SKINS Features and Technology
How do SKINS work?
What are the benefits of wearing SKINS compression garments?
Can SKINS help me recover from and prevent injury?
How do SKINS help my muscles?
How are SKINS different to other elastic garments?
When should I wear SKINS?
Is there any proof that SKINS will help me?
Are there medical applications for SKINS?
Won’t black tights make me sweat more in high temperatures?
Making a Selection & Caring for Your SKINS
Are SKINS compression garments designed to be worn under clothing?
Should I consider a lighter coloured garment?
What is the difference between Mens Half Tights and Mens Shorts?
Why wear Powersox™/Powersleeves?
How should I wash and dry my SKINS?
Can I swim in SKINS?
How do I know what size I am?
|How do SKINS work?|
SKINS uses BioAcceleration Technology™ which refers to the benefits of engineered gradient compression. When you apply compression to specific body parts in a balanced and accurate way, it accelerates blood flow. This gets more oxygen to your working muscles – and boosts 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. So BioAcceleration Technology™ plays a big part in helping you recover from exercise too.
|What are the benefits of wearing SKINS compression garments?|
· less lactic acid build up, more muscle oxygenation – better circulation means more muscle power and reduced chance of injury and muscle soreness.
· wicking – draws moisture away from the skin where it quickly evaporates keeping you dry and comfortable
· temperature control, whether it’s hot or cold
· antibacterial treatments – to keep your SKINS smelling fresh
· 50+ UV protection
|Can SKINS help me recover from and prevent injury? |
Yes. SKINS BioAcceleration Technology™ 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.
|How do SKINS help my muscles?|
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.
|How are SKINS different to other elastic garments? |
SKINS are different because of the unique combination of features, which work better than any single component alone. Plus, their benefits are backed by independent testing – something that no other compression and therapeutic sportswear manufacturer can boast. The fabric used to make SKINS is a warp knitted, which is a superior fabric that provides the stringent stretch and recovery standards needed for engineered gradient compression. This fabric is then cut in a certain way to provide benefits like no other tights can.
|When should I wear SKINS? |
· During any physical activity – for more power and endurance & to reduce the chance of injury
· 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
· During pregnancy – to assist with blood flow
|Is there any proof that SKINS will help me? |
The performance, recovery and lifestyle benefits of SKINS have all been fully proven – both by SKINS own research institute and outside experts, including sports physiotherapists and vascular physicians. In fact SKINS are the only compression and therapeutic performance apparel to be independently scientifically tested. Results on elite athletes show that SKINS BioAcceleration Technology™ 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).
For more information on testing, please visit the research section on the SKINS website.
|Are there medical applications for SKINS?|
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.
|Won’t black tights make me sweat more in high temperatures? |
No. SKINS improve circulation – which helps your body to regulate its temperature, whether it’s hot or cold outside. They have wicking built in which draws any moisture away from your skin where it evaporates on the outer layer of your garment.
|Are SKINS compression garments designed to be worn under clothing?|
The way you wear SKINS is purely personal preference. SKINS are designed to be worn tight and can be worn under any clothing including tight fitting exercise gear without restricting movement. SKINS can also replace your regular attire for physical activity with 50+ UV protection built into each garment.
|Should I consider a lighter coloured garment? |
Coloured SKINS are designed for the application of team sports where black cannot be worn under uniforms. All SKINS garments perform the same no matter what colour you choose.
|What is the difference between Mens Half Tights and Mens Shorts? |
Both Half Tights and Shorts cover the ITB band and TFL muscle group. Half Tights offer more coverage of the thigh, cut just above the knee. Shorts are particularly handy in competition where undergarments must be hidden under your kit.
|Why wear Powersox™/Powersleeves? |
Powersleeves are ideal for activities that involve repetitive arm movement, such as shooting (basketball, netball), throwing and racket sports. Powersox™ help prevent cramping in your calf muscles during long periods of activity and can be worn under team socks.
Powersox™ and powersleeves can also be used to treat isolated injuries, such as forearm or calf strain – a useful way of preventing repetitive strain injury (RSI).
|How should I wash and dry my SKINS?|
SKINS don’t require hand washing, but the more delicately you care for them, the longer they will last. They can be machine washed in cold water, on a delicates setting. It’s best to use a gentle detergent too. SKINS should never be tumble dried, they are made from a quick-drying fabric, so let them dry naturally.
|Can I swim in SKINS? |
|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.|
|How do I know what size I am? |
SKINS use a specific size chart for all products based on your body mass index (your height to weight ratio). The Womens' range takes body shape as well as height and weight into account. SKINS charts are easy to use and you can download them below, or at individual product sections in our Online Catalogue. If you have any trouble figuring out your size, contact us.