What does “medical grade” mean for skin care products?
Medical grade ingredients are formulated in a medical grade FDA-approved laboratory. They are potent, non-diluted, active ingredients, and penetrate deep into the middle layer of the skin. Medical grade ingredients are 99.99% bacteria-free, while non-medical grade ingredients can harbor up to 70% bacteria. Each ingredient is platinum level and is not diluted with filler.
Medical grade skincare products have higher concentrations of active ingredients than over-the-counter products. The reason why they can have higher concentrations is because those products are being dispensed and overseen by a doctor or physician. Products from a department store are formulated for everyone and anyone, and aren’t being overseen by a doctor, so they can only have small amounts of those active ingredients.
In order to get real results from a skincare product, treatment needs to be directed toward deeper layers of the skin. Over-the-counter products can only work on the epidermis (the outer layer of skin) where the skin cells are starting to shed. Medical grade skincare products can actually penetrate into deeper layers of the skin. These products work all the way down to the dermis (middle layer of skin) where the elastin and collagen are contained, as well as the basal (bottom layer of skin) where new cells are produced.
Medical grade products provide real results. They have been scientifically published in medical journals, and have been proven to work. Medical grade products can actually transform the skin because the ingredients can repair skin at the deep layers where the problems arise. They can have an effect where skin cells are produced and where the elastin and collagen are contained. If you are looking for total skin rejuvenation, medical grade skincare products may be a fit for you.
What is it that makes young skin appear so firm, taut and smooth? The answer is collagen, the structural protein found in the connective tissues of the body. Collagen, which makes up 75% of the skin, is crucial for the appearance of youthfulness. This naturally occurring substance makes the skin strong, plump and smooth.
Peptides are amino acids that make up the protein in the skin. They become proteins when the form a long chain of amino acids; However, when peptides are in a short chain of amino acids, they have the ability to penetrate the upper layer of the skin and signal the cells to tell them how to function.
Peptides may be natural or synthetic. Most peptides used in cosmetics are synthetic because having the lab engineer these ingredients gives chemists greater control on their stability and effectiveness in skincare products.
Vitamin C and Collagen
As an important factor in collagen production, vitamin C is useful in wound healing of all types. From cuts and broken bones to burns and recovery from surgical wounds, vitamin C taken orally helps wounds to heal faster and better. Applied topically, vitamin C may protect the skin from free radical damage after exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays.
Hyaluronic acid, also known as HA, is a natural compound found in skin that has many important functions, including holding in moisture, providing cushioning, aiding in tissue repair, holding together the skin structural components collagen and elastin, and helping create a protective barrier against microorganisms. Skin starts losing hyaluronic acid as early as age 18, but wrinkles and other skin damage from hyaluronic acid loss don’t generally show up until the late 30s or early 40s. Preserving or regaining hyaluronic acid is a goal of many skin care scientists and products that can help with these tasks can keep skin supple and youthful-looking.