Happy Healthy Life Part 2 - Inner Peace

08.10.2015, 10:01 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

woman peacefully reclining on couch

The quixotic quest for inner peace is something that many of us are on. Whether it be through a certain kind of exercise, or nutrition, or books that we read and seminars that we attend, the key is to find what works for you in your everyday life – finding a feeling or practice that helps quiet your mind, body, and soul for a little while.

If you haven’t found a peaceful practice to incorporate into your busy life yet, allow us to introduce you to one we love. This simple ritual takes as little as 5 minutes per day, and is arguably one of the best ways to achieve inner peace that we have ever found. Here’s a step-by-step process to help you find inner peace whenever you have a few minutes to spare.

1) First, find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed and where you can comfortably relax for a few minutes. This exercise is one you can do sitting down or laying down.

2) Optional Step: Grab your headphones if you have them and turn on some relaxing instrumental music, avoiding any music that has words in it.

3) With your eyes closed, take three very deep, cleansing breaths. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you breathe in through your nose, imagine your diaphragm (the area above your abdomen) is expanding and moving upward, as if it’s a balloon that is being filled with air. As you breathe out through your mouth, imagine you are releasing all the air in your body. If you feel anything “catch” while you are inhaling or exhaling, just let it be. Don’t force the breath in or out or worry that you’re unable to breathe as deeply as you may like.

4) Bring your hands together into a comfortable position. We like the prayer position for this practice, with the palms and fingers of opposite hands barely touching. You can fold your hands in any way that feels comfortable to you.

5) Now place your focus on your hands, still keeping your eyes closed, and begin to notice how your hands feel. Do they feel a little different than what you’re used to? You may feel that your hands feel somehow “deeper” or “more whole” as you place your focus on them. Or, you may feel that there is a type of energy that starts to surround your hands. Or, you may feel almost nothing at all. Don’t worry, you’re not doing it wrong. Just continue to breathe and focus on your hands.

6) After about 1 minute of breathing and focusing on your hands, move your focus to inside your body, to the area underneath your diaphragm, where you have been breathing and filling up the “balloon”. As you continue to breathe, focus on that area within you for 1-2 minutes, allowing anything that comes up (such as anxiety, sadness, fear - or any other emotion) to just be. Observe any emotions that come up as if you were looking at them from underneath as a non-biased, outside observer. Don’t focus on the emotions, just let them be there with you in that space, the same way you might allow another person into your space.

7) Now open your eyes and look at the world around you - your room, your office - wherever you are, with the eyes that have been inwardly focused. Do you feel the difference of how everything looks when you regard the world from this vantage point? Can you feel the inner peace that is now a part of you? Does everything now seem to have a quietness and an aliveness about it that wasn’t there before?

8) When your allotted time is up, continue with your day, remembering how to access this place of inner peace.

Spiritual masters have said that the body is the access point between the spiritual and the manifest. This practice helps you access that place of inner peace and bring it into your world.

Try it and let us know how you like it!

 

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The quixotic quest for inner peace is something that many of us are on. Whether it be through a certain kind of exercise, or nutrition, or books that we read and seminars that we attend, the key is to find what works for you in your everyday life – finding a feeling or practice that helps quiet your mind, body, and soul for a little while.

Essential Ingredients Glossary

08.05.2015, 10:51 CDT | Posted In: Products

Essential Ingredients (Chemistry set graphic)

At Obagi, our goal is to create a full spectrum of products to address every skin type and concern. The essential ingredients listed below are the backbone of our product line; you can study up here, and be sure to ask your skin care physician which products and essential ingredients are best for you.

Active Ingredients

For years, Hydroquinone, a prescription drug, has been considered the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation and is the key ingredient in our Obagi Nu-Derm® System*. Hydroquinone works by blocking the process in the skin that leads to discoloration. See Important Safety Information regarding the Obagi Nu-Derm System below.

Tretinoin is used to treat acne. Obagi tretinoin products available for the treatment of acne include a cream formulation of 0.1%, 0.05% or 0.025% and a 0.05% gel. Renova, a derivative of Vitamin A, is a prescription drug used to reduce the appearance of fine facial wrinkles when used along with a total skin care and sunlight avoidance program. Obagi’s Renova® Tretinoin Cream is available as a 0.02% formulation. (Please see below for Important Safety Information and Prescribing Information for Renova Cream, Tretinoin Cream, and Tretinoin Gel.)

