Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair

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$170 - 2 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Retinoids
Last Updated:
8/15/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This silky, silicone-based retinol serum has been reformulated to eliminate the ingredients we called out as being a problem. That's greta news, though we're still on record stating that this serum's price is too high, and definitely more than you need to spend to get a high-potency retinol product. Still, there's no denying its an impressive formula, hence its rating.

How much retinol this repair treatment contains isn't revealed, but the previous version had 1%, and there's no reason to suspect this contains any less than that. Retinol at 1% is definitely potent, something Zo Skin Health is aware of based on the precautionary statements accompanying this product.

Best for normal to dry skin not prone to breakouts, Ossential Advanced Radical Night Repair contains some smoothing, non-fragrant plant oils (including a peanut oil listed by its Latin name of Plukenetia volubilis. Also on hand are two forms of vitamin E, a tiny amount of vitamin C (ascorbyl palmitate), and novel plant extracts that likely have water-binding and antioxidant benefits for skin. This is a fragrance-free product, which is what you want given fragrance-free is best for skin and high-strength retinol products require a gentle formula in order to minimize the risk of side effects 1% retinol can have.

You don't need to spend this much to get a potent retinol treatment that can fight multiple signs of aging, but this is one to consider and its current formula is MUCH better than the original version, for what was removed and for the good stuff that was added!

A lightweight, high potency retinol formula that targets multiple signs of aging skin while protecting against future skin aging and damage. Moderate reaction.

Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Water (Aqua), Retinol, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Diisopropyl Adipate, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Oleyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, BHT, Chlorphenesin, Leontopodium Alpinum Meristem Cell Culture, Marrubium Vulgare Meristem Cell Culture, Zanthoxylum Bungeanum Fruit Extract, Sodium Sulfite, Caprylyl Glycol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Gluconolactone, BHA, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Zea Mays Oil, Beta-Carotene.

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.

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