Whether you’re running an ecommerce store selling beauty products or are thinking of starting one, it’s important to keep up with consumers’ changing demands to ensure your brand is in sync with the latest beauty trends. 

With the global beauty industry market size set to hit $646.2 billion in 2024, it certainly is a lucrative sector for businesses to be in. To succeed, brands need to know what the top-selling beauty products are.

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Top-selling beauty products

According to recent research on the purchasing preferences of beauty buyers, the most popular beauty products consumers buy are personal care products. Revenues from these products are forecast to hit $282.8 billion in 2024, which will account for 43.8% of the global beauty market revenues. In other words, more than two-fifths of global consumers’ total expenditure on beauty products this year is set to be on personal care products. 

The second top-selling beauty product is skin care. Total revenues from skin care products are projected at $186.6 billion, making up just over one-quarter (28.9%) of the market share. This is followed by cosmetics, with $108.4 billion, or 16.8% of the market share. 

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Fragrances and beauty tech round up the top beauty products consumers are forecast to purchase in 2024, with expected revenues of $59.9 billion and $8.5 billion, respectively.

Change in market share of top beauty products

Currently the most popular beauty product (and by a significant margin), personal care products have held the biggest share of the beauty market for many years. 

In 2018, its market share was 44.1%. This is expected to hold relatively steady, dipping only by a marginal 1.3 percentage points to 43.3% by 2028. 

The market share of skin care products, second on the list of the top beauty products, is also not expected to see huge changes. In 2018, its market share was 29.1%, and it is set to fall fractionally to 28.6% by 2028.

Meanwhile, cosmetics products are set to increase their market share from 15.9% in 2018 to 17.5% in 2028, while the share of fragrances falls from 9.6% to 9.1%. Beauty tech’s share is also forecast to rise slightly, from 1.3% to 1.4% over this period.

Of these top beauty products, two (cosmetics and beauty tech) are set to see their market shares increase from 2018 to 2028.

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