A Couple of Swedes Explain the Best Ways to Winter-Proof Skin

best ways winter proof skin chopping
When the mercury and humidity-levels drop, your skin can take a turn for the worse. The extreme elements leave it sapped of moisture, wind burned, and, if you forget the SPF (yes, you need protection in the winter), sunburned, too. We turned to the founders of Swedish skincare brand Recipe for Men, Mikael Snabb and former Olympic skier Jesper Matsch, for tips on how to keep up appearances during the cruelest months.

What are the major skin issues that arise in the winter?

Dryness, redness, and sensitivity. If you are skiing it’s very important to use SPF since the sun not only hits you directly, it also reflects off the snow.

SPF, lab series
Lab Series Power Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50, $48, labseries.com

What products and ingredients help address these issues?

Calming and moisturizing ingredients like calendula, olive oil, or aloe vera help soothe irritated skin. And though you may use shine-reducing products in the summer, you should switch to more hydrating formulas during the winter since skin needs more moisture and protection then.

moisturizer, billy jealousy
Billy Jealousy Assassin Intensive Face Moisturizer, $30, billyjealousy.com

What other measures should you take to keep skin looking and feeling its best?

Spend money on good razors and high performance shaving products. Using a dull or cheap razor on your face can damage the skin. Wear sunscreen when you are planning on being out in the sun. Be sure to use a good moisturizer day and night—consistency works wonders. Applying it just once a day isn’t enough. Another key product is a great cleanser. Use one that not only cleanses your skin, but also prepares it for shaving. A great one adds moisture and elasticity.

art of shaving, shaving cream
The Art of Shaving Sea Kelp Shaving Cream, $25, theartofshaving.com
after-shave, recipe for men
Recipe for Men After-Shave Balm, $26, recipeformenusa.com
recipe for men, cleanser
Recipe for Men Facial Cleanser, $25, recipeformenusa.com

What types of products should you avoid in the winter?

Don’t use a scrub or peel in the morning. Try to use products that don’t contain high percentages of water, rather use formulas with a lot of oils or other moisturizing ingredients. I prefer shaving in the evening instead of the morning because you don’t want to expose your newly shorn face to the bitter cold.

herbivore botanicals, face oil
Herbivore Botanicals Face Elixir, $36, birchbox.com

What additional issues come up when skiing or snowboarding?

One recommendation I have is to not wash your face before you hit the slopes, especially when it’s really cold out. The natural sebum in the face provides some protection. Also at least 15 minutes before you hit the slopes, apply a moisturizer with SPF. And always use protection on the lips!

lip balm, CoTZ, SPF
CoTZ Lip Balm SPF 45, $7, birchbox.com
Outdoors

From the Office to the Trail, Here’s the Best Dual-Purpose Work Gear

Suits are tough to hike in and fast-drying nylon hiking pants don’t usually fly at the office. So what do you wear to be ready for a day of work, adventure, and a dinner out?
Food & Drink

Think Outside the Oven: 7 Roast Turkey Alternatives to Try This Thanksgiving

Roasting turkey has been a tradition for so long, most people would consider it sacrilege to choose another option. But you’re not most people, are you?
Fashion & Style

What to Wear for Thanksgiving This Year

For the guy who's getting ready for turkey dinners, backyard football, and pumpkin pie.
Travel

Ecuador Travel Guide: What to Know Before You Go

We've got tips for everything from navigating your way around the country to what kinds of food to expect.
Grooming

Aesop x Rimowa Köln Travel Kit Is the Dream Dopp Kit

This isn't your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill travel grooming kit.
Grooming

Hair Loss Treatments for Guys Who Want to Keep Their Thinning Hair

Losing your hair sucks. Between genetic predisposition for male pattern baldness and other outside factors, what's a dude to do?
Grooming

What Is Movember: Why You Should Grow Your Mustache for a Good Cause

The goal of Movember isn’t to conserve razors. It’s to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.
Grooming

Dry Scalp? Try the Best Dandruff Shampoo for Men and Eliminate White Flakes

Getting rid of dandruff isn't easy, but the first step is finding the best dandruff shampoo that suits you and your scalp.
Grooming

8 Best Beard Grooming Kits for the Modern Beardsman

You can fix all of your beard problems with just one purchase.
Grooming

How to Maintain Your Silver Fox Looks and Own Your Age

Don’t freak out if the premature (or right on time) gray is setting in. Just follow these tips to make your platinum years your best ever. 
Grooming

Best Men’s Body Wash and Bar Soaps for Ultimate Hydration

With hydrating body washes and bar soaps, you can skip the after-shower lotion routine.
Grooming

Attractive at Any Age: Skincare for Men in Their 20s, 30s, 40s, and Beyond

Age gracefully from beautiful boy to handsome silver fox with the best skincare for men at any age.
Grooming

These Gyms Have the Best Grooming Products and Amenities

A good gym will have enough great grooming goods to relieve you of a kettlebell’s worth of product from your gym bag.
Grooming

Never Neglect Your Nethers Again with Ballsy’s Line of Ball Care Products

Hygiene is undoubtedly important, but the proper cleansing routine for your undercarriage is even more crucial.