Men’s Grooming

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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STP COMPARED TO THE BEST OF THE REST (there’s no competition)

What is the difference between Nair for Men and SmoothTech Pro?

Let’s do one better.

Let’s discuss the difference between the 3 leading men’s depilatories:

                        

Nair For Men                           Veet For Men                             Nad’s for Men

The obvious difference is in the title, “For Men” which should tell you that this product was not originally intended for Men’s use. We’ll come back to this in a minute.

Let’s discuss the #1 complaint men have with the current depilatories on the market:

They can cause irritation or worse, chemical burns from the ingredients some of these brands use.

You see the active ingredients used in depilatories are meant to raise the ph level in the hair but these same ingredients can also affect the skin if the levels are too high.

Why is this a problem?

Well, the main cause behind troubled skin, whether it be acne, eczema, wrinkled or dry skin is an out of whack ph level.

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Why should this mean anything to you?

1   The health of your body—and skin—is directly linked to maintaining the right balance between acidity and alkalinity.

2  The skin’s barrier, which is known as the acid mantle, is responsible for keeping in lipids and moisture while blocking germs, pollution, toxins, and bacteria. If this barrier is compromised you set yourself up for a lot of issues.

3   So when you remove hair, you expose more of your skin, so it’s important to maintain a natural ph level to ensure healthy skin.

We know this at SmoothTech Pro so we address this issue in each step of our end to end system which ensures that the skin is hydrated before, during and after the hair removal process.

Comparing Just The Removal Products

STEP 1 ELIMINATE ST1:

Our lotion helps protect the skin’s barrier with moisturizing and hydrating properties that are specifically formulated for men’s skin. This helps to maintain a natural ph level during the hair removal process.

We use only natural and naturally derived ingredients and retain lower levels of Potassium Thioglycolate and Calcium Hydroxide (the active ingredients) to ensure the skin’s barrier is not compromised. Because of the special mix our removal lotion performs a bit slower but is much safer than the competition.

THE COMPETITION:

There are 3 issues we found with today’s men’s depilatories. Let’s go back to the For Men title. You see years ago beauty companies believed that men’s skin was meant to be rough and rugged, therefore they did not need the important skin care ingredients that are found in the women’s products. Most of the competitors still prescribe to this old way of thinking so the;

1st issue is that the formulations for the Men’s products, are stripped of important skin care ingredients.

2nd issue is the active ingredients Potassium Thioglycolate and ph adjuster Calcium Hydroxide, percentage levels are too high for the average man’s skin, because again they were originally formulated for women.

3rd issue is that some of the competitors elect to use synthetic dyes, chemicals and fragrance all of which are known skin irritants.

The combination of these three factors is what causes the irritation and in some cases chemical burns for some men. These product perform faster because they are designed for rapid breakdown of the keratin but the problem is that these products also throw off men’s ph levels which causes the irritation and burns and ultimately prematurely ages the skin.

Comparing The After Care Products

REDUCE ST2  (Step 2 hair regrowth minimizer) VS NAIR AND VEET

  • REDUCE ST2:

1. All Organic

2. After care solution that immediately soothes and hydrates the skin

  1. 3. Stimulates new collagen

4. Helps slow down new regrowth

5. Helps bring the skin back to a natural hydration level

6 Helps keep skin young and firm with age defying ingredients

  • NAIR, VEET AND NADS
  • ALL 3 HAVE NO AFTER CARE PRODUCTS (One of the reason why men breakout after using these products)

Remember whether you shave, wax and use a depilatory, your skin is its most vulnerable right after a hair removal session for the next 72 hours. NOT having an after care solution guarantees that your skin (at the very least) will dry out which can play a role in potentially prematurely aging and damaging it. So to really make things clear to really compare Nair Veet and Nads to our system you’d have to buy a few more products. We hope this clarifies the difference. We’re the first and only end to end system SPECIFICALLY formulated for men’s skin. Smoothtech Pro No competition. Try it now.

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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO ON A FIRST DATE TO GUARANTEE DATE #2

Let’s face it I’ve been pretty lucky with the ladies pretty much my entire life. I literally have may say and my pick when it comes to someone I have interest in. Over the years I noticed that I do 5 things that always make my first dates successful allowing me the choice to set up date #2. I’m going to pass along these 5 tips to put your dating game into high gear.

TIP #1 THE LOCATION

It’s all about setting the mood and this requires the perfect ambience. Do yourself a favor and research 5 locations that you preferably frequent ahead of time. Why five you ask? Not every date is going to like the same cuisine so you should have choices.

Keys to location:

–          Atmosphere should mirror your lifestyle

–          Must have an X factor, something unique; view, presentation, servers, music the WOW factor.

–          Noise level should be reasonable, can’t be too loud. Remember the first date you really should   be getting to know your date so a loud location would only be a detractor (what was that? Lol). You get the message.

TIP #2 KNOW THE MENU

Be the aggressor and take control (in a respectful way). Ask your date, “what do you typically like or more importantly what don’t you like”? Find these two things out and then ask permission to be in charge of the ordering process. Make certain suggestions that you know are winners and have the wow factor. Now a days everyone has a little Foodie in them so if you’re able to introduce some new dishes to your date that you know will become favorites, you will score some major points.

Keys to knowing the menu:

–          Get to know the chef and see if you can modify a signature dish

–          Know the signature dishes and desserts, every chef has their favorites

–          Learn how to pair, it’s so impressive to see your date take complete control over the food, wine, spirits and desserts.

