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How do I know what skin type I am?
Sensitive Collection - for men prone to skin irritation, burning and redness.  Effective for shaving-related skin conditions and rosacea.
Oily Collection - effective for men who develop oily skin and shine throughout the day.  Also suggested for blemished skin and acne or other sebum-related skin conditions.
Normal Collection - suggested for men who have clear, non greasy skin.  Normal skin appears fresh and clean at mid day with not residual oil or dry/flakiness.  Also recommended for combination skin – oily T zone (nose and forehead).
Dry Collection - is appropriate for men who experience dry, patchy or flaking skin.  Our dry collection is also effective for sun-damaged and mature skin needing extra hydration and brightening.

Why do you have two eye products?
The skin around the eyes is up to ten times thinner than the rest of the face, and requires delicate, specific maintenance. OM4 offers day and evening eye treatments so that the fine lines around your eyes can be reduced as much as possible. Our OM4 Eyebright Age Defying Moisture Complex dramatically reduces eye puffiness and circles upon waking, while our OM4 Radical Fine Line Eraser Eye Gel minimizes the appearance of fine lines and can be worn during the day.

I received a Step 2, pH Balance and it seems watery. Is it supposed to be that way?
Yes. When you receive an OM4 pH Balancer, gently shake a few drops into the palm of your hand. Do not squeeze the bottle, or you will be wasting product!

Ingredients and Origins

Acai - deep plum-colored berry rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids and beneficial fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9). Revitalizes and can boost the skin's natural immune system.

Alfalfa Alfalfa - high in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene. An anti-inflammatory and effective anti-aging ingredient, Alfalfa is used in the treatment of a wide variety of skin disorders.

Allantoin - skin calming botanical derived from the Comfrey Root; is used for its healing, moisturizing, soothing and anti-irritating properties.

Aloe Vera - succulent perennial related to the lily family. Botanical moisturizer, skin protectant and humectant. Native to Africa and used medicinally for thousands of years, aloe is high in amino acids and polysaccharides and is especially beneficial for calming and healing distressed skin and abrasions.

American Ginseng - botanical name, Panax, is derived from the Greek word "panacea", meaning "all healing." Skin conditioner, cleanser and restorative. Acts on free radicals and can slow the signs of aging.

Apricot - the Apricot is a species of Prunus, classified with the plum in the subgenus Prunus. The native range is somewhat uncertain due to its extensive prehistoric cultivation, but most likely is India.

Apricot Extract - Extract of an Apricot.

Bayberry - astringent, antiseptic, useful in killing bacteria on the skin and stregthening mucus membranes. Improves circulation and aids in the the toning of the skin. Bayberry also contains arbutin which acts as a tyrosinase inhibitor to assist in correcting hyperpigmentation. Arbutin is an antioxidant, skin conditioner and anti-infection agent.

Biocomplex™ - vitamin a, esther c, vitamin e, coenzyme q10, alpha lipoic acid

Black Walnut - potent antifungal, antiparasitic, antiseptic and astringent. Can also be used for the treatment of acne.

Bloodroot - used topically to treat and prevent several skin conditions including eczema, skin tags, etc.

Blueberry - high in anthocyanins - purple-red hued antioxidants that give blueberries their distinctive color. Fights premature aging.

Borage Oil - nutrient-dense carrier oil, high in Omega-6 gamma linoleic acid. An excellent treatment for dry or mature skin and a host of conditions, including: acne, rosacea, dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. Emollient rich in potassium and calcium.

Burdock Root - naturally purifies and detoxifies the skin. Anti-inflammatory, especially useful in helping clear skin problems, such as: blemishes, acne, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis.

Cactus - naturally help prevent waterloss form the skin. Contains phytochemicals which promote increased immune function, and deliver high levels of antioxidants.

Calendula - is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Calendula regulates circulation, promoting cellular regeneration and supporting healthy skin function. An emolliant oil having a soothing effect on the skin, reducing general irritations, dryness and itchiness.

