Increasing Your Health and Happiness at Home, One Tail at a Time

09.17.2012, 9:35 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

Obagi employee pet montage

No one said it better than George Eliot: “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” (Eliot is also known as Mary Anne Evans, author of the 1857 short story “Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story.”) Pets are such an ideal source of unconditional love! They will always be happy to see us and we can count on an enthusiastic hello to brighten the day. We may often find ourselves rushing into the office for a morning meeting—we should be just as diligent about dashing home to be greeted by a pet in the evening! Here’s how our furry friends can help increase health and happiness at home.

Pets encourage a brighter outlook
You can certainly see the wonderful reaction in a young child’s face when Fido comes running to greet him or when Fluffy starts to purr in her presence. Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, you can feel tension ease within a couple minutes of being around a pet. Some studies show that this can help us feel less anxious and actually result in physical changes that make a difference in mood.1 Some scientists think this is what brings about a more pronounced sense of well-being.2

Pets represent affection, and a connection with them can benefit anyone. Your dog or cat will lend an ear any time you want to talk. Interacting with a pet during walks, brushing, or trying out a new toy can actually help give you positive perspective; you could even notice that you feel better about how you spend your time.2

Take feeling better to heart
In addition to exercise and a healthy diet, pets can help improve heart health. Did you know that some studies have shown that pet owners have better survival rates following certain kinds of heart conditions3? Also, one study showed that people with a history of cat ownership were less likely to die of a heart attack than those who had never owned a cat3!

Unleash a new enthusiasm for exercise
You and your pet could both benefit from blowing off steam after a long day! Pets need exercise too, especially if they’ve been inside or cooped up for much of the day.4 It’s a fine starting point to walk together, play fetch, or bring out an interactive toy. Together you and your pet could help improve your health and then gradually increase your activities. Consult with your doctor and veterinarian for recommendations—then unleash your new enthusiasm for exercise together! Exercise will increase blood flow throughout your body, which could also encourage more radiant skin. You could consider time with your furry friend part of your daily beauty routine!

With these healthy benefits, you’ll probably find new appreciation for your dog or cat. You may even see a new side of your pet as you discover fun activities to try together. Fortunately, you can still get out and enjoy the last dog days of summer before the cooler weather sets in!

 

References:

  1. Sorenson B. The health benefits of pets. Mayo Clinic Web site. http://sharing.mayoclinic.org/2010/05/12/the-health-benefits-of-pets/. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  2. 27 ways pets can improve your health. WebMD Web site. http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-pets-improve-your-health. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  3. Qureshi A, et al. Cats as domestic pets reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases: Results from the Second National Health and Nutrition Examination Study Mortality Follow-up Study. J Vasc Interv Neurol. 2009 Jan; 2(1): 132–135. NCBI Web site.
  4. Pets need exercise, too! CBS News Web site. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500199_162-3719260.html. Accessed August 14, 2012.

 

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No one said it better than George Eliot: “Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” (Eliot is also known as Mary Anne Evans, author of the 1857 short story “Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story.”) Pets are such an ideal source of unconditional love! They will always be happy to see us and we can count on an enthusiastic hello to brighten the day. We may often find ourselves rushing into the office for a morning meeting—we should be just as diligent about dashing home to be greeted by a pet in the evening!

Sip Your Way to More Luminous Skin

09.17.2012, 9:33 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

Fruit smoothies

Smoothies offer great versatility and a healthy treat any time of the day. You can easily use fruits and vegetables that are in season. A single glass can deliver antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins, and much more.

This refreshing smoothie is packed with nutrition that’s good for your skin, yet easy to make!

Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy!
Calories: 191 per serving

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups of Greek or fat-free natural plain yogurt
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½  cup of “no pulp” 100% natural orange juice
  • ½ lemon, squeezed (for tartness, if desired)

Directions
Place all ingredients in a blender. Liquefy and then add more orange juice if the consistency is too thick for you. Enjoy!

