August 27 2014

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Dr. Obagi “Gets Real Serious” About The Onset Of Aging


This column features weekly tips and advice from a revolving cast of industry leaders, on hand to discuss your beauty dilemmas, from blemishes to Botox. To submit a question, e-mail

I am 29 and starting to notice the early signs of aging. What is the best course of action to either diminish or prevent these fine lines from getting any worse? Is it just a matter of proper sun protection at this point or are there certain ingredients I should look for in my skincare regimen that will help slow down the inevitable?

UV protection (a sunscreen with SPF 30) is a good and very important first step, but it may not be enough. Skin aging starts at the age of 30 and that’s when you need to get real serious about combining physical UV sunblocks with a heavy dose of antioxidants. For example, vitamin E is vital in protecting skin cells from ultraviolet light and other elements and conditions that produce free radicals. Its antioxidant activity provides powerful antiaging benefits, but more than that, it increases the effectiveness of sunscreens because it protects the epidermal layer from damage. That’s why I recommend applying ZO Skin Health Daily Power Defense, which contains both vitamin E and DNA-repair enzymes—before applying a sunscreen.

A board-certified member of the American Board of Dermatology and a leading expert in skin health restoration and rejuvenation, Dr. Zein Obagi is an internationally renowned dermatologist and educator who is known for his ability to successfully correct a wide range of skin conditions—often after other traditional treatments have failed. He is also the founder of the Obagi Medical Product line, the number one brand of physician-dispensed antiaging skincare products in the world, as well as the Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, where he currently practices.

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