What should I choose?
With so many skin care lines competing for our attention, 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?
Most likely your skin has been exposed to a combination of external and intrinsic factors that contributed to its current condition. Seeking out a skincare professional to learn where your money can make a more significant impact towards the results you are seeking.
MEDICAL-GRADE VS OVER THE COUNTER
The concentration of active ingredients in over the counter (OTC) skin care products is greatly limited to avoid harming people with the greatest sensitivity to those ingredients. On the other hand, 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 patient. 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 skincare products are strong enough to reach, and correct problems in, deeper layers of the skin than OTC products.
LESS CAN BE MORE
Active ingredients such as OPCs, Vitamin e, hyaluronic, or lactic acids and peptides 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.