Fall / Winter Skincare Tips For Men
The summer season is still in full swing but in a few months, the upcoming winter weather will be here and your skin should be ready for it. Just because a man’s skin is about 25% thicker than a woman’s, it doesn’t mean that he is invincible from winter skin damage. Men’s skin tends to get extremely flaky and dry without an appropriate skincare routine to stand up to the harsh winter elements. The havoc this causes the skin ranges from painful inflammation and various irritations. The main reason why this happens is the lack of moisture in the air during winter months. The cold air cannot retain moisture the way warm air can and this loss of moisture damages the first layer of the skin by causing it to crack and get itchy. You can prevent these skin annoyances from happening by following these basic fall/winter skincare tips.
The lightweight moisturizer you are using from spring to summer may be working for you but consider changing it for the winter season. You will need extra rich moisturizers that will retain the hydration on your skin longer. With rich moisturizers, we’re referring to oil-based creams and lotions that usually provide a protective shield on the skin that enhances its hydrating longevity. Look for moisturizers containing oils like avocado oil, shea butter, argan oil or almond oil because they absorb better on the skin and are non-comodogenic. Aside from rich moisturizers, make it a habit to use deep moisturizing facial masks at least once a week to fortify the skin with additional moisture and nutrients.
Nothing beats a hot shower during wintertime but pass up on washing your face with it because it will take out all the moisture from the skin. Hot water tend to remove or eliminate the natural oils produced by the skin. Wash your face with lukewarm water instead. Also, choose a cleanser that has natural oils in it and avoid those that have alcohol content for this ingredient will contribute to dryness over time.
Contrary to popular belief, sunscreens or sun protection lotions are not exclusive to the summer season. The winter sun may not be as intense as the glaring summer sun but it can still pose the same dangers to your skin. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen not lower than 30 to all exposed areas of the skin. Make sure you apply it 15 to 20 minutes before going outside to ensure that the skin have absorbed it well. Bring a travel-sized sunscreen with you so that you can reapply as often as needed.
Since the skin gets dry during the winter season, don’t forget to have a weekly session of over-all face and body exfoliation. Moisturizers will have difficulties penetrating the skin if there are dead skin cells, dirt and other environmental debris sitting on top of your skin. The skin tend to get more sensitive during the cold months that’s why it’s important to choose an exfoliator that has small, natural granules so that you won’t cut your skin red raw in the process. Mild abrasion is enough to remove any build up from the skin. Also, make sure you apply your moisturizer after exfoliation to keep the skin smooth and supple to touch.