A smart start with lasting benefits
Antioxidants, which are found in many fruits and vegetables, should be an essential part of your diet. Antioxidants can help fight free radicals—tiny, unstable molecules that have been shown to cause damage at the cellular level. Did you know that blueberries rank very high as a natural source of antioxidants, greater than most other fruits and vegetables?1 And an extra benefit: you may even notice an energy boost from such a nutritious start to your day and find yourself exercising more!

In this recipe, yogurt provides protein, calcium, and good bacteria to aid digestion. Bananas are packed with potassium and slow-release sugar to sustain you throughout the day. Blueberries are also full of fiber and are low in sugar, so you may feel more satisfied longer, which can help you eat less. And finally, orange juice is a popular source of Vitamin C. Add more or less OJ, depending on how thick you want your smoothie. So drink up and enjoy knowing that nutritious foods like this smoothie can help keep you looking and feeling great!

Antioxidants in a bottle
We love this smoothie recipe as a way to fortify ourselves from the inside. For your skin, you can turn to Obagi. Our Professional-C Serums offer the antioxidant Vitamin C to help defend against free radical damage and support healthy-looking skin. The serums are available in three different concentrations for different skin types and needs.

Tell us what you think after you try this smoothie recipe. And if you have a special post-workout recipe, share it as a comment below!

Last updated: 4/5/16

 

Reference:

  1. Biology of Ageing and Role of Dietary Antioxidants. Biomed Res Int. 2014; 2014: 831841. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3996317/.

 

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Smoothies offer great versatility and a healthy treat any time of the day. You can easily use fruits and vegetables that are in season. A single glass can deliver antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamins, and much more.

This refreshing smoothie is packed with nutrition that’s good for your skin, yet easy to make!

Prep: 5 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy!
Calories: 191 per serving

Ingredients

Secrets Are Meant to Be Shared, Especially When They’re This Good!

08.27.2012, 11:29 CDT | Posted In: Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Secrets Are Meant to Be Shared, Especially When They’re This Good!

Last month we asked you to share your success stories and beauty secrets with us. The response was overwhelming, to say the least.

We listened to what you had to say and after reading every comment and secret you shared with us, we compiled this post from some of our favorites.

Bathing Soda?

Erika S. told us that in addition to her Obagi skin care regimen, she takes a bath with baking soda to “exfoliate and soften skin.” Some people may have thought baking soda was just good for jellyfish stings and eliminating that awful smell in your fridge when you forget to cook the salmon you bought three weeks ago. But baking soda does in fact have some great healthy skin advantages.

Years ago, baking soda was one of the few products on the market for cleaning teeth and settling an upset stomach. However, today it’s not at all uncommon to add baking soda to warm bathwater for healthy skin benefits. Adding ½ cup to a full bath can have a softening effect on your skin, while adding 1 cup of baking soda and 1 ¼ cups of baby oil to your bath during the cold weather months can help relieve itchy winter skin.

It’s Not Smoke and Mirrors

Stephanie G. said that the key to a flawless complexion is to not smoke and drink plenty of water. She’s definitely on the right track.

Smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. The nicotine in cigarettes narrows blood vessels in the outermost layers of your skin, which impairs blood flow. With reduced blood flow, your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and lacks important nutrients, such as vitamin A, that keep it looking healthy.1

As Stephanie points out, the best thing to do is simply quit smoking. Once you do, supplement your healthy new habit by drinking an adequate amount of water each day. Your skin, like all other organs in your body, is made of cells that require water; without water, these cells will not perform at their best, making your skin dry and flaky and more prone to wrinkles.2 Men should reach for approximately 13 glasses per day, while women should try to fill up their cup 9 times.3

What a Success!

While our Facebook news feed and blog comments were flooded with success stories about all of the Obagi product lines, we heard an overwhelming response about the Obagi Nu-Derm® Systems. Colleni C. said her results have been so amazing that she would recommend Obagi “without hesitation.”

Our best-selling skin care system, Obagi Nu-Derm, transforms the appearance of aging skin and includes everything your skin needs to look beautiful and healthy. But don’t just take our word for it—after all, this blog is about you! Emma B. shared her story, “I’ve been using Obagi for one year and I love it! I had dark spots on my face and I tried many products but nothing worked except for Obagi. I love Obagi!”