Castor Seed - enhances the moisture content of the skin. Soothing, providing a protective barrier against harsh environments.

Cayenne - stimulant high in vitamin A, Cayenne increases circulation, and provides a healthy glow to the complexion.

Cellulose Gum - while not the most attractive sounding ingredient, Cellulose Gum (CMC) is one of the most common hydrocolloid or thickening agent in the industry today. Cellulose strains such as the lint from the cotton seed are the main components of naturally occurring cellulose gum.

Cetyl Alcohol - highly misunderstood ingredient. Non-dying fatty alcohol from plant oils, generally, palm oil. Known for its natural emulsifying and binding properties, Cetyl Alcohol hydrates the skin leaving it soft and supple to the touch.

Chaparral - pore refiner. Useful in healing a variety of dry skin conditions such as eczema. Effective on cracked skin on hands and feet, as well.

Chaparral - heals a wide range of skin conditions, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory

Chlorophyll - most commonly know for its deodorizing effects, Chlorophyll is an effective antioxidant and anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory agent.

Cinnamon - extracted from the bark and leaf, cinnamon is best known as a culinary spice. Mildly astringent, cinnamon stimulates and increases circulation giving skin a healthy natural glow.

Citric Acid - used to adjust pH and as part of OM4's natural preservation system.

Co Q 10 - nature's immune booster. Protects against environmental damage and premature aging.

Cocamide MIPA - derived from coconut. A mild, skin-friendly cleansing agent or surfactant that effectively removes surface oil and dirt, without stripping or drying sensitive skin

Cocamidopropyl Betaine (From Coconuts) - derived from coconut. A safe cleanser for sensitive skin. Effectively removes surface oil debris and bacteria, without stripping or drying.

Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine - derived from coconut. A mild, effective skin cleanser, surfactant.

Coconut Oil - antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial. Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is unique and wonderful for the skin. OM4's virgin coconut oil is cold-pressed, pure, natural and unrefined. Extracted from freshly harvested coconuts using a "wet milling" process that uses neither chemicals nor high heat, coconut oil helps maintain and quickly reestablish the skin's natural antimicrobial and acid barriers.

Colloidal Silver - powerful healing agent and natural antibiotic.

Cranberry - contains natural proanthocyanidins which are responsible for this extract's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Dandelion - the enemy of suburban lawns, happens to be a very nutritious food source and has been used for medicinal purposes since the 10th century. The leaves contain significant levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc potassium, manganese, copper, chlorine, calcium, boron, and silicon. The substances eudesmanolide and germacranolide are the active constituents in dandelion and are unique to this plant. These are all highly revered antioxidants prevent the degeneration of skin cells and DNA. The bitter astringent properties as especially effective on oily skin, and the treatment and prevention of acne.

Decyl Glucoside - a mild, plant derived, biodegradable, natural, and gentle coconut based cleanser. A non-ionic surfactant used in cosmetic formularies including baby shampoo and in products for individuals with sensitive skin.

Desert Rose Absolute - known as the "Queen of Oils," this aromatic skin softening oil is especially calming and hydrating for sensitive and dry/mature skin, as well as, treating male rosacea.

Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate - disodium salt used as a gentle nonionic surfactant or cleansing agent.

Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate - disodium salt used as a gentle nonionic surfactant or cleansing agent. Safe and gentle with a zero rating for toxicity on Skin Deep.

Dulse - red algae, seaweed with emollient and moisturizing properties.

Echinacea - previously used primarily in the treatment and prevention of the common cold, the purple coneflower (Echinacea) has historically been one of the Native American's most 8important medicinal plants. Echinacea prevents the formation of hyaluronidase--an enzyme that destroys the cell walls that guard against the penetration of bacteria and viruses. Its nutirent rich, antibacterial properties are particularly effective on the treatment of oily skin related conditions, including, blemish and blackhead prevention, inflammation and acne.

