I often get asked which over-the-counter and department store skin care brands I prefer. I honestly have the most difficult time making suggestions. I almost feel as I am cheating my client out of fantastic skin care when just thinking of recommendations. I understand cost is a huge component, or probably THE component in your questioning. I have to tell you, if you want a healthy skin transformation, professional skin care is the only way to go.
Professional skin care products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than over-the-counter products. If you compare labels between a professional brand and an OTC brand, you may see they contain the same actives. But remember, the OTC brand contains a VERY small amount, while the professional line contains the ingredient on a clinically active level. These actives are delivered into the skin at a deeper level, rather than OTC brands, which are only formulated to penetrate just the top layer of skin. Professional ingredients also consist of smaller molecules, which penetrate into the dermis where your collagen and elastin are contained and into the basal layer where new cells are formed. This allows for a true change within the skin!
Along with the pure, high quality actives, professional products never contain fragrance, colors, or dyes. These additives may make the OTC product smell and look more appealing, but these can cause sensitivity and irritation to the skin.
If cost is your concern, remember this: professional product prices are very similar or almost the same compared to OTC brands. How so? Well these products are not concentrated, so you will end up using more which equals purchasing more at a quicker rate! Also, you will only see minimal results with OTC brands since they work at the top layer of your skin only, which will in turn push you to purchase more in the hopes of seeing real change. Professional products are proven to work and provide real results! Your skin can be transformed by these products as they repair skin at the deepest level where problems arise such as lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and acne.
Choosing a skin care line needs to be based on their credentials and the positive results by true consumers. I urge you to stray away from over-the-counter brands which can be damaging, ineffective, and costly! If you truly want to transform your skin and health, build your trust with a reputable skin care professional that can provide you with results-driven skin care products! And I hope to be that trusted professional you choose!