Men's winter skincare explained
How to treat your skin right this season
Words— Jeremy Freed
Say what you will about the Scandinavian art of hygge and Netflix bingeing, winter is a tough season. If slush splatter on your pants to battling the February blues weren’t bad enough already, there’s also the fact that winter is also really hard on your skin. In addition to that icy wind biting into your cheeks at the bus stop, the air indoors is particularly dry this time of year, and that can wreak havoc on the ol’ epidermis unless you’re careful. Here’s how to keep that healthy glow all winter long.
Not only is your face the part of you that people look at the most, it’s also the part that’s most exposed to the elements this time of year. And because the skin on your face is different than the skin on other parts of your body, you really do need specific products to protect it. Make daily cleansing the foundation of your skincare routine, using a face wash that’s gentle enough to let your skin’s natural oils do their thing. Aesop’s Fabulous Face Cleanser is one of the best out there, and definitely the best-smelling, with notes of mandarin rind, ylang-ylang and lavender.
Your face is at its most sensitive right after a shave, so a protective barrier against your skin and the elements should be a part of any winter shaving regimen. An alcohol-free post-shave balm works by soothing any irritation caused by your razor, as well as returning some of the oils that may have been lost in during the shave. Baxter of California’s After Shave Balm fits the bill perfectly, absorbing quickly while helping to prevent razor burn with the help of aloe and tea tree oil.
As it turns out, a beard doesn’t just look cool, it’s also practical in the coldest months of the year (there’s a reason all those arctic explorers all had them). But just because the bottom half of your face is covered, doesn’t mean the skin isn’t still prone to dryness. A good beard oil like this one from Les Industries Groom will solve that problem while keeping your whiskers soft and smelling like a Norwegian pine forest.
Once out of the shower you’ll need to protect your face for the day ahead. Save time by picking a product that works twice as hard, like Jack Black’s Double Duty Face Moisturizer, which packs the benefit of SPF 20 (and yes, you do need SPF even on cold, overcast days). Rub some on in the morning to protect your skin from both dry air and harmful UV rays.
5. Other bits
Winter air plus regular hand washing (doubly important in flu season) will suck the moisture out of your hands in a hurry. Keep your hands from getting chapped with a specialist moisturizer like Glysomed, which comes in fragrance-free and pocket-sized formats. It also works wonders on other common dry spots like elbows and knees, so be sure to keep some handy.