Do Your Homework Before Buying Professional Skin Care Products

Professional skin care products can be purchased for home use. The most important thing to remember when buying these products is that you need to do your homework ahead of time.

The benefit of using professional skin care products over those that you can buy in a drug store or supermarket is that professional products are often developed in consultation with physicians. As such, they can contain ingredients that cheaper products don’t dare expose you to.

As the average age of the American public climbs upwards, there is an increased emphasis on skin care. 60 percent of skin care products are sold in mass outlets like supermarkets and drug stores, but there is an increased emphasis of late on buying professional skin care products.

Here’s how to go about selecting professional skin care products.

First, you should consult a skin care professional about the kind of professional skin care products will work best for you. Your dermatologist or aesthetician will have recommendations. Dermatologists do not get paid by the manufacturers for their opinions although they can accept gifts. Aestheticians often receive a commission on each product sold.

Next, you need to decide what skin care areas you want to work on. For instance, if you have fine lines and wrinkles, you will take a different approach than if you are trying to tackle acne. You may have to mix and match your professional skin care products in order to find a combination that treats all of your skin conditions.

Before you purchase any products, you should become familiar with the active ingredients that are currently favored. Once you know what active ingredients you are looking for, you can shop around. Many products which have the same active ingredients have dramatically different price points. Also, you don’t have to always buy salon products to get professional skin care. High end cosmetics companies often offer products with the same active ingredients for less money.

Don’t buy the packaging. You are looking at what comes in the bottle, not how cute the bottle itself is. Also, beware of overly cute names. If the company felt it had to spend a lot of money on the marketing, they will pass that along to you in price. Keep in mind that just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t mean she uses it.

Always ask for a few days’ samples. It doesn’t do to buy a big bottle of something that doesn’t work for you. Even worse is to buy a product that your skin reacts badly to. Most skin care and cosmetics companies are happy to give you sample products.

It used to be that in order to buy professional skin care products, one needed to visit a spa or doctor’s office. But the world wide web has made these products available to people with a click of the mouse. Because these products are delivered directly from the manufacturer, customers can often get them at a lower price as well.

If you care about your skin, you should consider investing in professional skin care products.