Buyer Beware

We live in a digital age, especially in the current pandemic, where purchasing on-line is just a click of a button. However, when it comes to your skincare, without wanting to sound alarmist, we do encourage caution when it comes to self-diagnosis and purchasing treatments or products for skincare online.

We’ve all seen the online quizzes encouraging us to find out what our skin type is and advice on how to achieve flawless skin, but often these are marketing tactics designed to draw you in, so you purchase products. As with everything, there will be those online sellers who are genuine, but this is not always the case and there are a number of things to be aware of when purchasing skin care products online. A few things for you to consider…

Whilst it can be cheaper to purchase brand names from private sellers, you have to ask yourself why. One of the reasons is that sometimes the products are out of date. You wouldn’t eat out of date food, so why put something that is out of date on your skin? The likelihood is that even if it is not harmful, the active ingredients will have expired so the benefits won’t be as effective. Definitely a false economy.

Here at Norwich Cosmetic Clinic, we purchase all the products we sell, such as Jan Marini or Obagi, from the manufacturer so our clients can be 100% certain that the skincare they purchase from us is genuine. This is not necessarily the case when you buy online, as the market is flooded with counterfeit products.

Leading on from this, if the product is counterfeit, you have to ask yourself what is in it? If a seller is prepared to use unscrupulous methods to draw you into a purchase and then sell you counterfeit goods, the likelihood is that they are not concerned about the integrity of their product, so you cannot be sure whether the ingredients are even safe for your skin.

So whilst we understand that skincare isn’t always cheap and a cost saving can be a tempting and attractive proposition, we would suggest that it could be a false economy. Our belief is that it is always better to buy from a reputable clinic or retailer and absolutely seek professional advice when it comes to diagnosing any skin issues and seeking treatment.