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.

Tags: serums

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!

Introducing the New ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum

01.23.2012, 15:42 CST | Posted In: Eye Area, Company News, Products

Introducing the New ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum

The ELASTIderm Eye formulation you love, now with the added benefits of caffeine!

Feeling a little tired? Give yourself a boost of caffeine! We’re not talking about your morning coffee, but actually a new eye serum by Obagi that will wake up your eyes! Introducing the new ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum—the next-generation ELASTIderm Eye formulation, now with the benefits of caffeine delivered via an innovative rollerball technology!

Caffeine is an antioxidant that helps reduce puffiness under the eyes, and the ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum combines this key ingredient with bi-mineral complex and malonic acid to help replenish elasticity and support collagen for tighter, smoother-looking skin. So get your dose of caffeine and look refreshed and awake with the new ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR NEW PRODUCT NOW. »

The ELASTIderm Eye formulation you love, now with the added benefits of caffeine!

Feeling a little tired? Give yourself a boost of caffeine! We’re not talking about your morning coffee, but actually a new eye serum by Obagi that will wake up your eyes! Introducing the new ELASTIderm Eye Complete Complex Serum—the next-generation ELASTIderm Eye formulation, now with the benefits of caffeine delivered via an innovative rollerball technology!

Breast Cancer Survivor, Obagi Ambassador, and Role Model.

10.13.2011, 10:40 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin

Breast Cancer Survivor, Obagi Ambassador, and Role Model.

“Most of us feel better when we look our best and needless to say, I had not looked my best in quite some time. The after effects of chemo and radiation had truly dried my skin and I really needed something to pep me up.  At a family gathering, my sister and niece were talking about Obagi.  They both used it, and suggested I give it a try. With the seed planted, I went to see Dr. Beautiful (yes, that’s her real name) in Fayetteville and asked if Obagi was for me.”

“She and her staff took time to explain and demonstrate each product. Sold, I walked out of her office with a bag of Obagi products in my hands and a smile on my face as I knew that in a short amount of time my skin would be better than ever. After a few weeks, my skin improved tremendously. Obagi helped give me back my self confidence.  So much so, I took the leap and entered the Obagi Ambassador Sweepstakes.”

“When I found out I was selected, I yelled, ‘I can’t believe it—I won!’ You would have thought I won the lottery, and I was all smiles and bubbly. It was truly an amazing experience, and I felt like the most special person in the world. I was floating on cloud nine, and absolutely couldn’t wait to tell my parents, sister and son. When I called Dr. Beautiful, she was absolutely overjoyed for me—she even made me the center of attention at her open house. Everybody was so pleased for me and I almost got a ‘big head’ from all the compliments on my skin. Even with the magnificent results I have had, I still can’t believe it’s real!”

“As part of being selected, Obagi is making a donation in my name to the charity of my choosing. For everything they’ve done to work towards a cure for breast cancer, I chose Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Founded in 1982, they have invested nearly $2 billion for breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S., and through partnerships in more than 50 countries. As a recipient of their efforts, I am thrilled to give back.  If you’d like to contribute as well, please connect with them here. Thank you.”

“Most of us feel better when we look our best and needless to say, I had not looked my best in quite some time. The after effects of chemo and radiation had truly dried my skin and I really needed something to pep me up.  At a family gathering, my sister and niece were talking about Obagi.  They both used it, and suggested I give it a try. With the seed planted, I went to see Dr. Beautiful (yes, that’s her real name) in Fayetteville and asked if Obagi was for me.”

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