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In each issue, Practical Dermatology® magazine spotlights a new product that dermatologists are recommending to their patients. Here, Corey L. Hartman, MD, founder of Skin Wellness Dermatology in Birmingham, AL, talks about GentleMan’s Blend Body Wash from Old Spice and why he thinks this is a must-use product for every man.

What is GentleMan’s Blend Body Wash?

Corey Hartman, MD: GentleMan’s Blend Body and Face Wash is the latest innovation from Old Spice, a brand that knows what men’s skin needs and what it doesn’t. Crafted to be gentle on skin, this cleanser delivers moisture deep into the skin surface with the combination of petrolatum and pro-glycerin. Free of ingredients like phthalates, parabens, and dyes, GentleMan’s Blend boasts the premium fragrances Old Spice is known for, just a bit lighter so it’s suitable across skin types.

How does GentleMan’s Blend Body Wash stand out from other products in this category?

Dr. Hartman: To my knowledge, this is the only cleanser on the market designed for men that contains petrolatum and pro-glycerin as the moisturizing ingredients. Pro-glycerin has been shown to enhance the penetration of petrolatum in in vitro studies, and petrolatum is the No. 1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizing ingredient. Clinical studies show that with continued use, natural moisturizing factor increases, and the petrolatum in this cleanser penetrates skin at least 10 surface layers deep. That’s what helps deliver the acute and chronic hydration benefits. What’s also unique is that the skin experts at Old Spice formulated such a well-hydrating product that can be used on the face and the body without leaving greasy residue on the skin.

Which patients is this product ideal for? Can women use it too?

Dr. Hartman: This product is ideal for the man who prioritizes self-care and recognizes the role great skin plays in confidently smelling ready for anything. While anyone with skin can benefit from the hydration this cleanser delivers, with so many products on the market for women, let’s let the guys have this one.

How do you suggest that your patients use this product?

Dr. Hartman: I recommend using GentleMan’s Blend Body and Face Wash daily to gently remove dirt and lock in moisture. Whether applied with your hands, a sponge, or a cloth, the gentle exfoliation of that motion helps increase circulation and prepares your skin to benefit from the moisturizing ingredients in the cleanser.

What type of results can men expect with regular use?

Dr. Hartman: The formula was designed to improve skin’s moisture barrier. With continued use, men can expect their skin to look and feel better. Skin’s moisture barrier will be stronger helping the skin stay hydrated, and the skin will go from dry and dull to visibly healthier. Dermatologists know that hydrated skin is healthy skin. Our bodies work better when we are well-hydrated, and the same is true for our skin.

How does skincare fit in with your practice philosophy?

Dr. Hartman: Skincare is core to my dermatology practice. While people should definitely see a dermatologist when they have a concern about the condition of their skin, many common skin concerns can be managed with a good hygiene routine including using a cleanser made with dermatologist-recommended ingredients that penetrate the skin surface like petrolatum.

New Products

CōTZ Silky Foam SPF 30, CōTZ

The CōTZ Silky Foam SPF 30 delivers CōTZ’s all-mineral sunscreen formula in a luxe mousse that glides easily onto skin. The unique, enjoyable-to-apply formula comes out as a light foam, spreads smoothly like a lightweight lotion, and dries silky on the skin. This virtually weightless Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide formula is translucent on skin, leaving an appealing matte finish. It offers broad-spectrum, mineral sunscreen protection to help shield skin from damaging rays. Silky Foam is reef-friendly, cruelty-free, preservative-free, gluten-free, fragrance-free, and phthalate-free. To add onto the environmental benefits, the foam goes directly onto the skin and does not spray into the environment.

New Hyperpigmentation-Focused Skincare Brand, Restorative Elements, Alchemee

Restorative Elements, Alchemee’s new brand, focuses on helping to correct the appearance of various types of skin hyperpigmentation and discoloration including sunspots, age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), and uneven skin tone. The Restorative Elements new Restorative Routine is a dermatologist-developed, clinically proven routine formulated to work together to gently and safely help fade the visible signs of skin hyperpigmentation so consumers can say hello to their skin, uninhibited. With science-backed and safe ingredients that can be used twice a day, every day, makeup can now belong in the “only if you want to” moments. This synergistic three-step routine is designed to take the guesswork out of improving the appearance of multiple types of discoloration with a proprietary brightening blend containing Niacinamide, Licorice Root, and Centella Asiatica. These ingredients were purposefully chosen and curated by experts and leading dermatologists due to the significant research and clinical studies proving their ability to help visibly correct dark marks and spots. The Restorative Elements routine is suitable for all skin types, is free of parabens, phthalates, oil and bleaching agents including hydroquinone, and is dermatologist-developed and clinically-tested. The Restorative Routine consists of three steps including Step1: Brightening Gel Cleanser, Step 2: AHA Resurfacing Pads, and Step 3: Dark Mark Corrector.

In clinical trials, 92 percent of users saw skin texture improvement, 90 percent said their post-acne dark marks had reduced, and 92 percent noticed their skin looked more radiant after eight weeks of use of all three products.

HydraFacial Syndeo Delivery System, The Beauty Health Company

The Beauty Health Company recently introduced HydraFacial Syndeo, a revolutionary new digitally connected device co-created with the HydraFacialist community to meaningfully enhance the consumer and provider experience. Built with cloud-based software, the upgraded delivery system blends the HydraFacial core treatment with digital capabilities to supply the company and providers with key learnings and insights. The data retrieval enables the company to better analyze consumer behavior and aid providers in understanding their clients’ needs. With this data, providers can see consumer history and preferences, allowing them to offer targeted products and experiences personalized to a consumer’s needs. The new system also provides the capability to enhance consumer engagement through branding and gamification. While staying true to the HydraFacial 3-step experience, the new device serves as a significant technological upgrade to the brand’s existing delivery system and was jointly created with Whipsaw, a product design and experience innovation company, and Omnica Corporation, a leading medical device development firm, as the new standard for a/estheticians and providers. The new delivery system integrates with a custom LightStim Elipsa LED light therapy device, allowing for professional strength therapeutic light energy in an efficient, hands-free application to give a/estheticians freedom to perform other services during use. It can be used seamlessly with HydraFacial Syndeo or on its own.

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