Dermocosmetics are recommended by health professionals (doctors, dermatologists, paediatricians, aesthetic physicians and pharmacists) for specific skincare needs because their ingredients are safe and effective. These cosmetics are distributed in traditional healthcare channels such as pharmacies, over-the-counter pharmaceutical stores (parapharmacies), drugstores, clinics or medical treatment spas (MediSpas).
The dermocosmetics market represents 4.4% of the global beauty market and is valued at about 7.6 billion euros. Results in 2013 for the industry were particularly dynamic: whereas the global beauty market increased by 3.8%, the dermocosmetics sector experienced a 4.8% growth rate. This dynamism is led by a vital Western Europe market and accelerated development in new markets such as China and Latin America.
In this context, L'Oréal Group's Active Cosmetics division progressed at a relative rate of +7.8%, thus establishing the Group as the market leader. L'Oréal Active Cosmetics relies on a keen understanding of consumers and of skin, French know-how and excellence, strict formulation charters, innovative products in all lines, numerous clinical studies, scientific basis and strong relations with professionals in the health sector.
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1/ Dermocosmetics originated in France where thermal springs have clinical proven healing properties. Over 1 200 thermal springs have been identified in France. Their therapeutic virtues are attributed to intrinsic chemical properties that have been formally recognised by France's Academy of Medicine. 95% of these waters with specific properties responding to particular therapeutic recommendations are found in France's mountainous regions: Vosges, Jura, Savoy, Alps, Pyrenees and the Aquitaine basin.
2/ In 1931, Dr Haller, a doctor at Vichy's Thermal Centre, met Georges Guérin, head of Grenoville perfumes, and together they produced France's first dermocosmetics. Dr Haller was ahead of his time in terms of nutrition and wellbeing, and was particularly interested in understanding the startling effects that thermal baths had on damaged skin. Both men considered skin to be a vital organ and decided to apply medical research and rigour to cosmetics. The Vichy brand was born of this overlap between beauty and healthcare.