Essential Winter Skin Care Tips For Guys
Cold, dry winter air spells trouble for your skin — especially after a shave. These 7 winter skin care tips will help lessen the awful.
By Justin Krajeski
Movember has come and gone, which means A) you deserve a pat on the back if you helped raise awareness for prostate and ball cancer with your lip tickler, and B) you’re again forced to deal with dragging a razor across your face on the regular. To help you avoid suffering from chapped, cracked, and other unsightly skin conditions that dry and frigid winter air can cause, we asked San Diego-based dermatologist Dr. Jeff Benabio for some winter skin care tips for guys.
#1. TRIM YOUR FACIAL HAIR BEFORE SHAVING
Run a razor across long, wiry facial hair and it’s going to yank the hair out of your face. That’s great for masochists; terrible for the rest of us who want to avoid looking like poster boys for rosacea. “You’ll also have an awful-looking and raw upper lip and face for days afterwards,” Benabio explains.
#2. KEEP YOUR FACE MOIST AND SOFT
After trimming, get your skin soft and moist in a hot shower. While you’re in there, the doc suggests using a product like Dove Men+Care Aqua Impact Body and Face Wash ($5). This specific product cites micromoisture technology that cleans and protect skin. If you can, avoid using soap — not only will soap clog your pores, but some brands of face soap have a very alkaline pH, which means it’s going to strip the water and natural oil from your skin and leave you all dried up.