ZO Skin Health by Zein Obagi

The newest skincare line on the horizon is by Dr. Zein Obagi, the same man who started the original Obagi Medical products. ZO Skin Health is a new line that is over the counter, and therefore you do not need a prescription to use the line.  The most amazing product in the line is the Ossential Radical Night Repair which actually has a full 1% of Retinol.  This is 5 times more the industry average, so it is the most retinol that you can get in a product.  The retinol is photostable and in an anhydrous base, which means that it’s not going to lose its efficacy over time.  The product is going to start working once you smooth it on the skin.The other great thing about the ingredients is that they pack a punch, but you’re not going to have major side effects because of it.  That means that there shouldn’t be any redness.

After using the Ossential Radical Night Repair for over a month, I have to say that it’s pretty amazing.

The base is kind of a matte silicone so it’s perfect for oily skin.  The whole point of using retinol is that it increases skin turnover, which means that one of the major side effects is that there’s skin peeling.  I did have peeling the first few times that I used the product even though I was only using it once or twice a week.  However, I have found that I can stop the peeling all together if I just don’t use any AHA or BHA containing products while I use the Radical Night Repair.  If I use one of the products in the same week, then I’ve noticed that the peeling starts within the next few days and it’s a bit much, especially for work.

However, I’ve noticed that you can use the products in many ways and still see results.  You can use it a few times a week, or you can use it just for spot treatments.  The instructions also say that you can even apply a moisturizer after using it and it will still be effective.  I have taken to doing that on days that are especially dry.

Because you want this to work without any interference, this is a product that is best used at night.

The price of the product is about $200 but because it’s so effective and completely unlike anything that’s on the market, I’d say that it’s worth it.  It also lasts a long time, and I think that my one tube will last me at least 6 months, and I know I’ll save money because I won’t be purchasing any AHA or BHA products while I’m on this.

Once again, a dermatologist created product wins over the drugstore ones!

Have you tried any Obagi products?  What do you think of them?



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