So you’ve decided to take better care of your skin this year. That is an excellent resolution, but skincare is a huge and confusing industry for consumers. There are so many drug-store brands producing inexpensive lines of skincare and higher-end brands that entice consumers to buy their more expensive version of similar products. If we weren’t already confused enough, dermatologists and med spas boast that their medical-grade products are the best of all. Every brand claims to produce amazing results, so are there benefits to medical-grade skincare?
Benefits of Medical-Grade Skin Care Products
Medical companies have invested in clinical research to guarantee that their products work. They prove their value through double-blind and controlled trials and must consistently and successfully do what they are designed to do before obtaining FDA approval. This can give consumers confidence in the products. Over-the-counter products are self-regulated and most often have not been tested under the same guidelines.
Stronger Active Ingredients
Most medical-grade companies use highly stabilized ingredients that last longer and take longer to degrade. Over-the-counter products contain a much smaller percentage of active ingredients.
Medical-grade companies use more highly stabilized ingredients that last longer, and they use more involved mechanisms of absorption which deliver the product to deeper levels of the skin. You can use less product because they are designed to better penetrate the skin. This saves you money in the long run!
Medical Recommendation and Personalization
When you use medical-grade skincare you are getting a medical professional’s recommendation which is a step-by-step plan that is customized to your specific skin problems. There will be no more guessing which products you need. You will save so much money by not buying and throwing away things that don’t work.
When you start using better products that are more effective and customized for your skin issues, you will actually be saving yourself skin problems down the road. You will also be getting better anti-aging benefits so you will look better in years to come because of your investment.
About Retinol Products
Retinol is used as a catch-all term for topical products that contain a vitamin A derivative which is a type of retinoid. Retinoids are known to increase collagen production as well as cellular turnover. Collagen gives your skin a firmer structure and plumpness that keeps the skin from sagging or becoming crepey. A quicker cellular turnover means that dull and dead skin cells are removed from the surface at a faster rate so that fresh, healthy-looking cells arrive at the surface sooner and keep your skin glowing and younger-looking. Retinol is ideal for improving skin’s texture, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, evening the skin tone, and decreasing pore size.
What Are the Best Retinol Products?
When buying retinol products, you will want to invest in the very best types. There are two basic types of over-the-counter retinol products. One will contain retinol and the other will contain retinyl palmitate, which is stronger and more effective. However, both of these products are milder than the prescription versions that can be obtained through med spas and dermatologists.
Prescription versions known as tretinpin, tazarotene, and adapalene, will be the more effective versions of retinol products because of the benefits described earlier. They have undergone more intense trials under FDA scrutiny. They have more active ingredients. They use a better delivery system which allows the active ingredients to be delivered to deeper layers of the skin and they come with medical recommendation and supervision.
It should be clear to see that the best value in retinol products, or any other skincare products, will come from dermatologists and med spas that have access to products of all-around better quality. While the price of the products may be higher than their over-the-counter relatives, the products will last longer and work more effectively, saving you money in the long run.
We would love to answer any questions you may have and help you establish a skincare routine that is customized to your individual needs. The beginning of the year is a great time to get started on your journey to healthier skin.
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