Here at Carbon Blush we are proud ambassadors of Obagi Medical and recommend courses of treatments to many of our clients utilising their products. One of the best selling systems in their range is the Obagi Nu-Derm Set which incorporates a full regime for its users and has results that speak for themselves!
With many people still choosing to remain at home this kit may be the perfect solution for a ‘skin transformation from home’. It targets pigmentation by blocking melanocyte activity, removing dead cellular build up and strengthening the epidermis to prevent further damage.
The Nu-Derm system should last for 16 weeks. In certain cases we may recommend you stay on the system for 18-24 weeks. It is important to remember skin doesn’t become damaged overnight, often we are trying to correct years of neglect. Anything labelled as an instant quick fix is normally only a temporary solution. It takes time for the skin function to return to normal and retrain itself. Skin is likely to appear dry and flaky for at least the first few weeks. The amount of ‘shed’ you experience will vary from skin to skin. The more dehydrated the skin is, the stronger the shed and young, oily skins are not exempt. Additionally, using make-up to cover up these effects often makes the situation worse, and although mineral based cosmetics can be used, we recommend going bare for at least the first week. Applying foundation or powders over dry, flaking skin can highlight your peeling instead of concealing it.
These effects may cause initial doubt in whether the system was for you but we can assure you all of these side effects are very normal and super worth it! In this way, we can’t lie that using the Obagi Nu-Derm System doesn’t come with a price. Not only can the system be seen as costly but it is also a major commitment. It takes time, money and patience to achieve the results, but we can honestly say its is all so worth it! When you invest in Obagi, you make an investment in yourself.
Need further encouragement? Alicia Keys famously performed with no make up following her Obagi treatment and sings loud and proud about the confidence a clear skin gave her.
Some products will vary depending on what has been prescribed to you following a consultation with one of our practitioners.
Gentle Cleanser (Normal to dry): Cleansing is the golden rule of skincare. You should never skip a cleanse. This gentle wash removes impurities and makeup, leaving the skin feeling fresh and clean.
Foaming Gel (Normal to oily): The Foaming Gel cleanser works in the same way as the gentle cleanser, strong enough to remove makeup but kind enough to avoid stripping it dry. The foaming action makes it a favourite for oily or congested skin types for that ultra-clean feel.
This balancing toner helps adjust the pH level of your skin, which is important to maintain a healthy skin function. To work at its best the skin’s pH should be at 5.5 making it slightly acidic. Too much alkaline and the skin becomes dry, sensitive and irritable.
This product does what it says on the bottle. Clear is one of the prescription strength products in your kit that contains Hydroquinone. This helps to correct and diminish pigmentation, age spots and discolouration.
A very important step in the regime is the exfoliant lotion that removes the top layer of dead cellular build up revealing young, new and freshly made baby skin underneath. This will keep your skin from looking dull during your shed.
This is the second prescription strength product that contains hydroquinone to help lighten the skin and reduce the appearance of the problematic pigmentation.
This unique moisturising lotion will alleviate the symptoms and ease the flaking. It can be applied throughout the day as and when needed and is the perfect pocket size formula.
When using high strength products it is vital you are protecting your skin and preventing it from further damage. Obagi Sun Shield SPF 50 is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that combines both UVA and UVB protection. You can read more about why you should be using this product here.
If this sounds like the ‘at home ritual’ for you then please do not hesitate to get in touch for a consultation!