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

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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.

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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.

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The Art of Shaving Sea Kelp Shaving Cream, $25, theartofshaving.com
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Recipe for Men After-Shave Balm, $26, recipeformenusa.com
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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.

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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
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