C- Clarifying Serum with 4% Hydroquinone: Contains 4% hydroquinone to reduce hyperpigmentation, such as dark spots and melasma, for a lighter, more even skin tone. Also contains 10% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to help defend against free radicals and to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
C- Cleansing Gel: Helps clarify and prepare your skin with L-ascorbic Acid, Oat Amino Acids, & Skin Conditioners while removing makeup and oil.
Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask: Helps to unveil dramatically brighter, smoother, more youthful-looking skin, with a powerful infusion of 30% L-ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and ultra-fine crystals for exfoliation.
C- Clarifying Serum ($135) + C- Cleansing Gel ($42) + Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask ($70) = $247.
Bundle all 3 products and get 30% OFF = $179
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You can add C-Balancing Toner: Specifically formulated for normal to oily skin, this alcohol-free, non-drying toner adjusts your skin’s pH to better absorb your products.
I would also highly recommend adding Tretinoin: this product stimulates rapid epidermal turnover—so skin releases dead cells faster than it otherwise would, and reveals a fresh, glowing complexion. At the same time, it boosts production of skin’s vital collagen and remodels elastin, which break down with natural aging and photoaging (sun damage).
What is ultraviolet radiation?
UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic light spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths shorter than visible light, making it invisible to the naked eye (2). These wavelengths are classified as UVA, UVB, or UVC.
What is the difference between UV-A & UV-B & UV-C Radiation? According to Library of Congress Research Center (1):
- UV-A: This is the longest wavelength and is not absorbed by the ozone. It penetrates the skin deeper than UV-B and is a known cause of photoaging or wrinkling of the skin (2). UVA is the dominant tanning ray; whether outdoors or in a salon, it causes cumulative damage over time and can penetrates glass (2). A tan results from injury to the skin’s DNA; the skin darkens in an imperfect attempt to prevent further DNA damage (2).
- UV-B: The cause of skin reddening and sunburn, UV-B tends to damage the skin’s more superficial epidermal layers (2). It is only partially blocked by the ozone layer. Please note: UV-B rays can burn and damage your 365 days a year, especially at high altitudes and on reflective surfaces such as snow or ice, which bounce back up to 80 percent of the rays so that they hit the skin twice (2).
- UV-C: This is totally absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere; we encounter it only from artificial radiation sources.
- Both UV-A and UV-B penetrate the atmosphere and premature skin aging, eye damage (including cataracts), and skin cancers (2).
How do I protect myself from UV-A & UV-B Radiation?
Wear sun screen every day, even if you do not expect to be outdoors. We can still suffer the effects of sun damage while driving in the car. The higher the SPF the more protection the sunscreen will provide against UV-B rays. SPF does not measure UV-A (1). If you are looking for UV-A protection, chose a broad-spectrum product that states it provides both UV-A & UV-B protection.
What is the difference between a physical and chemical protectant?
Most UV products are chemical meaning that hey form a thin, protective film on the surface of the skin and absorb the UV radiation before it penetrates the skin. The physical sunscreens are insoluble particles that reflect UV away from the skin (2). Ladies, start reading the ingredients on your makeup. Don’t be fooled by statements that claim the product has sun block. Do your homework and make sure you have both UV-A & UV-B protection. If your favorite makeup doesn’t have both UV-A & UV-B then make the last step of skin care prior to foundation a sunblock with both UV-A & UV-B.
|Active Ingredient/UV Filter Name||Range Covered|
|UVA1: 340-400 nm|
|UVA2: 320-340 nm|
|UVB: 290-320 nm|
|Aminobenzoic acid (PABA)||UVB|
|Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX)||UVA2|
|Ensulizole (Phenylbenzimiazole Sulfonic Acid)||UVB|
|Meradimate (Menthyl Anthranilate)||UVA2|
|Octinoxate (Octyl Methoxycinnamate)||UVB|
|Octisalate ( Octyl Salicylate)||UVB|
|Titanium Dioxide||UVB, UVA2|
|Zinc Oxide||UVB,UVA2, UVA1|
Where do I find a reliable sun block?
Transcend Beauty & Wellness carries several outstanding sun blocks! Sun Shield TINT Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Obagi Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Obagi Sun Shield Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 50, HydraFactor® Broad Spectrum SPF 30, Obagi Nu-Derm® Healthy Skin Protection Broad Spectrum SPF 35, Obagi Nu-Derm® Physical SPF 32, Professional-C™ Suncare Broad Spectrum SPF 30. All sun blocks 30% off through July 1st!
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- What if I already sun spots & signs of sun damage? You can treat the signs of photodamage with products that contain 4% hydroquinone.The Obagi-C Rx System offers 4% hydroquinone to reduce hyperpigmentation, damage, and age spots, uneven skin tone, rough skin, & the appearance fine lines and wrinkles. Check out the before and after photos: Click Here
1.How does sunscreen work? Library of Congress Web site.
2. Understanding UVA and UVB. Skin Cancer Foundation Web site.
Each patient has different skin care goals and products should be tailored to those goals. So let’s review the best products on the market. Please click on the links to see results and studies that support these products and also see the bottom of this article for some info graphics on the science behind our skin care products reviews by dermatologists.
Nu Derm: This prescription line addresses signs of aging such as fine and deep wrinkles & hyperpigmentation. It is truly transformational. Consider this medicine- it doesn’t smell pretty or look pretty, but it is the work horse of Obagi. When used with tretinoin you will have a 4-6 week reaction phase. The reaction phase varies with each patient. Some folks notice minor skin irritation such as flaking skin around the nose while others have red or even peeling skin. This is minimized by starting with the tretinoin 0.025% and using it every other night. The full size kit will last 18-24 weeks. The trial sized kit will last 4-6 weeks. Link to results photos: Click here
C-Rx: This prescription line addresses fine lines and hyperpigmentation (melasma & sun damage) with hydroquinone 4%, which is a prescription strength. This has less steps than Nu Derm and there is no reaction phase. This kit lasts 12-16 weeks. Link to results photos: Click here
ABC’s: If the kits feel like too many steps or too much of a commitment, we must at least take care of the ABC’s.
A: RetinA (tretinoin). B: Burn- don’t get sun burned; this ages us faster. Use a sun block daily, even if you aren’t participating in an outdoor activity. We still fall victim to sun damage while driving. C: Vitamin C serum. If you have hyperpigmentation and/or age spots use the C clarifying serum with hydroquinone.
C Serums: We need a C serum in our lives to brighten, lighten, and tighten skin. They also fight free radicals and are a potent antioxidant.Higher % does not mean better treatment- the percentages are efficacious for different skin types. 10% is for dry/ sensitive skin. 15% is for norm/oily skin. 20% is for oily skin. If you see a C serum on the market that is >20% know that stability/longevity of the product becomes an issue.
Elastiderm: Does your current eye product have studies to back it’s science and efficacy?? This one does. This power house actually increases collagen and elastin over time. This is a treatment. It doesn’t smell pretty and it is not purposed to be an emollient. Think of this like a medicine.
Hydrate: Avocado, shea, and peptides in this cream draw moisture into the skin’s surface. Hydrate Luxe: All of the same qualities as hydrate but more concentrated, thicker and has a special peptide that works with your skin’s nocturnal healing cycle. Both are great for those enduring the reaction phase of tretinoin. This is a winter must have or a year round treat for those with dry or sensitive skin.
–With all Obagi products please note that a little goes a long way.
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