Winter plays havoc your face. Cold winds and icy temperatures dry out your skin, chap your lips and create premature wrinkles.
Like Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow about to jump The Wall and go North, here are our top tips to protect your face from winter’s dangers.
Choose the right shaver
If you took part in No-Shave November and went shave- and groom-free to raise cancer awareness like these guys https://99centrazor.com/no-shave-november/; we salute you.
But now it’s time to release that face back into the wild. First, you’ll need some electric shavers to remove the bulk of the hair. Then get in close with the right razor to finish the job.
Add aftershave balm
Post-shave irritation will be at its peak if you’re downsizing from a beard. So before you splash on the aftershave, rub on a soothing balm to cool and hydrate your skin. Just make sure it’s alcohol-free and contains skin-healing vitamin E.
Moisturiser is a must
To hydrate your skin against those chilly blasts, moisturiser is essential. But before you slap on Brut, you’ll have to find the right formula for your face, skin type and any conditions you may have, such as oily or blemish-prone skin. Thankfully, the chaps at Evening Standard have rounded up 10 of the best moisturisers at:
Remember the lips
You don’t have to pinch your girlfriend’s fruity chapstick anymore. Now there’s an arsenal of lip balms aimed at men. Just look on the back for vitamin B5 which locks-in moisture, SPF to block the sun’s harmful rays, and botanical oils to nourish your lips overnight. Big kiss!
It’s your frontline defence against wind, hail, and snow. No polyester, thank you very much. We’re talking pure wool fluffiness to stay snug and protect that newly shaved visage. If you’re wondering what shapes, colours and trends are in this season, you can find out at: http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/fashion-beauty/best-mens-wool-cashmere-scarves-autumn-winter-next-ralph-lauren-fred-perry-10503498.html
It’s time to make friends with the gym again. Or at the very least, the sauna and steam room. Steam is a natural exfoliate which opens up your pores and releases toxins (particularly good if you’ve had a heavy one the night before). Remember to shower before to remove grime. Then towel down as you won’t sweat as much if you’re already wet. Don’t over-do, 10 minutes is enough, or you’ll get a case of bath wrinkles. Finish off with a cold shower to refresh and rehydrate your skin, and wash away the impurities flushed out by the steam.
And if your gym has a spa, why not pop in for a facial on the way out? If you’ve got time, get a massage too. It’ll improve your blood circulation, and help fight off the Rudolph-red nose that comes with the cold.
Follow these tips and you’ll protect your face from whatever the cold weather throws your way. To stay extra safe, break up jaunts around town by ducking into your favourite coffee shop or pub. To warm up, of course!