Global Personal Care Emollients Market: Overview

Emollients are basically used in skin care formulations in order to help retain the skin moisture. Emollients also help in making the skin supple by reducing water loss from the outer layer of the skin. Emollients offer a protective film on the skin and hence, it is also used for patients with conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. An emollient has a lubricant, a humectant, and an occluder. The lubricant decreases friction between the skin and other objects, while the humectant improves capacity of the skin to retain water. An occluder sets a layer of oil on the skin surface so as to reduce the water loss. These functions of an emollient help in repairing the skin surface. Hence, an emollient is an important part of daily skin care.

Personal Care Emollients Market: Drivers and Restraints

Synthetic emollients are frequently manufactured under energy-intensive conditions at high temperatures. This manufacturing process destroys antioxidants, nutrients, and essential fatty acids present in vegetable oil-derived substances used. Natural emollients are key ingredients used in personal care formulations, which help impart a soft, smooth, moisturized feel to the skin and the hair. With the increase in consumer awareness about synthetic chemicals and the desire to use natural ingredients and products, the demand for natural emollients is expected to increase in the next few years. This is likely to drive the personal care emollients market during the forecast period.

Personal Care Emollients Market: Segmentation

Based on source, the personal care emollients market can be segmented into:

  • Synthetic Emollients
    • Silicones
    • Cyclomethicone
    • Dimethicone
    • Others
  • Natural Emollients
    • Castor Oil
    • Squalene
    • Jojoba Oil
    • Lanolin
    • Others (Shea Butter, etc.)

Plant-based emollients are generally extracted by cold-pressing of leaves, seeds, etc. by using solvents. Natural emollients such as castor oil are expected to witness high demand in the near future. This high demand can be ascribed to excellent pigment dispersing, lubricating, and shining properties of these emollients, which make them usable in products such as lipsticks.

Personal Care Emollients Market: Segmentation

Based on type, the personal care emollients market can be segmented into:

  • Medicated Emollients
  • Non-medicated Emollients

Personal Care Emollients Market: Segmentation

Based on application, the emollients market can be segmented into:

  • Body Care
  • Hair Care
  • Lip Care
  • Cosmetics

Emollients are used in several beauty and skin care applications such as body lotions and lipsticks. Depending on the ratio of oil to water, emollients are of different types. Emollients with high lipid content are stickier and greasier and they make the skin shinier. Hence, manufacturers of lotions generally use emollients with low lipid content, while emollients with high lipid content are used in ointments.

Personal Care Emollients Market: Region-wise Outlook

In terms of geography, the global personal care emollients market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific held a major share of the global personal care emollients market in 2017, owing to high demand from countries such as Japan and South Korea. The market in Asia Pacific is anticipated to register a high growth rate during the forecast period, due to the increasing consumption of natural ingredient-based personal care products in the region. North America and Europe held significant shares of the global personal care emollients market in 2017, due to high per capita consumption of personal care products in these regions.

Personal Care Emollients Market: Key Players

Some of the key players operating in the global personal care emollients market are:

  • Croda International Plc.
  • The Lubrizol Corporation
  • BASF SE
  • AAK Sweden AB

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