TIP #3 PLAN AN AFTER SPOT

To guarantee that will make a serious impression and get some quality time in, tell your date that you have the day all planned out. Activities, dinner and an after spot. If they agree, this is a big deal as it shows that they are interested enough to carve out a large portion of time for you.

Keys to a great after spot:

–          Again, setting the mood is critical so location is also critical

–          Try something that involves team work, or participation

–          Pick a place where you know the servers or manager to again make a good impression

TIP #4 PICK YOUR DATE UP IN AN UBER

Today there are a lot more services that are conducive to dating, one being Uber and Lyft. Why worry about parking spots, directions to location, traffic and your driving skills. Leave it up to a driver. It’s impressive, it gives you more quality time with your date and the best advantage is you can drink and be responsible. There’s two ways to play this. If you have a nice car that you want to show off, (Let’s face it our cars are like fishing lures, we use them to hook dates) then you can drive to your dates place and arrange an Uber for the actual outings. On the other hand if you have a bucket, for sure you’re going to want to take an Uber over. Let them get to know the real you and don’t give them ammunition to prejudge you.

Benefits to having an Uber or Lyft:

–          Driver can be an Icebreaker

–          Better one on one conversation

–          No worries about drinking and driving.

–          Possible excuse to stay over to sober up (especially if you drove your car over to their place)

TIP #5 PAY FOR EVERYTHING

Let me repeat this one, pay for everything. If you invite them out, then do yourself a favor and be the man that they’re looking for and man up on the bill. Make sure you’re not dealing with a gold digger. You can wait for the bill to arrive and see if your date offers to pitch in, but be the hero and proudly say, “I got this” with a big cheesy smile.

Benefits to picking up the tab:

–          Shows confidence and stability

–          Separates you from the crowd

–           Makes them feel secure (dates want to feel secure, that they’re with a winner)

You pull all of this off and I guarantee your chances for a 2nd date will increase by 70%. Other important tips;

–          Fresh hair cut

–          Fresh gear (always over dress for the first date)

–          Groom; no unruly nose, ear back and shoulder hair

–          Trim; beard neck line and the lower regions

–          Car wash and fragrance (if you plan to take your ride)

Also refer to my other post 5 proven ways to make you more attractive. Of course if you’re super wealthy and or have an amazing personality you can toss all these tips out the window. Money and personalities still have their place in the dating world and will always trump my dating tips.

Remember, be yourself, you want them to love you for all of your crazy, not just your normal so don’t be afraid to show all your cards. Well not all, a little mystery is always healthy. Keeps them wanting more. Most of all have fun.

photo credit: celebritymix

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BEST BODY HAIR REMOVAL METHODS FOR MEN…. THE PROS AND CONS

If you’re a man in your 30’s chances are you’ve dabbled in some sort of body hair removal. Maybe it was for sports amateur or professional or maybe it was at the request of your lover? Whatever the reason, let’s just say you’re not alone.

fact, according to a survey by Braun, 62 per cent of men now manscape regularly with those that do saying it makes them feel cleaner, sexier and also enhances their muscles.

A third of men feel that it makes them more popular with the opposite sex or same sex in some cases. The question is what is the best method for your situation? Undecided here are the top 5 best methods pros and cons from an unbiased professional Kassandra Carey of One to One Skin and body and Montage Skin and body, both located in the Los Angeles area.

 

#1 WAXING

BEST METHOD FOR MEN

THE PROS

Waxing removes hair at the root so the results are longer-lasting of all the methods. Typical results will be about 4 to 6 six weeks depending on the individual. Another added benefit is the regrowth from waxing will be finer since it is being removed at the root. This is much better than the blunt end regrowth that’s associated with shaving that can lead to itchy skin and ingrown hair.

THE CONS

Waxing can be painful to some men especially if they do not prepare their skin prior to an appointment. Waxing is better performed by a professional but for men this can be a bit embarrassing and costly. If you go to the wrong esthetician you may find yourself in serious pain.

TIPS

  • Make sure you select an esthetician that specializes in men’s skin. Men need additional after care products to help eliminate breakouts and irritation.
  • Try to exfoliate 24 hours prior to your appointment.
  • Wax is better applied to skin that is clean, so make sure you shower prior to your appointment.
  • Although there are plenty of home waxing kits, you’re better off in the hands of a professional.
  • Avoid excessive exercise for 24hrs and wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Find an after care product to help prevent breakouts that typically form within 1 to 3 day after a session. Your esthetician can recommend a product like Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray or SmoothTech Pro PREVENT.

 

#2 LASER TREATMENT

2ND BEST METHOD FOR SOME MEN*

THE PROS

Laser hair removal also offers a longer lasting solution to unwanted hair. In fact in some case it can be somewhat permanent but unfortunately, that’s not always guaranteed.

Laser works by using a concentrated beam of light aimed at the cells that make hair. The light is absorbed by the pigment, which damages the follicle enough to inhibit future growth. Lasers can remove hair for anywhere from several months to years.

THE CONS

*Results differ widely and it does have limitations as Laser technology does not work on darker skin tones or lightly colored hair; ginger, some tones of blonde, platinum blonde and grey. **Also many people do not realize that Laser technology only works on active phase of hair growth, so you’ll need several sessions to realize complete removal which can be costly. Individual results vary so there is no real science to guaranteeing how many session you will need to realize complete removal.

**Hair follicles that are in the anagen, or active growth phase, have the largest amount of melanin, or pigment, and can absorb light energy from the laser. However, hair follicles that are in catagen or telogen growth phases are less pigmented.

TIPS

  • Make sure you do your research.
  • A reputable company should have no problem giving you a thorough consultation to manage your expectation and potential lay out of money.
  • Again, although there are plenty of home devices that use laser technology, you’re better off in the hands of a professional.
  • Be patient, as results will take time.

