We all know someone selling skincare or some kind of miraculous cosmetic out of their house. You know the drill, you get invited to a party and feel guilted into buying it. Or you get a Facebook message from a friend who is offering to give you a jar of said miracle skin cream for free to "try" and you end up getting signed up for an auto shipment every month.
This is called multi level marketing (M.L.M.) Besides the obvious annoyances of this type of selling, here's my "short" list of why you might be better off steering clear of these home-party skincare products.
1. M.L.M.'s are not a professional product so anyone can sell it to you without having any education on how the skin functions or without having any knowledge of your skin's needs. Let's face it, if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. There is no training or certification required to sell M.L.M. skincare. It's likely that your representative may know nothing about skin types, acne, rosacea or how to analyze whether or not this product could cause an adverse reaction with something else you are using. It's better to get advice from an industry professional who is skilled in working with your individual skin needs. Seek out an experienced licensed Esthetician. If your M.L.M. pusher is insistent that they know their product is the best. Ask them why? Ask them what is in it, what makes it work and how it effects the cells of the skin.
2. The M.L.M. business model is based on recruiting sales people not helping people with their skin. What they call a "team" is actually a pyramid scheme. These companies and products come and go. There have been many over the years. The people at the top layers of the pyramid profit the most. You might also notice that some of them are quite expensive. Find out what you are really paying for? Do some research, what ingredients are in it? Are you really paying to support the top of the pyramid?
3. Multi-Level Marketing products are usually acid-based (inflammatory) they are mass produced and sometimes contain a lot of synthetic ingredients. They aren't sold in stores so they sometimes don't fully disclose their ingredients. They often make outrageous claims like "erasing" wrinkles or "better than a facelift" etc...While these products have recently taken on a more sophisticated look and use a lot of industry "buzz words", they still don't compare to professional products which have a higher concentration of active ingredients and a professional education to back it up.
The topic of M.L.M. skincare and makeup can be a sensitive one for sure. When you have a friend or neighbor selling this product and you decline they can sometimes get really hurt feelings. Keep in mind your friend may have invested a lot of cash in this and needs to sell it to recoup their investment. The M.L.M. seller may not be entirely money-motivated either, they may be very well meaning and have an interest in helping people, but just lack the technical education. By the same token, it's still perfectly socially acceptable to inform yourself with research and to politely decline.