Sunday, June 4, 2017

ZO Skin Health Ommerse Renewal Crème and Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 | Review

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I have used a few products from Dr. Zein Obagi over the years, but I wanted to feature two that are particularly wonderful. ZO Skin Health Ommerse Renewal Crème and Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 are not only among my favorites, but I am on my second tube of Oclipse– which ranks among my very favorite sunscreens for the face.

About ZO Skin Health, Inc.: ZO Skin Health, Inc. develops and delivers innovative skincare solutions that optimize skin health around the globe. Utilizing cutting-edge science and Dr. Zein Obagi's extensive clinical experience creating treatments and regimens for healthy skin, ZO Skin Health, Inc. provides comprehensive skincare programs for physicians and their patients. Committed to advancing effective treatments for healthy skin, ZO Skin Health, Inc. supports physicians' practices through skin health seminars and clinical training, and patients through a variety of educational programs. As a result, ZO Skin Health, Inc. is focused on providing products and protocols that bridge the gap between therapeutic treatments and daily care that allow patients to experience continuously healthy skin regardless of their age or unique skin condition. 

About Zein Obagi, MDResearcher, innovator, scientist, published author, lecturer and board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Zein Obagi has achieved international renown as a leading authority on skin rejuvenation. He is the ZO Skin Health, Inc. founder and medical director and is responsible for the development of new skincare treatments, protocols and products to achieve healthy skin.
ZO Skin Health Ommerse Renewal Crème ($106.00 for 1.7 oz. from Zo Skin Health): This lightweight moisturizer is emollient, fast absorbing and ultra hydrating. It is soothing and calming to the skin, and I have used it after an at-home peel with great results. It effectively soothes and calms any redness, and makes skin feel pampered. The antioxidant-rich formula offers some protection against free radicals while the Sodium Hyaluronate helps to retain moisture and plump fine lines. Furthermore, the retinol helps facilitate skin cell turn-over, and aids in collagen production. My skin is left soft, silky smooth, supple and hydrated. It is important to note that this cream has no detectable scent.

According to ZO Skin Health, Ommerse Renewal Crème is, "A light, functional hydrator that targets dehydrated skin without leaving an oily residue."

  • Helps restore hydration and repair the skin’s protective barrier
  • Promotes healthy skin repair
  • Calming and soothing
  • Provides antioxidant protection
Directions: Apply 1-2 pumps every morning over face and neck. Follow up with a high SPF sunscreen, like Oclipse.
Select Ingredients and their Attributes:
  • Sodium Hyaluronate and Jojoba Ester: Restores hydration
  • Oat and Canadian Willowherb Extracts: Soothes and reduce skin irritation
  • Photosomes: Provide DNA repair enzymes
  • Oxysomes (vitamins C and E) and coenzyme-Q10: Provides antioxidant properties
  • Retinol (vitaine): Stimulates epidermal renewal and collagen production, and helps even skin tone
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Palmitate, Isocetyl Stearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Esters, Silica, Avena Sativa Kernel Extract, Retinol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ectoin, Steareth-21, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract, Dimethicone, Laureth-23, Tocopherol, Plankton Extract, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Steareth-2, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Glycine Soja Oil, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Methylparaben, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, EDTA, Hexylene Glycol, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Glycine Soja Sterols, Ubiquinone, Sorbitol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Metabisulfite.
ZO Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 ($70.00 for 1.5 oz. from ZO Skin Health): The necessity to use sunscreen simply cannot be sufficiently underscored, and I, for one, don't even walk to my car without slathering myself with a minimum SPF 30, but actually prefer higher sun protection factor on my face, neck, décolleté and hands. These vulnerable areas of the body receive so much sun exposure that one has to be particularly diligent about protecting them. My family dermatologist also happens to be a well-known surgeon who scared me into sunscreen submission long ago as he told me about the skin cancer that he sees on a daily basis.

Zo Skin Health Oclipse Smart Tone SPF 50 is a highly effective broad-spectrum sunscreen that employs advanced cutting-edge technology. Among the novel aspects of this sunscreen is its ability to match any skin tone, and it certainly did that for my skin. The customizable color beads, with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection, somehow magically adjust to match any skin tone while providing additional protection for the skin against HEV light.

The nourishing formula boasts an exclusive proprietary 12-hour time release antioxidant complex that protects the skin against photo-damage.

The texture is creamy, soft and emollient, but not is the least bit greasy. It sinks in quickly allowing one to apply their makeup immediately. It is velvety smooth, offers hydration, and leaves the skin soft and supple.  Furthermore,  Oclipse Smart Tone's ability to match individual skin tones means that an even-toned perfected complexion is one of the lovely benefits of using this sunscreen.