#3 NEW SYSTEM CALLED SMOOTHTECH PRO

3rd BEST METHOD FOR MEN

THE PROS

SmoothTech Pro is a new concept; end to end system that over time offers similar result to waxing without the pain and embarrassment. They achieve this by combining technology from the 3 most effective methods; Waxing, Laser and Depilatories. SmoothTech Pro uses an organic lotion that contains key skin care ingredients important for men’s skin. It also has important after care products to help inhibit regrowth, prevent irritation, breakouts and ingrown hair. This can be used in the privacy of your home or at select salons. It also has a solution for back hair removal the WINGMAN pictured above.

THE CONS

Results vary depending on your hair quality (the thicker the hair the slower the results) Just like laser, REDUCE ST2 only works on the active phase of hair growth so it takes several sessions to realize results. Using the system overall requires some work and again it can take a few sessions to dial the system in to your body type.

TIPS

  • Make sure you select the kit that applies to your skin and hair situation.
  • If needed you can always schedule a phone consultation with them prior to purchasing.
  • Make sure you use the aftercare products for the 1st 72 hours after a removal session.
  • Be patient as this process takes time to realize all the benefits.
  • Although their products are all natural with no known skin irritants, it’s still recommended to perform a small test patch before using to make sure there are no issues.

 

#4 DEPILATORY

4th BEST METHOD FOR MEN

THE PROS

The obvious pros for using Nair for Men, Veet for men or Nads for men is that it is easy to use and generally pain free. Simply apply to the area of unwanted hair, wait a few minutes then remove. It’s that simple and effective. Depilatories also removes hair at the root level so results are longer lasting although not as long as waxing.

THE CONS

The popular 3 depilatories are formulated for women’s skin not men, so by using these products, some men can experience a drop in their skin ph levels which can cause irritation or a more severe skin reactions. Also some of these products contain known skin irritants and chemicals which can leave the skin spotty.

TIPS

  • Do a skin patch test to make sure you’re not sensitive to any of the depilatory ingredients.
  • Make sure to rinse skin thoroughly with cool to lukewarm water afterwards.
  • Avoid excessive exercise for 24hrs and wear loose fitting clothes.
  • Like waxing, you’ll need to find an after care product to help prevent breakouts that typically form within 1 to 3 day after a session.

#5 SHAVING

5th BEST METHOD FOR MEN

THE PROS

The reason why shaving is so popular is because it’s the simplest method of removing hair. Very cost effective, all you need is a razor, shaving cream and that’s it. You can even purchase an electric razor and save even more. Now with the products like mangroomer or bakblade you can even shave your back. Shaving is a great method if you’re trimming an area and is probably still the most recommended method for removing hair in the private genital area. Definitely don’t want to wax, laser or use any creams or lotions.

THE CONS

Shaving doesn’t last long at all and because you’re removing hair at the skin level you leave a blunt end (known as stubble) that can cause itchy skin and ingrown hair. The process of shaving also causes nicks and cuts that can dry and damage skin overtime.

TIPS

  • If you’re removing unwanted hair, choose a better method. Your skin will thank you in the long run.
  • Shave in the shower to open up your pores and soften hair so it can be removed easier.
  • Minimize the risk of ingrown hair by exfoliating the skin 2x a week.
  • Like waxing, you’ll need to find an after care product to help prevent breakouts that typically form within 1 to 3 day after a session. Products like Elemis Tea Tree S.O.S. Spray, SmoothTech Pro PREVENT or Anthony’s Logistics Ingrown Hair Treatment.

 

RECAP: My conclusion is waxing is hands down the best solution for men if you can deal with a little pain and have no problem making appointments. Some estheticians like me make special house visits if that is a concern. Laser is great for only a few men because it has limitation and results vary. My new discovery is SmoothTech Pro which I like because it’s an all-natural system that’s formulated for men’s skin which make it better than the standard depilatory creams which can be an issue if you have sensitive skin. Last I just have to say that shaving is pretty useless unless you’re trimming an area or you’re removing hair in the lower genital regions.

written by: Kassandra Carey

http://www.onetooneskin.com/

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THE ART OF MEN’S BODY HAIR REMOVAL PART II

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Since our original blog “The Art of Men’s Body Hair Removal” was such a success, we decided to elaborate more on the topic. No matter what your removal method of choice; (Shaving, waxing, depilatories or other) here are some more important facts you should know to improve your body hair removal regimen.

SmoothTech Pro has put together a list of facts you may or may not be aware of.  . Whatever your preference happens to be, these key pre and post hair removal tips will improve your body hair removal experience.

FACT #1

THE HAIR REMOVAL EFFECT

No matter if you shave, wax or use a depilatory cream, the effect of removing hair also involves some form of exfoliation. This means the removal of old dead skin cells on the outermost layer of your skin. Most men have slightly dehydrated skin, so this process tends to dry out the skin even more especially if your method of choice is shaving.

SmoothTech Pro Advice: If you’re going to remove hair we recommend using some sort of moisturizer before and immediately following the removal of hair. Make sure to purify your skin prior to applying a moisturizer. Also make sure that your moisturizer is free of synthetic dyes, fragrance and other known skin enemies as this is the stage where your skin is its most vulnerable.

