The Beauty Industry and How It Sees Quality and Charging for It


skincareAmericans are spending less on travel, they’re driving less, they’re eating less food to save money – all for what? Well, one answer could be, that they are using the money to prop the beauty industry up. Sales are up 5% since last year. Would you believe that the beauty industry in America is bigger than American foreign car sales? Here’s a little interesting insight into this though – all those lotions and potions you throw on your face like spackle – are barely checked by any authorities.

Whatever claims there are on the box, even if they are outright lies, go unchallenged. Because there is practically no one to catch them out. The beauty industry is almost entirely unregulated. There’s an independent panel of experts that takes a look at every individual chemical used in the cosmetics you buy. Whether the whole cocktail of stuff used in any actual products on the shelves is safe or if it actually works – that’s your own bother.

The FDA doesn’t care about it at all. Not unless you use a product which destroys your face, and then complain to the FDA. If there is a cosmetic product out there that’s actually used to help cure a disease or condition though, if you really hate the way the beauty industry is completely unregulated, you’ll have to write your Congressman about it.

For now, the Personal Care Products Council, an industry group that’s actually run by the beauty industry, is your best bet.

Ever notice how those beauty salons and spas make out that their beauticians have major insight into the inner workings of human beauty and health? In lots of states though, beauty salon professionals barely get any professional training at all. In some states where training is required, 12 hours is all that’s needed. Alabama and Nevada though, have real training requirements – hundreds of hours’ worth. Before you trust yourself to some beauty process at the hands of some beautician, try to see if they really might be qualified in some way to doit.

Here’s a little piece of insight into how those expensive beauty products you buy are price by the beauty industry. Look at how men’s products are priced. They aren’t lower quality by any means. And yet, they’re much more reasonably priced. On average, at places like The Body Shop and everywhere else, men’s products are priced at half what women’s products are. Dermatologists do confirm that these products in general work the same way. Why are they priced differently?

It’s because men don’t really care much about their beauty. The men’s beauty products market is worth 5% of what women’s beauty products market is worth. Since there is less glamour and interest surrounding these products, the beauty industry knows that it will get nowhere with premium pricing. Women need to take notice of that before they decide that a more expensive product is better.

Now speaking of price, some famous brands of cream and lotion actually sell for hundreds of dollars per ounce. For all this hoopla, when there are actual head-to-head tests done by consumer magazines, they find that the drugstore products that carry stickers in the single digits are often just as good or even better than the ones that cost a great deal. Just be sure to not get sucked in.