Meeting with a professional skin care consultant, such as a medical esthetician at our renowned Toronto Dermatology Centre, can be both wonderful and a little overwhelming. I tend to give my patients a lot of information, right from how to wash their face up to information on lasers and other amazing services to turn their skin around.
When it comes to home care, I recommend medical grade skin care. There is no doubt that it works better due to the quality and percentage of the active ingredients. Testing done on medical grade products are vastly different than those done for products at a store level. Due to the level of activity in the skin to promote healing, prevent acne, etc. These products cannot be sold through stores without a responsible, well-educated skin care professional to guide the patient through the potential expected side-effects that may occur by both using the product correctly and knowing when the product hasn’t been used correctly.
So, you want to have better skin, but you feel you can’t afford the good stuff? How do you transition and make the most of what your budget allows? When I first started in this business, I thought, we’ll start them on a cleanser or something affordable and then as they run out of products we can add the good stuff as we go along. This makes a lot of sense, but the problem is that, although medical grade cleansers are much better than anything sold at a store, they aren’t WOW products. You won’t see a vast improvement all of a sudden, generally speaking.
So, it makes a lot more sense to start with a concentrated, high-quality product that contains something that does give the WOW factor. When I use ZO Growth Factor, or SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic or SkinMedica HA5, results bloom almost immediately. Even though the transformation that is taking place in the depths of the skin will take longer to produce visible results on the surface of the skin, the products themselves leave the skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing. The overall health of the skin appears both superficially and dermally to have improved almost immediately. As the patient begins to love their skin again, they start to understand the quality difference between what they were using before and the potential of what these new products can do for them.
To start, get your skin assessed properly (that part is free at our centre, and also very informative) and have your medical esthetician suggest 1-2 items that will help you to see improvement quickly within the skin. Use those products for several months and as you see the difference in your skin, you will be itching to see what adding other medical grade products will do for you as well.
Sure, it is great if you can start with the cleanser, moisturizer, sunscreen, eye cream etc, etc., but for those who are more cautious, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting slowly and moving up. But first, be sure to have your skin assessed properly so that the product you choose is the best one to promote the kind of skin you have always wanted.
~ Sheri Roselle, Medical Esthetician at Toronto Dermatology Centre