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Cosmeceuticals are defined as products between pharmaceuticals, drugs and cosmetics. These hybrids are the response to the increasing need for preventing healthcare issues and preserving the youthful glow.

What is the difference between drugs and cosmeceuticals?

Equally, our busier and more stressful lifestyles are a driver for the growing market. But what is a cosmeceutical product? The term was coined by Albert Kligman in the 1980s to describe cosmetic skincare products with medical properties due to added ingredients. Mainly, cosmeceuticals are skin care products which have beneficial topical actions and provide protection against degenerative skin conditions. Hence, the attributed effects are both of a cosmetic and therapeutic nature. Moreover, cosmeceutical products are beneficial not only for skin health but also for beauty.

Furthermore, while drugs often require a prescription by doctors, cosmeceuticals are available “over-the-counter” (without prescription) and are often part of a regular skin care routine to help improve skin tone, texture, pigmentation and fine lines.

Due to these fine differences, cosmeceuticals represent an interesting niche in the beauty market today.

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Drivers for the increasing demand for cosmeceutical products

The predicted annual growth of 8.81 % until 2025 shows the significance of the cosmeceutical market on a global scale. In 2018 the market size was valued at USD 49.5 billion. As our population grows older, the wish for preserving a youthful appearance increases simultaneously. Additionally, due to a higher educational level and hence an increased awareness, health and self-care prevention is becoming more and more indispensable. Therefore, cosmeceutical products such as anti-ageing creams or sun protection are high in demand. Equally, inquired are hair care solutions. However, the product range is not limited to sun protection and hair care but comprises a wide range of products.


What are the marketed products of cosmeceuticals?

  • Anti-ageing products
  • Sun protection products
  • Anti-acne products
  • Moisturizing products
  • Shampoos & conditioners
  • Hair dyes
  • Lip balms
  • Oral care products

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Main markets for cosmeceutical products

In the past the most critical countries by market share were the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany. As the largest market, Asia Pacific with China, India and Vietnam present an immense growth potential and will be of high significance in the following years. That is to be attributed to the large millennial population within these states. As a matter of fact, the trend of youth preservation is especially widespread among the middle-aged target group. The fastest growing markets however are the Middle-East and Africa.

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The target group – who buys cosmeceuticals?

Broadly speaking, the target group comprises people who are getting more and more conscious about their physical youth and appearance. The aforementioned urge to slow down the ageing process is especially prominent among the middle-aged population. That is also why China and Japan – countries with a high rate of millennials – are accounted as attractive markets. In sum, the target group comprises customers with the following needs:

  • People who want to slow down the ageing process
  • People with pigmentation-related disorders (freckles)
  • People who want to prevent wrinkles
  • People with acne
  • People suffering from hair fall
  • People who want to maintain their skin tone

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Cosmeceutical Products

Glass as the ideal packaging material for cosmeceuticals

As cosmeceuticals are combining both cosmetic and therapeutic effects, primary packaging glass is by far the most suitable packaging material. Glass protects consumer health and guarantees optimal preservation of the product. It is inherent and acts as a natural barrier against migration of outside substances into the product.

Moreover, glass meets the requirements for sustainable packaging, since it is recyclable and has a completely natural composition. Hence, the material satisfies the consumer’s need for an eco-friendly and responsible packaging.

Stoelzle is a leading primary packaging producer and, as a matter of fact, constantly challenging the status quo with innovative production technologies and product development. The company’s mission of producing environmentally friendly products runs through all production steps.

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Which glass containers are used for various cosmeceuticals?

The wide product range of Stoelzle offers the most suitable containers for various cosmeceuticals. Along with glass jars for creams and powders, syrup bottles for liquid soaps, dropper bottles or boston round bottles are popular vessels for cosmeceutical products, of course in combination with closures allowing a precise dosing. Additionally, mini roller ball bottles are widely used as well. In order to prevent your offspring from opening the glass containers, we offer child resistant closure (CRC) with or without liners.

The high quality of the glass allows us to maintain the stability of the cosmeceutical. Highly sensible products are best stored in our amber glass products, since the material has increased light-filtering properties and is therefore the ideal barrier to the outside world.

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Customized packages for your own marketing message

Especially in the competitive cosmetics and beauty market, a strong marketing message is crucial to outrank the competition. That is why, we at Stoelzle have three in-house decoration plants enabling us  to design and produce a customized packaging for your cosmeceuticals. Our various decoration techniques such as digital printing, effect spraying or embossed lettering create  distinct and attractive products for your (future) customers.

This holistic approach enables us to serve best our customers and provide them with solutions. Of course, our products meet the guidelines of ‘Good Manufacturing Practices GMP(ISO 15378). In fact, Stoelzle Pharma produces under the highest hygienic and glass quality control standards.

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