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Pandemic boost for cosmetotextiles

A new report from a leading textiles publisher says cosmetotextiles will benefit from changes in consumer behaviour brought about by the pandemic.

1st March 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  United Kingdom


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused consumers to focus increasingly on beauty and wellness and will benefit the market for cosmetotextile products, according to a new report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence.  

Widespread changes in daily routines brought about by the pandemic and government measures imposed to stem its spread – such as the wearing of face masks, social distancing and working from home – have led to an increased focus on beauty and wellness, especially among younger consumers.

They consider skin care and body care to be indispensable aspects of their overall wellbeing, and cosmetotextile products could have a significant role to play in achieving this.

Such smart fabrics provide a convenient method of applying cosmetic substances, fragrances and health promoting minerals to the skin. Consequently, cosmetotextiles are used in a vast range of products, including athleisure apparel, casual apparel, hosiery, and sportswear.

The range of cosmetotextile products available is broad, and includes products designed to slim the silhouette, moisturise the skin, reduce the appearance of cellulite, and promote a sense of well-being through the use of fragrances.

However, a number of factors prevent cosmetotextile products from enjoying the same success in generating sales as other product categories in the health, beauty and wellness market. Many consumers are confused as to where to purchase cosmetotextile products while others are unaware that the products even exist, as consumer awareness is raised by word of mouth and endorsements rather than by targeted advertising.

Reflecting this, very few of the brands which have experimented in the development of cosmetotextile products in recent years have enjoyed meaningful revenues from them and have therefore not committed to investing further in product development or sales and marketing.

As a result, the number of companies which are active in the field remains small and sales of clothing with cosmetic functionality remain modest. Still, there are good reasons for optimism about the future for cosmetotextile companies.

Arguably, the companies which have enjoyed the greatest commercial success in the field of cosmetotextile products are those which focus solely on this area and have established dedicated production and research and development facilities, such as the France-based companies Lytess and Skin’Up.

Innovation is key, and much investigation is being conducted into the development of active substances and high-performance microcapsules derived from natural formulations rather than synthetic formulations.  The use of natural formulations is gaining in importance as consumers are becoming increasingly aware of environmental sustainability and are actively seeking plant-based products.

The report is available to purchase by following this link Cosmetotextiles: beauty and wellness are ready to wear.

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