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1. Patented or Patent Pending. Patents can be granted to companies that manufacture
or combine materials in new ways. But just because something is patented doesn’t
mean it works.
2. All Natural. This one really bugs me! It doesn’t mean the product is organic or
chemical-free. After all, chemicals are “natural,” too.
3. Organic. The US Department of Agriculture certifies organic food ingredients found in
cosmetics, but not essential oils or plants used for cosmetic purposes. To carry the
USDA Organic seal, a product must contain at least 95% organic food ingredients.
Other countries have their own organic certification labels, such as COSMOS and
NaTrue in the European Union and NASAA in Australia.
4. Hypoallergenic. Think this guarantees you won’t have a reaction? Think again.
These products can still contain ingredients some people are allergic to, including
preservatives and fragrance.
5. Fragrance-Free. These products may not have a noticeable smell, but can still
contain “masking” scents to cover up ingredients with unpleasant odors. Look for the
words “no fragrance added” instead.
6. Non-Comedogenic. While non-comedogenic products are usually oil-free and
therefore less likely to cause breakouts, there’s no guarantee they won’t. In fact, many
contain dimethicone, a known acne aggravator.
7. Helps Pre-Mature Aging. Perhaps the most appealing of all claims from a consumer
standpoint is this statement. If a product truly prevented premature aging by affecting
the structure of the skin, it would be classified as a drug and therefore would require
FDA approval. Manufactures circumvent this by utilizing the fact that sunscreens
prevent premature aging by decreasing the damaging effects of ultraviolet light on the
skin. Therefore, if a product contains sunscreen, it may state ‘prevents premature aging’
on the label.