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THE ULTIMATE ANTIOXIDANT 5.00/5 (100.00%) 1 vote


Glutathione is the ultimate antioxidant known to prevent damage to important cellular components caused by free radicals and peroxides. As we age, our Glutathione levels are depleted due to sun exposure, air pollutants and environmental stress.

The Perfect Derma™ Peel is the only peel that premieres Glutathione as a founding component and is the only true anti-aging ingredient offered exclusively in our formula. The Perfect Derma™ Peel works from the inside to repair and nourish the skin by giving it a radiant glow, refining pores, improving skin hyperpigmentations, lifting melasma, controlling acne and preventing acne marks. Most importantly, the Glutathione element defies the aging process.

Glutathione penetrates deep into the cellular level of the skin to fight oxidant damage and is the anti-aging answer to premature wrinkling. Glutathione is proven to reverse the melanin’s metabolism turning dark pigmentations (eumelanin) into light pigmentation (phaeomelanin)

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Your Skin In Your 20s and 30s: Obagi Educators Weigh In

Your Skin In Your 20s and 30s: Obagi Educators Weigh In 5.00/5 (100.00%) 3 votes

early-signs-of-aging-womanAt what age did you realize it was time to step up your skin care routine? Were you in your 20s or 30s? Maybe 40s? After you answer, think about this: at what age do you wish you had started to take better care of your skin? Recently, we posted this question on our Facebook page and were surprised to hear many of you say you wish you had started a good skin care routine earlier than you did. Well, let us remind you, it’s never too soon to take great care of your skin.

We sat down with our Obagi Education Managers, Aimee and Perri, to ask them about the early signs of skin aging and what they recommend you do to address these first signs when they arise.

Where do most people first notice signs of aging?

Signs of aging are often noticed on the eyes, face, hands, and décolletage. Using proper sun protection, like applying sunscreen and wearing a hat, will ensure that you are doing your job to protect your skin against sun damage and can reduce the chances for signs of aging including mottled hyperpigmentation (dark spots), fine lines and wrinkles, and rough texture. Simple, yet effective!

How is younger skin different than aging skin?

Aged skin exhibits certain characteristics due to the natural intrinsic aging process, which is affected by genetics and nutrition, as well as extrinsic factors like sun exposure and free radical damage. As we age, several changes occur in our skin:

  • Our melanocytes (the cells that give our skin its color) decrease in number
  • The epidermis exhibits significant thinning due to decreased production of collagen and elastin, and
  • Sebaceous glands no longer produce as much oil as younger skin.
  • Thus, aging skin often appears paler, drier, and thinner than it did when we were younger.

It’s obvious to see why your skin care regimen will change throughout your life. Your 20’s is an ideal time to start making regular appointments with your skin care physician to discuss your skin care.

I occasionally breakout with acne. How can I combat adult acne and wrinkles at the same time?

A retinol can be a wonderful option for a patient with acne-prone skin who also has emerging skin-aging concerns. Experts believe retinols (and other retinoids) work by supporting skin cell turnover which, in turn, keeps dead skin cells from clogging pores. They also smooth the and reduce the mottled appearance of sun damaged skin.1

I’m in the 25—35 years old age bracket. What is a good general routine to care for my skin?

A good, basic skin care routine includes an appropriate cleanser for your skin type (normal/oily or normal/dry), an exfoliant, and a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Retinols can assist with acne-prone skin and early skin aging concerns that are common at this age. A great Obagi system that encompasses a range of products to address these early signs of aging is Obagi360™.

Of course, everyone’s skin is different and it’s important to talk to your skin care physician about which products are right for you and about any other skin care ingredients that can help with specific concerns you might have.

I’m starting to notice fine lines, crow’s feet and/or bags around my eyes. What can I do to address this?

Obagi offers great products that can help address the signs of skin aging around the eyes. Our ELASTIderm® Eye products are specifically designed for the delicate eye area and come in three formulations; a cream, a gel and a serum with a roller ball applicator for varying skin needs. Our ELASTIderm Cream and Gel formulations contain a bi-mineral complex formulated to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crepiness around the eye. Alternatively, the ELASTIderm Serum, with a roller ball applicator, uses the same bi-mineral complex but also offers 2% caffeine to help reduce puffiness around the eyes.

I’m not ready for more serious cosmetic procedures like injections or fillers. Is there something I can do or a skin care product I can use that can help me looking younger but is not as aggressive in nature?