FACT #2

THE WINDOW TO PREVENT SKIN ISSUES-

Your skin is its most vulnerable immediately following a hair removal session. In fact for the first 72 hours (immediately following a hair removal session), it’s important to tend to your skin to prevent or manage irritation, breakouts and other skin issues. The majority of men understand the importance of aftercare for facial hair removal, yet don’t have a post body hair removal routine. Even if you don’t experience any irritation, breakouts and or other skin issues, the effects of the hair removal process is still effecting the quality of your skin. In fact having NO aftercare routine can actually add to your skin’s aging process, especially if you have dehydrated skin. It’s important to stop the premature aging of your skin which will help slow down or eliminate skin issues men typically face.

SmoothTech Pro AdviceDevelop a post body hair removal routine. One great product we recommend is Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil. Initially used for cooking, this product is all natural and is great for hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Another product to consider is REDUCE ST2. This product works with all hair removal methods (shaving, waxing, depilatories and others). It immediately helps heal and hydrate the skin. It also helps stimulate new collage (skin cells) to replenish that exfoliated outermost layer of skin that was removed during the hair removal process. The game changing benefit of REDUCE ST2 is that it also helps inhibit the regrowth process. Hair grows in 3 phases and the ACTIVE hair growth phase is the only phase that can be effected by either laser or clinically proven ingredients found in REDUCE ST2. Unlike laser, REDUCE ST2is safe on all skin tones and all hair colors (laser is not effective on darker skin and light hair).

FACT #3

REMOVE & TREAT HAIR BELOW THE SKIN

Shaving is probably the most popular method of removing body hair yet it is completely INEFFECTIVE. Reason is the hair is removed at the skin surface level which means the slightest amount of regrowth is going to result in stubble. You will always achieve longer lasting results by removing hair below the skin. Best below the skin methods are depilatories and waxing. Most depilatories last about a week, and waxing if you can stand the pain, will typically last 2 to 3 weeks.  A longer term solution is laser hair removal but many people do not realize that the electrolysis is only effective on certain phases of hair growth. Hair grows in 3 phases; Anagen (active growth phase), Catagen (transition phase) and Telogen (resting phase) so laser treatment DOES NOT work on the hair in its resting phase. You must have several laser sessions (around 5 to 7) to realize the benefits which can be costly

SmoothTech Pro Advice: We recommend switching to a method that removes hair below the skin like SmoothTech Pro. We developed SmoothTech Pro to have the ease and use of a depilatory combined with the longer results typically achieved via waxing and laser. Like laser, our REDUCE ST2 treats the hair at the root and works by disrupting the chemical connection of the hair womb. Unlike laser, our system works on all skin tones and all hair colors so we have no limitations. It’s the only system that offers pre and post hair removal solutions. For people that have extremely sensitive skin you can use PREVENT as a pre and post hair removal treatment. Use it just prior to your hair removal session to neutralize the skin prior to applying ELIMINATE ST1.  After your hair removal session apply PREVENT to help eliminate ingrown hair immediately after rinsing, drying and applying REDUCE ST2 to soothe reduce and purify skin.

FACT #4

POST HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT

This is probably the most import step to preventing irritation, bumps and ingrown hair, yet for some reason most men do not have a post body hair removal regimen. Just like your facial skin, your body skin is most vulnerable right after a hair removal session, especially if you wax or use a depilatory that exposes your pores. You need to soothe the skin and bring back its natural hydration levels. Some of the key mistakes men unknowingly make are using certain products that contain dyes, fragrances or harsh alcohols on the skin right after hair removal. This can lead to further dehydration of the skin which can lead to irritation, bumps and ingrown hair.

3 Core benefits of having a post hair removal treatment:

  1. Has a soothing effect on the skin.
  2. Can arrest trauma & help skin heal faster.
  3. Hygienic benefits; keeps the skin pores clean & bacteria-free. This helps prevent skin issues including acne

SmoothTech Pro Advice: Rinse after your hair removal session to cool and cleanse the skin, especially if your method is shaving. Shaving can clog the pores which can cause irritation and skin issues. Next use a post hair removal product to health the skin like REDUCE ST2 which also has multiple added benefits; stimulates new collagen, hydrates the skin and helps reduce new regrowth. If you have ultra-sensitive skin and or are prone to ingrown hair, you’ll want to also use an additional tool like PREVENT which is a professional grade tool designed to help eliminate major skin issues from blackheads, ingrown hair and body acne.

Remember, not all skin and hair is created equally, so experiment with different methods that fit your lifestyle. Just remember for long term benefits and the overall look and feel of your skin, shaving (although the most convenient and economical) is NOT the way to go. You’re better off going to an esthetician if you can afford the pain and expense, not to mention any potential embarrassment. Waxing has the best effects (when done by a qualified professional) but there are new solutions like SmoothTech Pro, that can give you salon like results in the privacy and comfort of your home. And the best benefits, its quick easy and pain free.

SPECIAL MENTION (THE WINDOW TO CORRECT SKIN ISSUES)

There’s no time like the NOW. If you’re suffering from dry dehydrated skin or worse, body acne white heads and black heads, the window to correct these issues is NOW.  A lot of these issues can be easily resolved with a few tweaks to your routine and in some cases just the implementation of a routine (some people just don’t like to bathe?).  The 3 most common reason men have skin issues after body hair removal is as follows;

  1. Using the wrong products.- A lot of skin issues are caused by using the wrong products (products that contain ingredients known to be harsh on men’s skin).
  2. No Post hair removal routine.- Not having a post hair removal routine exposes your skin to potential contaminants because your pores are exposed.
  3. Rinsing with hot water- Hot water can diminish your natural oils, drying your skin

SmoothTech Pro Advice: Take a quick rinse with warm water to prep both the hair and your skin right before your hair removal session. If you’re only removing hair from small body parts, you can use a warm moist towel to cover those areas as an alternative to hopping in the shower. Gently dry off the area then proceed to the next step. Make sure it’s warm water not too hot as hot water can strip moisture away from the skin. Next hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more. Drinking water will also help the skin, your largest organ’s appearance.

