Are you ready to invest a good amount of money on skincare products that will keep you looking younger? Worried those lines on your face will become more and more prominent? Before you invest your money in skincare products, read on and find out what you need to be aware of so you don’t get scammed.
Skincare companies don’t just scam you by selling you shoddy products. They also get you through other marketing and advertising gimmicks. Do your homework on the company and make sure they are legitimate before handing over the cash.
Scams to Avoid
Some companies advertise that they provide free trials. They will send customers the products for just shipping and handling fees. After the predetermined number of days is over, however, the free trial is no longer free.
What these companies don’t come out and tell you is that they will charge your credit card monthly after your free trial, and start sending you the product whether you want it or not. They start to make unapproved charges on your card.
The best thing to do is to avoid free trials altogether. If you want a certain product, it is best just to pay the full price and take the risk. Once a company has your credit card information, they can charge it and claim that the information was disclosed to you when you agreed to the terms of the free trial. Trying to get a refund of the unapproved charges is a major pain in the rear and can take months to resolve.
Companies and products to watch:
- Hydroxatone’s AM/PM Anti-Wrinkle Complex
- ProDermagenix’s Anti-Aging Serum
- Sheridan Labs’ Equinox Serum and RVTL products
- LifeCell (reviewed here)
False Advertising – Data
Skincare companies will flat out just lie about their products or make up fake data and reviews from imaginary studies to promote their anti-aging creams and serums. In fact, actor Ray Liotta is suing Nerium International because the company claimed he endorsed their products. According to Liotta, he had never even heard of them before.
False Adveritising – Active Ingredients
When it comes to false advertising, some skincare companies are not afraid to make claims about containing ingredients that do wonders. When you truly look at the fine print, you’ll find that the actual active ingredient is listed 28th or 29th. This indicates there is very little, even trace amounts, of the active ingredient in the product.
Same Product, Different Price
One thing consumers really need to be aware of is the list of ingredients found on the product containers. Fragrance aside, some products are exactly the same but sold at very different prices by varying companies. For example, Lancome’s Absolue Ultimate BX Serum costs $130 for 1 ounce, and it contains the exact same active ingredients as Skin Genesis’s Daily Treatment Skin Concentrate, which is sold for $18.74 for 1.7 ounces.
It is important for you to read the active ingredients closely so that you are not scammed into paying a higher price just because of the brand’s name. Other product comparisons include:
- Estee Lauder’s Crème de la Mer at $220 for 2 ounces is the same product as their own Re-Nutriv Ultimate Youth Crème, which they sell for $250.
- Estee Lauder’s Idealist is $46.50 for 1 ounce and has the same ingredients as Clinique’s Turnaround Concentrate Visible Skin Renewer, which sells for $36.50 an ounce.
Companies That Don’t Deliver
There are companies in the skincare industry who seem to sell certain products, however, customers never receive them. These companies are the ultimate scammers, as they don’t even bother to send out what they claim to be selling. They are also often the companies that are quick to take your money.
Companies and products to watch:
- SAM Cosmetics and Skin Care’s Skinhale products
- Luminant Skin Care
- More companies to be aware of here
Only the Icing on the Cake
The companies and scams listed in this post are the obvious, blatant ones. There are many more examples out in the world that consumers need to watch for before handing over their money. Knowing how skincare companies scam consumers, the key is to make sure you do your research before jumping onto a bandwagon for the sake of looking young again.
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