We’re honored to have had such an incredible response, but the buck doesn’t have to stop here. We would love for you to continue to share your success stories and beauty secrets with us because we love reading them. Share your thoughts in the comments below and remember, we hear you!

References: 1. Dale L. Smoking: does it cause wrinkles? Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/smoking/AN00644. Updated October 21, 2011. Accessed August 15, 2012.
2. University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority. The benefits of drinking water for your skin. University of Wisconsin-Madison Web site.
http://www.uwhealth.org/madison-plastic-surgery/the-benefits-of-drinking-water-for-your-skin/26334. Updated 2012. Accessed August 15, 2012.
3. Mayo Clinic. Water: how much should you drink every day? Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283/. Updated October 12, 2011. Accessed August 15, 2012.

Last month we asked you to share your success stories and beauty secrets with us. The response was overwhelming, to say the least.

We listened to what you had to say and after reading every comment and secret you shared with us, we compiled this post from some of our favorites.

Bathing Soda?

Expose the Truth About Skin Care

08.23.2012, 16:11 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Dry Skin, Lines & Wrinkles, Skin Care

Expose the Truth About Skin Care

As you sort through managing a proper skin care regimen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re not always equipped with the correct information. Lucky for you, we’ve tackled a handful of common myths that you might encounter in your quest for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Say What?

Myth #1—Skin should feel tight after you wash. That means it’s clean!
If your skin feels tight after cleansing then you have stripped the skin of all of its water, causing dead skin cells to build up on the surface.1 To combat this, avoid strong cleansers like bar soaps. Remember that what you cleanse with is the foundation and most important part of your skin care routine.

Myth #2—Consuming greasy foods and chocolate will make your skin breakout!
You may have heard this and even passed it along to your kids. While this myth might inspire you to eat healthier, there is no evidence that supports this claim. Food does not contribute to the prevention of, healing of, or the cause of acne break outs.2

Myth #3—Smoking is only bad for your lungs. It has nothing to do with your skin!
Wrong! Not only is smoking terrible for your lungs, it also makes you look older and may contribute to wrinkles. Smoking narrows the tiny blood vessels in the outer layer of the skin, and depletes the skin of oxygen and nutrients that are essential to skin health.1 The easiest way to avoid this is to quit smoking!

Myth #4—The more you use a product, the less effective it is.
Many people believe that your skin becomes resistant to a product over time, which is also false. Your skin is continually renewing itself—old, dead skin cells are constantly pushed to the surface as new, fresh cells are being created every day. In normal, healthy skin, cells are regenerated approximately every 30 to 40 days.3-5 So, eventually, the skin cells you’ve transformed to become healthy will naturally die and fall off. However, when you alter your regimen, you may affect the healthy cell renewal process.

Myth #5—You don’t need sunscreen. Your makeup already has it!
Just because you’re wearing makeup with SPF doesn’t mean you’re protected. Studies indicate that you would have to wear 14 to 15 times the amount of makeup a typical person would wear in order to achieve the SPF on the label.6 Therefore, it’s important to use a sunscreen in addition to your makeup, even on cloudy days.

Now that you’re armed with accurate information about skin care, we want to hear from you. Toothpaste fights acne? Your hair will grow back thicker after you shave? Leave us a comment with some of the other skin care myths you’ve heard. If we can’t debunk it, maybe someone else can!

References: 1. Skin care: 5 tips for healthy skin. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-care/SN00003/. Updated December 6, 2011. Accessed August 8, 2012.
2. Food does not cause acne. AcneNet Web site.
http://www.skincarephysicians.com/acnenet/acne_and_diet.html. Accessed August 20, 2012.
3. Grove GL, Kligman AM. Age-associated changes in human epidermal cell renewal. J Gerontol. 1983;38(2):137-142.
4. Weinstein GD, McCullough JL, Ross P. Cell proliferation in normal epidermis. J Invest Dermatol. 1984;82(6):623-628.
5. Farage MA, Miller KW, Maibach HI, eds. Textbook of Aging Skin. Berlin, Germany: Springer; 2010:280-282.
6. 9 skin care myths. WebMD Website.
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/9-skin-care-myths. Updated July 21, 2009. Accessed August 8, 2012.

