Procedure(s) I had done:
I am using the Obagi 360 Kit.
Why I wanted this procedure:
I'm almost 30 and have never really taken care of my skin or gotten
in the habit of having a skin care routine. I decided it was time to take
preventative action before anything major happened or I did more damage.
It doesn't help that the girls at work lecture me on proper skin care,
products, and maintenance all the time! Since the Obagi 360 Kit is so
easy to use, I thought it would be a perfect segway for me to get into
a routine and using the right products.
Tell us about the day of your procedure:
The first day I woke up in the morning and thought, "Oh great! I actually
have to do stuff!" Had I known how simple it would be, I would've
started this routine years ago! The first step for both morning and night
is to wash my face with the Exfoliating Cleanser. I have eczema and very
dry and sensitive skin, so I was worried about the tiny beads being too
harsh. That wasn't the case at all. It felt really gentle and the
cleanser contains papaya extract so it smelled amazing! The second step
was to apply HydraFactor, their moisturizer and broad-spectrum moisturizer
in one. When I put the moisturizer on it felt really hydrating but it
stung on my cheeks for about 20 min. This may also be due to the fact
that my face wasn't used to being washed, let alone exfoliated. Other
than that I really liked it. That night, after using the cleanser, the
second step was the Retinol 0.5. I was worried this would irritate my
skin because I had never used a Retinol before, but it was really gentle
and went on smooth.
Day 1 After Procedure:
The first day after I used the Retinol I had a couple spots of redness
and irritation, but that could have been from being in the sun and sweating
also. It really wasn't anything bad. I was told I could use the Retinol
every other day if it bothered me. My skin already felt so much better
and smoother from just sloughing off all that dead skin and makeup with
Day 2 After Procedure
The second day I was actually excited to wake up and use my products! The
cleanser just smells so good! Even though Day 2 was a Saturday, I forced
myself to wash my face and put on my Retinol before bed. Although two
steps seems like nothing, it's way too easy for me to just go to bed,
makeup and all.
Day 3 After Procedure
By the 3rd night I had this routine down! It was so simple, and I was already
starting to see my face brightening up a little bit. I guess that happens
when you wash your face on a daily basis!
Day 4 After Procedure
Day 4 was a Monday morning, all the redness from the Retinol was gone and
I was getting in the habit of grabbing my cleanser from my sink and taking
it to the shower. I used my HydraFactor, applied makeup and was out the
door. It still stings a little but I've gotten sued to it, and there's
no redness or irritation that follows.
Day 5 After Procedure
I'm starting to see an improvement in the texture of my skin. I have
a few large pores that are shrinking and it's so soft. I'm impressed
with how fast I'm seeing results.
Day 6 After Procedure
I am still having issues with red, flaky patches from the Retinol but they're
not as bad.
Week 3 After Procedure
I've been using my Obagi 360 Kit for 3 weeks now. I have seen some
differences in the texture and overall appearance of my skin. I've
had to cut back on using both the Retinol and the Exfoliating Scrub 3
times a week. I think it was too much to exfoliate my skin twice a day.
I substituted in Obagi Gentle Cleanser during the days I don't exfoliate.
My skin is still purging from the Retinol but it's clearing up and
Week 6 After Procedure
After 6 weeks of using the Obagi 360 Kit I have had my ups and downs. The
pay off was completely worth it! My skin is completely clear, the texture
is smooth, and the overall tone is brighter. My freckles are almost gone
and I now have a glow.
What advice would I give to another patient having this procedure?
My advice to people using this kit, especially if you are a proper skin
care novice like myself, would be to be patient. You have to let your
skin go through an adjustment period and purge. It may not be pretty but
the end result is worth it!