I set up this blog to critically look at the ingredients and claims of beauty products, to help people try to understand what works and what doesn’t. What I didn’t expect (and I probably should have) to see is a whole bunch of homeopathic skin care products being sold. I also didn’t expect to be insulted by @homeopathicdana on twitter who told me:
‘My sympathies for not understanding. Have you considered reading? You might actually learn something’
Well how rude.
So off I went to read about the ingredients in the products he is peddling.
From the website: ‘Consider this skin cream for many types of skin problems, ranging from eczema to dry skin (it is a fabulous moisturizer!), to burns and sunburns to burns from radiation therapy, to undiagnosed skin problems to the itch from hemorrhoids. Try it…and you will see!
Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Neem Oil, Manuka Honey, Aloe Vera, Calendula, Germanium oil (Pelargonium graveolens) is the newest ingredient to this Plus now with Manuka Oil
Plus pure, soft Canadian Glacier water
There is no information about the concentration of the individual ingredients on the website. This formulation doesn’t appear to be homeopathic at all.. it looks like any other moisturiser with some additional ingredients which are found plenty of creams (to see the benefits of a moisturiser see here). I’m not sure if this product can be recommended to treat medical conditions such as hemorrhoids, burns and sunburns. I know for my eczema I avoid as many additives in creams as I can. There’s nothing special to see here.
If you do not know what homeopathic remedies are, basically they are usually in a pill or medicine form and are a diluted version of an ingredient. So diluted that there is no trace of the original ingredient. Homeopathic sellers claim that water retains a ‘memory’ of the original ingredient. If that was true, all water would have a memory of every single element on the planet anyway.
Studies on homeopathic remedies have repeatedly shown there is no benefit (above what is known as the placebo effect). A true homeopathic skin cream consisting of moisturising ingredients isn’t going to do anything more than moisturise your skin. I was pleased to see that a number of other Beauty Bloggers are already aware and skeptical of these kinds of remedies!