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Friday, June 19, 2009

What Product Claims Really Mean

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As of late, there has been an increase of brands that produce anti-aging or natural products. But what do "anti-aging" or "natural" really mean?

Anti-Aging Claims

Did you know that products can legally claim to be anti-aging if they contain sunscreen?

There are two important factors that determine how your skin ages: genetics and sun exposure. So if you don't have the money to splurge on anti-aging products, just slap on some sunscreen (which should be apart of your everyday skincare routine, anyway).

Natural Claims

Even if only one substance in a product is natural, marketers can use this term. Natural ingredients could make up less than 1 percent of the total. Since product labels only tell us what ingredients are used and not how much is concentrated in the item, it could contain small amounts that don't make the product very effective.


Companies send dermatologists products to try but it doesn't say how many people tested the item or how carefully and scientifically they tested it. Even if a dermatologist tries a product and doesn't like it, the manufacturer can still say it was 'dermatologist-tested', because it was.

So who or what can we trust? Customer reviews. I always read Makeup Alley [MUA], Essential Day Spa and Sephora before buying a product.


About Paparazzi Skin

A blog that explores skincare and the truth behind product claims.

I am not a dermatologist nor do I claim to be. I extract information from books and the internet that I believe will help educate readers and myself about skincare.

From time to time I will do makeup-related posts.

paparazziskin [@] gmail . com

Toronto, Ont., Canada

Skincare Books

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Beautiful Skin
by Marsha Gorden and Alice E. Fugate

Future: Product Reviews