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Obagi

Rosaclear Hydrating Complexion Corrector

3.00 fl. oz. for $ 63.00
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This thick, slightly tinted moisturizer is not recommended for anyone with rosacea or for anyone else because it contains irritating plant extracts, including lavender, cypress, and arnica extracts. These problematic plants are joined by some great anti-irritants, but why use a product whose ingredients are at war with each other instead of an irritant-free formula packed with soothing agents that devote their energy to calming your skin?

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Utilizes calming agents to protect and moisturize the skin, while the light-reflecting minerals reduce the appearance of redness. Also protects the skins barrier and balances the complexion.

Water, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, PEG-6, Dipropylene Glycol, Isocetyl Behenate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerol Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, C13-15 Alkane, Glycerin, Allantoin, Bisabolol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cetyl Alcohol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Beta Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia Lavender Extract, Bacopa Monniera Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cupressus Sempevirens (Cypress) Seed Extract, Polygonatum Multiforum Rhizome Root Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Pentylene Glycol, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Talc, Alumina, Silica, Sodium Cocoyl Amino Acids, Sarcosine Potassium Aspartate, Magnesium Aspartate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Iron Oxides, Mica

Obagi At-A-Glance

Strengths:Selection of good water-soluble cleansers; some effective skin-brightening and tretinoin products.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some products available only via prescription, which can be inconvenient; disappointing anti-acne products; moisturizers should contain more state-of-the-art ingredients.

Obagi is a skincare line which got its start back in 1988, spearheaded by Beverly Hills-based dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, who has since left the brand. Choosing to focus on the skin issues that plague many aging adults (chiefly, skin discolorations from sun damage and other sources and wrinkles), Obagi offers a mixed bag of cosmetic and prescription products sold only through authorized physicians, plastic surgeons, and accredited medical spas. That exclusivity may increase this line's cache with consumers, but let me assure you that most of what's offered isn't all that exceptionaland what's available by prescription can be prescribed in other forms by any dermatologist, so you don't need to seek one that retails Obagi's products. The highlights of this line are actually the prescription products. Several options with 4% hydroquinone are available as well as two products with tretinoin. There is a significant amount of research demonstrating that 4% hydroquinone, especially when combined with tretinoin, has a high success rate for persons dealing with stubborn skin discolorations or the skin condition melasma (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2007, pages 3639; Cutis, January 2005, pages 5762, and March 2006, pages 177184).

The skin-care products Obagi sells to support the prescription-only options are either standard or below-average formulas that are easily replaced by less expensive options from other lines. Beware: This is a line whose proponents are adamant about the products being used as a system, so expect pressure to purchase an entire routine rather than cherry-pick what you really need. Savvy shoppers will find some viable options from Obagi, including a very gentle, fragrance-free sunscreen for someone with sensitive skin.

For more information about Obagi, call (800) 636-7546 or visit www.obagi.com.

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