Does You Skin Really Need Gendered Specific Products?

In light of the new Gillette ad that addresses “toxic masculinity” which I am not super going to go into but as a mother of a young boy this did make a tear or two form.

But why should women care about men’s razors and the male ad? We buy the nice pink and purple Venus ones! Which also have their own more open minded add (not as much as Dove products) this one has a tattooed lady and a woman with vitiligo (the bleaching of coloured skin). They have even taken the pink away for blue and neutral colours.

But do we really need products that are for men or women? the answer is pretty much no.

Skin is skin

The only time you should really look at skin care products when it comes to your genetic gender is some facial skin care.

Male skin is 25% thicker, makes more collagen (so they don’t need or worry about anti-aging as much), and they have more hair growth which means a greater deal of sebum production which causes more blackheads. Men’s faces deal with more problems like ingrown hairs, blackheads, and large pores.

Women’s skin is more easily affected by androgen hormones which can cause flare ups of adult acne.

So if you don’t have a beard, can’t grow a beard, don’t have acne or have hormonal issues that you are consulting your doctor about then you really don’t have to care.

The rest is preferences that many of us have been taught over our lifetimes. Gendered marketing started in the 1920’s and was used for girls and boys toys but since then has exploded into every market. Look at some of the crazy shit companies make for him and her!

they’re the same… exactly the same.

Your skin care and body products are meant for your skin type: dry, oily, aging, sensitive or, normal. That’s all you need to care about. Market trends are pushing away from scents in general because of allergies but if you like the smell of lavender who cares! Like it. If you like your pits to smell like New Irish Car then go with it! Don’t want to smell like anything? Then keep to sensitive skin care lines or search out for a line that doesn’t add perfumes or fragrances in general.

Even packaging is changing to more netural, simple packaging so we don’t have to think ones with flowers are just for girls or ones with black, blue and silver lines or black bottles are for men. Hell I only want black bottles to match my style at home more than anything.

Don’t worry so much and don’t pay so much for a product that is higher prices but marketed with your presumed genitals in mind.

 

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Cruelty-Free is More than Not Testing on Animals

We all have the same types of images that go through our head when we hear “Cruelty-free cosmetics”; the pig with lipstick on it, the monkey wearing nail polish, rats dyed with different hair colours and more.

There has been a big swing in the right direction as cosmetic companies have been switching to more ethically based testing and becoming cruelty-free. Many countries are banning testing on animals at all (Canada is one of them!) “43% of consumers are even willing to pay more for products that are not tested on animals.” – businessoffashion.com Though I do find many companies (such as Dermae available for order and sale in spa) still keep their prices reasonable, because being nice shouldn’t come at a price.

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But did you know that there are lots of other ways for estheticians, nail techs and hair stylists to be cruelty-free?

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Cosmetic Labels

Ever get really excited about a product and can’t wait to use it…

Then your phone dies and your stuck in the bathroom reading labels like it’s 1998?

How the Hell do you read these labels?

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Questions for Scotia: Do I Need Moisturizer?

Today someone asked: “Genuine question I had to ask today: Can you put moisturizer on in between face washings? Or it is like a once a day thing? Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuch a girl, amirite?”

Easy answer: Yes, you should use at least 1 moisturizer on your face each day.

Click more for more answers and why you should!

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Questions for Scotia: Yes Mani and Pedis Come with a Massage!

See that dear readers? That’s my nail technician text book from college, look massage! Not “slap on some cream”……*facepalm & eyeroll*

I keep getting told this by my clients lately: “oh is the massage extra?” “I didn’t know it was supposed to have a massage.” “wait you are supposed to get a massage???”

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Lets try it: internet black mask

Sometimes I see beauty products on instagram and facebook that I just shake my head at. I know it won’t work, I see their little close ups on the skin and whats left on the mask/pad/cloth and just have a bit of a rage-attack.

The Black Mask was one of these.

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Scandinavian Beauty Tips

I asked you guys this week on Instagram if you could see my Nordic beauty secret in my photo from camp:

The bikini was a distraction just a bit….

I decided that I wanted to focus on Scandinavian beauty secrets because if you can’t tell from my last name: I’m married to quite the Finn man. My grandfather was Norwegian and Swedish. Also where I live is the second largest Finnish population outside of Finland.

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OMG Pedicure Massge + Overdue Client= Baby!

Funny how things happen.

2 Months ago I wrote a article about pregnancy and how foot massage could be ambiguously good/bad/or nothing. (You can read it here) Without scientific consensus I am always iffy on things so I have it on my client form for them to check off.

My client had come in at 1 pm, she was 2 days past due and was hoping that some relaxation was going to help. She also asked for the full massage, to which knowing that it might help but wanting to make sure that if anything happened that she was aware of the risks. She signed a extra for saying she did want the full massage.

We had a super fun time, and we were talking about all the different wives tales and ideas about what can help start labour.  She was also planning on trying the new mexican restaurant to maybe the spices would help too: I called it the M&M trick, Massage & Mexican.

Afterwards she told me she’d let me know if anything happened, I figured it probably didn’t help minus just relaxing which is good for everyone.

So yesterday morning I wake up to this:

WOW!!!! I was soo happy for such amazing news in the morning. I guess it can work for sure!!! Just happy that baby Abigael is happy and healthy and out!

She had left the spa at 2ish, crazy it happened so fast!

I have never had a client told me it worked, I have had several in my decade of work who have signed in hopes it would get things starting but I never heard anything else, so I figured that it didn’t really work but still no matter what took the precautions with all pregnant clients.

I love with when life comes and suprises you like this.

I wish my client many many happy congratulations for her, Abigael and her family 😀