What makes this product unique?
PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is a liquid treatment product that improves a man’s skin in numerous ways. Going far beyond a traditional after-shave (who even uses those anymore?) Soothe + Smooth quickly reduces red bumps, razor burn, clogged pores, breakouts, uneven skin tone, and signs of aging.
The light-as-water texture makes it feel like there’s nothing on your face, yet the fast-penetrating formula delivers powerful anti-aging benefits that effectively smooth your skin so it looks younger. Works quickly to unclog pores plus reduce blackheads, white bumps, and breakouts without causing dryness.
This product contains no added dyes, is 100% fragrance-free, has a pH range of 3.5-4.0 (to ensure exfoliation occurs), and is clinically proven to be non-irritating.
Who is this product for?
PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is recommended for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts.
NOTE: Those allergic to aspirin (acetylsalicylate) should not use products containing salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid).
Sources to support the claims made for PC4Men Soothe + Smooth
Cutis, July 2009, pages 48–55; Biochemistry and Pharmacology, June 2007, pages 1,786-1,795; Contact Dermatitis, June 2006, pages 303-312; British Journal of Dermatology, July 2005, pages 124-131; Archives of Internal Medicine, July 2002, pages 1531–1532; Annals of Dermatology and Venereology, January 2002, pages 137–142; Archives of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 1390–1395; Dermatology, 1999, volume 199, number 1, pages 50–53; and Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, volume 175, issue 1, pages 76–82.
dipotassium glycyrrhizate, sodium hyaluronate, glycerin, oleanolic acid, allantoin, panthenol, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, trehalose, salicylic acid, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, nordihydroguaiaretic acid
Water (Aqua), Dipropylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Salicylic Acid (beta hydroxy acid exfoliating agent), Pentylene Glycol (slip agents and penetration enhancers), Butylene Glycol (slip agent), Polysorbate 20 (emulsifier), Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 (anti-aging cell-communicating ingredients), Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (anti-aging cell-communicating ingredients), Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (anti-irritant), Nordihydroguaiaretic Acid (antioxidant), Oleanolic Acid (anti-irritant), Sodium Hyaluronate (skin-repairing ingredient), Allantoin (anti-irritant), Trehalose (skin-repairing ingredient), Panthenol (skin-conditioning agent), Glycerin (skin-repairing ingredient), PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (emulsifier), Caprylyl Glycol (skin-conditioning agent), PEG/PPG-17/6 Copolymer (solvent), Methyl Gluceth-20 (skin-conditioning agents), Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane (skin-conditioning agents), Glycerth-26 (emollient thickener), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Carbomer (gel-based thickener), Disodium EDTA (chelating agent), Sodium Metabisulfite (stabilizer).
DIRECTIONS: Use twice daily after cleansing or shaving. It can also be used on days you don’t shave. For daytime, follow with PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30. At night, follow with PC4Men Nighttime Repair.
Detailed instructions on how/when to apply your PC4Men products can be found in our Men's Skincare article.
Is this just a fancy after-shave? I don’t think I need that…do I?
You can think of this as an after-shave, but we’d rather you didn’t! That’s because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is so much more! Yes, it soothes skin and reduces redness right after shaving, but it also helps fight breakouts, signs of aging, and significantly improves skin texture—something no other post-shave product can do! Soothe + Smooth is for any man who wants smooth, clear skin and is concerned with preventing signs of aging and breakouts. It’s formulated for all skin types.
Do I need this if I rarely shave or use an electric razor just to keep my beard trimmed?
You can still benefit tremendously from daily use of PC4Men Soothe + Smooth. It should be applied all over your face and neck, morning and night, to keep your skin clear, smooth, and younger-looking. Soothe + Smooth also works great for facial redness, whether from shaving or other issues like acne or rosacea. After using it for a few days you will see the results in the mirror!
Why do I need to follow with sunscreen during the day? Is it really that important?
You may not be used to applying sunscreen on a daily basis, but if you’re interested in keeping your skin smooth, healthy, and avoiding wrinkles and a leathery, mottled texture, daily SPF is a must. We know men don’t want a daytime product that they can feel on their face, which is why PC4Men Daytime Protect SPF 30 practically disappears on skin. You won’t know it’s there, but you’ll see the difference today and years from now.
Also, because PC4Men Soothe + Smooth exfoliates skin, it’s important to keep this new, healthier skin protected from UV damage. Think of it like staining your deck to protect the wood, it’s far better to prevent and stop damage than to deal with deteriorating wood later.
How is PC4Men Soothe + Smooth different from the other Paula’s Choice facial exfoliants?
Our PC4Men Soothe + Smooth is actually identical to our Resist Daily Pore-Refining Treatment 2% BHA but packaged to be part of the PC4Men line. We chose to use this formula for the guys because of its anti-irritants and skin-repairing ingredients that work together to calm redness as they soothe and refine skin. Simply put, it’s a great formula to use on freshly shaved skin. This product is also completely weightless and is specially formulated to be non-drying.
What if there isn’t a product for my needs in PC4MEN?
No problem! Chances are, there’s a Paula’s Choice product in one of our other collections that will get the job done—without any fancy (re: girly) packaging or fragrance. Our Clear line is a great add-on for men struggling with moderate to severe acne, or you can mix and match between Clear and PC4MEN as needed. Same thing if you see a product in any of our other lines (Resist, Skin Balancing, Earth Sourced, etc.) that you think may work best for your skin type or concerns. Not sure if you should shop outside the PC4MEN line? Give us a call or chat us up
, and we’ll steer you in the right direction!