Have you ever wondered how your toothpaste or sunscreen is made? Want to learn the science and art of cosmetics? Do you want to explore the lucrative cosmetics and personal care industry?
Apparently, these concerns are growing in Nepal. And Thailand, already a popular gateway to cutting-edge cosmetic science courses, can also be a source of knowledge for this country.
A business forever
The personal care and beauty industry shows no signs of slowing down despite the economic downturn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The industry was able to generate massive sales of over $450 billion globally in 2020 and this figure is expected to reach $700 billion by 2025.
Not surprisingly, the growth is the result of people being more concerned about physical well-being and self-care across all demographic groups. Additionally, people are becoming more conscious about their looks, influenced by the desire to portray flawless lives on social media like Instagram and Facebook. Cosmetics are a staple in most people’s lives. On the other hand, cosmetic manufacturers also entice people to buy their products by using different branding and advertising strategies.
The beauty industry is not greatly affected by the political or economic downturn, as the LIPSTICK EFFECT theory suggests. It is a phenomenon when people are willing to spend money on less expensive luxuries like beauty products even in times of economic crisis. Cosmetic industry market trends during the current pandemic have supported this phenomenon.
The growing attraction
Cosmetic products cover basic consumer products like skin care, hair care, and toiletries to specialty products like perfume and makeup like foundation, mascara, among others. Although the industry is huge, it is mainly dominated by some big multinationals like L’Oreal, Dior, Chanel, Maybelline and Revlon. Even many celebrities are entering the industry, either as brand promoters or by launching their cosmetic lines. Kay Beauty by Katrina Kaif, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez and Kylie Skin by Kylie Jenner are just a few examples.
Even in the context of Nepal, the cosmetics sector is emerging locally as more than half a dozen local brands have entered the market with a wide range of cosmetic products in the past five years. These brands have grown and successfully expanded their market share with new product lines.
With the skyrocketing growth of the market, the industry offers significant job opportunities worldwide. There are notable requirements for cosmetic expertise in the field, such as beauty consultants, cosmetic scientists, lab technicians, and marketers. Cosmetic companies are looking for specialized knowledge and skills while hiring people.
Teaching of cosmetic sciences in the world, Thailand and Nepal
Many universities around the world offer specialized cosmetic science courses to help students build careers in the industry, including bachelor’s and master’s degree courses. Upon completion of these courses, one can explore various career opportunities in the industry with attractive compensation packages. For example, in the UK, a newly qualified cosmetic scientist earns around £20,000 and with more experience over time the salary can reach up to £50,000 per year.
A few of the major course career highlights include:
- Cosmetic chemists
- Skin and Hair Scientists
- beauty business consultants
- R&D professionals for new product development
- Laboratory roles in product development, quality assurance and testing
- Sales and marketing executives
- Regulatory Affairs and Product Safety
- consumer affairs
Although the course offers promising career opportunities, it has not been introduced by any of the universities in Nepal so far and therefore interested students will have to pursue studies abroad for this course.
On the other hand, Thailand, the burgeoning academic and educational hub, is gaining popularity for cosmetic science studies among international students. Indeed, Thailand has been popular among international students planning higher education for very generic to niche courses, not to mention the obvious reasons for the internationally recognized academic programs, the warm hospitality of the Thai people, the beautiful nature, climate and authentic Thai cuisine.
For cosmetic science programs, Thai universities stand out for interested students from all over the world. Universities like Mae Fah Luang, North Chiang Mai, Prince of Songkla, Phranakhon Rajabhat and many more offer rigorous cosmetic science programs with state-of-the-art facilities, internship opportunities and a team of highly qualified and experienced academics. . Students are introduced to core courses in the fundamental sciences of cosmetics, as well as general courses to develop business and management skills. The programs are accompanied by hands-on experiences such as hands-on lab work, internships, and industry visits.
For example, one of Thailand’s most renowned universities and the first to offer cosmetic science programs, Mae Fah Luang University, has more than 500 students in different cosmetic science programs. Many of them are international students from Australia, Cambodia, China, Malaysia, Myanmar, Cambodia and others. Classes are taught by professionally and academically qualified faculty with extensive industry experience that includes sectors such as pharmaceutical chemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, aromatic science, biology and many more. others.
In conclusion, pursuing a degree in cosmetic sciences is an excellent choice for Nepalese students who are interested in the science as well as the art of beauty. The course is science-based but also requires a lot of creativity. Many good universities offer courses to help students acquire the necessary set of knowledge and skills for the growing cosmetics industry. Cosmetic science graduates are recruited from across industry globally for a wide range of positions, such as specialist, business leader or entrepreneur. Nepali students can also reap the benefits of this thriving industry.