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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

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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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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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