easily apply the product to the skin under your eyes to help reduce under-eye puffiness and strengthen elasticity for firmer, youthful-looking eyes. Watch the video now!

Undoubtedly, Michelle is a fan, but we also know that a majority of patients who have tried the new ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum considered it better or much better than the product they usually used, thought it met or exceeded their expectations, and will purchase it in the future.1

So, have you gotten yours yet?

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

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Here at Obagi, we live by our products. We don’t just talk about how great our products are, we also experience them all ourselves! And our latest product, the ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum, is no exception. Hear from our very own Michelle Stringer, as she describes our newest addition to the ELASTIderm family. She’ll also show you how to easily apply the product to the skin under your eyes to help reduce under-eye puffiness and strengthen elasticity for firmer, youthful-looking eyes. Watch the video now!

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