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The global moisturizer market size was valued at USD 10.12 billion in 2022 and is projected to grow from USD 10.60 billion in 2023 to USD 14.40 billion by 2030, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.48% during the forecast period.
Moisturizing products have become an essential part of the self-skincare habits among consumers, as it is crucial to keep skin hydrated. Moisturizing products provide efficient skin benefits, such as making skin smooth & soft, increasing skin hydration, improving & maintaining the integrity of skin characteristics, and preventing water loss. Moisturizing products also deliver certain ingredients, such as Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, retinol, and others, to the skin. The products are available for every skin type, including dry skin, oily skin, and combination skin. Many consumers are willing to invest money in skincare and expanding skincare regimes.
Increasing awareness about the benefits of healthy skin due to rising skin concerns has resulted in a consistent rise in demand for various skincare products. Skin protection has become one of consumers' important wellness routines in recent years. Several factors have influenced consumers to develop a proper and balanced skincare routine. Pollution, protection from ultraviolet (UV) rays, and stress are some key factors that significantly hamper the skin. Thus, consumers are looking for products, such as moisturizing products for their skincare routines to maintain good skin health and prevent premature skin aging.
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Changing Consumer Preference for Clean Label and Vegan Ingredient-based Products to Drive Innovations and Market Expansion
Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious about the sourcing of the ingredients used in making their skincare products and the environmental impact of these products. Thus, the demand for clean labels and vegan raw materials for manufacturing skincare products, including moisturizing products, has increased significantly among beauty product manufacturers. Consumers who lead a busy lifestyle are slowly adopting a minimal and 'back to basics' skincare routine to reduce the number of products they use on their skin, thereby reducing the time spent on lengthy skin routines. Hence, the demand for multi-use products which provide all the necessary benefits to maintain healthy skin in a single product, is increasing rapidly. For instance, Augustinus Bader, a U.K.-based manufacturer and supplier of skincare and personal care products, launched a moisturizing cream in 2021 providing hydrating, conditioning, and stress-reducing benefits to the applied skin.
Changing consumer preference toward organic and therapeutic formulations has accelerated research & development activities among manufacturers to seek novel ingredients that can attract consumers. The Middle Eastern consumers are highly interested in purchasing clean-label products made of natural and non-toxic ingredients. Certain brands are also integrating ancient beauty traditions in their products and launching herb-infused formulations in the market. For instance, Shiffa Beauty, a Dubai-based cosmetic brand, uses Middle Eastern traditions to manufacture its products and has become one of the most well-known brands in Sephora stores.
In addition, pre-COVID-19 trends are likely to accelerate, with direct-to-consumer e-commerce becoming a significant platform for shoppers and markets. Consumers worldwide say that they are likely to increase their online engagement and spending. Beauty industry players will need to prioritize digital channels to capture the attention of existing and new customers. The online medium is suitable for people who prefer convenience and are also price-conscious. Consumers have a vast number of product options available to them at a discounted price on these platforms. Thus, it encourages consumers to purchase products from online platforms.
Growing Spending on Beauty Products to Favor Market Expansion
Growing consciousness about one's looks and skin health and the increase in spending power are surging the demand for skincare products, including moisturizing products. Busy lifestyle and polluted environment are affecting skin health, further boosting the need for quality skincare products. Furthermore, improving economic conditions of developing countries, rising population of old people, and consistent rise in demand for a variety of moisturizing skincare products are critical to the promising growth prospects of the global market. With the growing awareness about individuals' health and looks in less developed economies, consumers in rural areas have started mirroring urban aspirations and lifestyles, shifting from home remedy solutions to branded products and strengthening the product demand further.
Mounting Millennial Consumer Interest in Skincare Products to Support Market Growth
The trend of grooming and aesthetically pleasing looks is blooming worldwide, with women at the epicenter of the cosmetics industry. Cosmetics have penetrated all age groups, such as body lotions for babies, skin brighteners for teenagers, anti-aging cosmetics for mature skin, and products to treat tanned skin. The emerging glamor industry is further surging the demand for makeup products among millennials who are conscious of their appearance and willing to alter it. In addition, social media strongly influences the Gen Z and millennials with attractive product promotions showcasing newer trends. A wide range of product offerings from manufacturers, such as lotions, creams, and gels, suitable for an individual's skin characteristics is expected to augment the market growth.
