Monday, February 25, 2013

The Big Skin Care Scam

Buy It's a Jungle Out There

by Stephanie Williams

Hello Ladies (and some gentlemen). I’m coming to you with a big concern and rant. It’s about something that concerns us all.


Yes, sooner or later Father Time is going to catch up with your skin, especially the face. And of course we have a tendency to run out and buy the latest anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, super moisturizing skin care out there.

And a lot of the time, cost be damned!

And we don’t care how crazy the ingredients sound either.

For example, there is a skin care line on one of the home shopping channels that claim that it has some mineral agent from a meteorite from Mars that they found in the Brazilian Rain Forrest.

I swear to you, I kid you not.

When I first heard this I spit out my coffee. The hubtser and our friend were on the floor cracking up to the point they both had tears in their eyes.

Is there no limit how far these companies will go to sucker us in for the Fountain of Youth?

Apparently not. Let me tell you my story.

I am proud to admit, yes proud, to announce my age. I’ll be 48 years old this August.  I look a lot younger and since I lost 50 pounds, I really look young. I also have genetics working for me. The women in my family don’t show any signs of aging (crows feet, marionette lines, vertical lines on lips) until about age 65.

Yeah, I saw the first signs of crowfeets on my mom at age 68! My grandfather on his death bed looked 70, the doctors were shock to find out that he was two months shy of his 99th birthday.

Grandmother too, looked no more than late 70s even when she passed away at the ripe old age of 95.

So I too, have been blessed with this gene. Still doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t take care of my skin.  You see, I have oily skin and I still battle acne til this day. But I have that way under control too. With the help of Benzoyl Peroxide and exercise you can’t even tell. But the oil is still there and that’s what helps with my youthful appearance.

But I’m still like many women that want to keep Father Time at bay and you’re never too young or old to start fighting the hands of time.

I don’t have to tell you that there are MILLIONS of skin care regimens out there. And everyone is jumping on the bandwagon to make theirs extra special.

Remember Oil of Olay? It was just one bottle. My mom and I’m sure your mom use to use it. A pink bottle with a funny smell.  She just washed her face with Dove soap, put on the Oil of Olay, and she was out the door.

Now Olay, as it’s now called, has over 15 different skin care regimens.

Are you kidding me?

L’Oreal has 10 different lines.

When my mom turned 70 a few years ago, she really started getting concern about aging. She had a hell of a time trying to find something that addressed her needs.

One said if got rid of deep wrinkles. One said it firmed the skin, and yet another said it brightened up sallow skin.

I told her she needed to make a choice. Have sagging, discolored wrinkle free skin. Or firm, wrinkled sallow skin, or bright sagging wrinkled skin.

Can’t one cream do it all?

Oh, yes there is one that claims it does. It’s Olay! They said they have a cream that fights the 7 signs of aging.

But why do they have other creams and serums in that line too? If you fight the 7 signs, aren’t you done? If I buy the rest of your line, am I fighting numbers 8, 9 10 and 11?

Well, let me tell you. I was so happy when I saw on television that Lancôme had a line out that not only fights ALL the signs of aging, but it does it in 7 days! Can the church say Amen!

It’s their Genifique line. 

So guess what your girl did? She went to her nearest high-end department store and headed straight to the counter. There was a very helpful and somewhat pushy Lancôme rep there. And of course she used this product too and it did wonders.

It should, she was all but 28.

Anywho, I told her my problem and what I was trying to accomplish. Keep the wrinkles away, firm the skin and brighten giving me that youthful glowy appearance.

She looked at my skin and told me the products I need right there on the spot.

She said I needed the Génifique Eye Youth Activating Eye Concentrate of course. It’s $60.00

I needed the Génifique Eye Light-Pearl Eye-Illuminating Youth Activating Concentrate, at $68.00

I asked since I had the eye cream, why I needed this. She said I needed to alternate or for maximum benefit, put the serum on first and the cream over it.


Now for the face. I needed the Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate between $62.00 and $132.00 depending on size. I got the cheaper.

Of course I needed the Génifique Cream Serum Youth Activating Cream Serum at $84.00 to go under that.

Then the night cream. I had to have the Génifique Repair Youth Activating Night Cream at $100.00

Mind you no sunscreen. She tried to sell me that too, but I have one that I’m faithful to.

All in all with tax…. Drum roll please.


But I was assured that I would see a visible difference in just 7 days….or my money back. Best believe I kept that receipt.

So got home, showed the hubster and friend what I got and explained everything to them and what I was to expect.

They looked at me like I grew two extra pair of arms, especially after I told them the cost.

The hubster, bless him said he doesn’t even see a line on my face.

I told him I want to keep it that way. He and friend shrugged and left me to talk to my cousin about what I got. She would understand.

So, Sunday I started my new skin-care regimen. In seven days there would be a new me staring back in the mirror.

