One of my great assets has always been my skin. It’s pale, smooth, and immune to pretty much any abuse – I could wash my face with laundry detergent, and I don’t think it would matter much! So when a very dear friend of mine gave me a few skincare product samples to try, I didn’t think there was any risk involved.
Now mind you, this was product from a VERY reputable company, and it is quite well-known stuff. Desirable, even. Quite high priced, and considered to be the bee’s knees of beauty goop.
So I apply said goop to my normally asbestos face. 60 seconds later, itching. 90 seconds later, a shade of red normally seen on ripe summer fruits. 120 seconds later, AMAZING swelling commences. 121 seconds later, I’m under the shower, blasting this stuff off of me!
Benadryl follows. So does sitting awake for a few hours past my normal bedtime, just in case something else untoward decided to erupt…
Research this morning indicates that this expensive, widely advertised, miracle face sludge contains (count them) FIVE known skin irritants! Five!!! (the excellent beautypedia.com site is a treasure trove of dispassionate, fact-based information)
Skin care cream containing known skin irritants? This leaves me even more aghast at the reckless idiocy of the world than usual, and that’s pretty bad.
Moral of the embarrassing story: believe nothing in advertising. Trust only science, and your own good sense. And when something advises a “patch test”, for heaven’s sake, DO IT!