THE REAL SECRET TO UNDERSTANDING MEN’S SKIN
All men are created equal right? Well this is far from true when it comes to the care of men’s skin. Every man’s skin is as unique as his fingerprint. A man’s skin health is shaped not only by his genes, but also by his lifestyle choices. A 20-year-old surfer’s skin is different than a 50 year-old businessman’s skin and will require different targeted products with specific ingredients. Having this knowledge allows us to effectively treat men’s skin.
KNOWING THE CRUCIAL COMPONENT IN MEN’S SKIN
The male sex hormones known collectively as androgens have an enormous effect on men’s skin. The chief sex hormone of this group is testosterone. Testosterone exerts its effects by acting on androgen receptors found throughout the body. It does this directly, or by being converted into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a much more potent activator of the androgen receptors. As men age in their early years, levels of testosterone increase, but by middle age, testosterone levels steadily decline every year. This is one of the factors that is accountable for the changes in men’s skin (and hair) during the later years. Testosterone is potent stuff, and we are better understanding the effects it has on men’s skin. This again allows us to effectively formulate the right products that protect and preserve men’s skin, especially middle age skin, which needs more nutrients.
UNDERSTANDING THE SKIN’S FUNCTION
The epidermal barrier is a highly organized tissue that responds efficiently and rapidly to the changing environment in order to maintain a state of homeostasis, or perfect balance. Comprised of a mixture of ceramides, cholesterol, and fatty acids, the lipid bi-layer mediates both trans-epidermal water loss and penetration of foreign materials into the skin. Once the epidermal barrier is disturbed, either by penetration of foreign material or dehydration, signals are sent by the lipids to replenish the lipid barrier system and remove any foreign material. However, studies have shown that testosterone can have negative effects on epidermal barrier function.
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF AFTERCARE FOR MIDDLE AGED MEN
We now know testosterone and DHT are major factors that can impede the skins ability to heal and properly hydrate. Studies suggest that some men may not have the ability to properly heal wounds especially in the later years. Other men man 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. SmoothTech Pro is aware of this which is one of the reasons we developed after care solutions; REDUCE ST2, PREVENT and our newest arrival due on the market 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) and helps reduce new regrowth. It is designed to bring the skin back to a neutral or natural ph level that equates to healthy skin. This is essential for overall skin health especially facial skin in aging men.
FULL COMMITMENT TO MEN’S SKIN; OUR MISSION AT SMOOTHTECH PRO
At SmoothTech Pro, we’re focused on advanced technology for solution driven products. We’re learning the decline in androgens may be responsible for some of the changes associated with aging in men. Loss of muscle tone, bone density, and sexual dysfunction, just to name a few – have all been linked to aging males and decreased testosterone. Aging is a natural process that affects men hormonally. The physical characteristics of aging bodies cannot be solely attributed to one substance like testosterone (again lifestyle choices play a major role as well). Despite the complexities, male hormones, in particular testosterone, govern much of the male physiology and behavior and this powerful chemical remains the crucial component for understanding male skin.
We’re dedicated to developing more anti-aging products that help fight and slow down the effects of aging, so men can look as good as they feel. We can’t do much to help with muscle tone and sexual dysfunction, but we can maintain your skin throughout the ages to slow down the effects. That’s our mission.
Sources: health24.com dermalinstitute.com