As you sort through managing a proper skin care regimen and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you’re not always equipped with the correct information. Lucky for you, we’ve tackled a handful of common myths that you might encounter in your quest for beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Say What?

Shedding Light on Dealing With Dark Spots

08.23.2012, 16:06 CDT | Posted In: Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

Shedding Light on Dealing With Dark Spots

Some of us may admit that we grew up baby oil tanning before we knew better! Now we have a better understanding of skin care, but that doesn’t mean we’ve found a cure for every skin condition. Once we reach a certain age, almost all of us face some discoloration when we look in the mirror. Certain factors cause skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation); it begins with an increase in melanin, the substance which regulates the body’s pigment.1 Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.1 Dark spots appear in instances of melasma, scarring, and sun damage. We’ll look closer at each case and some tested treatments.

Behind the pregnancy mask
Hormonal changes during pregnancy lead to hyperpigmentation known as melasma, AKA “the mask of pregnancy.”1 About 70% of pregnant women develop freckles or light brown patches.2 Many mothers breathe a sigh of relief when they hear that melasma frequently clears up after the baby is born. But if it doesn’t, talk to your dermatologist. He/she may have products to suggest based on your situation.

Lighten the burden of treating scars
Acne scars can often develop in areas where blemishes have been present. Those with deeper skin tones may notice darkening within the scars, while people with lighter skin tones may show redness. Scars consisting mainly of collagen (a protein fiber normally found in the skin’s second layer) are the body’s way of repairing itself.3

Spot the early signs to lessen sun damage
Fortunately, an early diagnosis—and early treatment from your skin care physician—can level the playing field, reducing the severity of the appearance of dark spots and sun damage. Be aware that sunblock should be re-applied every 2-3 hours if you’re outdoors. People frequently believe sun damage builds up from many sunny days at the beach or pool. In fact, sun exposure is often experienced in the car! Whether commuting or on a road trip, you could help prevent further discoloration by re-applying sunscreen before you get back behind the wheel.

You can always talk with your skin care physician about your specific condition and concerns. When it comes to dealing with dark spots, doctors and dermatologists have been recommending Obagi Nu-Derm® as a solution for decades. Nu-Derm includes prescription-strength hydroquinone, the dermatologists’ gold standard in helping to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Awareness and prevention are valuable tools—combine them with your dermatologist’s recommendations to improve skin tone, and to keep further damage at bay.

References: 1. Hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and your skin. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/hyperpigmentation-hypopigmentation. Accessed August 2, 2012.
2. Tunzi M, Gray GR. Common skin conditions during pregnancy. American Academy of Family Physicians Web site.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p211.html. Accessed August 2, 2012.
3. Coping with acne: your care plan. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/acne-care-11/acne-scars. Accessed August 6, 2012.

Some of us may admit that we grew up baby oil tanning before we knew better! Now we have a better understanding of skin care, but that doesn’t mean we’ve found a cure for every skin condition. Once we reach a certain age, almost all of us face some discoloration when we look in the mirror. Certain factors cause skin to become darker (hyperpigmentation); it begins with an increase in melanin, the substance which regulates the body’s pigment.1 Primarily, hyperpigmentation is caused by exposing the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun.1 Dark spots appear in instances of melasma, scarring, and sun damage. We’ll look closer at each case and some tested treatments.

Quick, Mom!

08.23.2012, 16:02 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Mom putting on makeup with daughter

It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, and the fall and school season are fast approaching! That means busy mornings trying to get everyone out the front door on time and less time to go through your usual morning beauty routine. But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean you have to cut corners to feel beautiful. Make looking great less of a chore with these time-saving beauty tips to help you look refreshed and radiant all day long.

