Are there any safe, and effective, skin care products?

We have often been asked by our readers which products we recommend as being the best safe and effective skin care products available. In our view the natural skin care products from Xtend Life, a small New Zealand company, are the safest and best skin care products on the market, and this is where we explain why.

If you’ve read our website you’ll realise that there are risks to your health inherent in the use of many mainstream personal products. This isn’t just our view, it is the view of many experts. If you’ve not watched the video from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics then we suggest you watch it now, you can access it here.

There is a growing realisation amongst consumers and experts that we should not take the safety of our personal products for granted. There is also a realisation that in many cases our health and safety will not be protected by government or arms of government such as the FDA.

In particular it is clear that our government will not take steps to regulate this industry to require companies to use only recognised safe ingredients, and that in the absence of such regulation the major manufacturers of these products are not concerned for our health, but just for their profits.

Whilst for some this may be a shock for many it’s not. Clearly many major corporations are more concerned with making profit than they are with your health. The finest example of this is the cigarette companies, who manufacture a product that they know will kill you in most cases, however they continue to manufacture the product, despite this knowledge, as it is not illegal to do so, and they make huge profits doing so.
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However it is unfair to paint all companies with the same brush. There are many fine examples of high quality corporate citizens who put the interests of their customers in front of or alongside their own interests. In our view the fine New Zealand company called Xtend Life is one such company.

How did we form this view? We formed this view over time from a number of different sources. One of these is from the Xtend Life website itself, and in particular from a reading of the page describing the company’s skin care philosophy. We encourage you to read that page.

One of the statements making the biggest impact and describing the company’s commitment to the quality of its products is this one: “We instructed our research and development team to find the most effective ingredients, whatever the cost.” Because it is expensive to produce a quality product, and many of the big name players take shortcuts with the quality or quantity of ingredients to cut down the cost.

However merely producing a quality product, in other words a product that works well, is not adequate in our view. Given the history of the industry in producing products which may be harmful, it is equally important that along with product quality goes product safety. In the personal products industry product safety is absolutely crucial, as you may have gathered from reading our site.

However it is equally clear from reading the same page that Xtend Life has as much of a commitment to product safety as to product quality. Just take this statement as an example: “Every time you apply a product to your skin, some of the active ingredients ultimately make their way into your blood stream. So you are effectively eating them. That’s why we insist every ingredient in our products is pure enough that you could safely eat it!”

Nothing could say it better.

However making statements such as these on a webpage is one thing, actually living up to them is another. You can tell your customers the products are safe and effective, but are they really?

The second reason we have found the company’s commitment to product quality and safety to be real is their commitment to providing the customer with a 100 percent no questions asked 12 month money back guarantee. We know that customers have, in the past, claimed on the guarantee, for a wide range of reasons including that they have just changed their minds from the purchase. And we also know that in all cases the company has honoured its guarantee and refunded the customer’s money.

That is putting your money where your mouth is. Just have a look at the website of any one of the major players in the cosmetics or skin care industry. You know the ones, you see their ads on TV all the time. Search carefully through the website to find a 100 percent no questions asked money back guarantee. We think you’ll find it difficult to track one down. Try asking one of these companies, 6 months after buying the product, if you can send it back for a full refund, opened and used. Good luck, and be prepared to be laughed at.

Xtend Life know that their products work, and are happy to offer the refund so that customers can try the products themselves without any risk.Natural Skin care products

The third reason that we recommend the natural skin care products from Xtend Life is that we have had personal dealings with many members of the company itself as well as the chairman Warren Matthews. We have found him to be a man of character and true to his word. We have formed the view that what he says, he does. In our view he really does have a personal commitment to producing the highest quality products that are comprised only of known safe and effective ingredients. We use the products ourselves.

At the end of the day however the only way that you can actually prove this to yourself is to try the products. That’s where the 100 percent money back guarantee comes in. Whilst you may be a little sceptical about many of the claims made for many of the big brand-name skin care products, you can safely try the natural skin care products of Xtend Life knowing that they really do back up their products with a full guarantee. And we can tell you that the guarantee is real, and not commonly claimed.

However there is one other problem in the industry. Because of the proliferation of advertising offering unrealistic results there is an expectation amongst some women that many skin care products are almost as good as cosmetic surgery. Whilst this is not intended in any way to plug the benefits of cosmetic surgery, (we would never even consider it) there is no doubt that cosmetic surgery can produce a very quick result. (But over the long term, that is an entirely different matter).

If you believe the advertising for many skin care products then you’ll believe that you’ll get a quick and stunning result from using them. However the reality is a little different, and therefore customers should understand that getting a good result from the highest quality skin care products takes time, and certainly won’t make you look 40 years younger.

It’s unrealistic for a 60 year old woman to try and look like a 20-year-old, regardless of what the advertising says. You should understand that a good result from your skin care products is an improvement in your skin health and looks, but it is not turning you back into a 20-year-old.

So we urge you, whatever skin care products you choose, to have realistic expectations and be prepared to spend some time using the products before expecting a visible result.

That’s why we always recommend the natural skin care products from Xtend Life. We believe there are no better, or safer, on the market.

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