Exfoliating Polish
2 fl. oz. for $65
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This scrub is based around baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and magnesium oxide crystals. It definitely exfoliates and smoothes skin, but the price is outrageous—and I mean offensively outrageous! Yes, Obagi included some antioxidant vitamins and tea tree oil for a medicinal aroma, but none of them have much benefit for skin, especially in a rinse-off product. Plus, the jar packaging won’t keep them stable during use, and repeatedly sticking wet fingers into a jar product is about as unsanitary as you can get. What kind of doctor thinks this is a good idea? This is absolutely not worth considering over the microdermabrasion-in-a-jar scrubs from lines like Neutrogena or Olay.


Enhances the penetration of active cosmetic ingredients. Sloughs off dry skin, improves skin texture (smoothness) and restores glow in just one minute. Activates and repairs skin cells with the at-home benefits of microdermabrasion.


PEG-8, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ethoxydiglycol, Magnesium Oxide, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Trihydroxystearin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Linoleic Acid, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Phospholipids, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil, Propylparaben, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Fragrance (Parfum), Limonene, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Citronellol, Green 6 (CI 61565).

Brand Overview

Zo Skin Health

Strengths: Company provides complete ingredient lists on the Zo Skin Health Web site; good cleansers and scrubs; very good fragrance-free mineral sunscreen; all of the body-care products; the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection and include a mineral-based formula for those with sensitive skin or rosacea; some very good moisturizers and serums.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; some products contain fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation; some jar packaging.

The ZO in ZO Skin Health is the initials of this line's creator, dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. It’s not the first skincare line for the Beverly Hills-based doctor; you may recall Obagi, his original namesake skin-care line, which initially was sold only in physicians' offices. After several years with the brand, Obagi left and founded a new line, ZO Skin Health.

This newer line actually makes improvements upon Obagi’s initial foray into skincare, with distinctly better formulas than similar products in the original Obagi line. For the most part, this line does a good job of offering consumers formidable options to improve the appearance of skin and (in the case of sunscreens) to prevent further damage to aging skin. This is a worthwhile line if you're looking for products with retinol that also contain other state-of-the-art ingredients (most retinol products are one-note formularies).

The body-care products are also a cut above, though they’re not the easiest on the pocketbook. However, there are less expensive options, so there's no need to worry if you can't afford this line. Zo Skin Health is not one-stop shopping for all manner of sun-damaged or aging skin and it also isn't comprehensive enough to meet everyone's needs and preferences. However, formula- and appearance-wise it bests much of what was offered in his original line.

For more information about Zo Skin Health, call 888-893-1375 or visit www.zoskinhealth.com.

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I so disagree with Paula, here. Any adult can find a way to dry her hands before delving in. I agree the container should be a tube or this one should come with a small spoon, but the product is so fantastic that I've forgiven the wide jar. This exfolient is amazing and frankly worth every penny. You have to be stupid not to charge what you can in the beauty industry. To many women, a product can't possibly be effective if it falls below a certain price point. One use=2 yrs shed: priceless.

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