Do Professional Products Really Matter?

Pharmaceutical vs Cosmeceutical Skin Care


Whats in your Skin Care?

Big words, Big difference! Pharmaceutical vs. Cosmeceutical….

Ever wondered what the difference is between pharmaceutical & cosmetic grade skin care products? This is something I talk with my clients about regularly because it is what really matters.  I get asked ALL the time about different products….Arbonne, Avon, Mary Kay, Ava Anderson, Lancôme, Oil of Olay, Cindy Crawford’s line, Proactive, Dead Sea lines to name just a few.

Cosmeceutical– Cosmetic quality is what is found in department, drug and grocery stores as well as those sold through home based parties.  These include the big and expensive brands and the cheaper ones. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows cosmetic grade products to contain up to 30% bacteria. This is why makeup packaging tells us to throw away any unused product every 90-180 days. And 95% of the skincare industry is cosmetic quality and unregulated by the FDA. Cosmetic companies are not required to register their products with the FDA, while cosmetic products are subjective and do not reflect or require scientific testing.  They are designed to be sold to the large population without any training and therefore cannot be active enough to make changes beyond the top layer.  They may smell good, feel good and even have some of the same ingredients, but at a much lower percentage that won’t make much of a difference.  The bottom line is these non-professional products cannot cause reactions that would pose risk and liability to manufacturers.

Pharmaceutical – This grade is used only in professional products because there are ingredients that can most definitely make your skin react. These products are designed to penetrate deeper into the skin, actually reaching into the cell structure to repair damage and “reset” energy levels for example.   The skin layers are actually restructured into pretty layers and the dermis, where our collagen and elastin live, is thickened.  This effect will smooth the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.   For this reason only professional products are sold by estheticians, dermatologists, medical doctors, and plastic surgeons. Pharmaceutical grade skin care products are FDA regulated. The FDA requires that pharmaceutical grade products be 99.9% pure ingredients. Products must contain 0.1%, or less, of bacteria. Only 5% of the skin care industry is under the regulation established by the FDA and considered pharmaceutical grade skin care products.

As an Alaska licensed esthetician (skin care therapist) it is my stance that pharmaceutical-grade skincare products must be used on a consistant, daily basis in order to achieve real, noticeable and lasting changes.  With effective delivery systems, these products are able to penetrate to the lower dermis where collagen, elastin, melanocytes and healthy new cells are made.  It is here that healthy changes must be made.  This is why I endorse the lines I sell at my spa including:  Rhonda Allison Clinical Skincare, Only Yourx ,Bio-Therapeutics, Reprechage and HydroPeptide.

As a professional esthetician, it is my pleasure to provide free consultation services to those seeking quality skincare recommendations.  It is my goal to become a team player with those wanting real results.  When you are ready to see and feel a REAL difference please call the spa at (907)235-4800.

We look forward to serving you!

Karen Shealy
Esthetician/Makeup Artist/Wellness Coach
Sea Glo Spa and Boutique
3430 Main Street Suite A
Homer, Alaska 99603

Open Tuesday – Saturday 10a to 6p

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