Oh, the joys of wandering down drugstore beauty aisles. Under the glare of fluorescent lights and overwhelmed by row upon row of countless products promising only the best for your complexion, perhaps you’ve questioned your decision to choose professional over store-bought skincare.
Is it cheaper? Is it more convenient? Is it just as effective?
While everyone secretly hopes that the Target generic is just as good as the serum applied by the esthetician, that’s simply not the case. And although clinical skincare may seem like a splurge to some, when you compare the efficacy and quality of ingredients in professional versus drugstore products, you’ll likely find “savings” insignificant.
But, the proof is in the pudding, right? Well, here’s the pudding:
Active Ingredients: Working Hard or Hardly Working? The primary difference between drugstore and professional skincare is the amount of active ingredients. While Walgreens’ skincare shelves may be stocked with product claiming to be “packed with peptides,” in reality, the percentage is so minimal skin will see little to any effects. In contrast, clinical skincare products like those from Control Corrective offer formulations that have been tested for efficacy and feature highly active ingredients that have been extensively researched for true potency and results, so a little goes a long way. In fact, most of the Control line only requires a dime-size amount to deliver visible results, so a seemingly pricier product may in fact last longer than a bargain brand.
Harmful Ingredients: Apples to Bad Apples. When comparing professional skincare to so-called cheaper options, if harmful ingredients are included in the latter, there simply is no comparison. We’re all for a bargain, but sometimes cheap is… just that. The great majority of drugstore skincare products contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, parabens, alcohol and chemically-derived fragrances, all of which can raise red flags for sensitive skin, and in some cases, serious health concerns. Conversely, all Control Corrective formulas are paraben-free and are never tested on animals.
Generic Ingredients: Skincare Should Be Specific. Self-diagnosis is never a sure thing, especially when it comes to skincare. The average person may know they have sensitive or occasionally acne-prone skin, but probably doesn’t know that climate, stress, hormones, age, and other factors all contribute to complexion behavior. When faced with a myriad of drugstore products that play to an extremely general skin population, chances are, your ultimate pick may not be exactly right for you. Professional skincare, like the comprehensive collection from Control, recognizes that teen acne is different from adult acne and that sun damage, hyperpigmentation and other factors should also be considered in a skincare decision. While many drugstore finds are “Dermatologist Recommended,” it’s not clear exactly who it’s recommended for. Seeing an esthetician is key in finding the professional product combination that will preempt your unique skin problems.
Bottom line? Consider skincare purchases an investment, not an unnecessary cost. Surely you can find plenty of other things to shop for at Target.
Which Control products do you LOVE for your skin-specific needs?