Obagi Ambassador Jenny Shares Her Story of Sun Damage

03.25.2014, 9:45 CDT | Posted In: Lines & Wrinkles, Prevention & Protection, Obagi Stories

Obagi Ambassador Jenny Shares Her Story of Sun Damage

What’s our number one tip for preventing, or slowing, skin aging? If you guessed daily sunscreen protection, you’re correct! Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day—during the winter and summer, rain or shine—provides protection against the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and can help prevent premature signs of aging caused by sun damage. As we explain in this video, sun damage can lead to structural changes in the skin that may not be visible for years, which is exactly what our newest Obagi Brand Ambassador Jenny experienced. Luckily for Jenny, her lovingly relentless (and Obagi®-obsessed) mom encouraged her to try Obagi products to help Jenny transform her skin and teach her the importance of a good skin care routine and daily sunscreen.† This is her story:

Name: Jenny Sokol
Primary Skin Concern: Sun Damage
Obagi Products Used: Obagi Nu-Derm® System**, Hydrate Facial Moisturizer, Professional-C™ Serums

About Jenny:
I’m a freelance writer, stay-at-home mom, and carpool chauffeur. I enjoy reading, exercising, and hanging out with my family. I’m deeply devoted to my Crockpot. As a former naval officer and military spouse, I’ve had the opportunity to travel globally, and I love the adventure of moving to new places. My favorite author is Elizabeth Berg, and I enjoy scouting out (and reading) great middle grade and young adult fiction books for my tweens. My favorite season is summer, which leads to my one piece of skin care advice: sunscreen! I’m pro-aging (not anti) and am confident that Obagi keeps my skin healthy and glowing.

My Obagi Story:
As a child, I spent my summers at the local pool and tennis court. Fair-skinned and not well-informed about sunscreen, meant living with “rosy” cheeks and a constantly sunburned nose.

In my thirties, after yearly visits to the dermatologist, I realized the extent of my skin damage. My mom, who has now been using Obagi for twenty-two years,†† encouraged me to give Obagi a try. As a self-proclaimed low-maintenance, outdoorsy-type, I balked at the idea of using products with multiple steps. I didn’t want to mess with peeling skin as my skin got used to the system. Though my mom’s skin looked younger than mine, I maintained that sunscreen and drugstore soap would eventually do the trick. Needless to say, it didn’t.

Within a few weeks, a friend stopped in her tracks to ask me, “What are you using on your skin?”

I realized that the steps only take a minute or two; and the peeling phase I was so dreading, actually passed quickly and painlessly*.

For the first time, I feel confident about my skin. I couldn’t be more thrilled about my Nu-Derm results! I can’t wait to see the continued transformation that I know will come as I remain on Obagi. If only I hadn’t been so stubborn for so long!

Do you have an Obagi story too? Feel free to share your story below.

†Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15 or higher together with a comprehensive sun protection program including sun protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and avoiding the sun between the hours of 10am - 2pm may help reduce the risk of premature skin aging.

††The safety and effectiveness of the Nu-Derm System beyond 24 weeks of use have not been established. If no improvement is seen after three (3) months of treatment, use of this product should be discontinued. Sun exposure should be limited by using a sunscreen agent, a sun-blocking agent, or protective clothing to cover bleached skin when using and after using this product in order to prevent darkening from reoccurring.

*results may vary. Talk to your doctor to see if Obagi Nu-Derm® is right for you.

**Not available in select states including MA, MT, NH, NY, and TX, due to state regulations regarding the ability of physicians to dispense prescription drug products in their offices. As an effective, non-prescription alternative learn about the Nu-Derm Fx System.

Important Safety Information for Nu-Derm Clear, Blender, and Sunfader

People with prior history of sensitivity or allergic reaction to this product or any of its ingredients should not use it. The safety of topical hydroquinone use during pregnancy or in children (12 years and under) has not been established.

Avoid contact with eyes, nose, mouth, or lips. In case of accidental contact, patient should rinse eyes, nose, mouth, or lips with water and contact physician.

Sunscreen use is an essential aspect of hydroquinone therapy because even minimal sunlight exposure sustains melanocytic activity.

Contains sodium metabisulfite, a sulfite that may cause allergic-type reactions including anaphylactic symptoms and life-threatening or less severe asthmatic episodes in certain susceptible people. The overall prevalence of sulfite sensitivity in the general population is unknown and probably low. Sulfite sensitivity is seen more frequently in asthmatic than in nonasthmatic people.

Treatment should be limited to relatively small areas of the body at one time since some patients experience a transient skin reddening and a mild burning sensation, which does not preclude treatment.

Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with topical hydroquinone. It is also not known whether hydroquinone can cause fetal harm when used topically on a pregnant woman or affect reproductive capacity. It is not known to what degree, if any, topical hydroquinone is absorbed systemically. Topical hydroquinone should be used on pregnant women only when clearly indicated.

Nursing Mothers: It is not known whether topical hydroquinone is absorbed or excreted in human milk. Caution is advised when topical hydroquinone is used by a nursing mother.

Pediatric Usage: Safety and effectiveness in children below the age of 12 years have not been established.

Use of the product should be discontinued if hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients is noted.

Please see Prescribing Information for Clear, Blender, and Sunfader.

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