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.
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.”
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 VibrantNation.com, 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.
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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