What is the big difference?
Do you go to the dentist and then not brush your teeth twice a day?
Do you go to the gym once a week for only a month and expect to look like Giselle?
Do you sign up for 3 voice lessons and expect to sound like Adele?
Although we love the immediate gratification fantasy surrounding the above, we all know achieving these changes takes time, patience, and HOMEWORK.
Same goes for Skincare. You must do your homework. What you do every day at home is as almost, if not more important, than treatments you have done in-office every few weeks. The key is to be consistent. Of course you DO ALSO need the correct products.
I speak with hundreds of patients who buy their skincare from a department store. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, let’s make sure you are a well-informed consumer!
Always remember over-the-counter skincare products may only contain 5% active ingredient. The USFDA had strict regulations on these products. These products may not be bad for you and may initially appear to be more cost effective. But, because of the small amount of ingredients that will actually make changes in your skin, you will need to purchase 10x’s the amount to accomplish what a high concentrated RX Strength Cosmeceutical product can in a fraction of the time and cost. RX strength products are is highly concentrated and because it is ONLY sold to Doctor’s offices, is allowed up to 95% active ingredient.
YOU WILL GET A BETTER RESULT in a SHORTER AMOUNT OF TIME.
Talk about Immediate gratification, huh?
WHERE do my products come from?
Don’t feel product shamed if you aren’t using RX strength products, but be aware that there are 3 main Skin Care and Beauty companies that manufacture and distribute 95% of what you see in local drugstores like CVS and Walgreens, as well as high-end luxury department stores like Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. In essence, they have cornered every demographic on the market with one product or another. These Companies are Loreal’, Shiseido and Estee Lauder.
Shisiedo Includes: Aupres, Ayura, Bare Escentuals, Za, Shiseido Professional Hair, ISO Hair, Joico, NARS Cosmetics, Qiora, Revital, Senscience, Shiseido, Serge Lutens, UNO, UV White, Zotos International
WHY should I care?
Whether you decide to Department Store Skincare is best for you or uprade to RX strength products, be sure to always AVOID all the following ingredients as they are pretty toxic to both you and the environment. Remember up to 60% of what you place on your skin care can possibly be absorbed into your body.
About 70-80% of all Skin and Body Care products contain at least one of the following:
BHA (BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE) AND BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUEN) -Found in lipsticks and moisturizers, among other types of cosmetics, BHA and BHT are classified as possible carcinogens. Long-term exposure to these ingredients has been linked to liver, thyroid, and kidney problems.
COAL TAR DYES- On ingredients lists, these will show up as “P-phenylenediamine” or “CI” followed by a number. P-phenylenediamine is a coal tar dye found in hair dyes, while CI (or Color Index) numbers are used to identify coal tar dyes in a variety of pigmented cosmetics like lipstick. Derived from petroleum and composed of many different chemicals, coal tar dyes are recognized as a human carcinogen and have been linked to brain damage.
DEA (DIETHANOLAMINE)-This ingredient helps make cosmetic products creamy or sudsy and can be found in products like facial cleansers, shampoos, soaps and moisturizers. In the short term, DEA can cause moderate skin and eye irritation, while sustained exposure has been linked to liver, skin, and thyroid cancers.
DBP (DIBUTYL PHTHALATE)-Dibutyl phthalate is a plasticizer commonly used to prevent nail polish from becoming brittle. Consistent use of DBP has been linked to hormonal disruptions and developmental defects in fetuses, as well as liver and kidney failure.
FORMALDEHYDE-RELEASING PRESERVATIVES-Look for ingredients like DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine, quaternium-15, and sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. These preservatives are used to increase the shelf life of a variety of cosmetics and they work by continuously releasing small amounts of formaldehyde – a known human carcinogen.
PARABENS-An estimated 75-90% of cosmetics contain parabens, making them the most widely used preservative in makeup and skincare products. The ingredient has been linked to hormonal disruptions, breast cancer, increased skin aging, and DNA damage.
PEG COMPOUNDS-Common in cream-based cosmetics, PEG compounds are used as thickeners, solvents and moisture-carriers. Depending on how they are manufactured, these ingredients can get contaminated with carcinogenic substances like ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane. Even when not contaminated, PEG compounds have been shown to cause skin irritation.
PETROLATUM-Petrolatum is a petroleum jelly that is used in hair products to add shine and in lip balms, lip sticks, and moisturizers as a moisture barrier. The ingredient is often contaminated with PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), a known carcinogen, and can cause skin irritation and allergies in smaller doses.
SILOXANES-Look for ingredients ending in “-siloxane” or “-methicone”, which are found most commonly in hair products and deodorants. Many of these ingredients have been found to impair fertility and cause hormonal disruptions.
SLS (SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE)-This foaming agent can be found in cosmetics like cleansers, bubble bath, and shampoo. Many commercial varieties are contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane – known carcinogens.
TRICLOSAN-This ingredient is found in antibacterial cosmetics like deodorants, cleansers, and hand sanitizers. The ingredient is said to cause skin and eye irritations in the short run, and conditions like antibiotic resistance and hormonal disruptions with sustained use.