When purchasing skincare products from a third-party online source, at your local drugstore or another retailer, you may not always get the products that you think you’re buying. Sellers who try to pass off copycat, fake and expired skincare as high-quality professional products are growing in numbers and leaving many consumers disappointed. Here is a guide to spotting these scams and some tips to ensure you get the professional skincare you want without the worry.
What Are Copycat Products?
Much like fake designer handbags, copycat or counterfeit skincare products can appear deceivingly similar to their professional counterparts, right down to the packaging (Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property). The problem, however, is that although the label might seem like the real deal, copycat products don’t contain the same proprietary formula inside the knock-off box. Thus, you might think you’ve purchased a professional product that should do wonders for your skin, when in reality, there’s no telling what’s really inside the bottle. So when you don’t see the results you expect, you’re disappointed and confused as to why your skin isn’t improving.
If you’re buying online, spotting a fake can be particularly difficult, but a few tips to keep in mind are:
- Shop only at authentic websites, not third-party sites.
- Be wary of “too good to be true” discounts.
- Check the fine print. Most counterfeit sellers won’t accept returns or exchanges on merchandise.
- Look for little details such as misspellings on the labeling or even in the website’s URL.
Growing Problem with Expired Skincare Products
Similarly, some phoney skincare dealers will try to sell expired professional products without disclosing this information. Because many ingredients contained in advanced professional formulas have specific shelf lives, there is no guarantee that using an expired product will offer the same results as a non-expired product. Also, some key ingredients such as vitamin C need to be stored properly in order to prolong their shelf live and preserve their effectiveness, yet chances are, knock-off sellers aren’t taking the time to ensure proper storage of their expired or copycat products.
Benefits of Purchasing Skincare Products Through a Physician
The only way to know for certain that your skincare products are exactly what they say they are is to purchase from an authentic online store or through a physician. You know that you’re getting a high-quality product that is backed by the manufacturer. You’ll also know that these products have been packaged, stored, and shipped properly in order to maximize their effectiveness and longevity.
Finally, many people grow frustrated when their retail skincare products seem to backfire on their skin, despite claims on the label. Because all skin is different, everyone can benefit from a customized, professional-grade, dermatologist-recommended skincare routine. This is because professional skincare products such as skinbetter science AlphaRet™ Overnight Cream FACE are created using the most advanced ingredients and skincare science to help deliver high-quality results with minimal irritation*.
To avoid the risk of unknowingly purchasing copycat or expired products, find a physician in your area who offers professional skincare products directly from the source. The skinbetter science online store is only available to consumers who have been granted access by an Authorized Physician Partner to help ensure that you get the highest quality and best skincare options for your unique skin.
*Individual results may vary.