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6 health lies advertisers want you to believe

6 Health Lies You Probably Believe
1) "Washing oil off your face helps fight acne"
The oil that causes acne comes from deep under your skin. Washing it off on the surface with oil fighting face washes does nothing. In fact, washing your face frequently can actually make things worse.

2) "Extra vitamin c helps prevent colds"
Have a cold? An excess amount of vitamin c won't make it go away. The excess vitamins are simply flushed out of your system since the body can only absorb so much.

3) "A juice cleanse is the best detox"
Your body uses two things to detox: your kidneys and water. So that $10 kale juice is just as detoxing as a cup of water.

4) "Higher SPF is always more effective"
SPF technically maxes out at around 30. Doubling SPF is like doubling up on umbrellas -- it's just overkill that achieves the same result.

5) "Vitamin and protein enriched lotions and shampoos are beneficial"
The vitamins that are added to your lotion offer no benefit. Your skin can't absorb these extra ingredients; you might as well rub salad on your skin.

And finally, No. 6. "What's up with all the added ingredients (like protein) in shampoos and conditioners?" Apparently ... nothing. The protein in your shampoo is as beneficial as rubbing meat on your hair -- so don't pay much attention to those fancy words on the bottles.

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Merrilyn April 13 2014 at 2:07 PM

Why isn't it a crime to claim such statements on a bottle of tube of shampoos??? Just as in foods in the market, I feel that all products that we (consumers) buy off the shelf, should say exactly what is in it and how it effect your skin or hair and your body. If they cannot do that, take if off the shelf immediately.

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rademps Merrilyn April 13 2014 at 6:21 PM

On a serious note, yes. i agree with you. Oddly, many people think it is illegal to make false claims or depictions in advertising. It isn't. Think of the old gasoline ad, "put a tiger in your tank." Clearly, false advertising, hype. What IS illegal is misleading advertising. No one bought gasoline thinking they were putting a tiger in the tank but did put a tiger tail hanging out of the filler cap or door. Another common ad trick when filming ice cream products under hot lights; they use mashed potatoes that look like ice cream on film. Many skin care products or supplements are not covered by truth in advertising regulations and such products often state that they claims made were not verified by FDA testing.

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sondravvag April 13 2014 at 1:10 PM

Yeah! As a medical person I am so glad somebody is exposing these marketing ploys. More people should know that there is only a small psychological effect by using all these products. Thank you!!

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jhubit1 April 13 2014 at 12:39 PM

Thank you for giving an article teaser and then REALLY giving the information promised! I am sick of having to read through volumes of nonsense to get the answers.

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rohlemeyer jhubit1 April 13 2014 at 12:49 PM

I don't know about that. It's all about skin and hair. I was hoping there would be information about vitamins and common medications.

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ginderat April 13 2014 at 12:37 PM

Not too sure about things we rub into our skin; it's porous and absorbs things. Have to say, however, love that guy trying to rub a steak into his hair! Needed the chuckle - thanks!

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johnnyrae April 13 2014 at 1:50 PM

Here in the States many people have more money than cents ... Extremley Gullible they are ... Does anyone here care to invest in the Ocean Front Condos I have in Arizona ?

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ohioh111b111y johnnyrae April 13 2014 at 2:47 PM

JOHNNY: maybe if the deal is right?

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cggg18 April 13 2014 at 12:02 PM

Just goes to show this world is all about money, not people!!

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lasstrainer April 13 2014 at 11:26 PM

This article is the biggest form of BS I've read. Read about Agenda 21. There's no profit in health.

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lasstrainer lasstrainer April 13 2014 at 11:26 PM

Edit: There's no profit in healthy people.

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judee725 April 13 2014 at 11:41 AM

I knew 1-4, but knowing 5 and 6 is great to know. Now just cheaper shampoo and conditioner will do.

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notyerbrat April 13 2014 at 2:10 PM

WTH ever happened to common sense when buying anything? Why would we be so shocked to learn this?? People want miracles...lead a healthy life and stop relying on 'magic' !!! Sheeesh.

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rademps notyerbrat April 13 2014 at 6:12 PM

Yes, eat vegetables. And look both ways before crossing the street.

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cal3301 April 13 2014 at 10:58 AM

Anyone who knows anything about anything, knows that hair is dead(except at the scalp), like the end of your fingernails(except at the base). The top layer of skin is dead and always sluffing off. Adding anything to any of it , only masks what is going on.

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