Benzoyl Peroxide is used to treat mild to moderate acne at the source by reducing the amount of acne-causing bacteria.1 Find Benzoyl Peroxide in our CLENZIderm M.D.™ products.

A powerful mineral, Zinc Oxide is known for its sun-deflecting ability as well as its non-irritating and non-allergenic properties.2 Used in sunscreen, zinc oxide is often a preferred active ingredient because it provides physical, broad spectrum UVA and UVB sun protection. Obagi uses zinc oxide as one of the active ingredients in our Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen, which provides protection from the sun with an elegant, matte finish for all skin types.

Other Key Ingredients

L-Ascorbic Acid, the active form of Vitamin C, may help with the appearance of skin aging. Find L-Ascorbic Acid in Obagi’s Professional-C™ Serums.

Hydromanil is a cosmetic ingredient derived from the tara seed and is known to be an innovative and potent moisturizer, which is why we made it a key ingredient in both our Obagi Hydrate® and Obagi Hydrate Luxe moisturizers. This advanced moisturizing ingredient captures and retains water and assimilates it into the skin in both an immediate and long-lasting way to enhance your skin’s appearance and texture.3

Kinetin and Zeatin are growth factors that have been shown to be effective in improving the appearance of aging skin and are the key ingredients in Obagi’s Gentle Rejuvenation System, a cosmetic system designed specifically for those with sensitive skin.

Retinol, another derivative of Vitamin A, is used in cosmetic preparations to help minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, refine complexion, and smooth the appearance of skin texture with minimal irritation. Retinol is featured in our Obagi360® system, an ideal system for younger patients.

The showcase ingredient in Obagi’s Professional-C Peptide Complex, Peptides are chains of amino acids that occur in all living organisms4 and some types used in cosmetic products may help your skin appear plump and firm.

 

Last updated: 7/15/17

*The safety and effectiveness of the Obagi Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after 3 months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued.

 

 

Indication for Tretinoin
Tretinoin Gel (0.05%) and Cream (0.1%, 0.05% and 0.025%) are used in the topical treatment of acne vulgaris.

Tretinoin is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your mouth, eyes, vagina or the corners of your nose.

Important Safety Information
Gels are flammable, so avoid fire, flame or smoking during use of Tretinoin Gel.

While using Tretinoin, spend as little time in the sun as possible, use an effective broad spectrum sunscreen, and wear a hat even on cloudy days. Do not use sunlamps or tanning booths, and avoid extreme wind and cold. If you do get a sunburn, stop using Tretinoin until your skin is back to normal.

Tretinoin may cause skin irritation. Some patients may get dry, red or peeling skin that requires them to use less medication or use it less often, or stop use either temporarily or altogether. Patients who develop a rash or itchy skin should contact their healthcare provider. Do not use more Tretinoin, or use it more often, than your doctor has told you, because it will not work better, and may increase the irritation to your skin. Avoid use of other products that may dry or irritate your skin.

The safety and efficacy of Tretinoin have not been established in the treatment of patients younger than 10 years of age (Gel) or 12 years of age (Cream), or in pregnant or nursing women.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for Prescribing Information for Tretinoin Cream and Tretinoin Gel, including Patient Information.

 

Indication for Renova
RENOVA (tretinoin cream) 0.02% is a serious medication that may help treat but will not ”cure“ fine wrinkles, spotty skin discoloration, and rough feeling skin. RENOVA 0.02% WILL NOT REPAIR SKIN, ELIMINATE WRINKLES, OR REVERSE AGING.

RENOVA should be used as part of a broad skin care program that includes avoiding direct sunlight (by using protective clothing and sunscreens with a minimum SPF of 15) and using other moisturizing facial creams without RENOVA.

Important Safety Information
Do not use RENOVA if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

Tell your doctor about any other medications or skin creams you are using. RENOVA increases your sensitivity to sunlight and should not be used with other medications or skin care products that increase sensitivity to sunlight.

You should not use RENOVA if you are sunburned or highly sensitive to the sun, if you have eczema, or if your skin is irritated. Remember to limit your time in the sun, and always wear a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher.

RENOVA has not been studied for daily use beyond 12 months.

