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Cosmetics industry - Statistics & Facts

In 2020, the global cosmetics market decreased by an estimated eight percent in comparison to the previous year. Skincare, haircare, make-up, perfumes, toiletries and deodorants, and oral cosmetics are the main product categories of the cosmetics market. Skincare was the leading category, accounting for about 42 percent of the global market. Haircare products made up a further 22 percent, while make-up accounted for 16 percent in 2020. Skincare is one of the most profitable product categories, as its revenue is projected to generate roughly 177 billion U.S. dollars in 2025. As of 2020, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for approximately 43 percent of the global market.

Leading companies

The production of cosmetics and beauty products is controlled by a number of multi-national corporations – L'Oréal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble Co. , The Estee Lauder Companies, Shiseido Company, and Lancôme to name a few. As of 2021, the French cosmetics company L'Oréal was the leading beauty manufacturer in the world, generating revenues of about 34 billion U.S. dollars that year. The company owns the leading personal care brand worldwide, L'Oréal Paris, valued at 29.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2020.

Influence of social media

The cosmetics industry has benefited from the increasing popularity of social media channels such as Instagram and YouTube. These platforms are not only highly influential amongst certain demographic groups, but create a demand for beauty products and help fill the gap between cosmetics brands and consumers. As of September 2021, Mexican beauty blogger Yuya was the most popular beauty content creator on the video platform YouTube with 24.9 million subscribers to her channel. Fashion- and beauty-related content such as makeup and skincare tutorials, cosmetics hauls and product recommendations are among the most popular content on YouTube.

Interesting statistics

In the following 4 chapters, you will quickly find the 23 most important statistics relating to "Cosmetics industry".


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