  • Customizable color beads with broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection to match any skin tone
  • Provides additional protection against HEV light
  • Anti-redness properties
  • Exclusive 12-hour time release antioxidant complex guards against photo-damage
According to ZO Skin Health,

Oclipse® Smart Tone SPF 50 (SPF), is a revolutionary...broad-spectrum sunscreen with patented color-bursting beads that match any skin tone. Developed by legendary dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, MD, Oclipse® Smart Tone offers a powerful dose of UVA and UVB all day sun protection, while also helping to shield the skin from cell damaging high energy visible (HEV) light. The multi-tasking formula addresses every need, from helping skin support its own natural repair process to helping tackle irritation and pigmentation, all while drenching the skin with conditioners to soften and soothe.

What’s especially unique about Oclipse® Smart Tone is that it contains micro-beads which burst when rubbed into skin to create customizable color on any skin tone, creating a perfect tint to be worn alone or as a make-up primer.

The technologically-advanced formula is super-charged with soothing extracts of Petasites Japonicus Root Extract and Beta Glucan to minimize irritants that can cause redness. The organic sunscreen is also infused with Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil to provide moisture and aid in lipid repair. To discourage the formation of new pigmentation and freckles, it’s fortified with a healthy dose of vitamin C.
Suggested Use: Apply 15 minutes prior to sun exposure. Apply a dime size amount to clean skin and blend over face and neck. A hint of color will slowly develop as the product is applied. Reapply at least every two hours. For children under 6 months of age: Ask a doctor."

Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:
  • Avobenzone 3%: Provides UVA protection
  • Homosalate 10%, octisalate 5% and octocrylene 10%: Provide primarily UVB protection
  • Fractionated melanin: Designed to shield skin from HEV light
  • Iron oxides and mica: Pressure-release color system for customizable skin tone
  • Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate: Pigmentation inhibition
  • Helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, ethyl ferulate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, disodium uridine phosphate, panthenyl triacetate, ethyl linoleate and tocopherol: Helps provide DNA protection and encourages the repair of damaged DNA
  • Tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, retinyl palmitate: 12-hour time-release antioxidant complex fights against free radical damage
  • Petasites japonicus root extract and beta glucan: Provides anti-redness benefits
  • Argania spinosa kernel oil: Aids in lipid repair
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10%, Octisalate 5%, Octocrylene 10%.
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Styrene/ Acrylates Copolymer, Butyloctyl Salicylate, Dimethicone/ Divinyldimethicone/ Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-21, Polyamide-5, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Titanium Dioxide, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Coco-Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylene Brassylate, Steareth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Ammonium Methacrylate Copolymer, Boron Nitride, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Isostearic Acid, Ethyl Linoleate, Fragrance, Hexylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Oleyl Alcohol, Melanin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Polyglyceryl-5 Trioleate, Ethyl Ferulate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Petasites Japonicus Root Extract, Disodium Uridine Phosphate, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, PEG-6 Stearate, Beta-Glucan, Potassium Sorbate, PEG-32, PEG-100, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbic Acid, Iron Oxides.
Overall Assessment: I'm very impressed by this face cream and sunscreen, and they pair together perfectly.

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  1. This sounds like a great tinted SPF moisturizer. I really love to see SPF with added benefits, like the antioxidants in this product.

    1. Hi Lynne,

      Yes, It is a really great sunscreen! It's pricey, but well-worth it! :-)

  2. Helen, is this Dr. Obagi the same person from Obagi products? Your review has made me very eager to try both products. But the sunscreen with capsules that help the product work for 12 hours sounds fantastic. I never remember to reapply sunscreen to my face, or I'm not sure how to reapply sunscreen over makeup so this seems like it would solve my problem.

    1. Hi Allison, Yes, it is the same Dr. Obagi- he has two lines. They are both absolutely fantastic products, and this sunscreen is amazing. Other than Goldfaden MD Sun Visor Oil Free SPF 30 Mist, I know of no other sunscreen that truly does not interfere with makeup during reapplication:

  3. Great to know that you use sunscreen. I don't leave home without it

    1. Every single day, I never walk out of the house without it!

  4. The sunscreen sounds terrific. What do you notice as far as fragrance?

    1. Oclipse is an amazing sunscreen. There is no fragrance added, but there is a very faint aroma that is barely detectable, and it fades immediately.

  5. Both these products sound lovely! I could use the SPF 50 here!

    1. They really are, and this sunscreen is AMAZING!


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