Obagi has long been a heavy hitter in the skin care arena. This line was one of the first to be popular among dermatologists and it continues to be an extremely popular medical-strength line. I was sent the Obagi 360™ System to test, which is a 3-part system that is perfect for younger people. Not that I qualify as a ‘younger person’ anymore – luckily I did find this system to be quite versatile!
There are three products in the Obagi 360™ System: Exfoliating Cleanser, Retinol 0.5%, and HydraFactor Broad Spectrum SPF 30. This simple but effective 3-step system is perfect for teenagers and those in their twenties. The major concerns addressed include the appearance of fine lines, dull skin tone, uneven skin tone, and clogged pores.
The Exfoliating Cleanser is a gentle cleanser that gets rid of dry skin and helps unclog pores. It works like your typical exfoliating cleanser – apply to damp skin, gently massage in, then rinse. I use a makeup remover first so the cleanser can really penetrate and clear out trapped dirt and oil. The exfoliators are fine enough that it works with a Luna or Clarisonic, and it preps the skin perfectly for the Retinol treatment. The key exfoliating agents are soft beads that mechanically re-surface the skin, and linked papain, which is an innovative, stabilized form of papaya fruit acid.
The Retinol 0.5% is no joke. Results happen quickly so it’s not long before you see an improvement in collagen and sun damage. The packaging is perfect for maintaining the efficacy of retinol. The question will be whether or not your skin can tolerate this level of retinol, because it’s definitely medical grade stuff. My skin loves it, but I had to build up to using it every other day. I still can’t use it every day – if I do that, my skin gets really sensitive and I get a burning sensation. So you’ll just need to experiment to find out what you can tolerate initially, gradually increasing application as your skin gets used to the product. The Retinol 0.5% truly resurfaces skin and gives amazing, measurable results. Younger people will also appreciate this for acne prevention.
The HydraFactor Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an effective moisturizer that also prevents skin damage thanks to the protection from UVA/UVB rays. This is a thick moisturizer and a little goes a long way. It feels very soothing after applying the Retinol product. If you needed a nighttime moisturizer you will probably want to supplement this system since the SPF isn’t needed at night.
The Obagi 360™ System is indeed a simple but effective system that works for any age skin, but it particularly suited to those in their teens and twenties. It’s only available through a physician’s office and if you visit the Obagi website (obagi.com) you can find a doctor near you who carries the line. They also have a neat feature that helps you identify which Obagi products are right for you, so take a look even if you aren’t a ‘youngster’ anymore! – Lisa
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