Twice as nice
You’ve mastered the art of multitasking; why not use products that also do double duty? Use lip balm to smooth wayward brows or a peachy lipstick to double as a cream blush. Mascara isn’t just for lashes—wipe excess clear or light brown mascara off the wand with a tissue and brush softly through your eyebrows to groom or fill in sparse brows.

Hair tease
Forget about hiding your hair under a hat. Instead, try a chic headband to cover up your roots or hide the frizz, or slick your hair back into a ponytail to keep your hair off your face while still looking fresh. If you don’t have time to shampoo in the morning, use a dry shampoo, an invention we think was made specially for busy moms! Simply spray or sprinkle the formula on your roots, massage it around, and you’re good to go—it absorbs the oil in your hair instantly.

Caffeine perk
Sometimes a boost of caffeine is all we need to get our day started. And not just in our coffee mugs! For those bags under your eyes, freshen up with ELASTIderm® Eye Serum—formulated with the boosting power of caffeine, this cool, refreshing eye serum helps reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness to perk up tired eyes.

We know parenting isn’t a Monday through Friday job, but when Saturday rolls around, be sure to take some time for yourself to relax and rejuvenate. A quick nap or a mani/pedi may be just what you need to feel good. Because moms, you deserve it!

Do you have any other beauty tricks that can help you get out the door quickly while looking fabulous? Share by commenting below!

 

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It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to a close, and the fall and school season are fast approaching! That means busy mornings trying to get everyone out the front door on time and less time to go through your usual morning beauty routine. But just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean you have to cut corners to feel beautiful. Make looking great less of a chore with these time-saving beauty tips to help you look refreshed and radiant all day long.

Become a Lean, Mean, Beauty Machine

08.17.2012, 9:53 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

Become a Lean, Mean, Beauty Machine

It’s no secret that exercise can make you feel stronger, healthier, and more confident, but working up a sweat can do more for your body than just help you squeeze into your favorite outfit. Regular exercise is one of the keys to achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin. These fitness tips will get you moving toward a higher level of beauty, inside and out.

Work It Out

Exercising can help improve your mood and boost your energy, which can help you work more efficiently.1 Increased physical activity can also reduce acne-causing stress hormones while increasing blood circulation,1 to give you that healthy, energetic glow. Additionally, a good workout may help you sleep better, which allows your body to release growth hormones that can help repair damaged skin cells.2

However, in the midst of a hectic schedule, finding the time to hit the gym is not always an easy task. Developing a fitness routine is a gradual process that requires patience and dedication to avoid overexerting yourself. If you haven’t gone for a jog in several years, you can’t expect to begin training at marathon levels. Try easing yourself back into a steady workout routine with these simple guidelines below. Of course, you should always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise routine.

  • Beginner: If it’s been a while since your last trip to the gym, getting back into the groove with beginner-level exercises is a good place to start. Gradually building your fitness and endurance levels with simple activities for about 20 to 30 minutes 4 days a week is ideal to make sure you don’t strain or injure yourself. In addition to a light strength-training routine, consider beginning with some aerobic exercises such as walking briskly, swimming, or bike riding.
  • Moderate: Once you’ve gotten used to staying physically active throughout the week, it may be time to tackle a few more involved exercises. Yoga is a great way to target all parts of your body to help you lose weight while increasing blood flow, helping manage your health, and aiding sleep.3 By taking up a sport you really enjoy, like tennis or golf, you’ll also help lower your average stress level, which may be reflected in the overall appearance of your skin.
  • Advanced: Time to kick up your fitness routine another notch? By doing advanced activities like running or weight lifting, you’ll reach your body’s peak performance—you may even notice the added benefit of truly radiant skin. However, during any intensive activity, it’s important to be cautious. Increase the intensity of your routine in small, incremental steps and take time to warm up and cool down. As with all levels of exercise, make sure to drink plenty of water in order to stay hydrated and replace lost fluids.4

To ensure that you get the maximum skin benefit from exercise, remember to cleanse your face regularly to remove the oil and sweat buildup. Avoid wearing makeup when you train in order to minimize the chance of breakouts. With these simple tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward more beautiful, glowing skin.