Stringent Regulations and Adverse Effects of Synthetic Beauty Ingredients to Hamper Product Deployment
The stringent regulations regarding permitted ingredients from different authorities worldwide will likely shrink the global moisturizer market share. Cosmetics formulations combine numerous natural and synthetic ingredients, such as sulfates and phthalates. Rising awareness regarding the adverse health effects and toxicity caused by a few elements will limit product demand. Fragrance, coloring pigments, and preservatives added to the products to enhance their quality can sometimes lead to allergic reactions depending on skin type.
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Increasing Consumer Preference for Face Products to Boost Product Adoption
Based on type, the market is segmented into face moisturizer and body moisturizer. The face moisturizer segment accounts for the largest market share. Consumers prefer moisturizing products that can be integrated into their daily skin routines and easily applied. Face is a visible portion of the body compared to other body parts. Consumers take special care to protect and keep their face skin healthy, which will play a significant role in propelling manufacturers to launch innovative face creams.
Surging Demand for Cream-based Moisturizing Products to Accelerate Market Growth
Based on form, the market is segmented into cream, lotion, and gel.
Skin protection has become one of consumers' important wellness routines in recent years. Cream moisturizing products have high water content, facilitating easy absorption and triggering product sales worldwide. In recent years, gel formulations have also gained popularity in the ever-evolving skincare market. Gel gets absorbed in the skin quickly and helps keep the skin hydrated.
Increasing Popularity of Men-focused Beauty Regimes to Boost Demand for Moisturizers among Men
Based on end-user, the market is categorized into men, women, and infants & kids.
Women are the major consumers of moisturizing products and the segment will account for the largest market share during the forecast period. However, the men segment is also exhibiting promising growth due to the increasing popularity of beauty care regimes dedicated to men. The utilization of moisturizing products among men has increased significantly in the U.S. over the past few years. This growth in men's skincare products has prompted premium cosmetics companies to launch specific skincare lines dedicated to men consumers. For instance, Chanel launched a brand named 'Boy De Chanel' devoted to men's grooming products in 2018. In recent years, millennials have been influenced by new beauty regimes. Social media influencers are advertising detailed skincare routines including multiple products, such as cleansers, creams, toners, and sunscreens that can be used daily to maintain healthy and glowing skin. Hence, the demand for moisturizing products is increasing significantly among consumers.
Asia Pacific Moisturizer Market Size, 2022 (USD Billion)
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The global market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa.
Asia Pacific emerged as the most prominent market in 2022. China is a leading consumer market of skincare products. Products that are hugely popular in China and other Asian countries include non-scented beauty items and skin-lightening products. China witnessed significant economic growth over the past few decades that led to a rise in disposable incomes and a gradual shift in the purchasing behavior of consumers. Therefore, China's average spending on beauty products has significantly increased over the past few years. In Japan, the consumers are well-informed about the various beauty products. They are value-conscious and seek products that are of high quality. Moisturizing products that are cost-effective, high-performing, and provide quick results are popular among consumers in this country. Japan has established itself as a reliable, high-quality beauty product manufacturer and is one of the major exporters of cosmetics products worldwide.
Asia Pacific is also expected to register the fastest CAGR during the 2023-2030 forecast period. The region's large market size is attributable to the rapidly increasing popularity of moisturizing products across China and India. Moisturizing creams and lotions have become an essential part of skincare routines. People across the world have busy lifestyles, which creates stress management issues. Therefore, people follow strict skincare routines. In the Chinese markets, brands, such as L'Oréal, Olay, Kiehl's, and others enjoy immense popularity compared to the domestic brands. The rising awareness among Indian consumers about skincare products has led to the robust market growth. In India, the market is dominated by conventional beauty products including Ayurvedic and herbal formulations. Some of the popular legacy brands which operate in the Indian market include Hindustan Unilever, Himalaya Wellness, and Emami.
