Sunday, April 25, 2010

Obagi Nu-Derm System: Part 3

I am going to talk about the third step 'Protect' in Obagi Nu-Derm morning routine. So far, we have taken the following step.

Step 1:Prepare
Use Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser or Nu-Derm Foaming Gel to clean your skin. After pad dry, apply Obagi Nu-Derm Toner.

Step 2:Correct
Apply Obagi Nu-Derm Clear on entire face avoiding eye area, followed by application of Nu-Derm Exfoderm (for dry, thin, sensitive skin) or Exfoderm Forte (for normal to oily skin).

Because Obagi reduce the production of melanin in your skin, you must try your best to avoid prolonged direct sun exposure. Now you need this step 3 to protect your skin.

Obagi Nu-Derm Healthy Skin Protection SPF35
Healthy Skin Protection SPF35 is a critical element in the protection stage of Nu-Derm System which provides daily ultraviolet defense.
Apply in the morning under your makeup and reapply often while you are in the sun.

I forgot to do this 'step3' of Nu-Derm System and went for a walk couple of times, and I deeply regret it. I remember my skin felt very sensitive against the sun was almost stinging. After a few days later, I noticed a few dark spots on my cheeks!
Sun protection is a core of anti-aging skin care and I recommend to use this superior sun screen at any time.

If you are interested in purchasing Obagi products or want to know more product details, please visit Obagi Store.

Amazing result of 6 months trial of Obagi Nu-Derm System
(Please click on the photo to see the larger image.)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Obagi Nu-Derm System: Part 2

I have talked about the first step of Obagi Nu-Derm System, 'Prepare' in the last post. You wash your face with either Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser or Nu-Derm Foaming Gel and finish off with Nu-Derm Toner. You will be doing this for both morning and night routine.

Now we are going to step 2, 'Correct'.
There is a slight difference in between morning routine and night routine in this step2. In the morming, you need to use both Obagi Nu-Derm Clear and Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm (or Obagi Nu-Derm Exfoderm Forte), and you only need to use Nu-Derm Clear in the evening.

Nu-Derm Clear
Nu-Derm Clear is a very important component in Obagi Nu-Derm System. This lotion is formulated with 4% hydroquinone (a bleaching agent) as the active ingredient in an activating base to suppress the overproduction of melanin and prevent the side effect associated with hyperpigmentation.
Apply evenly to the entire face avoiding eye lids, extending to the hairline, over the ears and ending with a feathering motion from the jawline down the neck. A second coat can be applied over darker pigmented lesions.

Nu-Derm Exfoderm
Nu-Derm exforderm is a unique formulation that contains phytic acid that removes dead skin cells. Phytic acid is gentler than lactic acid and glycolic acid, which are used in Nu-Derm Exforderm Forte. Therefore Nu-Derm Exforderm is suited for dry, thin and sensitive skin and Nu-Derm Exforderm Forte is for normal to oily skin and less sensitive skin.
This process allows better penetration of the skin care products such as hydroquinone and tretinoin.
Apply Exforderm evenly over the entire face avoiding the eyelids area after the application of Nu-Derm Clear in the morning.

If you are interested in purchasing Obagi products or want to know more product details, please visit Obagi Store.

This is what happens after 2 to 3 weeks. Dead skins start peeling off from your face.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Obagi Nu-Derm System: Part 1

Obagi Nu-Derm System is the most popular and the most talked about products. It is known as 'Skin Renewal System' and designed to restore health to aging and sun damaged skin. Obagi Nu-Derm System corrects surface discoloration and blemishes, and reduce wrinkles by stimulating collagen and elastin.
If you are interested in this program, I strongly recommend to go and see your dermatologist first, since Obagi Nu-Derm System consists of a group of complementary products containing active ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids, hydroquinones and tretinoin, and some of those ingredients are not safe for pregnant women and people with certain skin conditions.

Because I was already familiar with
Obagi products, I decided to give it a go. Well, I should give you the good news first. It really works! My skin has gone a lot brighter and firmer, and also I no longer see my acne scars on my forehead and temples. I don't have to hide my age spots with concealers anymore!

Here comes the bad news... It does cause some skin irritations such as peeling, redness and dryness, especially during the first 6 to 8 weeks. I had a hard time applying makeup for a while. (My friend suggested to wear a giant mask like those Japanese girls!) This happens because Obagi Nu-Derm system ingredients work at cellular level promoting more rapid turnover of skin cells.

So I guess this system requires patience, and you have to be a bit lighthearted. But your skin will get transformed within 3 to 4 months. This is a miracle worker!

I am going to introduce you individual products from Obagi Nu-Derm System through the next 2 to 3 postings. I would like to start with the following products which you need for 'The first step-Prepare'. (Obagi Nu-Derm System has 'Protocol For Use' Prepare - Improve - Stimulate - Protect - Control)

Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser & Nu-Derm Foaming Gel
The both products are oil free soap free cleanser that gently removes impurities, oil and makeup to leave skin clean, fresh and ready for the next step.
Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser for normal to dry skin types, Nu-Derm Foaming Gel for normal to oily skin types. Apply to wet face, rinse with lukewarm water and gentle pat dry. Avoid rubbing the skin with towel.

This is the result you can expect after completing Obagi Nu-Derm System.

Nu-Derm Toner
Obagi Nu-Derm Toner is applied to entire face after cleaning the skin. (Please avoid upper and lower lids of the eyes.) It is formulated with alum (a natural astringent), the toner adjusts the skin's pH for optimal penetration of the Obagi Nu-Derm System's treatment applications. Obagi Nu-Derm Toner formulation does not dry the skin excessively. It is designed to tighten the skin and pores.

