Asian men from top to toe
There is an ancient Chinese proverb which is still popular today: "Woman makes up for the man who pleases her." But it's anyone's guess as why a man wants to take care of his appearance. A recent Kantar Worldpanel survey on 5,300 Asian men across eight countries has partly solved the puzzle - it's not about women.
The No.1 reason they cited was "just to feel better," followed by "important at job" and "it's an indicator of status." Eight in 10 Asian men interviewed during this 2013 survey said they are conscious about their appearance. To achieve this goal, 60% said they would do exercises, 49% would take vitamin supplement while 36% chose diet.
The top concern of Asian man echoes another Chinese proverb: "Disaster comes out from mouth" - 35% of respondents said their top concern is "bad breath/teeth colour." The other top concerns are acne (31%), sweat in excess (23%), over-weight (20%) and oily skin (19%).
When asked about grooming products they're using, blades & razors (92%) were joined by shampoo (91%) as the distant leaders of most used item, followed by bar soap (72%), facial cleansing (56%) and shower gell (55%). Eye care was used by fewest people as only 7% said they were using it.
For any companies which want to tap into the "for men" personal care categories in Asia, maybe they should start from facial cleanser and shampoo products, because 31% men are using facial cleanser specially designed for them, while 24% men are using male shampoo and deodorant. Quite surprisingly, though 55% men are using shower gel, but only 11% of the total respondents are using for men gels, while 44% are using shower gels that women are using as well!