There are so many skin care products competing for our attention that it is difficult to know what to choose. We may love the way they feel or smell or perhaps the price is the most appealing aspect. Regardless of the particular attraction, you should ask yourself: What is it really doing for my skin?
Why did you purchase the product? Are you struggling with dry skin, acne, fine lines, wrinkles, or loss of elasticity? Do you know what aspects of your unique skin and lifestyle caused these problems? Most likely your skin has been exposed to a combination of external and intrinsic factors that contributed to its current condition. You may need to seek out a skin care professional to learn where your dollars can make a more significant impact towards the results you are seeking. Complimentary advice from licensed aestheticians or dermatology trained skin professionals is available. A consultation that includes an in-depth skin evaluation together with a customized treatment plan is the best path to great skin.
Cosmeceutical skin care products, otherwise known as medical grade, are highly recommended for clients to achieve their skin care goals. Medical grade means they are only available from establishments that operate under a physician’s license. This is important because the FDA regulates skin care products that include corrective ingredients that actually affect the skin. The concentration of active ingredients in over the counter (OTC) skin care products is limited to avoid harming people with the greatest sensitivity to those ingredients. Medical grade skin care products contain a higher concentration of active ingredients because they are only dispensed by medical professionals trained to evaluate whether that concentration is appropriate for each client. The ingredient lists of most OTC products do not contain the ingredient concentrations, which makes it difficult or impossible for the consumer to compare OTC and medical grade products. Depending on your goals and the condition of your skin, OTC products frequently produce much poorer results than the those obtained from a medical grade line.
Medical grade skin care products are strong enough to reach, and correct problems in, deeper layers of the skin than OTC products. Active ingredients such as retinol’s (Vitamin A), Vitamins C and E, and glycolic, hyaluronic, or lactic acids are most effective when they reach those deeper skin layers.
The higher cost of medical grade products results from the inclusion of more effective active ingredients at higher concentrations and may make them seem unaffordable. However, less product is typically needed to deliver superior results, so the cost/benefit calculation actually makes medical grade products a better bargain in the long run. The most important factor is to ensure that you actually need and will benefit from the use of a particular ingredient. Otherwise, you are spending money on a product that will not produce the desired results, regardless of the concentration of that ingredient. Consulting a medically trained and licensed skin care specialist gives you that assurance.
One cautionary note: Various internet locations offer brand name medical grade skin care products with no medical supervision at significant discounts. These products are often counterfeit, foreign, expired and relabeled with new dates, or obtained from bankrupt skin care facilities with no guarantee that the products were properly stored before being sold to you. Everyone wants to save money but risking your skin care goals for a few dollars is rarely a good bet.
Committing to a medical grade skin care line will change the way you view healthy skin.