Safety when shopping online is critical. But the general guidelines to stay safe online don’t necessarily apply when buying cosmetics and skincare products.
For example, the use of bad ingredients or a product that’s formulated very poorly without much testing is a bigger threat here than fake products or scams.
That’s why we have put together this consumer safety guide specifically for skincare products. We’ll focus on how to stay safe when shopping for skincare products and cosmetics online in 2022.
Research the product and its usage
It’s important to remember that beauty products can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re buying.
It’s also important to remember that some of the most dangerous products are off-the-shelf items. For example, mascara and eyeliner are both quite easy to buy online, but they can be very dangerous if used improperly.
Buying cosmetics online is a great way to save money on a product you like the look of and are comfortable with using. However, it’s important not to buy any product without researching it first.
Buy suitable products
It’s important to buy products that are right for your skin type and age. For example, if you have sensitive skin or acne, it’s best not to use something that might irritate or dry out your skin.
If you limit your search to reputable online shopping websites and reliable manufacturers, you will get a good returns policy. This allows you to test the product first. Test it on your arm first by applying a patch.
If you have sensitive skin, try the product on your inner arm first before using it anywhere else.
Be careful of the ingredients in these products. Many natural substances can be harmful to your skin and hair if they are not used correctly.
Do individual research on each of the ingredients before you buy.
Make sure to read the ingredients list on product packaging and make sure you’re buying from a reputable retailer.
If you can’t pronounce an ingredient on the label then it is probably made up of chemicals you don’t want anywhere near your body! So make sure any cosmetics you buy have natural and organic ingredients like honey, aloe vera gel, and wheat germ oil.
Choosing products that are cruelty-free and not tested on animals is also important.
It’s important to beware of counterfeit goods. Many companies sell knockoffs of leading products and unsuspecting customers fall prey to such tactics.
Counterfeit goods can be spotted by reading the reviews. They are also likely to be very cheap compared to the real thing.
When shopping online, always check the reviews posted by other people on different websites.
It’s also important to keep the general safety guidelines in mind when you shop beauty products online.
This includes stuff like shopping from familiar websites, looking for the secure lock icon on any website, checking URLs for anything that might be shady, etc.
When shopping on mobile, always stick to the app of the retailer. It makes things much more secure and harder for hackers to gain illegal access.