Dr. Josephine Futrell, M.D., Ph.D., Dermatology

Expert skincare and beauty tips

My Skincare Routine — April 25, 2021

My Skincare Routine

Are you taking the skincare challenge with me?

Here’s a look at my current skincare routine.

AM

1)Obagi gentle cleanser 2) ZO complexion renewal pads 3) ZO pigment control cream 4)Sunscreen

PM

1) Obagi gentle cleanser 2) Complexion renewal pads 3) Pigment control cream 4) Retin A 5) ZO growth factor serum


Use ZO exfoliating polish 3-4 times a week.

Exfoliation — March 2, 2021

Exfoliation

There is no doubt that dead skin buildup makes your skin look dull.  But, exfoliation that is too aggressive may leave your skin red and irritated. 

Listen to what your skin is telling you, and find the right balance of products. Use of Obagi or ZO exfoliating cleanser daily is fine, but you can also alternate with their gentle cleansers. The ZO complexion renewal pads are a mild exfoliation choice and also help to unclog pores. 

More aggressive exfoliation may be done with Obagi Exfoderm or ZO Exfoliating Polish, but you may want to limit use to one or 2 times a week. 

A super aggressive version of exfoliation may be done by using these products more frequently, but too much aggression may actually result in hyperpigmentation. 

If you don’t like the Do it Yourself approach, superficial chemical peels such as our Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels are great exfoliation choices.  Just don’t neglect this part of your beauty routine!

Getting Skin Ready — April 2, 2020

Getting Skin Ready

If you are thinking about a new skin care program, you need to consider how to maximize the benefit of your new products.  Our new ZO line has just the solution.

1) Start with a good cleanser.  Their exfoliating cleanser is great for oily skin, even if it’s acne prone.  For most of the rest of us I recommend their gentle cleanser.

2) Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin that blocks the absorption of products.  ZO Exfoliating Polish is the perfect answer for that.  I use mine 2 to 3 times a week.

3) Finally, everybody needs a toner, and the ZO complexion renewal pads really clean out the pores and get rid of makeup residue.

Take home message:  clean and prepare your skin properly before using your other products for optimal results.