Hong Kong health and beauty care industry: Healthy or unhealthy?

Queeni T.Y. Ip, Chung Yee Zenobia Chan

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At present, there are countless health and beauty products in the market and often these products claim to be efficacious for health and beauty. Consumers usually trust the brand name or are blinded by advertisements and do not have the awareness to inquire about the history and mechanism of these products. This is an unhealthy behavior because there are many hidden risks in these so-called health and beauty products. It is not a common thought that a beauty product would be detrimental to health. Before making any purchases, it is recommended that consumers ask more about the product of interest. There are 15 questions that help to guide us in making purchases. The media is the main factor that changes a female's social image, and it can cause harmful result-oriented problems. Market intervention of the health and beauty business is not accomplished easily. Education regarding the fundamental chemical ingredients plays an important role in health education and promotion because the public has the right to know and choose. Increasing cognition of public health can prevent social medical and economic burdens. The development of public health and social economy can thus be balanced. There have not been many published studies on this issue in Hong Kong. This chapter aims to carry a message about the correct choice and use of health and beauty care products for our real health.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHealth Issues in Chinese Contexts
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781536112238
ISBN (Print)9781608767236
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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