As the internet becomes more prevalent, there’s more room for people to take advantage of uneducated consumers. Look at India, for example. With the emergence of the smartphone, people there–who may have never been online before–are heading to popular websites in droves. But while using google for us may be second nature, for them it’s easy to fall into online scams. For our purposes here at the Skincare Critic, we’ll be focusing on one area of online scams that are very near to our heart- Skin Care Scams. Let’s take a look at some of the more common forms that Skincare Scams take.
Skin Care Scams | The Too-Good-To-Be True Offer
We’ve all seen infomercials, right? They bait people in with a claim that is too good to be true. Like that one commercial where the guy glues a boat together with some kind of rubber adhesive, then goes parading through the everglades. Yeah right, buddy.
But not all scams are as easy to spot (our lawyers are making us clarify that the rubber glue thing isn’t a scam, it’s probably very nice). Some can be as innocuous as a skin cream. But how can you discern between a normal skin cream that makes big claims, and a scam skin cream that makes blatantly false claims? Let’s look at our list of Skin Care Scams and their warning signs.
How To Spot Skin Care Scams Online
- They claim it will get you results overnight – There are two types of skincare products; long term, which give you actual results, and short term, which give you fast results that disappear quickly. Most of these fly-by-night skincare scam companies will claim that they can do both. Further, they’ll argue that the results are like surgery, without the surgery.
- They don’t give you ingredient lists – Legit skin care companies will give you a full ingredient list on their product.
- They have a ton of qualifying details to their offer – We’ve all seen the skincare products that say you can get a “FREE” bottle. Honey, no. They’re never free.
- Extremely limited supplies – While some bigger name companies like La Mer might operate on that luxury, limited-quantity model, most legit companies do not. If you see a company that says only 5 bottles remain, and George from Eau Claire, WI just bought one, it’s probably a sign that you shouldn’t be buying it.
- They have ads that feature celebrities that probably aren’t really endorsing the product – Do you really think a famous TV doctor divorced his wife so he could start selling fountain of youth cream? Probably not. If you see companies using shady, clickbait tactics to get you to click on their product ads, chances are they’re lying about other things, too.
How To Avoid Skin Care Scams
Often, it’s not yourself you need to worry about. It’s the more vulnerable people in our lives that you need to watch out for. Dear ol’ mum might not have the internet savvy that you do. If you think somebody in your family might be prone to internet skincare scams, be sure to print them off a checklist like the one above.
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But if you’re more in the mood for getting your skin in order (sans the scams) be sure to read our article on protecting your skin from UV radiation.