One Size fits All?

They have been around for decades and there are dozens of them – the “miracle” multi-level marketing (MLM) skin care products that promise to completely transform the skin. Chances are you have either heard of some of them, tried them or even sold them. These may be the new kid on the block Rodan and Fields, or ProActive, Arbonne, Nerium, Mary Kay or Nutrimetics to name a few.

Skin care is a multi billion dollar industry world wide. It often promises a miracle in a jar, which we all want of course, but does not deliver or live up to what we expect to receive. There are many different levels of skin care ranges from the TV infomercial skin care, to the basic supermarket, chemist or department store ranges, right through to the beauty salon and cosmeceutical medical ranges. All because a product is expensive and has an attractive bottle with great marketing does not mean that it will deliver results that are any better than the MLM range.
Some points for you to consider before purchasing any skincare product may include:
1. the training the representative who sells the product has undergone. Are they a qualified aesthetician who has undergone a minimum of 1 year full time training in the physiology and chemistry of the skin, along with the chemistry of products. Or have they simply undertaken a 1 day training course which is primarily based on the art of selling and recruiting rather than the art of skin care. Before being sold to, check your consultants professional qualifications, their years of experience, their ability to go through a professional consultation addressing the health of your skin and being able to address your concerns for improving your skin. If there is a problem with a skin care prescription is your consultant going to be there tomorrow and are they able to fix the newly created problem? And then finally are you being recruited for someone else’s financial gain
2. most MLM’s, infomercial skin care and OTC (over the counter) products follow a more one size fits all approach. When acne, aging, dehydration and hyperpigmentation occur for different reasons in different skin types, these products simply cannot live up to their promises. And an ingredient that works well for one skin condition may be disastrous for another.
3. any product that is sold en mass on the internet, TV, in a mainstream store or as an MLM, is going to have some restrictions on the level of active ingredients that may be used. This is simply due to the risk of an adverse reaction occurring and the retailer not knowing how to correct the problem which has been created. The OTC, infomercial and MLM products have to be made less active so anyone is able to open the package and start using it without any sort of consultation and guidance from an aesthetician or doctor.
4. what is the percentage of active ingredients that have been formulated with cutting edge science and quality of customization for each skin condition that may be presented – are the active ingredients listed towards the end of the ingredient deck? Are the main ingredients waxes, fillers, sulphates, propylene glycols, PEGS (polyethylene glycols), synthetic fragrances and dyes, and chemical sunscreen ingredients – all of which are not conducive to healthy radiant skin.
5. does the product contain chirally correct ingredients? To illustrate what this means, think of your left and right hands. They are mirror images of each other but could your left hand fit into your right hand glove? The same holds true for chiral isomers, which do not link perfectly with one another and are not superimposable but are rather mirror images of one another

We all want to put our best face forward each and every day and we are always on the look out for the newest miracle in a jar. Skin care is an emotionally driven purchase as we all want to look better, younger and faster with hopefully only one product that will turn back the hands of time which removes all wrinkles, pimples, bunions, boils and cellulite – with one application of course and then through osmosis!? Sometimes if it sounds too good to be true it often is.