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Are You Using Diverted Products

Beware Of Counterfeit Skin Care Products


The other day a client called to ask why the product she just purchased from me was much cheaper online.  I explained to her about diverted product sold in “unauthorized places” and she did not know about this at all. Since it is a big problem for people like me and big companies, let me explain.  When products are much lower in cost than at reputable places, they are known as diverted products.
Buyer Beware. These products can be counterfeit, diluted and /or altered formulas, old or expired products that may not be safe to use.  There could be completely different ingredients in the product than on the label.  In fact there was an expose on a TV news program about Mac products that were sold in a shop in New York City.  They had the products tested and found that they were not Mac’s ingredients and had aluminum and barium and other toxic ingredients in them.  The packaging was Mac’s packaging.  No difference at all.  So people thought they were getting a Mac product at a great cheap price.  That’s your red flag right there.

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You could be harming your body by using these products, as they can not only be ineffective but dangerous too, resulting in irritation, infection, rashes, blisters, swelling, or even worse.
Diverted products may have been gathered from multiple places (a company’s dumpster for example) or stolen before being sold. They then put them on Amazon or Ebay for sale. The warehouses where they store them can be hot and humid or extremely cold, helping the product to lose its effectiveness and be a breeding ground for bacteria. Companies like Target, Walmart and drugstores have been known to sell diverted products also. Pevonia products are exclusively available through licensed and authorized industry professionals and Not available through mass market retailers.

Diverted product hurts me, an independent business, the professional manufacturer and you, too, the consumer who trusts a professional brand to deliver the highest quality ingredients and results.  When purchasing a diverted product , you are contributing to a major problem that affects you, the consumer, and the entire skincare industry.  If you decide to still buy from an unauthorized seller, think of your health and safety.  Would you purchase a medication online that is discounted to save a few dollars?  Your skin is the largest organ of your body and protects you and your insides.  Do you want to endanger its health with diverted products?  Buy safe from an authorized seller.

I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about this. This is not only a problem for the skin care industry but many others also.
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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Are Your Skin Care Products Safe And Effective

Beware Of Toxic Ingredients In Skin Care Products

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Clients ask me to check out their skin care products to see if they are safe and effective. I follow the Scientific Rule: The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin cancer. By looking at the ingredient label, I am able to tell if they are safe or not but not really tell if they are effective. To check to see if the product is safe, I look to see what ingredients are irritants and possible or known carcinogens. One such ingredient, Triclosan, an antibacterial, was found to cause cancer in mice, so it is a possible carcinogenic for us. It can be found in skin care products, toothpastes, deodorant and more. This ingredient was questionable in the late 1990s and was taken out of the Pevonia products that I carry in less than a year. Yet many skin care companies still contain it.

The products’ effectiveness can’t be told by the ingredients list. You really need to know your company and the testing they do. Two things that are important to know: the percentage of the active ingredients in the product and if there is a special delivery system to help the ingredients to do their work.The active ingredients such as peptides, stem cells, and vitamin C, etc. need to have a certain percentage in the product to be beneficial. Also an ingredient like vitamin C needs a special manufacturing process to be beneficial in your bottle and effective.

It’s not easy for you tell if the product is going to be effective. That’s where your facial specialist comes in to help. I had researched many companies before I chose the Pevonia line. So according to your skin’s needs, I can let you know what products would help your skin to be healthier and younger looking.

The more you irritate the skin, the more it becomes inflamed, the faster you age and the more you are prone to skin cancer. If you have questions about your products, just call me. I would be glad to help and recommend.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Many Cosmetic Products Contain Gluten

Avoid Allergens In Skin Care Products

If you have celiac disease, your skin and entire body may respond strongly and negatively to gluten. Certain products, including non-food items, can contain hidden gluten. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed “gluten-free” labeling standards for food products, these standards do not apply to every item that could contain gluten, including cosmetics.

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Research presented at the 2011 annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology demonstrated how difficult it is for consumers to find out whether their beauty products contain forms of gluten. Even though you’re not actually eating cosmetics, even a small amount of gluten in a lip balm could cause a problem — think of how often you bite or lick your lip.

Researchers have raised the question of whether gluten-containing lotions and moisturizers might trigger a response in the skin of a person with celiac disease. The investigation was prompted by case studies of two women who had contact irritation on their skin that went away when they stopped eating gluten in their diet and stopped using beauty products containing gluten.

In beauty products, hydrolyzed gluten is used to make both emulsifiers and stabilizers. This is an area of research that requires further exploration, but people with celiac disease who want to live a gluten-free lifestyle should be aware of the ingredients in their cosmetics. The skin absorbs these ingredients quickly, so the risk is very real. When in doubt, contact the maker of your favorite brands and ask about their position on gluten-free products. Many companies have statements listed on their websites because gluten is a growing skin care issue among consumers.

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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Skin Irritants Must Be Avoided

Avoid These Skin Irritants

The following ingredients tend to be most irritating to your skin. This is not an exhaustive list and everyone’s skin is different, so it’s important to isolate your personal triggers:

  • Detergents: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Preservatives: Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol and Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate.
  • Fragrances: ‘Parfum’ can signify artificial fragrance, which is a bad irritant. With natural essential oils care must always be taken since high doses can be irritating. Some, such as lemongrass, are irritating even at concentrations as low as 0.1%.

 

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If you know you are allergic to a specific ingredient, it helps to read the ingredient before buying skin care products. If you don’t know what you are allergic to, do a patch test before using the product regularly. In general, the list starts with the most concentrated ingredient and ends with the least concentrated one (with some exceptions):

  • Active ingredients may be in a separate list.
  • Drugs will be listed first.
  • Color and fragrance usually are listed last.
  • When the concentration is below 1%, the ingredients might be listed in no particular order.

Should we believe the product claims when the good ingredients are at the bottom of the list?

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To find out more about the importance of facials and natural skin care products, please contact Skin Care Plus. We use and recommend the best natural and organic skin care products available. We also offer other skin care treatments that can help with anti-aging and overall skin health, including the best facial in the greater Chicago area, including Batavia, Geneva, and St. Charles.

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