Elderflower - An astringent, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory herb with emollient properties. Is particularly beneficial for dry skin and the eye contour areas. Encourages a lightening action.

Ethylhexyl Glycerin - a natural and gentle Whole Foods Premium Standard approved preservative derived from glycerin. Ethylhexyl Glycerin is sometimes used in combination with phenoxyethanol. Used in quantities of less than 1% to augment our natural preservation system - Vitamin E, Co Q 10, Rosemary, and Green Tea. Protects against microbial growth, product cross-contaminiation and ensures a minimum shelf life of 18 months.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil - stimulating, highly effective antiseptic oil valued for its acutely masculine fragrance. Well suited for treating oily skin related conditions.

Geranium Distillate - beneficial for all skin types. Anti-inflammatory, cooling, hemostatic, refreshing and rehydrating. Balances either too dry or over-oily combination skin. Normalizes congested areas giving relief to many skin conditions.

Ginger - traditional Ayurvedic ingredient that has been used for centuries to prevent as well as cure diseases skin disorders. Stimulates and promotes micro-circulation. Promotes a radiant vibrant complexion - a handsome, healthy and natural glow.

Glyceryl Stearate - vegetable-based glycerin used as an emulsifier and skin conditioner.

Gotu Kola - the principle ingredient in a famous elixir called Fo Ti Tieng in ancient China, with an astounding reputation as a "Fountain of Youth" brew. Gotu Kola stimulates the production of collagen, as well as, the manufacturing of new skin cells.

Grape Seed Oil - truly superb in every regard, Grape Seed Oil has a mild green color with a pleasant odor, and great absorption rate. Does not leave a greasy feeling, or shiny appearance. Exceptionally useful for sensitive skin as a result of of its natural hypo-allergenic properties. Containing natural Vitamin E, Grape Seed Oil is an amazing anti-oxidant and inhibitor of premature aging.

Grapefruit Seed - powerful antioxidant, also used as a natural preservative and an anti-microbial.

Green Tea - antioxidant, soothing, anti-inflammatory.

Guar Gum - in powder form, Guar Gum naturally stabilizes the viscosity of emulsions. Made from the seeds of the Indian tree (Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba) - Guar Bean.

Horsetail - high in silica, an essential building block of the skin matrix. Horsetail nourishes, calms and tones the epidermis. Especially beneficial for devitalized and fatigued skin.

Hyaluronic Acid - exists naturally in the extracellular matrix of human tissue. Topically applied, Hyaluronic Acid penetrates the dermis and forms an air permeable barrier, boosting elasticity and skin hydration from the inside out. Hyaluronic Acid balances seasonal variation in temperature and humidity due to its unique ability to maintain more than 1000 times its weight in water and regulate moisture absorption based on the relative humidity in the air. Also protects the epidermis by scavenging reactive oxygen species generated by ultra violet light a leading cause of sun spots. Extracted from 100% vegan sources.

Irish Moss - natural stabilizer and emulsifier. Wonderful humectant properties for the skin.
Jojoba Esters - an emulsifier from jojoba oils and waxes for binding and holding formulations together naturally.

Jojoba Oil - mimics the skin's natural sebum for superior uptake and absorption. Heals and moisturizes. Naturally high in Vitamin E.

Kaolin - natural highly absorbent clay, great for oily skin types and for its natural resurfacing and firming effects.

Kelp - soothes burns and rashes. Rich in iodine, trace minerals and vitamins.

Kosher Vegetable Glycerin - Kosher and derived from vegetables, glycerine is a natural humectant and moisturizer.

Lavender Essential Oil - widely known for its calming, balancing and stress-relieving aromatherapy effects, lavender's fresh, clean scent has made it a worldwide favorite. Lavender promotes healing, and prevents scarring by stimulating cellular regeneration, improving circulation and positively affecting oily and blemished skin.

Licorice - contains glabridin, a brightening agent which suppresses the production of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin discoloration.

