Dr. Oz: Does Makeup Provide SPF Coverage?
Dr. Oz talked on his show about beauty industry secrets and how we can outsmart them. He talked to cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski about the beauty industry. The first revelation is that the SPF found in foundations and powders may offer less protection from the sun than you think. Perry said the main issue is that when you’re applying them to your face, you’re not getting the coverage you would normally get from a sunscreen.
A sunscreen creates an important barrier from the UV rays that can damage skin. Makeup is only applied in spots. This creates what Perry called a “leaky protection, like a chain link fence.” This causes aging in weird spots on the face.
Perry suggested that people use a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF first, then use the makeup on top of that.
Dr. Oz: Argan Oil Imposters
There’s another beauty industry secret they don’t want you to know. Argan Oil is one of Dr. Oz’s favorite things to recommend and it’s a good product, but there’s an issue. Perry tested many products with argan oil. It turns out that in order to claim you have argan oil in your bottle, all you need to do is add a drop to the vat of product and claim there’s argan oil in it, even though it’s not enough to have an effect.
Perry said that argan oil shampoo is particularly wasteful because for argan oil to have an effect on hair, it has to be left in the hair. In a shampoo, you wash it out right away, so it’s not giving you any benefit. In the future, look for 100 percent argan oil and put it directly in your hair to get the benefit.
Dr. Oz: Dangers of Micro Bead Facial Scrubs
Perry also has issues with micro beads in facial scrubs. The issue with micro beads is that they can build up in the environment and cause problems in the waterways and with marine sea life. They also don’t do much for you when you use the facial scrub. They’re just not worth it.
Dr. Oz: Are There Dead Bugs in Makeup?
Dr. Oz talked to beauty industry insider Andrea Robinson, who said the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know that there are dead bugs in some makeups. It turns out that dead insects are processed and harvested for an ingredient called carmine, which is an ingredient that gives a deep red pigment to blushes, lipstick, and eye shadow. It’s used widely in the cosmetic industry. So the next time you see carmine on the ingredients list for makeup, think about what you’re putting on your lips.
Dr. Oz: Cheap Brands Vs. High-End Brands
Andrea Robinson said that cheaper makeups often are made from the same ingredients as the high-end brands. She said the way you can tell is to look at the ingredients and the claims for what the product does. If you do this, you can save yourself a lot of money without sacrificing the style and quality you want.