Whether or not you’re interested in injections, fillers, or other cosmetic procedures, you always want your skin to looks its best. Obagi Medical Products offers several great skin care systems for patients who would like to address various skin aging concerns without undergoing the knife or needle. One of the newest rising stars is in our product line-up is the Obagi360 system, which happens to be designed specifically for addressing early signs of aging. Harnessing the power of retinol, this simple 3-product skin care system offers a multitude of benefits, including an exfoliating cleanser (to support skin cell turnover and minimize acne breakouts), retinol, and a dual function broad-spectrum UV defense and moisturizer in one. Consider starting on this system while you’re young to help keep signs of skin aging at bay.

In addition, Obagi offers a full spectrum of transformation skin care systems to meet the needs of all ages and all skin types. For more information on the following systems, visit our products page:

Obagi Nu-Derm®: Designed for moderate to severe signs of skin aging and pigmentation.

Obagi-C® Rx: Ideal for early intervention and appropriate for a patient with mild to moderate signs of aging, or for the patient who may not be ready for the Nu-Derm System.

Gentle Rejuvenation: For a sensitive skin patient, who is looking for calming and soothing products that are non-irritating.

What is your number one tip for preventing or slowing skin aging for every skin type?

Our number one tip for reducing the visible signs of skin aging is to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen every single day—during the winter and summer, rain or shine! A broad-spectrum sunscreen like our Obagi Sun Shield SPF 50, provides protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Too much exposure to UV light can wreak havoc on your skin, resulting in not only immediate consequences like sunburn, but also contributes to wrinkling, sagging, and pigmentation and texture changes. As our Head of Product Development, Laurence Dryer, explains in this video, sun damage can lead to structural changes in the skin that may not be visible for years. Applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen can keep these signs of skin aging at bay, and help to prevent future damage to the skin. And remember, it’s important to be sure you apply ample sunscreen and re-apply it throughout the day—we recommend every two hours, especially if you are swimming, exercising, or perspiring.

In addition, ingredients like L-ascorbic acid, used in Obagi’s Professional-C™ Serums, are another great way patients can minimize the signs of skin damage caused by the sun and other environmental stressors.

Of course, aside from good skin care we always recommend drinking plenty of water, eating a variety of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, and getting enough sleep for general health!

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Med Spa patient using Obagi

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Med Spa client and Obagi-C® skin care
made all the difference!

Going from ‘good’ to ‘great’ skin may not seem like much of a transformation but for many of you that use Obagi® products to help prevent skin aging and maintain younger-looking skin, it makes a significant difference. Whether it be that added boost of confidence, extra time in your makeup routine because of your already flawless complexion or the reassurance that you’re taking preventative measures to protect your skin, we take great pride in hearing how many of you have achieved your personal best thanks to Obagi.

Meredith, a busy mother of 2, shares how her active lifestyle prompted her to choose the Obagi-C® Rx System to prevent future damage and improve the overall appearance of her skin. Between running marathons, teaching spin classes, and her family’s active outdoor lifestyle, Meredith’s skin was taking a beating. She noticed that with all of her exercise and outdoor activities, her sweat would often lead to breakouts, and she was becoming increasingly aware of the damage the sun could have on her skin.

After meeting with a skin care physician to discuss her skin concerns and busy lifestyle, Meredith and her doctor decided that the Obagi-C Rx System would best fit her needs. The five-step skin care system is designed to address the early signs of aging and skin damage. “It’s very simple,” Meredith says. “If it was any more complicated, I probably wouldn’t do it.” As someone who never applied sunscreen daily prior to discovering Obagi, Meredith was apprehensive about adding a sunscreen to her morning routine and was concerned about how a truly effective sunscreen might clog her pores and affect her skin. To her great surprise, the Obagi Sun Shield Matte SPF 50, was nothing like other sunscreens she had used in the past—“it’s light, non-greasy and doesn’t clog my pores when I exercise” she explains. Now, she never leaves the house without this protective layer and feels confident that she is doing her job in preventing sun damage to her skin.

Watch Meredith’s story of how she uses Obagi to improve the overall appearance of her skin and prevent future damage to her skin.

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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


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. Accessed April 9, 2013. 4. Watson S. Skin care vitamins and antioxidants. WebMD Web site. 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. 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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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


  • 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)

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!


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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1. Sunburn. Mayo Clinic Web site. Accessed May 10, 2013.
2. Skin cancer facts. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site. Accessed May 10, 2013.
3. Best sunscreen: understand sunscreen options. Mayo Clinic Web site. Accessed May 10, 2013.
4. Sunscreens explained. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.…. Accessed May 10, 2013.
5. Sunscreen and your makeup routine. WebMD Web site. Accessed May 10, 2013