Do good quality, budget friendly skin care products exist? Skin care experts understand that no one has an unlimited budget when it comes to purchasing products for your skin care routine. With this in mind, The Philadelphia Inquirer came to Betsy Rubenstone, our director of clinical skin care at deme to find out what over-the-counter products can be trusted to use for people who do not have the budget to purchase medical grade products. While medical grade products have a higher percentage of active ingredients, you can get away with some over-the-counter products that contain a lower amount of these active ingredients.
Betsy suggests doing your homework by looking up a cosmetic ingredient online to find out more about it, or use a guide such as A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter.
Exfoliation is a topic we often talk about here on our blog. This is because through exfoliating your skin, you will allow products to penetrate and get into the skin instead of sitting on top of dead skin layers. Facial brushes and washcloths are the most effective and nonirritating means of exfoliation, Rubenstone said.
Masks with alpha hydroxy acid and retinols and the common scrub are also good. The only concern with scrubs is that the particles should be uniform and the ingredients not too harsh. Exfoliating should take place once a week to start, Rubenstone said, and build up to three times a week.
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