• Getting sweaty

    Does using one of our invigorating Velv’Or cock rings, benefit you more than giving you that enRinged feeling and empowering your erection so your sexual activities last longer? 

    The answer is a rock hard, “Yes”. 

    The longer you are enjoying whatever it is you get up to when enRinged, the more likely you will become sweaty. And, the sweatier you become the better it is for your skin microbiome.

    What’s you skin microbiome and why does it like sweat? 

    Your skin microbiome is the group of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.) that live on the surface of your body. And, the compounds released in your sweat will help maintain and feed the microorganisms helping keep your skin microbiome healthy.

    Can we define what is a healthy skin microbiome?

    Studies have revealed that the types and quantities of microorganisms on people’s skin differ remarkably. Much of this diversity remains unexplained, though diet, environment, the levels of light exposure, genetics, gender, age and early exposure to microorganism have all been implicated. So as yet no one type of skin microbiome is considered ideal. What we do know is that the microorganisms living on your skin are primarily affected by whether the skin is moist, dry, hairy, or oily. 

    So as a man, your penis, your scrotum and your perineum with their different skin types will each have different types of microorganism living on them. In addition, if your penis has been circumcised or has had any other type of modification, such as a piercing or a subincision or a superincision, then the microorganisms living on it will be different from that would have existed had the modification not been made.

    So why is your skin microbiome important? 

    The main benefit of having healthy skin microbiomes is that the skin microbiome helps keep your immune system and your defences to infection in good shape. That’s not to say that all harmful infections can be stopped by a health skin microbiome, some will not be. The skin microbiome also aids in wound healing, limits exposure to allergens and UV radiation, and minimizes oxidative damage.

    Your skin microbiome and the immune system in the skin work in harmony to reduce inflammation. When the balance of microorganisms in the microbiome is off, the immune system can release various antimicrobial compounds to help rebalance it. Similarly, the beneficial microorganisms in the microbiome can inhibit the release of inflammatory compounds from the skin immune system. 

    A healthy microbiome protects against infection by crowding out overgrowth of harmful microorganisms. The skin microbiome helps create a relatively acidic environment on your skin, which also inhibits growth of the harmful microorganisms.

    What can you do to look after your skin microbiome?

    You can do several things to help your skin microbiome, in particular by avoiding activities that will damage the microorganisms. 

    Keep clean. Wash carefully and dry thoroughly afterwards. 

    If possible, avoid using harsh chemicals on your skin that are intended to kill bacteria and fungi. These are sometimes present in soaps, shampoos and shower gels. Make sure as well that the clothes you wear have been laundered so that there are no washing product residues left on them to come into contact with your skin.

    Creams containing antibiotic for topical application will also affect the skin microbiome, as can some antibiotics that even if taken orally can be excreted onto your skin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist in what way will any medicines you are using affect your skin microbiome and what you can do about it.

    Minimise the risks of introducing harmful microorganisms to your skin microbiome. Be mindful that you swop microorganisms during any form of contact with another person’s body, but don't lose sight of the fact that we have evolved to accommodate that happening. It is part of the evolutionary process that has helped us become what we are today. So don’t fixate about it, but if uncertain take precautions or refrain from activities you feel uncomfortable about. Condoms reduce the chances of harmful microbes being spread during sexual activities.

    Eat a healthy diet. What nourishes your body will also nourish your skin microbiome. Remember that some of the compounds in what you eat, e.g. garlic flavours, will be excreted through your skin and will affect the microorganisms. Eating excesses of certain foods, e.g. sugars, will affect the microorganisms on your skin.

    Exercise regularly, so that you sweat. There are many ways of doing this – some more satisfying than others. Instead of hitting the gym or taking a sauna why not enjoy a prolonged yet vigorous sex session? Wearing a Velv’Or cock ring will help you and as you become sweatier your skin microbiome will be thanking you. 

    If you don't have one or two of our cock rings already then have a look at what is available on our online store.

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