We agree: professional skincare products can be expensive. So, why would you buy a professional brand when the grocery store brands use the same active ingredients? Here are three very good reasons:
1. The quality of the emulsifier.
In fact, it’s not generally the brand name that’s expensive. It’s typically the quality of the emulsifier—or the ingredient that creates a stable mixture amongst separate elements—that sets professional retail products apart. When the emulsifier has low quality, it’s less expensive for the manufacturer which is why domestic retail products tend to be cheaper. But you get what you pay for. Often, low quality emulsifiers actually work against the goals of the active ingredients that are marketed on the package, potentially reversing what the active ingredients are working to achieve.
2. The quality of the preservative.
Parabens are very inexpensive preservatives and are found in nearly all domestic retail products but there is some concern about adverse effects of exposure to parabens which studies suggest may lead to cancer. Alternatives are harder to come by and, thus, more expensive. Because professional products are more likely to use harmless preservatives (you should still check the label as not all “professional” brands live up to a code of ethics) they are likely to be a few extra dollars for that reason.
3. The quality of the active ingredient.
The active ingredients in skincare products are not all the same. For example, Vitamin C, a common antioxidant, comes in a variety of forms, including: ascorbic acid, L-ascorbic acid, ascorbyl palmitate, sodium ascorbyl phosphate, retinyl ascorbate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate. Some forms of vitamin C are more appropriate for cosmetic use than others. Domestic retail products tend to use the cheapest forms of active ingredients; whereas, professional products tend to be more results-oriented. Obviously, the quality of the active ingredient has a substantial impact on the quality of the overall product and its effectiveness.
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