Thursday, 19 January 2017

How To Spot Unsafe and Fake Skincare Products

While I was catching up on the daily headlines recently, I saw an article that shocked and saddened me. Fifteen businesses in London have been fined by Trading Standards for selling unsafe cosmetics. The majority of the products were skin lightening treatments, taking advantage of those with confidence-knocking skin concerns. Unfortunately there are people out there looking to make fast cash and with the beauty industry in the UK worth an estimated £17 billion, the cosmetic and skincare black market is booming.

Some things are too good to be true

If you're on a budget, it can be tempting to opt for cheaper products that offer a quick fix solution to your worries. However, the old saying goes that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The reality is that no skincare product is going to work overnight. A skin cycle is six weeks, so you need to allow at least this amount of time before you can expect to see visible results in the skin.

When it comes to conditions such as acne, pigmentation or rosacea, a single £5 cream just won't cut it I'm afraid. You don't have to spend hundreds of pounds, but it's about creating a full regime filled with targeted active ingredients.

Do your homework

On both the brand and the seller, if you're unsure. Even if it's a small brand, a quick Google should bring up lots of relevant information. You should also try to look for legitimate reviews on independent websites such as Trustpilot or If you're buying from a clinic, you could check to see if they are linked to regulatory body, such as the CQC. Bear in mind that not all are, but it's always worth a check.

Ask questions

If you're really unsure, your best bet is to pick up the phone and ask questions. Any reputable stockists or clinic would be more than happy to answer any queries you have without pressuring you into a sale. The key is to get the low down on the ingredients.

In this recent London raid, many of the dangerous products contained unsafe and prohibited levels of hydroquinone, a prescription strength ingredient that can cause more harm than good if used incorrectly or at high levels. If a product contains hydroquinone, you shouldn't be able to get hold of it without a prior consultation and a registered nurse prescriber would have to complete a prescription for you. If that's not the case, save your face and look elsewhere!

Face the Future is a CQC registered clinic and official stockist of over 100 brands. Whether you pop into our clinic, call our advice line or have an online Skype consultation, you can rest assured that your skin is in safe hands!

Written for you by: Ellie, Face the Future

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