Review ZO Skin Health from Obagi

face washThanks to our many years as a beauty editor, we’re pretty skeptical when it comes to cosmetic companies making claims about the latest and greatest anti-agers. (You know the ones that say they’ll make you look 10 years younger overnight or are Botox in a tube.) Well, after last night’s Total Beauty.comevent with Dr. Obagi, we were convinced to try yet another new system, the Zo Skin Health.

There’s a good chance we were swayed to give it a go because Dr. Obagi could quite possibly be the best salesman on earth. His oratory skills rival Obama’s. We particularly liked when he said, “God doesn’t create ugly people. We’re all beautiful.”

His products are based on the idea that skin needs a workout to stay healthy. So, just like we need to go to the gym and eat healthfully, we need to exercise our skin. His products are designed to do that with Retinol to exercise it and peptides and vitamins A, C and E to nourish it.

We were given a Anti-Aging Jump Start Kit, which contains a Cleanse, Correct (essentially a serum), Stimulate (equivalent to a gel-based moisturizer, even if Dr. Obagi doesn’t like moisturizers) and Protect (a tinted SPF).

The idea is that the cleanser exfoliates and “wakens” skin, leaving it ready for the benefits of the serum and moisturizer.

So far, we used the system last night and this a.m. As Dr. Obagi promised, the products do tingle as we apply them—he says this is proof that they’re working. We do like that the cleanser has blue Vitamin-E beads that break open as you wash your face. We think that the tinted sunscreen is pure genius. We’ve used tinted moisturizers with SPF and love that this is the first tinted SPF (that we’ve heard of at least).

Check back in a week or so to see how we’re doing and if the set is worth $250. Available online at and at Fred Segal and Nordstrom.

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