Happy February!!

We are all ready for spring at this point. Our skin is showing the tell tale signs of indoor heat and lack of hydration.  This poses a question: Can you give up moisturizer to save your skin?  Here is some insight on what I believe will lead you to the you can achieve. My training with Dr. Obagi has been invalueable, I would love to share a small piece of this education with you...

Advice from Dr. Zein Obagi...

Cleanse, tone, moisturize—it’s the classic skincare ritual we’ve all memorized by heart, even if we don’t necessarily follow it precisely. this three-step routine is one of the world’s simplest truths— Dr. Zein Obagi, dermatologist to celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Lucy Hale, doesn’t believe in moisturizer—yes, you read that correctly. In fact, he thinks using moisturizer can actually be detrimental to your skin.  

First things first: In order to understand why Dr. Obagi doesn’t like moisturizers, you need to understand his definition of one. “Moisturizers can vary in thickness and potency,” he says. “If the dominant ingredient is water, it will be classified as a ‘light’ moisturizer. If it has a high concentration of protein, it is labeled a ‘moderate moisturizer.’ If the lipids, or fatty substances, are the dominant ingredient, they are called ‘heavy moisturizers.’” Obagi firmly believes that moisturizers, in general, reduce your skin’s natural ability to exfoliate. Why? He says that dead skin cells “stick” back onto your complexion when you apply a moisturizer, which prevents them from exfoliating and shedding like they would naturally. “The thick layer of dead skin cells stuck to the skin will make your complexion look dull,” he says. “The mother cells deep in the epidermis will stop dividing and creating new cells, due to the accumulation of dead skin on the surface." It may sound far-fetched, but it does seem to make sense, in a way; the less your skin exfoliates naturally, the less the new cells will be encouraged to regenerate. 

Another reason Obagi is against moisturizer: He believes that if you use it daily over time, it can change your skin’s natural balance of water, lipids, and proteins. The result? Your body will stop delivering the skin’s normal, natural method of hydration from within. "When the imbalance of water, lipids, and proteins is altered using moisturizers, the skin’s ability to act as a strong barrier to protect our inner organs will be weakened," he explains. Your whole sensitive skin issue? He blames that on moisturizer, saying your skin becomes weaker and less tolerant after three to four weeks of only using moisturizer. "Those who use moisturizers alone long-term, without a stimulator, will induce skin weakness and epidermal thinning," he warns.

 The most important thing he says to remember is that you should be using products that enhance your skin's natural exfoliation process, instead of stifling it—or, as he puts it,"eliminating surface dead cells and allowing the mother cells to create a new generation of cells for renewal." His key takeaway is that natural hydration should come from within. He gives the visual of cutting a tree from the root—the tree will die, no matter how much you water the branches or leaves. Look for ingredients like fruit acids in your serums and skincare products, which exfoliate your skin and are gentle enough for those with sensitive skin; retinol and antioxidants will help, too. (The products in his line, ZO Skin Health are built with these medical grade ingredients)

 OTC moisturizers may give you a temporary fix... however, strengthening from the inside out will give you better long-term results. And when in doubt, call us: 

Papilio Spa and Wellness 419-330-5288

 Obagi says your skin's needs change about every year or so, and our professional medical aesthetician,

Michelle truly knows and will be able to help you achieve your glowy skin goals.

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