Best Beauty & Skin Care Products

Meet September’s Editor Obsession: Obagi Medical

When it comes to inclusivity in skin care, there are a lot of brands that get it right. There are few brands that have generational cred for getting it right. Since its inception over three decades ago, Obagi Medical has put inclusivity at the forefront of their ethos by not only formulating medical-grade skin care for all types and tones — they were the first brand to clinically test their products on all skin types and tones.

Testing and formulating for all skin types seems like a no brainer for just about every skin care brand, and while critically important to basically everyone with skin, testing across every skin tone was not standard practice 30+ years ago. But it wasn’t that they simply just found people with different skin tones to try their formulas. What it means is that they were the first skin care brand to test products across the entire Fitzpatrick Skin Spectrum. The Fitzpatrick Skin Spectrum, also known as the Fitzpatrick scale, is a numerical classification based on skin pigment that identifies different skin types based on how their skin responds to the sun. By using the Fitzpatrick scale, Obagi Medical can (and does) formulate solutions from the palest to the most melanated, ensuring equal access to the breakthrough products that have shaped the skin care industry and treat and transform just about every skin concern.

  1. Obagi Medical Professional-C Serum 15% (1 fl. oz.)
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    Obagi Medical Professional-C Serum 15% (1 fl. oz.)

    Formulated with antioxidant gold-standard L-ascorbic acid, their vitamin C serum is made to penetrate deep into skin, smoothing the look of fine lines and wrinkles while brightening and encouraging the growth of collagen and elastin (the keys to firmer-looking skin). It also effectively helps protect against UV and free radical damage while also promoting skin’s own defenses.

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  2. Obagi Medical Nu-Cil Eyebrow Boosting Serum 5ml
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    Obagi Medical Nu-Cil Eyebrow Boosting Serum 5ml

    Teens in the 90s and early 2000s, a.k.a the victims of the eyebrow overplucking epidemic, and basically anyone else who wasn’t blessed with Delevingne-esque brows: meet your new eyebrow holy grail. Powered by their innovative NouriPlex™ Technology, this brow-boosting serum features a blend of four high-performance ingredients to target the Anagen phase of the brow growth cycle (when your hair is in its active growth phase). Its clinically-proven to promote healthier, fuller, denser, and darker-looking brows in as little as 8 weeks, with more pronounced results in 12 weeks.*

    *2022 12-week study. Data on file at Obagi Cosmeceuticals LLC

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  3. Obagi Medical Retinol 1.0 (1 oz.)
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    Obagi Medical Retinol 1.0 (1 oz.)

    We will sing the praises of retinol until our last dying breath, and Obagi Medical’s Retinol 1.0 is a skin-smoothing game-changer. Powered by 1% retinol, this anti-aging treatment boosts cell turnover to minimize fine lines and wrinkles while diminishing hyperpigmentation. With an attention to anti-skin flakiness details (if you use retinol, you know), it has an emollient cream-based formula with an entrapped retinol delivery system that gradually and gently releases ingredients to minimize irritation.

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  4. Obagi Medical Daily Hydro-Drops Facial Serum (1 fl. oz.)
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    Obagi Medical Daily Hydro-Drops Facial Serum (1 fl. oz.)

    Think of this as your daily dose of skin-quenching nourishment. Designed to suppliment your daily moisturizer, its innovative gel-serum formula helps prevent uncontrolled dermal water loss while softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles and supporting the skin’s barrier. Suspended oil droplets (antioxidant-rich abyssinian & hibiscus oils to be precise) add a refreshing and reinvigorates dose of skin-softening radiance.

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Beauty Editor

Teresa Greenfeld

Teresa Greenfeld has worked in fashion and beauty for over 15 years as a writer, editor and content strategist. She has been privileged to work at Carbon38 as a Senior Editor, at as the Fashion and Beauty Director, and has amassed a resume that includes Vogue, Allure and Elle magazines. Her passions include back-to-back sheet masks, reading peer-reviewed papers on skin care, and obsessive sunscreen application. Though born in Manhattan, she currently lives in LA, and will always consider herself a New Yorker at heart.