Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands and Why I use Them

Self care is constantly on my mind, especially when things get really busy around here. Even when I don’t have time for a lengthy skin care routine, there are several medical grade skin care products I make time for. So, today I thought I’d take the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the medical grade skincare brands I’ve been using and loving lately and how they’ve made a difference in my anti-aging skincare routine. If you are looking for a deep dive into my med spa treatments at Renew Oklahoma, check out this post here for all the details.

Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands and Why I use Them

Zo Skin Health

Retinol Skin Brightener 1%

Retinol Skin Brightener 1%

Since starting this retinol-based solution, I’ve noticed a major improvement in the appearance my skin. Although it’s formulated to address various skin concerns, it’s powerful enough to correct numerous specific skin issues, including fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone. I use this product nightly to maintain a brighter, clearer, and smoother complexion.

Named one of The 25 Most Effective Acne Scar Treatments Dermatologists Swear By – Elle

Key Benefits
  • Exfoliates to help smooth and even skin tone
  • Minimizes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Helps prevent against future discoloration
  • Brightens skin
  • Contains calming + soothing properties

Brightalive Skin Brightener

As we get sun exposure during the year, I recently added the Brightalive to my skincare routine. It’s made such a difference in tackling the sun spots in between my IPL treatments I get yearly. A technologically advanced skin brightener clinically proven to increase luminosity, visibly improve skin clarity and fade the appearance of dark spots for a brighter, more even complexion. Non-hydroquinone and non-retinol. I used in the am and p.m.

Key Benefits

  • Helps to fade the size and intensity of dark spots
  • Improves luminosity, clarity and overall skin quality
  • Delivers lightweight hydration
  • Mild, gentle formula
Firming Serum | Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands
Exfoliating Polish | Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands

Exfoliating Polish

This exfoliating polish is my favorite! It carefully removes dead skin cells to reveal smoother, softer and glowing skin. I use this twice a week, year round, and it’s especially helpful in the dry winter months.

Key Benefits

  • Magnesium oxide crystals wash away clean, leaving skin instantly soft and smooth
  • Physically exfoliates off dead skin cells and other debris to improve skin radiance

Growth Factor Serum

My favorite, anti-aging treatments, this lightweight gel helps to minimize the appearance of expression lines and wrinkles. Made for all skin types. I use morning and at night.

Named one of the 13 Best Anti-Aging Serums with Growth Factors – Cosmopolitan

Key Benefits

  • Improves overall appearance of skin
  • Minimizes appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Restores hydration and reinforces the skin’s protective barrier
Growth Factor Serum
Growth Factor Eye Serum

Growth Factor Eye Serum

I’ve been using this eye serum for the last 3 weeks and it’s made such a difference it giving me a youthful under eye glow. Powered by clinically proven ZO® Growth Factor technology, the Growth Factor Eye Serum helps improve the appearance of expression lines, creasing and hollowness while plumping. It encourages healthy skin and the cooling applicator re-invigorates the look of tired eyes. I used this product morning and night.

Key Benefits

  • Minimizes the appearance of expression lines and eye wrinkles
  • Improves the appearance of volume
  • Increases hydration
  • The cooling applicator revives the look of tired eyes
  • Re-invigorates eye skin vitality

Daily Power Defense

Applying sunscreen is the most important part of your skincare routine. The Daily Power Defense has been advanced with ZO’s exclusive technologies to create a long-lasting, youthful and healthy skin complexion. This face serum is proven to strengthen your skin’s protective barrier while defending against environmental stressors and signs of aging. Use every morning before makeup application.

Key Benefits

  • Protects skin from oxidative damage from free radicals
  • Reduces signs of premature aging
  • Accelerates barrier restoration
  • Extended skin hydration
  • Supports continuously healthy skin
Daily Power Defense

Skin Better science

Sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen

Sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen

I bought this compact sunscreen from Skin Better Science before my Miami trip and it’s the perfect travel compact. It combines a high level of broad spectrum protection in a tone-adapting compact with a hint of blend-able color. This sunscreen acts as a primer under makeup and can be layered for additional coverage. It not only can help prevent sunburn, but can decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Key Benefits

  • 100% mineral, non-nano sunscreen actives
  • Benefits beyond UV, including blue light, pollution and infrared radiation.
  • Extraordinary level of protection against UVA (aging), UVB (burning) rays.
  • 80-minute water resistance.

AlphaRet Overnight Cream

A great alternative to Retinol, the AlphaRet Overnight Cream is a bit more hydrating! This skincare cream provides visible skin rejuvenation with little-to-no irritation. It features a unique ingredient that is made up of a retinoid combined with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps reduce the normal irritation that is often experienced with retinols. It works to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, uneven tone and texture. Apply at night.

Key Benefits

  • Significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles in as little as four weeks
  • Provides moisture to help counteract dryness associated with traditional retinoid-based products
  • Combines two gold standard skin rejuvenation ingredients – a retinoid and an AHA (lactic acid) – joined together to create the revolutionary AlphaRet technology that minimizes irritation
  • Provides the antioxidant protection of a vitamin C serum, but at a higher level with additional ingredients like vitamin E and CoEnzyme Q10, to help neutralize free radicals
AlphaRet Overnight Cream | Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands

Skin Medica

TNS Recovery Complex | Best Medical Grade Skincare Brands

TNS Recovery Complex

When I receive the Diamond Glow Facial at Renew Oklahoma, my favorite way to customize my infusion is to use this top medical grade TNS formula. It’s anti-aging, with ingredients that focus on skin rejuvenation. It also works well post-procedure to help in the healing process and promote collagen production.

Key Benefits

  • Rejuvenate skin.
  • Reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Enhance skin texture and tone.
  • Aids in the healing process post procedure

Elta MD Skincare

Elta MD Skincare

UV Lip Balm

During winter months, this lip balm is my favorite. It’s hydrating and lasts up to 80 minutes, so you don’t have to constantly reapply it. The perfect sun protection for daily use, ski trips and beach vacations.

What is Medical Grade Skincare?

Medical grade skincare products contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than what you can buy over the counter. These products use prescription-strength ingredients to promote your overall skin health while helping you look and feel your best.

Is Medical Grade Skincare Worth It? What are the Benefits of Medical Grade Skincare?

While the price may be slightly higher on medical grade products, they are actually more cost effective because with more effective ingredients, you will be able to use less of the product and get better results.

These products contain powerful ingredients that are clinically researched to be safe and effective. Medical grade skincare not only protects your skin from harmful elements, it also encourages cellular regeneration and promotes healthy skin cells from the inside out.

What is the Difference Between Medical Grade Skincare vs. Over the Counter Skincare

“Medical-grade” is a marketing term typically used to describe skincare products that are stronger, clinically-tested, and backed by medical or scientific research. The major difference between medical-grade skincare products versus drugstore products is that  products sold by medical-grade brands are under FDA regulation to contain 99.9% pure ingredients and to ensure safety and effectiveness. Browse the ingredients lists and you’ll discover one ingredient after another that is supported by scientific research and specifically formulated for best results. Rather than drugstores, these potent products are sold in medical spas, skin clinics, or by licensed professionals like dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

How Long does it take for for Medical Grade Skincare to work?

Typically 8-12 weeks, although some products work faster than others.

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