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Drugstore vs. Professional Skincare

Yes, there is a difference! Quite a few actually.

The variety when it comes to skincare products in drugstores is overwhelming. They look amazing, promise flawless skin and are affordable. So why not believe it?

To differentiate between which products are really going to give you the results, and which will end up next to the many bottles on your shelf, we need to take a look at a few aspects.


The biggest difference between drugstore and professional products are the ingredients used to develop them. Often times it takes years to develop a high-quality professional skincare brand. The molecular size and composition are developed in a specific way to be able to penetrate the skin and target specific cells to treat your skin concern.

Not all, but most over the counter products you find at the drugstore are manufactured cheaply, with a bigger molecular size and often filled with synthetic ingredients that smell amazing and act as a band-aid to temporarily relief any skin concerns. Looking at the structure and layout of our skin, there and many complex layers for a product to work through. Due to the fact that a bigger molecular size in the ingredient, cannot penetrate the skin on a cellular level, these products very often don’t deliver the wanted results. Which leads them to sit on top of our skin layer rather than penetrating to the new, active and growing skin cells.

With professional skin care products, you’ll actually be able to see and feel a difference in your skin within a few weeks. Due to the fact that the development of the product is specifically made in a certain way to actually penetrate the skin on a deeper and more effective level. Skin care brands that you find in most professional establishments, use highly concentrated, high-quality ingredients.

At Aesthetic Centre Olympia we have a variety of professional and well-known skin care ranges to accommodate every skin care concern. To name a few, SkinCeuticals, Lamelle and the high-end product range from Dr Zein Obagi. The differences and results you will see are often prolonged and not just a temporary fix.

How to choose the correct home care regime

The most expensive range is not necessarily always the best. And you won’t need to spend a fortune on home care products to achieve long lasting results. But investing into your skin will prevent premature ageing and save you from having to ‘fix’ a lot of concerns in the future.

We have all been there, standing in a store that sells skin care and having a guessing game on which product to choose. It is overwhelming and often times frustrating.

But it doesn’t need to be.

To determine which range or what products and ingredients will treat and address your specific skin concerns, there are a number of tools to work with. It’s always best to talk to a professional skin care consultant that has been working with the anatomy of the skin for quite some time. Here at Aesthetic Centre Olympia, we use our beloved Visia Skin Analysis to take pictures of your skin, assess your skin in detail, and thereby provide you with the best home care regime and a treatment plan that will gradually address your skin care concerns on a long term basis.

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