So it has been an interesting week.
Initially, the list of products looked daunting.
In the morning:
ZO Medical Oilacleanse; ZO Skin Health Offects Exfoliating Polish; Offects TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment; ZO Medical Glycogent; Melamin; ZO Skin Health Ossential Daily Power Defense; Tretinoin + Melamix; ZO Skin Health Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer SPF30 or Smart Tone SPF50.
In the evening:
Days 1 and 2 my skin looked good with the ZO regime and I learnt that done around teeth cleaning and getting ready, the various stages of cleansing, creams etc. are easy to accomplish.
Days 3 and 4 I came out in spots – haven’t done this for years – and I also had a sensation that I was going to have a major outbreak round my nose. The outbreaks are due to the skin starting to rid itself of the build up caused by excess oil and skin cells clogging the pores. The ZO regime works on controlling sebum – a huge enemy of the skin.
Day 5 and 6 I realise that in fact I am putting too much product around my nose: the skin there has started to peel vigorously but at least it has stopped feeling so tight and angry. There are also fierce bars of red across the top of my cheeks.
I recall that my fantastic Facialist Kate Kerr suggested I dot the product over my skin for even distribution and then pat rather than rub in – so it moves less – careful application is all!
Day 7 still peeling round nose and now very slightly across the rest of my face. Peeling is good, it’s what the regime is supposed to do – get the skin turning over and re-establishing the skin’s barrier function, leading to healthier, happier skin later.
My skin’s response is unlike that with any other product range.
I am fascinated to learn more of the science behind all this – read on for more next week.