You may have spotted that I’ve recently developed more of an interest in the beauty industry. It’s not that I wasn’t interested at all in the past, I just hadn’t spent that long thinking about it or researching it. Since deciding to go cruelty-free (read my blog post about what kick-started this change) I’ve spent literally hours looking into all things beauty-related and it’s a fascinating topic to research.
The beauty industry has expanded beyond humble beginnings to become an industry worth billions – and that is just here in the UK. This may not seem like news to you, but what surprised me was the particular type of customer that has been driving this change. It’s no longer considered ‘vain’ or ‘shallow’ to look and feel good and now it is the older generation and male grooming that are at the fore of driving change within the beauty industry.
As a result, this thriving and dynamic industry is attracting new brands, new fans and new recruits year on year in the UK. Of course, I’m most interested in finding out just how many of these brands are cruelty-free. I’m pretty sure that it will probably be most of them, as animal testing is banned in the UK market, so I’m definitely up for supporting home-grown beauty businesses and helping them making a great impact on the global industry as a whole. With businesses soaring, the future of the beauty industry is looking promising so many workers are looking to a career in the beauty industry either as an employee in one of the many spas, salons and clinics opening across the country or as a beauty industry entrepreneur. Finding out this information was what really got me interested and I started to read further into it and are some interesting facts I came across while reading an infographic by NCC Home Learning:
- Employing more than one million people and worth £17 billion, it is one of the most lucrative industries in the country.
- Women over the age of 50 have become the biggest buyers of beauty products in the UK.
- Recent research reveals that the average British woman spends up to £40,000 in a lifetime on her hair and £100,000 on cosmetics.
- Men aged 20-29 spend on average £35 per month on grooming products, while those in their 40s spend double this.
- There was a 13% increase in the number of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in 2015.
- Globally, women spend approximately £300 billion per year on beauty products.
With these figures at hand, I’ve realised the power of the beauty industry and can see why trainees are keen to start a career in the beauty industry. While I’m hoping that new beauticians, students and business-owners keep the issue of animal testing in the forefront of their minds, I can certainly see why training to work in this industry is a good idea. With many other industries slowing down or in decline, and with many businesses going bust, beauty is a relatively stable career to get into. And when you consider that you can study while earning on the job and work on your course assignments from home, I can see why so many teenagers (and change-of-career students, for that matter) are plumping for courses that prepare them for a career in the industry.
I’m just hoping that the product developers, beauty writers, makeup artists and salon owners of the future make the right choices when it comes to the products they use, stock and endorse. Supporting British brands like Freedom Makeup and LUSH means the customers’ money will be going towards supporting cruelty-free ranges. I would certainly choose one salon over another if they stocked and used cruelty-free ranges, so I hope that the future beauticians will take notice!
Let me know if you’re starting out in a career in the beauty industry by leaving me a comment below and it would be very interesting to hear about your own thoughts on the stats in this blog post so please keep in touch!