Our Skincare Tips for Men
Please raise your hand if you’ve ever suffered in silence during the winter months from dry irritated skin. When the cold weather arrives your skin changes and starts to feel the effect, you’re hit with one, or a combination of redness, tightness, flakiness and soreness, making you look disappointedly in the mirror every morning. It’s hard enough getting up in the dark and going through your morning grooming routine – never mind navigating your razor trying to delicately shave sore skin.
Well, there’s good news: keeping your skin supple and moist doesn’t have to be that daunting. With the right daily habits at your fingertips, you could easily aim to protect your skin against the elements – all without having to invest in huge amounts of time and elaborate grooming techniques.
Keep reading, and we’ll walk through how to follow these simple daily habits in this very blog post. When we’re done you’ll know exactly how to protect your skin so that you maintain its glow during the dark winter months. Ready? Let’s dive in.
4 Steps to Protect & Relieve your Skin this Winter
1. Lock-in Moisture:
The most obvious, yet often the most overlooked step is to keep moisture in your skin. During the winter months low humidity, as well as moving from the cold outside to the warmth of your radiator or fire, affects the water content of the outermost layer of your skin (the epidermis). Skin moisturisers are so important because they rehydrate the epidermis and seal in moisture.
- Timing is of the Essence: Apply moisturiser within five minutes of exiting the shower when your skin is damp. This helps to fill the spaces between your skin cells when it is crying out for lost oils.
- Scratching: Never scratch dry skin. If your skin feels itchy a good face or body moisturiser can help to control the itch.
- Develop a daily Skincare regime: Looking after your skin is important and more men are embracing a regular skincare regime. A recent survey from market research company Mintel found that 58% of men aged 18–24 and 63% of those 25–34 say they use a facial moisturising product.
Long working hours, dark mornings and short days will make long hot showers more appealing. But this doesn’t help your skin.
- Shower Frequency & Length: Showering too often and for too long will remove important oils from your skin.
- Water Temperature: While showering at high temperatures may feel good. It will play havoc with your skin washing away its natural oils.
Use lukewarm-to-warm water and keep your showers short to protect your skin this winter.
On average 75% of men shave their face every day. When shaving, use a shaving cream or gel that is formulated to the very best standards.
- Time: Leave your shaving cream or gel on your skin for several minutes before starting to shave. This helps to prepare your skin for shaving as it will moisten and soften your facial hair for a smoother shave.
- After-shave balm: For extra nourishment use a quality after-shave balm. The process of shaving takes its toll and removes up to 2 layers of skin so applying aftershave balm will help soothe skin and replenish lost moisture.
While there are many causes of dry skin one of the most obvious sources is the clothes that you wear. This is especially true for people who are prone to dry skin or skin irritations. Wool is the most problematic fabric that causes dry skin. If your skin feels itchy after putting on your favourite woolly jumper, or scarf it means your skin is reacting to the material. Unfortunately, it may be better to leave your woollen scarf behind for now and layer with a less-irritating material such as cotton.
Last, but certainly not least, going from cold to hot and hot to cold you’ll want to arrange your daily attire so that you layer smartly. Enabling you to easily adapt to fluxing temperatures, be that at home, at work or out with friends.
Follow these 4 simple daily habits to protect your skin this winter. And you know what the best part is? Next time, that mirror reflection won’t feel quite as daunting.
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