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The House of Obagi

Last Monday I went to the House of Obagi at Greenbelt 5 to check their products and hopefully get a couple for myself. It wasn't a big clinic, but the products we're arrayed neatly in front with informative brochures while the back area is where the treatments are conducted. I was surprised to see an endless stream of people waiting for treatments, new people coming in to book appointments, and others just to inquire about Obagi! One lady asked. "How much for the whole system?" to which the friendly receptionist answered "around P20,000!"

I gasped internally. I knew Obagi was expensive, but I hadn't known it was that expensive. What does Obagi have to merit such a hefty price tag?

The Obagi Condition and Enhance line is clinically proven to lighten, tighten, firm and turn your skin cells over on a daily basis

According to Obagi, they've got skincare down to a science - literally. Unlike other skincare systems that treat your problems at the surface, Obagi is supposed to initiate healthy skin from the cellular level, bringing it back to its baby-smooth state. The brand has lines for skin concerns like acne, eyebags, chloasma, melasma, senile lentigines, sun damage, and visible fine lines and wrinkles.

Now Obagi products are not like other skincare you can buy off the counter. Like any potent medicine, you need a prescription from your dermatologist before you can purchase Obagi. Read on for a short rundown of some Obagi systems as well as what I got from their clinic!

The Obagi-C Rx System combines the proven benefits of professional strength Vitamin C with a patented formula of 4% prescription strength hydroquinone. It should help even out your skin tone (minimizing freckles, blemishes, photo damage etc) and enhance collagen production.

ELASTIderm (rightmost) uses a proprietary bi-mineral complex (Copper Zinc Malonate) clinically proven to help restore elasticity and increase collagen production

Professional-C Serums are potent vitamin C serums for maximum daily antioxidant protection. The Serums are designed to neutralize free radicals at all layers of the skin to prevent skin cell damage.

Obagi Nu-Derm System, a physician-prescribed skin care system launched in 1988, accelerates the cellular turnover of the skin. It boosts functions of the skin at the cellular level to improve skin's cellular function to help it look and act younger and healthier. 

Obagi also has facials, chemical peels, and other treatments available at their clinics. They have doctors in everyday, so you should drop by to consult with them if you're interested. Like I said in my intro, there are a lot of people who try and are interested in Obagi, which is surprising because it's probably one of the most expensive skincare brands available here. Perhaps it works really well?

As for me, I don't think I'm hiyang with the Condition and Enhance system. I tried the cleanser and toner for a few days, but I broke out. I do love the the Healthy Skin Protection SPF35 sunscreen though - it didn't break me out, plus it makes my skin look great afterwards, without the heaviness and greasiness of typical sunscreens. I believe that a full-sized bottle is ~P3,500, but the 30ml is around ~P1,200.

Here's what I got from my visit to the House of Obagi:

Colorescience Pressed Mineral foundation (P3,750) and the Colorescience Lip Polish (P1,350)

Surprise surprise! Yes, Obagi also has makeup to aid healthy skin. They distribute Colorescience, perhaps the most expensive brand of mineral makeup out there. It claims to remedy and camouflage specific skin concerns and protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environment. As usual, review in a few weeks!  

What do you think of the House of Obagi? Have you tried any of their products, and if so how was it?


Sidenote: It's pronounced as Oba-JEE instead of Oba-gi.

Reader Comments (10)

Sometimes skin care also depends if we are "hiyang" with the product. In fact I have purchase a set of Obagi from Belo that cost 19,000 plus plus...but it didn't worked on me.
I am using a vitamin C serum that I bought from "tabi tabi" and it's great.
By the way, nice loot you got. Hope to hear reviews of colorescience soon.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNona

I've been lemming Colorescience ever since they set up shop in Noma, but the prices are sooo expensive *weep* I like their shade selections though, and I found a match to my skin tone right away.

I haven't tried Obagi mainly because of the hefty price tag, and the hydroquinone ingredient.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKira

I've been wanting to try it but it's just so damn expensive.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjoni

Colorescience is also available at megamall. Tried it and the coverage is just flawless. Pure perfection.

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGrace

I was acne prone in my teens and my mom (who was ever so worried of peer pressure for her only daughter) got me the whole Obagi Nu-derm line as recommended by Belo doctors. My skin felt and looked great after months of light peeling. Obagi Nu-derm dries the skin and rids it of pimples. Used it along with Healthy Option's Glutathione & ALA and I'm at my whitest. After a couple of years, I stopped using it for fear that my skin might get thin & sensitive due to prolonged peeling. Since I already got the results that I wanted, I let nature do her thing. The result: I'm pimple free for the next 3 years. And for the next 4 years (which is now), I still got a whiter complexion, had a few breakouts but never encountered the same I had in my teens. :)

October 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpinkmafiaprincess

Oh wow, so that's why my skin hasn't broken out even with this horrible Makati pollution. I've been using the Obagi toner lately and it seems to work!

October 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMara

hi, i tried the obagi sensi peel treatment at my ua and after 5 days my skin peeled off continously. i still do not know if i will get the maximum result that is to smoothen and whiten my ua. give you feedback if everything works for me just the way i thought

June 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercandida

Is this really products effective? I really like to try this interesting.


June 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterobagi Philippines

Hydroquine ingredients on whitening products was banned mostly in the first world countries because of its damaging effect on the skin when overused. I think one should make a thorough research first before using products especially with toxic substances, where you may see the good effects today but later on regret when your skin has been damaged due to prolonged usage that might end up like me, with damaged, discolored and wrinkled skin due to various skin whitening products experimentation. Gone were the days where most of my peers appreciate my fair and healthy skin tone. Do not follow my footsteps. Be aware on the substance of the product that you use. Expensive is not synonymous with effective.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermabel

There are really certain products that are highly effective but then some or mostly contain carcinogens because of mainly chemical preservetives. But I just found out a product that has no chemical preservatives to help protect us from acquiring cancer and even help fight free radicals which damage our cells. It is really effective which has the same effect of the house of obagi products but then we can purchase them on a much cheaper price! The products are designed to revitalize each cell where, as we know alrea dy, healthy skin begins! I hope I can share the products to you guys

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersandy

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