 

 

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Grooming Details That Everyone Notices (and so should you)

You may think that your stray hairs and unshaven neckline go unnoticed, but these areas are often the first thing people (cough, women, cough) see when they meet you. Allow yourself a little bit of “you” time to keep yourself groomed so that you can leave a great impression every time.

Eyebrows and nose hair

Often overlooked, eyebrow hair and nose hair can get a little bit out of control if left to the wayside of your grooming routine. Keep nose hairs at bay by checking once or twice a week to pluck any strays. With eyebrows, find a balance between over-groomed and completely letting go – you want them to be a bit rough around the edges, while also avoiding a unibrow. Remember, using a good quality, sharp tweezer and nose trimmer will make grooming these two areas quick and almost pain-free.

A Clean Neckline

You just woke up and rolled out straight of bed and off to work. You didn’t have time to shave your neckline and it has moved beyond the five o’clock stubble phase and straight into the “I don’t care” phase. There are few who can pull off the extremely rugged, manly-man look, but for the rest of us, it’s important to stay groomed and clean shaven, at least below the chin. Don’t have time to keep up with a morning shaving routine? Our smooth formula is designed to be quick, effective and long-lasting so that you always make a great first impression.

Fingernails

Clipping your fingernails every couple of weeks just isn’t going to cut it. It may be a bit on the girly side, but buying the proper nail care tools for your own at-home manicure is well worth it. We’re not saying to make a regular trip to the nail salon, but taking less than five minutes to do a quick clean every week will help you avoid rugged, jagged and dirty nails. A little bit of care goes a long way.

Clean Teeth

Someone’s smile is often the first thing people see when meeting someone. The last thing you want is to flash some not-so-pearly whites because you’ve missed the last three dentist appointments. Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss daily to keep plaque build-up and yesterday’s burrito at bay. If your teeth are stained from constant coffee guzzling, or Cabernet sipping, try an at-home whitening solution. You’ll have pearly whites in no time.

 

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Improving Your Appearance

It is a natural human desire to want to look good and be perceived as attractive by others, but sometimes things just aren’t going your way. Maybe you have five pounds you want to lose, or you’re having a bad hair day and just don’t feel on top of your game. There are some improvements that take time and some things about our appearance that we can’t change or control. Whatever the issue may be, though, there are a few ways to improve your appearance with immediate noticeable results, ensuring that you always look as polished as possible.

Be confident (or fake it)

You can upgrade your appearance with your body language. Stand up straight to improve your posture and height and people will portray you as more confident with yourself. We stand and walk a certain way when we’re confident, versus when we’re nervous, so even if you’re having an off day, maintain your composure and keep your head held high.

Tuck in your shirt

A simple fix, but it goes a long way. Unless you’re in a casual setting, an untucked shirt can often be perceived as unprofessional and unkempt; you don’t want that to poorly reflect on you. Whether it be a date or a work meeting, by tucking in your shirt you’ll come across as more put together and professional no matter what scenario you’re in.

Take care of your skin

A basic skincare routine is a must in terms of improving your overall appearance short and long term. Even if you’re rushing out the door, simply splashing cold water on your face and cleansing daily makes a huge impact on your skin. Follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen to replenish your skin’s natural moisture and keep your skin looking hydrated and smooth.

Get rid of unwanted hair

Unwanted hair can be easily removed with SmoothTech Pro’s effective formula. Our products are safe and easy to use and make getting ready and clean a breeze. Grooming is an essential component of your appearance — you want your facial and body hair to elevate your look, not take away from it. Tackle those tough spots and feel groomed as ever.

Don’t let four-day scruff, dry skin and hunched over shoulders keep you from making a good impression. Make these quick changes to your look to start feeling more put together and confident right away.

 

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5 Things Men Need to Know that Women Won’t Tell Them

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Are you having a hard time understanding women? Maybe you’re great at attracting a mate, but have a hard time keeping them because let’s face it, they are hard to comprehend. You know that saying “women are from venus and men are from mars”. Do you ever wonder how to make the connection better? Well, I’m about to improve your game and understanding of women tenfold.  Make sure you truly absorb these tips and you can thank me later.

TIP #1 LISTEN UP

You must LISTEN to women like you’ve never listened before.  The secret to a woman’s heart is to make sure she feels heard and that she feels you understand her.  Make eye contact, be an active listener and DON’T INTERRUPT.  Try not to go into your cave when she’s speaking and remember you don’t want to be right, you want to be happy.

TIP #2 BE CONFIDENT

It’s not how much money you have or don’t have, or your looks, or power, its presence.  Remember there are a lot of beautiful lonely women, who ultimately want a cool confident guy in their life.  We’ve all seen that gorgeous girl walk in with that not so good looking guy and we’re like; “why is she with that dude? “ Usually these guys have figured out; nothing ventured, nothing gained, or that taking risks has its rewards and women love that mysterious confident approach.

TIP #3 APPEARANCE COUNTS

Dress with style and try to add in your own original flair. Don’t overdo it, but whatever you do, own it. Remember less is more, classy will always be classy and what’s trending now probably won’t be in style next month.  Master the art of standing out without sticking out. There is a major difference that will make you irresistible or resistible.

TIP #4 DON’T WHINE OR MOAN

Women love go getters and risk takers. Give up whining and moaning about life, and your women problems.  It’s a big turnoff to a woman.  Live outside your comfort zone and just go for it until you produce results. Women love the hustle as long as they see progress.

