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6 beauty products for men that are cheaper than those for women

By now, you’ve probably at least heard of the “pink tax.” That’s the noticeable price difference between men’s and women’s beauty products and services. And you guessed it – women have the short end of the stick, same when the goods are substantially identical.

While it is true that there is a wide range of prices for items marketed for both men and women, you cannot deny the fact that women’s goods and services are simply higher on average. . In reality, a 2015 study by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs found that items marketed to women are 7% more expensive than those marketed to men.

While 7% may not seem too much to some, JP Morgan estimates that this pink tax is costing women about $1,300 a year. Youch! Of course, this begs the question: can women just use men’s products? The short answer is yes.

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Can women use men’s skincare products?

“Yes, women and men can use the same products,” says Dr Richard Bottiglione, MD, board-certified dermatologist and founder of Dermatologist’s Choice Skincare. “When it comes to choosing products, pick a product that best suits your skin type and has the right level of strength to address your specific skin needs.”

That said, there are key differences between men’s and women’s skin. For example, men tend to be fatter, have slightly thicker skin, face thick facial hair, and have more body hair in general. However, what matters most is your specific skin type and concerns.

Conclusion: “Skincare products can be used on both men and women. It’s a marketing tactic when they make two different lines – one for women, one for men. The treatment is usually the same for both men and women,” says Dr. Bottiglione.

This also applies to hair care products, body products and beauty services. Typically, the only differences come down to packaging, textures, and flavors. There’s also the sexist belief that women are “less price sensitive” than men when it comes to buying things like beauty products, so they just won’t notice.

Well, we noticed. Ahead, you’ll find men’s personal care products that are cheaper than women’s, but essentially do the same thing.

Beauty products for men that women can use

Ready to do some shopping? Here are some products for men that are cheaper than their equivalents for women.

Schick quattro for men’s razor cartridge refills$9.18

Although the original purchase of the Schick Quattro for men and Schick Quattro for women is comparable, the cartridge recharges are in particular more expensive for women compared to men ($18.99 vs. $9.18).

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Bravo Sierra Dry Shampoo$8.99

No direct comparison here, but this luxury dry shampoo would arguably be a lot more expensive in the women’s aisle. Marketed to men as a “waterless shampoo”, it “removes sweat and dirt from hair and scalp while texturizing and thickening hair”. Sound familiar? It is also infused with a little menthol for a cooling and soothing effect.

Gillette Foamy Men’s Shaving Foam$2.29

In general, shaving creams for men tend to be less expensive than those for women, but contain all the active ingredients (i.e. moisturizers and soothers). For example, Gillette’s Foamy Men’s Sensitive Shave Foam is similar to Gillette’s Satin Care Ultra Sensitive Women’s Shave Gel, but costs 50 cents less. Both are formulated for sensitive skin, have rich lathers, are free of dyes, and have very similar ingredient labels.

Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort 48 Hour Deodorant Stick$5.19

The women “Advanced Care Clear Finish Invisible 48 hours“Deodorant is $5.99. Both provide 48 hour deodorizing benefits and have a clear finish. The only big difference is the feminine packaging and the selection of feminine scents. Oh, and the price, of course.

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Neutrogena Body Clear Acne Body Wash, 2% Salicylic Acid$5.74

This gender-neutral body wash targets body acne with 2% salicylic acid, an ingredient known for its ability to unclog pores and promote clearer skin. The pink “grapefruit” equivalentwhich also contains 2% salicylic acid and is the same size, costs $6.68 versus $5.74.

Jack Black Lip Balm, $8

Similar shea butter-based lip balms aimed at women (think Glossier, L’Occitane, and Minted) start at $10. This lip balm from men’s skincare brand Jack Black has the same (or similar) skin conditioners and antioxidants, plus sunscreen to protect your lips, for $2 less.

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