Cosmeceutical products versus OTC (over the counter ) skincare, how to choose? A skincare routine is extremely important not only to avoid aging as much as possible, but also to maintain healthy and beautiful looking skin. Many people know it’s important to have a good skincare routine, but the big question is always what and where to buy. First, let’s start with why you should avoid OTC skincare.
With over ten years of experience in the beauty industry the number one question asked by clients, friends and family has always been “What would be the best skincare product for my skin type”? My answer has always been the same “Definitely not anything from over the counter”. That’s right, if you buy skincare products at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Wall Mart, etc, then you SHOULD NOT be using it on your skin.
The passion and love I have for this field is beyond anything I’ve ever enjoyed in my professional life. Educating my clients, friends and family on cosmeceutical products and the importance of choosing the right skincare is my responsibility as an aesthetician. When someone sees the results they achieve with the right skincare the reward is priceless.
There are many reasons I am a big believer that cosmeceutical products are better then OTC (over the counter), but here are a few:
- Cosmeceutical products contain a higher amount of active ingredients
- Products will penetrate deeper into the Dermis (second layer of the skin)
- Only available through aestheticians, med spas and doctors (making them specific for your skin type or concern)
- Have been clinically proven to change and enhance skin
- Use more advanced formulas
- Made with smaller molecules that penetrate the skin
The main reason and the most important to me personally, is that cosmeceutical skincare has a higher concentration of active ingredients. The active ingredients are what make the real change in the skin. The actual correction, for so many conditions and concerns, that most clients/patients are constantly bothered by and trying to correct are:
- Hyper pigmentation
- Skin tone and color
- Wrinkles and fine lines
- Age spots
- Sun spots
- Dry skin
- Lack of hydration
- Enlarged pores
- Melasma or chloasma
The next time you visit your skincare specialist be sure to ask for a through skin analysis and express your interest in a cosmeceutical line for your skincare regiment. You will have peace of mind that you will be buying the correct treatment for your specific skin condition, type and concern is definitely priceless.