As well as hurting your wallet fake skincare products may hurt your skin. A fake product probably won’t contain the same ingredients or formula as the real thing and this may lead to reactions like nasty rashes or even burns.
If the worst happens and you have a reaction to a product which wasn’t purchase from an authorized retailer or the manufacturer themselves then you have no one to complain to and no way of getting any refund or any satisfactory apology.
"Counterfeit products in the spa industry are emerging at a head spinning rate, these businesses are cashing in on years of hard work by smaller companies to establish their brands but more importantly having no regard for the consumers health and safety. They just want to maximize their profits. Who knows how their products are produced? What does it mean? If these rogue traders continue to hijack sales from reputable companies those companies will not be producing new and exciting products for the market, in fact, those companies will either have to raise their prices or cease to exist, either scenario is not desirable for the end consumer who deserves the best and safest products" Liane Scior, Director of Education, Pevonia Botanica
So how can you tell if a product is fake?
Generally counterfeit skincare products will not have a batch code or an expiry date on them, although the scammers who are after your money are getting good at faking these now too.
How can you be sure that you are spending your money on a genuine product?
Treat your skin kindly and purchase products from authorized day spas, retail outlets or the products own website itself. This way you can be assured that you are using the genuine article, surely your skin deserves that much.
The bottom line is that if the price of a product seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
Tell us about your experiences...have you had unwittingly bought yourself a fake spa product?