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Make Over Your Medicine Cabimet

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How many skin care products do you have in your medicine cabinet that you currently don’t use? It was reported that 1 in 3 women clean out their medicine cabinet less than once every two years, and more than one-third of women have 20+ products in their medicine cabinet.* Cosmetics and skin care products do have shelf lives. No one wants to reach into a medicine cabinet and use a product that’s ineffective because its prime has passed.

Changing with the seasons

Fall is a time for changing colors. That favorite pink lipstick that plays up your sun-kissed glow today should not be kept until next summer! Many people buy multiple products, but if you haven’t used them in a few weeks, what are the chances you’ll use them again? If products are kept too long, they could lose their effectiveness, their physical and chemical properties may change, and they may even cause breakouts.1  Now’s the time to clear out products that are past their expiration date. Also check for tell-tale signs━if there’s a change in color or smell, it’s best to toss any makeup or skin care products.2

Choose quality over quantity

It’s time to invest in quality skin care. Why dabble in passing trends or numerous products when you can trust the #1 physician-dispensed skin care system, Obagi® Nu-Derm®. Streamline your routine with this complete, all-in-one skin care system. It includes a cleanser, toner, exfoliating lotion, dark spot correcting formula, and sunscreen that work together and complement each other to help reveal beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Streamline your products

Invest in a product that multitasks, such as the ELASTIderm® Eye Complete Complex™ Serum. This refreshing eye serum does double duty: it helps diminish the appearance of fine lines PLUS it includes caffeine to reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness.

Congrats on making over your medicine cabinet. Decluttering sure feels great. Next stop? Your cosmetic bag!

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Pore-fect yYour Skin!

 

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Bigger doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to your pores. And in today’s world where high-definition TV makes even the tiniest skin blemish larger than life, enlarged pores have become a new target in the quest for perfect skin. Unfortunately, you can’t get rid of your pores—they are the opening to our oil glands and tend to become more noticeable as we age. Also, contrary to claims made on labels for many skin care products, you can’t actually shrink your pores. But there are things you can do to minimize their appearance and help restore an even-looking complexion.

Keeping it clean
The key to making your pores appear smaller is to keep them clean. Use a gentle cleanser twice a day to wash away dead skin cells and prevent oil from building up. Excess oil can clog your pores—making them more visible—and can also cause acne. And no good comes from having pimples. In fact, picking at or squeezing a pimple can cause trauma to the skin, which may permanently enlarge the pore.

The truth about toners
We’re always being asked, “Do I really need to use a toner?” The fact is, toners play an important role in your skin care regimen by getting rid of any remaining makeup residue or excess oil that sits in your pores. They also adjust your skin’s pH balance so you have just the right amount of oil to protect your skin without causing blockages. Many people love the fresh feeling after using a toner, and others maintain that their pores feel tighter! Choose an alcohol-free toner, such as the Obagi-C® Rx Skin Balancing Toner, to prepare your skin for the next step in your skin care routine without drying out your skin.

Less is more
If you can’t fix it, covering up large pores sounds like the next logical solution. But caking on the foundation can actually make it worse. Foundation can pool in pores, making them more noticeable. Instead, prep your skin with a primer before you apply the foundation to create a perfectly smooth canvas—much like how spackle fills in holes on a wall before you start painting! And always remember to wash off the foundation before going to bed.

So next time you’re poring over your pores, remember, taking care of your skin as a whole with a regular skin care regimen will not only help you maintain beautiful, healthy-looking skin, but it’ll also help you achieve that look of pore-fection!

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“Makeup Made Just For You”

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With temperatures rising and the sun shining brighter than ever, summer is a great time to change up your makeup routine. Everyone’s complexion is different, so working with colors that complement your skin tone can create a naturally beautiful, glowing look for the summer.

Here are some suggestions on how to bring out the best of your skin tone and look radiant this summer, no matter your complexion type!

Dark skin
When looking for a pop of color, anything with a hint of purple, like fuchsia lipstick or blush, can complement the richness of your complexion. However, you can also achieve a more subtle, sultry chic with a shade of deep red such as crimson, maroon, or scarlet. If you’re really looking to wow the crowd with a modern appeal, try out an ultra-cool metallic bronze that shimmers and shines against dark skin tones.

Medium skin
A classic red lip is always in—especially for those with medium skin tones! Try anything from a true red to cranberry shades that work well with your golden undertones. For a healthy glow, try an apricot-colored blush, which pairs perfectly with your medium complexion.

Fair skin
When you’re working with fair skin tones, you essentially have a neutral palette that will allow even the most muted colors to have stunning contrast. To highlight the color of your eyes, consider applying a little champagne eyeshadow, which will offer a hint of dark shading. You can complement this eye color with ballerina-pink blush for rosy cheeks. As for a great lipstick shade, go for a bubbly pink or a coral to bring out the rosiness in your cheeks.

So whether you’re attending a casual picnic at the park or a fun night on the town, find a glamorous style that works with your skin tone and set the perfect base with Obagi Professional-C SerumTM 15% to accentuate your natural beauty this summer. Appropriate for all skin tones, this amazing antioxidant Vitamin C serum leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and prepares your skin for any look.

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“Eat Your Breakfast and Wear it Too!”

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Have the luxurious, pampering comfort of a day spa with homemade skin care solutions using everyday kitchen ingredients! Whether you’re on a budget or want to help enhance the effects of your regular skin care regimen, homemade face masks and scrubs are great ways to help add moisture and a fresh-looking glow to your skin.

Today, we’re sharing one of our favorite do-it-yourself face mask recipes—complete with protein and whole grains, this breakfast mask is packed with nutrients that are good for your skin—and easy to make!

