What’s The Difference Between Supermarket & Professional Skin Care?
Imagine there were no doctors. Imagine if you had to diagnose every health concern yourself. Imagine if prescriptions were not required and you could purchase any medication at the pharmacy without proper medical advice… Needless to say bedlam would quickly ensue along with incorrect diagnoses of conditions and the misuse of strong medication.
Just as the items at a pharmacy are divided into general and specialist categories, the same occurs with the skin care products we use at home. Products available in the supermarket are not recommended by a skin professional, it is for this reason they are low on active ingredients and designed to create general care. Whilst they can provide simple maintenance, supermarket brands don’t have the power to actively correct targeted skin concerns to reverse the symptoms of ageing, pigmentation, acne or chronic irritation. Although many supermarket products may contain some of the same ingredients boasted by clinical and professional counterparts, the percentage is too low to provide any long-lasting or skin correcting effect.
Clinical or professional skin care is pharmaceutically formulated and developed and is prescribed by skin experts. Such experts can include dermatologists, doctors, cosmetic nurses and paramedical skin clinicians. As the prescribed products are recommended after a consultation and skin diagnosis, they are more specific and tailored for the individual skin to provide an intensive and concentrated result. Whilst supermarket brands offer a ‘one size fits all’ solution, corrective skin care offers a personalised prescription for personalised results. It is for this reason that active ingredients are used in higher concentrations within formulas that are developed for maximum penetration and activity.
Aspirin from a supermarket can provide generalised and temporary relief for pain and inflammation. Antibiotics prescribed by a healthcare professional can deliver better precision and faster results for a targeted response. A supermarket moisturiser can provide generalised hydration and comfort, but a professionally prescribed treatment serum can deliver a surge of actives for long-lasting correction, repair and prevention.
Professional active ingredients at clinical doses to look out for include encapsulated stabilised vitamin C, buffered glycolic acid and patented power peptides. Airless pump packaging ensures the potency and preservation of products to maintain efficacy and purity. Only a qualified skin care professional can correctly assess and diagnose the skin to prescribe a customised product prescription that will deliver a total skin solution. This way products are used correctly to reduce possible reaction or irritation.
By: Andrew R. Christie
Beauty & Skin Industry Specialist