I feel like I have to start by saying this is not a sponsored post. Again, it’s a story of my own personal experience that was so positive, I have to share with you guys.
First of all, I’ve struggled with oily, acne-prone skin for what feels like forever. In reality, it’s been since high school, and back then, it was SOBADOMGICANTGOTOSCHOOLLIKETHIS. Today, I’m aware enough to realize which breakouts are hormonal (ugh, those horrible ones on my chin every month) and which are not. To combat the ones that are not, I started seeing an aesthetician sometime last winter. With her help, I was able to slowly but surely get my skin under control and–save for a few unavoidable breakouts–relatively glowing.
It was during one of my first appointments at Aestique, that I had my skin photographed by a special camera/contraption. This camera analyzes the features of your skin and then compares your results to other people in your age range. (You can try out a similar online tool here.) Essentially, this provides a benchmark for what percentile your skin measures in categories like wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, etc. Following this assessment, the aesthetician recommends a combination of skincare products to correct or improve your overall skin health.
This is where Zo Medical comes in.
Obviously everyone’s skincare needs are unique, so my routine won’t necessarily be the same as yours. My areas of concern are related to having acne and oily prone skin, and the products I was recommended were as follows:
- Oilacleanse (cleanser for oily prone skin–no longer on the market)
- Cebatrol Oil Control Pads (toner pads for oily skin)
- Ossential Daily Power Defense (daily moisturizer)
- Ommerse Renewal Creme (heavy moisturizer – used in winter months and to combat dryness)
- Glycogent Exfoliation Accelerator (exfoliant for removing dead skin cells and preventing future damage)
I’ve now been using these products for going on five months, and am really excited about the noticeable change in my skin. The overall texture is smoother, more hydrated, and my acne is few and far between (I say that and tomorrow I’ll wake up with a huge zit, just wait!). In addition to applying these products daily, once a week I do an in-home microdermabrasion with my PMD device, and follow up with my favorite sheet masks. I’ve also found it helpful to get a peel or microdermabrasion once every few months to really refresh your skin and remove that top layer of old skin.
Purchasing Zo Medical
I also think it’s worth mentioning that yes, these products are pricey but, the amount of product that you get in one bottle is double what I’ve gotten from similarly priced products at Sephora. I’ve also reached a point where, now in my 30s, I’m much more aware of and dedicated to taking better care of my skin (trust me, if I could go back and smack my tanning-bed-loving, seventeen-year-old self, I would!), so I feel strongly that it’s worth the investment.
Any of these products can be purchased from their website, but if you have the opportunity, I definitely recommend seeing a professional first. From my many years of seeing a dermatologist, and now regularly seeing an aesthetician, I understand that finding the right skincare regimen for you can take trial and error, and you want to make sure that you’re not going it alone.
I’m quickly learning that skincare in your 30s is completely different from skincare in your 20s, and this time around, I want to be better! For that reason, more than learning the perfect contour or finding the best highlighter, I’m all for the best products to nourish, hydrate and correct all of the damage I’ve done to my skin over the last few decades. For me, Zo Skincare has been the best place to start, so maybe it will help you get there, too!
Photos: Rose Colored Creative