Myth: Luxury brands are better
Milles Studio/shutterstock Truth: There are certainly beauty products worth splurging on, but price does not always mean quality. Just as you try to shop organic and invest in timeless bags or suits that go the distance, you may think high-end beauty products are a better investment than drugstore alternatives. But dermatologic surgeon at Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Dendy Engelman, MD, begs to differ, explaining that a hefty price tag doesn’t ensure a product will be more effective, or that it even has different ingredients than what you could find in drugstore equivalents. “There are some great drugstore products that can produce good results, and purchasing the cheaper (yet equally effective) products can really cut costs in the long term,” she says. “The best way to choose a skin-care product is to look at the type and concentration of ingredients first and the manufacturer second.” Check out the secrets the beauty industry doesn’t want you to know.