another contender for Fool of the Week!

(updated & continued with further folly!!)

Words. They’re useful because they convey meaning. What they mean is important because agreed convention on usage permits communication. Which allows one individual of the species to, you know, like, successfully convey a message to another one.

This is really really really important and serious and stuff.

Remember Lassie? Dramatic tension and near-tragedy precisely because the principal protagonist had a communicative disability?

Next time you’re down a well, or in a burning building, remember: wanna try something else experimentally? wanna be creative with your own special unconventional use of words? wanna avoid what “they” mean and use?

You’re running out of oxygen. Your brain is closing down.

Better just do what “they,” a.k.a. the rest of humanity, would do.

Shout “help.”

Oh yes, and there’s more, and more foolish:

To be fair, there is one positive: being unwilling to pay $50 when something under $25 will do the job. But otherwise, the balance is entirely negative. Things that especially got my goat, obvious idiocy aside:

  • the recurrence of that pernicious malevolent “they”
  • the rhetorical “we” and “you”: appeals to idiocracy
  • “the chemicals”
  • an interesting avoidance of “they,” replaced with passive constructions and an absence of agency when it comes to “is supposed [Ed.: by whom?] to be BAD”
  • that combined with “we” and rhetorical questions: “And haven’t I heard we should stay away from ‘parabens’?”
  • ironic scare-quotes

I was so grumpy about the whole thing that I couldn’t even rouse the curiosity to bring myself to scout around to look for something that would have been a good idea AND have satisfied the criteria, however misinformed and ill-judged they might be. There are limits to “tolerating fools gladly.” So I’m having a good nark instead.

Also, that Skin Essentials ProVectin Plus Wrinkle Repair? Contains petrochemical derivatives, oils (and some hefty fatty acids and hard-hitting potential cloggers—potential, NB, and YMMV as ever), parabens, and “dicey chemicals” (inc. ones “they” have “renamed” contrary to INCI guidelines—lemon, ginger):

INGREDIENTS: Water, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoy Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, PEG-10 Rapeseed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hyaluronic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Isopropyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Triethanolamine, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Cocoa Butter, Sorbitan Olivate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Dimethicone Copolyol, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Disodium EDTA, Dimethicone, Ethyl Macadamiate, Mango Butter, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, PEG-8 Dimethicone, Zea Mays Oil Corn, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Tocopherol Acetate Vitamin E, Ascorbic Acid Vitamin C, Retinyl Palmitate Vitamin A, Pyridoxine HCI Vitamin B6, Cholecalciferol Vitamin D3, Silica, Sodium Propoxyhydroxypropyl Thiosulfate Silica, Extracts of Cucumber, Green Tea, Grapeseed, Peach, Seaweed, Lemon, Calendula, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger

I found this rather interesting (Skin Care Connect):

Overview

The full name by which ProVectin is marketed is “Skin Essentials ProVectin Plus Advanced Wrinkle Repair For Fine Lines and Deep Wrinkles.” There is no information as to which company manufactures this product and no official website either. However, many websites sell the product online. The product can also be purchased from malls and outlets like Walgreens.

Product Details

All the ingredients of ProVectin are listed on the online websites which sell it. ProVectin has a “triple peptide” complex as an ingredient which is supposed to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, there is no information in any website as to the names of these peptides and their individual function in treating aging skin. ProVectin also has Hyaluronic acid, a known skin hydrator which penetrates the skin for moisturizing it from within. As a result it helps to repair damage from aging and from the harmful effect of free radicals. It also helps in collagen production necessary for elasticity and firmness of the skin. For good results the cream is to be applied twice-daily, morning and evening after gentle cleansing of the face.

What’s Positive

You can get to know the names of all the ingredients in the product. This product is available with many different online distributors. An interested buyer should compare the prices at the different sites before buying. The product contains hyaluronic acid which is a clinically proven powerful moisturizer. ProVectin claims to give the same effect as Botox but at a lesser price and without the hassles of needles and doctors.

What’s Negative

There is no information about the manufacturer of ProVectin or their experience in skin care. Also there is no official website where one can find product details, customer testimonials and other such information. Though the entire list of ingredients is provided, it does not help in any way because one has to be a skin expert to know how each ingredient affects aging skin. The ingredients indicate the presence of parabens which are synthetic preservatives that might cause skin irritation.

Bottom Line

There is no information about the company’s name and history, so we cannot gauge the company’s worthiness in skin care. Also the names of the triple peptides are not given, so one cannot understand their use. There is no clinical proof to back the effectiveness of ProVectin. Due to the lack of essential information, a wise consumer would check out other anti wrinkle creams in the market.

Along similar lines (Beauty Products Compared):

Overview

Provectin Plus is sold as “Skin Essentials ProVectin Plus Advanced Wrinkle Repair For Fine Lines and Deep Wrinkles.”

We are not given any information about the manufacturer. Upon further research into Skin Essentials or ProVectin, all we could find were different websites that independently retailed the product, but not official site or information from the manufacturer.

Product Details:

ProVectin Plus has some peptide complexes along with Hyaluronic Acid in it’s list of ingredients. Hyaluronic Acid is claimed to help in collagen production as well as the hydration of the skin. The triple peptide complex doesn’t give us exactly the information we’re looking for since there are no explanations for which peptides do what.

[…]

The Good

  • This product is available from many different locations.
  • You don’t have to stick with one website for one price. If you can find it lower, you can buy it somewhere else. You can also find it at places like Walgreens.
  • Claims to be an inexpensive option to things like Botox.

The Bad

  • We couldn’t find out who actually manufactures this product. We don’t know anything about its history or the research behind its development.
  • There are parabens as preservatives. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that are linked to skin irritation and allergic reactions.
  • ProVectin must be used diligently or the results will not be seen. This leaves much room for consumer error.

The Bottom Line

ProvVectin is one in a long-line of creams that promise similar results for less money. Without any research and scientific data to back up these claims, we are left with more questions than answers. While we do like the fact that the website does list the full ingredients, most of which are unpronounceable, they don’t give us a lot of information on what these different ingredients actually do. You would have to be well-versed in skin care lingo to recognize some of the ingredients. That combined with the mysterious anonymity of the product manufacturer may make consumers keep looking for an anti-wrinkle solution.


I call bullshit on this one, and I hereby call the OP a fool.

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