TIP #5 DEVELOP A SENSE OF HUMOR

Again you can go back to the gorgeous girl walking in with that not so good looking guy who is even overweight and ask yourself; “WTF”. They say make a woman laugh and she’ll love you forever.  Develop a more active sense of humor, especially if you tend to be too serious, or quiet and shy.  Lighten up but stay in your lane, don’t try to be Kevin Hart overnight.  And never be too sarcastic or condescending, it only masks your obvious insecurities and that’s not attractive to women.

Follow these tips and my other top 5 blog entries; Top 5 Sex Tips, Top 5 Proven Ways to Improve Your Attractiveness and you’ll be more equipped than most. Game on!

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The Art of Men’s Body Hair Removal

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Men’s body hair removal is a subject that provokes strong opinions and judgement from others. Some people think it’s not manly or natural to remove body hair, but despite the controversy, manscaping continues to grow in popularity for all types of guys; straight, bi, gay, ultra conservative, liberal young and old. There’s even a rise in male clients getting waxed but the majority of men still like their privacy and the convenience of an at home method. Whatever your method of body hair removal happens to be, chances are you may be experiencing some unnecessary irritation, pain or worse, bumps and ingrown hair. That’s because most at home methods (shaving and re-branded women’s depilatories) do not offer any pre or post hair removal solutions that are critical to the health of men’s skin

Don’t fret, SmoothTech Pro has put together 5 key steps you need to implement to help eliminate irritation, bumps and ingrown hair. You can achieve salon like results in the privacy and comfort of your home by following these 5 steps. From simple chest or back hair removal to complete hairlessness. Whatever your preference happens to be, these key pre and post hair removal tips will improve your body hair removal experience.

STEP #1

EXFOLIATE BEFORE HAIR REMOVAL

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Not preparing your skin before removing unwanted body hair is one of the most common causes of irritation, cuts and ingrown hair. Exfoliating is the process of scrubbing away dead skin cells to unclog pores and keep your skin clean. It also helps expose your facial or body hairs which reduces the potential for ingrown hair. Exfoliating makes for the best pre-body hair removal treatment.

SmoothTech Pro Advice: Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week, both face and body. Use your best judgement according to your skin’s sensitivity. Exfoliating too often can have the opposite effect, which will make your skin angry and irritated. Use the proper tools like a pumice stone (a small piece of volcanic rock), loofah sponge or a professional exfoliating clothon your body. Never exfoliate the same day as your hair removal session.

STEP #2

MOISTURIZE BEFORE HAIR REMOVAL

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Men with dry, sensitive skin, and men with thick coarse hair should moisturize before a hair removal session. A lot of irritation and pain from body hair removal is a result of dry dehydrated skin. Remember your skin is your largest organ that keeps water in and bacteria and viruses out. When your skin is dry and dehydrated, its function is compromised and offers vulnerable points of entry for dangerous pathogens. Not everyone’s skin produces lots of protective oil and lipids, so a daily moisturizer is necessary to the health of certain men’s skin. It may not be the manliest thing you can do, but the benefits; the look, feel and health of your skin is a manly enough reason to include this in your daily routine.

SmoothTech Pro Advice:Purchase Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil and use 48 hours daily before your hair removal session. This will help hydrate and moisturize your skin and make it less prone to sensitivity. If you have thick coarse hair, an added benefit to moisturizing is it also helps soften coarse hair (over time) which will help eliminate ingrown hair.

STEP #3

TAKE A WARM SHOWER BEFORE HAIR REMOVAL

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Again some of the skin issues men face is due to lack of hydration in their skin. By taking a warm shower you hydrate the skin, open up the pores and also soften the hair.

SmoothTech Pro Advice: Take a quick rinse with warm water to prep both the hair and your skin right before your hair removal session. If you’re only removing hair from small body parts, you can use a warm moist towel to cover those areas as an alternative to hopping in the shower. Gently dry off the area then proceed to the next step. Make sure it’s warm water not too hot as hot water can strip moisture away from the skin.

STEP #4

REMOVE & TREAT HAIR BELOW THE SKIN

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Shaving is probably the most popular method of removing body hair yet it is completely INEFFECTIVE. Reason is the hair is removed at the skin surface level which means the slightest amount of regrowth is going to result in stubble. You will always achieve longer lasting results by removing hair below the skin. Best below the skin methods are depilatories and waxing. Most depilatories last about a week, and waxing if you can stand the pain, will typically last 2 to 3 weeks.  A longer term solution is laser hair removal but many people do not realize that the electrolysis is only effective on certain phases of hair growth. Hair grows in 3 phases; Anagen (active growth phase), Catagen (transition phase) and Telogen (resting phase) so laser treatment DOES NOT work on the hair in its resting phase. You must have several laser sessions (around 5 to 7) to realize the benefits which can be costly

SmoothTech Pro Advice: We recommend switching to a method that removes hair below the skin like SmoothTech Pro. We developed SmoothTech Pro to have the ease and use of a depilatory combined with the longer results typically achieved via waxing and laser. Like laser, our REDUCE ST2 treats the hair at the root and works by disrupting the chemical connection of the hair womb. Unlike laser, our system works on all skin tones and all hair colors so we have no limitations. It’s the only system that offers pre and post hair removal solutions. For people that have extremely sensitive skin you can use PREVENT as a pre and post hair removal treatment. Use it just prior to your hair removal session to neutralize the skin prior to applying ELIMINATE ST1.  After your hair removal session apply PREVENT to help eliminate ingrown hair immediately after rinsing, drying and applying REDUCE ST2 to soothe reduce and purify skin.

