As I watch TV, read our favorite girlie-magazines or go to stores that specialize in beauty products, I am always SHOCKED at the claims made by so many companies! It kills me to think that in this economy, hard-working Americans are being taken advantage of by such false advertising; our dreams of looking out best is being exploited by someone’s dreams of being rich from exploiting our insecurities and hopes for self-improvement. Yuck!
So here are 5 myths shed and trust me – I have no financial disclosures to reveal!
Myth 1: Topical creams flatten the love handles, diminish belly fat and help us lose inches
Fact: Inches around your wallet – yes, but your belly? No so much! No cream, lotion or potion can be applied to the skin that can do such a thing! In fact, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is taking action against the manufacturers claiming they can flatten your tummy. So, if you want, report them!
Myth2: Creams have to cost a fortune to be “superior!”
Fact: Some ingredients are actually expensive, that is true! But, be aware that what can really make a product expensive is the cost of the bottles, the labels, the marketing campaign and of course, the salary of the salesperson selling you the product. I always look for active ingredients to see if there is anything “special” in this product vs. it just “feels good.” I tell my patients to save their money on what really works!
Myth 3: A cream can get rid of cellulite.
Fact: The latest research on cellulite has demonstrated anatomical differences between the deep tissue structures in men and women, explaining why women are getting more cellulite than men. Without getting too technical, we have under the skin a supporting “netlike” structure that holds together our tissue. The ones women have are more like “fishnets” and through the little openings tissue can herniate through, causing the appearance of cellulite. Men on the other hand, have a more uniform and solid mesh-like structure and there is little chance for herniation and the formation of cellulite. These structures are very deep and no cream can dissolve and remove cellulite from the body.
Myth 4: Natural or organic ingredients are safer and more effective.
Fact: Natural is great. However, organic and natural products also have side effects! Think about poisonous mushrooms or opium that are both naturally occurring organic products! If anything has an “effect” it can very well have a “side effect.” The problem is that many times such products have not been studied enough or we do not know what those side effects, alone or when combined with prescription products, might be. So, be careful, since many naturally occurring products can make you more sensitive to the sun, causing discoloration and burning.
Myth 5: If it is on the shelf and is “clinically proven” it is safe and effective
“Clinically proven” means the product has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Fact: There is a difference between clinically proven and FDA approved! Anyone can have a few people use their product, and share the results of what they did as clinical data. You can even twist the data to make it favorable to say, “Clinically proven.” Many cosmetics do not ever go through the FDA’s intensive review and approval process. They are not mandated to do so! Be careful! In addition to not working well, they can be harmful!