RENOVA can irritate the skin. Most patients experience one or more local skin reactions, including dryness, peeling, burning/stinging, redness and itching. These are usually mild to moderate and occur early in treatment, but can be severe, especially if used near the eyes, ears, nose or mouth.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Click here for Prescribing Information for Renova Cream.

 

References:

  1. Benzoyl Peroxide Topical. WebMD Website. http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-1344/benzoyl+peroxide+topical/details. Accessed May 26, 2015.
  2. What to Look for in a Sunscreen. New York Times Website. http://consults.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/what-to-look-for-in-a-sunscreen/. Accessed June 26th, 2013.
  3. Hydromanil product brochure. OMP, Inc. Data on file.
  4. Peptides and Skin Health. Oregon State University, Linus Pauling Institute. http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/micronutrients-health/skin-health/nutrient-index/peptidess. Accessed March 23, 2016.

 

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At Obagi, our goal is to create a full spectrum of products to address every skin type and concern. The essential ingredients listed below are the backbone of our product line; you can study up here, and be sure to ask your skin care physician which products and essential ingredients are best for you.

Active Ingredients

5 Minute Guide to Acne and CLENZIderm M.D.™

08.04.2015, 11:54 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Products

When it comes to addressing acne, Obagi is here to keep you informed. Check out this “5 Minute Guide to Acne and CLENZIderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System,” and contact your skin care physician to learn whether CLENZIderm is right for you.

5 Minute Guide to Acne and CLENZIderm M.D.

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

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When it comes to addressing acne, Obagi is here to keep you informed. Check out this “5 Minute Guide to Acne and CLENZIderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System,” and contact your skin care physician to learn whether CLENZIderm is right for you.

5 Factors That Determine Skin Type

07.24.2015, 10:56 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Group of 3 women

Almost daily, we are asked, “Why can’t I find Obagi® at my local retail store?” One of the main reasons that genuine Obagi is a physician-dispensed skin care line is because different skin types will benefit from specific ingredients and protocols. Therefore it is important for a skin care physician to determine your skin type before recommending an Obagi product or system. And, as you’ll notice after reading this post, more goes into skin typing than you might think…and each factor is imperative to developing recommendations for your unique skin type.

What do skin care physicians look for when determining skin type? Here's a quick overview.*

A skin care professional will generally look at 5 factors to determine your skin type: Color, thickness, oiliness, laxity, and fragility.

  1. Skin color is determined on a range from white skin which always burns and never tans, to black skin which never burns, and several shades in between, as measured by the Fitzpatrick scale.
     
  2. Skin thickness is a function of the depth of the three layers of your skin, the Epidermis, Dermis, and the Subcutaneous, as well as the Stratum Corneum, which is comprised of dead skin cells.1
     
  3. A skin care professional can determine whether your skin is considered oily, dry or normal by observing the amount of oil secreted in the skin and its lipids, fatty acids, and ceramide levels.2
     
  4. Laxity, or “sagging” skin, has decreased underlying framework, a thinned or damaged dermis, and/or breakdown in collagen and elastin fibers.3
     
  5. And finally, skin fragility refers to the tolerance of skin and how it will react to procedures and products.

In order to help you achieve results - for example, younger-looking or clearer skin - a licensed skin care professional will first determine your skin type by looking at each of these factors and creating your unique skin profile, which will then determine which skin care regimen is best suited to help you achieve your desired results. Age, stress, environment, and a number of other factors can affect skin type, so it's important to speak to a licensed skin care professional before you begin any new skin care routine. Find a skin care physician today and start achieving the results you've been longing for!

 

References

1. Stratum corneum. Wikipedia website. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratum_corneum. Accessed June 24, 2015.
2. Bauman, L. Cosmetic Dermatology. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2002:30.
3. Obagi ZE. Obagi Skin Health Restoration and Rejuvenation. New York, NY: Springer Science+Business Media; 2000:83.

* This information is not meant to replace a consultation with a skin care professional and does not substitute the benefits that a licensed, trained professional can offer.

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

©2015 OMP, Inc. 07/15 DM/OBG/15/0138

Almost daily, we are asked, “Why can’t I find Obagi® at my local retail store?” One of the main reasons that genuine Obagi is a physician-dispensed skin care line is because different skin types will benefit from specific ingredients and protocols. Therefore it is important for a skin care physician to determine your skin type before recommending an Obagi product or system. And, as you’ll notice after reading this post, more goes into skin typing than you might think…and each factor is imperative to developing recommendations for your unique skin type.

