Total wellbeing ☼ Multi-solutions ☼ Inclusivity
Skin care and color cosmetics are blurring more than ever before as the wellness movement booms and self-care routines expand. The changes of 2020, including COVID-19 and heightened focus on the Black Lives Matter movement, have shone a spotlight on the need for inclusivity in beauty products — including those with SPF — and reaffirm that health and wellness products need to work for everyone. And with tightened pocketbooks, beauty products need to work better than ever before. Consumer trend data from Mintel and other industry sources shows:
- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted wellness rituals and brought other environmental stressors to light, including blue light and pollution. Pollution concerns are expected to intensify among younger consumers, "made more acute by worsening global environmental conditions due to climate change.”
- 41% of US consumers consider UV exposure to be a top factor impacting the appearance of the skin and "a renewed focus on sun protection will resonate with consumers on their path to total body health."
- The Black Lives Matter movement has accelerated demand for inclusive sun care: 46% of younger Millennials (b. 1987-94) want to see beauty brands showcasing diversity more on social media, and weekly global mentions of sun care and BIPOC on social media increased by 237% globally and by 362% nationally from March 1-June 23, 2020.
- 38% of surveyed women said they expect the industry to provide a more holistic approach to beauty with a strong connection between health and beauty.
- Skincare/color cosmetic hybrids have evolved in recent years to the point where the makeup is less important than the skincare benefits the product offers.
- Mintel's The Future of Facial Skincare: 2020 calls out the opportunities for innovative and multi-functional coverage: "European consumers seek new, viable, tech-driven multi-solutions with 54% of German women interested in dual sun and pollution protection products.”
A thoughtfully crafted, versatile, high-efficacy beauty product with strong prevention claims and a compelling wellness message will appeal to minimalist, beauty-focused, and health-conscious consumers alike. Derms and bloggers all stand behind environmental protection with a narrative of healthy-looking skin. Consider these methods for how brands can adapt to meet the market:
- Be wellness-forward, but don’t forget that aesthetics & inclusion matter in the race for shelf space in the "next normal."
"With wellness sentiments infiltrating nearly all elements of [our] lives now, cosmetic brands have the opportunity to indulge in these stories as well." But it must be for all: "The effects of COVID-19 have highlighted the need for eco-friendly sunscreen, while the fight for racial justice demands a more inclusive sun care industry." Offer up top-ranked health claims recommended by derms, the FDA, and the American Cancer Society — like broad-spectrum UV protection with a high SPF — but serve it in a featherweight texture with a beauty-driven aesthetic that works for everyone.
- Show your science.
Science-backed skin care brands were already trending in 2019, and the events of 2020 have strengthened the scientific-efficacious-safe paradigm, likely for the long term. 54% of women in the UK trust products and ingredients created by scientists, according to Mintel's July 2020 report, Protect & Progress: how skincare can thrive post-Covid-19.
- Add nice-to-haves.
Once top claims are lined up, set yourself apart with added features that expand product use beyond the expected. Nice-to-haves can be an anti-oxidant boost, or a sweat-proof capability for a durable product that outlasts a workout.
Beauty Drops Total Protection serum/cc cream is an ultra-lightweight daily skin protector designed to provide your brand with a clear, specific, best-in-class suite of must-have wellness and prevention benefits. Available in six shades to match a range of skin tones, Beauty Drops goes far beyond the traditional CC cream "with SPF" to be a versatile product that offers broad-spectrum, mineral-based sun protection and a daily health boost via an anti-oxidant enhancement. Its short- and long-term beauty benefits make it a must-have in any cosmetic bag.
Active Stress Defense™ technology-enabled claims:
- Patented, featherweight texture is ideal for morning, midday, or evening use
- Non-nano, mineral-based, broad-spectrum SPF 50+ sunscreen protects the skin from 99% of UV radiation
- Reduces pollution-induced free radicals
- Blocks more than 35% of blue light (HEVL)
- Boosts anti-oxidant activity by as much as 200%
Additional marketing claims available:
- Naturally-derived, sustainably-produced squalane provides moisturization and anti-aging benefits while contributing to eco-conscious branding
- 80-minute water resistance
- Tinted to balance skin tone
- Non-nano, Chemical-sunscreen-free, Paraben-free, Fragrance-free, and Cruelty-free