Skincare is a multi billion dollar industry in the United States. There are thousands of products out there promising to give you healthier, better-looking skin. And with sophisticated-sounding formulas and “all-natural” options crowding the shelves, who needs medical grade skincare anyway?
Over the counter products contain only a fraction of the active ingredients you’ll find in physician-only products. This is true even of drugstore skincare labeled as “clinical strength.” Why? Products sold without a supervising physician are not allowed to exceed a certain level of active ingredients. This helps ensure that a product won’t harm someone who doesn’t use it as directed or is not well-suited to it—but it also means that over the counter products are often too weak to achieve the desired effect.
On the other hand, medical grade contains much higher concentrations of active ingredients, and therefore is subject to greater scrutiny, which ultimately benefits you and your skin.
Here are just a few reasons why medical grade skincare is worth it.
1. Prescription-strength ingredients in medical grade skincare products are subject to FDA regulation
This means they have been proven safe and effective before being allowed onto the market. In contrast, the over the counter skincare and cosmetics industry is largely self-regulated, resulting in inconsistent safety and efficacy in products for sale. Additionally, companies that make their products available only through a licensed physician almost always employ third-party clinical testing to ensure their products are safe and effective.
2. You will receive a professional’s recommendations before you make a purchase
This is a huge plus of medical-grade skincare. Having your skin evaluated by an experienced esthetician who can recommend the right products helps you avoid wasting time and money on products that aren’t right for your skin type. Your esthetician will also adjust your routine according to your changing skin, so you can feel confident that you are always getting the most effective products, even as your needs or goals change.
Buying skincare won't be hit-or-miss guessing game, you’re likely to get better results, save money, and reduce bathroom clutter. You may even experience a sense of relief, knowing you can ignore all the hype in favor of listening to someone who knows your skin and what works best for it.
3. It will enhance your treatment results
It takes both regular skincare treatments AND home care to get your best results. 80% of results are based from at home skin care. You wouldn't go to the dentist regularly and then never brush your teeth at home right? It works the same with skincare! If you are investing your money in getting facial treatments, you need to be following an at home skin routine.
But my drugstore products work just fine…
Even if you think your skin is in great shape now, the fact is you could be missing out on your healthiest skin possible. Because over-the-counter products are only permitted to have a fraction of the strength of medical-grade skincare, you can expect only a fraction of the benefit.
And, when it comes to protecting against premature aging and cancer-causing UV radiation, is it worth taking a gamble on cheaper products?
…and medical grade skincare sounds so expensive!
You will likely save money in the long run by choosing medical grade skincare. Think about it; how many partially used products have you stashed under your bathroom sink or thrown out because they didn’t work well or suit your skin? Probably hundreds of dollars’ worth!
Give your skin the health and protection it deserves
As you might have guessed, we are passionate about skin health at Akin Aesthetics & Wellness, and we want you to enjoy the healthy, radiant, and youthful skin. If you are ready to upgrade your skincare, or you have questions, we will be happy to help you. Call our office at 801-837-3125 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get your most beautiful skin yet.