With growing concerns of the effects of pollution on the skin in Asia, personalized routines are in demand now more than ever.
International players like L’Oréal are looking to cater to this trend by developing even more specialized formulations that preserve, heal and improve the health of skin as well as offering services that allow consumers to interact with dermatologists on the go.
The global cosmetics player's first Asia based Dermacenter opened in Hong Kong in 2014 which has led to the launch of several others including; Haitang Bay, Iguazu downtown with London Supply, Bangkok (two stores), Hong Kong-Hysan and Seoul with Lotte Duty Free.
According to L’Oréal, these stores provide a good opportunity for travelling consumers to gain access to brands like Vichy, Aqualia Thermal and LiftActiv, and La Roche-Posay, Tolériane and Effaclar.
The Travel Retail Division was expanded in 2013 with company CEO Jean-Paul Agon commenting: “Travel retail is a key channel for winning over one billion new consumers. This market, present around the world, could be considered a ‘sixth continent.’”
L’Oréal has been present in the travel retail market since the 1960s with L’Oréal Luxe, positioning L’Oréal Paris in the space in the last decade, and The Body Shop in the last few few years.
Travel Retail, which represents all products sold in the travel distribution channel caters to over 2.4 billion international travellers every year, with Beauty occupying the one category in the market, where L’Oreal is seen as a leader in the field, holding a 21.3% market share in 2013.
“By meeting consumers’ beauty aspirations, whatever their nationalities, beauty rituals or purchasing power, L’Oréal Travel Retail plays a strategic role in conquering new consumers who will pursue their experience with our brands in their home countries,” Nicolas Hieronimus, president Selective Divisions said in 2014.
“The launch of Vichy, La Roche-Posay and Kérastase in Travel Retail demonstrates our confidence in the huge potential of this channel. From now on, all of the Group's major brands will have the opportunity to develop on this ‘sixth continent’.”