7 Misleading cosmetic claims

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7 Misleading cosmetic claims

  1. HYPOALLERGENIC

This means that a product will not cause unwanted reactions. But, there aren’t any testing methods, regulations, rules, or procedures for determining if a product qualifies as being hypoallergenic. Additionally, hypoallergenic products are not safer or gentler even though this is what the claim is meant to imply.

 

  1. PH BALANCED

Skin products often advertise themselves as ‘pH balanced’. This means that they are less irritating and will work better. But they won’t because any decently formulated product will be made in a pH range that is compatible with skin. A consumer will never notice a single difference between a product that is “pH balanced” and one that is just normally formulated.

 

  1. NON-COMEDOGENIC

Just like hypoallergenic, there are no approved or regulatory standards for this term too. As a general rule, the thicker the product, the more likely it is to be pore-clogging. So, for oily or clog-prone skin, it’s best to avoid products with a thick, creamy consistency. Products with thinner textures are less likely to clog pores or worsen breakouts.

 

  1. CHEMICAL FREE

Every cosmetic and skin care product is made of chemicals. There is no such thing as a ‘chemical free’ cosmetic. It is actually made to imply that the product is “safer” than cosmetics made with chemicals.

 

  1. BOOSTS COLLAGEN PRODUCTION

If the product actually increases the production of collagen in the skin, it would be a mislabeled drug. Cosmetics are not allowed to have a significant impact on the skin metabolism.

 

  1. REDUCES THE WRINKLES

Most any anti-aging product is going to make this claim and it’s very likely true. However, the product will only REDUCE the appearance of wrinkles. There isn’t any cosmetic skin cream that is going to get rid of wrinkles. They will only make wrinkles look less obvious.

 

  1. FORMULATED FOR MATURE SKIN

Age is not a skin type. Skin concerns, such as wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and loss of firmness can happen at any age. Additionally, most products sold for mature skin are just overly emollient moisturizers that may or may not contain the skin-replenishing and skin-restoring ingredients that skin showing signs of aging needs.


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