NOTE: In January 2016 Obagi advised us that their products are NOT vegan, and that “Unless mandated by the FDA for drug safety purposes, Obagi does not test its products on animals. Non-prescription Obagi products have not been tested on animals.” We are leaving this article up so that those who are looking for this information can find it.]
One of the top restorative product series by Obagi is the Nu-Derm System. The Nu-Derm System is a prescription strength skin care system that is believed to “transform” the skin at “the cellular level.” The Nu-Derm restorative system is specifically formulated to help restore skin that has been damaged by the sun, stress, and pollution.
These elements cause cell turnover to slow. According to Nu-Derm product literature, “this means that the new cells take longer to form and reach the top. The old cells accumulate and stay on the surface longer. As the stratum corneum thickens and the area of new cells shrink, skin becomes less healthy. You begin to notice those unwelcome signs of aging including: fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and age spots, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity and loss of natural skin hydration.”
The products utilize ingredients such as sapinins, apricot kernel oil, sage leaf extract, aloe and sodium lauroyl oat amino acids to smooth, firm, hydrate, and even skin to improve the damage done by the sun, stress, and pollution. The full list of ingredients includes products that are safe for vegans and vegetarians. The ingredients are also cruelty-free. In fact, Obagi products are not tested on animals and products are manufactured without harm to the environment.
The Nu-Derm System features the following ingredients:
Purified water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin (non-animal), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycereth-7, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Panthenol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oleyl Lactate, Ethoxydiglycol, Triethanolamine, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Borago Officinalis Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Saponins, Fragrance, and FD&C Yellow No.5..
Nu-Derm System Components
The Nu-Derm system consists of:
Obagi Gentle Cleanser
Obagi Healthy Skin Protection SPF 35
Where to Purchase Obagi Restorative Beauty Products
According to the official Obagi website, because Obagi Systems and products contain prescription-strength formulations, the systems are only available through physicians, primarily dermatologists, plastic surgeons, medical spas and other skin care and medical specialists.
Obagi Contact Information
Obagi Medical Products, Inc.
3760 Kilroy Airport Way
Long Beach, California 90806
About Obagi Skin Care
Obagi skin care products are manufactured by Obagi Medical Products. Headquartered in Long Beach, CA., Obagi Skin Care has been formulating “topical anesthetic and therapeutic clinically-proven skin care systems in the physician-dispense market” since 1988. Formerly called Obagi Nu-Derm, Obagi Medical Products, Inc., has distribution partners in 47 countries across Europe, Central America, South America, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Obagi has been featured in Allure Magazine and on MSNBC.
Obagi products are not tested on animals. They are cruelty free and safe for vegans and vegetarians. While Obagi products may be safe for anyone following a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle (in general), a few products might not be suitable for individuals with sensitivities to certain ingredients such as hydroquinone.
Overall, Obagi Skin Care products feature a number of all natural and cruelty free ingredients that are typically safe for all skin types and lifestyles. Just a few Obagi ingredients include purified water, aloe, sage leaf extract, borago officinalis extract calendula officinalis flower extract, Vitamin C, kalaya oil, safflower oil, rosemary, kola nitida extract, and vegetable oil.