WATCH OUT FOR SNAKE OIL!

Buying skin creams stocked with exotic vitamins may only empty your wallet faster, say the experts at the American Academy of Dermatology. Although the active ingredients-namely, antioxidants-can prevent skin damage by blocking dangerous free radicals, the reality is your skin absorbs little from the products. Most of your benefit comes from the moisturzing effects of the creams.

Be wary of too-good-to-be-true claims as well. The FDA recently forced the company Strivectin to alter language on a cream that asserted; “Clinically proven to change the anatomy of a wrinkle.” Why? The FDA says’s that’s a drug-like effect, and the company would have to get approval to sell something so powerful. However, the American Chemical Society points out there’s just enough of the good stuff in the products to have a drug-like effect. Do yourself a favor – and save money-by avoiding products that make outrageous promises.

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