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SKINS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

The body adopts a venous blood system delivering oxygenated blood to the muscles and returning used blood back to the heart. The veins returning used blood back to the heart sit closer to the surface of the skin. This is why you sometimes see ‘blue’ or dark veins near the surface.  

SKINS compression applies pressure to these ‘blue’ veins accelerating the blood flow back to the heart. SKINS pioneered engineered gradient compression following years of research. When you apply compression to specific body parts in a balanced and accurate way, it accelerates blood flow. This means you get more oxygen to your working muscles – and boosting your performance.  

Better blood flow also helps your body to get rid of lactic acid and other metabolic wastes – which helps you work at a higher rate for longer. Plus, improved oxygenation reduces the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness and accelerates muscle repair. SKINS engineered gradient compression play a big part in helping you recover from exercise too. 

SKINS are different because their unique combination of features works better than any single component. Plus, their benefits are backed by independent testing – something that no other compression and therapeutic sportswear manufacturer can boast.

SKINS benefits include:

  • less lactic acid build up, more muscle oxygenation – and better circulation
  • more muscle power
  • wicking – to draw moisture away from the skin
  • temperature control, whether it’s hot or cold
  • 50+ UV protection

The performance, recovery and lifestyle benefits of SKINS have all been independently researched and published in peer review journals. The scientific community recognises this type of product testing as the highest standard. In fact, SKINS leads the industry with peer review journal publications.

Research results show that SKINS vastly reduces the build-up of lactic acid immediately after periods of sustained exercise. This allows for a more rapid return to normal levels and minimises the occurrence of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

No. Even though Lycra is a brand name, it’s become a generic description for most elastomeric fabrics. The fabric we use is warp knitted, which is a superior fabric that provides the stringent stretch and recovery standards needed for SKINS engineered gradient compression. We then cut this fabric in a certain way to provide benefits like no other tights can.

Whilst we produce products that look great and support your body, our customers choose SKINS because our products ‘make you better’. 

 You will look great and know that the product is making you better. Check out our ‘Technology’ and ‘SKINS Science’ pages. With SKINS, you can have a comfortable pair of tights that actually do you some good and provide a performance benefit.  

When you wear SKINS during activity, the compressive effect prevents muscles from overextending (which can cause injury) and may even treat injuries as they occur.

Your muscles feel more fatigued and less powerful when they vibrate. SKINS are cut to hold your muscles against your frame in the right places, to help reduce this vibration and improve muscle focus and awareness (proprioception). Other garments have static compression (similar tightness everywhere) – and don’t help your muscles in the same way SKINS do.

SKINS also feature distinctive muscle wrapping seams. These help to provide the right compression level and support muscle groups through their full range of movement – increasing your power and endurance even more.

Yes. SKINS engineered gradient compression speeds recovery by forcing more oxygen to your muscles – helping to virtually eliminate delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). MRI-based studies have also shown real improvements in muscle recovery.

The increased oxygenation and circulation provided by SKINS is an excellent way of relieving a range of medical complaints including arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, lymphoedema, varicose veins and deep vein thrombosis. It also helps to improve circulation during pregnancy.

SKINS SIZING

Choosing the correct size SKINS is essential to ensure you receive the maximum benefits.  

Each SKINS range has a different size chart to determine the most appropriate SKINS garment size and shape you require. Therefore, you need to refer to the size chart that is specific to the product you’re interested in. 

You’ll find the size charts on our website product pages or on the back of the SKINS packaging. 

COMFORT AND PROTECTION

SKINS tops are firm fitting, but they don’t restrict movement in your shoulders, arms or muscles.

No. Not only do SKINS improve circulation – which helps your body to regulate its temperature, whether it’s hot or cold outside. They have wicking built in.

Yes. Because SKINS improve blood flow, they help keep your extremities warm. Built in wicking stops sweat cooling on your skin too.

Yes. Wicking moves moisture away from your skin to the outside of the garment where it evaporates – so your skin stays dry. We use a top quality wicking treatment where the moisture management is in the thread – rather than treated afterwards.

WEARING SKINS

International elite sport physiologists, squads, teams and individual athletes wear SKINS. Why? Because SKINS deliver real results.

  • During any physical activity – for more power and endurance
  • As a recovery aid after exercise
  • When recovering from injury
  • In the workplace (particularly if you stand or walk on hard surfaces)
  • When travelling – to reduce the effects of jetlag and lower risks of DVT

Wear your SKINS loud and proud, or under your kit – whatever suits you best, although we do recommend that the white and flesh coloured SKINS are only worn under other clothing.

SKINS fabric is independently tested and proven to provide 50+ UV protection in non mesh areas so you can enjoy outdoor exercise and activities without the concern of sun related risks.

SKINS can be worn with or without underwear. It’s entirely up to you.

Chlorinated water can have a deteriorating effect on SKINS fabric, so we advise against wearing your SKINS in the pool. But seawater is fine. Just give your SKINS a good rinse with freshwater afterwards.

SKINS dry out quickly and have a UVP of 50+, so they’re great at blocking out the sun. The only thing you might notice is that the gradient compression doesn’t work quite as well when you’re submerged.

CARING FOR SKINS

There’s no need to hand wash your SKINS. You can put them in the machine, but wash them on a cold, delicates setting. It’s best to use a gentle detergent too. As with all elastomeric garments, the gentler the washing process, the more life you’ll get out of your SKINS.

Don’t tumble dry your SKINS. Let them dry naturally.

Obviously this depends on how your wear your SKINS and how often you wash them. If you’re a runner, we expect that your SKINS will last about the same distance as a very good quality running shoe. As with all elastomeric materials, SKINS will deteriorate eventually.

Your SKINS are covered by a 1 year warranty (from the day you buy them) on any material or workmanship flaws.

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