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
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.