Leave us a comment below sharing the steps you’re taking toward obtaining your fitness and healthy skin goals.

 

References:
1. Mayo Clinic. Exercise: 7 benefits of regular physical activity.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/exercise/HQ01676. Updated July 23, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2012.
2. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Your guide to healthy sleep.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf. Updated August 2011. Accessed July 9, 2012.
3. Mayo Clinic. Yoga: tap into the many health benefits.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/yoga/CM00004. Updated January 16, 2010. Accessed July 24, 2012.
4. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Healthy skin matters.
http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Kids/healthy_skin.asp. Updated January 2011. Accessed July 16, 2012.

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates. Any other product or brand names are trademarks of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical Products, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC.

©2015 OMP, Inc. 10/15 DM/OBG/15/0222

It’s no secret that exercise can make you feel stronger, healthier, and more confident, but working up a sweat can do more for your body than just help you squeeze into your favorite outfit. Regular exercise is one of the keys to achieving and maintaining beautiful, healthy-looking skin. These fitness tips will get you moving toward a higher level of beauty, inside and out.

Work It Out

See Yourself as an Official Obagi Ambassador

08.13.2012, 18:14 CDT | Posted In: Obagi Stories, Promotions

See Yourself as an Official Obagi Ambassador

After receiving an incredible response from last year’s Obagi Ambassador Search, we’re opening the search for our 2013 Ambassadors. Will you be one of the people who best represents the Obagi brand?

Share your passion for Obagi and tell us how it has impacted your skin and your life for a chance to represent a brand you love! When it comes to talking about our products, we know you—our loyal users—say it best. We’re looking for people like you to tell us a personal Obagi story.

By submitting your story, you have the chance to be selected as 1 of the 6 lucky Obagi users chosen to become an official Obagi Ambassador! Everyone who enters has a chance to win FREE Obagi products through their skin care physicians for an entire year. And new to the program this year, everyone who enters also has a chance to be 1 of 50 winners in a drawing for ELASTIderm® Eye Product.

Coming very soon, we will be opening up the polls to the public! This means you and your friends get a chance to vote for your favorite story and for the person you think should be the next Obagi Ambassador among the chosen finalists!

Go to www.obagi.com/ambassadorsearch to submit your story or to find out more about the Obagi Ambassador Search. You’ll also have a chance to read the stories submitted by our current Ambassadors!

The deadline for submissions is September 3rd, 2012, so don’t delay—enter today! It’s a great opportunity to share your success story and win FREE Obagi products.*

Enter now to become the next Obagi Ambassador at www.obagi.com/ambassadorsearch.

Good luck!

P.S. If you haven’t already, make sure you Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter for updates and additional information about the Obagi Ambassador Search!

*Winners will receive Obagi products of their choice (retail value up to $2,000) for a maximum of 1 year.

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After receiving an incredible response from last year’s Obagi Ambassador Search, we’re opening the search for our 2013 Ambassadors. Will you be one of the people who best represents the Obagi brand?

Share your passion for Obagi and tell us how it has impacted your skin and your life for a chance to represent a brand you love! When it comes to talking about our products, we know you—our loyal users—say it best. We’re looking for people like you to tell us a personal Obagi story.

Pore-fect your skin!

08.13.2012, 12:13 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

Pore-fect your skin!

Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to your pores. And in today’s world where high-definition TV makes even the tiniest skin blemish larger than life, enlarged pores have become a new target in the quest for perfect skin. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your pores—they are the opening to our oil glands and tend to become more noticeable as we age. Also, contrary to claims made on labels for many skin care products, you can’t actually shrink your pores. But there are things you can do to minimize their appearance and help restore an even-looking complexion.

Keeping it clean
The key to making your pores appear smaller is to keep them clean. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to wash away dead skin cells and prevent oil from building up. Excess oil can clog your pores—making them more visible—and can also cause acne. And no good comes from having pimples. In fact, picking at or squeezing a pimple can cause trauma to the skin, which may permanently enlarge the pore.

