November 1, 2019
Q: What does “medical grade skin care” mean and how does that differ from other skin care products available on the market?
A: When we refer to a product as “medical grade”, we mean two things: First, it is produced in a medically-supervised facility, by someone trained in dermatology. Second, and more importantly, this means that the active ingredients in the products are at higher concentrations and are developed specifically to penetrate the hard-to-reach deeper layers of the skin. There are countless products on the market with claims of demonstrating anti-aging, blemish eliminating or skin lightening properties. However, to be able to effectively fulfill these claims, these products must contain scientifically researched and proven active ingredients. At Pharmasave Steveston, you can find several high quality medical grade skin care lines. One of the lines that I recommend is the Di Morelli line, which was developed by Dr. Morell, a physician with over 20 years of experience running his medical esthetics clinic. This line offers products that target a variety of skin conditions and concerns. For example, the brightener serum is a good option for clients with hyperpigmentation (dark spots) concerns. It contains 2 specific ingredients, kojic acid and azelaic acid, both of which have demonstrated efficacy in lightening up dark spots and balancing out uneven skin discolouration. For clients wanting to prevent and reduce the signs of aging, a good option would be the retinol serum. Retinol, also known as Vitamin A, is one of the few ingredients in the dermatology field with proven results in reducing fine lines and wrinkles due to its skin barrier repairing abilities and anti-inflammatory properties. The serum also contains vitamin C, which helps with collagen production and protects the skin against UV damage. And that’s just two of the available products from the line! Come speak to any of the trained pharmacists for your skin care concerns.
Joanne Shih, B.Sc is a skincare Pharmacist at Pharmasave Steveston Village. Products mentioned in her blog are available in-store.