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THE 5 MOST COMMON REASONS FOR MEN’S SKIN IRRITATION

 

Skin irritation can be a real bummer, especially when you’re removing hair. But what causes, skin irritation? As a skin care company, we try to educate new and current members about all aspects of men’s skin. One of the most popular calls we get is from previous users of other products having had bad experiences, who want to make sure that our products are safe. It’s more important to know the aspects of the skin especially during the winter months when your skin can take on a different character and quality. We’ve put together some top causes of men’s skin irritation and provided the recommended treatments for each to make your grooming routine more enjoyable.

 

1. Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is one of the leading causes of skin irritation, but what causes the skin to get dehydrated? Lots of factors such as diet, incorrect product use, genetics; it goes on. But here’s where it gets tricky: When skin is dehydrated, it creates more oil to make up for the missing water. This can cause breakouts, irritation and dry patches. Skin can even feel oily and dry at the same time.

Best Solution- Take warm showers daily, apply a moisturizer immediately after your shower to minimize water loss. To treat dehydrated skin throughout the day, first apply a hydrating lotion to put water into the skin. Then top it off with a moisturizer to lock the water in place. For best results apply moisturizer while the skin is still wet to better seal in moisture. Also drink lots of water throughout the day. This is especially important during the winter months if you leave in a colder climate and or higher elevation state or province.

2. Synthetic Colors

You like that blue tint of your body wash right, but what you may not know is that that tint is an artificial color. F- representing food and D&C representing drug and cosmetics. These letters precede a color and number (e.g., D&C Red 27 or FD&C blue 1). These synthetic colors are derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. Synthetic colors are suspected to be a human carcinogen, and the European Union has banned their use. They are known skin irritants and can cause long term damage. When using a men’s depilatory cream like SmoothTech Pro, it is recommended not to use a body wash that contains any synthetic dyes to rinse the depilatory cream away. Reason is that a man’s skin is it’s most vulnerable right after the removal of any men’s depilatory cream, so the next product that you introduce to the skin, needs to be free of any known skin irritants.

Best Solution- Stop using food and cosmetic products that contain artificial coloring. Check the labels and use common sense. When rinsing off any men’s depilatory cream, use SCRUB Power Wash, it’s a vitamin rich anti-oxidant body wash free of all skin enemies.

3. Fragrance

Research has established that fragrances in skincare products are among the most common cause of sensitizing and other negative skin reactions. Although perfumes and scents are not allergens, they can be irritants and they can trigger allergy like symptoms. 30% of men and women have fragrance sensitivity which has two types of allergy symptoms; respiratory, nose and eye symptoms or a skin allergy like contact dermatitis- an itchy, red rash that appears on the skin after contact with a product that contains perfumes or scents.

Best Solution- Removal of any potential causal agents; otherwise, the skin is at increased risk for chronic or recurrent dermatitis. In other words, try to identify the product with a fragrance and or scent and stop using it. There are alternative natural aroma extracts for example that have no effects on the skin. For immediate relieve, you can use a moisturizing lotion to soothe the skin, but make sure that lotion is also free and clear of any fragrance and or synthetic color.

4. Heat

Hot, humid weather can be the enemy for some men. It can cause a rash when your pores are blocked and can’t release sweat, causing your skin to become irritated. Friction on the surface of the skin often leads to heat rash. … Clothing that traps sweat and thick hair that traps bacteria can cause heat rash.

Best Solution- Again, you can take warm to cool showers daily, apply a moisturizer immediately after your shower to minimize water loss, and apply a hydrating lotion to put water into the skin. If you have excessive body hair, you may want to think of removing it either by waxing or with a men’s depilatory cream. Both remove hair below the skin level allowing the pores and the skin to breath.

5. Aging Skin

We now know testosterone and DHT are major factors that can impede the skins ability to heal and properly hydrate. Men may find it harder in their later years to maintain moisture within their skin. This is especially important in facial skin because many men shave on a regular basis, leading to frequent nicks and cuts. This also applies to men that use razors to remove body hair. This lack of ability to properly hydrate in the later years, can lead to skin irritation.

Best Solution- SmoothTech Pro has developed after care solutions; REDUCE ST2,  PREVENT and our newest arrival due on the market later in 2018, HYDRATE+ a 3 in 1 hydrating lotion that is sweat proof and loaded with anti-oxidants and anti-aging ingredients. All of these products are designed to assist the skin in its ability to repair itself and protect the integrity of the epidermal barrier. REDUCE ST2 our key after care solution that works on all parts of the body, not only soothes and hydrates the skin, but it also stimulates new collagen (promoting elasticity) It’s designed to bring the skin back to a neutral or natural ph level that equates to healthy skin free of irritation. This is essential for overall skin health especially facial skin in aging men.

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8 SMOOTH TIPS FOR KEEPING WARM THIS WINTER

 

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Days are getting darker earlier, temperatures are dropping, and snow might be coming your way. Pretty much no matter where you go in America it’s going to be cold. That’s a bad thing, unless you like waking up in a tundra or spending a ridiculous amount on power. There are simple tricks you can implement to ease the pain of a massive power bill, while at the same time keeping your pad warm. If you’re tired of waking up with an icicles in your beard, here are eight SMOOTH Tips for keeping warm this winter.

Opening and Closing Blinds

When it’s sunny out, open your blinds: This is common sense. Use the free heat of the sun to warm your room when you can. Pay attention to the time of day though, because you also need to. Close your blinds when the sun isn’t out. This is the flip side to the common sense tactic above. Don’t let heat escape once you’ve trapped it.

Close Your Doors

Close doors in unused rooms. You’ll stop cold air from flowing through your house and keep warm air where it should be. This works great for when you’re sleeping. The only door you want to leave open is your bathroom door open when you shower.

Create a Sauna in Your Bathroom

Leave your bathroom door open when you shower: You’re paying for the hot water, you might as well make it work double time. Let steam flow around your room or apartment to get a nice sauna going. Also make sure you shower with a body wash free that will hydrate your skin during the dry cold weather like SCRUB.

Use Rugs

If you have hardwood or tile floors use plush rugs to keep heat from escaping through the floor. Not to mention they’re warmer to walk on than bare floor. You can’t describe how terrible a freezing floor is on your feet until it’s too late.

Block Wind Draft from Fireplace

When you aren’t using your fireplace for a nice blaze, plug it up to prevent heat from escaping. It should go without saying that a real, wood burning fire should be had whenever possible.

Space Heater

A small, personal heater won’t warm your whole house, but it will work in your bedroom or living room. They’re much cheaper than messing with your thermostat and this portable heat is easily transferable from floor to floor.

Draft Stoppers

Use draft stoppers on your doors and windows. You can buy draft stoppers to cover the cracks, or you can use blankets and towels. Either way, precious heat looks for those spaces in order to get outside. Don’t let it do that.

Flannel Sheets

Put flannel sheets on your bed. If you’re still using the same sheets from summer there’s a reason you wake up in the middle of the night with a chill. Grab a thick comforter and warm sheets to trap all the body heat you can. If you’re also closing your bedroom door at night, the temperature will be toastier when it’s time to get up. These are just a few SMOOTH tips to keep you warm. Now bundle up!

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