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For as long as I can remember, there were two sides to skin-care aisles: Those lined with bottles brimming with floral scents and feminine touches and those that were sturdy and gray, meant to signify manliness. Now, though? The two are converging. Instead of a segregation between the sexes, we're now seeing chic, unisex packaging for products that are meant for all.
It's not that surprising that gender neutrality has come for our beauty shelves.started making waves last year, and it's only been growing. According to a , or people aged 13 to 20, about 81 percent said that gender doesn't define a person. "It's a reflection of the culture," says Ty McLaren, cofounder of , a gender-neutral skin-care line. "Gen-Z is the most socially aware generation, and they don't care about traditional identity markers or the marketing gimmicks that came with them. The future is androgynous, or at least less well defined, and the rise of genderless products is just one piece of that."
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While it seems like skin should just be skin, according to studies women and men's complexions. "Women and men have many similarities in their skin, but despite the overlap in anatomy, they have some differences, too," says , a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. She points out that many studies have been done to determine sex-dependent differences in skin, and though variations exist, the results aren't fully defined because there are additional variations like age, ethnicity, skin type, and genetic influences.
That said, the main distinction is the amount of oil produced. "Most men have an increased number of thicker hair follicles and oil or sebum glands on their face and body than women do," says Dr. Nazarian. "Men's skindue to androgen stimulation," says , a board-certified dermatologist. "Men have a higher collagen density leading to a firmer, more lifted appearance."
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So yes: Women and men have some differences, but all of this doesn't necessarily mean we require different skin-care products. "Your skin-care routine shouldn't be dependent on gender," says Dr. Nussbaum. "The most important factors are individual skin type and areas of concern." Both sexes are more alike than different, adds Dr. Nazarian, and "a majority of skin-care products have ingredients that could be effectively used by both men and women—but the appeal varies," she says. It boils down to this: Men and women's skin does differ in some ways, but that just creates different skin conditions (acne, oily skin, dry skin, and so on), and those are what we should be addressing.
While genderless beauty might be a brainchild of marketing and packaging, it's still important in a number of ways. For starters, it banishes the pink tax that has required that women pay more for the same results as men. "All skin care can work for all genders—the bigger question is, 'what do I want from my products?' and genderless or unisex products shine a spotlight on that by focusing on the desired results," says Dr. Nussbaum.
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The mother of a mixed-race son created an Instagram account filled with reference images of dermatological conditions on non-white skin. You can see what ant bites can look like on a child who is Hispanic and black. Or how the viral illness Fifths disease can manifest in a child who is black and white. From the photos, it’s clear that conditions look different on different skin tones. On a post featuring a black child with chicken pox, one person commented: “Thank you! My mom (white) always said she wasn’t sure if we’d actually had chicken pox because they didn’t look how she expected.
By leading with the skin benefits rather than catering to dated ideals of masculine and feminine, brands are able to better meet the needs of those slathering on products. "We made the brand we wished existed: a brand that helps educate people about why it's important to take care of themselves, that doesn't come with gendered baggage, speaks intelligently and clearly, and aligns with our values," says McLaren. Nina Zilka, CEO and co-founder of, another unisex skin-care brand, simply wanted to make chic and sophisticated products. "People are drawn to our products because they're beautiful and they work," she says, noting that her products are fragrance-free or naturally scented with fresh, clean, unisex notes.
Don't be surprised if you start noticing more of these genderless skin-care products as you shop for your regimen. "As a society, we're starting to acknowledge that gender isn't this super binary thing, and people are more comfortable moving away from that type of marketing," says Zilka. "It's okay for anyone to care about their skin and want to play around with skin care and makeup—it's exciting, and it's the future, and I see it becoming much more the norm."
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2- Sex gives good looks , less risk of getting heart disease, strengthening and toning muscles ... Sex keeps us in good shape. So, we do not hesitate to consume regularly.
More effective than the best creams: sex. Indeed, making love boosts our blood circulation and provides more oxygen to our skin which makes it more luminous and pure. Which gives all the more envy to the other to put the cover.3- This builds self-esteem
4- Making love makes you happy during a part of legs in the air makes us feel special, sexy in the eyes of the other. And it helps to have more confidence in yourself and to be good.
During sexual intercourse, the body releases endorphins, the hormone of pleasure, allowing us to feel more relaxed and happier at the same time. And same thing on the side of your half. And it's a nice way to get serenity and happiness for yourself and for the couple.5- And (still) smarter
Having an orgasm increases the flow of blood and oxygenation of the brain thus stimulating better all areas of our brain. If you think about it, there will be sex before each intellectual effort (and after that too, because we will need to relax!).
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