1 Ancient civilizations used cosmetics and beauty goods. The modern cosmetics industry began in the early 20th century, but its roots are in ancient Egypt. Cleopatra is a symbol of luxury and splendour for a reason.

2 EWG says women use 12 products with 168 chemicals daily. Bionsen, a natural deodorant business, estimates 512 synthetic compounds per day.

3 The beauty industry's magnitude is astounding. It's worth $500 billion. Estimates believe its worth will exceed $700 billion by the middle of the decade. Mostly due to rising purchasing power in developing countries.

4 According to dermatologists, sunscreen is the best product for keeping your skin youthful. That’s because sun damage can exasperate or accelerate the signs of aging.

5 Here's a beauty industry fact you may not like. If you're a vegetarian, vegan, or don't like fish, check your lipstick.

6 A 2018 Danish Environmental Protection Agency research identified PFAs in roughly one-third of evaluated items. An industrial chemist identified formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and methyl methacrylate in gel nail polish in 2019.

Here we’ll answer those questions and more as we look at  eye-opening facts about the beauty industry.

nother issue is that some brands declare their formulations as “trade secrets,” meaning they do not have to disclose ingredients to customers, manufacturers, or regulators.