On the business of skincare products, by Saratu Abubakar

NEWS DIGEST – Celebrating healthy skin is one of the observances of November.  The goal of the day is to encourage people to cultivate the habit of taking care of their skin so, it is healthy, this is according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Good skin can be attributed to so many things, genetics being a very important factor, and other factors, including diet, supplements, and consistent healthy routines using various products.

There has been a huge rise in the skincare trend in the past few years, making a lot of people skincare junkies.  More people are paying attention to their skin, especially the visible parts, people are using different products and eating various things in order to glow, tone, and be blemish free.

Striving for a healthy body is important but the hunger for glowing skin has become so vicious that it has given birth to vultures hiding under being skin experts.

We as Nigerians are known for our distinct hustle culture, being that assertive about business means we do not let any trend go by. So many people have jumped on the need for healthy skin trends and self-proclaim themselves as experts. Selling projections and ridiculous customer satisfaction.

Alongside the increased skincare need is the organic substance trends. From cosmetics down to the food we eat, everyone is becoming organically inclined. Organic products are believed to be products that are made up of substances grown by farmers without any artificial substances mixed with them.

While some people might use just one organic product with a mix of chemicals and still call their products organic, others use only organic products with no chemicals. The quantity required in a mixture to call it organic differs based on the laws of the country.

Personally, I am worried about the number of products that are being churned out every other week as skin corrective products, either organic or not.  These are products that most likely haven’t gone through testing, some of the products are mixed in unhygienic environments. Products with zero dosage and other high-risk factors. However, every day they are churned out and people are buying just for glowing skin.

And there is the common practice of white labeling. Where people buy products in bulk, repackage them, and sell them. So, your organic skincare expert might just be selling you a product that he/she doesn’t know its content.

Regulatory bodies need to step in and control the products being churned out. Requirements put in place for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products should be extended to the numerous skincare products.

If users don’t do more research, regulatory bodies don’t come on board, dermatologists will have a lot to deal with in the next few years. It is common knowledge that the skin is a very sensitive organ and as the largest organ in the body, one can’t afford to have it damaged.

In the bid to correct a few blemishes and tone up, so many people seem to be setting up their skins for bigger problems in the future.

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