As temperatures begin to drop and the clouds roll in, we begin to add layers of clothing and often forget about the one body part that took center stage all summer: our skin. Winter can bring skin issues that we’ve all experienced at some point or another– dryness, peeling, and irritation – all of the things that can lead to severe dermal discomfort without a proper skin care routine.
We spoke with Dr. Terrence Keaney, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at George Washington University and Dove Men+Care Collaborator, to learn about what men are missing in their routines and how we can all improve on taking care of our skin. Here are are five winter skin care tips to keep you looking great all season long.
Sunscreen isn’t just for summer
“The sun is still out in the fall and winter,” Dr. Keaney says, “a good sunscreen, with reapplication every two hours is essential maintenance, especially for men in their 20s.” He recommends a broad-spectrum lotion, meaning it covers UVA and UVB rays. Make sure it’s at least SPF 30 and use plenty of it.
Recommended: Jack Black Sun Guard
Lower humidity means higher dryness
As temperatures fall, the air becomes drier, sucking the moisture out of skin quickly. “Look for a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid,” Dr. Keaney advises, “It binds water and helps maintain moisture throughout the day when used in the morning.”
Recommended: Eva Naturals Moisturizing Cream
Skincare is even more crucial for those with facial hair
Contrary to popular belief, your beard or mustache doesn’t protect you from winter’s elements. “Hydrating serums are important. They protect the facial hair while reaching the skin beneath it too,” he says.
Recommended: Tree of Life Organic Vitamin C Serum
Bedtime is a great time to take care
“Heavier creams are great to use at bedtime,” Dr. Keaney notes. “The extra lipids help to replenish and re-moisturize.” He added that men in their 30s can benefit from adding a lotion with retinoids or a Vitamin-A derivative to help curb some of the day-to-day dryness while preventing aging down the road.
Recommended: Mediderm Sensitive Skin Regenerative Moisturizer
Practice and get into a routine
Let’s face it. We all could do a little better on our skincare and the easiest way to get better is to work in a couple of these steps into your morning and night routine. “Aging effects are cumulative, so the sooner you start, the more damage you can prevent,” Dr. Keaney says.
Recommended: Dove Men+Care Face and Body Wash