Skincare has always been a passion at Altiora Plastic Surgery and Medspa. This year, we give our symbolic “Golden Valentine” Award to Obagi. Obagi is a world-class company with a 30 year legacy of caring for skin. If we gave a Golden Valentine award to a skincare company, it would certainly be to Obagi this year.  The reason:   Their new liquid gold skincare product, Obagi Daily Hydro-Drops is truly worthy.

The research and development scientists at Obagi have recently created an amazing new daily hydrating serum. And Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa is honored to offer it to our select friends and clients. It’s liquid gold fit to give to any Valentine for a skincare treat.  Even when you see this light serum in its eyedropper bottle, you know it is something very special.

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The microfluidic serum shimmers lightly, like liquid gold. Tiny bubbles float within that light serum. Those little globes dissolve gently as you smooth Obagi’s new Hydro-Drops Daily Serum on your skin.  Now, at Altiora Plastic Surgery and Medspa, we do not want to sound like an advertorial. In fact, we seldom specify skincare brands. However, we have seen so many Valentine shoppers that we could not resist.  So, we are using this blog to educate our readers about a skincare product that is real science, not hype.

(And yes, we have this rare new product on the Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa shelves. However, but it’s not completely about the glamour!  It’s about supporting healthy skincare to last a lifetime.  But we have to admit, a little anti-aging glamour is a very nice side effect to “good medicine” for your skin. (Especially during Valentine Month…)

Skincare That is Good and Good-for-You

The Hydro-drops Daily looks too glamourous to be medical, but it is. The Hydro-Drops contain powerful elements to give you or (your Valentine) a cutting-edge, world-class skin care treatment.  Obagi states that this weightless formula of hydrating drops uses “microfluidic technology.” Each drop infuses your skin with some of the most remarkable ingredients of 2021 anti-aging science:   Vitamin B3, Abyssinian Oil, and Hibiscus Oil.

At Altiora Plastic Surgery and Medspa, we know these ingredients “help soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles…” Below, Altiora lists and defines are the three major cutting-edge ingredients in the microfluidic serum of Obagi’s Hydro-Drops Daily Serum.  These three ingredients processed by the Obagi scientists have been proven to produce “more radiant, healthy-looking skin with continued use.”

What Does Non-Comedogenic Mean in Skincare?

Most people know what “Hypoallergenic” means. However, non-comedogenic is a more mysterious term. Experts tell us “A product labeled noncomedogenic does not contain ingredients that are known to clog the pores.” That is a very simple but valuable feature. Of course, Obagi has created Daily Hydro-Drops to be both hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic.  Likewise, both dermatologists and Ophthalmologists tested it for use on many types of skin.

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There have been a number of studies demonstrating how the inclusion of vitamin B in face creams could help to prevent the effects of aging. So, the beauty industry has become particularly interested in vitamin B as a nutritional beauty supplement. You might have heard that vitamin B-3 is making big news in the beauty and health industry.

Recent research and tests “revealed a variety of significant skin appearance improvement effects for topical niacinamide:

  • reductions in fine lines and wrinkles,
  • hyperpigmented spots,
  • red blotchiness, and
  • skin sallowness (yellowing).

Likewise, vitamin B-3 has even improved elasticity in clinical testing. Knowing this, it is no wonder Obagi recommends using Hydro-Drops daily. But use sparingly. Use only 3 drops smoothed gently into your skin.

In Praise of Skincare and Vitamin B3

Obagi states that vitamin B3 is “Leading the vitamin B complex pack…”  Furthermore, they add, “nicotinamide, a derivative of vitamin B3 (also known as niacin), has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the upper-most layer of the skin, to retain moisture.

As such, we realize, “supplementation with niacin could lead to softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness…”  Likewise, with Vitamin B3, we have observed a reduction of fine lines.  “Nicotinamide can also serve as an effective skin-lightening agent when added to moisturizers.”

Obagi’s Hydro-Drops Serum Secret Skincare Ingredient Number Two:  Abyssinian Oil (the Mysterious Crambe Seed Oil)

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You might not have heard of the benefits of the second special ingredient in Obagi’s Daily Hydro-Drops Serum:  Abyssinian Oil, also known as the Mysterious Crambe Seed Oil.

