Out with the old – in with the new. Nothing is worse than a pile of skincare that doesn’t work. Whether it’s a drug store or department store, most of us have purchased skincare that didn’t work and went unused. Some products can be confusing, and typically there’s no clear instructions on how to use it once we take it home. Lee Thornton, MD, a board certified plastic surgeon at Meridian Plastic Surgery, offers the ZO Skin Health line, pioneered by Zein Obagi, MD, to help his patients achieve better overall skincare health.
by Lee Thornton, MD
and Beverly Brooks
The Plastic Surgery Channel
“What we are trying to do is minimize the number of products people use,” says Thornton. “If I can get someone to the point of fewer laser treatments or fewer surgical procedures, we’ve won and so has the patient!”
The ZO skin health philosophy is to begin skincare at an early age by providing prevention from sun damage and then medical treatment when skin problems arise.
The goal is to treat skin at a cellular level so you won’t turn to makeup as a “mask”. Dr. Zein Obagi has achieved international recognition as a leading authority on skin rejuvenation. He is the ZO Skin Health, Inc. Medical Director and is responsible for the development of new skincare products, protocols and treatments to achieve healthy skin.
What is ZO?
ZO Skin Health has developed a wide spectrum of protocols for everyone regardless of skin condition, age,gender or ethnicity. Various formulations range from acne prevention and treatment to daily skincare to multi-levels of anti-aging.
“What I really like is ZO is treatment specific, and well thought out good science,” says Thornton. The products work, and do what they are supposed to do.”
The ZO “key” to skin health is stabilization and correction. It’s a process which increases skin tolerance and eliminates weakness by restoring the normal skin balance. From there you will see improvements in thickness, reduced inflammation, better circulation, stimulating collagen stimulation and elastin production.
Three Steps to Gorgeous!
ZO® GSR™: The “Getting Skin Ready” system includes 3 key products; a cleanser, scrub and oil control pads.
STEP 1: Cleanse
A clear light gel cleanser contains blue microparticles to gently exfoliate the outermost layer of the skin. Cleanse your face twice a day to remove impurities, refresh and revive the skin.
STEP 2: Scrub
Offects® Exfoliating Polish is a turquoise blue paste that scrubs away dirt and debris, while keeping pores open and clean. Scrub your skin 2-3 times a week to remove buildup and activate skin cells. Your skin will feel smooth as silk – like you just had a luxurious facial.
STEP 3: Oil Control
According to Dr. Zein Obagi, Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment — provides oil control for one of the best ways to fight aging, acne breakouts, and keeping skin healthy and vital.
How Will I Know Which ZO Combination To Use?
“With ZO, there are faculty advisors who truly have a keen interest in the patient’s skin health,” says Dr. Thornton.
ZO® authorized physicians including Lee Thornton, MD, can offer product guidance, and help you experience safe and effective results.
Dr. Thornton is board certified in both General and Plastic Surgery. He has served on the International Committee for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and was selected to be one the Medical Advisory Board Members for The Plastic Surgery Channel.