What I Wish I Knew Then…

09.25.2015, 13:35 CDT | Posted In: Acne & Blemishes, Lines & Wrinkles, Signs of Aging, Texture, Uneven Skin Tone & Dark Spots, Health & Beauty, Products, Skin Care

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If you could give your younger self – or the next generation– one piece of skin care advice, what would it be? We went to our Obagi Ambassadors to share their stories about “What I Wish I Knew Then…” Here’s a look at what they said (and as always, individual results may vary).

What I Wish I Knew Then: Baking In the Sun Doesn’t Pay
I grew up as a MAJOR sun worshiper. I cared nothing about sunscreen. I would lay out in the sun everyday with straight suntan oil on for many years. I never thought that I would get wrinkles. I just always thought that a tan made me look good and I didn’t care about the consequences.* I believe that if it were not for this line of products, I would look about 15 years older than I really am.
– Kim, 47, Union, KY

What I Wish I Knew Then: I Love Myself Just the Way I Am
It took me a long time to be comfortable with myself, growing up in a country where dark skin is not considered as attractive as fair skin. Now that I am older, I have never been any happier with how I look. I am proud to say that I have not had any surgery nor wear heavy make-up, yet people think I am 15 years younger than I really am.
– Star, 48, Las Vegas, NV

What I Wish I Knew Then: Putting Myself First Means I Can Take Better Care Of Everyone Else
When I became a new mom, I grappled with post-partum anxiety and depression, and by the time my second child came, it felt like I was a drowning person fighting for air. I got serious about taking care of myself so that I could have the stamina to care for my kids. I delved into nutritional remedies, blocked out the time I needed to recharge, and worked with my doctor to bring my hormones into balance. But even after I was feeling like myself again, there was one area that made me feel self-conscious and frustrated no matter how many juice cleanses I did or supplements I took: my skin. I had melasma, a condition brought on by the hormones of pregnancy that caused large brown patches on my upper lip and forehead.

That’s when Obagi Nu-Derm® came into the picture. I’ve been using the Nu-Derm system for five weeks now, and I’m already seeing recession of the melasma. There was a time when my melasma was so embarrassing that I couldn’t fathom ever leaving the house without makeup again. Just last week I went 4 days without applying any makeup at all. I’m still on my Obagi journey right now, but the results I’ve already seen have given me confidence in the products and, ultimately, in myself again.
– Joanna, 34, Edmonds, WA

Ask your doctor if Nu-Derm is right for you. See Important Safety Information about Nu-Derm Blender and Clear below. 

What I Wish I Knew Then: Life Will Throw Stuff At You and Take Away Your Glow…But You Can Get It Back
I underwent chemo and radiation for cancer. Since these made me tired and I was working, taking care of my appearance was forced to take a backseat to other demands of life. Upon completion of my cancer treatment, and while regaining my strength, I visited [my doctor] to investigate the Obagi® system, which I started that day.
Yes, I had changed, had a positive, can-do attitude, my hair came back, I lost 40 pounds, but the thing I heard most was that my skin was beautiful. Obagi gave me back some of what cancer took away. Dead skin from lack of attention was peeled away, leaving a fresh, clean face with the smile of a positive, happy, cancer-free woman.
– Donna, 52, Fayetteville, KY


Now it’s your turn! Share in the comments below “What I Wish I Knew Then.”


*Repeated exposure of unprotected skin while in the sun or tanning may increase the risk of skin aging, skin cancer, and other harmful effects to the skin even if you do not burn.  To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a Broad Spectrum SPF value of 15 or higher and other sun protection measures including:

  • limit time in the sun, especially from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • wear long-sleeve shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses

  • remember to see your dermatologist for a skin check annually




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