Listen up gents…Winter can be harsh…especially on your skin. Wind and cold air strip it of it’s natural moisture leaving you with dry itchy patches and chapped lips. But don’t despair, there are some great products you can add to your arsenal to help combat old man winter.
We all know shaving with hot water is best as it opens pores and softens facial hair. However, hot water also removes naturally occurring oils in your skin. Gillette has come up with the perfect solution. Their new Fusion Pro-Shield Razor with flexball technology now comes with not one but two lubrication strips which not only allows for a closer shave but leaves your skin feeling less irritated.
Tip: after shaving, rinse your face with cold water to help close your pores.
As the temperature nose dives, it’s super tempting to jump into a hot steamy shower but remember, hot water = dry skin. Try a more temperate water or cut down your shower time. Make sure you hit the shower with Biotherm Homme Aqua Power Refreshing Shower Gel. Not only does it include coco-betain which acts as a gentle cleanser but it also has life plankton which helps fortify the skin leaving it soft and smooth.
Let’s not forget about the importance of hair care in your winter routine. Dove Men+Care Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner is a great choice. This two-in-one formula contains caffeine to strengthen your hair along with conditioner to help moisturize your scalp. It’s perfect for everyday use.
We touched on shaving so next let’s talk about the face which takes the brunt of hard winter conditions. Make sure to start off with a top quality cleanser. Shiseido Men Deep Cleansing Scrub is an excellent dermatologist-tested exfoliator which removes rough, dull looking skin and preps it for a serum.
Speaking of serums, if you’re not using one, it’s time to start. They’re designed to penetrate the skin more deeply than a moisturizer. LAB Series Future Rescue Repair Serum delivers a potent treatment that’s rapidly absorbed into the skin. The result is skin which feels hydrated and fresh.
Facial moisturizers come in a variety of textures to help replenish moisture and combat environmental elements. The Vichy Homme Idealizer Mulit-Action Moisturizer is like the swiss army knife of moisturizers. It helps diminish the signs of aging, soothes irritation and softens any facial hair. Perfect for those guys with beards!
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can forget about SPF. The sun’s UV ray’s easily penetrate though clouds and snow. Protect yourself with Clinique for Men UV Defense SPF 50. It’s an extremely lightweight formula that’s oil free so it won’t feel heavy on the skin.
Let’s not forget about those lips. They also need a little extra TLC. Jack Black Moisture Therapy Lip Balm in Black Tea contains shea butter and avocado oil to help soothe dry, irritated lips. Remember to apply 20 minutes before going outside to make the most from the added SPF 25.