Over-the-Counter vs. Medical Grade: Debunking Skincare Myths

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Do your skin care products live up to the hype? When you spend time scrolling through social media, you are eventually going to fall prey to the latest and greatest, next big thing the (paid) influencers are raving about. But are they really everything they claim to be? 

It’s difficult to navigate all of the different information we are bombarded with each day. Is my favorite Ulta guilty pleasure really that effective? Can’t I buy a cleanser I find in the soap aisle at the food store while I’m there? Is Medical Grade Skin Care really worth it?

Over the counter skin care products are not regulated by the food and Drug Administration (FDA). They are designed to work on the majority of the population for a wide range of concerns and skin types without having a negative effect. Often significantly less expensive, they are not held to the same standards as medical grade products. For this reason, the concentration of the active ingredient is low, and many contain low quality “filler” ingredients such as sulfates, silicones and parabens.

Unveiling the Power of Medical Grade Skincare

Over-the-counter vs. medical grade is about more than just a label. Medical grade skin care products have been developed, researched and tested to ensure that they have the amount of active ingredients necessary to elicit a change in your skin. They are tailored to your skin concerns, have higher amounts of active ingredients, are closely regulated to ensure purity and are designed to penetrate the layers of the skin. To be able to make a claim that it has a certain action, medical grade skin care must have scientific evidence that the product does what it advertises. Over the counter products are not held to this standard.

Medical grade brands are formulated to be absorbed into the deepest layers of the skin, where they can effect change and boost collagen. Over the counter brands don’t have the ability to affect more than the outermost layer. 

Rather than falling for the next TikTok trend, consult a skin care professional and make sure you are getting the purest, most effective skin care for your needs! Our expertise in helping you design a routine using products that WORK paired with treatments that will correct your aging and skin concerns will have your skin looking it’s absolute best!

AnteAGE MD® Winter Box Special: Your Skincare Savior

My go-to products, both for myself and as client recommendations, are from AnteAgeMD. Currently each of these products is available for purchase in our office in Bayville, New Jersey where you can get them at an incredible discount if you invest in the Winter Box special! 

AnteAGE MD® System

Our powerful duo of Serum and Accelerator is packed with 18 actives to simplify your skincare into just two simple steps. 

  • An anti-inflammatory portfolio of growth factors and cytokines
  • Vitamins B, C, E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Bakuchiol
  • Calming and soothing formula, perfect for sensitive, damaged skin 

AnteAGE® Brightener

Smooths uneven skin tone and encourages a naturally brighter, even complexion. 

  • Tranexamic acid, engineered peptides, and growth factors combine to fade discoloration without drying or irritation
  • Non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic
  • Safe for all skin types and Fitzpatrick levels

AnteAGE® Moisturizer

Restore the skin’s precious barrier while deeply hydrating and moisturizing. 

  • Non-greasy formula is safe for all skin types
  • Acne Safe / Non-comedogenic
  • Protects against pollution and blue light

Our Winter Box Special presents the AnteAgeMD® System, Brightener, and Moisturizer, valued at $530, for just $380 – a savings of $150! 

Elevate Your Skincare Experience

Your skin deserves the best and when it comes to skincare, distinctions matter. Choosing medical grade products isn’t just about luxury; it’s about effectiveness. By opting for rigorously tested formulations, you’re making an investment in long-term skin health. The AnteAgeMD® Winter Box Special isn’t merely a discount; it’s an opportunity to embrace transformative skincare at an incredible value. Say goodbye to fleeting trends and hello to a radiant, healthy complexion. Step into Ageless Aesthetics and let us guide you toward skincare that’s not just about beauty but about nurturing the health and vitality of your skin!

Call 848-992-3157 or Contact Us Now to Reserve Your Winter Box Special at Ageless Aesthetics by HB Walsh


  • Heather Walsh

    As the owner of Ageless Aesthetics by HB Walsh, Heather Walsh brings her extensive healthcare experience to the forefront. A Registered Professional Nurse (RN) since 1994, she has channeled her diverse expertise into this thriving venture. Heather seamlessly balances her roles as a business owner and a dedicated mother. Her leadership extends beyond her clinic, as she has actively contributed to her community through volunteerism and served as the PTA President for the better part of the last decade. With her business thriving, Heather remains passionately committed to helping clients look and feel their best through innovative, non-surgical, anti aging skin care treatments. She extends her knowledge by offering a specialized Jet Plasma practitioner training course, empowering fellow entrepreneurs to introduce this groundbreaking service to their clientele. In her free time, Heather and her family cherish moments of relaxation on the boat, beachside adventures, travel, and the shared joy of caring for their animals and tending to their garden.