Jeff Chung
Jeff Chung
Combination Skin
Are lotions like the ones offered here on Seknd, gender specific?
Are moisturizers marketed toward women, like the ones offered on Seknd, better for your skin than using something like Aveeno general lotion purchased at the grocery store? Generally speaking, at a high level, are they better because they are engineered for people who use makeup regularly or are they better for a different reason? Using cosmetics and shaving are the only differences I can think of between men and women's skin. Since I don't shave much, I don't need aftershave lotion, so the only difference left would be the fact that I don't wear make up, so I don't need lotion designed for those who wear makeup regularly. My skin is pretty oily, especially when I'm working, which is most of the time, so I wash my face frequently throughout the day. But even without using soap, it dries my skin out too much which can even get painful if it's really cold or windy outside. I don't really have any complaints with the Aveeno lotion I've been using but I recently came across an article that described the business model of Seknd, which made me wonder if there was a difference between lotions made for women and something like the Aveeno I use.
Are lotions like the ones offered here on Seknd, gender specific?
Are moisturizers marketed toward women, like the ones offered on Seknd, better for your skin than using something like Aveeno general lotion purchased at the grocery store? Generally speaking, at a high level, are they better because they are engineered for people who use makeup regularly or are they better for a different reason? Using cosmetics and shaving are the only differences I can think of between men and women's skin. Since I don't shave much, I don't need aftershave lotion, so the only difference left would be the fact that I don't wear make up, so I don't need lotion designed for those who wear makeup regularly. My skin is pretty oily, especially when I'm working, which is most of the time, so I wash my face frequently throughout the day. But even without using soap, it dries my skin out too much which can even get painful if it's really cold or windy outside. I don't really have any complaints with the Aveeno lotion I've been using but I recently came across an article that described the business model of Seknd, which made me wonder if there was a difference between lotions made for women and something like the Aveeno I use.
    Commented 1 year ago
    i see this convo is pretty old but i feel like this is less of a gender-specific issue and more of a high vs. low price issue. are higher priced products with fancier ingredients actually "better"??
    Commented 1 year ago
    I don't think lotions / moisturizers are different at a fundamental level... They all exist to moisturize your skin at the end of the day. Interestingly enough that's why a lot of dermatologists will just recommend drugstore brands like Cerave for moisturizer, and nothing too fancy. I think if you like to pay for bells and whistles, great, but you don't really have to IMO.
    Commented 1 year ago
    I do think that a lot of companies tend to use marketing to justify higher prices, especially if they are targeting female consumers. sometimes i like to compare the products "for" men and women at kiehls, and the ingredients are almost identical...just a different in fragrance. i guess that is part of the sensory experience 🤔
    Commented 1 year ago
    Hi Jeff! 👋sooo... to answer your question, lotions and skincare products, generally, are not gender-specific. that is to say, gender should not be a main differentiating factor for whether a product works well for you or not. if aveeno works well for you, great! but it's also likely that you would find other products (whether on this platform or elsewhere) that work just as well, if not better, in addressing the needs you identify for your own skin. if it's just about providing basic hydration, aveeno should be fine. but let's say you also wanted to have more even skin tone, or provide exfoliation for your skin so it would be smoother -- then likely, there is another product that would serve your holistic needs better. having said that, you're absolutely right that marketing plays a huge role in how we perceive products! at the end of the day, product efficacy isn't determined by how pretty the packaging is, who the model is, or even how pricey the product is. what does determine this is ingredients -- which is why Seknd looks at what's on the inside, ingredients, to make data-driven recommendations for you. ultimately though, I believe there's no one magical formula or product that will work for you. hope this is helpful, and anyone else, pls weigh in with thoughts 😊