It looks like we’re spending more on our cosmetics and skincare products than we are on our energy bills. But the most important question to answer here is, are we getting a return on our investment? Are the products we are using, helping our skin to get any healthier? Let’s find out.

  • Australians are shelling out a whopping $22 billion a year in a bid to look as banging as possible and Queenslanders are spending the most.
  • Research from financial comparison site mozo.com.au shows that Queenslanders have a per capita spend of $989 annually, compared with the average Tasmanian who spends just $451 per year on their appearance.

o   “Our research shows Aussies are paying a high price to look good, with the total spend on the likes of skincare, makeup and manicures exceeding the amount we spend on household energy,” says Mozo Director Kirsty Lamont.

  • The average Australian household spends $11 per week on personal care items
  • Each year, Australians spend approximately $1 billion on cosmetic treatments. At a per capita (ie the average per person) rate, that is 40 per cent more than Americans.

But the main question we need to ask, is our skin getting any healthier? With increased spend, I would assume our skin would be responding better and getting healthier. But it’t not. This leads to question:

  1. Is it the quality of the products that are being consumed?
  2. People are being misled in the wrong direction as to what products will help solve their skin diagnosis
  • A study of 92 private dermatology clinics last year found a 200 per cent rise in the number of adults seeking specialist acne treatment.
  • A quarter of those who visit their doctor have skin problems – from acne to psoriasis or eczema – and women are five times more likely than men to be affected by late-life acne, due to fluctuating hormones during pregnancy, the menstrual cycle and changing methods of contraception (the pill, coil or patches).
  • The British Skin Foundation found that 95 per cent of acne sufferers say it impacts their daily lives and 63 per cent experience lower self-confidence.
  • Eighty-five percent of young people experience some form of acne, and each year Americans spend more than $2 billion at the dermatologist trying to drive their zits away.

So why aren’t we getting any healthier? We are spending, but the dial isn’t moving. Spending on skincare alone, can only get you so far. A holistic approach that takes into consideration the cause of the acne, diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, correct product usage and a daily implementation plan are critical to overcoming acne rather than the misheld belief that it’s just an application of a product, pill or potion.