Below is an excellent article I recently came across on a topic that we’ve already covered a few times.  Whenever I go with my wife to the mall and we stop by Cosmetic Counters at places like Saks, Sephora, Bloomindales, Macy’s and others, I always stunned at how many people pay many hundreds of dollars for products that simply don’t work.  It does not matter if you pay $59 or $899 for the product. 
 
Unless it is a Cosmeceutical and purchased under an MD License the ingredients are insufficient to penetrate and correct skin conditions.  They may have some of the ingredients but they are of far inferior quality and contain far less than a therapeutic dosage.  Forever Young Medspa’s line of Medical Grade Cosmeceuticals work and contain proven and effective ingredients without fillers, dyes & perfumes that penetrate and correct many skin conditions.   Please read the article below.

Over The Counter VS. Cosmeceutical Skin Care Products

Do You Know The Difference Between Over The Counter and Cosmeceutical Grade Skin Care Products?

Over the counter (OTC) is any skin care product that can be purchased without a prescription.  OTC’s products do NOT have the same amount of active ingredients that cosmeceuticals have.   They are NOT allowed to under law.   Cosmeceuticals are pharmaceutical grade products that are only available through doctors or licensed aestheticians under a doctors license!  Cosmeceuticals contain a much higher amount of active ingredients than you could purchase OTC and they penetrate past the surface and into the skin the Dermis to be exact.

Why are active ingredients important? These are the ingredients that MAKE a change in the skin. Some of the conditions or concerns that most consumers are trying to correct: Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Acne, Fine lines & Wrinkles, Hydration, Sun Spots ext.

OTC products ONLY work with the outer most layer of the skin.  By law they cannot penetrate nor correct.   This is the skin you see when looking in the mirror.   So when you use OTC products you are applying the product and it just sits on the surface of the skin. It will not penetrate any deeper!   Bummer RIGHT!   I know. Think of all the money spent over the years on products that just work on the surface.  OTC products have so many fillers, parabens, dyes, fragrance ext and they are most likely watered down. Look at your products, what is the first ingredient? This is what your product mostly consists of.

Epidermal & Dermal Layers Diagram #1

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Medical Grade products work with the LIVE tissues in the Dermis !!!! Medical Grade Cosmeceuticals make changes in the dermis.

Now when you use Cosmeceuticals they actually penetrate through the Epidermis all the way to Dermis where your collagen, elastin, and new skin cells reside… This is what we want to target with skin care products!!! We want to get rid of any unhealthy skin cells that cause pigmentation problems or uneven skin texture. You want to BOOST collagen, elastin and speed up cell turn-over, this is what makes healthy skin.

When our collagen and elastin are broken down we will not have that tight plump looking skin. It is very hard to replace collagen and elastin after it’s been damaged, this is why you should be using a cosmeceutical on a daily basis so you can preserve and protect what you have!

Cosmeceutical Skin Care Products Move Through Multiple Layers of Skin Penetrating The Dermis.

Epidermal & Dermal Layer Diagram #2

One the BIGGEST reasons consumers purchase OTC products are because they think they cannot afford medical grade cosmeceuticals. This is not true. Most OTC products you get from the drug store, department stores, independent cosmetic sales consultants or even a mall kiosk are often the same price or more expensive. You end up using more of the product and replacing it sooner which means more $$$$ all for products that regardless of what you pay do nothing except give the appearance of working.

Medical Grade Cosmeceuticals are acutally more affordable because they have a much higher concentration of pharmaceutical ingredients, they last longer because you do not use as much, and don’t pay for  T.V. infomercials, packaging, perfume or big advertising campaigns.

So does this mean OTC products do not work? If you have never used a skin care regime before… maybe but only with a minimal result as again under law OTC cannot penetrate nor correct a skin condition.   They will only work superficially. And this is where you end up with multiple skin care products that you get tired of because they do not work and you throw them in a drawer or trash can.   Again waste of $$$$.