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Obagi-C RX System Starter Set Review

Posted on 30th Jul 2008 @ 1:51 PM

Obagi C-Rx System Starter Set Review

Does your skin look dull and lackluster because of damage from the sun?

Obagi-C Rx System starter set is recommended for women who want the brighter, more radiant skin that they associate with youth, without applying "shimmering" products (that can accentuate fine lines and wrinkles).

Obagi-C Rx System works to correct the early signs of aging and environmental damage, while  preventing future damage and maintaining the beautiful young skin you already have.

It features a Vitamin C based topical formula designed to fight against the negative consequences of prolonged and damaging sun exposure, giving you more radiant, luminescent skin.

Obagi-C Rx System regulates the production of dark color producing cells, which evens skin tone and results in a 90% improvement in skin radiance.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant which fights the free radicals such as sun and smoke, which are environmental stressors that accelerate the visible signs of the aging process.

Obagi C-Rx System contains topical Vitamin C in its most effective form (L-ascorbic acid), which can help improve sun protection, repair sun damaged skin, reduce fine lines, stimulate collagen building and potentially reduce discoloration of the skin.
How is the Obagi-C Rx System different from other Vitamin C products?

The vitamin C serum in the Obagi-C Rx System is very stable and maintains potency longer compared to other vitamin C products.

Unlike other Vitamin C products which simply moisturize the skin's surface, the Obagi-C Rx System penetrates to all layers of the skin (dermis, epidermis and stratum corneum), providing greater antioxidant therapy and effectively delivering more Vitamin C than other brands.

The Obagi C-Rx System Starter Set includes:  a Obagi-C Cleansing Gel, Obagi-C Clarifying Serum, Obagi-C Exfoliating Day Lotion, Obagi-C SunGuard, and Obagi-C Therapy Night Cream with vitamins C & E.

C-Cleansing Gel

C-Cleansing gel prepares and conditions skin to optimize penetration of the Obagi-C Rx System by removing  excess oils, residues and makeup and rinses clean, leaving skin feeling refreshed and smooth.

Apply the gel to your wet face and rinse with lukewarm water in the morning and at night.


  • very smooth and gentle
  • does not dry out skin
  • not soapy and lathers up easily
  • has a light and pleasant scent
  • contains Vitamin C which helps prevent wrinkles when used daily


  • a little expensive
  • may cause irritation at first


Purified Water, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Sodium Chloride, Saponins, Xantham Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Glycerin, Fragrance, Yellow 5, Red 33.

C-Clarifying Serum

Suitable for dry, sensitive or reactive skin types, C-Clarifying Serum penetrates the dermal layers to reduce melanosome activity, correcting mild to moderate hyperpigmentation (discoloration) and restoring balance to lackluster skin caused by the early signs of sun damage.

It provides antioxidant protection while contributing to collagen synthesis and helping prevent premature signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
Apply the serum evenly to your face and massage gently into skin, avoiding eye area.


  • a little goes a long way
  • clears dark spots
  • leaves skin looking more radiant, smoother, youthful, and moist doesn’t cause breakouts like other products


  • very sticky texture
  • a little expensive


Hydroquinone 4% USP mg/gm in a base of Propylene Glycol, Propylene Carbonate, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Purified Water and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.

C-Exfoliating Day Lotion or Obagi-C Rx System C-Exfoliating Day Lotion with SPF 12

Two C-Exfoliating Day Lotion options are available - one has a sunscreen with SPF 12 and the other does not have a sunscreen.

It works to exfoliate the stratum corneum to enhance penetration of active ingredients and brightens and smoothes skin.

C-Exfoliating Day Lotion helps accelerate skin cell turnover while hydrating and protecting the skin. Recommended to be used in conjunction with or after C-Clarifying Serum to enhance the radiance in your skin.

Antioxidant activity works to neutralize free radicals and therefore preventing future damage.

Apply the lotion evenly to your face, avoiding eye area.


  • you only need a very small amount each time
  • helps clear dark spots
  • non greasy
  • has a light fragrance


  • mildly irritating at first
  • not ideal for under make-up wear


7% Glycolic Acid Ascorbyl Glucoside Hyaluronic Acid Vitamin E SPF 12 pH 3.5 - 4.0 Octinoxate Octisalate Oxybenzone.

C-SunGuard SPF 30

The C-Sunguard SPF 30 protects skin from sunburn helping maintain radiance while preventing premature aging and sunburn caused by UVA/ UVB radiation.

Apply the sunguard evenly to your face, repeating after 2 hours if in the sun.


  • absorbs quickly without a white mask-like film.
  • non greasy
  • doesn’t melt or come off and can be used with foundation
  • has no odour
  • doesn’t get into your eyes or burn


  • a little expensive
  • must be used daily for best results


Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 9.0%, which is traditional in a lot of sun products. The inactive ingredients are Butylparaben, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Diethanolamine Cetyl Phosphate, Disodium Edetate, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropyl Palmitate, Laureth-7, Methylparaben, Octyl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polyether-1, Polysorbate 60, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Triethoxycaprylyisilane.

C-Therapy Night Cream (with vitamins C & E)

Recommended for mature or damaged skin, C-Therapy Night Cream firm and strengthens skin by encouraging the production of collagen and elastin.

It optimizes natural renewal cycle of the skin at night, thereby reducing irregular melanosome activity and providing potent antioxidant therapy with vitamins C and E.

Apply the night cream evenly to your face, avoiding eye area. (Rx only)


  • helps fade wrinkles
  • a dab goes a long way
  • easy to apply
  • improves texture and elasticity in the eye area and reduces eye bags, lines and creases.
  • no greasy finish
  • does not irritate
  • very moisturising
  • goes on very smooth and has a great texture
  • doesn’t leave eyes feeling puffy like other eye creams


  • very expensive but a little goes a long way


Hydroquinone 40 mg/gm in a base of Purified Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-2 Myristyl Ether Propionate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, L-Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), TEA-Salicylate, Lactic Acid, Saponins, Methylparaben, Edetate Disodium, Propylparaben, BHT, Phenyl Trimethicone, Sodium Metabisulfite.