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China’s radiant male skin care market has a fresh shine: A raft of domestic startups is tapping global investors for funds, with ambitions to rival giants like L’Oreal in a billion-dollar business serving image-conscious millennial men like Hou Junru.

The 24-year-old Shanghai education worker got into skin care as a student and splurged more than $1,000 on creams and lotions in e-commerce firm Alibaba’s giant Nov. 11 Singles Day promotion. “My need is to keep the skin moist and look pale,” said Hou.

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