Top 10 All-Star Beauty Products For All Genders
Anyone who’s come across the horrible portmanteau of meggings knows that marketing shamelessly exploits gender politics—especially when it comes to beauty products. Otherwise, it simply wouldn’t insert gender where none existed. Men don’t have “megs” just like women don’t need special pens. And anyone who remembers Joey Tribbiani’s Iciban ad should also remember that blue lipstick is just lipstick, whether on a man or a woman.
This heteronormative waffle is tiring. All you need to remember is that one of the few times gender matters is when it’s self-identified. When celebrities like Bruce Jenner officially kickstart their transitions and give up old identities, it’s not mere gossip. It's a reminder: many of us struggle to relate to the gender we are identified with at birth. Many of our trans brothers and sisters don’t live in a safe world. At the very least, you should see the childishness of the belief that our appearances should define how we live our life, support each other or nurture ourselves.
Sure, there are biological differences between genders—generally, testosterone tends to make male skin both hairier and oilier, for one—but none of them are wild enough that we need to stick to a designated demographic of products when it comes to beauty. The rules are simple, and pointedly sexless. Know thy unique skin type, and tailor thy regime appropriately.
We compiled a list of our Top 10 All-Star Beauty Products and left out the sexist nonsense to help you reboot your system. Revamp your vanity or pass on the wisdom to someone who needs it: just remember that if sensitivity, dryness, acne and body odour don’t discriminate, neither should we.