We’ve all heard of counterfeit designer goods, but counterfeit beauty? With the rise of online shopping (and bargain hunting), it is increasingly common to find fake beauty and skincare products. Read on for our guide to spotting and avoiding fake beauty, and why you need to keep an eye out for reality.
The fake beauty industry
The spread of fake beauty has become so troublesome that the US Department of Homeland Security launched a division called Operation Plastic Beauty, specifically designed to prevent expansion. The results of an investigation revealed that 20 of 47 products purchased from third-party sellers they were forged. In each case, the seller earned a customer rating of at least 90 percent, instilling misplaced confidence that can harm the end consumer.
Why Avoid Counterfeit Skincare
So what is the problem? When customers don’t buy what they think they paid for, the results can be problematic. Here’s a more detailed analysis of the risks you run when buying counterfeit skincare products.
If you buy counterfeit personal care products, they will most likely prove ineffective. In some cases, you may have purchased “authentic” products that are past their prime (and have lost their potency). In others, they are cheap knockoffs posing as the real thing. These usually include fillers that have a lower percentage of actives and are chemically based rather than natural and organic.
Potential health risks
Counterfeit products are not regulated and do not meet safety and hygiene guidelines. This means there is no way of knowing what they include, where their ingredients come from, or how they are made. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, this poses “a safety risk for consumers, due to the incorporation of dangerous or prohibited alternative ingredients in the formulations”. Studies of seized cosmetics have shown that some contain high levels of bacteria and toxic ingredients such as lead, arsenic and mercury.
Peace of mind
When it comes to tranquility, there isn’t. Manufacturers can only endorse their products when they are purchased from authorized resellers. Counterfeit cosmetics do not have a chain of custody that dictates when the product was made, where it was, and how it was stored. Candice Li, Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Member of the International Coalition Against Counterfeiting He says Refinery29: “Counterfeits are dangerous because the people who make the products are taking shortcuts in the way they are made … At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters to counterfeiters is your money. They don’t care if they give consumers a bad product, or no product at all. “
At the end of the day, the only thing that counterfeiters really care about is your money. They don’t care if they give consumers a bad product, or no product at all.
How to make sure you are buying authentic products
If counterfeit beauty products are a problem, how do they differ? As a general rule, if the product does not come directly from the manufacturer or its authorized sellers (even if it is from a giant online retailer), there is a high probability that it is a fake. When purchasing our products, please note that we do not sell through Amazon. For genuine Eminence Organics products, you must purchase them from our spa partners, authorized resellers online, or from our website.
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when shopping online.
Check the label
Counterfeiters often miss important details. Business Insider advises examining the label and keeping an eye out for these general tricks: “Labels, typos, misspellings, and poor printing should be on your radar. The packaging must include all retail packaging for new products, such as manuals or printed materials, and UPC barcodes. Make sure to cross-reference the product to the one on the brand’s official website to make sure everything matches.
Use common sense
If an offer from a retailer sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Sonia Batra MD says: “Pay close attention to prices, packaging and product quality. If the price is too good to be true, if the packaging is discolored or a barcode is missing, or if the consistency or texture of the product appears different from the original, it is most likely that you are looking for a counterfeit product. “If it looks suspicious cheap or sold in bulk, it’s likely a knockoff.
If the price is too good to be true, if the packaging is discolored or a barcode is missing, or if the consistency or texture of the product appears different from the original, then you are most likely looking for a counterfeit product.
If something doesn’t feel right, ask! Contact the brand to verify that you are buying from an authorized retailer or to alert them that something appears to be wrong. TO Eminence OrganicsWe are always happy to guide your purchasing decisions and direct you to a genuine reseller in your area.
The best place to buy our award-winning skincare is an Eminence Organics spa partner. When you visit a licensed spa, you will not only receive fresh and authentic products, but you will also be evaluated by a trained professional who can recommend the best products for your skin type and concerns.
This post was originally published in October 2019 and has been updated for accuracy and completeness.