Shopping at a drugstore for basic cleansers, moisturizers, body washes, and simple acne spot treatments can be a good inexpensive option, but I recommend taking a look at the ingredients before walking away with one.

As an Master Aesthetician, I find myself paying closer attention to the ingredients that are listed on the back of a bottle or jar. The order in which the ingredients are listed is also something I pay attention to. Did you know that ingredients are listed in descending order based on concentration? This plays a huge role as to whether or not I will purchase a product. Here are a few drugstore brands Dermatologists often recommend: Cetaphil, Cerave, Free and Clear, Vanicream, or Dove. Most of these are safe and do not strip the skin of its natural protection.

If you were looking for a product that contains actives or treatment ingredients, like antioxidants or vitamin A, I would not recommend drugstore brands. These ingredients are much more complex and often work in conjunction with other anti-aging (or preventative) ingredients such as peptides. These complex ingredients are backed by science which validates the product’s efficacy.

When you go to the gym you don’t expect to be fit after one visit. Even the best products need to be applied consistently to achieve the desired results.

Janell Bailey, LMA
Master Licensed Aesthetician
Dermatology Associates of Seattle

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