European countries, such as Finland, Russia, Germany, and Denmark, experience frigid cold climates and long winter seasons, causing dull and dry skin. This factor significantly increases the demand for moisturizing products in the region. Furthermore, growing awareness regarding skin health and several advantages of moisturizing products, such as skin hydration, water loss prevention, and skin texture improvement, contributes to the region’s market expansion.
North America is one of the fastest-growing regions in the global market and is expected to witness robust product demand in the coming years. The region’s growth is backed by rising consumer inclination toward personal care products made with natural ingredients and several new beauty formulations developed using natural materials. For instance, in January 2023, Josie Maran, a U.S.-based cosmetics brand, expanded its skincare portfolio and introduced its anti-aging Pro-Retinol Megamoisture Face Cream. The new product has over 30 moisturizing ingredients such as watermelon seed oil, aloe leaf juice, shea butter, fruit pulp extracts, and argan oil.
Product sales across the South American and Middle Eastern & African markets are expected to witness an upward trend in the foreseeable future. Industry participants are focused on establishing their presence in these markets. Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE are some of the most popular destinations where premium skincare brands are expanding their market presence. The rising popularity of beauty regimes and high disposable income positively influence the region's high demand for skincare products. The need for skincare products for men and women is increasing rapidly in Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.
Severe Supply Chain Disruptions Caused by COVID-19 Crisis to Impede Market Growth
The COVID-19 pandemic affected economies and left numerous industries in crisis globally. Given the intensity of the unprecedented global crisis, numerous cosmetic companies shifted their focus toward manufacturing hygiene products such as sanitizers and hand washes, most notably in 2020. With the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe and the burden of containment measures and restrictions, most countries experienced severe supply and demand shocks in almost all business sectors.
The skincare and cosmetic industries were adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis, resulting in a sharp decline in the demand for cosmetic products and store closures. Additionally, people’s purchasing power dramatically changed across the beauty and personal care space owing to the lockdowns, international travel bans, and temporary closure of retail businesses. This further resulted in sluggish sales across many beauty segments. In this uncertain environment, different business strategies, such as new product launches and supply chains, were disrupted as the factories were shut down, slowing the global moisturizer industry growth rate. However, unlocking and starting up the business processes in several countries surged the demand for these products to a certain extent, positively impacting the moisturizer market growth.
Product Innovation and Geographical Expansion to Strengthen Market Share
Industry participants have adopted various competitive strategies including new product launches, collaborations, and geographical expansion, helping them stay abreast of the intensifying competition. Recent years have witnessed an increasing demand for innovative products. Key players are focusing mainly on utilizing sustainable materials for the packaging of moisturizing products. Additionally, these companies regularly offer customizations and discounted prices to increase their revenues from the moisturizing product division. In November 2021, OLAY North America, a Procter & Gamble Company brand, introduced the Easy Open Lid, a limited-edition prototype designed for people with disabilities. The Easy Open Lid is incorporated into the product design of OLAY's products, such as Vitamin C + Peptide 24 face moisturizer, Collagen Peptide 24 face moisturizer, and Retinol 24 face moisturizing product.
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The report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, type, form, and end-user. Besides, the report offers insights into the market trends and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the factors above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market in recent years.
CAGR of 4.48% from 2023 to 2030
Value (USD Billion)
As per the Fortune Business Insights study, the market size was USD 10.12 billion in 2022.
The market is likely to register a CAGR of 4.48% over the forecast period of 2023-2030.
By type, the face moisturizer segment is expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period of 2023-2030.
Growing spending on beauty products worldwide will favor the product adoption.
Some of the top players in the market are LOreal S.A, Beiersdorf AG, the Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Unilever Plc, and the Procter & Gamble Company.
Asia Pacific dominated the market in terms of product sales in 2022.
Stringent regulations and adverse effects of synthetic beauty ingredients might restrain product sales globally.
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