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Medical Grade Skincare v Over the Counter Skincare.

Medical Grade Skincare vs. Over The Counter Skincare.

Is your bathroom cabinet full of over the counter skincare? If so do you keep trying alternatives to try and find a better one? are they delivering the results that you want them to? Moisturisers, cleansers, serums, vitamin C’s, anti-aging products and many many more that are stacked on the shelves in our high street stores, supermarkets and online. Struggling to find one that delivers for your skin? This is why it’s important to know the difference between medical grade skincare and over the counter skincare, so when you buy your products you are making a smarter decision. What you choose to put on your skin on a daily basis is a major factor in keeping your skin healthy, we all want to feel and look our best and your skincare routine plays a significant role in making that happen.
Medical grade skincare brands are specially formulated for specific skin concerns and backed by clinical evidence with published trials. It contains highly active ingredients at proven concentrations that can penetrate more deeply into the skin. This makes them highly effective and can deliver noticeable results within weeks.

They are more likely to be recommended and used by aesthetic clinicians, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons. Alternatively over the counter brands are mass produced and are designed to work on the majority of the population they are less potent than medical-grade. In addition to using negligible amounts of active ingredients, over the counter brands also use low-quality ingredients to make their products affordable. With their marketing and packaging, these products assure us that they will help with skin issues and make your skin healthier than ever before. The truth is that many of the over the counter skin care products you’ll find for sale on retail shelves can often disappoint.

What are the pro’s and con’s of medical grade skincare:

. Tailored to your skin needs
. Surprisingly affordable
. More cost effective as you better quality and use less products
. Better quality ingredients
. More of each ingredients
. Backed by clinical research
. Delivery to deep skin layers
. Not necessary more expensive
. You will use less of the product

. Can be more expensive
. You may need a prescription

Pro’s and Con’s of over the counter skincare:

. Easier access to products/more convenient
. You don’t need a prescription
. Can be priced lower but are mass produced

. Products are often not potent enough to make a difference
. Counter skincare products can contain sulphates, parabens and artificial fragrances
. Many will sit on top of the skin and not penetrate through it
. They cater for mass markets
. You spend more money trying to find the right products for your skin

Cosmeceuticals are the marriage of cosmetics and 
pharmaceuticals, a skincare product that does more than a cosmetic but is not quite a drug. Think of them like the middle-ground between medical and over the counter skincare. It can be unrealistic to expect everyone to maintain a medical grade only skin regime, mixing and matching with over-the-counter to balance side effects and results can work for you to. A cosmeceutical product is a non-prescription formula containing more biologically active ingredients that have benefits beyond traditional moisturisers such as the ability to influence changes in collagen metabolism and reduce wrinkles. We have chosen to work with medical and cosmeceutical brands such as Zo Skin Health, Obagi Medical, Jan Marini, Cell Skin Lab and Dr Levy. Some of the skin problems treated with these brands are Acne, anti wrinkle, hyperpigmentation, hydration, growth factor and skin brightening.

Elevate your skincare !

A person that becomes stronger and fitter through exercising and eating a healthy diet, recover faster and heal better after being injured or having a disease. They will also enjoy a better quality of life and live longer. Same with your skin it will become more tolerant and strong if we feed it the best nutrients. Skin will then actively renew itself, heal faster after disease/injury, remain younger looking and function at optimal levels.

If you would like anymore information or would like to book in for a free skin consultation please contact us on the details below.