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The Importance of Good Skincare.

Updated: Feb 23


Using the right products at home, is fundamentally important for maintaining healthy skin. Clinical treatments are an incredible way to treat specific concerns, but your baseline skin condition really comes down to what you do every day - your skincare at home.


It’s important to understand though, not all skincare is created equal - quite the opposite in fact...


Over-The-Counter (OTC) Skincare vs Medical Grade Skincare


A lot of our clients have spent hundreds of dollars on popular OTC skincare products - only to find that their skin problems persist. This, is due to the significant differences in formulation between over-the-counter skincare, and cosmeceutical or "medical grade" skincare.


You won’t find medical-grade skin care on the shelves of Mecca, or Sephora, or even in the beauty section of Smith and Caughey’s. These products are dispensed by certified aestheticians, dermatologists, and doctors only.


Don’t let marketing fool you - popular brands such as Khiels, Clinique, Clarins, Dr Dennis Gross, Mario Badescu, are not medical grade. They are packaged, marketed, and priced similarly to medical-grade skincare, but they are still over-the-counter products and are formulated differently.


The difference between the two classes of skincare comes down to several key factors: irritants, concentrations of active ingredients, delivery systems, chirality of ingredients, and quality of formulation. Let's get into the details:


Irritants


The most common irritants to avoid in skincare are sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), and fragrance. These two ingredients are common in over-the-counter skincare.


Sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) is a cheap detergent used in a lot of facial cleansers. It emulsifies oil, but in most cases is far too drying and actually depletes the skins natural lipids. This process results in:


- chronic dehydration of the skin: your skins natural lipids prevent water loss from the skins surface. Without them, the skin loses water rapidly and becomes dehydrated, or "water-dry".


- excess sebum (oil) production: when your skins natural lipids are stripped away, it will often respond by over-producing oil to try to restore balance.