The truth about toners
We’re always being asked, “Do I really need to use a toner?” The fact is, toners play an important role in your skin care regimen by getting rid of any remaining makeup residue or excess oil that sits in your pores. They also help adjust your skin’s pH balance so you have just the right amount of oil to protect your skin without causing blockages. Many people love the fresh feeling after using a toner, and others maintain that their pores feel tighter! Choose an alcohol-free toner, such as the Obagi-C® Rx C-Balancing Toner, to prepare your skin for the next step in your skin care routine without drying out your skin.

Less is more
If you can’t fix it, covering up large pores sounds like the next logical solution. But caking on the foundation can actually make it worse. Foundation can pool in pores, making them more noticeable. Instead, prep your skin with a primer before you apply the foundation to create a perfectly smooth canvas—much like how spackle fills in holes on a wall before you start painting! And always remember to wash off the foundation before going to bed.

So next time you’re poring over your pores, remember, taking care of your skin as a whole with a regular skin care regimen will not only help you maintain beautiful, healthy-looking skin, but it’ll also help you achieve that look of pore-fection!

How to Keep Your Healthy Glow

08.06.2012, 13:32 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Skin Care

How to Keep Your Healthy Glow

Whether you’ve just received the good news as a first-time mom or are adding to your family again, we’re here to help you enhance your healthy glow in the coming months. Pregnancy can also come with acne, pregnancy mask, and stretch marks. If you’re looking to take a proactive approach to addressing those less flattering skin conditions, consider these helpful tips as you get ready for your little one to arrive.

Managing pregnancy acne
That motherly glow associated with pregnancy is a bit of a double-edged sword. Your body starts pumping significantly more blood and increases hormone production during pregnancy. This increased circulation contributes to that rosy tint to your skin.1 However, more hormones can also lead to oily skin and acne.2 To help manage oily skin, wash your face with mild cleansers to keep your skin fresh and clean. Your physician may have additional suggestions for treating your acne depending on your situation.

Dealing with hyperpigmentation
Hormonal changes may lead to hyperpigmentation, where skin becomes darker.3 “Pregnancy mask,” AKA melasma, is a form of hyperpigmentation that frequently accompanies pregnancy. About 70% of pregnant women develop this,3 with freckles or light brown patches around the face or body. But don’t worry! “Pregnancy mask” can clear up on its own a few months after giving birth. If it does not clear up, talk to your skin care physician about using the Obagi Nu- Derm® System. The Nu-Derm System should not be used during pregnancy or when a woman is lactating; however, it is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and sun damage and may be a great option once your physician has given you the go-ahead postpregnancy!

Avoiding stretch marks
Stretch marks affect about 90% of mothers4 on areas of the body that tend to grow larger during pregnancy. Additionally, these lines tend to stick around, despite fading a bit after giving birth. Many women swear by lotions containing vitamin E, aloe vera, olive oil, or cocoa butter to help fade stretch marks. But remember, you don’t have to be embarrassed about stretch marks—wear them as a mother’s badge of honor!

As you adjust to the joys of your new baby, it’s important to take time for yourself as well. A mani-pedi, foot massage, or trip to the spa can do wonders. Your loved ones and neighbors want to help out—accept an offer to watch your child for a few hours, then soak in your well-deserved rejuvenation!

References: 1. WebMD. Skin problems of pregnancy.
http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/skin-problems-of-pregnancy. Accessed July 19, 2012.
2. Mayo Clinic. What’s the best way to treat pregnancy acne?
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/pregnancy-acne/an02106. Accessed July 2, 2012.
3. American Academy of Family Physicians. Common skin conditions during pregnancy.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0115/p211.html. Accessed July 2, 2012.
4. Mayo Clinic. Stretch marks.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stretch-marks/DS01081/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs. Accessed July 19, 2012.

Whether you’ve just received the good news as a first-time mom or are adding to your family again, we’re here to help you enhance your healthy glow in the coming months. Pregnancy can also come with acne, pregnancy mask, and stretch marks. If you’re looking to take a proactive approach to addressing those less flattering skin conditions, consider these helpful tips as you get ready for your little one to arrive.

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