STEP #5

POST HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT

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This is probably the most import step to preventing irritation, bumps and ingrown hair, yet for some reason most men do not have a post body hair removal regimen. Just like your facial skin, your body skin is most vulnerable right after a hair removal session, especially if you wax or use a depilatory that exposes your pores. You need to soothe the skin and bring back its natural hydration levels. Some of the key mistakes men unknowingly make are using certain products that contain dyes, fragrances or harsh alcohols on the skin right after hair removal. This can lead to further dehydration of the skin which can lead to irritation, bumps and ingrown hair.

3 Core benefits of having a post hair removal treatment:

  1. Has a soothing effect on the skin.
  2. Can arrest trauma & help skin heal faster.
  3. Hygienic benefits; keeps the skin pores clean & bacteria-free. This helps prevent skin issues including acne.

SmoothTech Pro Advice: Rinse after your hair removal session to cool and cleanse the skin, especially if your method is shaving. Shaving can clog the pores which can cause irritation and skin issues. Next use a post hair removal product to health the skin like REDUCE ST2 which also has multiple added benefits; stimulates new collagen, hydrates the skin and helps reduce new regrowth. If you have ultra-sensitive skin and or are prone to ingrown hair, you’ll want to also use an additional tool like PREVENT which is a professional grade tool designed to help eliminate major skin issues from blackheads, ingrown hair and body acne.

Remember, not all skin and hair is created equally, so experiment with different methods that fit your lifestyle. Just remember for long term benefits and the overall look and feel of your skin, shaving (although the most convenient and economical) is NOT the way to go. You’re better off going to an esthetician if you can afford the pain and expense, not to mention any potential embarrassment. Waxing has the best effects (when done by a qualified professional) but there are new solutions like SmoothTech Pro, that can give you salon like results in the privacy and comfort of your home. And the best benefits, its quick easy and pain free.

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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Body Odor

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You’re a mover and a shaker, plus you’re an active man right? This could mean you might have a slight BO problem from time to time and not even know it. Some men rely too much on deodorants and colognes to cover of their natural BO but is that enough? Where does BO come from anyway? Body odor, also called bromhidrosis, is caused by waste products produced by necessary anaerobic bacteria in the body. When the wastes from these bacteria mix with perspiration- which itself is virtually odorless- strong odors can result. Sound complicated? No worries we’ve got 5 quick tips to keep you smelling so fresh and so clean clean.

TIP #1

DIET- YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

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We men have larger pores, and some of the foods we eat have certain properties like sulfur compounds. These foods although great for our skin, complexion and overall health, can permeate through our larger pores causing a slight odor. The problem can be even worse if we have debris clogging our pores that can trap the odor. Rule of thumb if it smells pungent going in your body, chances are it will probably smell pungent coming out.

Solution: Avoid foods like onions, garlic, and broccoli as well as spices like cumin and curry. They are good for the body so if you do eat them, try to eat them at night or before a scheduled shower. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated which will help flush away bacterial toxins which will reduce odor levels. Also eat plenty of dark leafy greens like collard greens, spinach, and kale – the chlorophyll in green vegetables is an excellent deodorizer.

TIP #2

2 IS BETTER THAN 1- SHOWER 2X A DAY

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Some men naturally produce more bacteria than others for a variety of reasons. Some reasons include excess body hair, exposer to certain environments, hobbies like spartan race or tough mudder, but the biggest reason for more bacteria usually has to do with a man’s personal hygiene habits;  lack of bathing or infrequent showers.

Solution: Wash your ass 2x a day, in the morning and at night. Use a pure anti-bacterial body wash free of the 3 skin enemies; dyes, fragrances and harsh alcohols. Avoid bar soaps as they contain additional bacteria (which lives in the slim of the bar soap) source: huffington post. Washing multiple times a day ensures that you rid yourself of certain bacteria that can cause odor.

TIP #3

REMOVE EXCESS BODY HAIR

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The average body has 2 million sweat glands. Eccrine glands are located all over the body and produce watery, odorless sweat that cools the body. Apocrine glands are located in your groin, underarms and scalp and produce the sweat that creates body odor when mixed with the bacteria found on your skin. Yuck right? Having excess body hair exacerbates the odor in a few ways; first by providing extra surface area for the bacteria to live and second by creating more opportunities for the nasty aroma; the hair actually absorbs the odor, allowing it to hang around like an unwanted friend on your date night.

Solution: Getting rid of excess body hair can help manage perspiration which can help eliminate body odor. Trimming hair down is a good solution, but removing it altogether will ensure a clean odor free sweat.

Make sure you choose the smarter way to remove hair. Use a system like SmoothTech Pro that is formulated for men’s skin and is designed to help eliminate irritation, bumps and ingrown hair. It has built-in skin therapy to soothe, purify and hydrate the skin during and after the hair removal process.

 

TIP #4

A to Z- GET YOUR DAILY VITAMINS

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Key vitamins are essential to your health but did you know some vitamins can help you fight off body odor?  A healthy diet rich in key vitamins and minerals can help minimize body odor by helping the body flush away the toxins bacteria leave behind. Vitamin A (reduces body odor by keeping skin from being damaged by bacteria), Vitamin B complex (helps the body metabolism which helps flush away odor causing toxins), Vitamin C (is essential for healthy teeth and gums which helps to manage a clean smelling mouth) and Vitamin E (can help repair damaged skin cells that may harbor odor causing bacteria). Other key minerals include, Zinc which is a great nutrient that helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. Magnesium is another key nutrient, but being deficient in magnesium can lead to health problems that includes body odor.

