ABS are made in the kitchen, NOT the gym!
So we've all heard the phrase. We all know we need skincare products to live our best skincare lives...but why do you need so many and why can't you just use the apricot scrub or the retinol stuff at Walgreens or CVS? It's actually pretty interesting, let's indulge.
So these big companies know that certain ingredients are effective (and pricey) and that they can probably make a pretty penny off of selling said products to the general public. These ingredients will likely look all scientific and important if they put an elegant label on them and give you specific, fancy instructions for how to use them. Then they take the low price it took for them to produce it and they hike the price up to something that makes it look more important than the product sitting next to it on the shelf (think $24.99 vs. $14.99). So you take the product home and you probably think it smells nice, and it looks SO important, and it MUST be working but you-just-can't-tell-YET. Right? The operative word there is "YET". These companies know that skincare takes time to work, and they also know that no one will answer for you going through the entire jar without seeing the full benefits of said product, and of course you can't return an empty bottle of anything so...cha-ching, big company has secured the bag. Your $24.99 is in their pocket and you're probably going back for another jar (because hey, it still smells nice).
The truth is, these companies WILL put some of the ingredient in that product, but they have to be prepared for anybody potentially buying it anytime. For instance, retinols are not recommended for a pregnant woman, but do all pregnant women know this? No. So any pregnant woman can walk into a Walgreens and buy a retinol and use it every night thinking they're caring for their skin. Do you think Walgreens will risk a lawsuit? Nope. They'll contain it by putting so little of the ingredient in the product that it won't do anything to harm the baby....which also means there's so little in it to effectively do the job a retinol can do for YOU! Walgreens wins AGAIN!
We can't stress the importance of a customized skincare regimen enough. I've taken to the Walgreens shelves many-a-time myself. It's easy-I know, it's cheaper-yes but if it's only going to leave you unsatisfied with your skin and waste your money anyway, I can give you a ton of other things to waste your money on that are more important...and fun (Tiger King apparel for starters). Medical grade products recommended by a licensed professional means they can prescribe stronger products that are most suitable for YOU and YOUR lifestyle. If you were to spend all this money on a trainer at the gym and then go home and eat McDonalds every night, you probably won't see results. Your Esty is your trainer and your skincare regimen is your skin's diet, so get it right and tight, boo! Keep that skin glowy every day, your Esty will love you for it and so will your bank account!