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Skin care cosmetics - Over the counter versus Salon products

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Getting serious about skincare. This is the time of year where we all look inwards at ourselves and what our goals are for the year, our bodies if we want to get healthy and fit and its also the time of year that people start to decide that they want a new fresh look or to finally get some time for themselves or go about fixing a problem they have been dealing with for a while.

We get alot of questions about skincare at this time of year so I decided to write up an easy guide to the differences between salon only brands and over the counter brands that you can buy in pharmacys and supermarkets as it is one of the key questions we get asked.

Cosmetics versus Cosmeceuticals versus Pharmaceuticals
Cosmetics - Over the counter brands are cosmetic in nature and only work on the very top layers of skin - giving a feeling of hydration or cleanliness but only working on the very top layers - this are generally sold in pharamacys and supermarkets. Anyone can choose any type of brand or type of cleanser, toner. moisturiser, mask without knowing if they are correct for their skintype. Everyday brands such as Simple, Loreal and Garnier would be examples of cosmetic brands.
Pharmaceuticals are medical grade products that are given to people by the Doctor or Dermatologist.
Cosmeceuticals - are a combination of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals - they work on the functionality of the skin cells at a much deeper layer - these products penetrate the skin to change the make up of skin cells as they are being created to create a real functional change in the nature of the skin i.e. such as reducing acne or redness and sensitivity, or true anti ageing. Dermalogica and Image Skincare would be examples of cosmeceuticals. These products are designed to be recommended by a qualified professional who analyses a persons skin and recommends the correct product for their skin type. Image skincare is a particularly high grade cosmeceutical which requires some products to be used only once a week to build exposure to the high level ingredients.
At Bella Beauty we can give you a product recommendation by analysing your skin using our online Facemapping tool @
I hope this makes the differences between what you buy in a salon and what you can buy over the counter a little clearer but if anyone has any questions drop us a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
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