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After A Facial: Are Drugstore Skincare Products Okay?

A youthful, clear complexion is the end-goal for skin care consumers alike. However, it can be difficult to discover products that effectively address skin concerns & prevent future issues. To uncover the most effective solutions, medical aesthetician Jamie Fox was asked to share her advice for developing a skin care strategy— especially after facial treatments like PRP facials, chemical peels, micro-needling, and microdermabrasion.


According to Fox, it’s important to first recognize that using skin care is an investment in the skin’s health. While higher-end skin care can carry additional costs, their benefit is exponential. The difference between over-the-counter skin care and medical-grade skin care is comparable to the difference between over-the-counter medications and prescription medications. The difference in the products comes from the strength of the ingredients, Fox explained that:


“over the counter products can have a lot of the same ingredients, but because the percentage of the ingredients is far less than what is in medical grade products, you end up spending much more on over-the-counter products to achieve mediocre results. Medical grade products show improvement in the skin’s health in as little as 30 days.”   


As such, buyers should be seriously analyzing the ingredient labels on their favorite products. Fox, who has been in the aesthetic industry for over 13 years, urges that people “always looks for the ‘active ingredients’ in a product. This shows that what you are putting on your skin is high quality and corrective.” According to Fox, drug store brands or over the counter products “can contain more fillers and perfumes than beneficial ingredients.” Products like these, while delivering some benefits, often lack effectivity and carry the risk of irritating the skin or clogging pores.


Medical-grade skin care – only available through authorized retailers – also comes with clinical evidence for effectivity. Due to their high concentrations of proven active ingredients such as Vitamin E, Hylauronic Acid, and more, the FDA requires that manufacturers regulate the sale of their products to medical retailers. Thus, consumers can trust that the medical-grade skin care from companies like SkinMedica®, and EltaMD®  are safe, true to their claims and contains pure, non-diluted ingredients.


Aside from being able to provide access to medical-grade products, the aesthetic team recommends that everyone visit a licsensed professional to discuss solutions for preexisting concerns & a preventative plan-of-action against sun damage, aging, and more. With the help of knowledgeable licensed medical aestheticians, consumers can avoid going through trial-and-error to find the ideal products & treatments for them and begin a care plan that is specifically designed for their individual skin type and concerns. Plus, they can receive individualized recommendations for a full skin care routine complete with details on other aesthetic services which may improve preexisting conditions and prevent further ones from developing.


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Jamie Fox has been a Licensed Aesthetician and Certified Laser Technician for the past 13 years. Her passion for corrective skin care has led her to the medical aesthetics field, and has since become a CoolSculpting® specialist. Jamie understands her patients’ needs and addresses their concerns from overall anti-aging and acne to difficult pigment issues and body contouring through the use of medical grade products, lasers and more non-invasive treatments.