Although this body lotion is definitely above average compared to what you'l typically find at the drugstore, it has some issues. First, we want to be clear that its price is way (way, way, WAY) out of line for what you get. The bulk of the formula is standard emollients and thickeners found in many body lotions, but there's a curveball tossed in the form of isopropyl alcohol. This is among the small group of problematic, drying alcohols for skin, and although it's not likely to be problematic in this formula (due to the heavier emollients that precede it), seeing it above the state of the art ingredients Zo Skin Health added is disappointing—and the main reason this earned its rating.
There's not much reason to go on discussing this body lotion because, as stated, on price alone, this is tough to recommend. Although it contains some good anti-aging and water-binding ingredients, so do lots of other body lotions and creams, not to mention it would cost less money in most respects if you apply a good body lotion followed by a superior, retinol-enriched serum!
This multi-action body treatment effectively deliversimprovement in the quality, smoothness and overall health of the skin. Formulated with specialized enzymes and hydrators, it works to immediately soften and resurface rough, dry skin.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Petrolatum, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Beta-Glucan, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Diacetyl Boldine, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Oleyl Alcohol, Acetyl Tyrosine, Ubiquinone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Phospholipids, Glucosamine HCL, Algae Extract, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Retinol, Polysorbate 20, Saccharomyces/Magnesium Ferment Hydrolysate, Saccharomyces/Potassium Ferment Hydrolysate, Proline, Angelica Polymorpha Sinensis Root Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Adenosine Triphosphate, Carbomer/Papain Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Algin, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, BHT, BHA, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Ferrocyanide.
The "Zo" in Zo Skin Health are the initials of this line's creator, Dr. Zein Obagi. You may recall Obagi, this dermatologist's original namesake skin-care line, which initially was sold only in physicians' offices. Why he decided to create another line with an indirect and confusing association with his first brand is a question we couldn't get the company to answer to our satisfaction. We suspect this is just a way for him to sell his products to the mainstream market while also maintaining the exclusive dermatological bent for his earlier line. Actually, Obagi, the original line, is available online from lots of other skin-care sites as well, and there is no exclusive dermatology angle any more. In total, this adds up to ridiculous marketing nonsense that is neither medical nor good for your skin, and it’s all needlessly expensive. Whether or not women's interest will be sparked by the alleged formulary expertise, or by the blessing, of a dermatologist is yet to be seen.
The main differences between the original Obagi line and the Zo Skin Health line are that the Obagi line offers a couple prescription-only products that contain 4% hydroquinone and tretinoin. Curiously, some of the Zo Skin Health products have distinctly better formulas than similar products in the original Obagi line. The only other differences you'll find are packaging and the fact that Zo Skin Health products cost more.
As it turns out, despite a price point that's far from reasonable, there are more formulary victories than defeats in the Zo Skin Health collection. 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 again, the prices are definitely not easy 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 Obagi touts as state-of-the-art in his original line. Ideally, he should've parlayed the best formulas devised for Zo Skin Health products into the Obagi line products because that would ostensibly give him reason to weed out the average to poor products that are still available.
For more information about Zo Skin Health, call 888-893-1375 or visit www.zoskinhealth.com.