  • The commercial world has given it the exotic name of “Abyssinian Oil.”  The pale golden oil comes from a seed crop, the Crambe seed, grown in Ethiopia. “The oil is very rich in erucic acid, just like mustard oil…” Unlike mustard, however, this oil has a soft, pleasant fragrance. This is another ingredient that cleanses and moisturizes the skin.
  • But, it has additional properties perfect for Valentines: It also gives skin a light glow and a definite textural improvement. At Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa, we call that phenomenon “anti-aging.”
  • Also, there is significant skincare evidence that the Linoleic acid in Abyssinian oil “forms the lipid barrier that saves our skin cells from losing moisture to the environment due to evaporation. And it keeps the skin hydrated.”
  • Likewise, the oil contains alpha-linolenic acid (ALA.) This transforms the oil into an anti-inflammatory substance to tone-down reddish patches of inflammation.

The Third Special Skincare Substance in Obagi’s Daily Hydro-Drops Serum:  Hibiscus Healing Factor

Did you know that people have long-used Hibiscus oil on cuts, bruises, and wounds? Now we know why, thanks to recent studies. This curative oil aids healing through Vitamin C and A.  “Hibiscus oil is rich in Vitamin C and A.  And both of these vitamins help to nourish the skin and decrease the recovery time.

Also, Vitamin C is used on acne as well. It helps to brighten and lighten the skin by fading the blemishes and acne. And this oil has anti-bacterial properties that promote healing with no chances of getting infected.”

It Helps to Make You Look Younger

Hibiscus benefits are many. And one of the most amazing benefits of hibiscus is that it helps to make you look younger. Using hibiscus oil on the face and body provides Vitamins like A and C. And the antioxidants present in the hibiscus oil increases the elasticity of the skin. This makes the skin bright and glowy and reverses the damage caused by harmful UV rays, dust, diseases, pollutants, etc.

Using the oil regularly can surely bring a big difference to the skin by reducing wrinkles and fine lines. You can also mix the oil with your regular moisturizer to makes the efficacy boost. Additionally, it can be used as the last step of your skincare routine, that will tone and moisturize the skin perfectly.

  • Likewise, Hibiscus oil contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids also known as AHA. You have heard of this valuable skincare substance.
  • It exfoliates dead skin cells, and aids in deep cleansing.

The Obagi Summary of the Power of Vitamin B3, Abyssinian Oil, and Hibiscus Oil

Obagi blended these three major skincare ingredients together to create Daily Hydro-Drops Serum. Obagi states, “Vitamin B3 is a gold standard ingredient for soothing capabilities…”  Likewise, they cite clinical proof that B3 in the drops can  “diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.”

And they add, “Hibiscus Oil and Abyssinian Oil are both rich in antioxidant phytosterols, omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids that support skin’s natural barrier.

Our Terrific Take-Away for Obagi Daily Hydro-Drops Serum

In closing, you could not give your skin a better Valentine gift than this new Obagi Skincare serum, Daily Hydro Drops. And perhaps best of all, Obagi designed it “to meet the needs of every skin tone and type.

We agree with Obagi scientists that “skincare is more than “correcting” or even “preventing.” It’s about unleashing your skin’s full potential.”

Skincare With Obagi's Hydro-Drops Can Make You Feel and Look Younger.

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Likewise, Obagi states they “create inclusive products that support the diversity we all bring to the table.”  So come see us on Valentine’s month, while we still have a supply of this amazing serum.

This year, if your Valentine, Galentine, or Palentine gives you only flowers and candy, then have a heart for your skin.— And give it some love with Daily Hydro-Drops Serum.  As Obagi states, skincare solutions are “about developing scientifically-backed, clinical-quality formulations to promote healthy, future-facing skin.”

Altiora Plastic Surgery & Medspa joins Obagi in a mission to bring you only the best in skincare.  A happy heart deserves a Valentine of liquid gold.