This is a good, but not great, moisturizer for dry, sensitive skin. The fragrance-free formula contains a mix of proven emollients, including plant-based emollients that provide an antioxidant boost and deliver essential fatty acids to dry skin.
What would take this moisturizer from good to great is the inclusion of a cell-communicating ingredient or two and perhaps more skin-repairing ingredients like cholesterol, hyaluronic acid, or ceramides. Still, there's little to complain about here—this is among the more impressive moisturizers Obagi offers. Although you don't need to spend this much to get a good facial moisturizer, if you're intrigued by Obagi and have dry skin, Nu-Derm Hydrate Facial Moisturizer is recommended.
- Good mix of emollients, some of which have antioxidant ability.
- Treats dry skin to essential fatty acids for smooth results.
- Fragrance-free, and so suitable for sensitive skin.
- Would be better if it contained a cell-communicating ingredient, such as niacinamide, or a peptide and more antioxidants.
Obagi Hydrate provides all-day moisture protection and is suitable for all skin types. Contains Hydromanil, a multi-action agent derived from tara seed, known to gradually deliver moisture to the skin.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, Stearic Acid, Polysilicone-11, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Hydrolyzed Soybean Fiber, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Tetrahydrodiferuoylmethane, Panthenol, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Laureth-12, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.
Dermatologist Zein E. Obagi is behind this line, which claims to be your skin's key to transformation. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptional—and what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 36–39; Cutis, January 2005, pages 57–62, and March 2006, pages 177–184).
The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.
One more point: Obagi is also "known" for his Blue Peel. This is a standard trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peel that has been performed by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for years; Obagi simply instructs the practitioner to mix the TCA with a blue-tinted base. TCA is used for peeling the face, neck, hands, and other exposed areas of the body. It causes fewer pigmentation problems than other doctor-only peels such as phenol, and is considered excellent for "spot" peeling specific areas. It also can be used for medium or light peeling, depending on the concentration and method of application. AHA and BHA peels are considered light peels, and are often done in a series of six. TCA peels are best for fine lines and can be somewhat more effective on deeper wrinkling, but they are performed only once every couple of years. Many of the dermatologists we spoke to believe that a TCA peel is a viable option for many skin types, despite consumers' fascination with AHA peels.
For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.