As the weather changes, so should your winter grooming routine. Frigid temps can really exasperate dry skin and hair conditions. You already know that spending time out in the elements can cause nasty windburn and chapped lips. However, dry, indoor heating and scalding hot showers can also strip needed moisture from your skin, causing itching, flaking, and redness to flare up. Shelve your lightweight moisturizers. ‘Tis the season for intense hydration. Make room for these skin-saving, lotions, balms, and salves that will keep your dry, cracked, winter skin at bay. Here are the dos and don’ts of winter grooming.
Step up your post-shave game
That same oil absorbing, miracle tonic that worked wonders all summer might be stripping needed moisture from your face come winter. Swap it out for a soothing balm or aftershave lotion that will moisturize and create a barrier between your skin and the elements. Try this non-greasy After-Shave Balm and Face Moisturizer ($22) from Imperial Barber Grade Products. Use it every day for smooth, balanced skin thanks to jojoba oil, shea butter, and green tea extracts.
Consider growing a ‘stache
By taking part in Movember and growing a mustache, you’ll be raising awareness for men’s health issues, like prostate and testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention. Train your fresh facial hair with Brooklyn Grooming Company’s Red Hook Mustache Wax ($22). This combination of natural oils and beeswax forms a mustache-shaping glue that will keep you looking good while growing.
Winterize your cologne
Opt for warmer, muskier scents as opposed to crisp, citrus summer smells. If you’re loyal to a particular brand or designer, chances are there’s a seasonal compliment available. Or trust Ralph Lauren Polo Supreme Oud ($125). It’s a rugged, masculine blend of spices, smoky oud, and rich woods.
Use a nourishing beard oil
There is nothing remotely pleasant about getting close to a dude with a wirey, Brillo-like beard. Winter weather tends to dry out facial hair, as well as the skin underneath. Rehydrate while adding a healthy shine and taming unruly hairs with Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille Conditioning Beard Oil ($52). Your beard will drink up this deliciously warm-scented blend of almond, jojoba, grapeseed oil, and vitamin E.
Don’t make your chapped lips worse
Artificial coloring, fragrances, and chemical additives aren’t going to heal your windburned, chapped lips. In fact, they can make them worse. Instead go for natural salves like Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Organic Lip Balm ($3) that use soothers like organic jojoba, avocado, and hemp oils to condition, and organic beeswax to provide a protective barrier.
Don’t forget to wear an SPF
The sun still shines even as the temperatures plummet. When you spend time working or playing outdoors, you’re exposing your skin to harmful UVA and UVB rays. Protect your face and minimize your risk of developing skin cancer by using a daily moisturizer with an SPF. Clinique For Men Broad Spectrum SPF 21 Moisturizer ($27) is lightweight, oil-free, and absorbs quickly into your skin. Wear it all year round.
Don’t quit your dandruff shampoo
Cold weather can bring on all kinds of flakes. Dandruff doesn’t necessarily get worse in the winter, but wearing darker clothing makes it more noticeable. Use the right shampoo every day to keep the snow off your shoulders. Dove Men + Care Anti-Dandruff Fortifying 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner ($4) fights dandruff with pyrithione zinc, leaving your hair flake-free and strong.
Don’t be afraid to use a body lotion
Get over the idea that moisturizing your skin makes it greasy. Smooth out the rough spots. Buckler’s Chapped Skin Remedy ($22) repairs irritated skin while deeply hydrating the places most susceptible to extreme dryness, like elbows, knees, feet, and hands. Let this heady duty formula nourish your winter skin with chamomile and calendula extracts, aloe juice, and shea butter.