Skincare: Why pay more for the same ingredient?

By: Yoko McCall LE, CLT

We’ve seen the commercials and walked by the advertisements – well known over-the-counter (OTC) brands marketing their latest anti-aging products containing vitamin c, retinols and peptides, all of the ingredients we know help our skin turnover and stimulate collagen production. They’re half the price of the products sold at your medical spa or dermatology office so why would you pay more for the same ingredients?

The difference between Over-the-Counter Products and Cosmeceuticals

Cosmeceuticals are products formulated with bioactive ingredients that can penetrate the skin into the epidermis and dermis to alter and improve the function and appearance of the skin. Most OTC products are not considered cosmeceuticals and have active ingredients that just sit on the surface of the skin and don’t create anti-aging changes. Remember, one of the most important jobs of the skin is to act as a barrier to the outside of environment and luckily, it’s pretty good at that! Cosmeceuticals use advanced delivery systems, such as encapsulated technology and nanotechnology to change the particle size to allow for better penetration into the skin. Cosmeceuticals often contain active ingredients with higher concentrations, intended to provide more targeted and noticeable improvements in skin issues such as wrinkles, pigmentation, and acne.

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