In 2015, the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs did a study that found that women's personal care products cost 13 percent more than men's. My hope is that the more we support genderless beauty products, the more it could lead to all of us to paying less for essentials like facial cleanser and shaving cream.
Which is exactly why I decided to shed some light on this very important beauty issue. For seven days, my boyfriend and I followed the same skin care routine, using gender-neutral beauty products to primp and prep our complexions. Keep reading to find out what went down.
Image via Christina Heiser
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What I thought: For starters, I really like the sleek black and white packaging on all of Context's skin care products. The cleanser was really gentle and didn't dry out my skin, which is something that usually happens when I use gel cleansers. Overall, my face looked refreshed after washing it. I'll definitely keep this one around.
What Greg thought: "It felt good to get into a routine. Christina has told me about the importance of washing my face but I haven't used a face wash since I was in my teens. I didn't really notice a difference in my appearance, but my skin did feel slightly softer. I'll probably go back to just rinsing my face off in the shower because I'm lazy, but I could see myself using this from time to time."
What I thought: I'm a big fan of serums, especially ones with antioxidants like this one. The serum sunk into my skin almost instantly and my face looked brighter. Another thumbs up from me!
What Greg thought: "I had no idea what a serum was before trying this. My face felt smoother after using it, though. It kind of felt like a moisturizer but lighter. I would continue using this one."
What I thought: I've had a few nights recently where I've had trouble sleeping, so my dark circles are noticeable. The eye cream brightened up my undereye area so that I didn't look as dead as I've felt on the nights where I stayed up past my bedtime.
What Greg thought: "I liked the feel of it. It actually felt like my undereyes were a little less dark. I'm probably too lazy to use this every day but I would apply it again occasionally, especially if I work late nights."