Winter weather wreaks havoc on our bodies. From freezing temperatures to stinging windburn, it is nearly impossible to escape winters wrath. During this time of year, proper grooming is more essential than ever. Here are a few tips and tricks to stay on top of your grooming game this winter.
Just as it is important to stay hydrated by drinking water, it is important to keep your skin hydrated as well. Moisturizing should be a part of your daily grooming routine, especially now that the temperature is dropping and your skin is drying out, in order to lock in moisture and keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.
One of our favorite moisturizers is Clinique for Men Oil Control Mattifying Moisturizer. Lightweight and oil-free, this moisturizing will leave your skin hydrated and free of shine.
Another great moisturizer is the Anthony All Purpose Facial Moisturizer. This moisturizer absorbs quickly and is free of oil for a grease free finish.
Many men underestimate the importance of exfoliation. Exfoliation, or the removal of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, is essential for proper skin health. By removing dead skin cells and revealing fresh, new cells, you allow for cleansing and moisturizing products to more deeply penetrate the skin and increase their efficacy. In the winter, when there is less moisture in the air, skin cells die faster, making exfoliation even more essential.
Clarisonic carries some of our favorite exfoliation products. According to the company’s site, their line of handheld exfoliating facial sonic cleansing brushes offer a deep clean that is six times better than your hands alone for softer, smoother skin. They offer a wide range of products, from brushes, to brush heads, and cleansers.
If you prefer a cleanser to a cleansing brush, we recommend LiquidSand Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. This exfoliator is a gentler cleanser, removing dead skin cells and dirt without over drying skin.
Use Lip Balm
Nothing is worse in the winter than dry, cracked lips. The main cause of chapped lips is lack of moisture. Be sure to apply lip balm throughout the day to avoid damaging the delicate skin on your lips.
Our favorite lip balm for men is Intense Therapy Lip Balm with SPF from Jack Black. This soothing, hydrating balm protects lips from sun and wind while providing lasting moisture.
Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 is another great option, protecting lips from the drying winds and soothing irritated skin. Throw a tube in your pocket before your morning commute to ensure that your lips stay moisturized throughout the day.
Care For Your Hair
Keeping your hair moisturized and healthy is just as important as your skin. The harsh winter wind can cause some serious damage to your hair, so regular and diligent maintenance is a must.
While conditioning your hair every day is not necessary, regular conditioning is important for healthy hair. We recommend Bumble and Bumble Super Rich Conditioner. Specially designed for dry, coarse hair, this conditioner will make even the most weather worn hair silky smooth.
Hair oil is a great alternative to conditioner and a great way to keep your hair healthy and smooth. Our favorite hair oil is Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Oil Mist by Alterna. This nutrient rich oil mist deeply moisturized hair, controls frizz, and protects against the harshest winter weather. Be sure to add moisturizing to your hair care routine healthy hair this winter.
Facial Hair Maintenance
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you should let your bread go grizzly. Keep your facial hair neat, trimmed, and well moisturized this winter to ensure both healthy hair and skin. For an old fashioned shave, we recommend the 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Carry On in Sandalwood by The Art of Shaving. The soothing botanicals and essential oils found in the shave oil and cream will ensure a smooth shave, healthy beard, and smooth skin.
So as you take on the cold winter weather, keep your grooming habits at the top of your priority list. With just a few simple adjustments to your daily regimen, you can stay healthy and look great all winter long.
– by Caitlyn Bahrenburg