More than 90 per cent of Australian women and girls aged between 14 and 59 are either using facial care products or have used them at some point in their lives, according to a new study.
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the Women’s Health Foundation (WHF) have both endorsed the study which found up to 80 per cent women and children in their age group or younger had used facial care product in the last year.
The report also found that only one in five women and one in ten children aged five to 19 said they used facial products in the previous 12 months.
“A lot of these products are available as a cost-saving option for those with limited budgets, and some are being used by more affluent women and men,” said Dr Michelle Young, president of the AMA, in a statement.
“There is also a significant number of women and their children who are accessing this product at no cost.”
Women and girls need to know that it’s safe and they are not alone.
“The study by the AMA’s Women’s Centre, the WHF and the University of Adelaide’s Health Research Institute (HRI) was carried out by researchers from the AMA Foundation, the Australian College of Facial Plastic Surgeons (ACFS) and The University of Western Australia.
The results were released ahead of the World Facial Care Summit which takes place in Perth on Friday.
Dr Young said the survey showed the number of Australians using facial products and the amount of time spent with them was rising.”
The majority of Australians are not using the products and it is a clear message that it is becoming more acceptable,” she said.”
It is important that young women and families are informed about this important cosmetic treatment.
“More than 100 people from the research team were surveyed across the country, with responses from about 40 per cent female.”
We have shown that many Australians are finding it increasingly acceptable to wear facial products,” Dr Young said.
She said there were a number of health benefits for women including reducing skin cancer risk, reducing pain and the ability to smile.
Dr Mary Jo McQuillan, the CEO of the WHS Foundation, said the study was an important step in helping young women understand the benefits of using facial cosmetic products.”
More and more women are finding that facial products help them feel more confident and less tired, which in turn improves their wellbeing,” she told news.com.au.”
They also improve their skin tone, which reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.””
A key element of this research was to understand what the different types of facial care are and to provide them with information about what to look for when they are using them.
“She said the foundation would be looking to more research to improve the effectiveness of the products.