Wednesday, August 7, 2013
How Do You Feel About Buying Skincare From Target?
Judging from the topic of my blog, you'll probably assume that skincare is something that is really important to me. Your assumption would be absolutely correct. There are a few general skincare items I'll get from a retailer like Target, mainly general toiletry items such as Q Tips, deodorant, body wash, body lotion and their up&up Sport Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Lotion. Even Consumer Reports ranked this all-over body sunscreen as one of the most effective AND cost effective sunscreens on the market. It's also holds The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation.
But when it comes to facial skincare products, I'll only purchase a product that's recommended to me by a licensed esthetician. I only want to use products on my face that are recommended to me by someone who knows my face, treats my skin condition personally and has seen my face up close and personal under a mag light.
This morning I stumbled upon an article about my beloved Target purchasing the online skincare retailer, DermStore. DermStore was originally founded in 1999 by a board-certified dermatologist and is the nation's leading independent skincare e-commerce site. It retails brands such as SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and Dermalogica. Up until now, these brands have only been available through recommendations by licensed skincare professionals across the country in spas, medical spas and authorized online retailers.
Does this mean that these skincare brands are now going to be available on the shelves for any consumer to purchase at Target, without the recommendation of a licensed professional? I guess from a business perspective, this is great for the skincare companies who want to increase their market share.
As a licensed esthetician, my feeling is that these more medical strength product lines such as SkinMedica, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and Dermalogica should still only been available through a licensed professional who's able to personally consult a client with what products they need for their skin type and to treat their skin condition.
What do you think?