Guys, wasn’t 2018 the year during which you will actually start to pay attention to the way your skin looks? If yes, good for you, but if no, then you definitely want to change this habit, or actually incorporate it in your daily routine. Unless we want to look like a zombie from The Walking Dead, it’s very important to know what we’re doing with our skin and beard during the cold winter months. It’s true that most guys agree unknowledgeable in this department, relying primarily on the cheapest creams and tonics, but we have a couple of tricks up our sleeve.
1. What about shaving?
If you’re a bearded guy, then the first business you need to attend to is washing your face regularly. As far as shaving is concerned, make sure that you use the appropriate razors. There are plenty of them on the market, but you want to use the ones that are good for your skin type – so say goodbye to the cheap razors; they just save you a bit of money and your beard ends up looking scruffy. Next, always use a good and high-quality aftershave. This hydrates your skin and gives you an extra layer of protection that you need after shaving. Finally, always pay attention to the way you shave and what parts you should shave off and which to leave. For example, the neckline is probably the thing most men don’t pay attention to, and this small thing can either make or break your beard look.
2. The skincare routine
You don’t have to be religious in order to know the Holy Trinity of skincare: moisturizing, exfoliating and hydration. The skin during winter time can get extremely dry, and in some cases can result in flaking, cracking and even eczema. The first thing that you need to have in your bathroom is a good moisturizer that you will use in the morning and before going to bed at night. Also, don’t forget to hydrate your skin. You can start using a hydration serum that will help your skin keep its elasticity. Exfoliation is another important factor as you want to remove the dead cells from your face, especially during winter time.
3. Bring back the natural oils
As already mentioned, your skin is more prone to damage during the winter months, especially due to the dryness of the air and low temperature. The cold wind also plays a major role here. Make sure to use proper grooming products, and you can always consult with your dermatologist. This is when you should use products that will restore your natural oils and that are free of harmful chemicals. Not will only you be doing your skin a favor, but this can also help with a patchy beard and even dandruff.
4. Say no to hot showers
It’s true – there’s nothing better than taking a burning-hot shower while it’s freezing outside, but even though this will improve your general mood, it’s not that healthy for the skin. Hot water and steam can break down barriers in your skin which can result in your skin losing a lot of moisture (and you definitely don’t want that). Moreover, this is also quite unhealthy for your beard as you don’t want it to get used to high temperatures and then take it out for a walk in the freezing air. This is why taking showers or baths using lukewarm water is the perfect way to shower during winter time.
5. Style your beard
Another tip for all the bearded guys reading this – your beard will definitely need some extra attention during low temperatures. Make sure to wash it regularly and use good beard products to make it healthier. If you don’t know what to do exactly, it would be a good idea to ask your barber for further tips.
It’s not difficult at all, isn’t it? These tips only take a couple of minutes of your day, but they definitely do wonders for your skin, so pause that TV show and go put on your moisturizer.