ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme Review
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ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme Review

We want so much from our night creams, don’t we? And why shouldn’t we? Nighttime is when we want our resting skin to repair itself, to breathe, and to heal. And without the right night cream, it can’t do that.

So we search and we search, and we try product after product, in the hope that one day we’ll find the one. Well, we’re looking at a promising contender today. It’s called ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme, from Dr. Zein Obagi, the dermatologist who created the famous Obagi Blue Peel. This product is part of his ZO line which is more readily available than the original Obagi line.

ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme is meant to be calming and soothing for normal to dry skin. It reduces inflammation and redness, while it infuses your skin with cell regenerating retinol and other beneficial anti-aging ingredients.

Speaking of which, let’s take a look at the formula.

ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme ReviewZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme Ingredients and How They Work

The main anti-aging ingredient in ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme is Retinol. This pure form of Vitamin A is so important for keeping skin looking fresh and young. And its best in night creams so it can do its work while you rest and without sun exposure. It encourages skin cell turnover so your skin is always young and new.

The supporting case of ingredients includes:

  • Willowherb which calms skin, reducing both inflammation and redness.
  • Squalene which is a natural moisturizer.
  • Ceramides for bolstering the skin’s protective moisture barrier.
  • Shea Butter for emollience and to nourish and soften skin.
  • Evodia Fruit to reduce redness.

As a night cream, you’ll want to apply ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme to your skin after cleansing and treating at bedtime.

ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme Pros and Cons

Advantages of ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme

  • It contains a good range of anti-aging ingredients including Retinol and Ceramides.
  • It reduces redness and calms inflammation, which is a leading cause of premature aging.
  • The airless jar packaging keeps the ingredients fresh.

Disadvantages of ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme

  • It’s expensive.
  • There are some concerning ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme reviews where customers say they broke out and/or got burning sensations and redness.

Where to Buy

You can buy ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme online or in department stores. The 1.7 ounce jar retails for $95.


The ingredients in ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme seem promising, but for some, their experience has been anything but. So this one is hard to call.

If you have an opportunity to use a sample product, I would recommend you do it. This way, you’ll know whether you love it or hate it before having to spend actually money on ZO Ommerse Overnight Recovery Creme.

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Q: How can i get a sample before i buy it? -Sonia

A: Sonia, ZO is Dr. Obagi's secondary line and I've never seen it in stores, only online sales so I don't know how you could get a sample unless you found a spa that carried it. Rachel

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Q: Do you need a serum and moisturiser with Zo recovery cream -

A: Hi, the Zo Recovery cream is a moisturizer... so nom  you would not need a separate serum or a separate moisturizer. Zo Recovery cream is a night cream with retinol, and it's highly irritating for some, I can't use anything with retinol it makes me break out in painful, itchy rash skin. You should consider the Beautycounter Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream. 

Using the Overnight Peel first with AHA's and then adding the sleeping cream is an amazing combo. The AHA's (glycolic acid) does a great job at gently exfoliating the skin, lightening spots and reversing wrinkles. And the sleeping cream would give you the added hydration you need while you sleep and for repair.

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Q: Do you apply serum before or after recovery cream -Lynda

A: Serums are always applied first, then sealed in with a moisturizer. Serums have the strongest ingredients and smaller molecules so you want that to absorb first.

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Rachel Vrabel

Rachel is Chief Editor of Women’s Blog Talk and writes reviews across the spectrum of anti-aging, health and beauty. She has an English degree from USF and worked in finance for 15 years before establishing this website in 2011. She loves having a place she can share her inspiration for health and beauty and continue to help others! She lives in South Florida with her husband and her hobbies include beach volleyball, HIIT training and combing the beach for sea glass and shells.


    • Rachel Vrabel
      Rachel Vrabel

      The Zo website says to apply Zo Recovery cream to clean, dry skin. It contains retinol which is a potent ingredient. I would cleanse, tone and then apply the Recovery cream 3x per week – you won’t need anything over this… but you probably won’t want to use every night either because it can be irritating. I would use the serum/moisturizer on the other nights to give your skin a break from the retinol. Good luck! Rachel

    • Rachel Vrabel
      Rachel Vrabel

      Marisol, apply the tretinoin first and allow it to absorb, and then apply additional products. Personally I wouldn’t mix them. The tretinoin is a much stronger product so if you want it to work at its full strength you want to put that on first. rachel

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