Magnesium Aluminum Silicate - as with Sodium Magnesium Silicate, a clay-like ingredient known for its oil absorbtion and mild cleansing/exfoliating effects.

MSM - Methylsulfonylmethane has been present in the oceans, soil, and atmosphere of the earth since the beginning of time. There is little that MSM does not benefit in a carbon-based world. MSM is a naturally occurring, organically bound dietary sulfur that participates in every function of the human body. MSM facilitates the exchange of oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nutrients, which greatly promote the healing and renewal of skin and connective tissue. Sulfur is a completely bio-available compound needed for enzyme activity, hormone balance, and function of the immune system. MSM is a central component of collagen, and assists in the prevention of inflammation and in the youth-revealing skin repair.

Oat - an annual grain. A soothing, healing, anti-inflammatory ingredient used to treat itching associated with a variety of skin conditions.

Ocean Mineral Complex - proprietary blend of over 92 ocean minerals which revitalize tired and compromised skin structures.

Olive Oil - 100% cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil is naturally high in Omega-9 fatty acids. Gentle and soothing to the skin, olive oil has been used for centuries by the Italians and Greeks to deeply hydrate while providing polyphenols and potent antioxidants for skin protection and rejuvenation.

Omega 3 Anti-Oxidant Blend - one of OM4's signature ingredients makes its way from down under to our labs. The world's most concentrated source of all-natural omega-3s, the oil of the New Zealand Greenlip Mussel, is combined with New Zealand sauvignon blanc grape seed husk extract to create an unsurpassed antioxidant, anti-inflammatory serum ingredient. The grapes are grown on the South Island of New Zealand where the unique atmospheric conditions cause the seed husk to have greater levels of super antioxidant OPC (oligomeric procyanidin compounds) than any known fruit or berry, and are free from genetically modified material, heavy metals, arsenic, toxins, and pesticides. Antioxidant potentcy is commonly registered on the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) index. The OM4 sauvignon blanc grapeseed extract rates 12,000 units/gram. To provide perspective, other highly effective and well-known superfruits have the following ORAC ratings: - Acai Berry at 3,800 units/gram - Mangosteen at 3,120 units/gram - Goji Berry at 253 units/gram, and - Pomegranate at 105 units/gram Inflammation is a primary cause of skin degradation and the acceleration of the aging process. In terms of the anti-inflammatory potency of greenlip mussels consider the following comparison: - Greenlip Mussel Oil 79.0 Potency - Fish Oil 0.50 Potency - Salmon Oil 0.32 Potency - Evening Primrose Oil 0.25 Potency - Flax Oil 0.2 Potency Studies: studies have linked the omega-3 in greenlip mussels to measurable health benefits, including a study at the University of California which linked these omega-3 to reduced arthritic symptoms. (See Allerg Immunol (Paris), Sept. 2000;32(7):272-8). A 2003 study at the Yonsei Medical Clinic validated the clinical effectiveness of greenlip mussel extract given to patients with osteoarthritis. (See Allerg Immunol (Paris). June 2003;35(6):212-6.)

Orange Blossom Distillate - protects, regenerates and improves skin elasticity.

Orange Peel Tincture
- a toning agent with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

Oregano Oil - anti-inflammatory, detoxifier. Natural preservative know to inhibit bacterial growth.

Oregon Grape - heals skin disorders – eczema, blemishes and dry skin conditions.

Peppermint Essential Oil - mildly astringent, cooling, stimulating and refreshing. Invigorating aromatherapy effect.

Phenoxyethanol - concentrated natural and organic ingredients require preservation. Phenoxyethanol is a Whole Foods Premium Standard compliant preservative which prevents microbial and gram-negative bacteria growth. We believe unpreserved organic skin care products are potentially more dangerous to your health than the use of mild preservation at 0.1%. Phenoxyethanol is an organic chemical compound, a glycol ether which can also be derived from flower extracts. Phenoxyethanol is used only to augment our natural preservation system - Vitamin E, Co Q 10, Rosemary, Green Tea, to ensure a minimum shelf life of 18 months. We do not use parabens in any OM4 product. Rich in vitamins, proteins and trace elements. Spirulina is blue-green algae grown in fresh and brackish inland waters. Packed with nutrients, Spirulina is 60% all-vegetable protein, rich in beta-carotene, iron, vitamin B-12 and gamma linoleic acid (GLA).

