Most days you cannot listen to the news and not hear about the ongoing dispute between President Trump and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos. The dispute centers around Jeff Bezos strong belief America does not have the right to vet immigrants coming into our country. I believe Bezos does not understand what vetting means nor how it can be used constructively to make all American lives better.
On January 30, 2017 Jeff Bezos sent this email to his Amazon employees:
A quick update on where we are. This executive order is one we do not support. Our public policy team in D.C. has reached out to senior administration officials to make our opposition clear.
We’ve also reached out to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to explore legislative options. Our legal team has prepared a declaration of support for the Washington State Attorney General who will be filing suit against the order. We are working other legal options as well.
We’re a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years. No nation is better at harnessing the energies and talents of immigrants. It’s a distinctive competitive advantage for our country—one we should not weaken.
To our employees in the U.S. and around the world who may be directly affected by this order, I want you to know that the full extent of Amazon’s resources are behind you.
Bezos continues to fight against the order to restrict immigrants from certain countries for 90 days until they can be vetted. Bezos clearly leaves this important part out of his communications – or either he just does not know what vetting means. I want Bezos to put this much effort in vetting Amazon products.
So just what does vetting mean? The definition of vetting is “to take a careful and critical examination of something or someone”. Who could be against making a critical examination of something or someone?
You see, Amazon does not vet any of its skin care products.
Have you ever wondered why multiple vendors are selling the same product on Amazon, all at different costs? This is because Amazon will sell any product, without looking into whether it is counterfeit or can be legally sold – without taking a critical examination of where these products are coming from. Do you want to know the skin care products you buy are legit?
Amazon uses the one picture from the true manufacturer of a product and then lets anyone and everyone sell the product at whatever price the seller wants. You might get a counterfeit product, a stolen product, or an expired product. Amazon does not vet the seller, so you cannot be sure you are getting the original product – even though the picture looks like it.
Amazon depends entirely on customer reviews of the product for their vetting. They want the consumer to police their products. You cannot depend on reviews to be 100% authentic. Counterfeiters know they need good reviews to sell more products.
In my book, Clean Skincare: Natural Alternatives to Dermatology, I devote an entire chapter on how we purchase our skin care products. Consumers only concerned with price might be getting more than they bargained for.
Many years ago I bought a high end shampoo from Amazon. The picture looked exactly like the shampoo sold in my salon at a higher price. I reasoned that if I could get the shampoo at 25 or 30 percent less than my salon I had made a wise purchase.
When I received my shampoo I noticed it said, “Made in China”. I thought had I remembered this brand being made in America. Sure enough, my next salon visit I looked at the bottles from this brand and they indeed were made in America. Busted! I fell for it by only looking at the price.
When I visited China I was amazed at all the counterfeit products. You walk down the street and there are entire stores dedicated to “knock-off” items. What might be unthinkable in America is commonplace in China.
Counterfeit skin care products from China can contain dangerous levels of mercury, lead, and cyanide. Factories in China do not have the stringent rules of sanitation as the US; therefore you cannot be guaranteed the condition of the factory or what may have gotten into the product by accident.
Your skin is your largest organ and is a protective barrier for your body. The skin is living and absorbs products you put on the skin. Of great concern to me are lip and eye products which can easily enter the body. Just think – is this an item I want to eat?
Buy your skin care products from a trusted professional and a certified source. Professional skin care product manufacturers will certify a retailer. This ensures the person you are purchasing the skin care from has been trained on the ingredients and use of the product. The benefit to you is that you will get a product that addresses your need. This also ensures you are getting the product directly from the manufacturer.
Move from only looking at the price of a product to looking at the value. An esthetician can help you with looking for value in your skin care purchases. Why spend any money on a vitamin C product when it has either not been manufactured in a delivery system your skin can use, or it has been sitting on the shelf for so long it is dead! Buying quality products, manufactured in small batches will bring results of healthier, better looking skin.
We have all come to love the convenience of online buying. Who has time to go from store to store to make purchases on your one day off? Convenience is one of the reasons I have moved to an online platform. I am here to give you the same personalized service as you would receive at my spa, but now with the convenience of 24/7 access to a skin care professional.
Until Jeff Bezos understands and implements vetting at Amazon, don’t trust them with your skin or possibly your health.