No, that $3.99 Sunscreen (and Moisturizer … and Cleanser …) isn’t Doing You Any Favors

Why Medical Grade Skin Care Products Are Better | RefinedMD

No, that $3.99 Sunscreen (and Moisturizer … and Cleanser …) isn’t Doing You Any Favors

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve grabbed a pack of sunscreen with an unbeatable price at the supermarket this summer. Maybe you’ve gone economy-sized with your moisturizer, too—or you’ve decided sharing a generic cleanser with your partner or kids works just fine. The truth is that your skin is an organ, the largest one you have, and it will put up with subpar products for awhile but you’ll eventually start seeing skin laxity, dryness, poor texture, sun damage, and other skin imperfections if you use these products long-term. That’s because everyone’s skin needs are different and cannot be addressed with a one-size-fits-all skin care approach. That’s why RefinedMD offers only the highest-quality skin care products that are medical-grade and really perform for you.

There’s a huge difference between medical-grade products and those you find at stores and even luxury boutiques. For starters, only medical-grade skin care products have certain ingredients at concentration levels that provide real results. There’s a reason medical-grade products are often much smaller in size than store products: a little goes a really long way. It might feel like you’re saving big and getting a big bang for your buck when you pick up a gallon-sized moisturizer. However, you’ll end up using a lot more of this so-called “product” to get the results that a tiny fraction of what a pea-sized amount of medical-grade product achieves. 

Start with Moisturizer

Whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or a combination, you need a moisturizer. Those with oily skin are indeed lucky in many regards—your skin usually looks dewier (and in turn healthier and younger) for longer, but that doesn’t mean you get a pass when it comes to hydration. All skin needs to be moisturized to be as healthy and beautiful as possible, but finding the right moisturizer for you can be a challenge. A customized skin care regimen with medical-grade products hand-picked by an esthetician is a must no matter your skin type.

Plus, keep in mind that your skin needs to change throughout the months. The perfect moisturizer for you in the summer is likely totally different than your winter product. It’s a great idea to meet quarterly with your esthetician to reassess your skin, needs, and what you’d like to achieve with seasonal changes. However, a moisturizer is just the foundation for most clients. You definitely need sunscreen year-round and many people benefit from targeted products to address their one-of-a-kind needs.

Not All Sunscreens are the Same

There are so many sunscreens available that it can be overwhelming, but there’s a reason some are available in bargain bins. A proper sunscreen should be broadband, at least 50SPF, and ideally medical-grade. If you’ve ever been burned while using sunscreen, there are two likely reasons: either it wasn’t applied (and reapplied) properly or it wasn’t high-quality. Medical-grade sunscreens are designed for optimum protection and, just like every other such product, you need less to do more.

Most medical-grade products are also water-friendly. They won’t damage our ecosystem while also keeping you and your skin protected. However, all sunscreens do require the correct application and re-application. This means liberally applying the products 20 – 30 minutes before going into the sun and reapplying it every 75 minutes. Don’t forget about around the eyes and the scalp either! Both of these areas are often overlooked and can result in serious sun damage.

Customized Skin Care Products 

Once you get your sunscreen and moisturizer down, it’s time to focus on individual issues. Whether you’re struggling with acne, vitiligo, lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, skin laxity, or any other issue, there’s a medical-grade product just for you. Products to address aging are especially powerful when they are medical-grade because (legally!) only medical-grade products can offer the highest concentration levels of active ingredients. There are no fillers here, so despite such products often looking quite small they shouldn’t be underestimated. They are powerful and last a long time!

Ready to take your skin care up a notch this summer? Let’s make a custom regimen together! Our estheticians will work with you to understand your skin, your concerns, and what you want to achieve in the coming weeks. Stop wasting time and money on products that don’t perform and give your skin the care it needs. Connect with RefinedMD today by completing the online form or call the office at (408) 688-2082.