Beauty trends in 2010: simple, efficient & safe
As 2009 is coming to a close, what’s the beauty trends in 2010 especially when it comes to organic and natural skin care? According to consumer marketing and consulting firm Mintel in its “Global Beauty Trends for 2010”, the new year will see a rise in the number of people looking for organic skin care products but instead of focusing on certification, they will be more focused on results, efficiency and safety.
â€œNu Naturalâ€ is a new vision of natural that is less focused on certification and more focused on results, efficiency and safety. In 2010, beauty products will evolve from today’s trend towards organic ingredients, revisiting attributes like authenticity, provenance and local production.
Mintel Beauty Innovation expects claims like â€œfree fromâ€ and â€œsustainableâ€ to appear in products that simultaneously contain synthetic actives like peptides, hyaluronic acid, ceramides or collagen. Beauty manufacturers will further explore simple formulas, such as infusions and fluids, but they’ll formulate them with a new generation of phytochemicals, anthocyanins and fermented actives.
Actually I don’t quite understand all of this but I can concur with “less focused on certification and more focused on results, efficiency and safety.” I also like the idea of simple formulas. Already, there’s so much confusion with what’s organic and what’s not and while certification is important, the industry isn’t properly regulated so simple formulas without too many ingredients is definitely going to help.
Mintel also predicts the other three beauty trends:
Make-up has long been associated with making the wearer feel better, but recent product evolution has seen actual ingredients enabling this. In 2010, consumers will be able to enhance their mood through make-up and skincare, going beyond aromatherapy and simple use of scent.
â€œMood Beautyâ€ creates a new beauty space, intersecting psychology and wellbeing with beauty products that offer psychological benefits and ingredients that act on people’s neurotransmitters. Expect manufacturers to make use of textures, temperatures or sounds that affect the mood, as well as innovations like make-up that â€œswitches on and off.â€
Meanwhile, the idea of beauty sleep will take on new meaning, as cosmetics claiming to induce positive moods or improve sleep quality inject new life into night care products.
Throughout 2009, there was a renewed emphasis on protection, one of the basic functions of skincare, hair care and color cosmetics. Beauty products offered increasingly powerful shields against not just UV rays, but also physiological and man-made factors.
In 2010, â€œPro-Tech’tâ€ will strengthen this shield. Marketing language is already growing more robust, borrowing from computer technology (e.g. â€œfirewallsâ€). Packaging, too, will expand beyond traditional glass and plastic to materials like neoprene and concrete.
In addition, Mintel Beauty Innovation expects growth in immune-boosting and skin-defending claims, as well as new products that contain ingredients from extreme environments such as the Arctic, Alpine or Desert. Expect more healthcare actives like rhodiola rosea, griffonia and superoxide dismutase to appear in 2010’s beauty products, forging a stronger link with nutricosmetics.
Turbo Beauty 4G
Developing 2009’s â€œTurbo Beautyâ€’ trend, â€œTurbo Beauty 4Gâ€ continues to capitalize on advances in biochemistry for higher-tech beauty products. Expect more quasi-medical results and â€œmix-it-yourselfâ€ solutions: at-home kits and cures that offer alternatives to cosmetic surgery and non-invasive procedures.
In 2010, products will increasingly include medical- or pharmaceutical-grade actives and next-generation nanotechnology. In addition, clinical testing to substantiate claims and results will move from prestige into â€œmasstigeâ€ (affordable for general consumers but positioned as luxury).
Following the explosion of social media, Mintel also expects beauty manufacturers to start marketing anti-aging products in particular to â€œdigital natives.â€