What is the difference between professional and over the counter products?
As consumers, we are always trying to get the best item for the best price. The question of whether or not you should buy professional products or over the counter products really boils down to this: are you getting what you pay for?
If you are thinking about paying for over the counter products, the short answer is that it isn’t the best idea.
Of course, you’re still wondering what the real differences between professional products and over the counter products. Over the counter, products know how to cleverly present themselves to where even the packaging looks the same. However, there are a few key differences to ensure that you ‘get your money’s worth’.
According to the Skin Script’s blog, over the counter products are made in “large batches for the masses so more preservatives are added since the shelf life will need to be longer.” We all know that “longer” definitely does not mean the same thing as “better”. Further, over the counter products “may have less or lower percentage of active ingredients since they will be sold to “for all skin types” and therefore need to be more basic simpler formulas.” Over the counter products use clever marketing techniques to convince you that one product is okay to use for every skin type. However, your skin has its own unique needs! Professional products can help without clogging pores like OTC products do.
On the other hand, professional products suggested by your aesthetician can exponentially benefit your skin health. Unlike OTC products, professional products “are made in small batches with fresh and active ingredients that are made to deliver results.” These active ingredients do not contain added fillers, dyes, or fragrances. They are intended to be corrective and clinical; they are created for your specific skin type. The ingredients are so much safer and are reasonably priced for a quality product.
Bellagena’s aestheticians have had years of hands-on experience and have an understanding of the skin and its functions. Our suggested products are of high quality and have proven results! Ask your Bellagena Spa aesthetician for the right products for you.
“Ask Our Educator | Over-the-Counter vs. Professional Products.” Skinscriptrx. 2018. http://www.skinscriptrx.com/blog/ask-our-educator-over-the-counter-vs-professional-products