Thursday, 22 March 2012

Diary of the Obagi Nu-Derm System for Age Management

One of our clients has been kind enough to keep a diary of her 18 week program on the Obagi Nu-Derm system. It gives a great insight for anyone looking at using the system for age management / anti-ageing, take a look below:

My Obagi Diary

Day 1

Well this is it, at 55 years of age, and after years of being disappointed with how my skin looks, I am so excited as I have had my consultation and instructions for using the Obagi Nu-Derm system, so tonight’s the night.

Well, it has never taken me so long to get ready for bed!  Glasses on, read instructions, glasses off use product. Glasses on again, next step, glasses off use product.  Need I go on; I think you get my drift.  Like anything else I will get into a routine and it will seem second nature, but I want to make sure I get it right from the start, no half measures.

Day 2

I think I am going to try a little earlier tonight rather than waiting till I’m tired and ready for bed.  9pm and I am taking my make up off.  Must say the routine seemed a little quicker today and I getting more confident with the products.

Day 3

My cheeks are feeling quite warm and are a little red, a bit like I’m blushing.  I am finding the cleanser really nice to use and makes my skin feel really clean and effectively removes eye make up as well.  So far so good, and using it earlier in the evening worked well.

Day 4

Cheeks still warm and a bit pink, but no other symptoms.  I have never looked in the mirror as much.

Day 5

A little bit of dry skin around mouth and nose, but nothing much happening yet.  I am wishing to see something more dramatic but am assured to make the most of this period of calm….

Day 6

The only product I have been struggling with is the Obagi Healthy Skin Protector, I found that it “rolled off” my skin as I rubbed it in.  I have decided to try using less tomorrow to see how it goes.

Week 2

First week over only 17 to go.  Skin feels good not a lot of difference yet.  I was using Environ AVST 4 moisturiser prior to this so was wondering if this has increased my tolerance to vitamin A.  I am enjoying using the Obagi Nu-Derm and certainly using less of the sun protector is better.  I think the products are so concentrated so less is more!

Week 3

Starting week 3 and not a lot has changed since last week.  Not had any peeling or dryness as yet.  The routine now seems like second nature it’s so easy, I wonder why it took so long when I first started.  I have been looking on the internet and  most people on the Nu-Derm system seem to experience extreme dryness, tightness and flaking but as yet I haven’t experienced anything like this.

Week 4

This week, although not tight, my skin does feel ready for cleansing when the evening comes around.  I have already had a couple of compliments on how my skin looks and I can definitely see a difference.  Although I haven’t  had any peeling my skin is obviously renewing itself and re-balancing as although I previously had dry dehydrated skin, and this regime has no moisturiser in it, I don’t feel dry or tight.

Weeks 5, 6 and 7

Not much change from week 4.

Week 8

Wow, how things have changed.  Skin is quite dry around the mouth and chin area.  I am peeling well!  I have also had some complements as to how good my skin is looking and I notice that without make-up it is much more even.  I also think I have been using too much product and have reduced the amount to a pea size.  I have also started putting Vaseline around nostrils and corner of mouth, as these were the areas that tended to split.

Weeks 9, 10 and 11

My skin has remained pretty constant during this time.  Had days of flaking and dryness, it feels a bit like skin dandruff.  I think I have been lucky as this has been the worst side effect so far for me.  I have had no soreness at all and no overwhelming desire to use a moisturiser.

Week 12

I have had to replace the Obagi Nu-Derm Clear, and I’ve run out of Healthy Skin Protector (which I am pleased about).  I am now using Heliocare SPF 50 Gel, which is great, as my sun block and bought another Clear.

Week 18

Well this is it, how does my skin look.  GREAT….  is the answer.  Skin tone is even, no open pores, wrinkles seem less pronounced and the skin looks luminous.  Had compliments about how good it looks, and from people I know mean it.  I have decided to carry on for a bit longer and have increased the strength of Tretinoin (Vitamin A) which has brought on a bit more peeling.

IN SUMMARY:

Looking back over the past 5 months, the routine has seemed a little tiresome at times, but I have always followed it to the letter, especially as the results began to show.  It has made me appreciate my skin more now it is in fantastic condition.  I will never go out again without a quality sun block, and certainly no baking in the midday heat abroad wearing factor 8.  I wear the tiniest amount of foundation and no concealer anymore and my skin looks healthy.  I have tried all sorts of lotions and potions over the years, which promised the Earth (and most of them cost it as well) but this is the only regime, which has lived up to my expectations.  I was well briefed of any side effects before starting, and felt well supported throughout, any questions were quickly answered by Kate at Face the Future, and I would recommend anyone thinking about it to book in for a free consultation and see if it is right for you.

It was for me and I will always be grateful.

If you would like more information on the Obagi Nu-Derm System, call us today on 0113 282 7744. Please stay tuned for another client diary for Obagi for pigmentation.

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