Skin care on a dime

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Some nourish.  Some knock out the wrinkles.  Others soothe the sensitive or relieve the dry.  Head into a drug store and you will find row after row of choices to help take care of your skin.

Some dermatologists say there is not much difference between the active ingredients found in expensive skin care products and those found in drug stores.  But with so many options it can be hard to decide what's best for your skin without a little help.

That is where Birmingham dermatologist Dr. Stacy Haynes comes in.  She says there are three brands that top her list, starting with Neutrogena.  

"Neutrogena tends to do really well because of the quality of it," Dr. Haynes said.  "It's light.  It's sheer.  It goes on very well it's smooth."

Haynes recommends Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser and Healthy Skin Face Lotion.

"They have a sunscreen already built in it," Dr. Haynes said.  "You can get a 12 or a SPF of 15 which is what we all need."

Haynes says this Neutrogena usually works best for people with normal skin types.  For those with more sensitivity and dryness she suggests Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser and Moisturizing Cream. Dr. Haynes says the cleanser doesn't lather like normal soap but still has cleaning powers.

For people looking for some anti-wrinkle solutions Dr. Hayne suggests Oil Of Olay.

"Especially the Regenerist," she said. "In our office we offer a lot of pentapeptides.  They get in the skin and plump up the skin.  Guess what the Regenerist has in it?  Pentapeptides!"

While many of the active ingredients in expensive products match those found on drugstore shelves, Dr. Haynes says there is a good reason why you must pay more for certain brands found in other stores.

"The moisturizers tend to be very soothing and creamy," Dr Haynes said.  "Even though the active ingredients are the same it's the inactive ingredients that they bump up so maybe a higher strength of sunscreen. So that's what you're paying for the packaging the color the fragrance."

Dr. Haynes says another benefit of purchasing skin care products at drug stores is the option of buying generic and store brands.  She says those will also usually have similar active ingredient but again may have less extras when it comes to inactive ingredients.

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