Specialty Actives in Personal Care

Specialty Actives in Personal Care: ​Global Market Analysis and Opportunities

Regional Coverage: Europe, United States, Brazil, China, India, Japan, South Korea

Base Year: 2019
Published: Q2 2020

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Base Year: 2022
Published: June 2023

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Biofunctional active ingredients continue to be among the fastest-growing segments in the personal care industry. This detailed appraisal of key regional markets for active ingredients assesses current and forecast demand by major ingredients, functionalities, prices, distribution channels, supplier sales, and technical and market trends.


  • More than 50 ingredients covered within 7 active ingredient groups as given in Table 1
  • Consumption of key active ingredients by region​
  • Consumption of active ingredient categories by application in each region
  • Supplier sales by active ingredient category in each region
  • Forecast consumption of ingredients within a five-year timeframe​
  • New product introductions from 2020 through 2022
  • Functionality and claim analysis

NEW: Analysis on Consumer Perception of Active Ingredients

Report Contents


Executive Summary
An overview of the report findings

Market Overview

  • Introduction to specialty actives
  • Regulatory overview
  • Competitive landscape

Active Ingredient Categories

For each active ingredients category, the following information is provided:

  • Market overview
  • Pricing analysis
  • Market sizing
  • Competitive structure and market share
  • Key market drivers and restraints
  • Market forecast and outlook



Functionality Analysis
An analysis of the market from the angle of key functionalities (i.e., anti-aging, skin lightening, anti-inflammatory). Anti-aging is split out by sub-functionality, including anti-wrinkle, moisturizing, etc.

Claim Analysis
While functionality is an important product attribute, claims (i.e., antipollution, blue light protection, etc.) are equally important, as they are often used in the finished product’s marketing messages.

Consumer Perception Analysis
Analysis on the consumer perception of active ingredients and their claims over time and on different age and social groups. This analysis is based on data from social listening tools.

Supplier Profiles
10 supplier profiles in each regional report are provided.

Botanical actives Aloe vera, Bisabolol, Green tea, Grape seed, etc.
Biotechnology products Hyaluronic acid and salts (split by molecular weight), Ceramides (AP, EOP, NG, NP, NS), Stem cell extracts, Betaglucans, prebiotics, probiotics, etc.
Enzymes and coenzymes Coenzyme Q10, others
Marine ingredients Substantiated algae extracts, Chitosan, etc.
Peptides Argireline, Biopeptide, Eyeseril, Matrixyl range, etc.
Proteins Amino-acids, Collagen, Hydrolyzates, Native proteins, Quat proteins, etc.
Synthetic actives Allantoin, Arbutin, Vitamin A and derivatives, Vitamin B and derivatives, Vitamin C and derivatives, Vitamin E and derivatives, etc.
Botanical actives By certification type (COSMOS, Natrue, etc.)
All active categories - By substantiation type (in-vivo, in-vitro/ex-vivo, others)
- By ISO 16128 status (natural/Derived-natural/non-natural)

Report Benefits

This report provides marketing and product managers in the personal care ingredients industry with an understanding of the evolution of the active ingredients market in each significant region, product group, and application. It also offers:

  • Identification of key growth by product and geography to enable the development of targeted sales and marketing strategies to exploit high-growth areas
  • Highlights of new product developments, which will impact market shares of the existing products, thus allowing subscribers to develop the appropriate business strategy to follow growth or protect share
  • Forecasts of scenarios from which to base solid strategic business plans

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