Tested on animals:No
This is one of the most expensive sugar scrubs around, and it’s beyond belief that a doctor would put his name on such nonsense! It is an emollient scrub, but that’s about it. It contains retinol and other antioxidants, but in a product like this they are just rinsed away. Not to mention the jar packaging, which means you’ll be dipping wet fingers into it and thus contaminating the product. (What physician would think that this unsanitary way of applying a product is a good idea?) There is nothing about this scrub that is helpful in the long run; a sunscreen for daytime and a moisturizer at night is mandatory, and a washcloth with your cleanser will do the same thing as this product. By the way, exfoliating skin with sugar isn’t even nearly the same as having microdermabrasion, any more than riding a tricycle is the same as driving a car.
Gently scrub away rough, dull skin and keep your hands feeling ultra-rich. With retinol, shea butter and sugar crystals this one not only works – it works wonders. All it takes is 30 seconds once or twice a week. Any more often than that is pure indulgence.
Sucrose, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, PEG-8 Beeswax, Dipentaerythrityl Hexa C5-9 Acid Esters, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Retinol, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ubiquinone, Salicylic Acid, Cetyl Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Polysorbate 20, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Mannitol, Cellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Ultramarines, Fragrance
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.