Pomegranate - improves skin elasticity and protects against free-radical damage and speeds healing.

Red Clover - contains genistein and the metabolites equol, isoequol and the related derivative dehydroequol, which appear to reduce inflammation and suppress contact hypersensitivity induced by moderate doses of UV radiation. Especially, useful in the prevention and treatment of skin conditions, such as blemished, acne, eczema, psoriasis, and surface irritation.

Red Raspberry - potent antioxidant, astringent, anti-irritant. Rich in Vitamins B, C, and naturally occurring hydroxy acids for resurfacing the skin. An effective anti-bacterial, antiviral agent which also protects against sun damage.

Red Seaweed - a gel-forming polysaccharide found in the red algae, a seaweed also known as
"Irish moss". A soothing natural emulsifier, high in sulfur and extremely nourishing to the skin.

Red Wine Polyphenols - rich extract high in antioxidants and resveratrol—a substance which increases the production of protein SIRT1, known to slow the natural aging process, protect against DNA damage and cellular entropy.

Rosehip Oil - miracle anti-aging oil. Heals skin irritations and calms sensitivity.

Rosemary (Seed) Extract - An aromatic shrub with needle-like leaves yielding a pungent pine-like aroma with a woody, masculine note. known for its stimulating and warming effect. Normalizes oil production and is a key component in our natural skin care preservation system.
Sage - drought tolerant shrub. Astringent, cleanser, and anti-inflammatory. Normalizes the skin a regulates transpiration.

Sage Essential Oil - obtained by steam distillation of the leaves, used as a clean, natural, masculine fragrance in our dry collection products.

Sandalwood Absolute
- as with Sandalwood Essential Oil, a fragrant aromatherapy ingredient with dry skin moisturizing and conditioning properties.

Sandalwood Essential Oil
- rich, luxurious, fragrant oil, one of the oldest known perfume ingredients, with at least 4,000 years of uninterrupted use. Sandalwood helps reduce tension and anxiety, and is a rich emoilliant and moisturizer for dry skin.

Saponified Oils - The name saponification literally means "soap making". The root word, "sapo", is Latin for soap. The Italian word for soap is sapone. Soap making as an art, has its origins in ancient Babylon around 2500 - 2800 BC. The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when an oil is mixed with a strong alkali. The products of the reaction are two: soap and glycerin. Water is also present, but it does not enter into the chemical reaction. The water is only a vehicle for the alkali, which is otherwise a dry powder. A natural process for creating cleansing agents.

Saw Palmetto - skin conditioner, anti-inflammatory. Heals skin irritations.

Sea Buckthorn Oil - unsurpassed natural source of vitamin A and E, carotenes and flavonoids. Nourishes and effectively combats wrinkles, dryness, and other symptoms of prematurely aging skin.

Shea Butter - therapeutic emollient. Protects the skin from the elements, sun and photo aging. Eliminates superficial irritations and common skin conditions.

Smectite Clay - a general class of nonmetallic clays, which have the ability to absorb. Smectite conains mostly bentonite clays which have also been used for thousands of years as topical poultice or by ingesting it. It is the main constituent of the volcanic ash.

Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose - a sodium salt of carboxymethyl cellulose, used as a thickening or emulsifying agent giving products a smooth absorbable texture.

Sodium Magnesium Silicate - clay-like ingredients based on silicates, known for its oil absorption and mild cleansing/exfoliating effects.

Stearic Acid - natural fatty acid emollient used as a waxy agent to help keep other ingredients intact in our OM4 formulations.

Stoneroot - antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, skin repair agent.