Makeup Tips for Your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and Beyond!

07.16.2015, 9:55 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Makeup tips: woman applying makeup with brush

As focused as we are on skin care, we also love to know that we’re contributing to you looking your very best, no matter your age.

To that end, we sat down with Chicago-based professional makeup artist Kate Johnson and asked her to share her tips for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. Read her tips below (the same ones that she shares with her celebrity clients!).

Obagi: How should a woman in her 30s approach foundation verses a woman in her 50s or 60s?

Kate: Many women I’ve worked with in their 30s are often times going through a type of PTSD of having overly oily skin in their teens. They started using products in their teens that strip away the good oils and now their skin reflects that. They come to me and say "But I’m so oily!" So for a woman in her 30s, finding the right skin care system - maybe for the first time ever - is key. (Editor’s note: Check out the Obagi Skin Care Systems here.)

The best tip I have for a woman in her 50’s or 60s is to use a lighter, more crème-based foundation. Crème-to-powder is gorgeous, keeps the skin hydrated, and flows over the skin beautifully.

Obagi: What about the eyes - what tips do you have?

Kate: Most women know that glitter on the eyes isn’t super attractive and should be used only sparingly. But many women I work with who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s have gone the total opposite direction and tend to only apply matte shadows to their eyes. In my opinion, this choice can be just as bad as the glitter because it tends to look dull on the eyes. Instead, I encourage women to use a shadow with a soft sheen that mimics the natural glow of the skin and creates the look that eye shadow is really supposed to – a defined eye shape.

For eyeliner, I like to use a felt tip pen liner to define the eye, because a pencil just drags and leaves what I call a “Morse Code Effect,” those lines and dots that can look very unattractive. I also like using a tiny dense brush to smudge the eye shadow if I’m going for a softer look.

Obagi: Are there any tips that an Obagi woman should keep in mind when she’s applying makeup to her lips?

Kate: I’m a fan of lip stain at any age. That and some good old organic balm for days off is great.

Obagi: Finally, Kate, I have to ask you about blush. Blush, to me, seems to be the makeup that most women are afraid of. What do you recommend?

Kate: First, don’t be afraid of blush! A high-quality blush, applied with a great fan brush, can really add a great look and finishing touch to your makeup. I like to use a nice mauve color - the right shade will work with many different skin tones.

So there you have it, makeup tips from an expert to help you look fabulous at any age. And, above all else, remember this:

Obagi Coco Chanel quote

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

©2015 OMP, Inc. 7/15 DM/OBG/15/0137

As focused as we are on skin care, we also love to know that we’re contributing to you looking your very best, no matter your age.

To that end, we sat down with Chicago-based professional makeup artist Kate Johnson and asked her to share her tips for women in their 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. Read her tips below (the same ones that she shares with her celebrity clients!).

Obagi: How should a woman in her 30s approach foundation verses a woman in her 50s or 60s?

Happy Healthy Life Part 1: Good Sleep for Better Skin

07.08.2015, 13:33 CDT | Posted In: Prevention & Protection, Health & Beauty

woman sleeping in bed

Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Had Ben lived in current times, we feel certain he would have added women to the ranks of those who benefit from sufficient sleep, and we like to think that he would have added to his list the fact that good sleep can contribute to maintaining healthy skin.

What is it about sleep that is so good for the skin? It turns out your body is designed to sleep 7-8 hours per night, and it’s during Stage 3 - the deep sleep stage – that your body releases naturally-occurring hormones into the body that work to help improve skin texture, reduce skin wrinkles, and heal wounds or injuries.

That’s good news for those of us who can regularly get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. But what about those nights where counting the minutes tick by is more likely than counting Zs? While prolonged sleep deprivation has been linked to mental and physical disease, a few hours of sleep deprivation won’t hurt much. Sleep researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine tell us that the brain has a built-in reflex that helps you sleep deeper and longer when you're sleep deprived, and recommend that if you do miss a few hours one night, to try to get a good night’s sleep the following night to recover. Sage advice, indeed.


