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Innovation helps depilatories segment grow

BY Antoinette Alexander

The most recent numbers show that sales of depilatories continue to be on the rise, which actually comes as little surprise given not only the time of year, but also the innovative products hitting the market.


Sales of depilatories rose about 8% to more than $31 million during the 12 weeks ended June 10 at food, drug and mass (excluding Walmart), according to SymphonyIRI Group.


As previously reported by Drug Store News, manufacturers are churning out products that aim to provide longer-lasting results, have a pleasant fragrance and bring the spa experience into the home.


 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Hair Removal Sell-Through Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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Education key in sun care

BY Antoinette Alexander

During the summer months, sun protection obviously is top of mind for many, especially among those with lighter skin who easily burn. However, there likely are shoppers in your store who have the misconception that their darker skin makes them immune to skin cancer and the harmful effects of the sun.


Educating consumers — especially those with darker skin — of the risks not only will help bolster sales of sunscreens but, more importantly, can help save lives.


While darker skin does offer some increased protection against ultraviolet radiation — people with dark skin have a higher melanin and eumelanin (brown-black pigment) content, which reduces the risk of skin cancer induced by ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure — there is considerable skin color heterogeneity among people of color, and many people aren’t even aware of the risks.


To spread the word, L’Oréal has gathered new relevant data on skin cancer and sun protection in skin of color, which is being sent to all U.S. dermatologists.


According to L’Oréal, recent surveys showed that:


  • 65% of minority respondents believed they were not at risk for skin cancer;

  • 62% of African-American adult respondents have never worn 
sunscreen;

  • 31% of minority respondents have performed a self skin check;

  • 17% of minority respondents have gotten a skin check by a dermatologist; and

  • There has been a 3.4% increase in incidence of melanoma among Hispanic women in Florida.


Furthermore, the study from L’Oréal Research & Innovation found that the highest risk of DNA damage was in light to tan skin, which includes most Hispanics and some African-Americans.

 

The article above is part of the DSN Category Review Series. For the complete Skin Care Buy-In Report, including extensive charts, data and more analysis, click here.

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A True-Dose of pet meds

BY Michael Johnsen

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — With pharmacies looking to expand their business in pet prescriptions, pet supplements may no longer be such a dog of a category. At the very least, a significant position in pet supplements, along with shelf talkers, can raise awareness that pharmacies aren’t just for the two-legged anymore.


True-Dose features patented supplement solutions that are easier to administer to the family pet with a flavored, liquid formulation that can be added to either dry or wet food through a measured delivery device to provide precise dosing.

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