Solution:  To ensure you’re getting the right amount of vitamins and minerals you should work a men’s daily multi-vitamin into your routine.

 

TIP #5

CLOTHING- FRESH & LOOSE FITTING

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Tight fitting clothes can cause perspiration which can lead to odor. Again, when sweat mixes with the bacteria found on your skin, body odor can occur. Tight fitting clothes traps sweat more easily, which can lead to a smelly situation. Also not washing your clothes on the regular, can cause a buildup in bacteria and when exposed to perspiration, can trigger odor.

Solution: Personal hygiene should include your wardrobe making frequent visits to the washer and dryer. Washing clothes frequently helps prevent buildup of bacteria which can lead to odor. Loose-fitting clothes attract fewer body odors than tight attire, so try to wear loose fitting clothes. Now you know, so there should be no more excuses!!

 

 

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Top 5 Proven Ways to Improve Your Attractiveness

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I know what you’re telling yourself right now, the best way to improve attractiveness is to improve the amount of zeros that follows the first number in your bank account. Yeah, that’s probably still safe to say, but even if you’re rolling in the money, you still may need help improving those physical qualities that women look for. These traits can carry more weight in the dating game than your wallet.

Please remember, being confident and being your authentic self is the most attractive quality a man can have. It can even get you attention and dates way out of your league. This article is not full of tips to change the basis of who you are, that’s never a good thing. No, this article is full of helpful tips that can improve on the qualities you already have to make you a better you. We’re just providing proven tips that can improve your attractiveness with women or men (we’re not judging). Use the information below to improve your irresistible charm to make you a more attractive man.

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EXERCISE; NEW YEAR NEW YOU

If you want to see more action on the weekends, you’ll need to step up your physical routine during the week days.  Studies show that women looking for a fling, tend to gravitate toward muscular males, but don’t overdo it.  Most women prefer toned, lean, cut bodies, not overly muscular bodies; think Reggie Bush versus John Cena.

Suggestion: Get a gym membership, mix up cardio and strength training to ensure a lean look. Don’t have a gym membership? Then develop a home workout routine.

TIP #4

REMOVE EXCESS BODY HAIR; LESS = MORE

Studies conducted in California and New Zealand, found that women’s preference (in regards to men’s physical appearance) when shown photos of men with varying amounts of body hair,always gave higher ranking scores to the men with less and less body hair. If you were hesitant about grooming below the neck, or if you thought that being hairless in certain areas, was not manly, think again! Most men remove unwanted hair in what is considered the deal breaker zones; back, shoulders and stomach. Whatever your reason is, just know that very few people ever complain about a man not having enough body hair.

Suggestion: If you have the money and can stand the pain, find an esthetician and book a waxing appointment.  For a pain free long term effect, use SmoothTechPro, hair removal for men!

TIP #3

SMELL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS; A LITTLE DAB’LL DO YOU

Smell is one of the key senses that women unconsciously use to select their mates. There is a delicate balance that must be achieved, because there are natural pheromones that are inherent in men and women that create that animal magnetism.  Less is more in this case; you’ll want to make sure that your choice of cologne doesn’t overwhelm your intended subject. 

Suggestion: Use a light fragrance; men sometimes make the mistake of going with a heavy musk scent that can be overwhelming to all. We suggest Dolce & Gabbana original for nights or Dolce & Gabbana Light-Blue for the day.

TIP #2

CLOTHES MAKE THE MAN; ALWAYS DRESS TO IMPRESS

A very fine woman once told me, that clothes really make the man. She, like other fine women, tend to look at a man’s shoes and watch and if neither is on point, then its game over for that guy (their decision is already made).  Women pre-judge just like we do, so it’s always best to present your finest self and that typically means a clean look and a fresh outfit.  In study after study, V shaped bodies are deemed more attractive by women.  Select clothes that are tailored to your newly toned body (from all of the exercise you have now worked into your weekly routine) and or select clothes that give you that V-shape illusion until your body is in that ultimate desired place (if there is such a place?). Also invest in a nice watch and a pair of sport, casual and dress shoes. Clean those shoes regularly to preserve their life and ensure you’re literally putting your best foot forward.

Suggestion: If you have the budget, consult with a high-end department store rep that will pick the right clothes for your current and future body type. The service is free but unfortunately the clothes are not. You can also consult a friend or acquaintance you feel has fashion style for tips.  If you don’t have the time to consult friends and personal reps,  join a monthly clothing club like Five Four |Club Trunk Club or Trendy Butler.

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MAKE SURE YOUR BREATH IS NOT KICKIN’; KEEP IT FRESH

Bad breath, butt breath, halitosis whatever you call it, it’s a no go. You can look the part; smell great but as soon as you open your mouth, if she detects any foul odor all bets are off. I don’t care how good your game is or how silver your tongue is, if it is preceded by dragon breath you will send every girl running for the hills and your reputation will suffer. Make sure your breath is not associated with any chronic issues which mean germs, and be prepared for the occasional undesirable odors left in your mouth after a certain meal and or alcohol.

Suggestion: Brush your teeth at least twice a day, scrape your tongue regularly and floss at least once a day to prevent chronic breath problems. Schedule regular dental cleanings, use mouthwash and travel with gum or mints for those emergency situations. You can also carry a small travel size toothpaste so you can finger brush or squirt in a crisis moment.

These 5 tips can make the difference in your social calendar being fully booked or having as many holes in it as a piece of Swiss cheese. If you like this story please share and tag us @smoothtechpro.

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