If you are interested in purchasing Obagi products or want to know more product details, please visit Obagi Store.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Obagi Platinized Lotion

I talked about 'Obagi Japan Line' in the last post and would like to introduce another one of those. I purchased this together with Obagi Triple Peel 10. After I wash my face with Obagi-C Cleansing Gel and apply Obagi Triple Peel 10, I finish my morning skin care with this lotion. It soaks into my skin and keeps it moisturized for hours. Because it is very light on your skin, I am using it under my mineral powder makeup.
If you are interested in Obagi products, I do recommend to start with few products together instead of just trying one item. I know it is not cheap. But if you want to see the great result, especially if you are worrying about hyperpigmentation (Those age spots and dark circles under the eyes), I suggest to use two products together at least. My first purchase was Obagi-C Cleansing Gel and Obagi Professional-C Serum 10% and I started seeing the result in about three weeks. My skin complexion has gone brighter and got a healthy glow. I have tried many skin care products but Obagi is the only one I see the actual result and it is a good one.

If you are interested in purchasing Obagi products or want to know more about product details, please visit Obagi Store.

Obagi Triple Peel 10

I found this product when I was traveling in Japan. I was so surprised to see many Obagi products sold in drug stores over there. Later I have found out that there are 'Japan Only' Obagi product lines. Obagi Triple Peel 10 is one of them. I have been using this product for just over a month and I can clearly see that it helps unclogging pores. And also it reduces the size of pores. My skin is a lot smoother and looks healthier than before. Thanks again Obagi!!

Product Information
Description: Obagi Triple Peel 10 is formulated with a well balanced combination of the following three acids, which helps elicit transparency of the skin, making it feel soft and velvety like new skin.
Phytic Acid - It loosens and removes tightly joined dead skin cells and promote skin restoration.
Lactic Acid - It softens hardened stratum corneum.
Glycolic Acid - It penetrates deep into the skin to encourage cellular turnover.

Recommended Use: Apply a few pumps onto a cotton pad and place a s
mall amount of lotion on the following parts of your face; forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Massage gently with the cotton pads, using circular motion from inside to outside

If you are interested in purchasing Obagi products or want to know more about product details, please visit Obagi Store.

Obagi Professioinal-C Serum 10%

Daily skincare is very important for anti-aging, as well as keeping your skin looking its best. Our skin is often exposed to harmful conditions on an every day basis such as UV rays, second hand smoke, dry air in air-conditioned environments and extreme hot or cold weather. These conditions are just a few of the things that can age your skin, and contribute to the visual signs of aging.

Without protection from the sun’s rays, just a few minutes of exposure each day over the years can cause noticeable changes to our skin. Common signs of sun damage include freckles, age spots, deep wrinkles and leathery rough skin. Harsh weather and smoke cause dry skin condition which results in wrinkling and even skin disorders such as eczema and acne. Also as we age, even under the best conditions, our skin looses moisture and elasticity because there are some changes in the production of body chemicals. To sustain the healthy and younger looking skin, we must to remedy these conditions by using appropriate skincare products which contain key ingredients for skin rejuvenation.

Vitamin C plays vital role of skin health and the production of collagen, which is responsible for skin elasticity. It is found in many natural products like oranges, mandarins and is known to cure many diseases. Vitamin C has been known to have benefits in anti aging arena for quite some time, and one of the leaders in Vitamin C based beauty treatments is the line of Obagi serums. The Obagi Professional Serum contains powerful combination of stabilized Vitamin C and provides superior antioxidant protection. The antioxidant protection is transmitted to the deep dermal layer by Obagi’s special penetration formula. This stabilized Vitamin C works as inhibitor of melanin formation and helps to reduce age spots and other hyper-pigmentation conditions.

In addition to reducing hyper-pigmentation, the Obagi Professional Serum stimulates collagen cell renewal helping skin to become firmer, tighter with improved elasticity. This boost in collagen renewal can be especially useful for promoting wrinkle filling and improving the general perception of skins youthfulness. The Obagi Professional Serum and Obagi products can form an essential part of your daily skin care process

I was recommended this product by my Japanese friend and I am so happy that I purchased it. It gives my skin a beautiful healthy glow and my family and friends always compliment my skin and ask me what I have been using. It has lightened all of my hyperpigmentation and dark circles under my eyes. I love it and can't live without it!

Product Information
Description: Obagi Professional-C Serums (10%, 15%, 20%) include powerful combination of stabilized Vitamin C in a serum provides superior antioxidant protection with deep penetration to dermal layer. Professional-C Serum 10% contains stabilized form of Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid), which helps build collagen strength and encourage cellular turnover, reduces inflammation, and helps your skin retain its moisture balance.

Recommended Use: Apply 3 to 5 drops to face and neck using finger tips. Apply to cleansed skin in the morning before sunscreen and makeup application.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Obagi-C Cleansing Gel

I think this is the best cleanser I have ever used. It is very gentle on your skin, yet it removes stubborn eye makeup off easily. What I like about the most is it doesn't make my skin dry and leaves it bright and even looking. I think this cleanser is perfect for people with combination or sensitive skin.

Product Information
Obagi-C Cleansing Gel prepares and conditions the skin for Obagi-C Rx System, the most effective Vitamin C System available to help your skin become more radiant. This concentrated cleanser removes excess oils, residues and makeup and rinses clean, leaving skin feeling refreshed and and smooth.

Recommended Use:
Apply to damp face and neck with moistened fingertips, rub in circular motion and rinse completely with lukewarm water. It is best to follow with Obagi-C Rx System C-Clarifying Serum in the morning or C-Therapy Night Cream in the evening.

Full Ingredients:
Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Saponins, Methylparaben, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Xantham Gum, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Fragrance, Glycerin, Yellow 5, Red 33