Throughout my teenage years and my early twenties, I worshipped the sun and sun beds, trying to go as brown as I possibly could. Oils, low factor SPF and moisturisers were all I needed to look good….or so I thought. Entering the Aesthetics world really opened my mind up to having a greater understanding as to what I was actually doing to my skin. Crow’s feet were appearing, nose to mouth lines were deeper and I had a full face of pigmentation. Freckles covered my face. This was all down to sheer UV damage and neglect of my skin. I needed to do something to help reverse the signs of ageing that I had done. Then, I heard about the ZO products.
ZO Medical products
I started my treatment with the use of ZO Medical products. My routine for four weeks’ morning and evening respectively was: wash, scrub, oil control, serum and SPF – ZO’s basic products. I discovered after using the products just once that my face felt very tingly, especially using the oil control pads. In fact, I had to fan my face until it subsided. I didn’t understand how or why it could sting so much, was it an allergic reaction?
During my follow up appointment, I asked why it was stinging every time I used them. This is when I learnt a lot more about the damage that I had done to my skin.
General life and being out in the open where we are exposed to pollution, UV rays, cigarette smoke and the like are damaging our skin by creating free radicals. These are being created in our skin, causing fine lines and wrinkles to appear at a younger age and gradually deepen.
Free radicals prevent the skin cells from functioning correctly and can cause the cells to die. With this knowledge in mind, I could begin to understand why my products were stingy my face. My skin basically had minute holes in it where the skin has been damaged. The products were falling into these holes causing the reaction. This wasn’t a bad reaction, in fact, I was told it was perfectly normal and when the skin barrier has been repaired, they will no longer sting the skin. The serum in my set of products is designed to repair the DNA damage and is full of antioxidants to prevent the free radicals damaging the skin.
VISIA – Computerised Complexion and Skin Analysis
Four weeks passed and I was back in again for my check up on a VISIA machine. This machine is fascinating. The photos are not in any way shape or form glamorous; however, that is not the point of them. You are there to look at your skin and see what is going on. Yes, you can see your lines and wrinkles more clearly. However, it really shows what you need to do in order to improve the overall health and quality of your skin.
Brown spots, UV rays, bacteria, red areas can all be viewed with this camera. At first, I admit it was a shock to see the amount of UV damage that I had acquired, but I was assured that this would improve with the correct skin care.
My four-week photos showed great improvement already. This wasn’t even a full skin cycle yet. Six weeks is a full cycle and four weeks in I could already see that the overall appearance of my skin had improved. With the positive changes that I saw, I was excited to start the next part of my journey and add in the active ingredients.
Retinol is the key ingredient in the active products. Retinol is an anti-ageing ingredient which is a natural form of Vitamin A. It stimulates the skin which in turn clears the skin, brightens it and boosts collagen production.
After being prescribed my Retinol products, Retamax and Brightenex, I was made aware that the first 6-8 weeks my skin will be red, dry and peely. This is the reaction that you get from using Retinol to start with. I was assured it would calm down once all the dead skin had been removed.
During the red, dry and peely stage, it did become sore at some stages, my worst week was week 3. However, I was told I had to persevere through it and it would settle. 8 weeks later the skin had settled and I was back for another Visia. Again, the results that I was seeing were amazing. The pigmentation had subsided, the deeper lines that were appearing had almost vanished and my skin looked radiant.
I continue to use ZO products and it has been 18 months now. I am always pleased with my results and I no longer see the need to wear concealer and foundation every day. Just on special occasions! I am confident to just ‘wear my skin.’
I would recommend these products to anyone with skin related conditions such as acne or pigmentation or anyone who just wants to have fresh, radiant skin.
Bianca (26) – Aesthetic Practitioner