How Does Medical-Grade Skincare Differ From High Street Skincare?

‘Is it worth investing in medical-grade skincare?’ This is a question we hear time and time again. Backed by years of scientific research and development, medical-grade skincare has proven results in improving skin health. High street, cosmetic skincare doesn’t work in the same way, find out why here. 

What is the difference between medical-grade and cosmetic skincare?

Medical-grade skincare has the ability to change your cells rather than just lying on the top layers of your skin. Bioavailable ingredients penetrate your skin and cells in therapeutic, corrective percentages to offer tangible results either through correction of a skin concern or preventive measures.

Cosmetic, high-street skincare products work superficially. The ingredients are not bioavailable meaning they are not absorbed by your skin cells to make a lasting difference to your skin. They contain a lower percentage of active ingredients and sometimes even toxic ingredients which do more harm than good to your skin making them an ineffective solution. 

Hero ingredients for your skin

Medical-grade skincare products can address a wide range of skin concerns as well as improve your skin’s quality and health from daily use. Some essential ingredients to include in your skincare regime are below. However, to get the most out of these products and make sure you have the right strength of ingredients for you, it is vital to book a free skincare consultation with Dr Sharma

L-ascorbic acid 

L-ascorbic acid is the only bioavailable form of vitamin c for the skin. It is a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin cells from environmental stressors and damage. Vitamin C is also a skincare essential to help reduce signs of ageing skin as well as brightening and evening out skin tone.


Retinol is derived from vitamin A and offers antioxidant protection to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst improving skin texture and elasticity by increasing skin cell turnover. Medical-grade retinol skincare products, like AlumierMD Retinol Resurfacing Serum, will contain a form of encapsulated retinol to allow for slow-release, meaning you can benefit from the retinol with minimal side effects or irritation. 


There are numerous kinds of peptides available in skincare products, these are chemical compounds of amino acids which act as a stimulant for your skin’s natural proteins. Peptides found in medical-grade skincare aid collagen production for healthier and younger-looking skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a highly-moisturising and fat-soluble vitamin which protects skin cells from damage and can even strengthen the effects of vitamin C.


Why use medical-grade skincare?

The concentrations of active ingredients are much better in medical-grade products as they have been specifically designed, tested and redesigned to work for your skin. 

Many high street skincare products that boast hero ingredients like retinol and vitamin c are angel dusted. There is not the concentration needed to have an effect on your skin, meaning half of the product you’re paying for is solely there for consistency, quantity, and/ or scent purposes and not making any difference to your skin!

Medical-grade skincare products are not available in your local high street stores as a trained professional needs to monitor what is happening to your skin as you use them. At Cosmetier, we hold your hand the entire time with a fixed system where we review your skin and the effects of these products on a monthly to 3-monthly basis. This way we can monitor if your treatment plan may need modifying to offer the best skincare solutions tailored to your skin’s needs. 

Where to get medical-grade skincare?

Medical-grade skincare needs to be ordered through a skincare professional under their expert guidance. However, not all skincare professionals are the same. Make sure you choose a skincare professional that will put your best interest first, over profits. 

At Cosmetier, we don’t just care about your skin; we care about you. Dr Sharma has years of experience and happy clients recommending bespoke skincare plans using medical-grade skincare products. We recognise every person is unique and has unique skin which is why we always perform a free skin assessment before any treatment is undertaken, book here.

Our medical-grade skincare brand of choice is AlumierMD. This brand truly understands the physiology behind different skin types and conditions, and they have translated this into a powerful and comprehensive medical-grade, luxury skincare line. Find out more here.

If you have any questions regarding the skincare products we use or how your journey with us will work, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.