CFA Alert/Youth in a Bottle, Skincare Update

By: Betty Sexton (aired 5/20/03)
By: Betty Sexton (aired 5/20/03)

How do you take care of your skin without spending a fortune? A dermatologist helped us answer that question last night and because we have received so many inquiries we are giving you the specifics, so you may want to get a pen and paper.

You don’t have to visit pricey department stores to buy skin care products. Dr. Trookman with Rocky Mountain Laser Center showed us you can find the same ingredients in discount centers like Target.

Don’t be taken in by these claims, you will just wind up paying for them. That is the message of Dr. Nate Trookman with the Rocky Mountain Laser Center. “What you are paying for is a pretty box with a name brand on it and what you should be looking for instead is what product you are actually getting.”

Dr. Trookman says by reading labels you will see expensive department store lines don’t have higher concentrations of the good ingredients your skin needs.

Since they sell to the masses they have the same amount of sunscreen, alpha hydroxy acid, retinol and vitamin C, as the products you will find at stores like Target.

“The Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash has 2 percent Salisylic Acid and runs $4.49. Something like this at the Clinique Counter is probably going to be in the $20 to $30 range and the active ingredients are the same.”

Besides the Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, Dr. Trookman also likes two other facial cleaners. Ponds Dramatic Results with Alpha Hydroxy, Retinol and Vitamin C for $6.49. Neutrogena’s Body Clear Body Wash for $5.09.

For a daytime moisturizer he recommends Olay Age Defying Protective Renewal Lotion and Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer.

“Here is an excellent product you can get for moisturizing the skin and protecting from the sun and a four ounce bottle of this runs $8.99, which is probably better than most of the sunscreens you can get at any department store and far less expensive as well. The recommended night cream, Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream for $10.99 or Loreal’s Line Eraser for $14.50.

Dr. Trookman’s office sells higher concentrations of the good ingredients, as well as other dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians.

Here are the products mentioned:

Facial Cleansers:

  • Ponds Dramatic Results, 5 ounces $6.49
  • Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash, 6 ounces $4.49
  • Neutrogena Body Clear Body Wash, 8.5 ounces $5.09

Facial Moisturizers:

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer, 4 ounces $8.99
  • Oil of Olay Age Defying Protective Renewal Lotion, 4 ounces $8.99

Night Creams:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti Wrinkle Cream, 1.4 ounces 10.99
  • Loreal Line Eraser, 1 ounce $14.50

(He suggests using a facial cleanser in the morning, followed by the moisturizer, then at night using the same cleaners followed by a night cream.)


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