If you take grooming seriously in summer, you need to extend the same seriousness in winter. Not only does your skin suffer dryness during this cold season, but your body odor and fashion sense are also affected when you don’t check on your grooming. Your facial hair also takes longer to form due to the presence of dead skins. You might ask yourself, how long does it take to grow? Well, it depends on your genetics and a host of other factors.
Such bleak months should see you take a closer look at your grooming practices. Most of this practices are regular routines, but we overlook them when winter falls. Below are tips to keep that fresh- young look, moisturized lips and soft and curly hair.
- Drink Lots of Water
In cold seasons, men tend to go for coffee and tea to keep them warm. What they do not know is that these two beverages cause skin dryness when used for long without incorporating water. Water is the backbone of any grooming tips. Water helps keep your skin ‘happy,’ in that, it provides the skin with essential moisture to keep it moist and smooth.
- Apply Sunscreen
It might sound unnatural, but the use of sunscreens still applies in winter. It is true the sun might not be that hot, but the UV lights can again hit your skin causing damage. To prevent this, use sunscreen daily specifically when you are out for more than half an hour. The essential benefit of applying sunscreen is that it can prevent skin cancer.
- Wear the Right Fragrance
Cold seasons lessen diffusion of fragrance from your skin since you tend to wear thick woolen jumpers. Also, the low temperatures do not aid in the spread of scent in ordinary cases. Therefore, it is advisable to wear winter-friendly fragrance, which has a warm, rich and long-lasting scent.
- Moisturize Your Skin
Your skin is prone to drying during winter due to cold. It is for this reason that you should moisturize your skin at least twice a day. Even though your skin may be oily, it does not negate the importance of moisturizing. Moisturizing helps to trap moisture already in your skin. But if your skin feels dry even after moisturizing, opt for heavy moisturizers. Go for those formulated for dry skin.
Another product you can use is coconut oil. It helps trap natural moisture plus it is antifungal and antibacterial. It can fight off bacteria and fungi that breed during cold seasons.
- Trim Your Beard
Groom your beards to keep them neat and in check during this season. Trim them according to the shape of your face. Beards tend to wicks moisture from the skin beneath, leaving it dry, something that can lead to cracking. Never leave them dry for more than a day.
Always massage the beards with conditioning oil or beard balm to keep the skin beneath moist and hydrated.
- Exfoliate Dead Skin
Temperatures experienced during winter slow down the regeneration of new skin cells, causing your skin to look haggard due to the accumulation of dead skin. It is for this reason that you need to exfoliate your skin at least twice a week using an exfoliator such as baking soda. Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda with water and gently massage your skin with it. After rinsing off, moisturize the surface using a light moisturizer.
Another reason for exfoliation is that men’s skin tends to sweat more and the oil glands are vigorous. Therefore there is a tendency of having dead skin, exfoliate regularly to achieve young, radiant skin.
- Wear Gloves
Wear the exfoliating gloves which are readily available in the market. They can help you to get rid of dead skin and also keep you warm during the cold mornings.
- Apply Hand Cream
Constant washing of hands and using alcohol-based sanitizers can make the skin on your hands dry. Such practices can see the depletion of protective lipids that help skin to regenerate, causing your hands to dry all through the winter. To avoid the above settle for hand creams rich in ProVitamin B5 that stimulate skin’s healing process.
It is natural for most men to overlook how they look. From the above discussion, we see that not paying close attention to your grooming in winter, can hurt how your appearance and cause skin and lips dryness. You must make sure you apply the best practices to transform your looks and protect your delicate skin.