It’s easy to get seduced by the promise of a quick fix to a tricky situation — and that’s what so many “medical” creams claim to do: fix your problem quickly, with minimal effort.
It’s crucial to be skeptical of a cream that promises to provide results that are usually achieved by treatment, surgery or injection.
These are the creams that are notorious for snake oil promises that, regardless what their claims are, they will never be able to deliver on:
Tattoo Removal Creams
Tattoo removal creams essentially claim to achieve what is commonly done by a laser, so don’t be surprised if your tattoo removal cream doesn’t remove your tattoo in the slightest. According to Healthline, these creams don’t work — period.
These creams are supposed to reduce the appearance of your tattoos by peeling or bleaching your skin – and neither of these functions sounds safe, or promising. These creams may help your tattoo fade away, but you are more likely to end up dealing with scarring due to the strong chemicals used in these products.
It’s important to note that the FDA hasn’t approved any of creams for tattoo removal purposes. Tattoo removal creams typically contain trichloroacetic acid, which is commonly used as part of medical skin treatments — so you probably don’t want to use it unsupervised.
You are much better off going to a professional for information about getting that tattoo removed than opting for a cream that will set you back many dollars and will probably do more harm than good.
According to LiveStrong, fat loss comes from reduced calories — so how exactly is a cream supposed to reduce your calorie intake?
Any cream that promises to give you abs without you needing to change your eating habits or incorporate exercise is just lying. Abs take commitment to healthy eating and a through fitness regimen.
These creams claim that by targeting deposits of fat, they can tone and firm the skin around your abs. It’s also worth mentioning that you can’t typically control where you lose weight from first, whether it be your thighs, face or your abdominal area.
If you are looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, you are probably better off utilizing other non-invasive tactics like fillers or Botox which have had proven effects in the past. Wrinkle creams are typically weak, less effective, take much longer to show results and are incredibly pricey.
Face Lifting Cream
Face lifting creams suggest that they can achieve results that are attained by surgery: lifted and tightened skin. Sure, a cream might help your skin may feel a bit tighter and less wrinkled, but no cream is going to lift any majorly sagging areas of your face.
You may want to hold off on buying that expensive eye cream that promises to reduce bags and crow’s feet because most dermatologists will tell you that eye creams don’t work.
According to Readers Digest, there is no special ingredient in eye creams that are specifically catered to the area around your eyes. At the end of the day, eye cream is overpriced face cream.
In reality, a cream won’t take 10 years off of your face and is definitely not worth a hefty price tag. Before investing in a miracle cream, think critically about what the product is claiming to do. Things typically take time and trying to take the easy way out won’t get you very far.