Sunflower Oil - an oil wealthy in Oleic acids with high amounts of Vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. Deeply nourishing and highly conditioning for the skin. The blossoms of the safflower effectively reduce breakouts, blemishes and acne.

Sweet Almond Oil - relieves itchiness, irritation and softens skin.

Tea Tree Oil - popular world-wide for its highly medicinal properties, including the treatment of: acne, burns, rashes, skin immune deficiencies and sebum regulation for oily skin.

Titanium Dioxide - a natural white mineral powder with the distinction of being a "class one", "full spectrum" sunscreen. As a broad spectrum physical UV blocker, Titanium Dioxide is effective on both UVA and UVB wavelengths.

Violet - antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antioxidant rich in Vitamins A and D. Helpful in the clearing of minor skin imperfections.

Vitamin A - potent skin renewal agent. Improves skin texture and smoothes fine lines. Used to increase collegian production and fight wrinkles. May also be useful in the treatment of acne.

Vitamin B5 - non-irritating form of Vitamin B which is absorbed deeply, adding essential moisture and providing a desirable plumping effect. Panthenol has been effectively used to treat sunburns, irritations, dryness and other minor skin conditions. This non-toxic vitamin helps to diminish wrinkles by infusing moisture into the deepest layers of the skin.

Vitamin C - OM4 vitamin C formulations are superior to most of the C products on the market, today, as a result of our use of a uniquely stabilized ingredient called Stay C 50. Stay C 50 is a water soluble salt form of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, which is easily bioconverted to Vitamin C by skin enzymes. A comprehensive Vitamin C program can help prevent photoaging and the onset of more serious skin conditions - pigmentation, the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, and in extreme cases, skin cancer. Sunscreens are also important, but cannot do it alone. Topical Vitamin C provides up to eight times the skin's natural protection from UV damage. It is important to remember that Vitamin C cannot be stored in the body, and must be reintroduced on a daily basis. An ample dosage of Stay C 50 is suspended in our OM4 serums to deeply penetrate the empidermis, feed and nourish at a cellular level and protect against oxidative damage--loss of texture, elasticity and the natural glow of healthy skin.

Vitamin E - anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, emollient. High in linoleic acid at 71%. Naturally preserves cosmetics and it acts as an anti-oxidant in creams and lotions. Accelerates the healing of burns and scars.

Water - unique dual process water technology for purifying and organizing water molecules into hexagonally structured, crystalline forms that deeply penetrate and hydrate at a cellular level. Step one purifies the water via reverse osmosis. Step two involves magnetically creating a powerful and visible vortex which increases the oxygen content of the water by up to 30%. Oxygenated water enters the cells via molecular transfer and brings with it a unique bioavailable mineral core of tourmaline, coral calcium, zinc, lithium, and a host of other beneficial minerals which nourish the skin.

White Willow Bark (Salicylic Acid) - a superior naturally occurring exfoliant which effectively reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving texture without the irritation associated with the usage of alpha hydroxy or glycolic acids. Salicylic acid is also found in the leaves of Wintergreen and bark of Sweet Birch. White WIllow effectively exfoliates the lipid-rich outer layers of the corneum and removes debris which accumulates within the pores. As we age, the skin's natural exfoliation process reduces over time, causing a buildup dead skin cells resulting in a dry, dull, flaking complexion. Effective also in the prevention and healing of blemishes.

Wild Cherry - antioxidant rich ingredient. Minimizes fine lines and pores.

Witch Hazel - used medicinally throughout history, leaves and bark of the North American Witch-hazel shrub are best used a an aftershave and astringent. Beneficial for minimizing blemishes and reducing large pores. Effective for both oily and dry mature skin, and is commonly found products for anti-aging and acne-prone skin.

Xanthan Gum - a thickener, emulsifier and stabilizer, xanthan gum is a natural polysaccharide produced from the fermentation of corn sugar.

Yucca - mild cleansing properties, anti-inflammatory.