Saudi women spend over $3,000 on cosmetics yearly, experts say

Saudi consumption of cosmetics increased 17% over the past year, according to experts

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International experts expect the Saudi consumption of perfumes and cosmetics during 2015 to exceed SR35 billion ($9 billion), a 17 percent increase over last year.

According to a study that was discussed at the 12th Dermatology Conference at Saudi German Hospital that finished on Monday, last year SR30 billion was spent on such products, while the average Saudi woman spends more than SR12,000 ($3,200) annually.


In recent years the markets witnessed a boom in the volume of consumption of cosmetics, perfumes and weight loss drugs.

Experts participating in the conference, held under the chairmanship of the hospital’s dermatology head Dr. Jamal Hashim, agreed that the Saudi market is the first in the region with regard to perfumes and cosmetics.

It is one of the biggest international markets in terms of growth in the field of cosmetic medicine over the last 10 years, they said.

Hashim presented during the three-day conference a thorough explanation of the development in dermatological surgeries and expressed happiness that practitioners were keeping abreast of new developments in dermatology and cosmetics in Saudi Arabia and worldwide.

He thanked the Saudi Society of Dermatologists for its help in holding such conferences, which are held in cooperation with university professors in the Kingdom and the Arab region.

The conference was attended by numerous pharmaceutical companies concerned with introducing modern methods in treating dermatology diseases, such as the Saudi Ozone Company in the Kingdom that uses health and beauty ozone to treat such conditions.

The opening of the conference was attended by Dr. Ali Al-Raddadi, representative of the Saudi Society for Dermatologists; Dr. Mustafa Abu Zaid, head of the dermatology department in Al-Azhar University; Dr. Hani Numan, consultant dermatologist and member of the Saudi Society for Dermatologists and many doctors from around the Kingdom.

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on May 21, 2015.

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