References:  
1. Human Growth Hormone (HGH). Anti Aging Wellness website. http://www.antiagingwellnesscenter.com/hgh.shtml. Accessed June 9, 2015.
2. Sleep Deprived? Here’s How to Recover. US News & World Report website. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/managing-your-healthcare/sleep/articles/2010/08/04/sleep-deprived-heres-how-to-recover. Accessed June 9, 2015.

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

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Benjamin Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Had Ben lived in current times, we feel certain he would have added women to the ranks of those who benefit from sufficient sleep, and we like to think that he would have added to his list the fact that good sleep can contribute to maintaining healthy skin.

Top 5 Tips for Layering

07.06.2015, 17:07 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

Woman applying skin cream in mirror

One of our favorite desserts is mille-feuille, a multi-layered French cake created with layers of puff pastry, pastry cream, and confectioner’s sugar. There’s something about the way that the pastry chef delicately layers the flavors that makes this cake of “a thousand leaves” absolutely delicious.

Just as the proper layering of mille-feuille ingredients is critical for the pastry chef, so is the proper layering of your skin care products important for your skin care regime. With that in mind, here are the standard Top 5 Tips for Layering to keep in mind when applying skin care products.

Tip 1: Start Clean. Begin by cleansing your face with a cleanser that is formulated for your skin type and skin care concern. “Proper cleansing is critical for preparing the skin for other products”, says San Diego aesthetician Rebecca Lisenbury. “I always advise my clients to not skip this important step.”

Tip 2: Toner, Serum, Lotion - in that order. Order your layers from thinnest to densest for best results. In the same way that you would layer clothing to protect against the cold weather by starting with the thinnest material closest to your skin and finishing with a winter jacket, so should you layer your skin care products. While your skin care regimen may not include toner, serum, AND lotion, adjust your layering protocol to the formulation that you use, starting with the lightest formulation and finishing with the heaviest. Visit a licensed skin care physician who offers professional products, and who is skilled in evaluating the unique needs of your skin to learn your best options for a skin care routine.

Tip 3: Seal the Deal. Proper hydration will help create an optimal cover in order to provide the most benefit to your skin. Some moisturizers, including Obagi Hydrate, work by helping the skin hold on to its own moisture by sealing it in.1

Tip 4: Finish with Sunscreen. No skin care layering practice would be complete without sunscreen. It is possibly the most important product you could put on your face. Perri, one of Obagi’s Senior Education Managers, says, “It’s essential to wear a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVB (burning) rays and UVA (tanning and premature aging) rays. Research shows that both UVB and UVA rays are culprits in the development of skin cancer, as well.2* I always choose a product with a broad spectrum SPF of at least 30 and apply it as my last step in the morning before makeup.”

Tip 5: Makeup Last. Look for a sunscreen that can be applied under makeup, which is the final step in your product layering practice. In fact, if you follow our Tips 1-4, you will probably find that your makeup stays looking fresher, longer, and that will help you truly show your best face to the world.

So there you have it, the Top 5 Tips for Layering skin care products. What do you think - did we miss anything? Share your favorite tips in the comments below.

* Using a broad spectrum sunscreen like Obagi® Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50 together with a comprehensive sun protection program including wearing sun protective clothing and sunglasses and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am-2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.


References:  
1. Mayo Clinic. Moisturizers: options for softer skin.http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/moisturizers/SN00042. Accessed February 14, 2013. (http://obagi.com/patients/blog/moisturizers-101)

2. UVA radiation: a danger outdoors and indoors. Skin Cancer Foundation website. http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb/uva-radiation-a-danger-outdoors-and-indoors. Accessed July 3, 2014. (DM/OBG/14/0083)

®/TMs are trademarks of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., or its affiliates. Any other product or brand names and logos are the property of their respective owners. Distributed by Obagi Medical, a division of Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC. ©2015 OMP, Inc. 7/15 DM/OBG/15/0117

One of our favorite desserts is mille-feuille, a multi-layered French cake created with layers of puff pastry, pastry cream, and confectioner’s sugar. There’s something about the way that the pastry chef delicately layers the flavors that makes this cake of “a thousand leaves” absolutely delicious.

Obagi 4th of July Traditions

07.01.2015, 12:54 CDT | Posted In: Company News

Berries and Cream for 4th of July

Freedom, Fireworks, and Family - isn’t that what the 4th of July is all about? We wanted to get an inside glimpse into how some of our staff and their families celebrate American Independence Day, so we asked the Obagi team to share their 4th of July traditions. Some are fun, some yummy, and some moving…please enjoy, and share your own 4th of July traditions in the comments below!

