It Pays to Be a Beauty Skeptic!

The first lesson you learn as a beauty editor is that you can't believe all the crazy beauty product claims out there. I'm a pretty gullible girl in plenty of other ways, but good luck trying to convince me that a hyped-up new product is my latest must-have, especially when it lacks substance (and has a bunch of lame chemical ingredients).

This sounds harsh, but how else can you sift through hundreds of products to find the best- and the safest?

I've seen some pretty silly products lately (which I'll show you in a minute), and I'm here to remind you that being a beauty skeptic is your job as well. During my beauty workshops I always stress that being your own advocate is a necessity, when it comes to your skin and your health. Don't swallow someone else's beauty recommendations whole (nope, not even my own). You've got to find out what works for you and get friendly with the ingredient list on the back of every single product you put on your body.

And now, for a little fun, check out these downright awful products...

Bliss Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser. I don't often name names, but this product from Bliss deserves to be called out for its sheer ridiculousness. For $18, you get less than a quarter of an ounce (about lip gloss-sized) of 'lip cleanser,' a self-foaming (how and why?) chemical concoction packed with unpronounceable chemicals like Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol manganese chloride and Methyl perflourobutyl ether, plus sodium laureth sulfate, perfume and synthetic color. It's meant to 'lift impurities like food and makeup,' but it's more impure than anything that comes close to my lips. Worst of all- you put this stuff ON YOUR MOUTH. Just to be sure, I tried a sample and it left my lips so taught and dry and terrible feeling that I couldn't locate my shea butter lip balm fast enough.

A good beauty skeptic would take one look and run.

Philosophy Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath. I used to think Philosophy was pretty cute, with its food-scented potions that smell good enough to eat, but apparently they are NOT good enough to soak your body in. I spied this warning on the back of a Philosophy shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath 3-in-1 product (it smelled like Pumpkin Spice): "Excessive use or prolonged exposure may cause irritation to skin and urinary tract." So you're meant to linger in a bubble bath filled with this stuff, but it will probably irritate your skin and your urinary tract while you're in there? No thank you. I'm going to guess that also outweighs the pleasure of the pumpkin spice smell (which is synthetic anyway, obvs).

Got any products that make you skeptical? Tell me about them!