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.

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