If It Sounds too Good to be True…

…you guessed it; it probably is. When it comes to antiaging creams, makeups, cleansers and potions that are over-the-counter (OTC), the claims and the reality might not overlap.

Drugs that require a prescription go through a rigorous process to become FDA-approved. This costs money, time and proof of real results. There are a few anti-wrinkle or anti-aging creams that are prescription (Retin-A, Renova) but the vast majority stay out of the pharmacy and are sold OTC as cosmetics. This matters to you because the rules are more lax about what a cosmetic cream may claim to do to your skin. Look at the carefully worded claims those brands make. “Reduces the appearance of fine lines” or “makes wrinkles seem to disappear” With these crafty descriptions, it’s easy to overestimate your expecatations. Buyer beware.

There is the flip side. Just because a product is sold as a cosmetic in a drug store or department store doesn’t mean it can’t actually produce some results. It’s just hard to sort out the hits from the misses when the regualtions don’t hold them to their claims. Hopefully a dermatologist, cosmetic surgeon or experienced aesthetician can help you find some worthwhile gems in the store aisles.

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