Medical Grade vs Over-the-Counter Skincare

Medical Grade vs Over-the-Counter Skincare

Why Medical Grade?

medical grade skincare

⁣Determining where to invest your money when it comes to skincare
can be confusing andoverwhelming at times. You want results, but
you don’t want to break the bank. Do you buy from a drugstore or
should you invest in the products your med spa recommends? The
question then becomes: What’s the difference between medical
grade skincare you get from Estheticians and over-the-counter
drugstore products? Read below as I dive into the differences
between the two! 

Where you get them:

Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine/products are drugs sold directly
to the consumer without a prescription or help from a medical
professional. They can be sold at any kind of drugstore such as
CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Ulta and so on. This is quite the opposite
with Medical Grade skincare. These products  can only be sold
under a medical director (places such as a medical spa,
dermatologist, plastic surgeon, etc.). At these locations, the
products are being sold by people that have extensive skin
knowledge, and can properly educate you on the ingredients and the
results the product will provide.

Purchasing medical grade products will put you on a better track
for getting the skincare that is right for your skin type and
concerns, because you’re getting professional recommendation and

Concentrations of Ingredients:

One of the biggest differences between OTC and medical grade
skincare is the concentrations of ingredients. For those of you who
don’t know, ingredients are listed in order of their
concentrations. The first five ingredients or so are typically the
bulk of the formula. The concentration of each ingredient gets
smaller the further down the list they are. With medical grade
products, the concentrations of the important ingredients (such as
Retinol or Glycolic) are much higher than those used in
over-the-counter products. For example, a medical grade Vitamin C
serum we carry is formulated with 15% and 30% strengths.
Additionally, the ingredients that are actually important for
efficacy, are at the top of the list. This means not only are you
getting the product you paid for, but the results too!

medical grade ingredientsQuality of Ingredients:

This brings us to the quality of ingredients. When it comes to
skincare, the saying “you get what you pay for” is so true. A
$10 moisturizer claiming to completely regenerate your skin
overnight is more than likely – too good to be true. Why? Because
using and finding good quality ingredients takes a lot of time,
resources, and of course money. For example, Revision Skincare (a
medical grade skincare company we carry here at ZONA), preaches
about how their scientists, “ follow the highest standards of
ingredient selection with innovative processes that retain the
ingredients’ purity and strength”. They actually go all around
the world to harvest their ingredients! You simply just won’t get
that with a drugstore skincare company. When purchasing a skincare
product, always ask yourself: “Has this formula been clinically
proven as effective by scientists and researchers?” “Are the
ingredients in this product stable and tested to deliver the best
results?” We guarantee all of our products here at ZONA because
of the standards held by these medical grade companies. 

So now you have a better idea of why medical grade skincare is a
much better option if you really want to see changes to the skin.
We will always recommend Medical Grade Skincare products. They are
the best way to know you are getting a safe and effective product
that is worth your hard earned money.

⁣For More Information:

For more information on medical grade or OTC skincare products,
please contact us at ZONA Med Spa. Or book a
complimentary consultation online by clicking here.

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