Being a fairly new (less than a year) esty, I am still searching for GREAT skin care line products to use in my back bar. (I am currently using Glo Therapetics in back bar and retail. While I do like some of the products, I don't love them all.) Anyhow, most of my clientele is either middle aged, mature, or has rosacea/sensitive skin. Most all of them are also very frugal. However, I get asked a lot if there are products that are available in local stores that they can buy cheaper that are just as effective, if not better? Severel mentioned seeing products mentioned on shows such as Dr. Oz featuring dermatologists recommendiing drug store products versus their professional skin care line products. While I still plan to retail pro skin products, what is your take on this? Are there any products out there that you have tried that you feel has amazing results? Thanks everyone!
I use Rhonda Allison exclusively as my back bar and retail line. I have been an Esty for 5 years now. I have used several other lines, Cell Renewal Systems, Glymed Plus, PCA and CBI (private label brand). I am by far sold on the Rhonda Allison line. I live in Oregon, so the majority of clients care about the products on their skin. They want organic and botanically based skin care. What I also love about her line is that it is very "active". It does what she claims and then some. I am clinically based so having a line that does what it says is very important. I have lots of clients that don't want to invest in good skin care. I always explain to them that wanting to make changes to their skin requires a commitment. Financially and with their home care regimen. At their skin consult I have them bring their current skin care products. I go through each one with them. I also explain that OTC products are not "bad" but they are not great. All the products that make special claims by their advertising are just not very accurate. The difference between OTC products and what you can buy from a licensed Esthetician is completely different. OTC products cannot have the same concentration of "active" ingredients as what we can sell simply because the general public is purchasing these OTC products. There is no one there to educate them on what they should use on their skin. So the concentrations of the active ingredients are much lower so that no one injures their skin. Also, take notice to the size of the products. There are many more "fillers" to make the bottle bigger and those fillers are not necessarily good for the skin. So the products they feature on Dr. Oz, etc. Unfortunately, the consumers best interest is not always there. Yes, they want to sell products, but they don't always care about the so called "inactive ingredients". There is new evidence about chemical sunscreens and how the majority of skin care products are no longer using parabens in their products. Another good example is my local derms will suggest patients use Cetaphil products all day long. Have you ever looked at the ingredients? Parabens, in fact 3 different ones, to preserve the product but also to potentially put women at risk of getting cancer. So, even though the product is "Dermatologist Recommended" doesn't mean I would suggest it for my client and I will explain to them why. So, all in all, I educate my clients on the difference between what they would buy OTC, from a derm or from me. Then let them make an educated choice. Guaranteed they buy the product from me. Why would they risk their health. Why not use products from nature that are good for your skin? The biggest key is to educate yourself. Sometimes I go to the local big box store and look at all the skin care products. It can be overwhelming. Then I look at the ingredients along with the "active" ingredients. It really helps to know what are in these products and goes a long way with clients because you know what you are talking about. I hope this helps!
Thank you very much for that explanation Erin! I completely agree with you. I explain the same to my clients as well. But as with anything, there are still those who feel we are "feeding" them good stuff about the pro products to make a sale. I truely try my best to educate my clients and would much rather they make a choice about products knowing that I have done my part as the professional to educate them about what is best for their skin. Thanks again Erin!
excellent points, what is your expierence with CB!?? likes & dislikes??
I always tell my clients if they want to buy cheap drug store products to go to Kroger an use olive oil. At least I know it won't harm them. Haha! They always buy from me.
THE BEST OUT THER IS GLYMED. I WORKED IN A CLINIC FOR 13 YEARS AND THAT WAS ALL THEY USED. I WASN'T AN ESTHETICIAN THEN BUT I DID SEE THE GREAT RESULTS. IT IS PRICY BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR GREAT RESULTS, YOU'LL GET IT WITH GLYMED. I JUST OPENED MY OWN BUSINESS (I AM NOW AN ESTHETICIAN) , AFTER WORKING FOR PLACES THAT USED DERMALOGICA & ASST. BRANDS... AND I AM NOW OFFERING GLYMED. IT NOT ONLY GIVES YOU GOOD RESULTS , YOU USE IT AS A SELLING POINT TO SELL YOUR SERVICES..."I USE THE HIGHEST QUALITY PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET & GET THE BEST RESULTS"... I JUSTIFY IT BY BEING ABLE TO HAVE A HIGHER PRICE SERVICE. WISH MORE PEOPLE KNEW ABOUT GLYMED. ALSO YOU CAN'T GO TO ULTA, SEPHORA, ETC. TO BUY IT. IT HAS TO BE PURCHASED FROM A LICENSED PROFFESSIONAL, ALSO GIVING YOU A BETTER RETURN ON YOUR RETAIL. BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. GOD BLESS, DEBB