The most-recommended prescription-strength anti-wrinkle face cream

Among over-the-counter anti wrinkle face creams, there is no direct relationship between expense and results.  But if you want to explore products that work at the cellular level to reduce the signs of aging, the added expense in obtaining a prescription-strength line of products may be worth exploring.  If you do, be sure to ask your dermatologist or physician about the Obagi Nu-Derm system ($81.00, click here to buy). No line of prescription-strength anti-aging skin products is more recommended by women 50+, the ones who know what works best.

5 Anti-Wrinkle Face Creams Most Recommended By Women Over 50

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In Vibrant Nation’s 2011 Skin Care and Cosmetic Product Guide For Women Over 50: 150 Anti-aging Cosmetics and Beauty Products that Work author and former Beauty and  Fashion Director of More magazine Lois Joy Johnson ranks several products from ZO Skin Health, famed Beverly Hills dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi’s non-prescription strength skincare line, among the best beauty products currently available for women over 50. “These products offer serious restoration…work hard and fast to make a change. The retinol cream decreases wrinkles, evens out skin, and thickens the epidermis so that your face feels firmer and looks dewier and your skin has ‘body’ to it.”

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Dr. Zein Obagi’s prescription-strength Obagi Nu-Derm system, sold only through professionals, takes his approach to cellular regeneration even further.  According to women at, the leading online community for women 50+, the Obagi Nu-Derm system offers younger, healthier looking skin by penetrating into your skin’s deepest layers to reverse photodamage, the main cause of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

As one Vibrant Nation member told others, “I love the Obagi system. It’s really helping to improve my complexion, as Obagi advertises, on the cellular level.”  Another Vibrant Nation member noted that although she was a sun goddess in her early adulthood, she has since used Obagi Nu-Derm regularly, “and I have been very satisfied.”

Doctors also agree.  The Obagi Nu-Derm skincare rejuvenation is the #1 prescribed system in the US. The Obagi Nu-Derm system will be different for each user, as your dermatologist or physician will determine the best prescription for your skin type and condition.  The system has a combination of products that cleanse, moisturize, and tighten the skin.  You apply it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. The morning routine generally consists of 5 steps: cleanser, toner, possibly 2 treatment steps, and protection. The evening routine will repeat the cleanser, toner and one treatment. A stimulator step is generally added at nighttime.

Women report visible results within 4-6 weeks, depending on the products prescribed and how often these are used.  The intensive treatment usually lasts over 12 weeks, followed by ongoing maintenance.  Be prepared for a little unpleasantness during early stages, as with chemical peels.  As one Vibrant Nation member reported, “The first stage is the dry and itchy, flaky skin stage, getting rid of the dead, damaged outer epidermis.  It’s a terrible stage but you have to hang in there.”  Depending on your skin’s condition, yearly costs for Obagi can cost less than high-end department store brands.

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What makes Obagi’s anti aging skin products so successful at reversing discoloration and reducing fine lines?

  • One key is alpha hydroxyl acids. These acids are derived from sugar containing plants. In Obagi’s Nu-Derm system, they act as exfoliants and stimulate growth of new, healthy skin.
  • Second, the Obagi Toner works to lower your skin’s pH. According to Obagi, this helps other active ingredients penetrate your skin.
  • Third, the Obagi Healthy Skin Protector is a sunscreen that contains zinc oxide and octinoxate (a good thing, since products containing alpha hydroxyl acids also increase your susceptibility to sun damage).  Zinc oxide sits on your skin’s surface and is not absorbed, continuing throughout the day to protect your skin from the sun’s UV-A and UV-B rays.  Finally, octinoxate works to reduce the appearance of scars as well as absorb the UV-B rays from the sun.

Obagi provides a whole new workout for your skin.  As with any exercise regimen, it takes a while to get your body back in shape, but not so much to maintain.  The same goes with your skin. Once the Obagi’s system’s initial, intensive treatment period is over, women report that maintaining softer and healthy skin gets easier with time.

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  1. NancyG NancyG says

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this post reads like an infomercial.

    I did read the post and go on the Obagi website. I wanted to find where I could read about the ingredients in the products. It does look like they contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), cell communicating ingredients, and proper sunscreens. But what about beta hydroxy acids which are better for women with oily skin? It also makes me uncomfortable when a site says you have to use all their products together.

    I’ve been a fan of Paula’s Choice skin care products for a long time. Mainly because she is open and transparent about the ingredients in her products and freely recommends other products that are well-made and affordable.

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    • Generic Image artist4fun says

      I agree with your definition directed to this article. It certainly does read as an infomercial. I wouldn’t use this product on my skin. The ingrediants include parabens, sls and other unhealthy choices. Toners are no longer used for bringing the ph balance back to anyone’s skin. The .5% hydracortisone can be purchsed otc.
      I am a certified skincare expert and there several key ingredients that everyone should look for….vitamin c- vitamin a ( retinol ) alpha/beta acids – physical sunscreens as titanium and zinc.
      I’ve been tempted to unscribe, as well.

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  2. Lynne Spreen Lynne Spreen says

    Nancy, I agree. I don’t think you’re very far out on that limb. I considered unsubscribing over this but I’ll give them another chance. Thanks for the referral to Paula’s Choice. I’m going to check it out.

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  3. Generic Image Kat Gordon says

    I am 45, but have had great luck with PCA Products which my esthetician carries. Specifically I use the vitamin C cream and the pigment gel. Using these products, along with doing a monthly peel, has really made my skin look youthful.

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  4. Jaki -- Jaki -- says

    I love this website and would be among the first to complain if I felt “tricked” into reading an infomercial. But I have to say I did not feel this way on this one because I love the product Obagi.
    I went to my dermatologist a few years back for an annual look at the sun spots and I happened to ask him if he could recommend a skin cream which would put some vibrance back into my skin.
    I am very wrinkled and while I know it is not fair to blame my Mum for things now that I am an adult, I have to admit I know where I got the wrinkle and cellulite genes. But the thing is my Mum was stunning up to her last hours, 7 days past her 92nd birthday.
    I think of my wrinkles as the physical proof that I have lived, smiled, cried ,laughed and run in the snow and snow.
    I just wanted a cream that might bring the life back into my skin I had no illusions of filling the crevices of my experience.
    Well my Dr recommended Obagi. I did the 6 month routine using most but not all the products and people began asking me things like” Did you change your hair or lose weight?”. It is funny what we women associate with physical improvement.
    My skin does look more alive and more vibrant and I am now on a maintenance program where I use the products every once in a while to keep up the impact.
    I am sorry if you felt “infomercialed” to by this article but I hope you value the input of a user unsolicited)

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  5. Generic Image Robin Feinberg says

    I’m aa very late entry to this thread, but here goes. The first thing I thought when reading this article was, VN must be getting a kick bac, because why else would they be sounding like they sell it? Also, I’ve been following Paula Begoun for quite a while, and her website They review hungreds (maybe thousands?) of products from skin care through all cosmetics. Yes, she touts her own products, but she reviews pretty fairly, since her reviews are based on science. Interesting, Obagi doesn’t get a great review, and some of their products get a downright bad review.

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