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Vitamin C: The Super Antioxidant Your Skin Is Craving

Vitamin C: The Super Antioxidant Your Skin Is Craving 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

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Your mom was right when she told you to take your vitamins. Not only do they make you healthy and strong, but many vitamins are beneficial to your skin, too. In fact, Vitamin C is offered in topical formulas that can be applied to the skin and can help prevent skin aging and protect against sun damage.1

Benefits of Vitamin C

The topical form of Vitamin C is called ascorbic acid, and it is known as “the most important skin antioxidant.”2 Antioxidants protect against damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals as well as environmental pollutants.3 In particular, the antioxidant Vitamin C works by speeding up the skin’s natural repair systems and by directly inhibiting further damage.4 Numerous clinical studies have proven the skin benefits of Vitamin C and confirmed that it can help protect against the signs of skin damage by:

  • Stimulating collagen synthesis1
  • Reducing inflammation1
  • Suppressing pigmentation5
  • Retaining moisture6
  • Enhancing UV protection1
  • Replenishing Vitamin E7

Not All Topical Vitamin C Is Created Equal

There are many Vitamin C preparations on the market that claim to do amazing things for your skin. But be aware that Vitamin C in its most commonly found forms is highly unstable when exposed to oxygen, rendering it ineffective.8

Fortunately, Obagi Professional-C SerumsTM use a Vitamin C formula in its most stable form, and absorbs and remains in the skin longer to offer maximum antioxidant benefit.9,10 Our Professional-C Serums are available in 4 strengths for different skin types and needs.

So continue eating your fruits and veggies for all the health benefits they offer; and book an appointment with your skin care physician to learn more about Professional-C Serums and how topical Vitamin C can help you look good, too.

References: 1. Farris PK. Topical vitamin C: a useful agent for treating photoaging and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatol Surg. 2005;31(7, pt 2):814-818. 2. Lewis AB, Regan K. Dermatological procedure enhancement products: a beneficial means to combat aging skin. US Dermatol Review. 2006;1-5. 3. Davis JL. How antioxidants work. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/how-antioxidants-work1. Accessed April 9, 2013. 4. Watson S. Skin care vitamins and antioxidants. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants. Accessed April 9, 2013. 5. Kameyama K, Sakai C, Kondoh S, et al. Inhibitory effect of magnesium L-ascorbyl-2-phosphate (VC-PMG) on melanogenesis in vitro and in vivo. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1996;34(1):29-33. 6. Campos PM, Goncalves GM, Gaspar LR. In vitro antioxidant activity and in vivo efficacy of topical formulations containing vitamin C and its derivatives studied by non-invasive methods. Skin Res Technol. 2008;14(3):376-380. 7. Burgess C. Topical vitamins. J Drugs Dermatol. 2008;7(suppl 7):s2-s6. 8. Understanding skin care products. WebMD Web site. http://www.webmd.com/beauty/face/skin-care-products?page=2. Accessed April 9, 2013. 9. OMP, Inc. Data on file. 10. Lehman PA, Investigator, PRACS Institute. Determination of the percutaneous absorption kinetics of ascorbic acid and ascorbic acid 2-glucoside, in vitro, using the human cadaver skin model (protocol R07-0278, August 2007). OMP, Inc. Data on file.

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Stretch Your Thinking About Yoga’s Benefits

Stretch Your Thinking About Yoga’s Benefits 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

yoga-tree-poseA healthy lifestyle encompasses many things, from eating right and practicing smart sun protection to exercising and finding adequate ways to relax. Each month, Obagi will feature different healthy lifestyle tips and ideas you can incorporate into your everyday life. This month, we’ll explore the myriad physical and emotional benefits of practicing yoga.

Why We Love Yoga
Often, people hear the word “yoga” and assume it’s an activity requiring the flexibility of a Cirque du Soleil performer. However, even basic yoga can result in noticeable and almost immediate benefits for everyone. Consider just being able to touch your toes again without straining.

There are several different styles of yoga, so you’ll want to experiment to find the one that’s right for you. Nonetheless, improving your flexibility is beneficial at any age or ability level, because safely stretching your muscles and soft tissues through yoga may help release built-up lactic acid, reducing pain and alleviating muscle tightness.1 That’s a lot of gain for little-to-no pain!

Calm Yourself
The deep, meditative breathing you’ll practice in yoga focuses on lengthening the breaths, which improves lung capacity and relaxation, suppressing the adrenaline response triggered by stress.1 In addition, consider that a concentrated focus on breath and holding complex poses correctly doesn’t really leave that much room for stressful thoughts from your day. Not a bad bonus!