Honey Oatmeal Face Mask

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of dry oatmeal
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt

Directions

  1. Place dry oatmeal in a blender or coffee grinder and blend until fine. Transfer ground oatmeal into a small bowl.
  2. Add the honey to the finely ground meal.
  3. Add yogurt to the honey and oats.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients into a thick paste. Add more honey as needed to smooth the mixture.
  5. Spread the mask on your clean face. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Warm a small towel by running it under hot water and place the towel over your face. Allow steam to work and then thoroughly rinse off.

For that extra touch of indulgence, place 2 slices of cucumber on your eyes and enjoy the cooling effect.

So put your cell phone away, let the laundry pile up for a change, and kick back to relish this moment all to yourself. You deserve it!

 

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“Wake Up to Beautiful, Healthy-Looking Skin”

woman sleeping

Ever wonder how Sleeping Beauty had such beautiful, glowing skin? Turns out she knew the beauty secret of a good night’s rest! In fact, during the hours you’re sleeping, your body is hard at work renewing and repairing your skin cells.1 A simple bedtime skin care routine can help boost these processes so you can go to sleep dreaming of beautiful, healthy-looking skin.

Enjoy your beauty sleep
They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing—catching some much-needed Zs every night is one of the easiest and best ways to achieve better-looking skin. While you may be out cold, your body is working the night shift repairing skin cells.1 So try to give yourself a restful 8 hours of sleep every night. Not only will this help your skin, but you’ll also feel better in the morning, refreshed, and ready to start the day.

Wash the day away
After a long, busy day, it may be tempting to just crawl into bed and go to sleep without washing your face. But the fact is, your skin has been exposed to a day’s worth of makeup, excess oil, pollution, and other environmental elements, which can lead to breakouts and other signs of skin damage. Washing and exfoliating will remove everyday impurities and open up your pores. If you’re too tired to wash your face before you retire, perform your skin care routine at 7 or 8 pm. Earlier is better than never!

Hydrate your skin
Regardless of your age, keeping your skin well hydrated is a vital aspect of any bedtime routine. Believe it or not, simply drinking a glass or two of water can also do wonders to make your skin appear brighter when the morning rolls around.

Taking care of your skin at night is just as important as in the morning. While washing your face is usually the first step in any skin care routine, the products you use at night may differ from those you use as part of your morning ritual based on your skin care needs. Find an all-in-one skin care regimen such as the Obagi Nu-Derm® System to get the complete skin care you need, morning and night. So you can wake up to beautiful, healthy-looking skin!

Reference: 1. National Institutes of Health. Your guide to healthy sleep. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/sleep/healthy_sleep.pdf. Accessed July 9, 2012.

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Say NO to Acne!

It’s Clear━Say No to Acne!

Girl hiding face in sweater
 
We all remember the devastation of discovering a blemish minutes before a big dance in high school, but just because we aren’t teens anymore doesn’t mean pimple problems are gone for good. Unfortunately, the blemish before the big dance has been replaced with the blemish before the big meeting. Since acne is a lifelong nemesis for many, there’s never a bad time to become better educated about ways to prevent and treat acne breakouts.

Beyond chocolate as the culprit. Acne starts in your skin’s oil glands. Normally, this oil, known as sebum, travels up your follicles carrying dead skin cells to the surface of your skin. However, your pores can become blocked by an increase in hormones that stops the oil from reaching your skin and causes bacteria to grow in the follicle.1 Your body takes action against infection, causing the area to become inflamed, which results in those small, dreaded red sores, as well as blackheads and whiteheads. While your body learned to cope with the abundance of oil produced throughout adolescence, you’ve probably resigned yourself to ride out the annoying flare-ups since. Well, you’re not alone—adult acne affects more than half of all women and a quarter of all men at some time in their adult lives.2

Don’t surrender. If you suspect that your cosmetics may be contributing to your blemishes, try to spend a few weeks makeup-free and observe the results. It’s also important to cut down on stress and stick to a regular skin care regimen, which includes washing your face every morning and evening. While that’s a great start, there are times when it may not be enough. Supplement your regimen with a product that helps treat the condition with the Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. System. CLENZIderm M.D. is the only prescription-strength acne system that contains a unique form of 5% benzoyl peroxide designed specifically to penetrate to the root of your acne problems.

Clear skin fast and help maintain a healthy complexion for a lifetime with CLENZIderm M.D. Also, be sure to see your dermatologist at least once a year—visit our Physician Finder to find a doctor who can recommend the Obagi products that are right for you.

References:
1. Medical News Today. What is acne? What causes acne? How to get rid of acne. Medical News Today Website.
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/107146.php. Accessed June 1, 2012.
2. Kern DW. Adult acne. Acne.org Web site.
http://www.acne.org/adult-acne.html. Accessed June 1, 2012.

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Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye! | Obagi

Kiss These Skin Sins Goodbye! | Obagi.

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Timeless Beauty at Every Age | Obagi

Timeless Beauty at Every Age | Obagi.

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Assess Your Risk.

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Take this short quiz to help estimate how sensitive your skin is to the sun. https://www.listentoyourskin.org/sun-damage/your-own-risk.aspx

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Some ‘Beautiful’ Quotes…

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  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
    Confucius
  • Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.
    Audrey Hepburn
  • Beauty without expression is boring.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
    Aristotle
  • Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
    Edgar Allan Poe
  • “It’s beauty that captures your attention; personality which captures your heart.”
  • “Pretty is something you’re born with. But beautiful, that’s an equal opportunity adjective.”
  • “The difference between pretty and beautiful is-pretty is temporal-whereas beautiful is eternal.”
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