As the world of beauty becomes ever more saturated, fake beauty brands are becoming more common, and the latest fake makeup craze is posing new dangers for consumers.
What’s more, the people behind these products have been using them for years, and they often have a vested interest in the brands they’re using them on.
The key to spotting fake beauty is knowing which brands are doing well.
You can tell if they’re a top seller by the quality of their products.
If they don’t sell enough, they may be hiding behind a false claim that the products are not worth it, says Dr. Emily Pyle, a dermatologist in Portland, Ore.
To identify these brands, you’ll want to check out the company name and look for a clear and prominent “X.”
Fake beauty brands may also sell their products in bulk, which is easier to find, says Pyle.
If you buy a makeup product from a fake beauty brand, you should be able to tell if it’s fake based on the ingredients and packaging.
However, this isn’t always the case.
Many fake brands include ingredients that don’t make sense.
For example, a beauty product might include ingredients called glycolic acid, which can have harmful side effects, says Kimberly Wunderlich, a product safety and efficacy expert in Los Angeles.
If you find that product, check with the company.
And if you do, ask to have it tested by a certified lab.
These products have to meet FDA standards and comply with safety standards, such as using high-quality ingredients, says Wunderich.
Even if the product is fake, you shouldn’t buy it.
If a product is marked as made in China, it’s likely made by a company that doesn’t have an official China factory, says Cynthia Schmidhuber, a registered dietitian and health education specialist in California.
The company should also be certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
If the product has a questionable ingredient list, check it with the FDA.
The FDA’s website has a list of certified Chinese food and food safety experts.
Fake beauty products can be more dangerous than real beauty products because they can contain dangerous ingredients and contain false claims, says Schmidhugh.
Fake brands also often include ingredients like glycolate and other chemicals that aren’t approved for use in cosmetics, which could make them less safe, she adds.
So how do you know if a brand is making your makeup?
Check the ingredients on the label, especially if it includes a lot of words like “all natural,” says Schultheil.
You may also want to make sure the ingredients have not been used in the last five years, which may be because of contamination or adulteration, she says.
Fake makeup products can also be harder to identify if they don´t contain a health warning, says McEwen.
That can include things like vitamin E or sun protection, says Risa Hausmann, a certified dietitians and health educators specialist in New York.
A fake beauty product can be expensive.
But it might be worth it for some people, says Toni K. Guglielmi, an assistant professor of pharmacy at the University of California, San Francisco.
If buying a product from the internet, the cost of the product could be lower than the retail price, so you don’t have to worry about paying for the product.
You could buy a product for less than the cost at a local store, she suggests.
If you do decide to purchase a product, you might be disappointed if it isn’t a true product.
That’s because fake beauty products often contain artificial ingredients or ingredients that are made with ingredients that aren´t approved for human consumption, she explains.
These ingredients can be hazardous, but the FDA says that most of these ingredients aren´ts toxic and shouldn´t be used in cosmetics.
In some cases, the fake beauty industry is trying to make money by marketing products that are not safe, says Guglisli.
The companies are trying to sell you products that aren`t safe, but it’s not a good idea.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is, says Hausman.