Counterfeit cosmetics: are you really getting a bargain?

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Many of us have more time on our hands and are online shopping like never before, but reports suggest a huge rise in fake cosmetic products flooding the market to capitalise upon this growth in the online market.

A recent feature in ‘Money’ magazine noted a huge rise in counterfeit cosmetic products making their way onto Amazon. Although Amazon states that it “strictly prohibits the sale of counterfeit products” and “invest[s] heavily in both funds and company energy” to enforce this, it would seem that the cosmetics industry is under relentless attack from opportunistic counterfeiters.

The cosmetic industry loses more money to counterfeit products each year than any other industry – but how does that impact the consumer? Well, not only will the rise in counterfeit cosmetic goods cost the consumer more in the long run, but the products themselves at best simply don’t work as well, and at worst can present a serious danger to your health. 

Many counterfeit cosmetic products have been found to carry carcinogens, like arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium, all of which can cause serious internal and external damage. Some counterfeits seized have also tested positive for high levels of bacteria and human waste, which doesn’t bear thinking about! 

It is more important than ever that consumers do their homework when choosing which products to buy, and where from; it might seem like a bargain at the time, but it could end up costing more in the long run. 

Clinical skincare is the most effective product you’ll find on the market, but these products can only be prescribed by a qualified professional like the medically trained clinicians at Dermoperfection.

Brands will also list approved stockists on their websites, so if in doubt check those and make sure you’re buying safely from a trusted source. You can take a look at Obagi, Juvéderm®, and Envy Medical, where you will find our clinic listed as a registered, trained partner of the brand.

If you’d like to know more about any of the skincare brands we work with or our Dermoperfection skincare range which is available exclusively from our site, take a look through the shop section and contact us here if you have any questions, or book a free consultation here.

Based on 49 reviews.
Anne Green
Anne Green
2021-07-27
Have been getting treatments from Stu at Dermoperfection for 5 years and would not go anywhere else. I trust Stu 100%! Lovely relaxing salon and lovely staff. Highly recommend xx
Isabel hyams
Isabel hyams
2021-07-21
Best place in Birmingham, great service and true care.
Linda Phillips
Linda Phillips
2021-07-20
Gia
Gia
2021-07-13
Absolutely amazing! Stu is knowledgeable and thorough. Book in- you won’t be disappointed.
LilaGrayYT
LilaGrayYT
2021-06-04
I enjoyed my first envy facial immensely with the lovely Stuart. The results after only one treatment were amazing. My skin felt squeaky clean & definitely had a nice glow to it. I'm already looking forward to starting my course of microneedling facials. The whole team at Dermoperfection have a wonderful energy around them and make the whole experience feel fantastic ?
Stuart Moss
Stuart Moss
2021-06-01
I can honestly say I’ve always been very very happy with the service and treatments I’ve received at Dermoperfection. A very professional and polished team who really know their stuff and how to make you look great. The proof of this is I often get mistaken for 10 years younger than I actually am so that’s a sign my treatments have been highly effective! Thank you Dermoperfection! x
Jodie Stokes
Jodie Stokes
2021-05-28
What a gem ? of a place this is, so convenient to right in the heart of the city centre, Stu is fantastic, so knowledgeable, friendly and professional, he put me at ease in an instant with the concerns I had with my skin, we discussed what it was I wanted to achieve and he put me a plan together, I’m glad to say I’m over the moon with the results. I look and feel so much fresher than before. I cant recommend him and his team enough.?? One last thing, the Envy Facials are amazing.
Jessica Lowe
Jessica Lowe
2021-04-29
I have been going to Stu and the team for about 18 months now and I honestly would not go anywhere else. Stu and the team are so professional, approachable and attentive. Stu always listens to my concerns about my skin and always knows what to do. He is so knowledgeable, experienced and I know I'm in good hands. I have been the most confident I have ever been since going to Stu. He really is a genius when it comes to aesthetics and works to a high standard. He will also be very honest if you don't need anything doing or will offer an alternative which also saves money. You can tell he's really passionate about what he does and it certainly shows in his work. I always feel like a million dollars when I leave the clinic!!! I am always recommending people and they have said exact same thing! Thank you!!!!
Gemma Donnelly
Gemma Donnelly
2021-04-22
Big thank you to Stuart for my botox today! Definitely my go to now! First time visiting and staff were friendly and welcoming, the clinic was beautiful and clean and Stuart gave me some great advice! See you soon!
Kereen Powell
Kereen Powell
2021-04-22
Stuart and the team are incredible! So knowledgeable and professional. Always provide the best service in a beautiful, clean environment, would never go anywhere else! Recommend to anyone looking to get aesthetics or skin treatments.

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