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Are makeup labels telling you the truth?
Posted by Dr. Joshua Fox

Are makeup labels telling you the truth?

So, you’ve determined you’re going to improve your skincare routine, and you set out to buy some new products to freshen up your lineup. Whether you’re strolling through the makeup and beauty aisle at a grocery store or drug store or perusing Sephora and Ulta, you’re going to be bombarded by-products. How are you supposed to know who to listen to, and how to find the product that works right for you?

Unfortunately, there’s a bad habit in the makeup industry of using unregulated, meaningless phrases to draw in unsuspecting customers. Here are four you should be wary of, and why they don’t mean what they say they do.

The price tag is not always right.

The first deceptive label we should all look out for is the price tag! We’ve all been misled in the past by the idea that the more expensive it is, the better it works, but that just isn’t true.

While we often get what we pay for (and sometimes even more), this does not always apply to skincare products because excellent ones exist at every price point! You’ll have many different options available no matter where or how much money you spend, so don’t blindly buy an expensive option thinking that it’s “the one”. If you’re not sure about a product, or can’t decide, then ask your dermatologist! They’ll be able to tell you what is best for your skin type.

Which dermatologist approved it?

If you see “dermatologist approved” on a label, that doesn’t guarantee the product will be good for your skin. Many dermatologists have different opinions about what constitutes an effective skincare regimen, and there is no industry standard as to what qualifies something as being recommended by such professionals. That means if your specific doctor has recommendations then of course try it out–but beware if you see it without an actual dermatologist’s name attached.

What does “hypoallergenic” even mean?

Did you know there are no official standards for what makes a product “hypoallergenic”? Instead of relying on that label, know your skin and what it needs. If you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, look for products that are less likely to trigger allergic reactions by avoiding irritants such as cleansers with harsh chemicals and fragrances that can irritate when used too frequently on the face.

It can’t be for “all” mature skin.

Many people with mature skin struggle to find a product that works for their specific needs. There is no one-size-fits-all solution, so the best thing you can do when looking at products formulated specifically for your age group is first to identify what about your skin type has been giving you trouble and then look into solutions offered by companies tailored towards these types of problems!

Having a youthful, healthy appearance begins with good skincare, but your skin’s battle with aging is inevitable. If you have any concerns with your skin, whether medical or cosmetic, get in touch with us and set up a consultation – we would love to help with any wrinkles or skin concerns that are keeping you from feeling like your best, most beautiful self. Make an appointment today!

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