I’d say trying to properly evaluate a skin care product is the most confusing thing to do. Like I said in my Product Review Rubric, ingredient-based reviews can only go so far. There are several limitations and doubts that I have when reviewing a product. Some things like: How much of an ingredient is actually present? Are there negative interactions between some of the ingredients? Are there formulary secrets used that vastly alter the function of the various ingredients? These are always present in my mind, among other things, but there’s absolutely nothing I can do about them. Not only is it confusing, it’s annoying. If any of you are dealing with this issue, I guess my best advice is to try and find products that state the concentrations of the most important or featured ingredients. Some formulary secrets can be found if they’re patented, but beyond that, there’s not much that we can do.
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