IF IT DIDN'T WORK...RETURN IT
- It's not your fault if a moisturizer didn't lift your sagging skin.
- It's not your fault if an eye cream didn't eliminate your dark circles or puffiness.
- It's not your fault if that "anti-aging cream" didn't make you look 20 years younger.
If you buy a skincare product that doesn't live up to its claims, take it back for a refund!
GENERIC SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Although they contain the same exact ingredients, generic skincare products are NOT necessarily the same as "brand" products.
According to the FDA's Cosmetic Labeling Guide and the cosmetic labeling regulations themselves (21 CFR parts 701 and 740), all over-the-counter (OTC) skincare products must have a listing of the ingredients contained in that product in descending order of predominance. And although the ingredients themselves are listed, the exact recipe or formulation is not. The information that is not listed includes:
- The order that ingredients are added to the product.
- The pH of the product.
- The amount of each ingredient.
- The temperature of the product or of the ingredient when that particular ingredient is added.
This formulary information is considered proprietary and is often patented. Generic products, such as those sold by major pharmacy chains like CVS and Walgreens, may use the same ingredients as the branded products but do NOT necessarily use the same patented formulation.
Fragrance is one of the most frequent causes of contact allergic reactions; therefore, fragrance-free skincare products are recommended over scented products.
The "NATURAL" INGREDIENT MYTH
MYTH: Skincare products containing "Natural" ingredients are safer and more effective.
TRUTH: No, they are not. "Natural" ingredients include herbs, oils, roots, and flowers from plants. These botanically derived ingredients are not incorporated into skincare products in their natural state. Neither crushed up leaves nor pressed mushrooms can dissolve adequately into a skincare product. To be formulated into moisturizers they must be processed and chemically modified thereby losing their "natural" form. There is little scientific evidence that applying products containing plant extracts is beneficial.
WHAT ARE "ANTI-AGING" SKINCARE PRODUCTS?
Moisturizers specifically designed to address the signs of aging are marketed as "anti-aging" products. Simply stated, anti-aging products ARE moisturizers that CLAIM to improve skin tone, texture, and radiance, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, science has yet to discover a single ingredient or product that reverses or slows the aging process.
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I've been a New York based dermatologist for over 25 years. I love music. I love triathlons. I love chemistry. (I love Petrolatum jelly.) I study skincare ingredients and product formulation. I listen to skincare "advice" from self-proclaimed ......Read More