Every 4th of July morning, my husband and our three boys begin the day going to the local parade. The kids love it because they catch a ton of candy from the local businesses that ride and toss treats to all the kids. Usually there are some fun old fashioned cars that ride by, too. In the afternoon, we go swim at the club with friends and by dusk, we stake our claim on the golf course to watch the fireworks show! All the kids wear glow necklaces so we can keep track of them once it's dark. It's a blast for everyone!”

Nicole, Medical Sales Consultant

Nicole Sears image

I grew up in a small town called Random Lake, WI on the lake. My family and our neighbors buy a lot of fireworks and float a big tube out on the lake from which we fire off the fireworks. Everybody sits out in the back yard and we have a fireworks extravaganza.

Two years ago my Mom was battling pancreatic cancer and we knew it would probably be her last 4th, so we REALLY went all out and bought more fireworks than usual and planned an extra special finale. The night before, things went terribly wrong for my Mom and she passed the morning of the 4th. SO we went back and bought more and REALLY, REALLY did up the finale! It was spectacular with symphonic music playing and a lot of tears of sorrow and happiness being shed at the same time.

Last year, we spared no expenses either, and this year and all the years to come will be the same, as we now have this great tradition of lighting up the sky for the whole town to see – celebrating our independence and a GREAT mom at the same time.

And of course Brats and Hamburgers are always served in Wisconsin!”

Jack, Sr. Sales Coordinator

fireworks on beach

“My family and I love to travel but get bored sitting on the beach, preferring more adventurous activities. So for July 4th, we have the tradition of driving to a small town called Scottsville, Virginia. It is a quaint, cute, little Main Street town outside of Charlottesville, Virginia on the James River.

We camp on the banks of the James River that comes equipped with a rooster that wakes you up VERY early in the morning.

On the 4th of July we pay a couple of locals to drive us and our kayaks about 13 miles up the river early in the morning. And then we do an all-day float down the river. It is a beautiful, fun, and exciting day!! When we get back to camp, we cook dinner, clean up, and pack our cooler of drinks, then head back out in the kayaks right before it gets dark and paddle just a short distance up the river.

The town of Scottsville, even though it is small in size, does an amazing, HUGE fireworks display. People from hours away come to Scottsville to see the fireworks. Some park a mile away, hike to the river banks, and flank both sides of the bridge that crosses into downtown Scottsville. My family and friends are some of the few people in small boats and kayaks in the river. Seeing a HUGE fireworks display is AWESOME, but can’t touch seeing a fireworks display laying on your back on top of your kayak with the fireworks exploding directly over you on the James River!”

Susie, Professional Sales Consultant
 

“My 4th of July party is held at my house every year with family and friends. In the city of Lakewood, CA, we are still able to light fireworks, so the neighborhood sets up in the front of their house to BBQ or blocks off streets for block parties. We have a ton of food (two tables worth), and everything is decorated in red, white and blue. We go swimming, light fireworks, pass around jello shots and listen to music. For our grand finale at the end of the night, we light our last big firework while listening to the song Proud to be an American.”

Medina, Practice Development Specialist

Medina's 4th of July pic

“4th of July is a special time for us…It’s my Nana’s birthday. This year she will be celebrating 85 years young! I can remember my whole life celebrating with friends and family gathering together. Foods are usually fresh fruit, salads, grilled vegetables and steaks. We love having lots of fresh fruit with bright red and blue colors and serving them fresh made whipped cream…so festive!”

Ari, Practice Development Specialist

berries and cream for 4th of july

BONUS! Here’s the recipe for Ari’s homemade whipped cream and fresh berries:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 carton raspberries or strawberries
  • 1 carton blueberries or blackberries
  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. of vanilla bean paste or extract
  • Sugar or sweetener of choice to taste
  • Fresh mint leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse berries with ½ and ½ mixture of cold water and white vinegar to kill bacteria and keep berries fresh longer
  2. Pour heavy whipping cream in mixer and mix on low at first
  3. Add in desired amount of sugar and vanilla bean
  4. Turn up speed on mixer to medium high until soft peaks are formed
    **Do not over mix or it will turn into butter
  5. Serve on a platter and garnish with fresh mint leaves

Does your family have any 4th of July traditions that you’d like to share? Post them below in the comments.
 

