Products Breath Fresheners
Tattoos Fat-Burners Tanning
Novelty Contact Lenses Miracle
Some things to think about before buying
stuff marketed to teens.
and Styling Products
You don't have to buy an expensive brand to get the best
Consumer Reports magazine, which tests and compares products, has
often found that some of the cheapest brands work as well as the expensive
ingredients are often identical--check the label and see! Don't waste your
money on fancy packaging.
everybody gets some acne. Don't let it
make you so desperate you spend all your money trying every acne product
in the drugstore or "miracle skin products" advertised on TV.
If you've got a serious acne problem, see a dermatologist.
There are prescription treatments that
can help. Get
more information about acne at AcneNet: www.derm-infonet.com/acnenet/index.html
Before you spend a lot of money on mouthwashes, breath mints and
breath-freshening strips, think about how long you brush your teeth.
15 seconds isn't enough. Make it two minutes, and floss! Bad breath can
be caused by decaying bits of food caught in your teeth
(gross!) Did you know you should brush your tongue, too? Lots of odor-causing
bacteria live there too.
Tattoos: Still a Major
you've heard that you can "un-do" a
tattoo with laser removal, so getting one is not such a big deal.
Unfortunately it's not that easy. Laser tattoo
removal is somewhat painful, requires several treatments, and is very
A tattoo you paid $75 to get might cost
Also, some tattoos can't be completely removed, depending on what
color inks were
used and how deep the ink was injected.
Fat-Burners and Performance-Boosters
"Natural product burns fat away!""Improve your
stamina and endurance!"
Don't waste your money or risk your life on products that promise to make you
thinner or stronger. They can be dangerous.
You may have heard about how Baltimore
Orioles pitcher Steve Bechler died in January 2003 while taking a weight-loss
product that contained ephedra, a stimulant that can raise body temperature
and increase your heartbeat. Like many athletes and some teens, he was using
a dietary supplement to try to improve his performance. He was one of the
unlucky onesand you never know if that could include you.
you know that there are no safety guarantees with these products? You
might think that because they're sold in grocery stores
food stores that
they've been tested for safety by the government. But they're not. Don't
be a guinea pig!
True or False? "Natural" means
a product is safe.
False. Many "natural" substances can be toxic (arsenic, lead) or
cause allergic reactions. Ephedra is natural.
Tanning parlors may tell you that the type of ultraviolet radiation from their
lamps is not harmful. It isn't true. UV radiation from any source can be harmful.
Don't use contact lenses unless an eye doctor has prescribed them
for you. Some teens have bought "novelty" contact lenses
to change the color of their eyes or to make them look like an alien
for Halloween. It's very risky
because you can have an allergic reaction, an infection, or develop an ulcer
on your cornea, possibly leading to scarring or blindness.
Exercise machines, creams, and hormone products that promise to enlarge or
decrease any part of your body are preying on your insecurities and making
phony promises. Don't waste your money on them.
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