The nip in the air has already started giving us a whiff of winter. Guys, it’s time to upgrade your skincare regime. Here’s a seven-fold key list that will help you combat winter-related dryness and more.
The hot-water bath conundrum
A hot water bath in a chilly evening is indeed a soothing experience. However, it could also damage your skin when it’s chilly outside. Piping hot water can strip away oil from the skin, leaving it dry and prone to cracks, rashes and irritation. Switch to lukewarm water along with a body wash with natural oils to protect the skin from dryness. Keep in mind to never air dry the skin, pat the skin gently with a soft towel instead, to dry it.
A close shave
For those who prefer a clean-shaven look, it’s worth spending a bit of extra time on your pre and post shave routine, especially with the winter approaching. Go for a shave after a bath with lukewarm water as it will open up skin pores and make the shave softer. Massage the foam into your beard or stubble and make sure to rinse after every stroke to prevent skin redness. For your post-shave regime, opt for a cooling balm to reduce sensitivity and irritation, balms also help to reduce shaving rashes that are common during winter.
Look after your whiskers
Take care of your moustache and beard by using shampoo meant specifically for the beard when you shower. After shampooing, use beard oil to keep it moisturised, especially during dry and cold months.
Who says guys aren’t immune to cracked dry lips? Few things are as annoying as dry lips in winter. Use a lip balm with a built-in sun protection when you go outside. Before sleeping, also apply a thin layer of moisturiser to your lips. Try not to lick your lips too many times as the saliva may contain enzymes that may lead to further dryness.
Don’t ignore the hands
Hands are most exposed to the cold weather, but they tend to be the most neglected, specially when it comes to men. Invest in a decent hand cream as they will keep your hands soft and moisturised. It is also a must-have if you work out and have calluses.
Get rid of puffiness
In winter, men are prone to dark circles and puffiness. Invest in an eye gel rather than eye cream, as they are lighter, cooler and they instantly tighten the skin around the eye. If you chill the gel in the refrigerator before using it then it is even more effective.
Know when to moisturise
Pick a moisturiser which suits your skin type and apply it twice a day. The best time to apply the moisturiser is right after you’ve had your bath. Do a patch-test even when you are picking up your moisturiser, because every skin calls for a different treatment.
Inputs by Sonali Kohli, dermatologist and Meghna Gupta, dermatologist
Exfoliation is crucial as it refreshes and softens the skin by removing dead cells. It also preps the skin up to better absorb the moisturiser. Make your own natural exfoliating scrub by mixing 2tsp of organic argan oil with 1tsp of granulated sugar. Add a drop of lavender oil for a soothing scent.
Use natural ingredients to create more DIY scrubs. From oatmeal granules and green tea mixed with bottled moisturiser or curd.
Invest in a good face scrub hat you can easily find online, to get rid of dead skin.
Lemon is known to be a de-tanner, so add it to your scrub mix for an add-on benifit.