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Clearer, brighter skin is now even easier to achieve, thanks to the holiday sale on all ZO® Skin Health products at The Belo Shop! Enjoy 10% off on any ZO® product and 5% off on ZO® Kits if you purchase from The Belo Shop until December 29, 2020.
ZO® Skin Health is developed by world-famous dermatologist, researcher, and author Dr. Zein Obagi. ZO®’s promise is to help create and maintain healthy skin for everyone regardless of age, ethnicity, skin type, or even skin condition through its holistic approach—changing the landscape of traditional skincare as we know it. In fact, Drs. Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho are such huge fans of ZO® and have been using their products as part of their personal skincare regimen for years. With the two top dermatologists in the country vouching for its effectiveness, Belo Medical Group (through The Belo Shop) is the exclusive and official distributor of ZO® Skin Health products in the Philippines.
Want to achieve clear and glowing skin but not sure which ZO® product to get? Here’s a quick rundown of these skincare must-haves.
Discounted from P4,500 to P4,050 for 60 pads
Formerly known as Cebatrol, these easy-to-use oil control pads will remove oil and dirt from the pores, normalize pore size, help smoothen your skin’s surface using mandelic and glycolic acid, and reduce irritation through its cooling effect. It contains 2% salicylic acid to help prevent acne. It’s especially effective when used with an acne treatment program, just like what Sunnies co-founder Jess Wilson did to get smoother, clearer skin before her wedding!
Discounted from P3,700 to P3,330 for 200ml
This ZO® product doesn’t just remove dirt from the skin. It also retains your skin’s moisture with a blend of Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Panthenol, and Urea, which prevents dryness and delivers a calming effect against irritation using Allantoin, which is a god-send for those with sensitive skin. It also removes make-up without leaving a greasy residue after rinsing.
Discounted from P3,700 to P 3,330 for 200ml
This is one of The Belo Shop’s best-sellers because it’s ideal for all skin types. Formerly known as Foamacleanse, its gentle cleansing action removes impurities (like oil and make-up) from the skin while keeping it hydrated. It contains sodium lauroyl oat amino acids, which restores the natural skin barrier and cleanses without drying; glycerin, which keeps the skin hydrated; and a proprietary blend of botanical extracts to give the cleanser antioxidant and anti-irritant properties the natural way.
Discounted from P3,250 to P2,925
This dual-action toner (formerly known as Balatone) works two ways to give the skin the TLC it deserves: It visibly reduces pore size using Witch Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), which gives the skins a smoother, clearer look and feel; and it cools, soothes, and hydrates treated skin in a gentle way using an exclusive blend of Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allantoin, and Sodium PCA.
Discounted from P7,000 to P6,300
In an interview with Philippine Tatler in September 2020, Dr. Belo shared an important skincare hack: “Apply tretinoin or retinol every day…it dries up oiliness, gets rid of bacteria, and normalizes skin turnover in your teens. As you get to your thirties, it increases collagen and elastin production.” This product brightens the skin with high-potency retinol (Vitamin E) and ascorbic acid-2 Glucosamine (Vitamin C), which helps support natural cellular turnover, and it also evens out the skin tone by targeting discoloration using glutathione, soy isoflavones, and N-Acetyl Glucosamine, which also prevents new age spots.
Discounted from P7,800 to P7,020
This product is an important part of both Dr. Vicki and Dr. Hayden’s daily skincare routine. From its name alone, this ZO® product (formerly known as “Ossential” Brightalive Non-Retinol Skin Brightener) aims to even out skin tone by reducing dark spots using Papain (a natural enzyme from papaya, which exfoliates and removes dead skin cells to reveal new, brighter skin) and Glycerin (which hydrates the skin and restores its natural moisture). Another benefit of using Brightalive is calming and soothing irritated skin using a combination of natural plant extracts from Hedgenettle (Stachys officinalis), Sunflower seed (Helianthus annuus), and Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis).
Discounted from P3,900 to P3,510 for a 30ml bottle
This product is a terrific addition to any make-up kit. As an excellent SPF 30 sunscreen, it protects the skin from the damaging effects of UVA/YVB, IR-A rays from the sun and even high-energy visible (HEV or HEVIS) light from gadgets and screens using Titanium dioxide. As a primer, it infuses the skin with Vitamin E for its antioxidant properties and uses silicones to prime the skin to give it a silky finish and make it the perfect canvas for any make-up (pro-tip: it also helps make-up last a lot longer to lessen the need for touch-ups). It also helps lessen the appearance of fine lines. The best part about the ZO® Sunscreen + Primer is that it can be used by itself for days when you don’t feel like wearing make-up but you still want to pamper your skin and get maximum protection from the sun at the same time.
Discounted from P5,000 to P4,500
Just like the ZO® Sunscreen + Primer, this is an excellent addition to your make-up kit especially for people on the go. The ZO® Sunscreen + Powder comes in a compact tube with an ultra-soft brush to make application easier anytime, anywhere for those quick touch-ups.
This SPF 40 Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful effects of the sun using Triple-Spectrum Protection® and exclusive ZO® antioxidant technology. Meanwhile, the Powder absorbs surface oil to minimize unnecessary shine while keeping the skin hydrated and feeling smooth. It contains Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide, which protects the skin against UVA and UVB rays, and fractionated melanin, which provides protection against blue light (HEV/HEVIS light). Dr. Zein Obagi’s signature ZOX12® complex contains Vitamins A, C, and E to protect skin from free radical damage and IR-A rays. The ZO® Sunscreen + Powder Broad-Spectrum comes in Light and Medium variants to match most Asian skin tones.
So, what are you waiting for? Head on to The Belo Shop, stock up on these revolutionary ZO® products, and be on your way to healthier, clearer skin!