Skincare For All!
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith has come out as gender nonbinary.
“I’m not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between,” Smith said Friday on actor Jameela Jamil’s new Instagram show, “I Weigh Interviews.”
Smith said when he saw the words "nonbinary" and "genderqueer" and heard people speak about these identities, which are used to describe those who identify as neither exclusively male nor female, he thought, "F--ck, that's me."
While many nonbinary and gender-nonconforming individuals prefer to use the gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “them,” several news reports claim Smith still prefers male pronouns, like “he” and “him."
Whether you're male, female, Nonbinary, transgender, gay, straight, young or old, here are the Top 3 Nonbinary skincare brands to wave your flag of inclusivity for all.
Enter War Paint: a young British brand who recently posted a new advert for its latest range of products. Clad in pharmaceutical minimalism but with a focus on how men’s men can capitalize on the existence of concealer, it was almost inevitable that people would roll their eyes the moment the video hit the internet.
Even if the brand is primarily aimed for men the founder says that War Paint's "Aims to push the boundaries of gender politics in the beauty market, offering Nonbinary makeup made in the UK."
Cruelty-free and using vegan formulation that is easy to select, simple to apply, is light to the touch and weightless on your skin.
Ironically enough, photographer Peter Schafrick started developing products for men (mainly to address his own personal skin concerns) but decided to make them gender-neutral once female friends and family members started requesting them. "Together with my chemist, I tweaked the formulations slightly to ensure all our products were able to address all sorts of skin issues and types of skin in order to reinforce the simplicity and appeal of the brand for women who we felt could benefit from using fewer products and men who are notorious for wanting to keep things simple," says Schafrick, who brought the brand stateside in early February after launching its successfully Nonbinarybrand in Canada.
Bridging the gap between the Asian & Western beauty market, founder wanted to create a range of Nonbinary skincare that could be fun for everyone to use.
" We all want to be excited when using a beauty product. Whether you're a straight male, a Trans female, or anyone other modern unicorns. We just want to have fun and that's why I came up with Corpore Sanctum to allow everyone to liven up their's skincare routine."
Priced as low as £5.99 all Nonbinary skincare products are Organic and Vegan. This Nonbinary brand also donates 5% to charities including WWF, LGBT Foundation, and more.
The first thing that catches your eye about Aussie brand Asarai is the bright yellow packaging. It's definitely a slick trick but the color also aims to make you feel happy about the products, which are efficacious and easy to use, and the brand, which donates 1% of sales to the 1% For The Planet organization.
Most of the products don't include water, which can dilute formulas. Instead, they're created with Aussie botanicals like Kakadu Plum (the most potent plant-based form of vitamin C) which helps smooth and brighten skin, red and white clays to detoxify and fight inflammation respectively, rainforest lime fruit extract for a burst of antioxidants, and tons of oils to hydrate and protect from free radicals.
This line of happy-hued products is also well-curated, so your bathroom won't be drowning in products. There are only six products on e-commerce, not counting the little clamp that helps squeeze every last bit of product out from the mask (an Instagram-friendly favorite for $35) and cleanser ($30).
One of the OGs of gender-neutral skin care, this Australian brand has been low-key creating cult-favorite products since the late '80s. People are hardly shown in ads or on social media and products are shown front and center — which should always be the case when the packaging and formulas are amazing enough to hold their own.
The amber glass bottles and white-and-cream labels resemble something you'd find in an old time-y apothecary as if the chemist is creating custom tinctures, while the formulas themselves are mostly plant-based but always efficacious and based on skin's needs, not gender.
Albeit limited, products for combination skin called In Two Minds launched in early 2018 after three years of R&D. And standout products that just about everyone seems to love are the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment ($59, currently sold out), an oil that nourishes and protects skin from harmful free radicals, and B Triple C Facial Balancing Gel ($120), a lightweight gel moisturizer that includes aloe (it's listed as the first ingredient, which makes up a large part of the formula as ingredients are listed in order of dominance), witch hazel, parsley seed oil, and more to hydrate.
With only three products in this K-beauty collection, Panacea is the modern minimalist's dream lineup. Its site and Instagram (which oddly hasn't been updated since mid-2018) prominently shows men and women using the products, all of which are also made without parabens and sulfates. The creamy Daily Facial Cleanser ($24) washes makeup, dirt, and oil, and cleverly also includes hyaluronic acid to hydrate and prep skin for the Daily Facial Moisturizer ($36), which has a lightweight, almost gel-like texture that sinks in really fast. Men have thicker skin in general, so they might need a few layers to fully hydrate.
As with all good skin-care regimens, sunscreen is super important and Panacea comes through with a lightweight, non-greasy SPF 25 formula ($32). It's a chemical formula, though, with ingredients like avobenzone and octinoxate, so if you're looking for a mineral pick, this might not be the best sunscreen for you.