Mind Over Body
There are biochemical responses too. Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and incidence of heart disease.1 Over time, it can help you build strength and endurance. Yoga can even have cosmetic effects. As it keeps stress levels down, it also reduces the release of stress hormones that can aggravate acne, eczema, and rosacea.2

Beyond the Science
Across the Internet, you can read about the many people who maintain that doing yoga has slowed their aging by improving posture, decreasing back pain, and allowing them long periods of deep concentration. To validate these claims for yourself, you can visit a local yoga studio and drop into a beginner’s yoga class, or try out this basic yoga pose (below) at home.

Try the Tree Pose
Now that you know a little about the benefits of yoga, here’s a beginner’s pose to try on your own. To familiarize yourself with the steps of the Tree Pose, we suggest watching one of the many how-to videos available online.

  1. Stand with arms at your sides.
  2. Keeping left leg on the ground, slowly lift right leg, placing right sole inside left thigh, hips facing forward.
  3. Bring hands in front of you in prayer position, palms together.
  4. Keeping legs and palms in position, inhale and bring arms over shoulders. Hold pose for 30 seconds.
  5. Lower and repeat on opposite side.

Congratulations! You’ve completed your first yoga pose!

References: 1. The health benefits of yoga. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/the-health-benefits-of-yoga. Accessed March 15, 2013.
2. 6 secrets to gorgeous skin. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-beauty/features/tips-for-gorgeous-skin?page=3. Accessed March 15, 2013.

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Sip Your Way to More Luminous Skin

Sip Your Way to More Luminous Skin 5.00/5 (100.00%) 3 votes

fruit-smoothieSmoothies 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, have been shown to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and create a more youthful-looking complexion.1 Antioxidants can help fight free radicals—tiny, unstable molecules that have been shown to cause damage at the cellular level—and when applied topically, antioxidants can help reduce the signs of skin damage caused by the sun and other environmental stressors. Did you know that blueberries rank third as a natural source of antioxidants after prunes and raisins?2 You may 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, so you may notice that you feel full sooner, and you’ll 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. Here’s to Obagi Skin Health™!

Antioxidants in a bottle
We love this smoothie recipe as a way to fortify ourselves from the inside. For an extra boost of antioxidants, you can turn to Obagi Professional-C Serums™. Professional-C Serums offer the antioxidant Vitamin C in a rich, concentrated formula, and are available in four different strengths 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!

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Prepare Your Skin for Summer in the Sun

Prepare Your Skin for Summer in the Sun 5.00/5 (100.00%) 2 votes

Obaji-for-summer-timeSunshine, fresh air, and the great outdoors make us fall in love with summer year after year. But no one falls in love with their sunburn, especially those who know that the damaging effects from the sun can lead to premature skin aging, age spots, and even skin cancer, including melanoma.

In fact, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, with 3.5 million skin cancers diagnosed in 2 million people annually. Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer than breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancers combined.

We’ve Got You Covered

To reduce your chance of developing skin cancer and other complications associated with excessive sun exposure, take a few precautionary measures before you hit the beach or the backyard barbeque this season.

  • Wear a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen like the Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50. Broad-spectrum sunscreens are formulated to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays—the two types of UV light that damage the skin.
  • Use sunscreens daily. Even if you work indoors, you are still exposed to UV radiation for brief periods of time throughout the day.
  • Lotions and makeup that contain SPF should not replace your daily sunscreen. You would need to apply 7 times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder to receive the full SPF on the labels.
  • To ensure that you get the full SPF of a sunscreen, you should apply 1 oz (about 1 espresso shot full). Studies show that most people apply only half to a quarter of that amount, which results in an SPF of half to a quarter of what is labeled on the bottle.
  • Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to allow time for the ingredients to be absorbed by the skin.
  • It is just as important to reapply sunscreen as it is to put it on in the first place. You should reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours or immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating.
  • It is necessary to wear sunscreen even on a cloudy day. Approximately 40% of the sun’s radiation reaches the earth’s surface even when it’s completely cloudy outside.3
  • Purchase a pair of sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Aside from being a great way to make a fashion statement by the pool, wearing protective clothing is one of the best ways to protect against the damaging effects of the sun.
  • Be smart about how you protect your skin this summer and for summers to come. Your skin care provider will be able to provide you with some additional advice. Their advice, combined with these simple skin protection tips, can significantly reduce your risk of developing complications and skin diseases that result from overexposure to the sun.

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References
1. Sunburn. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sunburn/DS00964. Accessed May 10, 2013.
2. Skin cancer facts. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.
http://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-information/skin-cancer-facts. Accessed May 10, 2013.
3. Best sunscreen: understand sunscreen options. Mayo Clinic Web site.
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/best-sunscreen/MY01350. Accessed May 10, 2013.
4. Sunscreens explained. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.
http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/sunscreens…. Accessed May 10, 2013.
5. Sunscreen and your makeup routine. WebMD Web site.
http://www.webmd.com/beauty/sun/sunscreen-and-your-makeup-routine. Accessed May 10, 2013

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