11 Gender-Neutral Skin Care Brands Everyone Will Love

BY Deanna deBara · September 18, 2018

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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. SkinMedica

Founded by dermatologist Dr. Richard Fitzpatrick, SkinMedica is known for its potent ingredient profiles, which include anti-aging powerhouses like retinol, vitamin C and vitamin E. Their flagship products, the TNS Essential Serum and the TNS Recovery Complex, leverage a patented blend of amino acids, antioxidants and naturally occurring proteins that are so effective at reversing the signs of sun damage and aging, they were mentioned on some publications as an alternative to plastic surgery.

SkinMedica’s potent formulations, sleek packaging and neutral color palette (which includes soft shades of gray) make this skin care line a favorite among skin care obsessives of all genders.

2. SkinCeuticals

Founded in 1994, SkinCeuticals focuses on bridging the gap between science and nature by combining highly effective clinical ingredients with botanical extracts. And the result? Formulations that both treat and nourish the skin.

Their Anti-Aging System—which includes Resveratrol B E, an antioxidant-rich night serum; C E Ferulic, a daytime serum that firms and brightens the skin with vitamin C; and A.G.E. Interruptor, a targeted anti-wrinkle treatment—is widely considered one of the most effective systems to target both the visible signs of aging and prevent against further damage.

Because aging is a universal issue, SkinCeuticals’ appeal isn’t exclusive to any one gender—and their gender-neutral packaging will look at home on anyone’s shelf.

3. Obagi

When it comes to creating highly effective regimens, no brand does it quite like Obagi. This dermatologist-created line has targeted products for everything from fine lines and wrinkles to hyperpigmentation to acne—all organized by concern and/or skin type into easy-to-follow regimens (like the Nu-Derm Fx System or the CLENIZderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System).

4. Dermalogica

Created by the founder of The International Dermal Institute, Dermalogica products have been appealing to a gender-neutral audience for more than three decades. The Dermalogica line, which includes staples like Active Moist moisturizer and AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50, features straightforward formulations, marketing and packaging.

5. PCA Skin

Winner of various industry awards, PCA Skin has been formulating products for more than 25 years. Developed by an esthetician/dermatologist team, the line focuses on daily care staples formulated for a variety of skin types (like Clearskin, a moisturizer for oily skin, or Collagen Hydrator, a favorite of people who struggle with climate-related dryness)—and their simple, straightforward branding is accessible to all.

6. iS Clinical

iS Clinical’s approach to skin care is all about technology. Leveraging cutting-edge research and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients, iS Clinical has a reputation for creating efficacious products that aggressively treat skin care issues while also balancing and nourishing the skin. Their gender-neutral packaging (a soothing blue is the focus color) and easy-to-understand product offerings (like the Cleansing Complex, which delivers gentle cleansing benefits to all skin types) makes this brand a hit with skin care devotees.

7. EltaMD

Everyone needs to protect themselves from the sun—and EltaMD offers some of the best sun protection on the market. Formulated using zinc oxide, these potent sunscreens (like the UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 and UV Sport Broad-Spectrum SPF 50) offer hours of protection from damaging UVA and UVB rays—protection that everyone, regardless of gender, needs to keep premature aging at bay.

8. First Aid Beauty

First Aid Beauty has the products those sensitive skin types need for their best complexion, regardless of their gender. All of First Aid Beauty’s products (like the Ultra Repair Cream or the Facial Radiance Pads) are formulated without anything that could potentially irritate the skin (like harsh chemicals or artificial dyes), making them a go-to for anyone who struggles with sensitivity.

9. Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Featured as one of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors, Dr. Dennis Gross is one of the most well-respected dermatologists in the country—and his line of products, developed based on his in-office treatments, have a reputation for delivering some of the best results in the skin care industry.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare’s straightforward packaging and powerhouse formulations (the Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel—which is based on one of Gross’ popular in-office treatments and combines potent ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, vitamin C and retinol—has developed a cult following in the skin care world) have made this brand a go-to for simple skin care that works.

10. Allies of Skin

Founded in 2009, this Singapore-based skin care brand is all about creating multitasking products for on-the-go skin enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their products.

This multipurpose approach (evident in products like the Bright Future Overnight Facial, a hydrating chemical peel that targets fine lines, hyperpigmentation, breakouts, enlarged pores and sun damage) appeals to people who want to keep the number of products in their skin care regimen to a minimum without sacrificing results—and Allies of Skin’s gender-neutral branding (which features muted neutral tones like teal and beige) makes it clear that these products aren’t targeted to any gender in particular.

11. Naturopathica

Founded by wellness expert Barbara Close, Naturopathica’s line of botanical-based skin and body products makes their natural ingredients the star of the show (like the Calendula Essential Hydrating Cream or the Oat Cleansing Facial Polish). This product-centric approach—as well as their straightforward, mostly blue packaging—appeals to botanical skin care enthusiasts of any gender.

Deanna deBara

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 writi... Read More >

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