Top Ten

11 Gender-Neutral Skin Care Brands Everyone Will Love

Allies of Skin Products

Until recently, most skin care products were marketed toward women—and the products and brands that were marketed toward a male audience were clearly labeled “for men.” But the truth is, wanting a great complexion isn’t exclusive to one gender. Skin care “is starting to be considered maintenance, and no longer considered only for women,” says Dr. Tess Mauricio, a Beverly Hills-based dermatologist.

As a result, we’re seeing more gender-neutral skin care brands and products that cater equally to all genders—whether through their marketing, their packaging or their formulations. Many skin care brands are realizing that creating products exclusively for men or women limits their appeal, and for no good reason.

While there are some minor differences in skin according to sex (for example, “men have a thicker dermis and have more active sebaceous glands…[and] women’s skin tends to be more prone to dryness,” says Mauricio), there’s no real reason that everyone can’t use—and get results from—the same ingredients. “Skin care product ingredients do not know the gender of the skin they are applied to,” says Dr. Fayne Frey, a New York-based dermatologist. “Dry skin in a woman is treated the same as dry skin in a man.”

Here are 11 of the best gender-neutral skin care brands to try if you want to see real results:

  1. 1. SkinMedica

  2. 2. SkinCeuticals

  3. 3. Obagi

  4. 4. Dermalogica

  5. 5. PCA Skin

  6. 6. iS Clinical

  7. 7. EltaMD

  8. 8. First Aid Beauty

  9. 9. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

  10. 10. Allies of Skin

  11. 11. Naturopathica

Beauty Reporter

Deanna deBara

Deanna deBara is a freelance writer based in Portland, OR. She focuses mostly on health and wellness content—and with a background in education for the beauty industry, skincare is one of her favorite topics to cover. When she's not busy writing, you're likely to find her hiking in the PNW with her husband and dog, attempting to recreate the masterpieces she sees on The Great British Bake-off, or reading about one of her niche, geek-inspired interests (like retro gaming).
You can follow her on Twitter at @Deanna_deBara.