The Biggest Cosmetic Trends Of 2021 (And What To Expect In 2022)


If you’re like most of us, you’ll be glad to see the back of 2021. It’s certainly been another trying year and who knows what 2022 has in store for us all health-wise and on a personal level. But if there’s one amazing thing to have come out of all the mayhem of restrictions, it’s that we’ve started taking better care of ourselves.

Whether it’s doing more exercise just so we can leave the house for fresh air, or cosmetic procedures that allow us to feel good about ourselves and ready to step out into the world again.

With the global beauty industry valued at over $511 billion in 2021, it’s certainly no surprise that we’re spending big on beauty treatments. According to our research, these are the top cosmetic trends of 2021. Let’s take a look!

Top 5 trends of 2021

1.     Facial treatments

We’re generally spending hours online each day, in Zoom meetings and video calls, which has brought our attention to our faces. Many of us would prefer to simply turn off our screens than to see our tired, dry, aging skin right in front of us. As a result, people are booking more facial treatments that can help remove blemishes and reduce aging. This includes things like laser genesis treatment and skin peels.

2.     Microbiome-friendly skincare

Our skin’s microbiome is responsible for several important tasks, including preventing pathogens from taking over the skin, assisting us in the treatment of skin infections, protecting us from environmental damage, and communicating with our immune system. Microbiome-friendly products help to restore and maintain balance in the skin’s health, using unique formulations that have been based on scientific research.

3.     Enhanced hygiene

Cleanliness has never been more prominent, and many beauty companies are releasing new formulas for hand sanitiser and hand soaps. With such a huge increase in the production of hygiene products in the past 12 to 24 months, top brands are becoming more competitive with their range.

4.     Organic products

The use of organic and plant-based skincare products has seen an increase and many companies have taken steps to reduce their environmental impact. It is expected that the cosmetics industry will continue to make considerable progress in the near future in terms of decreasing its environmental impact. People have spent 2021 searching for more plant-based products for their cosmetics.

5.      Au Naturale, or full removal (of hair)

In 2021, people were faced with three choices – they either let their hair go au naturale (what will be, will be), shave and shave, or get full hair removal using lasers. When you’re in isolation, there’s not much use in shaving, and since laser hair removal means staying out of the sun for a few weeks, it’s been the ideal solution to unwanted hair problems.

What to expect in 2022?

If the world continues as it has in 2021, we can certainly expect to see much of the same in 2022 (only better). There will be even more variations, different procedures, greater choice – and whether we’re enjoying our freedom or stuck at home, our outer and inner beauty and health is guaranteed to remain a priority.

Written by Megan Taylor
Megan is a beauty expert who is passionate about all things makeup and glam! Her love for makeup has brought her to become a beauty pro at Glamour Garden Cosmetics.