If you’ve read my blog for any length of time then you’ll know that I am a total, utter and complete convert to the astoundingly transformative Obagi skincare line; honestly, if you have tricky skin in any way and have worked your way through hoards of skincare, prepare to invest (as Obagi aren’t cheap) and get yourself on an Obagi system as it will change everything. I’ve tried a few products from the range and there are three keepers that I will replace once my PR samples run out: the Professional C Serum 15% – the best Vitamin C serum I’ve ever tried and miles better than those with a far larger price tag; Hydrate, which is just the most perfect, effortless moisturiser that suits my skin beautifully, and finally the Obagi C-Therapy Night Cream, which I thought I’d review more fully today, even though I’ve mentioned it in other posts, as there’s not a lot of reviews online so I hope this proves handy to anyone considering trying it (do it!)
The Obagi C-Therapy Night Cream appears to come in two versions, with one relying on Arbutin to fade pigmentation which you can buy over the counter, and the one I have, which relies on the controversial ingredient, Hydroquinone, which you can only get via a prescription. Hydroquinone is controversial because there was some suggestion that large doses in topical products might be linked to the development of health issues including certain cancers, but I believe this has since been debunked, plus the 4% in the Obagi C-Therapy Night Cream is such a small dose that I can’t imagine it’s anywhere near the kind of doses that were linked to problems, although obviously this is just based on my research and I’m certainly not medically qualified to advise on such things.
There are two things I don’t like about the Obagi C-Therapy Night Cream: first thing is the really unhelpful packaging that’s basically a squeezable bottle that forces you to really battle to get any product out – the key is to keep it stored upside down and then you can dispense product more easily. The second issue is the well-reported smell, which is kind of sour and vinegary. I’ve said many times that I’m always happy when a skincare product has a bad smell (within reason!) as it usually suggests that no unnecessary fragrance has been used. The scent of this isn’t great, but it’s light and disappears quickly. You apply about a pea-sized amount and work it into skin in the evening. If you think you can handle it, you can use this in place of a moisturiser as it’s got some lovely, caring ingredients including Vitamin C and Vitamin E, but I tend to lean more dry, so I follow with my gorgeous Hydrate.
I cannot rave about the Obagi C-Therapy Night Cream enough. Use alongside the Professional C Serum 15% and Hydrate, this has literally given me my best skin ever and I cannot believe how quickly it worked and how effective it was. It’s designed to lift pigmentation and dark spots whilst generally evening out skin tone and it has done all that and more – I will be posting some pictures soon from day one to now so you can see how the routine has helped me, but it’s safe to say I will be using this religiously and it’s an absolute essential for anyone with post acne scarring especially, an issue that is notoriously tricky to treat, but this works very quickly on such problems. I have gone from refusing to leave the house without at least a medium coverage foundation followed with concealer, to happily going out every day with just tinted SPF – it’s been a dramatic change for me and I really recommend visiting an Obagi specialist to find out more, if you’re struggling with difficult skin.
I have my consultations and follow-ups with the girls at Rita Rakus who can you can find here – link.
Find out more about the Obagi C System here – link.