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Freedom, Fireworks, and Family - isn’t that what the 4th of July is all about? We wanted to get an inside glimpse into how some of our staff and their families celebrate American Independence Day, so we asked the Obagi team to share their 4th of July traditions. Some are fun, some yummy, and some moving…please enjoy, and share your own 4th of July traditions in the comments below!

Get the Facts About Hyperpigmentation

06.30.2015, 12:49 CDT | Posted In: Health & Beauty

As the weather heats up and the days get longer, you may be interested in what causes hyperpigmentation of the skin and how you can treat and prevent it. This helpful infographic will give you the information you need to know.

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As the weather heats up and the days get longer, you may be interested in what causes hyperpigmentation of the skin and how you can treat and prevent it. This helpful infographic will give you the information you need to know.

Skin Tips From the Experts for Those With Sensitive Skin

06.22.2015, 15:53 CDT | Posted In: Sensitive Skin, Health & Beauty

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If you have sensitive skin, you have probably spent some time searching for information on the best way to care for it and what skin care products are gentle enough for sensitive skin. In this article, we asked our skin care experts to help provide some insight on sensitive skin skin care tips. As always, consult with your skin care physician if you think you have sensitive skin to learn the care that is best for your unique skin type.

  1. How do I know if I have sensitive skin?  Typically, patients with sensitive skin experience burning, stinging, redness, or general skin irritation/discomfort after the application of skin care products.  If you tend to blush or your skin gets flushed easily, that is also a sign that you may have sensitive skin. Severe signs of sensitivity may be present in the form of pustules, scaling, or rash-like symptoms.1
     
  2. Who is most likely to have sensitive skin? Is it a function of age? Gender? Heritage?  Sensitive skin can affect anyone, however, we see it more often in individuals with thin, dry, and/or damaged skin.  These individuals generally have a damaged skin barrier function, which could be hereditary or may result from environmental or hormonal damage.1
     
  3. What makes some skin sensitive, and other skin not sensitive?  Several factors can contribute to sensitive skin, such as overly dry skin, injury to the natural skin barrier function, skin disorders such as rosacea, eczema, or contact dermatitis, and even environmental factors like cold, wind and pollution.2
     
  4. What skin care products should I use and not use if I have sensitive skin?  Talk to your doctor first, but in general, patients with sensitive skin should always use products that are gentle in nature.

    Products with fragrance and artificial color may need to be avoided as they can cause potential reactions for a patient with sensitive skin.  A patch test can be conducted to rule out any potential triggers.2
     
  5. Is sensitive skin hereditary?  Sensitive skin can be hereditary.2  We usually see hereditary sensitive skin in those with very fair skin and in those of Northern European descent.  This could be from a lack of pigment and thinner epidermis.
     
  6. How do environmental factors (sun, wind, pollution, for example) affect sensitive skin — is it different than those with normal skin?  Extremes of environmental factors can affect all skin types, not just sensitive skin. It’s especially important to protect the skin during extreme weather conditions. In the winter, don’t overheat your house or take hot showers (warm only); humidify your house if the climate is too dry; and wear broad-spectrum sunscreen. Topically-applied antioxidant L-Ascorbic Acid (the active form of Vitamin C), such as that found in the Obagi Professional-C™ Serums, may also help defend the skin against oxidative stress.2
     
  7. Is there an Obagi skin care regimen gentle enough for sensitive skin?  If sensitive skin is the main concern, Gentle Rejuvenation is a perfect fit.  This skin care system is designed to be gentle and replenish the skin’s natural barrier function with soothing ingredients and growth factors.

Last updated: 4/27/16

 

References:

  1. International Journal of Dermatology. 2011, 50, 961-967 (Introduction).
  2. 20 common questions about sensitive skin. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/sensitive-skin-20-questions. Reviewed June 4, 2015. Accessed May 26, 2015.

 

 

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If you have sensitive skin, you have probably spent some time searching for information on the best way to care for it and what skin care products are gentle enough for sensitive skin. In this article, we asked our skin care experts to help provide some insight on sensitive skin skin care tips. As always, consult with your skin care physician if you think you have sensitive skin to learn the care that is best for your unique skin type.

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