I used it faithfully as per instructed. It didn’t break me out which I was grateful for. It went on nice, but nothing special. I didn’t even go out of the house or put on any makeup. It was snowing anyway so this was perfect.

Well, next Sunday arrived. I looked in the mirror with new excitement. And what did I see?

Not a damn thing!

I looked and looked. Turned my face from side to side, turned on all the lights, even pulled back a curtain or two. I even went as far as getting the magnifying mirror.

I will say this, my skin felt smoother. But I wanted wrinkle free, lifting, even skin tone, blah, blah, blah.

Which my husband already said I had.

So guess what your girl did again?

I took that sh*&t! back!

There was Miss Sunshine. She remembered me. How nice. She should have, she made a hell of a commission on me.

I had the stuff back in their boxes, the original bag she gave me and receipt in hand. I got up to the counter and handed it all to her.

Lancôme Gal: Oh, you’re bringing it back?
Me: Yes.
Lancôme Gal: Any problem, did it break you out or something.”
Me: No.
Lancôme Gal: Oh, so what’s the problem?”
Me: It didn’t work
Lancôme Gal: What do you mean?

(Note to beauty counter people: Go to college so you know what basic words mean.)

Me: It didn’t do what it was suppose to do in the seven day. I see no difference.
Lancôme Gal: It didn’t! (Total shock in her voice).
Me (In my head) Did you confuse my ass with Halle Berry when I came to the counter?
Me: No it didn’t and I used it faithfully everyday for seven days. No Difference. It’s just not for me. So I’m bringing it back.
Lancôme Gal: (Obviously deflated) Oh. Okay, let me get a supervisor.

Really? It takes someone above you to return something that you guaranteed.

SIGH. Anyway after thirty minuets, I got my money back.

Once I got home the hubster and our friend were smirking. After I sulked for about an hour, the hubster came to me and explained something.

“You do everything natural that’s great for younger skin. Besides your genes, you drink an gallon of water, you work out, you put olive oil and jojoba oil on your skin. (Contrary to popular belief, oily skin can use oil. Jojoba is closest to the skins own sebum and regulates oil production. Actually lessening it.)

You’re skin is toned, lips plump and without makeup, when you wear your sweats, you still need to get carded if you’re buying wine.

You know something? He’s right.

Ladies listen to me. I know this was a long blog, but I need to make a point here so you too won’t get sucked in this Skin Care scam the industry is running on us.

Clean living and just taking care of your skin will help you beat Father Time.

Don’t smoke
Don’t drink alcohol (and there’s a new study that for a woman, a drink a day increases breast cancer) Although, having worked in the medical industry I knew this already.
Exercise! It clears the skin and if you do even light weights it tones and firms it!
Olive Oil or Jojoba. Whether you are dry, combination or oily; these two oils will be your best friends. Grapeseed oil is great antioxidant too.

And if you have to buy a cream or some sort of skin care, here’s a small inexpensive list, with products that are known to actually work

Retin-A and Vitamin C. You can find an inexpensive Vitamin C on Amazon. Just make sure that it’s in the first 5 ingredients on the list. And it will be listed most of the time as  L-Ascorbic Acid. Retin-A you can get from a dermatologist.

Cleanser. A glycolic cleanser is the best. It exfoliates the skin. Witch Hazel for a toner.

That’s it!

So I learned a very expensive lesson. Luckily I was able to get a refund. Just doing what I’ve been doing works great. I have no complaints and prevention doesn’t have to cost me an arm and a leg.

All we need it common sense ladies and we can put the Skin Care Industry out of business! Okay, maybe not. But we won’t have to fall for their bullsh&t! 


  1. Huge congrats on your amazing weight loss! You look beautiful at any weight, but it's fun to shop when you're in a smaller size!

    Great idea for a post! I have to admit, if I don't use my eye serum and repair moisturizer, I notice the difference. Two combined cost 170,00. I'm hooked on them, but I'm a little older. lol

    1. Thanks! A lady you're not that much older than me. LOL. But I understand about keeping up on your skin care stuff. I went one week without the olive oil. I was looking like a grape! LOL

  2. Congrats on the weight loss! I have pretty decent skin for thirty-six, no real fine lines yet. In the mornings I "wash" my skin with coconut oil, use an exfoilent at night, and use sunscreen when going out.

    Thanks for sharing your experiences :)

    1. Thanks Olivia! Coocnut oil for a wash? Wow. That sounds interesting. I have to look into that. I know coconut oil is good for a lot of beauty needs.

  3. This is all so true. Beauty doesn't come cheap and in the end a lot is determined by genes. Although my mom too used Oil of Olay and swore by it. lol Thanks for sharing.

    1. I'm telling you,Oil of Olay was the business! Now they have over a 100 products! Really? We need to go old school again girls!

  4. I'm absolutely with you. I don't and never have used any of these products BUT like you, I have oily skin and I think that does make a big difference. My husband reckons i save him a fortune.

    1. I know what you mean. I'm beginning to appreciate my oily skin the older I get. LOL