In the spirit of July 4th have you proclaimed your freedom from silly skin care?

Yep, that's right, hashtag silly skin care! You know that the skin care biz is chock full of pseudoscience, silly ingredients, and creative skin care advertising in a sort of ‘full of it’ kind of way! While the entertainment value may be high, we don’t love the wasted time and potential harm that this sort of ‘science-fiction’ can do to someone’s skin. God bless the land of the free but not the tricksy advertising shenanigans.

This July, in the spirit of freedom, let’s have some fun with silly skin care and declare our independence from it. There’s also “Free” in this fun and courageous act if you undertake it. Aside from freeing yourself from misinformation, we are going to give away a Gift Pack of Dr. Bailey’s new Natural Skin Care products!

All you need to do: share skin care claims on social media that you think might be tricksy, silly or just too “amazing” to be true (“skin care science fiction” as Dr.Bailey calls it). Post them to Facebook with the hashtag #sillyskincare (did you know no one has ever used that hashtag!!!). We’re going to be collecting the fun until the 2nd of August. When you share with that hashtag, we’ll hunt you down, enter your name and then do a drawing for the winner on our Wednesday Facebook Live Broadcast.

We’re collecting a list because it’s summer and it’s fun. You know the stuff that’s silly, it’s those ads that stalk you on Facebook and follow you around the internet. Look for products with:          

1. Science-y sounding names claiming to teach you how skin physiology works, and that seem real but that you can’t verify with a search on Google          

2. Secret newly discovered ‘magic’ ingredients from plants, algae, dirt, probiotic microbes, water etc. Even better if they are ‘found’ only in a remote corner of the world by some traveling entrepreneur who's telling you the good news now that they have a product to sell.          

3. Ingredients so gross that they have shock value and that you can’t imagine who would have ever first tried them (could this be the same morbid curiosity that makes horror stories popular??).

You know what we’re talking about - ingredients like ‘snake oil’, bee venom, snail slime, and bird poop with rejuvenating properties. Or ads selling products with rare plant extracts, oral supplements and the like that have magical properties we all missed until now. If it sounds too good to be true, it may be silly skin care so share it! Yes, there is a small chance that it might actually be legitimate, but let’s give it a think. It starts with a list. We’re all curious – and hopeful. When this stuff stalks Dr. B on the web or is sent in by one of her readers, did you know that she starts by reading the ingredients and then runs a medline search. Most of the time, the ‘magic stuff’ comes with lots of fillers and typical product ingredients like preservatives, stabilizers and fragrance that can give you a rash. Occasionally there are some nice base ingredients that probably explain the pleasant user experience, bottom line though, it’s big business.

Let’s get a chuckle out of the silly skin care hype in the land of the free. Let’s learn something and maybe find a wonder product – who knows! Share the skin care ads stalking you on the web that seem fanciful with the hashtag #sillyskincare. We’ll enter your name in our drawing to be held on August 2nd on Facebook Live. The winner gets a gift pack of Dr. Bailey’s new Naturally line or real natural products made with organic ingredients and backed by her dermatologist’s knowledge of what works.

(Obvious fine print: we can’t share mean things or anything that we deem isn’t politically correct. This is a learning experience and entertainment, not gossip and meanness so we reserve the right to decide what we share. Karma is important, remember we’re in Northern California.)